Afternoon News Update 9/20

Police in Mount Vernon have yet to identify a suspect in the deadly shooting that occurred at the city’s annual Arts on Third festival on Sunday. 42-year-old Kyle Dennis was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have stated that they believe it was an isolated attack and that Dennis was targeted by his assailant. (Source: LoHud)

On Monday, a New Jersey woman admitted to authorities that she collected over 345,000 dollars in unemployment benefits over a three year period. 35-year-old Erica Rivera applied online for 24 people, including friends and family, and opened debit cards in their names. Police have uncovered surveillance footage, spanning the years 2012 to 2015, of Rivera using the fake debit cards at ATMs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Prosecutors in the case are recommending that Rivera be sentenced to 8 years in prison. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Suez water company has released a statement asking property owners in Rye Brook, Port Chester, and Rye City to limit their water usage during a drought that has been affecting the water supply in Westchester’s Sound Shore. Suez states that they are concerned about a dwindling water supply for everyday use and fire protection; some conservation tips include using a broom to clear sidewalks, setting your lawn mower one notch higher, and covering pools to reduce evaporation. (Source: LoHud)

The Major League Baseball playoff push continued last night. The New York Mets remained in the first wild card spot as they lost 7-3 to the Atlanta Braves. The New York Yankees, meanwhile, were off last night.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/19

The FBI has made an arrest in connection to the blasts that occurred in Chelsea and Seaside Park on Saturday. 28-year-old U.S. citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody this morning for questioning. The arrest comes a day after another explosive device was discovered near the Elizabeth train station. The explosive device found at the train station exploded while authorities were attempting to secure it; thankfully no one was injured from the explosion. Authorities in the tristate area are concerned that there may be an active terror cell in the area; The FBI is asking anyone who may have information on Rahami or the other explosions to call 1-800-225-5324. (Source: NorthJersey)

Three men were rescued from the Hudson River after their boat capsized during a protest of the Algonquin Pipeline project. Authorities say the boat started sinking shortly after 4 p.m. when the 3 men initially refused help swimming back to shore. However, strong currents began to make the swim difficult for the three men, who were then thrown lifelines and safely pulled from the water. (Source: LoHud)

42-year-old Richard Almaraz and 30-year-old Neil Mena were arrested in their homes yesterday after the FBI tracked heroin and cocaine to their locations. Police have stated that undercover officers made several heroin purchases from the two suspects, as well as two separate purchases of loaded handguns. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders season came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Champions in game five of the championship series. David Fischer took the loss for Rockland, while Austin Chrismon earned the win for Ottawa. The Champions held on in the bottom of the ninth to secure the Can-Am Championship.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/16

On Thursday, a 15-year-old in the Patterson Public School District was arrested for assaulting a teacher. The student, whose name was not released due to his age, was taken into custody after the incident when attempted to flee Great Falls Academy. The extent of the teacher’s injuries was not released. (Source: NorthJersey)

A man from Saddle Brook, New Jersey was arrested on Thursday for possessing marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute. 29-year-old Peter J. Stuart was taken into custody after police executed a search warrant of his home and discovered the drugs. Stuart was taken to Bergen County Jail where he is being held on a 100,000 dollar bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

Chestnut Ridge Middle School is one of 39 New York public schools to receive federal grants in order to help its educational framework. The federal grants that will go towards Chestnut Ridge total 2.4 million dollars. The school’s new educational framework will reportedly focus more on college and career readiness; Chestnut Ridge Middle School was the only Rockland County School to be chosen to receive federal grants. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders lost a 13-12 slugfest to the Ottawa Champions last night in game three of the championship series. Hector Nelo took the loss for Rockland, while Andrew Cooper earned the win for Ottawa. The series stays at Palisades Credit Union Park for game four tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/15

This morning, a 44-year-old woman riding a scooter lost control and ended up on the Metro-North Hudson Line train tracks. The woman, whose name was not released, fell on the tracks at around 7:40 a.m. and caused minor delays. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with non-life threatening injuries. (Source: LoHud)

The State University of New York school system will no longer require applicants to disclose whether or not they have any felony convictions. The SUNY board of trustees voted on the issue on Wednesday and expects the rule change to go into effect during the 2018 admissions cycle. Despite the new rule, students who wish to live on-campus, study abroad, or work in an internship, will still have disclose prior felony convictions. (Source: LoHud)

On Wednesday, a Port Authority police officer managed to save a 17-year-old girl who was attempting to jump off the George Washington Bridge. At around 10:30 a.m. Officer Theresa Jeffrey heard the girl crying and was able to tackle her as she scaled the fencing on the bridge. The girl, who is from Pennsylvania, was taken to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 5-4 last night in game two of the championship series. The Boulders scored in the top of the tenth to edge the Champions. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland, while Laetten Galbraith took the loss for Ottawa. The series heads back to Palisades Credit Union Park for game three tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/14

A small fire broke out on a CSX cargo train this morning causing the train to stall on the tracks near the Lake Road Congers crossing. The fire has since been extinguished and it did not pose a threat to the public at any point. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (Source: LoHud)

On Tuesday afternoon, Sleepy Hollow firefighters and police officers worked tirelessly to clean up an oil spill that seeped into the Hudson. Authorities say an overfilled heating oil tank from an assisted living center spilled into a storm drain, which lead straight to the Hudson. The spill has been contained at this point, however the cleanup will continue until all the oil has been removed from the Hudson. (Source: LoHud)

Two New York City men were arrested in Hackensack for possessing four kilograms of cocaine with intent to sell. 31-year-old Jason L. Scott and 32-year-old Shaun A. Henry were pulled over at a vehicle stop. Authorities obtained a search warrant after the passenger, Shaun Henry, was found with an automatic weapon. The two men were transported to Bergen County Jail and are being held on a 150,000 dollar bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 6-5 last night in game one of the championship series. The Boulders scored 3 times in the top of the eighth to take the lead for good. Matt Kostalos earned the win for Rockland, while Hector Nelo took the loss for Ottawa. The two teams will play game two of the championship series at RCGT Park in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/13

A Monsey man was arrested and charged for plotting to kidnap and murder an Orthodox Jewish man. 33-year-old Binyamin Gottlieb and two other suspects planned to kidnap and murder a man so his wife could be divorced under Jewish law. The two other men involved in the plot were arrested 5 days before Gottlieb, who was arrested by the FBI on Sunday at JFK Airport attempting to flee the country. (Source: LoHud)

Police say an unidentified 49-year-old man was stabbed to death in Yonkers’ Getty Square on Monday afternoon. At around 4 p.m. the victim was stabbed in the torso and taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. As per the request of the family, the identity of the victim has not been released. Police do not believe this was a random attack; if you have any information on the attacker or the incident you can call Yonkers authorities at 914-377-7724. (Source: LoHud)

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this morning that will allow New York breweries to sell other New York produced alcoholic beverages. Cuomo has stated that the bill will help NY farm-based breweries and provide a boost to the industry. This bill was signed a week after Governor Cuomo signed a bill allowing the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays, as opposed to the previous time of noon. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Quebec Capitales 3-2 last night to advance to the championship series. Pat Butler earned the win for Rockland, while Shaun Ellis took the loss for Quebec. The Rockland Boulders will play the Ottawa Champions in the championship series.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/12

In East Rutherford on Sunday, six cars were damaged by flames while tailgating before the Jets season opener. It was reported that a car caught fire after driving over coals from a barbeque and was close enough to five other cars that they were also damaged from the flames. Three of the damaged cars had to be towed; luckily no one was injured in the incident. (Source: NorthJersey)

On Tuesday, some residents of Westchester county and Putnam county will be voting in three legislature primaries. The three districts with seats up for election are the 40th Senate district, the 94th Assembly District, and the 36th Senate District. The 40th and 36th Districts are open to voters who are registered Democrats, while the 94th District is open to registered Republican voters. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders had a busy weekend as their best of five series with the Quebec Capitales continued. The Boulders lost on Friday, but were able to win on Saturday and Sunday to even up the series. The final game of the series is tonight at Palisades Credit Union Park as Rockland’s season hangs in the balance; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/9

In Yorktown this week, two people were arrested for attempting to use forged driver’s licenses and passports to buy cellphones. 20-year-old Amy Labata and 25-year-old Jessie T. Nieves-Perez attempted to buy two cellphones from a Sprint store worth 1,650 dollars with another person’s passport. The Sprint store denied Labata, who then fled the store in car driven by Nieves-Perez. Yorktown police were able to track down the two, who were both arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree attempted identity theft. (Source: LoHud)

A Carmel man was arrested on Tuesday for burglarizing a barbershop in Mahopac back in August. Police conducted a search warrant of 44-year-old Armando Cass’s home and were able to recover an undisclosed amount of money. Cass was charged with third-degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief, which are both felonies. Cass faces up to seven years in prison if he is found guilty. (Source: LoHud)

Rye police say they’ve arrested a 24-year-old man for possessing over 100 prescription pills, including oxycodone and an opioid painkiller. Brian Levinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, he was released on 2,000 dollar bail. Rye police commissioner Michael Corcoran has pledged to continue the crackdown on drug use in the area. (Source: LoHud)

Game two of The Rockland Boulders series with the Quebec Capitales was rained out last night. Tonight the Boulders and the Capitales will make up that game as the Boulders look to even the series up; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/8

A fatal crash in Ramapo last night has left one teenage boy dead and another in critical condition. 17-year-old Marcos Tawil and 19-year-old David Maldanado were waiting at the edge of a driveway on Haverstraw Road when off-duty police officer, Jonathan Mosquera, attempted to pass another car. Mosquera and the other car side swiped each other, which sent Mosquera’s car into the two teens. Marcos Tawil died shortly after being hit, while David Maldanado remains in critical condition at Good Samaritan. Alcohol appears to not have played a part in the accident. (Source: LoHud)

A White Plains woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison after she admitted to robbing three banks in the tristate area. Michelle Cantatore wore a red wig and sunglasses, while brandishing a paintball gun when she robbed banks in New Jersey and Connecticut. On top of her 13 year prison sentence, Cantatore must pay over 400,000 dollars in restitution. (Source: LoHud)

The Hudson River anchorage debate continues as state senators Terrence Murphy and Sue Serino say they are holding a public hearing at Croton Village Hall on October 19th. The Coast Guard and commercial shipping company’s say more anchorage locations will provide an economic boost to the area, while environmental groups and river-side communities say the anchorage locations will greatly affect the river’s ecosystem and damage the area’s scenic views. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders lost 5-4 in the first game in a best of five series against the Quebec Capitales. Hector Nelo took the loss for Rockland, while Jasvir Rakkar earned the win for Quebec. Tonight the Boulders continue their series against the Capitales and look to even the slate; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Morning News Update 9/8

Two boys were struck by a car, one was reportedly killed, while walking along the side of Route 202 in Suffern near Lime Kiln Road. They were on the side of the road around midnight Thursday when two cars collided on Route 202 near a Yeshiva near Spook Rock Road. One of the vehicles jumped a median at the side of the road and came to a stop in nearby trees after striking the boys, reportedly killing one of them. One victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center, the other to Good Samaritan Hospital. The drivers of the two cars were reportedly not injured. Route 202 was closed between Wilder Road and Lime Kiln Road through the morning commute for the investigation.

Two Orthodox Jewish men with ties to Kiryas Joel in Orange County were in federal court yesterday on Conspiracy to Kidnap and Murder charges. 25 year-old Shimen Liebowitz of Monroe and 55 year-old Aharon Goldberg of Bnei Brak, Israel were reportedly arrested Tuesday in Central Valley while meeting to plan the kidnapping and murder of a man who was refusing to give his wife a religious divorce. The two face life in prison if convicted.

A Tarrytown man is wanted by New York State Police on a 7 year-old drunken driving case. Police say 33 year-old Wilfredo Cisneros was stopped by troopers on April 25, 2009, on I-87 near the Tappan Zee Bridge for a traffic violation. Cisneros later failed to show up in court to answer the charges. He’s described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the New York State Police at 518-436-2825 or email .

Rockland County will be observing the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with prayer and songs during its annual memorial service being held at Haverstraw Bay County Park. County Executive Ed Day will be joined by victims’ family members who will pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., marking the second plane’s strike on the Center, the names of the 81 Rockland victims of both the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks will be read by relatives. The service begins 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Haverstraw Bay County Park in Haverstraw.

The seemingly never-ending saga of the American Dream Meadowlands mall has hit another snag. A non-profit group opposed to the issuance of more than $1 billion in bonds for the project filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority which approved the bonds last month. The New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity called it “an illegal shell game” and wants the authority’s August 25th vote to issue the bonds overturned, claiming there should have been a competitive bidding process for the bonds. Once known as “Xanadu,” the project has languished for more than a decade. It is currently slated to open in mid-2018, and if all goes as planned, the 90-acre facility will include an indoor ski slope, aquarium, water park and amusement park.

It’s an argument people will probably have forever, but the folks at The Daily Meal are trying to put an end to the debate. They’ve just released their list of the top 101 Best Pizzas in America. Not surprisingly, the NY Metro area takes up 1/3 of the list…29 are from the NYC area, and 5 come from New Jersey pizzerias. While not one “Rays’ Original Famous” made the list, neither did any from the Hudson Valley or upstate New York. \

-Jeff Lewis

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