Man Charge in Nyack College Explosion

An arrest has been made in the June explosion that injured several Nyack College employees and students. Nyack College

Douglas Walker, 44, a maintenance worker on the grounds, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and third degree assault.

During an investigation, Orange and Rockland Utilities said that they believe some excavation work was performed on the grounds and that a gas pipe was bent and separated from a gas main resulting in an underground gas leak that seeped into the building through a “honeycomb” of drains.

South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Brent Newbury said that the accident was unintentional but, “he should have been more responsible.”

Five Nyack College employees, two students and a South Nyack-Grand View Police Officer on patrol outside the building were injured during the blast.

Anyone intending to break ground on any construction project is urged to use the Dig Safely New York Program by dialing 811.

Thunderstorms Continue into the Afternoon

The system of thunderstorms coming from the South and across the East Coast didn’t hit Rockland too bad.

No major problems were reported in the county. Rain is expected throughout much of the day Tuesday with some of the heaviest stretches likely to strike in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

2-Year-Old Monsey Boy Hit by Car

A 2-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car Sunday night on Albert Drive, Ramapo Police are reporting.

The accident happened at about 8:30pm when the boy ran from his home into the road and was hit by a 2011 Toyota Camry.

Luckily, the boy suffered minor injuries to his face and ran home on his own.  The boy was treated on the scene and taken to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.

The driver of the Camry did remain on the scene.  That person had not been cited.

Suffern Man Threatens “Armageddon” on Village

A 56-year-old Suffern man threatened “Armageddon” on the village of Suffern Sunday.

Joseph LaDuca is accused of leaving a note threatening violence in the mailbox at a police officer’s home Sunday morning if his property wasn’t returned by 3pm Monday, Police Chief Clarke Osborn said.

Police believe LaDuca is referring to a car that had been towed in early June by a private company for having a suspended registration.  According to reports, LaDuca never went to get his car.

LaDuca was charged with making terroristic threats, aggravated harassment and trespass.  He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Boulders Fall to Quebec 9-7; Both Managers Ejected

Things got heated in Provident Bank Park yesterday.

The highlight of the game wasn’t the hitting or the pitching, but Boulders Manager Jamie Keefe being tossed after a heated argument with the homeplate umpire in the bottom of the seventh and before being ejected, unloading a bucket of practice baseballs onto the field.

Keefe was one of three people thrown out yesterday, Boulders catcher Scott Knazek and Quebec’s Manager also joined Keefe shortly after.

The Boulders were on top in the bottom of the second thanks to home runs from Jerod Edmonson and Knazek, leading 5-1, but that was short lived.

Boulders starter Pat Moran allowed six walks in 4 innings.  Moran still leads the can-am league with 47 strikeouts.

The Boulders fell to Quebec 9-7.

Ramapo Children Receive Free Bikes Before Boulders Game

83 lucky boys and girls from the East Ramapo School District left Provident Bank Park with brand new bikes and helmets Sunday.

The bike giveaway was organized by the East Ramapo School District’s Family Resource Center and was sponsored by the Barnum Financial Groups for Life.  The Connecticut-based nonprofit believes that “children should be getting exercise as well as exploring their communities.”  The Westchester Human Resources Management Association also chipped in $2,000 to cover the cost of free Boulders baseball tickets for the kids and their parents.

The children had no clue about the bikes, thinking they were just going to a Boulders game, but were quickly surprised with the brand new two wheelers before the game.  A few kids even took a spin through the stadium before the Boulders took the field against the Capitales.



Ramapo Activist Group Demonstrates to Break Cultural Lines

On Friday, a group of 25 local residents shook up cultural lines walking single-file into a Kosher Grocery Store and choosing items to buy.

The “stop and shop” demonstration at Rockland Kosher Supermarket off Route 306 was the kickoff event by a new group called Wake up Rockland.  The organizers said their purpose was to combat the growing phenomenon of segregation between Hasidic and non-Hasidic communities in the county, more specifically the East Ramapo Central School District.

The store owner wasn’t very supportive of the effort, steering demonstrators toward the door, initially saying “you have no right to do this.  Get out of here.”  As demonstrators left, he did thank the group for patronizing the store.

The group will be planning more events to get its message out.

Boulders Defeated at Yogi Berra Stadium 5-2

The Boulders were defeated last night at Yogi Berra Stadium 5-2 by the New Jersey Jackals.

Pat Moran started on the mound for the Boulders giving up seven hits and three runs in seven innings with six strikeouts.  He was relieved by Alex Kreis who gave up two more runs in the eighth.

Shortstop Nick DelGuidice cut the Jackals lead to one in the seventh with an RBI to right field, but that wasn’t enough.

The Boulders go on to play the Jackals again tonight at 8:05 pm.

West Nyack Man Charged with String of Car Break-ins

Clarkstown Police have charged a 21-year-old West Nyack man for a string of car break-ins.

Jeffrey Konan was arrested by Clarkstown Police Monday after he was seen sitting in the Driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Fawn Court home in West Nyack.  The homeowner called police with a description of Konan who ran from the scene.

Clarkstown Police found the man matching the homeowner’s description and connected him to several other break-ins in New City, Valley Cottage and West Nyack.

Konan is awaiting arraignment in Clarkstown Town Court.

16-Year-Old Boy’s Death Determined Accidental

New York State Park Police identified the 16-year-old boy from Brooklyn who accidentally drowned in Hessian Lake after he left his classmates during a field trip.

Jean Fritz Pierre, a ninth grader at international high school in Prospect height was on a class trip hiking at Bear Mountain when he and another student broke away from the group.  According to witnesses, Pierre was last seen diving off a rock into the lake with “swimming is not allowed” signs in the area.

The Rockland County Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy showed Pierre had “significant medical conditions and suffered no bodily injuries.”  Toxicology results for drugs and alcohol will take several weeks to determine.

It is not known if Pierre knew how to swim.