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Two Heroin Arrests in Hawthorne

The Mount Pleasant police headquarters in Valhalla.
The Mount Pleasant police headquarters in Valhalla. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

VALHALLA, N.Y. – The Mount Pleasant Police Department made two separate arrests last weekend related to heroin use in Hawthorne.

On January 13, Joseph Marinello, 18 of Pleasantville, was arrested after Mount Pleasant police officers said they found him unconscious on the side of Route 9A in Hawthorne under the influence of heroin. After receiving medical attention, Marinello was brought in to the Mount Pleasant police headquarters in Valhalla where he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

On January 15, officers arrested Tyler Kelley, 20, of Mamaronek and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Officers observed Kelley acting in a suspicious manner in his vehicle parked in Hawthorne. Police said they found Kelley to be in possession of a small personal-use amount of heroin and hypodermic needles in his car. Kelley was also charged with driving with a suspended license.

Although both incidents occurred in Hawthorne in a close time-frame, Police Chief Louis Alagno said he believes the incidents are not related and that heroin use in Mount Pleasant is not a growing concern.

“These types of incidents tend to pop up from time to time,” Alagno said. “I don’t think there’s any sort of increase in heroin use in town.”

On January 12, a resident living at Halsey Place in Valhalla reported a burglary at their home. An undisclosed amount of miscellaneous jewelry was reportedly stolen from the home’s master bedroom. Officers continue to investigate the incident and no arrest has been made.

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