Afternoon News Update

A Yonkers man was found guilty on multiple felony charges, including two counts of first degree robbery and two counts of first degree assault. 30 year old Michael Thomas stabbed his 19 year old victim in the heart and stole his backpack, but luckily doctors were able to save the teenagers life. Thomas faces the maximum of 25 years in state prison, he’s scheduled to be sentenced on August 31st.

In Vernon, a black bear reportedly attacked a woman who was walking her dog outside of her home. At around 10 am on Monday morning, the Vernon resident saw a black bear with three cubs near her home. The black bear then charged the woman and knocked her down, but luckily a neighbor was there to scare the bear away. The woman was brought to the hospital with injuries she suffered in the fall. Authorities have yet to release the names of the people involved.

Haverstraw police are still searching for a man who robbed the Chase bank on Rosman Road. The man claimed to have a gun when he robbed the bank; however he never showed the gun to anybody at the bank. The Haverstraw Police Detective Division is currently investigating the situation. If you have any information on the situation, please call (845)-354-1500.

The Rockland Boulders lost to the Sussex County Miners 6-5 at Skylands Park yesterday. Mike Adams took the loss for Rockland, while Michael Suk earned the win for Sussex. The Boulders will look to get back on track tonight against the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News Update

A three alarm fire in Mount Vernon, which broke out around 5:30 pm on Wednesday, sent five people to the hospital. Firefighters responded quickly after they were called to the blaze that tore through the home in a densely populated section of Mount Vernon. Of the five people hospitalized, three were for smoke inhalation, while the other two were brought in for undisclosed injuries.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police officers can no longer pull over motorists for simply driving with their high beams on. Supporters of the court’s decision say this ruling enhances privacy rights and helps prevent unlawful vehicle stops by police. This decision does not change the law mandating drivers to lower their high beams for oncoming vehicles.

In Clarksboro, a woman who was playing the new Pokemon Go game was forced to call 9-11 after she got stuck in a tree. Firefighters were called to a cemetery on Tuesday night where they found the woman in a tree, with her smartphone in hand. Authorities did not release the woman’s name in an effort to save her from additional embarrassment.

The Rockland Boulders lost to the Sussex County Miners 10-2 at Palisades Credit Union Park yesterday. Luis Sanz took the loss for Rockland, while Francisco Rodriguez earned the win for Sussex. The Boulders will look to bounce back against the Miners at Skylands Park; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Afternoon News Update

The Tappan Zee Bridge is open this morning, after yesterday’s crane collapse which brought route 287 to a standstill. Six of the seven lanes are open at this point, however the far right hand north bound lane is still closed. Officials still advise commuters to take alternate routes if they can.

In Passaic New Jersey this morning, firefighters were able to put out a four alarm fire at an abandoned home on Lexington Avenue. Firefighters were called to the blaze at around 8:40 am and were able to get the fire under control by 10:20 am. Due to the house being abandoned, authorities are calling the blaze suspicious and continue to investigate the situation.

Concerns have been raised in response to plans, proposed by the U.S. Coast Guard, to establish 10 new anchorage locations in the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. Local officials and environmental groups have stated that the new anchorage locations may cause damage to endangered species, as well as cause noise and light pollution to the various waterfront communities. The Coast Guard has stated that they will listen to public comments until September 7th.

Afternoon News Update

A 24-year-old Ossining man has been taken into custody after a 2 year investigation into a check forging operation. Police have stated that Devante Rainey is (quote) “a prolific check forger and we were drawn to him after some suspicious social media activity” (end quote). Rainey pleaded not guilty to a 27 count felony complaint, but was taken to Westchester County Jail following his arraignment. If Rainey is found guilty, he could face anywhere from two to seven years in prison.

A Yonkers man, who used a box cutter to slash a fellow student at Buffalo State College last year, was sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Mohamed Kaba started a fight with Tyrell Ganey outside of a student apartment complex, after which Kaba was immediately expelled. The jury who delivered the conviction, optioned to not give Kaba the maximum of 7 years in prison.

In Alpine New Jersey, a 24-year-old man was arrested after police discovered a connection between him and a motorcycle pursuit, which occurred on Route 9W in May. Police used cell phone information from 20-year-old Michael Morales, who was also eluding cops, to bring Rada in. Morales was brought into custody back in May, after pursuing authorities were able take down his license plate. Police have stated that Bryant Rada was charged with third-degree eluding.

Breaking News from the Tappan Zee Bridge. All lanes, in both directions, are closed as of now after a crane has collapsed on the bridge. At least two people have been reported injured, however this is a developing story. South Nyack police Chief Brent Newbury says he expects (quote) “a traffic nightmare.” (end quote)

The Rockland Boulders battled the Sussex County Miners today at Skylands Park, we’ll bring you updates on that game tomorrow. The Boulders will play the Sussex County Miners at home tomorrow; game time is scheduled for 11:00 am.

Breaking Traffic News

A crane has collapsed on the Tappan Zee bridge. The crane is crossing all lanes, in both directions, and has closed the bridge entirely. Avoid Route 287 near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Afternoon News Update

In Nanuet on Saturday night, Police arrested a Yonkers man who evidently stabbed an acquaintance multiple times on Tennyson Drive. Authorities aren’t sure of 48 year old Frank Keogh’s motives, but they have confirmed that he did in fact know the victim. Keogh was arrested after his truck was pulled over in Wappingers Falls in a traffic stop; Clarkstown police say Keogh is currently awaiting arraignment.

On Sunday, A three-alarm fire tore through an Irvington home and caused tremendous damage. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated, but it has been reported that the house was listed for sale prior to the blaze. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:30 am and were eventually able to get the fire under control. There were no injuries reported at the scene and the homeowners were waiting outside the house upon the arrival of the firefighters.

A 53 year old man was hit by a car on the Hawthorne section of the Sprain Brook Parkway. Ricky Archer was struck by a car at around 9:45 pm on Saturday night and passed away from his injuries on Sunday. The driver of the car remained at the scene and State police have stated that the accident is still under investigation.

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 7-4 on Sunday at RCGT Park. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland while Laetten Galbraith took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders are off today and will start a 3 game set against the Sussex County Miners on Tuesday at Skylands Park, game time is scheduled for 10:35 am.

Morning News Update

A Yonkers man is facing attempted murder and assault charges after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance multiple times at a home on Tennyson Drive in Nanuet Saturday night. 50-year-old Frank Keogh has also reportedly been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt. The unidentified victim was listed in serious condition at Nyack Hospital.

21 year-old Patrick McLoughlin of Washington Township New Jersey is reportedly behind bars this morning following a gunpoint robbery at a Hillsdale deli Sunday morning. According to police, McLoughlin wore a mask and waved a black handgun while demanding money at Wilkes Delicatessen. The clerk handed over about $100 in cash and gave police a description of McLoughlin. Police arrested him and found the cash, the handgun and the mask a short time later. McLoughlin was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

“Unfortunately it happened again.” That was yesterday afternoon’s Facebook post from the Clarkstown Police Department, in the wake of the fatal shooting of three police officials in Baton Rouge Louisiana Sunday. The Town of Ramapo Police Department’s Facebook page was adorned with the Baton Rouge P-D’s logo, while the Spring Valley police department asked its Facebook followers to keep Baton Rouge in their thoughts and prayers, adding, quote, “These cowardly acts have got to stop!” -unquote.

Three Orange County Republicans – County Executive Steve Neuhaus, county Republican Chairwoman Courtney Canfield-Greene and former Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun – will spend the next few days in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. All three told the Times Herald Record that they support or have made their peace with Donald Trump as their presidential nominee and expect the convention to be a fairly typical rally for the party and their candidate, in spite of heightened security and the unusual tenor that has accompanied the Trump campaign.

Afternoon News Update

On Thursday, White Plains’ Firefighters put out a fire at the Mamaroneck Avenue Garden Center. The blaze, which briefly closed down Mamaroneck Avenue, was quickly put out upon the arrival of the firefighters. Nobody was harmed in the incident.

In Thornwood, police arrested a 33 year-old Queens man who lied to authorities about being robbed at gunpoint. Christopher Mercado told police he was robbed on Marble Avenue on his way to work. Police then arrested a 19 year old Bronx man, who matched Mercado’s description. After police realized Mercado’s story didn’t add up, they released the 19 year old Bronx man and charged Mercado with third degree falsely reporting an incident, which is a misdemeanor.

The East Ramapo school district has sworn in a new superintendent. Deborah Wortham, who has been interim superintendent since the fall, was officially sworn in on Thursday at a school board meeting. Wortham will work under a three year contract that’s worth 250 thousand dollars annually.

The Rockland Boulders won in walk-off fashion last night as they beat the New Jersey Jackals 9-8 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland while Robert Stock took the loss for New Jersey. Tonight the Boulders will play the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park, game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Morning News Update

Jiwan Coleman, the Spring Valley teen accused of robbing and murdering another teenager pleaded not guilty in Rockland County Court on Thursday. The 16 year-old Coleman is charged with two second-degree murder counts and first-degree robbery. Police say Coleman hit Ruben Torres on the head with a rock last month as the victim was returning home from a part-time job. Torres’s family disconnected him from a ventilator July 2nd and he died at Westchester Medical Center.

· A key figure in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal pleaded guilty on Thursday to an unrelated federal corruption charge in a scheme involving United Airlines. An internal United investigation had looked into whether former Port Authority chairman and Governor Chris Christie confidante David Samson tried to get the airline to add non-stop flights from Newark to South Carolina where he had a vacation home. Samson resigned in 2014 during the bridge scandal as Port Authority chairman. The plea deal reportedly does not force Samson to cooperate in the government’s ongoing Bridgegate investigation. Bridge lane closings sparked a three-day traffic jam in September 2013. Sentencing is scheduled for October. Prosecutors are asking for two years in prison.

· Three Middletown residents face marijuana possession and other charges following a stop on Route 17 by Upper Saddle River police Wednesday afternoon. Police say the three had an ounce of pot, $5,500 in cash and a .38 caliber revolver in their car. Justin Rivera and Hector Paz, both 20 years-old, were being held in the Bergen County Jail on bail. A 17-year-old who was with them was sent to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center in Teterboro on weapons and drug charges.

· The Nyack Chamber’s “Classic Car Night” has been rescheduled for next Thursday, July 21 from 5 p.m. until dusk. The free event, which features vintage and specialty cars lining Main Street, was cancelled last night due to the rain. Visit NyackChamber.org for more information.

· A New Jersey woman was charged Wednesday for failing to pay over 250 EZ-Pass tolls – a whopping $16,000! Various media reports say Denise Simien of Verona, NJ, was nabbed Wednesday morning as she allegedly tried to go through the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan.

And in CanAm baseball news – The Rockland Boulders faced the New Jersey Jackals in the third of their three-game, split-series Thursday night at Palisades Credit Union Park. The Boulders rallied in the 9th down 8-3 to force extra innings, winning it in the 10th, 9-8. The Boulders travel north of the border to face Ottawa tonight at 7:05pm.

Morning News Update

New York State Police from Troop F are also investigating yesterday’s multi-vehicle fatal accident on I-84 near exit 5 in Montgomery. The westbound lanes were closed for hours following the crash. One was killed and several others hurt in the 6-vehicle pile-up that reportedly involved two tractor-trailers. The incident occurred just a few miles east of another big crash that also shut down the westbound lanes for four hours on Monday.

Clarkstown Police say an 84 year-old New City man was backing out of a parking spot Tuesday evening at the Burger King on Main Street in New City when he lost control of his car and crashed into a commercial and residential building located at 11 Third Street. The man’s 2003 Toyota ended up in the northwest corner of the building. There were no injuries and no tickets issued.

A casino expansion constitutional amendment goes before New Jersey voters this November, but a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind suggests you might want not want to bet that the plan will pass. FDU says only thirty-five percent of respondents are in favor of the plan that would allow two counties in northern New Jersey to each have one new casino. Fifty-seven percent are opposed to the amendment. It reportedly requires tax revenue from any North Jersey casino be shared among the eight remaining Atlantic City casinos. The survey was conducted by phone from June 22-26 using a randomly selected sample of 712 self-identified registered voters in New Jersey.

The Village of Rye Brook will hold a public hearing next month to consider a law banning the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats. If passed, Rye Brook would join the Village of Mamaroneck and Mount Pleasant in prohibiting puppy mills. New Rochelle and Harrison have discussed similar legislation.

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