Afternoon News Update 10/27

Police continue to investigate the death of a worker at a wastewater treatment plant in Coney Island who fell into one of the tanks. 31-year-old Michael Buffamante was installing de-chlorination equipment on Wednesday afternoon when he fell in. He was submerged for a total of 8 minutes before workers were able to get him out and rush him to Coney Island Hospital; he was unfortunately pronounced dead upon arrival. (Source: LoHud)

On Tuesday, two Connecticut bank robbers were taken into custody when police caught them sleeping in a stolen car near the Putnam County reservoir. Police say 50-year-old Vance A. Coffin and 50-year-old Vincent T Rollins have been on the run since September 23rd when they robbed a bank in Canterbury. Authorities expanded their search when they suspected the two were in the Brewster area. Putnam County Police were able to arrest them without issue; the two were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and are awaiting extradition to Connecticut. (Source: LoHud)

The Mamaroneck School District continues to test water outlets throughout its school district after recent tests have shown high levels of lead. District officials say they have shut off 29 different fixtures and have labeled an additional 25 sinks as “only for hand washing.” The Mamaroneck School District has been testing water for the last few months and has tested over 800 samples in that time frame. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series is even at 1 game apiece as the Indians took game 1 on Tuesday and the Cubs took game 2 last night; game 3 starts at 8 p.m. on Friday as the series moves to Chicago. In NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets lost a close one to the Boston Celtics last night by a score of 122-117. Brooklyn continues its season against the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at home. The Knicks meanwhile play the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Saturday night as they look for their first win of the season.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/25

A new report was released today which stated that 74% of guns used in crimes within New York State originated from other states. New York gun laws are some of the strongest in the country, but the state continues to have gun issues as the flow of guns from outside the state has been steady. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has stated that the report will be released to the public later today, but believes that the data clearly points to lax laws in other states hurting New York. (Source: LoHud)

A Southeast man was arrested last week after he sold Xanax to an undercover Putnam County deputy. 20-year-old John Power was taken into custody after police got word that he was selling prescription pain killers in the area. Police were then able to setup the undercover sting operation on October 20th and arrest the 20-year-old. Powers was charged with multiple felony charges; he was arraigned in Carmel Town Court and released pending a future court appearance. (Source: LoHud)

As Election Day draws closer, Rockland County officials are urging residents that it is illegal to place campaign signs in a public-right-of-way. Some of the signs that have been taken down were campaign attack ads and were removed from multiple busy intersections in Clarkstown and Ramapo. Multiple candidates on both sides of the isle have released statements saying that they wish to remain civil on the campaign trail and do not support the placement of the signs, nor do they support the hateful messages being displayed on them. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series starts tonight in Cleveland as the Indians and Cubs look to break their respective championship droughts! You can catch all the action starting at 8 p.m. on Fox. And in NBA news, the Knicks will also be in Cleveland as they start their season against the Cavaliers, the Nets meanwhile will start their season tomorrow night in Boston.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/24

In Bronxville, a 24-year-old man was arrested for supposedly stealing a car and a checkbook from the New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. According to authorities, Yonkers resident Michael Perrier illegally went into the hospital last week and stole the checkbook and car keys from a desk drawer. Police used surveillance footage from the hospital to identify Perrier; he was taken to the Westchester County Department of Corrections and is due back in court on October 26th. (Source: LoHud)

In Paterson, New Jersey on Friday, police arrested three men on drug dealing charges at a house in the 4th ward, after numerous citizen complaints were filed related to the residence. Authorities seized 1,680 packets of heroin, as well as, small amounts of other illicit drugs. 40-year-old Demetrius McCutchen and 35-year-old Jerome Alexander, who live at the residence, were charged with 13 different drug offenses. The third suspect, 35-year-old Damien Thompson, was not involved in the distribution of the heroin found at the scene. (Source: NorthJersey)

New Jersey residents are almost completely united in their opposition to a new proposal that would allow two casinos to be built in North New Jersey. A new poll suggests that 70 percent of Jersey residents oppose the plan, while only 24 percent support the proposal. The poll was conducted by a group from Fairleigh Dickinson University. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national baseball news, The Chicago Cubs are heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The Cubs were able to put away the Dodgers for good on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout win in Chicago. The Indians have not won the World Series since 1948 and the Cubs have not won since 1908; either way one team will break their championship drought. The World Series starts tomorrow in Cleveland.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/20

White Plains is seeing a boom in new building projects, ranging from new housing, retail outlets, and offices. For the first time in a decade, new development projects are springing up all over the city but especially near The Westchester Mall. While some projects are already starting construction, White Plains residents should expect construction projects to become more common in the upcoming years. (Source: LoHud)

A woman from Saddle Brook, New Jersey was arrested on Tuesday after it was discovered that she owed more than 7,000 dollars in unpaid EZPass tolls and fines. Police impounded a truck that was owned by 38-year-old Luz A. Waldstein when it attempted to pass through the Holland Tunnel without paying. Waldstein was not driving the truck at the time; however she was required to go to the Holland Tunnel to pick it up. She has since been released and is scheduled back in court on October 25th. (Source: NorthJersey)

Today is your last chance to buy tickets for the Friday night boxing match between the Yonkers Police Department and the Yonkers Fire Department. The annual event is designed to raise money for various charities and to build camaraderie between the departments. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Yonkers Police Athletic League; you can purchase tickets for 30 dollars at the PAL from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, The Cleveland Indians are heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1997. The Indians were able to put away the Blue Jays for good with a 3-0 shutout win in Toronto yesterday; the Indians have not won the World Series since 1948. Meanwhile in the National League Championship Series, the Cubs were able to even the slate at two games apiece with the Dodgers after a 10-2 win in Los Angeles; those two teams play again tonight at 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/19

In Westchester, the FBI was able to save a 16-year-old girl from sex traffickers in a sting operation known as ‘Operation Cross Country.’ As many as 8 tristate area police departments, including Clarkstown police, helped the FBI in its operation. The FBI and other authorities investigated truck stops, hotels, and street corners throughout the investigation; Operation Cross Country has recovered 82 underage victims and arrested 239 pimps worldwide. (Source: LoHud)

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the man charged for setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey back in September, has been moved from the hospital to prison. Rahimi was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a police shootout. Authorities have not stated which prison Rahimi was transported to; he is still being held on 5.2 million dollars bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

New York State is putting forward a 55 million dollar plan to add welcome centers throughout the state and advance tourism advertising. The plan will add Taste NY markets across the state which will sell New York grown products, as well as promote the craft beer industry. Overall, tourism spending is up 25% in New York State since 2010. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, the Blue Jays were able to stave off elimination last night with a 5-1 win over the Indians. Those two teams will play again at 4 p.m. as the Indians try to advance to the World Series and the Blue Jays try to stay alive. Meanwhile, on the National League side of the action, the Dodgers took a 2-1 series lead over the heavily favored Cubs last night with a 6-0 win. Los Angeles and Chicago are back at it again tonight at 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/18

The man accused of shooting his former boss and another man outside of a Chappaqua deli over the summer, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 49-year-old Hengjun Chao appeared in court this morning before a Westchester County Court judge where the judge set his bail at 1 million dollars. Chao is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and first degree criminal use of a fire arm (Source: LoHud)

On Friday, a Mount Vernon woman was sentenced to two to four years in state prison after it was discovered she had stolen someone’s identity, in order to purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of shoes. 30-year-old Simone Barrett Johnson spent three days purchasing shoes online and paying her cable bill with someone else debit card. Authorities are unsure how Johnson obtained the debit card and have stated that the victim will not be able to recoup the money that was lost. (Source: LoHud)

The West Milford, New Jersey school district has banned clown costumes ahead of Halloween after the recent disturbing clown sightings that have occurred in the area and across the nation. School district officials have stated that this ban is intended to ensure that all students feel safe during the holiday and can have fun without worry. (Source: NewJersey)

In national baseball news, The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of advancing to the World Series after they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 last night. Today at 4 p.m., those two teams will play again in Canada and it is do or die time for Toronto. Meanwhile, on the National League side of the action, The Dodgers and Cubs are tied at one game apiece and will play game 3 of the NLCS tonight at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/14

The man accused of planting bombs at the Jersey Shore and in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of police officers and multiple handgun offenses. 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is still recovering from gunshot wounds in the hospital, appeared in court via video conference. Rahimi also faces federal charges related to the bombings; he is currently being held on 5.2 million dollars bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

A Paterson man was arrested on Wednesday after a 2 week police investigation discovered he had stolen 160,000 dollars’ worth of cheese products. Police say 18-year-old Darluis J Ortiz, as well as other intruders, broke into the La Fe Foods warehouse and left with an entire pallet of Tastee Brand cheese products. Ortiz was charged with multiple felonies including theft and burglary; he is currently being held in lieu of 150,000 dollars bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

According to a recent report released this week by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the sale of organic farm products is on the rise in New York State. The report sites that there was a 56% increase in sales of organic farm products between 2008 and 2014. The state now has a total of 917 organic farms, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the national total. New York is currently ranked third in the nation in terms of the amount of certified organic farms in the state; only California and Wisconsin have more. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, the Dodgers’ late rally against Max Scherzer and the Nationals’ bullpen proved too much for Washington as Los Angeles moves onto the NLCS to face the Cubs. Meanwhile, the ALCS starts tonight as the Blue Jays travel to Cleveland to face the Indians; game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/13

Verizon announced today that they will cut 250 jobs at their Orangeburg facility and a third of the workforce at their Rockland facility. The company plans to move some sales employees to existing Verizon facilities in other states. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office criticized the move, citing that the company notified the state only 20 minutes before making the news public. The State Department of Labor plans on working to reverse the decision. (Source: LoHud)

More information has been discovered about the small plane that crashed in East Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday. The lone survivor, who is a flying instructor, is claiming that the pilot in training intentionally crashed the plane in a suicide attempt. 43-year-old Arian Prevalla told authorities that he and the man flying got into an altercation before the plane crashed. Prevalla escaped the crash but was badly burned in the process. (Source: NorthJersey)

Orangeburg police are searching for the person who drove a white pickup truck through the Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association’s football field. The damage that was done to the field is threatening the remainder of the football season for both adult leagues and children’s leagues. A surveillance video shows the truck doing donut turns and ruining the turf on the field. Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call 845-359-2121. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, there were no playoff baseball games last night. However, the Dodgers and Nationals will play a deciding game 5 tonight in Washington. Bryce Harper and the Nats take on Adrian Gonzalez and Dodgers tonight at 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/12

This morning in Mamaroneck, a CSX freight train derailed on a Metro-North Railroad track. No one was injured in the derailment, which occurred at 4:15 a.m. Authorities say the freight train remained upright after the derailment and the incident did not cause any delays on the Metro-North Line. (Source: LoHud)

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the protest at the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline worksite. Four of the protestors had climbed into an uninstalled section of the pipeline as an act of defiance, while the other three had climbed over a security fence. All seven protestors were charged with criminal trespassing in the 3rd degree and are due in Cortlandt town court on October 17th. (Source: LoHud)

This morning, a fire at the Englewood Cliffs Campus caused the evacuation of twenty-seven nuns and two priests from the four story complex. The fire, which was caused by a faulty compressor in the utility building, started around 7 a.m. and filled the entire building with smoke. The single casualty in the blaze was a pet cat which was owned by one of the nun’s living there. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national baseball news, the Cubs stunned the Giants last night with a 4-run top of the 9th to advance to the NLCS. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were able to even the slate at 2 games apiece with the Nationals and force a game 5, which will take place tomorrow night in Washington.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/11

Three Rockland residents were arrested in Orangetown last week after police found them with two loaded handguns; one of which had its serial number erased. The officers who made the arrests initially saw multiple bullets in the front seat of their car and one of the residents reaching for an unknown object. 19-year-old Connor Phelan, 26-year-old Amanda Brevetti, and an unnamed 18-year-old Nyack resident were charged with multiple felony counts. The three are scheduled for an appearance in Rockland County Justice Court on Wednesday. (Source: LoHud)

The Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey was evacuated last night after a frantic customer found a written bomb threat in the mall’s food court and brought it to police. Police thoroughly searched the mall but found no explosive devices. The man who found the note was eventually charged in connection with the threat after inconsistencies were discovered in his story. Many customers were forced to wait outside for hours as police searched the mall; thankfully nobody was injured in the incident. (Source: NorthJersey)

A settlement has been reached between the city of Yonkers and the U.S. Justice Department over unconstitutional policing tactics. The settlement includes extra training for police that will hopefully reduce use-of-force incidents and improve stop-and-search methods. The extra training being implemented will cost Yonkers 1 million dollars. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, Giants stunned the Cubs last night after walk-off win in the 13th inning. The Indians, meanwhile, were able to sweep the Red Sox and effectively end David Ortiz’s career. And finally the Nationals were able to go up a game on the Dodgers with the help of former Mets’ star Daniel Murphy.

-Patrick Flood

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