MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. - As local officials headed to Albany to demand improved safety and security measures at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls and the JCCA Pleasantville Cottage School RTC, a pair of incidents have been reported to Mount Pleasant police.
Last week, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi was joined by Police Chief Paul Oliva and Sgt. Marty Greenberg in meetings with New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy regarding the facilities, which have caused some troubles in the community.
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old resident of the JCCA Pleasantville Cottage School was charged with forcibly touching after a second student on campus registered a complaint.
The following day, two 17-year-old residents - one at the JCCA Edenwald Center, the other at the Cottage School - were charged with third-degree assault after striking staff members in the face. All three of the teens are due back in Mount Pleasant Town Court later this year.
The incidents come on the heels of two other situations that saw another teenager sent to jail after being involved in a pair of violent incidents with other Cottage School residents and a mugging of a 68-year-old woman at the Valhalla Metro-North Train Station by runaways from Cedar Knolls.