WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y . -- Here's a look at last week's top stories from around Southern Westchester County.
- The area is mourning the loss of a 45-year-old police officer from West Harrison who was among six U.S. soldiers killed by a suicide bomber Monday in Afghanistan.
- Police are investigating an altercation between Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy and Lt. Michael O'Connor at the department’s annual Christmas party.
- Rye's city manager released additional details Monday about a threat two years ago on the city's computer system involving the Iranian government.
- Westchester publisher and strip club owner Selim "Sam" Zherka, of Somers, took a plea deal for 37 months in prison for his involvement in a real estate scheme, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Shoppers were shaken up last Sunday after an argument between two employees at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Pelham ended in a stabbing, according to media reports.
- A lot of construction is going on in White Plains, perhaps strengthening its appeal to New Yorkers seeking housing more affordably priced than Brooklyn and Manhattan, where rents relentlessly climb, said a New York Times article.
- New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Tarrytown resident Edison Zhinin, 35, for felony driving while intoxicated last Saturday.
- Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale is starting the new year with an intensive reed-making workshop with faculty members Elizabeth Condon (oboe) and Janet Grice (bassoon).
- Fifth-grade students at Dobbs Ferry Springhurst Elementary School are honoring the victims of the tragedies in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. this new year with a song.
- Eastchester High School senior Andrew Schultz has been chosen as one of the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Class of 2016 "Golden Dozen" Scholar-Athletes.
- Scarsdale lawyer Evan Greebel was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice as a co-defendant, along with "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, in a high-profile fraud case involving the hedge funds Shkreli founded.
- Mamaroneck fashion icon Mary Jane Denzer, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, after a long illness.
- Greenburgh police are investigating what they said was an assault on a legally blind Salvation Army bell ringer inside a Route 119 restaurant last Saturday afternoon.
- Bronxville’s Kaitlin Ryan was among the thousands of young athletes who hit the track and field recently at an AT&T Hall of Fame invitational meet at the New Balance Armory in Manhattan.
- Voters in the Port Chester/Rye Union Free School District shot down a school renovations plan worth $41.5 million Tuesday.
- A select group of New Rochelle High School Performing and Visual Arts Education students recently had the opportunity to sing on stage with Grammy Award-winning country superstar Kenny Rogers at the Westchester County Center during a stop on his 2015 Christmas Concert Tour.
- Mount Vernon Schools officials have entered into a $44 million energy performance contract with Honeywell Building Solutions, the largest ever awarded to a school district in this state.
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