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

Afternoon News Update 10/7

Federal investigators are saying that the New Jersey Transit train was going twice the speed limit when it crashed into the Hoboken terminal last week. Investigators have also found out that the emergency brake was activated less than a second before the impact of the crash. These new findings were discovered via the data recorders that were aboard the train. (Source: LoHud)

An Eastchester man has pleaded guilty in a wrong-way fatal crash that killed Elena Lopez and seriously injured another last December. 24-year-old Zachary Tokson was driving drunk the night he drove on the wrong side of I-684. Police found Tokson with an empty bottle of whisky, a mixed drink in a soda bottle, and a B.A.C. over .08. Tokson is out on bail at this time and is scheduled for sentencing on January 12th; He faces 8 to 25 years in state prison. (Source: LoHud)

Voters in Valhalla approved their district’s bond proposal with a final tally of 373 in favor of the bond and 192 against it. Valhalla plans to use the money to renovate facilities including improved classrooms, a new playground, and a new roof. Rye Neck also held their district bond proposal vote last night, however their proposal fell 17 votes shy of passing. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 on Thursday Night Football. And in baseball news, the Indians edged the Red Sox 5-4, while the Blue Jays crushed the Rangers 10-1; Both the Indians and the Blue Jays took game 1 of their respective series’.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/6

On Saturday, State police responded to a two-car crash on the Sprain Brook parkway to find that one of the drivers involved was driving drunk. 29-year-old Paul Deberry, who already has a DWI-related conviction, was intoxicated when police arrived at the scene. It was not disclosed whether anyone was injured or not; Deberry was charged with multiple felony counts and is scheduled to appear in Greenburgh Town Court on October 14th. (Source: LoHud)

In Mount Vernon, a 61-year-old man has been charged with a hate crime after it was discovered that he created an anti-Islam piece of graffiti. Vincent Casella was arrested when a police officer witnessed him deface a light pole on the corner of Gramatan Avenue and West Grand Street. Casella was officially charged with third-degree criminal mischief, which is a felony, and for unlawfully making graffiti. (Source: LoHud)

Last week, a 150-foot unfinished yacht, that’s usually anchored in Mamaroneck Harbor, was found a mile away after it became unsecured in a wind storm. The yacht, which is commonly known as the ghost ship, was eventually found and re-secured by its’ owner. The boat has been up for sale for around a decade and can be purchased as is for one million dollars. (Source: LoHud)

In New York sports news, the Mets suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Giants last night. The pitching matchup between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard was everything people expected, but it was the Giants that would edge the Mets in the 9th and come away with the W.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/5

This morning, a freight train derailed in the Bronx while moving inside the Oak Point railyard, which caused delays on the Northeast Regional and Acela Express lines. The FDNY received the call at around 10 a.m. and arrived on the scene as a safety precaution. No hazardous materials were being transported on the derailed freight train and no injuries were reported at the scene. (Source: LoHud)

The creepy clown scares that have been popping up across the country have made their way to the Hudson Valley. Various social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram have made vague threats to schools and people in Westchester County. The police are taking these posts seriously; however, they don’t believe people should worry about a credible threat at this time. (Source: LoHud)

This week, the New York City Football Club purchased a 17-acre plot of land in Orangeburg with the intent to build a 25,000-square-foot training complex. The site has been abandoned for more than a decade and will be able to house offices, a gym, soccer fields, and parking. The team still needs to apply for certain permits; they expect to move in to the complex before the start of the 2018 MLS season. (Source: LoHud)

In New York sports news, tonight is the night for the New York Metropolitans as they face off in a win or go home Wild Card playoff game against the San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner and his impressive playoff resume will go up against Noah Syndergaard in a battle of the aces; game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

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

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