A 19-year old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the early Sunday morning death of an 18 year-old Iona College student. The body of Brandon Lawrence was found in Lincoln Park in New Rochelle around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning when police and emergency personnel responded to gunshots reported in the area. Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene. In the ongoing investigation, 19 Year-old Stivenson Desir has been arrested and charged with his death. A statement by the college explained that support services have been arranged for students, faculty and staff adding that there is no related danger to the campus community.
At SUNY New Paltz in Ulster County, the body of an unresponsive student was discovered by police on Sunday afternoon. According to a statement by the college, Northport Long Island resident, Thomas O’Rourke was found dead in his dorm room though the cause of his death is being investigated with officials ruling out foul play. SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian stated that grief counseling is being offered by Residence Life staff and counselors from the college’s Psychological Counseling Center. Police are clarifying that there is no threat to the rest of the campus community but if anyone has any information regarding O’Rourke’s death, to call Campus Police at (845) 257-2222.
45 Year-old Kurt Ludwigsen was seen in court Thursday before Supreme Court Justice William Kelly who sentenced him to 6 years of supervised probation for assaulting girls on the Nyack College softball team while he served as coach. In January, Ludwigsen plead guilty to seven counts of forcible touching after originally facing over 200 sex-related charges including felony counts of first-degree coercion and 94 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse. Ludwigsen now lives in California and according to the plea deal, will not be placed on the sex offender registry. He was arrested last April after reports of inappropriate behavior surfaced since hired as the softball coach in October of 2014. Later, details emerged of similar allegations against the him while he served as athletic coach in California. Todd Krouner, lawyer for 6 plaintiffs suing both Ludwigsen and the college said of the decision, “It’s a sad day where someone gets to plead guilty to serial counts of sexual assault and get a slap on the wrist and a mere probationary sentence where he has caused irreparable damage and searing psychological damage to his victim.”
Clarkstown Superisor George Hoehmann has announced that the Town Board is expected to hire The Bonadio Group to examine the town’s police department’s $50 million budget to find cost-efficient ways to cut spending. Ultimately, the board reviewed 8 proposals to examine staffing, overtime and other spending necessities, and met with 4 firms. The police force of 186 officers and civilian employees receives a third of the town’s overall budget and according to 2015 reports from the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the average combined salary and overtime pay for a uniformed officer was over $166,000. Hoehmann, who beat incumbent Alex Gromack for Town Supervisor, ran on the platform of bringing meaningful cuts to town spending and balance the budget including staffing freezes and salary cuts. The Bonadio Group, an upstate New York firm, has reviewed police departments in Livingston and Orleans counties and would be paid $98,500 for a 90-day period to survey the state’s second highest police force.
The New York City Football Club is in talks to purchase a 17-acre site adjacent to the Rockland Psychiatric Center to use as a training facility. The option to buy the property remains for the newest U.S. football club which joined Major League Soccer last year. Private firm STEJ Corporation currently owns the land and has for 11 years, with a vision to build a multimillion dollar recreation center for indoor and outdoor sports however the town board voted unanimously to sever agreements with the firm to free up news deals for private use. Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart acknowledged that future proposals for the site would have to approved by the town’s planning board with buyers contributing $250,000 for infrastructure planning. But Stewart sees the possibility for economic growth for the town saying, “There could be spillover for hotels and restaurants.” The proposed site off of Old Orangeburg Road would see soccer fields, training amenities, offices, and parking. The team currently uses the fields at Purchase College in Westchester as practice grounds.
High winds may have been a factor in the death of Clifford M. Lemay, found on Tuesday morning on the grounds of an office complex in Teaneck. Teaneck Police Chief Robert Carney said in a statement that they are trying to rule out foul play when they discovered Lemay’s body however, “…investigators are trying to determine if high winds played a factor…” Lemay worked for Alfred Sanzari Enterprises and was the building manager at the Glenpointe office property. He was said to be on the roof that morning, assessing any weather related damage to the building where North Jersey Weather Observers spokesman Bob Ziff claimed wind gusts continued to blow at over 30 mph.