Afternoon News Update 11/1

The jury in the heavily publicized Bridgegate trial has begun deliberations. Overall, the trial lasted about six weeks and saw testimony from roughly 35 people. The trial itself has focused on Governor Chris Christie’s involvement before and after the George Washington Bridge lane closures. The Jury must decide whether two of Christie’s former associates are guilty of the politically motivated traffic scheme. (Source: NorthJersey)

In Clifton, New Jersey a Bronx man was able to disarm an assailant who was attempting to rob him at gunpoint. The victim was attempting to sell his computer after scheduling a meeting on Craigslist, but found that it was only a guise in an attempt to rob him. Luckily, he was able to disarm the robber, who then fled the scene. The robber was described as a male in his 20’s; Clifton police are asking anyone with information to call them at 973-470-5908. (Source: NorthJersey)

New York State’s dairy industry could be facing a 50 million dollar loss if new provincial standards are enforced in Canada. Governor Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking the Canadian government to develop a national agreement that would benefit both New York and Canada, which would allow New York to continue exporting dairy across the border. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series continues tonight as the Cubs have their backs against the wall and must outright win game six and a possible game 7 on Wednesday, while the Indians are one win away from taking the series! Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight on Fox. In NBA news, the New York Knicks are back in action tonight as they face the Detroit Pistons at 7:30.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/31

Tuesday marks the first time since 1988 that New Jersey’s gas prices will be raised, going from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon. New Jersey’s low gas prices have been seen as a cost saving measure for residents in the tristate area, but all that is coming to an end. The state reportedly ran out of money to pay for transportation projects and found that the only way to secure funds was to raise gas prices. According to the Journal News, New Jersey will go from the second lowest gas tax in the country to the sixth highest. (Source: LoHud)

Last Friday, police have taken a Mount Vernon man into custody in connection to the fatal stabbing that occurred on Elm Street on October 18th. 21-year-old Donte Pace was arrested by Yonkers police after surveillance footage and eye witness accounts lead authorities to him. Pace was sent to Westchester County jail and is awaiting a court date. (Source: LoHud)

Nyack’s 29th annual Halloween Parade took place on Saturday and saw upwards of 20,000 participants join in the celebration. The parade takes place on the mile long stretch of road between South Broadway and Main Street. Overall, the parade went off without a hitch and saw residents of all ages dress up and embrace the Halloween spirit. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series continues on Tuesday as the Cubs have their backs against the wall and must outright win game six on Tuesday and a possible game 7 on Wednesday, while the Indians are one win away from taking the series! The World Series moves to Cleveland for game six and a possible game seven. In football news, the Jets were able to beat the Cleveland Browns 31-28 while the Giants had a bye week.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/28

On Thursday, two Port Chester residents were arrested at their apartment after police executed a search warrant and found thirty bags of cocaine and a large amount of marijuana. 21-year-old Oscar Aguilar and 23-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar were taken into custody early Thursday morning on felony charges; the two are being held at Port Chester Police headquarters. (Source: LoHud)

This morning, all lanes on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge were closed after a shirtless man climbed to the top of one of the bridge’s towers. The man was arrested by Port Authority Police at the top of the bridge and taken into custody shortly after; all lanes on the upper level of the bridge have since been reopened. (Source: NorthJersey)

The owners of a small farm in Wayne, New Jersey are offering a 1,000 dollar reward to anybody that can provide information on who stole roughly 200 pumpkins from their patch earlier this week. Surveillance footage from the farm shows four people stealing the 200 pumpkins at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Anyone with information on the pumpkin caper can call the Wayne Police Department at 973-633-3530. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national sports news, the World Series continues tonight in Chicago as Wrigley Field hosts its first World Series game in 71 years. The series is tied at one game apiece and tonight should be a good one as Josh Tomlin of the Indians takes on Kyle Hendricks and Cubs; first pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. In NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets continue their season against the Indiana Pacers tonight 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 10/27

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

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