Afternoon News 8/25

In Croton-on-Hudson, authorities have confiscated over 65 pounds of heroin from a tractor-trailer that was parked in front of a house on Sassi Drive. Fernando Quiles and Jorge Ayala were arrested at the house and charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and use of drug paraphernalia. Drug Enforcement Agents have stated that the 65 pounds of heroin has an estimated wholesale value of 2.3 million dollars. (LoHud)

Patterson, New Jersey continues to see rough times after the city has seen its 10th shooting of the month. Police say a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times, early Thursday morning near a park in the 1st Ward. Patterson authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call 973-321-1342. (NorthJersey)

Rockland County officials are saying that recent rainfall and water conservation efforts have resulted in a downgrade of the mandatory water restrictions. Rockland is now in a Stage 1 water emergency, which is down from the previous Stage 2 water emergency. The county has been under water restrictions since July 21st. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 8-6 last night. Brett Palanski earned the win for Rockland, while Luis Munoz took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders head over to Sussex County tonight to face the Miners; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update (8/24)

A three alarm fire broke out in a Yonkers apartment building last night, resulting in the rescue of six residents. Authorities say the fire appears to have been started when a resident fell asleep with a burning cigarette. The fire started around 1:45 a.m. and raged for an hour before 60 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control. (LoHud)

A tractor-trailer overturned on the New Jersey turnpike this morning, causing northbound express lanes to close. The truck overturned and caught fire near exit 70 at around 4:30 a.m. this morning. Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries. (NorthJerseyNews)

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will allow industrial hemp to be sold to manufactures. The bill was signed into law in the hopes that growing hemp will benefit local agriculture and boost the state’s economy. Hemp can be used for a variety of commercial products such as paper, clothing, and food. (Lohud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 5-1 last night. Richard Salazar earned the win for Rockland, while Borkowski took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders look to take another one against the Champions tonight at RCGT Park in Ottawa; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/23

Rainfall from this past week has improved Rockland’s low water levels; however the county’s water restrictions are still in place for the foreseeable future. Rockland is still 1.64 inches under average levels for the month of August. For more information on the continuing water restrictions, you can call 845-364-2608 or visit rockland.us/droughtinformation/

Riverfront communities along the Hudson River are banding together in an effort to fight a recent proposal that would install several commercial shipping anchorages along the Hudson River. Concerns over quality of life and pollution fuel the fight against the new anchorages. The U.S. Coast Guard plans to hold public hearings in the spring.

Popular daily fantasy games such as FanDuel and Draft Kings are among five companies that are receiving temporary permits from the New York State Gaming Commission. These companies suspended operations in New York back in March when Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused them of violating New York’s ban on gambling. The daily fantasy companies can offer paid contests in New York after a five month hiatus.

The Rockland Boulders lost to the Ottawa Champions 8-2 last night. Austin Chrismon earned the win for Ottawa, while Mike Adams took the loss for Rockland. The Boulders look to bounce back against the Champions tonight at RCGT Park in Ottawa; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/22

A New City man, who was found guilty of negligent homicide after a fatal motorcycle accident, was arrested on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport. Police say 27-year-old Clifford Perkins, who failed to appear in court on August 3rd, was attempting to flee the country when Westchester authorities caught up with him. Perkins is currently being held in Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

Police in Stony Point say a 41-year-old woman faces a felony charge after being accused of throwing a large rock through a car windshield. Karin Neyra of Haverstraw got into a brief altercation with another person before throwing the rock. Neyra was arrested on Sunday on a third degree criminal mischief charge and has since been released and is scheduled for a court hearing on October 6th.

Three men were arrested early this morning after State police found them climbing to the top of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Authorities say the three men, all of whom were between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age, were spotted atop the bridge at 1:20 a.m. The suspects’ names have not been released, however all three are facing misdemeanor trespass and disorderly conduct charges.

The Rockland Boulders beat the New Jersey Jackals on Friday and Saturday, winning 4-2 and 5-2 respectfully. Last night’s game against the Jackals was suspended due to rain. Tonight the Boulders are back in Canada and look to continue their winning ways against the Ottawa Champions; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News 8/19

Police in Putnam have made an arrest in connection to a burglary, which took place back in July of this year. 29-year-old Frank Mazzola and 31-year-old Mary K. Mazzola were arrested after police executed a search warrant of their home. Authorities recovered stolen jewelry which was missing from a Putnam County home on July 21st. Both the Mazzola’s have been charged with multiple felony counts; Mary Mazzola faces up to 15 years in state prison and a fine for up to 15,000 dollars, while Frank Mazzola faces up to 4 years in prison and a fine for up to 5,000 dollars.

In North Jersey news, a judge ruled to not reduce the 200,000 dollar bail for a Hawthorne man who is accused of driving through a crowded farmer’s market and killing a 58-year-old woman two years ago. 50-year-old James Woetzel has been held at Passaic County jail since the day of the crash on August 10th, 2014.

In advance of the Labor Day Holiday, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies say they will boost DWI checkpoints in an attempt to crackdown on drunk driving. The anti-DWI push launched on Thursday and will continue through Labor Day on September 5th. Last year police made 39,318 DWI related arrests, while police this year have made 19,645 DWI related arrests.

The Rockland Boulders won big last night and racked up 11 runs in an 11-3 rout of the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland, while Matt Horan took the loss the Aigles. Tonight the Boulders are back in Rockland and look to continue their winning ways against the New Jersey Jackals; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News Update 8/18

Police in Yonkers are searching for a man who robbed an Atlantic Bank on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect entered the bank at around 1:30 p.m., handed a plastic bag to the teller, and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. The man was described as a white male in his 40s and wearing an army fatigue jacket. This incident comes just days after a Chase bank in Haverstraw was robbed. Police are asking anyone with information on the robbery to call 914-377-7724.

Tax officials in New York are warning residents that scammers are using state phone numbers in an attempt to collect fake payments. The calls are asking for residents to make payments using iTunes gift cards or other debit cards. If you believe that you are someone you know has been contacted by these scammers, you can contact the Department of Taxation and Finance as 518-457-5434.

In Philipstown, two teenagers are facing felony charges after police caught them spray painting graffiti on an Indian Brook Road bridge. 18-year-old John D. Darling and 17-year-old Kevin L. Dyckman were charged with third-degree criminal mischief, making graffiti, and possession of graffiti instruments. If the two teens are found guilty, they could face up to four years in a New York State Correctional Facility and a fine of up to 5,000 dollars.

The Rockland Boulders swept their doubleheader with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles last night, winning 9-1 in the first game and 3-0 in the second. Rockland continues their series with the Trois-Riviers Aigles tonight in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Afternoon News Update 8/17

I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Wednesday August 17th.

Police have released camera footage of the man who robbed the Chase bank on Route 9W in Haverstraw. The suspect was a white man who appeared to be in his 30s and had a distinctive scar on his face. He was also wearing a black shirt, baseball cap, and sunglasses during the robbery which occurred on Monday evening. Anyone who may have information on the incident can call the Haverstraw police at 845-354-1500.

The Palisades Center owners are suing the town of Clarkstown in an attempt to override a town-imposed restriction that’s preventing them from expanding their retail space. The Palisades Center Mall currently has 1.8 million square feet of public space, but if the owners get their way, the mall would have 3.05 million square feet of public space. The area of the mall that would see a boost in retail stores would be the space on the north side of the mall, near the ice skating rink and above Lord & Taylor. The restrictions were put in place back in 1996, when construction of the mall started.

Parts of the Lower Hudson Valley are still without power today after thunderstorms ripped through the area on Tuesday night. Roughly 2,400 Con Edison customers lost power before 10 p.m. last night, after storms with 40-mph winds blew through Westchester. Most of those customers have had their power restored; however there are still over three hundred customers without electricity. Con Edison says these homes should have electricity restored by this afternoon.

The Rockland Boulders continue their series against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in Canada tonight with another double header; the first game is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

Afternoon News Update

I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Tuesday August 16th.

Route 304 has officially been reopened this morning after a fire ripped through several condos in Germonds Village. Dozens of firefighters from 10 different departments worked for an hour to extinguish the blaze. Reports have indicated that none of the residents were injured in the fire, however a few firefighters suffered minor injuries and burns from falling sheetrock. Authorities are saying that the fire does not appear suspicious and it is still currently under investigation.

In Haverstraw on Monday, a Chase bank was robbed during the closing minutes of the work day. At 5:20pm, which is ten minutes before the bank is scheduled to close; the suspect walked in and gave the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect was then able to escape the scene and is currently at large. Anyone who may have information on the incident can call the Haverstraw police at 845-354-1500.

The World Trade Center complex continues to grow, as a brand new 365,000-square-foot shopping center officially opened its doors today. The Westfield World Trade Center Mall will feature more than one hundred stores including Disney, Under Armor, and Bose. The shopping center is located at the transit hub and is expected to see millions of customers per year.

The Rockland Boulders split a double header yesterday against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, winning the first game 11-0 and subsequently losing the second game 11-0. The Boulders continue their series against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in Canada tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Afternoon News Update

Police in Yorktown say they arrested a man who was driving under the influence on the Taconic State Parkway, while transporting heroin. 28-year-old David Vasquez stopped his car in the middle of the southbound lane and was unresponsive when an off-duty police officer offered to help. By the time State Troopers arrived, Vasquez was responsive and was eventually charged with multiple felony counts. Vasquez was released and is scheduled to appear in Yorktown Town Court on August 25th.

A Passaic man, who has been missing since Friday morning, was finally found this past Sunday. Police and family members posted fliers of 67-year-old Andres Casiano on social media over the weekend. Casiano was found at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair and is currently residing with his family.

The Happy Together Tour is coming to Palisades Credit Union Park tonight! The tour features some of the best rockers of the 60’s and 70’s, including Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Mark Lindsay, and more. Gates open at 5:30 and the first band will start their set at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the gates.

The Rockland Boulders racked up 12 runs last night against the Quebec Capitales in a 12-5 victory. Brett Palanski earned the win for Rockland, while Mac Acker took the loss for Quebec. The Boulders will look for two wins tonight as they’ll battle the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in a double header in Canada; the first Game is scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Afternoon News Update

In Wesley Hills this week, Ramapo police have arrested a couple on felony marijuana charges following an investigation that lasted several months. 20-year-old Moshe Blitzstein and 20-year-old Sime Silberberg were arrested after police set up surveillance on the house. The couple was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth and fifth degree; they were both released on $20,000 bail and are scheduled to appear in court on August 23rd.

Police in Wayne, New Jersey are investigating several so-called “booby traps” that were found along popular hiking trails in high Mountain. Some of the bobby traps found included wooden boards with nails sticking out of it, barbed wire, and broken glass bottles. Police say they are focusing their investigation on the area of High Mountain Park that is adjacent to the William Paterson University campus.

Mount Vernon has taken a page from Nyack’s book and joined the fun! The town of Mount Vernon announced today that they too will bring Slide the City to Rockland. Slide the City is a Utah based company that sets up a 1,000 foot water slide, provides live music, and sets up food stands. The festival-styled event is scheduled for September 10th, while Nyack hosts Slide the City on August 27th.

The Rockland Boulders lost 4-2 to the Quebec Capitales last night. Pat Butler took the loss for Rockland, while Jasvir Rakkar earned the win for Quebec. The Boulders look for a win tonight as they battle the Capitales again in Canada; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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