Afternoon News Update 10/4

This morning, an explosion in Paterson New Jersey leveled a three-story home on Goshen Avenue and blew out windows as far as 7 blocks away. Authorities received a call this morning about a possible gas leak on Goshen Avenue and began to evacuate residents. Firefighters continued to douse the rubble and put out fires into the early afternoon. Luckily no one was injured in the explosion. (Source: NorthJersey)

Two Westchester County residents are facing assault charges after an altercation that took place at an Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens game last Sunday. 30-year-old Scott Smith and 31-year-old Andrew Nappi, who are both Oakland fans, attacked Ravens’ fan Joseph Bauer after an argument at M&T Bank Stadium. Joseph Bauer is in critical condition at this time and is currently on life support, while the two Raiders fans were brought up on first and second degree assault charges. (Source: LoHud)

On Monday afternoon, Stony Point firefighters responded quickly to a boat fire near the Stony Point Marina. Firefighters arrived at the marina and discovered a raging fire in a trash bin. Authorities say scraps from a boat that was being demolished caused the trash bin to burst into flames. The fire is not considered to be suspicious at this time. (Source: LoHud)

In New York sports news, the New York Giants lost 24-10 on Monday Night Football to the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, the New York Mets are gearing up for tomorrow night’s Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/3

The main engineer on the ill-fated New Jersey transit train that slammed into the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday has told investigators that he was only going 10 mph as he approached the station. Thomas Gallagher, the train’s engineer, also stated that he only remembers the approach, but doesn’t remember the actual crash. Investigators hope to confirm the speed of the train, as well as other facts about that day, from a second data recorder. The first data recorder from the train was not functioning when it was recovered. (Source: LoHud)

On Friday, a Rockland County jury convicted 19-year-old Dylan Lentini and rejected his defense in the murder of a retired school teacher, Michael Wimbert. Lentini faces a prison term of 15 to 25 years to life when he appears at his sentencing on November 29th. The teen claimed in his defense that Wimbert had attempted to rape him at the time of the murder; however, after cross-examination, it was revealed that Lentini’s actions did not qualify as self-defense. (Source: LoHud)

On Sunday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Indian Point nuclear power plant in response to an unknown amount of oil leaking into the Hudson last Friday. A private company was hired to clean up any oil that could be recovered and officials have stated that the leak did not cause the power plant to shut down. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, the New York Mets clinched home field advantage for the Wild Card this weekend. Noah Syndergarrd and the Mets will face off against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Wednesday to see who will advance to the NLDS to take on the Chicago Cubs. The Yankees lost to the playoff-bound Orioles on Sunday, as they finished up their 2016 campaign with a modest 84-78 record.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/30

On Monday, a 17-year-old Pleasantville Cottage School student was charged and arrested for slashing a fellow student with a 7-inch knife. It is unclear why Britany Tessier slashed another 17-year-old girl in the torso, but authorities were able to respond quickly to the scene and rush the victim to the hospital. The victim was able to leave the hospital that day, while Tessier was hit with multiple charges including 2 felonies and a misdemeanor count; she is being held at Westchester County Jail on 50,000 dollars bail. (Source: LoHud)

A suspect in the Bronx blast that killed FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy appeared in court on Thursday to waive extradition to New York. 34-year-old Julio Contrer was taken into custody for questioning on Tuesday and could potentially face charges in the case. Contrer agreed to voluntarily return to New York. He is being held in the Bergen County Jail until New York authorities are able to get him. (Source: LoHud)

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is back for another fall season! The event features a vast array of hand carved pumpkin creations, located at Van Cortlandt Manor. All proceeds for the event support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, which is a non-profit educational organization. You can attend the event each weekend in October, the entire final week of October, and the first two weekends in November. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 as their season winds down. The New York Mets were off last night, but both teams will play tonight; The Yankees will try to derail the Orioles playoff chances at home, while the Mets will try to secure a playoff spot against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/29

Governor Andrew Cuomo has canceled his trip to Israel in the wake of the New Jersey transit crash, which occurred at the Hoboken station. Cuomo had planned to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres but will instead address the media at 2 p.m., along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and provide updates on the crash.

This morning, Kelly Gribeluk pleaded guilty in the plot to have Podiatrist Ira Bernstein’s estranged wife murdered. It is unclear whether Gribeluk pleaded guilty with the intention to provide information against Bernstein. Gribeluk sentencing is planned for January, and she was released on 50,000 dollar bail. The two lovers were caught back in May of this year by an undercover cop who was posing as a hitman. (Source: LoHud)

In Clifton, New Jersey a 33-year-old man was arrested for impersonating a police officer and threatening another driver and her family. Rami Shalhoub was involved in a dispute at a gas station when he claimed to be a police officer. Shaloub then showed a fake police badge and pointed a gun at a woman and the rest of her family, including her 6-year-old child. He was arrested on multiple charges and has had his bail set at 50,000 dollars. (Source: NorthJersey)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets kept pace in the Wild Card hunt by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2. The New York Yankees won last night on a walk-off home run and put a damper on the Red Sox celebration as they clinched the AL East after Toronto lost. The Mets are off tonight and the Yankees will play Boston again; game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/28

The Dannon yogurt company, which has its headquarters in Greenburgh, is considering a move to White Plains. The yogurt giant says that the move is not definite but they are exploring the possibility at this time. A Dannon spokesperson stated that their employees would rather work in a convenient downtown setting. (Source: LoHud)

Paterson, New Jersey saw its 69th shooting incident of 2016 last night after a 27-year-old man was wounded in the 4th Ward. The victim, who was shot in the arm, was a resident of Patterson and was taken in a private vehicle to the hospital. Police officials have stated that much of the violent crime that Paterson has seen over the past few years is due to the city’s drug trade. (Source: NorthJersey)

In a press conference this morning, the Rockland Business Association released a study describing why Rockland county taxes are the second highest in the nation. The R.B.A. White Paper of 2016 cites high income totals for people working in the public sector, including superintendents and police officers, as one of the reasons for the county’s high taxes. R.B.A. President and CEO, Al Samuels spoke with WRCR this morning. The White Paper study was conducted by the Pattern for Progress group and can be viewed on the R.B.A. website,

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets won big last night and kept pace in the Wild Card hunt, beating the Miami Marlins 12-1. The New York Yankees were able to spoil the Red Sox chance at clinching the East last night, beating Boston 6-4. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:00 pm tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/27

This morning, a woman in Mount Vernon was sentenced to 25 years in prison for reportedly running over and killing another woman who was dating her ex-boyfriend. 36-year-old Carla Scott was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene back in April of 2015. Glynis Pinto, the woman who was hit by Scott, was immediately taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. (Source: LoHud)

Early this morning, an FDNY fire battalion chief was killed in a gas explosion that injured at least six others. Chief Michael Fahy and 106 other firefighters were called to the scene of the explosion in the Bronx. The other six responders who were injured were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities are now investigating the possibility that the explosion was caused by drug lab. (Source: LoHud)

Earlier today, a tractor trailer traveling northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway crashed into an overpass and became lodged between the road and the bridge. The crash, which no one was injured in, caused a tremendous amount of traffic on the northbound side of the parkway and slowed traffic on the southbound side. The truck was dislodged at around 9:20 a.m. and the area has since been cleared. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets lost 7-3 last night as the Mets played the Marlins in their first game back after the passing of Jose Fernandez. The New York Yankees kept their slim playoff hopes alive last night with a 7-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:00 pm tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/26

I’m Patrick flood with your WRCR News it’s Monday September 26

Federal prosecutors have revealed this week that a Rockland man, who was a key witness in a narcotics and firearms case against a former NYPD officer, has been found dead. Robert Bishun of Garnerville was found with his neck and wrists zip tied in the backseat of a car just two weeks before he was scheduled to testify against Merlin Aston. The former NYPD officer was under house arrest at the time of Bishun’s killing, however prosecutors are highly suspicious of Aston and his associates. Aston was arrested and charged back in 2014 for one count of narcotics conspiracy and one count of firearms possession.

In Pearl River, residents, as well as commuters who frequent the train station, are complaining that NJ transit trains are dumping sewage and waste. Transit officials say, however, that it is simply treated water and not human waste. Despite this, residents cannot deny the smell and are pushing for NJ transit to look into the issue.

On Friday, 4 men were arrested for stealing various types of drugs from a CVS on route 202 and a Walgreens in Stony Point. Police chased the suspects through the woods and used helicopters, as well as, tracking dogs to catch all 4 men. Investigators are still piecing together the entire story and have not yet released any names. The incident also delayed school dismissals in the North Rockland district.

In Major League Baseball news, tragedy struck as Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on Sunday. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Mets in tonight’s game. Instead, Adam Conley will face Bartolo Colon as the Mets continue their playoff push. The Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Canada as Luis Severino faces off against J.A. Happ; both games are scheduled for 7:10 pm.

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-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/23

This morning, authorities charged 25 people and confiscated more than 13 million dollars’ worth of heroin. Officials have yet to release all the identities of those involved, however, of the 25 people charged, three of them were Westchester residents. The DEA has stated that this is the largest heroin bust in the state’s history. (Source: LoHud)

Mandatory water restrictions have officially been lifted for Rockland County as cooler temperatures move into the area. The water restrictions, which were mostly concerned with outdoor water use, were put into effect in July. However, County officials have stated that they will continue to monitor rainfall and water resource levels. (Source: LoHud)

Police and village detectives in the Bronxville area are investigating a string of home break-ins that were reported on Wednesday. Authorities have stated that break-ins or attempted break-ins were also reported in Harrison, North Castle, and White Plains. Two men driving a long black sedan were seen at multiple break-ins. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets won on a walk-off homerun curtesy of Asdrubal Cabrera and beat The Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in 11 innings. The New York Yankees were shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/22

Legislators in New Jersey want the state to do further testing on a cancer causing metal that has been found in all 25 water providers in Bergen and Passaic counties. Senators Raymond Lesniak and Kevin O’Toole are calling for a legislative hearing to determine what needs to be done to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents. It isn’t clear how much of the cancer causing metal, which is known as hexavalent chromium, needs to be consumed before health effects are noticed. (Source: NewJersey)

Police are in the process of identifying a woman, from an M&T Bank surveillance video, that shows her attempting to use a stolen check and driver’s license. The incident occurred back in August at Mohegan Lake bank in the Cortlandt Town Center. The woman was seen driving a black Hyundai Santa Fe with a stolen license plate from Linden, New Jersey. Anyone with information on the woman in question can call investigators at 914-788-8044. (Source: LoHud)

On Wednesday, a 70-year-old Rye man was seen throwing guns he didn’t want into the Long Island Sound. The man was seen at the Playland boardwalk when police were called to the scene. The man told police that he didn’t want the guns in his house and didn’t have any other way to get rid of them. Police did not charge the man with any crimes and were able to recover the guns that were thrown into the water. (Source: LoHud)

The Mets and Yankees were both back in action last night; The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 4-3, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News update 9/21

A Ramapo high school student was charged with multiple felony counts after he pulled a handgun on a fellow student on a school bus. The 16-year-old student, whose name was not released, was involved in an argument with a younger student that he was sitting next to. Police were notified by the younger child’s parents of the student’s gun and proceeded to track down the 16-year-old. He is being held in lieu of 20,000 dollars bail. (Source: LoHud)

On Saturday, a Bronx man was driving while intoxicated when he crashed his friend’s car and fled the scene in Dutchess County. 25-year old Anthony Velazquez was in the car when his friend pulled over to help one of their other friends who felt ill. Velazquez then drove away, leaving his friends behind and eventually crashing the car in Wappinger. He is due back in court on Thursday and is currently being held at the Westchester County jail. (Source: LoHud)

The city of Hackensack plans to deny all bids from companies that wish to privatize sanitation services. The original plan for implementing private sanitation services came about as a cost cutting measure; however, after much consideration and research, it was discovered that the savings would be minimal for the city. City officials also received harsh criticism from community members who saw the move as a threat to those already employed by the city’s sanitation division. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Major League Baseball playoff push continued last night. The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 5-4, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

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