Retired architect indicted, accused of tossing toxic chemicals

A retired architect from Croton-on-Hudson has been indicted on an environmental charge because he threw out toxic chemicals that badly injured a village sanitation worker, authorities say.

Paul Ingvoldstad, 68, (left) was arraigned in Westchester County Court today on a felony charge of second-degree endangering the public health, safety or the environment. He remains free on $2,500 bail.

According to the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, Ingvoldstad called the public works department in early July to pick up some items, and put out drafting printers with six, one-gallon containers of ammonium hydroxide in front of his home on Old Post Road South.

The village’s public works department took the printers but left the containers of ammonium hydroxide on the curb, which were added to some household trash several days later, on July 7.

When a sanitation worker picked up the trash and threw it in the garbage truck, the ammonium hydroxide containers burst, releasing the ammonia fumes.

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

Police have said the box containing the gallon chemical jugs was not marked as containing hazardous materials.

Ingvolstad was arrested in September 2010 on the environmental charge, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors. He rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors in December and was indicted last week.

He is due back in court on Aug. 4 and faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted.

Felon gets 16-life for Bronxville home break-in

A Mount Vernon man with a 22-year criminal record was ordered today to serve 16 years to life in prison for breaking into a Bronxville home last year.

Joseph Sain, 40, had been convicted of second-degree burglary, a felony, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Westchester County Judge James Hubert convicted Sain during a bench trial in May and handed him the lengthy prison term.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Sain was accused of breaking into a home at 163 White Plains Road shortly before 6 p.m. on September 9, 2009. A homeowner called police to report an intruder inside her home and when she confronted the burglar, he ran off.

The woman gave police a description of the suspect, Sain was located within minutes behind the athletic field at Concordia College.

Sain told police he did not steal anything. Police retraced Sain’s route and found the homeowner’s missing coins and jewelry in a storm drain near the Village Lutheran Church, prosecutors said.

Sain was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender. He served three different prison stints on charges of robbery, burglary, and auto theft from 1992 to 2007, according to New York state prison records. His first felony conviction dates back to 1988, the DA’s office said.

Teen offered 7 years in prison in wreck that hurt Irvington cop

UPDATE: Brian Sabia accepted the plea deal on Sept. 30. He will be sentenced Dec. 9.

The Connecticut teenager accused of nearly killing an Irvington police officer with a stolen car has two weeks to decide if he will go to trial for felony assault or plead guilty and serve seven years in state prison.

The Connecticut teenager accused of nearly killing an Irvington police officer with a stolen car has two weeks to decide if he will go to trial for felony assault or plead guilty and serve seven years in state prison.

Westchester County Judge James Hubert offered the deal to 16-year-old Brian Sabia this morning, nearly five months after the collision that critically injured Officer Luigi Osso.

“It’s a horrible, horrible tragedy,” Hubert said. “The injuries are about as bad as you can get.”

Osso, 31, suffered severe head trauma, a shattered pelvis and other injuries in the  April 21 crash. He is recovering at home in Hopewell Junction after spending several months in the hospital.

Sabia, who is from Milford, Conn., was allegedly fleeing Elmsford police in a Ford Mustang stolen from a Milford dealership when he slammed head-on into a police cruiser driven by Osso at Main Street and Broadway.

Sabia told authorities that he was running away from a Connecticut group home because other teenagers there had tried to kill him. He got lost in New York, so he pulled into a gas station to ask for directions. When he started to leave, an Elmsford police officer tried pulling him over and he fled.

If Sabia decides to take the deal, he must plead guilty to the entire indictment against him. The most serious charges include two counts of first-degree assault, one for causing physical injury while committing a felony and one for showing depraved indifference to human life.

If Sabia pleads guilty on Sept. 30, Hubert said, he would be sentenced as an adult, not as a youthful offender.