Here's a look at some of the cases that came before the Village Court during its Feb. 3 session.
Case of Cop Charged with DWI Adjourned
Joseph Kraus, a 35-year-old Westchester County Police Officer, is charged with drunken driving stemming from a Dec. 27 crash that left Scarsdale Police Officer Jessica Knatz injured.
Kraus allegedly ran a red light around 2 a.m. that morning and collided with Knatz's patrol car. He refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. The Mt. Vernon resident pleaded not guilty to the charges, and surrendered his driver's license, Jan. 6.
Kraus did not speak Wednesday; his attorney, Thomas Vallely, requested an adjournment pending a reconstruction of the crash scene.
State police are conducting the reconstruction to avoid a conflict of interest for the Scarsdale and Westchester County police departments. State police officials and Vallely refused to comment further. Kraus will be back in court March 3.
Alleged Drunk Driver is Possible Illegal Alien
Jose Salas-Tellez, a Connecticut resident, is charged with drunken driving and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
He was pulled over Feb. 1 for having a broken tail light and was allegedly found to be intoxicated. Assistant District Attorney Cindy Adimari said Salas-Tellez is the subject of an "ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hold", meaning he will likely be remanded into ICE custody upon being released by Scarsdale police. His bail has been set at $500, which he is unable to pay, and he will likely be incarcerated until he returns to court Feb. 17.
Strong Words for Teens in Felony Joy Ride Case
On Jan. 4, three White Plains teens were arrested for allegedly stealing a 2004 BMW from Pepe Motors on Bank Street in White Plains. They are charged with felony unauthorized use of a vehicle and face up to three years of probation. All three teens live in a group home in the city, and were joined in court Wednesday by their social worker.
Judge Arlene Katz adjourned the case until March 3 pending a report by the social worker on the teens' behavior. Katz had some strong words for the defendants, two of whom are 18 and one of whom is 17.
"This is probably your only chance to have a good life," she said. "This can make you a stronger person or a weaker person; it's up to you."
She told the teens to focus on school and encouraged them to enroll in college classes.
Village Attorney Wayne Esannason said the case may be moved to White Plains court because the alleged theft occurred in the city.
Patch has decided not to name the defendants unless, and until, they are convicted of a felony.
Young Mother in Felony Larceny Case
Katherine Puente Weaver, 27, of Wappingers Falls, is charged with felony grand larceny after allegedly stealing about $4,000 in cash from the Saxon Woods Golf Course, where she worked.
The defendant, who was in court with her young son, will return March 3.
Two Unleashed Dog Cases Dismissed
The Court Wednesday dismissed two alleged violations of the village law prohibiting unleashed dogs on village streets.
The defendant in the first case, Carlos Ramirez of Post Road, said that his dog unexpectedly bolted out of an open door Jan. 18 and was hit by a car. He expected the dog to be released from an animal hospital Wednesday.
Akoli Godgive, the second defendant, was in Village Court a few years ago for breaking the same law, according to Village Attorney Wayne Esannason. In that case, the court deemed her dog dangerous and required that Godgive construct a fence around her yard.
That dog has since passed away, and the charges against Godgive Wednesday were dismissed. The incident was chalked up to an honest mistake.