Afternoon News Update 9/14

A small fire broke out on a CSX cargo train this morning causing the train to stall on the tracks near the Lake Road Congers crossing. The fire has since been extinguished and it did not pose a threat to the public at any point. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (Source: LoHud)

On Tuesday afternoon, Sleepy Hollow firefighters and police officers worked tirelessly to clean up an oil spill that seeped into the Hudson. Authorities say an overfilled heating oil tank from an assisted living center spilled into a storm drain, which lead straight to the Hudson. The spill has been contained at this point, however the cleanup will continue until all the oil has been removed from the Hudson. (Source: LoHud)

Two New York City men were arrested in Hackensack for possessing four kilograms of cocaine with intent to sell. 31-year-old Jason L. Scott and 32-year-old Shaun A. Henry were pulled over at a vehicle stop. Authorities obtained a search warrant after the passenger, Shaun Henry, was found with an automatic weapon. The two men were transported to Bergen County Jail and are being held on a 150,000 dollar bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 6-5 last night in game one of the championship series. The Boulders scored 3 times in the top of the eighth to take the lead for good. Matt Kostalos earned the win for Rockland, while Hector Nelo took the loss for Ottawa. The two teams will play game two of the championship series at RCGT Park in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/13

A Monsey man was arrested and charged for plotting to kidnap and murder an Orthodox Jewish man. 33-year-old Binyamin Gottlieb and two other suspects planned to kidnap and murder a man so his wife could be divorced under Jewish law. The two other men involved in the plot were arrested 5 days before Gottlieb, who was arrested by the FBI on Sunday at JFK Airport attempting to flee the country. (Source: LoHud)

Police say an unidentified 49-year-old man was stabbed to death in Yonkers’ Getty Square on Monday afternoon. At around 4 p.m. the victim was stabbed in the torso and taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. As per the request of the family, the identity of the victim has not been released. Police do not believe this was a random attack; if you have any information on the attacker or the incident you can call Yonkers authorities at 914-377-7724. (Source: LoHud)

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this morning that will allow New York breweries to sell other New York produced alcoholic beverages. Cuomo has stated that the bill will help NY farm-based breweries and provide a boost to the industry. This bill was signed a week after Governor Cuomo signed a bill allowing the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays, as opposed to the previous time of noon. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Quebec Capitales 3-2 last night to advance to the championship series. Pat Butler earned the win for Rockland, while Shaun Ellis took the loss for Quebec. The Rockland Boulders will play the Ottawa Champions in the championship series.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/12

In East Rutherford on Sunday, six cars were damaged by flames while tailgating before the Jets season opener. It was reported that a car caught fire after driving over coals from a barbeque and was close enough to five other cars that they were also damaged from the flames. Three of the damaged cars had to be towed; luckily no one was injured in the incident. (Source: NorthJersey)

On Tuesday, some residents of Westchester county and Putnam county will be voting in three legislature primaries. The three districts with seats up for election are the 40th Senate district, the 94th Assembly District, and the 36th Senate District. The 40th and 36th Districts are open to voters who are registered Democrats, while the 94th District is open to registered Republican voters. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders had a busy weekend as their best of five series with the Quebec Capitales continued. The Boulders lost on Friday, but were able to win on Saturday and Sunday to even up the series. The final game of the series is tonight at Palisades Credit Union Park as Rockland’s season hangs in the balance; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/9

In Yorktown this week, two people were arrested for attempting to use forged driver’s licenses and passports to buy cellphones. 20-year-old Amy Labata and 25-year-old Jessie T. Nieves-Perez attempted to buy two cellphones from a Sprint store worth 1,650 dollars with another person’s passport. The Sprint store denied Labata, who then fled the store in car driven by Nieves-Perez. Yorktown police were able to track down the two, who were both arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree attempted identity theft. (Source: LoHud)

A Carmel man was arrested on Tuesday for burglarizing a barbershop in Mahopac back in August. Police conducted a search warrant of 44-year-old Armando Cass’s home and were able to recover an undisclosed amount of money. Cass was charged with third-degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief, which are both felonies. Cass faces up to seven years in prison if he is found guilty. (Source: LoHud)

Rye police say they’ve arrested a 24-year-old man for possessing over 100 prescription pills, including oxycodone and an opioid painkiller. Brian Levinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, he was released on 2,000 dollar bail. Rye police commissioner Michael Corcoran has pledged to continue the crackdown on drug use in the area. (Source: LoHud)

Game two of The Rockland Boulders series with the Quebec Capitales was rained out last night. Tonight the Boulders and the Capitales will make up that game as the Boulders look to even the series up; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/8

A fatal crash in Ramapo last night has left one teenage boy dead and another in critical condition. 17-year-old Marcos Tawil and 19-year-old David Maldanado were waiting at the edge of a driveway on Haverstraw Road when off-duty police officer, Jonathan Mosquera, attempted to pass another car. Mosquera and the other car side swiped each other, which sent Mosquera’s car into the two teens. Marcos Tawil died shortly after being hit, while David Maldanado remains in critical condition at Good Samaritan. Alcohol appears to not have played a part in the accident. (Source: LoHud)

A White Plains woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison after she admitted to robbing three banks in the tristate area. Michelle Cantatore wore a red wig and sunglasses, while brandishing a paintball gun when she robbed banks in New Jersey and Connecticut. On top of her 13 year prison sentence, Cantatore must pay over 400,000 dollars in restitution. (Source: LoHud)

The Hudson River anchorage debate continues as state senators Terrence Murphy and Sue Serino say they are holding a public hearing at Croton Village Hall on October 19th. The Coast Guard and commercial shipping company’s say more anchorage locations will provide an economic boost to the area, while environmental groups and river-side communities say the anchorage locations will greatly affect the river’s ecosystem and damage the area’s scenic views. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders lost 5-4 in the first game in a best of five series against the Quebec Capitales. Hector Nelo took the loss for Rockland, while Jasvir Rakkar earned the win for Quebec. Tonight the Boulders continue their series against the Capitales and look to even the slate; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Morning News Update 9/8

Two boys were struck by a car, one was reportedly killed, while walking along the side of Route 202 in Suffern near Lime Kiln Road. They were on the side of the road around midnight Thursday when two cars collided on Route 202 near a Yeshiva near Spook Rock Road. One of the vehicles jumped a median at the side of the road and came to a stop in nearby trees after striking the boys, reportedly killing one of them. One victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center, the other to Good Samaritan Hospital. The drivers of the two cars were reportedly not injured. Route 202 was closed between Wilder Road and Lime Kiln Road through the morning commute for the investigation.

Two Orthodox Jewish men with ties to Kiryas Joel in Orange County were in federal court yesterday on Conspiracy to Kidnap and Murder charges. 25 year-old Shimen Liebowitz of Monroe and 55 year-old Aharon Goldberg of Bnei Brak, Israel were reportedly arrested Tuesday in Central Valley while meeting to plan the kidnapping and murder of a man who was refusing to give his wife a religious divorce. The two face life in prison if convicted.

A Tarrytown man is wanted by New York State Police on a 7 year-old drunken driving case. Police say 33 year-old Wilfredo Cisneros was stopped by troopers on April 25, 2009, on I-87 near the Tappan Zee Bridge for a traffic violation. Cisneros later failed to show up in court to answer the charges. He’s described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the New York State Police at 518-436-2825 or email .

Rockland County will be observing the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with prayer and songs during its annual memorial service being held at Haverstraw Bay County Park. County Executive Ed Day will be joined by victims’ family members who will pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., marking the second plane’s strike on the Center, the names of the 81 Rockland victims of both the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks will be read by relatives. The service begins 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Haverstraw Bay County Park in Haverstraw.

The seemingly never-ending saga of the American Dream Meadowlands mall has hit another snag. A non-profit group opposed to the issuance of more than $1 billion in bonds for the project filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority which approved the bonds last month. The New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity called it “an illegal shell game” and wants the authority’s August 25th vote to issue the bonds overturned, claiming there should have been a competitive bidding process for the bonds. Once known as “Xanadu,” the project has languished for more than a decade. It is currently slated to open in mid-2018, and if all goes as planned, the 90-acre facility will include an indoor ski slope, aquarium, water park and amusement park.

It’s an argument people will probably have forever, but the folks at The Daily Meal are trying to put an end to the debate. They’ve just released their list of the top 101 Best Pizzas in America. Not surprisingly, the NY Metro area takes up 1/3 of the list…29 are from the NYC area, and 5 come from New Jersey pizzerias. While not one “Rays’ Original Famous” made the list, neither did any from the Hudson Valley or upstate New York. \

-Jeff Lewis

Afternoon News Update 9/7

Police in Valley Cottage have arrested a man who ran a Ponzi scheme and defrauded friends, family, and colleagues. 43-year-old William Wells pleaded guilty to securities and wire fraud charges and was sentenced to a 46-month prison term. Wells has also been ordered to pay restitution to the victims and forfeit the profits from his scheme. In total, Wells’ Ponzi scheme netted more than 1.5 million dollars. (Source: LoHud)

Two men are in critical condition today after a ski boat crashed into their boat and fled the scene on Greenwood Lake two nights ago. 72-year-old Edwin Lane and 76-year-old Robert Roon were transported by helicopter after the incident and brought to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. A 5,000 dollar reward is being offered to anyone with information on the driver of the other boat. You can call the State Police at 732-541-0491. (Source: NorthJersey)

Fishkill authorities are saying the massive fire that tore through a Gap clothing distribution center on August 29th was set intentionally. The fire caused heavy damage to parts of the distribution center, however some of the company’s employees have returned to work. The investigation continues as State Police and the ATF have yet to release more information on the incident. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders kick off the 2016 CAN-AM playoffs tonight as they face off against the Quebec Capitales in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/6

No one was injured in a dorm room fire at Purchase College on Sunday night. However, the fire displaced two dozen students who have been temporarily relocated. Authorities say that the fire does not appear to be suspicious. (Source: LoHud)

Two men were arrested on Sunday at a Pearl River gas station when police found them with prescription pills and packets of heroin. 27-year-old Conor Gorman and 28-year-old Matthew Capuano were reportedly acting suspicious at the Gulf gas station on North Middletown Road when police were called to the scene. The two were arraigned in Orangetown Justice Court; they are currently being held at Rockland County Jail. (Source: LoHud)

Nyack School District officials say all water fountains and sinks have been cleared of lead after multiple water fixtures were found to have had higher-than-normal levels. Water tests began last spring in Nyack and continued throughout the summer in anticipation for the upcoming school year. Nyack, as well as other Rockland school districts, felt compelled to complete these water tests after seeing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders had a busy Labor Day weekend against the New Jersey Jackals. Rockland won both games of a double header on Friday against New Jersey, however they would go on to lose to the Jackals on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Last night’s game marked the end of the regular season for the Boulders and the rest of the Can-Am league; playoffs start tomorrow night and will continue to September 17th.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News 9/2

The search for a Peekskill woman, who was missing for most of this week, has come to an end. 50-year-old Leslie Hutton was first reported missing by her family on Monday but was fortunately located on Thursday. Police have not clarified whether Hutton was found, or if she was able to get home on her own. (Source: LoHud)

More news out of Peekskill today as Police say they’ve arrested a Tarrytown man for stealing TV’s from a Peekskill hotel. 30-year-old Danny Moya allegedly broke into three empty rooms at the Inn on the Hudson. Police found Moya early Thursday in one of the empty rooms; he was charged with two felony charges of third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief. He’s currently being held for arraignment at Peekskill City Court. (Source: LoHud)

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Yonkers for driving while intoxicated. Jared Singer of Mahopac was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 87 when police say he appeared to be intoxicated. Singer’s blood-alcohol content turned out to be .10, which is over the legal limit of .08. Police charged Singer with aggravated driving while intoxicated, as well as, several vehicle and traffic violations. He was released and is due in Yonkers City Court on September 16th. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders stayed red hot last night with a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Champions. David Fischer earned the win for Rockland, while Daniel Cordero took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders will be at Palisades Credit Union Park once again tonight to face the New Jersey Jackals; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/1

A warehouse fire in Mount Vernon that began early today continued to burn for most of the morning. Firefighters were called to Westside Party Rentals at around 1:15 a.m. and were forced to cut a hole in a garage door in order to release the smoke. Responders had difficulty located the source of the fire and are still unsure of what started the blaze. The situation is still under investigation. (Source: LoHud)

Police are searching for the person that shot a 24-year-old Yonkers resident after an altercation on Wednesday morning. Authorities say the victim made it to St. Joseph’s Hospital shortly after being shot in the chest. The victim is in stable condition and has been relocated to a different hospital. (Source: LoHud)

A Totowa New Jersey man led police on a wild chase while riding a dirt bike last night. 28-year-old Andrew Casciano was riding his bike without a license plate when police began their pursuit. The chase went through Woodland Park, Little falls, Cedar Grove, as well as, several back woods trails. The chase ended with Casciano jumping over a guard rail and sliding down an embankment, where he was then surrounded by police. Casciano was arrested and hit with multiple charges that included resisting arrest. His bail was set at 50,000 dollars. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 6-4 last night. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland, while Randy Hamrick took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders will be at Palisades Credit Union Park once again tonight to face the same Champions team; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

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