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In Wesley Hills this week, Ramapo police have arrested a couple on felony marijuana charges following an investigation that lasted several months. 20-year-old Moshe Blitzstein and 20-year-old Sime Silberberg were arrested after police set up surveillance on the house. The couple was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth and fifth degree; they were both released on $20,000 bail and are scheduled to appear in court on August 23rd.

Police in Wayne, New Jersey are investigating several so-called “booby traps” that were found along popular hiking trails in high Mountain. Some of the bobby traps found included wooden boards with nails sticking out of it, barbed wire, and broken glass bottles. Police say they are focusing their investigation on the area of High Mountain Park that is adjacent to the William Paterson University campus.

Mount Vernon has taken a page from Nyack’s book and joined the fun! The town of Mount Vernon announced today that they too will bring Slide the City to Rockland. Slide the City is a Utah based company that sets up a 1,000 foot water slide, provides live music, and sets up food stands. The festival-styled event is scheduled for September 10th, while Nyack hosts Slide the City on August 27th.

The Rockland Boulders lost 4-2 to the Quebec Capitales last night. Pat Butler took the loss for Rockland, while Jasvir Rakkar earned the win for Quebec. The Boulders look for a win tonight as they battle the Capitales again in Canada; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Thursday August 4th.

On Tuesday, Mahwah police arrested a Rockland man after he fought with a security guard and attempted to rob a Home Depot. 61-year-old Michael Macleish of Montebello tried to steal multiple items from the Home Depot, while under the influence of alcohol. Police say he had stolen Home Depot merchandise in his car, which were valued at $900. Macleish was charged with robbery, theft, resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated, and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer. He is being held Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail.

A New Jersey based landscaper faces multiple felony charges after defrauding 9 of his employees. 51-year-old Christopher Greco was paid by the Rockland County government for tree removal work. Greco’s company, Cross County Landscape, completed the work; however, instead of fully paying his employees, Greco pocketed Rockland’s money. Greco faces a 56-count indictment charge; he is set to appear in court on August 23rd.

Senators Jeff Klein and David Carlucci will release a new bombshell report on the popular game Pokémon GO, which illustrates the high rate of characters popping up in front of registered sex offenders’ homes in Westchester and Rockland counties. Senator David Carlucci explained the importance of this legislation to WRCR this morning. The senators will discuss two pieces of legislation introduced to protect children playing augmented reality games from predators today at the Rockland County Courthouse.

The Rockland Boulders are back in action tonight as they look to turn things around against the Quebec Capitales in Canada; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Tuesday August 2nd.

A Brewster man is being charged with multiple felony counts after he reportedly slashed an acquaintance with a knife. 25-year-old John K Schoenfelder Jr. was drinking alcohol with the victim, when things escalated and Schoenfelder pulled out a knife. The victim, who is also in his mid-20s, went to a nearby firehouse to receive treatment. Schoenfelder has been charged with second degree assault and first degree reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to appear in Brewster Village Court on August 8th.

Matthew Beckerle of Pearl River has been sentenced to six months in jail after driving drunk and injuring five people back in June of 2015. Beckerle was originally charged with misdemeanor drunk driving; however the Rockland District Attorney’s Office was able to upgrade the charges based on the severity of the injuries. Beckerle’s plea bargain is expected to include five years probation.

If you’re looking for a fun late-summer activity, then look no further than Slide the City in Nyack on August 27th. Slide the City is an all day party, located on Main Street in Nyack, featuring a 1,000-foot water slide. The event will start at 9 AM and go to 9 PM. You can register at, tickets are available for 35 dollars a person.

The Rockland Boulders are off for the next few days, but will head north on Thursday to try and turn things around against the Quebec Capitales; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Monday August 1st.

A Putnam Lake man was arrested last Friday after falsely reporting that armed assailants were breaking into a nearby house. 28-year-old John Sheehan called 911 at around 11:20 pm and told police that multiple people with fire arms and masks were inside his neighbor’s house. However, when police arrived they found no evidence of a break in and eventually determined that Sheehan was in an altered mental state. Sheehan was arrested, charged, and will be arraigned in Patterson Justice Court at a later date.

The Red Rooster Drive-In on Route 22 in Southeast was found burglarized on Sunday Morning. Employees told police that the back door had been forced open and the registers had been damaged. Information regarding the extent of the damage and the amount of money stolen has not been released.

In Northvale, New Jersey this weekend, a dog was able to rescue its owner after she fell unconscious with an unknown medical aliment. Police say the owner’s dog was able to break a window when it heard two women walking by the house. The two women were then able to call 911 and get an ambulance to the house. The owner, who was unconscious for several days, was breathing but unresponsive when the ambulance came. She remains in intensive care at this time, while the dog, who only sustained minor injuries on its paw, is being cared for by a neighbor.

The Boulders lost both games of their double header with the New Jersey Jackals on Friday, losing 5-3 in the first game and 6-5 in the second. The Boulders were then forced to play another double header yesterday, after Saturday’s game with the Jackals was rained out. Rockland’s rough weekend continued, losing both games of their second double header. The Boulders are off for the next few days, but will head north on Thursday to try and turn things around against the Quebec Capitales; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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An investigation, headed by the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office has led to three arrests and the confiscation of $50,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise. Besides the Rockland County sheriff’s office, law enforcement officials from Orangetown, Haverstraw, and Ramapo have also assisted in the investigation. Sheriff Louis Falco of Rockland County told WRCR that he also credits Global Security and Investigative Services for their assistance. Sheriff Falco also expressed urgency in continuing the investigation and ensuring that local authorities do their due diligence in stopping the sale of counterfeit merchandise.

In Yorktown, police say a homeless man has been accused of attempting to use a stolen credit card to purchase jewelry. 23-year-old Rajeam Jackson was arrested by police after an investigation that began on June 3rd, when the card was reported stolen. Jackson was arraigned in Yorktown Town Court and is due to return on August 9th.

On Thursday in Tenafly, New Jersey an 8-year-old boy was pulled from the pool at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. The boy, whose identity was not released, was in cardiac arrest and was given CPR for nearly 15 minutes before an ambulance was able to take him to Englewood Medical center. The boy’s status has not been released at this time, but he was transferred from Englewood to Hackensack University Medical Center last night.

The Boulders and the New Jersey Jackals were rained out yesterday. The Boulders will stay at Yogi Berra Stadium today to face the New Jersey Jackals in a doubleheader; Game time is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Thursday July 28th.

A White Plains man has been convicted on charges stemming from an attempted murder last year. 38-year-old Bairon Llanos was found guilty on multiple charges including two counts of second degree attempted murder, after he stabbed his girlfriend multiple times and attacked the woman’s son. Both victims were able to recover from the attack, while Llanos faces up to 25 years in state prison.

A resident of Kearny, New Jersey was arrested Thursday after a 40 minute police chase that went through three different counties. 51-year-old Luis Garcia began to flee from police around 2 am this morning in Nutley and was eventually apprehended when he drove into a dead end street. Garcia is being charged with eluding authorities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing came and went, as no one has yet to pick the winning numbers. It’s been nearly three months without a winner and the big prize has now jumped from 422 million dollars to 478 million dollars. The next drawing will take place this Saturday.

The Boulders played the Sussex County Miners again yesterday at Palisades Credit union Park and lost 9-3. Luis Sanz took the loss for Rockland, while Ryan Kulik got the win for Sussex. The Boulders will travel to Yogi Berra Stadium today to face the New Jersey Jackals; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Wednesday July 27th.

Three people suspected of shooting and killing baseball prospect, Michael Nolan, have pleaded guilty today. 17-year-old Nashaun Hunter pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first degree murder, while Tejmitra Singh and Darren Dawson pleaded guilty to first degree assault charges. The shooting occurred back in 2015.

Weehawken police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in the Lincoln Tunnel that brought morning traffic to a halt. Authorities say a 23-year-old female passenger from Brooklyn died in the accident, while the 35-year-old driver of the bike was injured in the crash. The cause of the accident has not yet been disclosed.

In Spring Valley on Tuesday, Fire Chief Ken Sohlman and other volunteers helped deliver a baby on the side of the street near 1 Union Road. Firefighters were cleaning a gasoline spill from a car’s ruptured tank, when a taxi cab pulled up and the driver told firefighters his passenger was in labor. The baby boy was born around 10:15 am and was taken, with his mother, to Nyack hospital.

The Rockland Boulders won 9-3 yesterday against the Sussex County Miners at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York. Mike Adams got the win for Rockland, while Francisco Rodriguez took the loss for Sussex. The Boulders played the Sussex County Miners again today at Palisades Credit union Park and lost 9-3. The Boulders will travel to Yogi Berra Stadium tomorrow to face the New Jersey Jackals; Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Tuesday July 26th.

In Peekskill, more than 1,900 households were without electricity this morning after a night of power loss rocked the entire Lower Hudson Valley. Roughly 210 homes and businesses were without power in Rockland County, as Orange & Rockland Utilities worked tirelessly to fully restore power back to the area. At this point, electricity has mostly been restored to Peekskill and the rest of the Hudson Valley.

Rockland County’s water usage has yet to be effected by the restrictions instituted on the area last week. According to the Journal News, Rockland consumed 36.9 million gallons of water on the day the water emergency was issued; while the average water consumption for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was 36.85 million gallons. Mandatory water restrictions include, but are not limited to, instructions on lawn watering and cleaning public sidewalks. A complete list of restrictions can be found on

Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot has hit 422 million dollars after 3 months without a winner. If anyone picks the right five numbers and red Powerball number, they will become the first jackpot winner since May 7th. The 422 million dollar prize would rank as the country’s 11th largest.

The Rockland Boulders were off yesterday, but look to secure a victory today against the Sussex County Miners in Cooperstown, New York.

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I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Monday July 25th.

This past weekend redefined the call to action, “click it, or ticket.” New York State Police issued over 50 tickets on Sunday in Yorktown. The crackdown happened between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm near FDR State Park. Of the 50 plus tickets issued, roughly 27 were for children who did not have their seat belts on.

As of Sunday, all lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge are open. Six of the seven lanes were reopened on the day of the crane collapse, while the final lane remained closed due to structural damage. The crane collapse was blamed, on what workers are calling a sling shot effect that occurred when the hammer on the crane became stuck to the pile. The crane operator, who has nearly 30 years of experience, then attempted to pull the crane back up. Union officials say the crane operator was rattled by the accident.

In Totowa, New Jersey an off duty police officer was part of a group that saved an elderly man from drowning. The accident occurred around 2:45 pm at the town pool, when off duty officer Gary Bierach and a group of good Samaritans sprang into action. According to, Bierach was quoted saying he didn’t want to take all the credit for the save, and that he was only doing his job.

Over the weekend, the Rockland Boulders were able to take the two of three from the Ottawa Champions during the weekend series. The Boulders lost on Friday 10-4, but were able to take Saturday and Sunday’s contests 11-0 and 4-3, respectfully. The Boulders are off today, but will look to make it three in a row when they play the Sussex County Miners on Tuesday in Cooperstown, New York; Game time is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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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.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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