Wayne, NJ-based Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy

Published reports say Toys R Us has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing helps the Wayne New Jersey-based toy retailer relieve itself of debt left over from its $6.6 billion acquisition by various partners in 2005. The company said it will continue to operate as usual its approximately 1,600 Toy R Us and Babies R Us stores around the world, including Nanuet and Paramus.

Rockland DA: Famed Rockland Distance Swimmer “Skip” Storch Charged with Sex Crimes

WRCR has learned that the New City man arrested on Friday and charged with sexual offenses involving a minor, David Storch, is the famous long-distance swimmer, “Skip” Storch. Rockland County District Attorney Tom Zugibie confirmed the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department’s arrest of the 60-year-old Storch is charged with allegedly committing sexual acts on a child less than 13 years-old over a three-year period between June 2008 and December 2011. Storch is a 1980 Ramapo College graduate and was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. That same year he swam a record-breaking 3 laps unassisted around Manhattan – a total of 85.5 miles – in 32 hours and 52 minutes. In 1993, he attempted to swim 177 miles from Cuba to Florida to call attention to the deterioration of coral reefs around the world. According to a UPI press report, Cuban President Fidel Castro even paid him a visit to wish him good luck. Storch was arraigned in South Nyack Justice Court, sent to the County Jail and is scheduled to return to Court at a later date. Storch could not be reached for comment.

Pomona Man Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder

A 24 year-old Pomona man is charged with attempted murder, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child after he stabbed a New City couple in their home while their 2-year-old son was there. Clarkstown police said Brandyn Johnston fled the scene but was tracked down in Mount Ivy and arrested after the attack late Sunday night. His 29-year-old ex-girlfriend and a 35-year-old man were taken to Westchester Medical Center with stabs wounds in their torsos. The girlfriend’s injuries were not considered life-threatening but the male victim was in intensive care and there was no word on his condition. The boy was not harmed.

Clarkstown Interviewing Candidates for Police Chief Job

Now that Clarkstown police chief Michael Sullivan has been fired by the town board in a narrow 3-2 party-line vote, a new chief needs to be chosen. Supervisor George Hoehmann was a guest on The Morning Show yesterday and said there are three candidates being considered from within the Clarkstown Police department to replace the former chief…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann

Chief Sullivan was fired by the town board earlier this month after a hearing officer found him guilty of disciplinary charges made against him last summer. Sullivan has called the case a political witch-hunt and is a candidate for Clarkstown Supervisor. In a Facebook post last week Sullivan said he would not discuss legal issues, but indicated his attorney is handling things.

White Plains Native Among Victims in Paris Acid Attack

One of the four American college students in the acid attack Sunday in France is a White Plains native. The Journal News reported White Plains High School graduate Michelle Krug was among the victims attacked at a train station in southern France. French authorities have said they don’t think the 41-year-old woman arrested as the alleged assailant was motivated any extremist views. On Facebook, Krug said that she and her friends are doing OK.

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Ramapo

Updated 9/19/2017 8:54AM:

Ramapo Police Lieutenant Robert Lancia said an 81 year-old Wesley Hills resident driving a 2007 Lexus struck a 57 year-old Nyack resident in the roadway. The driver remained on-scene, and the pedestrian was transported to Nyack Hospital by Hatzolah Ambulance where he remains in critical condition. The accident is under investigation by the Ramapo Accident Investigations Unit and the Ramapo Detective Bureau. There are no criminal charges at this time.

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A man walking on New Hempstead Road west of Route 45 yesterday was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle. Ramapo Police said the man was taken to the hospital by Hatzolah Ambulance. The Ramapo Police Accident Investigation Unit was investigating. No additional information was available.

Legoland Gains Another Approval in Goshen

The Legoland project in Goshen has cleared a significant hurdle and is nearing full approval. The Hudson Valley Business Journal reported the town board voted 4-1 and approved amendments to its comprehensive plan and zoning law to allow for the $500 million project. Additional approvals are still needed but for now Merlin Entertainment is targeting 2019 to open the 153-acre amusement park. It’s expected to feature a 250-room hotel, and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions designed for kids up to age 12. It would be the third Legoland in North America.

Sentencing for Former Ramapo Supervisor Delayed until End of November

Former Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence’s attorneys have asked the presiding judge in his case to dismiss the convictions against him. Sentencing has also been rescheduled until November. U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel moved the sentencing from September 28th until November 27th. Saint Lawrence was convicted in May on 20 corruption charges related to the Boulders ballpark and other projects. He had been Ramapo’s supervisor for 16 years.

Ramapo Board Votes to Settle SEC Civil Case Against Town

The Ramapo town board voted 5-0 last week on a proposed settlement of the civil case the Town faces from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The settlement would cover the town and the Ramapo Local Development Corporation which handled, among other things, the financing of the ballpark. In a statement, supervisor Yitzchock Ullman said the town’s already spent at least $1.7 million in legal bills over the last five years. Resolving the matter, he said, would be a critical step in the right direction.

New City Man Arrested on Sexual Offenses Charges with Minor

A New City man was arrested on Friday charged with sexual offenses involving a minor. According to published reports, the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department said 60-year-old David Storch allegedly committed sexual acts on a child less than 13 years-old over a three-year period between Jun. 2008 and Dec. 2011. Storch was arraigned in South Nyack Justice Court, sent to the County Jail and is scheduled to return to Court at a later date.

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