Croton architect charged in chemical spill that hurt DPW worker

A retired architect from Croton is facing environmental and criminal charges, accused of throwing out toxic chemicals that badly injured a village sanitation worker.

Paul Ingvoldstad, 67, was arraigned in Croton Village Court Wednesday on a felony charge of endangering the public health, safety or the environment, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors. He is free on $2,500 bail.

According to the Westchester District Attorney’s office, Ingvoldstad, who lives on Old Post Road South, put out drafting printers with six one-gallon containers of ammonium hydroxide, which are used in those printers, for bulk pick up in early July.

The village’s public works department took away the printers at his request but left the containers of ammonium hydroxide on the curb, which were thrown out with some household trash about a week later, on July 7. When sanitation workers placed the trash in the garbage truck, the ammonium hydroxide containers burst, releasing fumes.

Three public works employees were exposed, and one, a 46-year-old man, was knocked unconsciousness for more than an hour. That employee also suffered burning, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, and extreme sensitivity to light from the fumes, prosecutors said.

A resident called 911 after seeing one of the workers lying on the ground. The worker has recovered from the injuries.

Ingvoldstad is due back in vilage court on September 29. He faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted of the felony charge.

Westchester DA helps police tape interrogations

Seven police departments in Westchester will be getting money to record interviews with suspects and others in police custody.

The DA’s office got a grant from the New York State Bar Association to buy DVR equipment for the cops.

The grant, according to the DA’s office, will “enhance the overall investigative and prosecutorial processes” and “improve both the quality of police interviews and interrogations and protect the rights of the individuals being recorded.”

“Recording ensures the integrity of the fact-finding process by preserving accurately the entire course of an interrogation. The recording of statements will reduce false claims that incriminating admissions were made or obtained by coercion or intimidation. Additionally, it will protect the rights of the individual being interviewed and help to increase the accuracy of the criminal justice system,” the DA’s statement said.

Bedford, Croton, Greenburgh, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, Ossining village and Pelham police departments will get the grant money.