Afternoon News Update 8/30

Authorities are searching for a man who forcibly touched a victim in the Purdy’s Metro-North Station parking lot. The suspect was described as Hispanic, roughly 25 to 30 years of age, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11, and 180 pounds. The incident occurred at 8 a.m. on August 21st. MTA police are asking anyone with information to please contact lead detective Ken Stewart at 845-905-3508. (Source: LoHud)

A Nyack man was arrested on Friday night after he assaulted a police officer while under the influence of alcohol at a traffic stop. 32-year-old Kelvin Lara attacked the officer after he was asked to exit the vehicle on Route 59 in Nyack. Lara was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, misdemeanors resisting arrest and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and a violation of driving while ability impaired. He was released on bail and is expected in court on September 20th. (Source: Lohud)

This morning, a two car collision briefly closed the northbound Bronx River Parkway and sent one person to the hospital. The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. and took 45 minutes for authorities to reopen the parkway. The person brought to the hospital was trapped in their car when responders arrived; the person’s condition is unknown at this time. (Source: LoHud)

Boulders’ fan favorite, Stephen Cardullo became the first former Rockland player to be called up to a major league team and record a base hit. Cardullo was called up to the Colorado Rockies three days ago and smacked a single to left field last night in a pinch hitting assignment; it’s only fitting that a Boulder would be called up to play for the Rockies. The Boulders were off last night but look to continue their winning ways against the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/29

This morning, two men were shot at Lange’s Deli in Chappaqua. Both victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla; one of the men is in stable condition, while the other victim is in critical condition. The identities of the victims are unknown at this time; however Police have identified the shooter as 49-year-old Chao Hengjun of Tuckahoe. Hengjun was taken into custody as the investigation into his motives continues. (Source:LoHud)

A Rockland County Highway Department foreman faces fourth degree conspiracy charges for selling powdered cocaine. 56-year-old Bernard Hughes of West Nyack is one of 11 people accused of selling cocaine in the county. Hughes was able to use a government vehicle to sell the cocaine while on the job. Police say the investigation took place over the span of the past year and required hundreds of hours of surveillance. Hughes was suspended from his job and faces a maximum of seven years in prison. (Source:LoHud)

Yesterday marked the Slide the City event in Nyack and resulted in a massive turnout. Thousands of people showed up to the event, which took place on Main Street. The 1,000 foot water slide wasn’t the only thing to do at the event either; Slide the City also featured live music, food, and drinks. The next Slide the City event will be held in Mount Vernon on September 10th. (Source:LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders won all three games of their weekend series against the Sussex County Miners. The Boulders are off tonight but will get back into action tomorrow to face the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/26

A 17-year-old from Irvington, New York suffered a fatal accident at a popular Vermont swimming hole. Vermont police say Tyler Rosenberg was on the highest cliff at Hamilton Falls when he slipped and fell down a 100 foot chute. Tyler was brought to closest hospital but unfortunately passed away from his injuries a few hours later. (LoHud)

In Clifton, New Jersey, police are searching for a man who robbed the Boiling Springs Bank in the Clifton Commons. The suspect entered the bank at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday morning and gave the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities say the man was in his 40s or 50s, wearing a baseball cap with an American flag on it, and glasses. Clifton Police are asking anyone with information to call 973-470-5911. (NorthJersey)

Two teens that went missing in Bear Mountain State Park overnight were found this morning after a search involving State police and volunteers. Moshe Ledereuch and Yosef Rothman were part of a group of Yeshiva students from Brooklyn who became separated from their group. An unidentified hiker was the first person to come across the lost teens; the two boys were healthy and only slightly dehydrated when they were found. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders continued their playoff push last night with an 8-2 win against the Sussex County Miners. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland, while Danny Moskovits took the loss for Sussex. The Boulders are back in Rockland tonight to face the Miners again; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

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.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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