Afternoon News Update 9/26

I’m Patrick flood with your WRCR News it’s Monday September 26

Federal prosecutors have revealed this week that a Rockland man, who was a key witness in a narcotics and firearms case against a former NYPD officer, has been found dead. Robert Bishun of Garnerville was found with his neck and wrists zip tied in the backseat of a car just two weeks before he was scheduled to testify against Merlin Aston. The former NYPD officer was under house arrest at the time of Bishun’s killing, however prosecutors are highly suspicious of Aston and his associates. Aston was arrested and charged back in 2014 for one count of narcotics conspiracy and one count of firearms possession.

In Pearl River, residents, as well as commuters who frequent the train station, are complaining that NJ transit trains are dumping sewage and waste. Transit officials say, however, that it is simply treated water and not human waste. Despite this, residents cannot deny the smell and are pushing for NJ transit to look into the issue.

On Friday, 4 men were arrested for stealing various types of drugs from a CVS on route 202 and a Walgreens in Stony Point. Police chased the suspects through the woods and used helicopters, as well as, tracking dogs to catch all 4 men. Investigators are still piecing together the entire story and have not yet released any names. The incident also delayed school dismissals in the North Rockland district.

In Major League Baseball news, tragedy struck as Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on Sunday. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Mets in tonight’s game. Instead, Adam Conley will face Bartolo Colon as the Mets continue their playoff push. The Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Canada as Luis Severino faces off against J.A. Happ; both games are scheduled for 7:10 pm.

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-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/23

This morning, authorities charged 25 people and confiscated more than 13 million dollars’ worth of heroin. Officials have yet to release all the identities of those involved, however, of the 25 people charged, three of them were Westchester residents. The DEA has stated that this is the largest heroin bust in the state’s history. (Source: LoHud)

Mandatory water restrictions have officially been lifted for Rockland County as cooler temperatures move into the area. The water restrictions, which were mostly concerned with outdoor water use, were put into effect in July. However, County officials have stated that they will continue to monitor rainfall and water resource levels. (Source: LoHud)

Police and village detectives in the Bronxville area are investigating a string of home break-ins that were reported on Wednesday. Authorities have stated that break-ins or attempted break-ins were also reported in Harrison, North Castle, and White Plains. Two men driving a long black sedan were seen at multiple break-ins. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets won on a walk-off homerun curtesy of Asdrubal Cabrera and beat The Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in 11 innings. The New York Yankees were shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/22

Legislators in New Jersey want the state to do further testing on a cancer causing metal that has been found in all 25 water providers in Bergen and Passaic counties. Senators Raymond Lesniak and Kevin O’Toole are calling for a legislative hearing to determine what needs to be done to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents. It isn’t clear how much of the cancer causing metal, which is known as hexavalent chromium, needs to be consumed before health effects are noticed. (Source: NewJersey)

Police are in the process of identifying a woman, from an M&T Bank surveillance video, that shows her attempting to use a stolen check and driver’s license. The incident occurred back in August at Mohegan Lake bank in the Cortlandt Town Center. The woman was seen driving a black Hyundai Santa Fe with a stolen license plate from Linden, New Jersey. Anyone with information on the woman in question can call investigators at 914-788-8044. (Source: LoHud)

On Wednesday, a 70-year-old Rye man was seen throwing guns he didn’t want into the Long Island Sound. The man was seen at the Playland boardwalk when police were called to the scene. The man told police that he didn’t want the guns in his house and didn’t have any other way to get rid of them. Police did not charge the man with any crimes and were able to recover the guns that were thrown into the water. (Source: LoHud)

The Mets and Yankees were both back in action last night; The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 4-3, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News update 9/21

A Ramapo high school student was charged with multiple felony counts after he pulled a handgun on a fellow student on a school bus. The 16-year-old student, whose name was not released, was involved in an argument with a younger student that he was sitting next to. Police were notified by the younger child’s parents of the student’s gun and proceeded to track down the 16-year-old. He is being held in lieu of 20,000 dollars bail. (Source: LoHud)

On Saturday, a Bronx man was driving while intoxicated when he crashed his friend’s car and fled the scene in Dutchess County. 25-year old Anthony Velazquez was in the car when his friend pulled over to help one of their other friends who felt ill. Velazquez then drove away, leaving his friends behind and eventually crashing the car in Wappinger. He is due back in court on Thursday and is currently being held at the Westchester County jail. (Source: LoHud)

The city of Hackensack plans to deny all bids from companies that wish to privatize sanitation services. The original plan for implementing private sanitation services came about as a cost cutting measure; however, after much consideration and research, it was discovered that the savings would be minimal for the city. City officials also received harsh criticism from community members who saw the move as a threat to those already employed by the city’s sanitation division. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Major League Baseball playoff push continued last night. The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 5-4, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

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

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