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Tom Auchterlonie

Community Reporter

Tom Auchterlonie is an experienced local journalist and is originally from Mount Kisco. Prior to joining The Daily Voice he spent more than four years at Patch.com, where he covered Mount Kisco, New Castle and Bedford. He has also freelanced for various local publications, including The Examiner, Inside Chappaqua and The Record-Review. Tom is an alumnus of Syracuse University.

Tom Auchterlonie's Contributions

  1. Ex-Greeley Teacher Accused Of Sex Abuse Has No Disciplinary Records

    Ex-Greeley Teacher Accused Of Sex Abuse Has No Disciplinary Records

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel has no disciplinary records in his personnel file that would predate the surfacing of sexual-abuse allegations in 2015, according to findings from John Chow, the Chappaqua Central School District's assistant superintendent for business. Chow, who is the district's designated official for handling ...

  2. Northern Westchester Man Says Black Bear 'Destroyed' Bird Feeders In Yard

    Northern Westchester Man Says Black Bear 'Destroyed' Bird Feeders In Yard

    BEDFORD CORNERS, N.Y. -- Robert Lang noticed that something unusual occurred on the grounds of his property when he discovered this week that rods for his bird feeders had been bent.After repairing the feeders, his suspicions of the cause were confirmed this evening when he spotted a black bear who restored the damage."It was in my back yard eating the bird seed," Lang told ...

  3. Former Area Teacher Now Offered Revised Plea Deal In Sex-Abuse Case

    Former Area Teacher Now Offered Revised Plea Deal In Sex-Abuse Case

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Westchester County District Attorney's office is offering an amended plea deal to former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel in his sex-abuse case. The new version comes after a local judge rejected the previous version that did not require Schraufnagel to register as a sex offender.The proposal was announced at Thursday's New Castle ...

  4. Judge Rejects Plea Deal In Former Chappaqua Drama Teacher's Sex-Abuse Case

    Judge Rejects Plea Deal In Former Chappaqua Drama Teacher's Sex-Abuse Case

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- New Castle Town Justice Douglas Kraus has rejected a proposed plea deal for former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel in connection with his sex-abuse case involving student accusers.Kraus, who release his decision on Thursday, cited the deal's lack of sex-offender registration for his rejection in a 12-page decision released on ...

  5. Pequenakonck Students Urged To Join Halloween Mask Contest

    Pequenakonck Students Urged To Join Halloween Mask Contest

    NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Students at Pequenakonck Elementary School (PQ) are invited to create their scariest - or funniest - Halloween masks for a decorating contest.The contest, which is being co-sponsored by PQ's PTO and the North Salem Recreation Department, will be judged separately for grades K through 5.Special ribbons will be given for the first, second and third-place finishers for ...

  6. Dutchess Man, Accused Of Burglary, Found With 7 Decks Of Heroin, Police Say

    Dutchess Man, Accused Of Burglary, Found With 7 Decks Of Heroin, Police Say

    KATONAH, N.Y. -- A 26-year-old suspect in the recent burglary of a Katonah home has been arrested and was found with seven decks of heroin, Bedford Police allege. The suspect is Justin Williams, a resident of the Dutchess County community of Holmes. Police said that detectives apprehended Williams in Bedford Hills on Sept. 29. The home burglary, according to police, took place on Aug. ...

  7. Pound Ridge Woman Dies In Bicycling Accident

    Pound Ridge Woman Dies In Bicycling Accident

    POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- A Pound Ridge woman died after a bicycling accident that occurred on her normal route, police said.The woman has been identified as 58-year-old Amy Leffler.“This is a tragic accident and we offer our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Ms. Lefflers' husband and young daughter” Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan said in a statement.Police said that an investigation ...

  8. Clintons Buy Next-Door Neighbor's Northern Westchester Home For $1.16M

    Clintons Buy Next-Door Neighbor's Northern Westchester Home For $1.16M

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua's most prominent residents have made a de facto expansion to their property by acquiring their next-door neighbor's parcel.A public filing from the Westchester County Clerk's office shows that Hillary and Bill Clinton acquired the property from Charles Chepigin for $1.16 million. The purchase also included $16,240 in taxes and $190 in recording fees. The ...

  9. Rally Calls For Area Superintendent's Ouster Amid Sex-Abuse Case

    Rally Calls For Area Superintendent's Ouster Amid Sex-Abuse Case

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Students and parents heading into the Horace Greeley High School campus on a dreary Monday morning with met with protests from local parents, who rallied to demand the ouster of Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay.The parents, who numbered at roughly a dozen, are seeking the superintendent's leave from her post over how the Chappaqua Central School District has ...

  10. Superintendent OK'd Controversial Defense In Chappaqua Sex-Abuse Lawsuit

    Superintendent OK'd Controversial Defense In Chappaqua Sex-Abuse Lawsuit

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua Superintendent Lyn McKay said she was the one who signed off on a controversial legal defense in a lawsuit against the school district pertaining to sex-abuse allegations against a former teacher. McKay made the disclosure at Tuesday's school board meeting.McKay said that the decision to do so was because of legal advice from two law firms: the district's ...

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