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Police Chief’s Child Porn Arrest Tops This Week’s News

Catch up on this week's top headlines.

Brian Fanelli and his wife leaving federal court in White Plains Thursday, Jan. 23. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella
Brian Fanelli and his wife leaving federal court in White Plains Thursday, Jan. 23. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella

Were you so busy this week that you missed some top news in and around Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor? Don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you don’t miss it twice.

Here are some of this week’s more notable headlines:

1. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Arraigned on Child Porn Charge: Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli posted $50,000 bail in federal court in White Plains Thursday afternoon after he was arrested in his Mahopac home at 11:30 a.m. for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney's Office officials said. It was there that Fanelli told investigating federal agents his personal collection of child porn originated from researching material for sexual abuse school classes that he was teaching, a 10-page “United States of America v. Brian Fanelli” complaint detailed. 

2. Mount Pleasant Supervisor ‘Shocked’ by Police Chief Arrest: Town Supervisor Joan Maybury told Patch that the town and police department are in the process of appointing one of its current lieutenants to “an acting police chief.” She added that Fanelli’s arrest has sent shock waves throughout the entire town.

3. PHS Boys' Winter Track Team Golden at League Championship Meet: The Pleasantville High School Boys’ Winter Track team won its first-ever league championship on Sunday, January 19, in New York City. With seven schools competing, the Panthers won nine of ten running events and outscored the second place team by over 50 points. 

4. Briarcliff Schools Bond Vote Passes 363-42: The Briarcliff Union Free School District has received the community’s approval for a bond for a capital project with 363 votes to 42 votes.The vote, which ultimately gives the green light to address mandatory field work and asbestos removal, was held at Todd Elementary School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. More than 400 residents braved a snowstorm that sent the district’s students home by 11:30 a.m. to cast their vote. 

5. ProClinix Now Open in Pleasantville: Sports physical therapy and chiropractic clinic ProClinix now has two branches open in Westchester County: Armonk and Pleasantville. 

 

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