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North Salem Playground Damaged by Trash Fire

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. — The Croton Falls Fire Department responded to a trash fire adjacent to the playground area of the park on June Road about 3:45 p.m. March 13. Police were summoned. The fire was in a blue plastic garbage barrel, which was almost obliterated. Also damaged were some sections of safety padding in the playground area and some nearby fencing. Police also found some charred pages from a book, “The Alchemist.”

The following items were also reported by North Salem police:

Lost Dog at Mountain Lakes Park: A woman walking through Mountain Lakes Park on March 18 came upon a golden retriever, apparently lost, with a 2011 Ridgefield, Conn., dog license attached to its collar. Police Officer Frank Lynch contacted the Ridgefield police, who asked to have the dog dropped off at their station. Another walker, also at the scene, offered to take the dog with her, since she is a Ridgefield resident. She said she would take it to the Ridgefield shelter or keep it at home until the owner could be found.

Suspicious Incident: A June Road resident reported about 5:30 p.m. March 17 that her wooden garbage unit had been moved from its foundation on cement blocks at the base of her driveway. Sgt. Neil Caputo examined the scene and saw no indication of an automobile’s involvement. The homeowner said she called the police so they would be aware of the problem.

Injured Deer: A Little Mountain Road resident reported an injured deer on his lawn about 5:20 p.m. March 16. Caputo answered the call and killed the deer with one round.

Speeding on Hardscrabble Road: Caputo stopped a blue 2000 Plymouth on Hardscrabble Road about 10:15 a.m. March 15. The car was driving at 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. The driver was issued a speeding violation.

Illegal Parking: While patrolling the North Salem High School parking area on March 16, Sgt. Andrew Brown came upon a car parked in a track space about 2:30 p.m. The driver was directed to move.

False Alarm: Officer Frank Lynch responded to a burglar alarm on Baxter Road about 7:50 a.m. March 15. It proved to be a false alarm, set off by the cleaning service.

Suspicious Huckster: A resident of Whittier Hills Road called police about 4 p.m. March 14 at to report a man who had come to her door and tried to talk her into purchasing a new roof. She had difficulty getting rid of him, but he did finally leave on foot. Officer James DePaoli patrolled the area but found no car, nor any sign of the man.

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