Afternoon News Update 9/7

Police in Valley Cottage have arrested a man who ran a Ponzi scheme and defrauded friends, family, and colleagues. 43-year-old William Wells pleaded guilty to securities and wire fraud charges and was sentenced to a 46-month prison term. Wells has also been ordered to pay restitution to the victims and forfeit the profits from his scheme. In total, Wells’ Ponzi scheme netted more than 1.5 million dollars. (Source: LoHud)

Two men are in critical condition today after a ski boat crashed into their boat and fled the scene on Greenwood Lake two nights ago. 72-year-old Edwin Lane and 76-year-old Robert Roon were transported by helicopter after the incident and brought to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. A 5,000 dollar reward is being offered to anyone with information on the driver of the other boat. You can call the State Police at 732-541-0491. (Source: NorthJersey)

Fishkill authorities are saying the massive fire that tore through a Gap clothing distribution center on August 29th was set intentionally. The fire caused heavy damage to parts of the distribution center, however some of the company’s employees have returned to work. The investigation continues as State Police and the ATF have yet to release more information on the incident. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders kick off the 2016 CAN-AM playoffs tonight as they face off against the Quebec Capitales in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/6

No one was injured in a dorm room fire at Purchase College on Sunday night. However, the fire displaced two dozen students who have been temporarily relocated. Authorities say that the fire does not appear to be suspicious. (Source: LoHud)

Two men were arrested on Sunday at a Pearl River gas station when police found them with prescription pills and packets of heroin. 27-year-old Conor Gorman and 28-year-old Matthew Capuano were reportedly acting suspicious at the Gulf gas station on North Middletown Road when police were called to the scene. The two were arraigned in Orangetown Justice Court; they are currently being held at Rockland County Jail. (Source: LoHud)

Nyack School District officials say all water fountains and sinks have been cleared of lead after multiple water fixtures were found to have had higher-than-normal levels. Water tests began last spring in Nyack and continued throughout the summer in anticipation for the upcoming school year. Nyack, as well as other Rockland school districts, felt compelled to complete these water tests after seeing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders had a busy Labor Day weekend against the New Jersey Jackals. Rockland won both games of a double header on Friday against New Jersey, however they would go on to lose to the Jackals on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Last night’s game marked the end of the regular season for the Boulders and the rest of the Can-Am league; playoffs start tomorrow night and will continue to September 17th.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News 9/2

The search for a Peekskill woman, who was missing for most of this week, has come to an end. 50-year-old Leslie Hutton was first reported missing by her family on Monday but was fortunately located on Thursday. Police have not clarified whether Hutton was found, or if she was able to get home on her own. (Source: LoHud)

More news out of Peekskill today as Police say they’ve arrested a Tarrytown man for stealing TV’s from a Peekskill hotel. 30-year-old Danny Moya allegedly broke into three empty rooms at the Inn on the Hudson. Police found Moya early Thursday in one of the empty rooms; he was charged with two felony charges of third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief. He’s currently being held for arraignment at Peekskill City Court. (Source: LoHud)

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Yonkers for driving while intoxicated. Jared Singer of Mahopac was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 87 when police say he appeared to be intoxicated. Singer’s blood-alcohol content turned out to be .10, which is over the legal limit of .08. Police charged Singer with aggravated driving while intoxicated, as well as, several vehicle and traffic violations. He was released and is due in Yonkers City Court on September 16th. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders stayed red hot last night with a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Champions. David Fischer earned the win for Rockland, while Daniel Cordero took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders will be at Palisades Credit Union Park once again tonight to face the New Jersey Jackals; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 9/1

A warehouse fire in Mount Vernon that began early today continued to burn for most of the morning. Firefighters were called to Westside Party Rentals at around 1:15 a.m. and were forced to cut a hole in a garage door in order to release the smoke. Responders had difficulty located the source of the fire and are still unsure of what started the blaze. The situation is still under investigation. (Source: LoHud)

Police are searching for the person that shot a 24-year-old Yonkers resident after an altercation on Wednesday morning. Authorities say the victim made it to St. Joseph’s Hospital shortly after being shot in the chest. The victim is in stable condition and has been relocated to a different hospital. (Source: LoHud)

A Totowa New Jersey man led police on a wild chase while riding a dirt bike last night. 28-year-old Andrew Casciano was riding his bike without a license plate when police began their pursuit. The chase went through Woodland Park, Little falls, Cedar Grove, as well as, several back woods trails. The chase ended with Casciano jumping over a guard rail and sliding down an embankment, where he was then surrounded by police. Casciano was arrested and hit with multiple charges that included resisting arrest. His bail was set at 50,000 dollars. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 6-4 last night. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland, while Randy Hamrick took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders will be at Palisades Credit Union Park once again tonight to face the same Champions team; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/31

This morning in Southeast, one man has died and two others escaped from a house fire. Brewster firefighters arrived at 2 Maple Lane at about 3:40 a.m. and needed an hour to put out the blaze. Responders say they weren’t able to locate the victim until the fire was extinguished. The victim’s identity has not been released at this time. (Source: LoHud)

Last week, a woman from North Carolina died in Neptune police custody after she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 21-year-old Katie Lee Thomas was in police custody when she was found unresponsive. Police performed CPR and she was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center before she was pronounced dead. Authorities haven’t provided many details on the incident; however the situation is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s office. (Source: NorthJersey)

Beaches on the Jersey shore continue to see dangerous waves and rip currents as Hurricane Gaston tears through the mid-Atlantic. Some beaches on the Jersey Shore were closed yesterday, while other beaches decided to ban swimming for the day. Swimmers are being urged to enter the water with extreme caution. The National Weather Service stated that breaking wave heights have doubled from 2 feet to 4 feet in the past week. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 2-1 last night. Brett Palanski earned the win for Rockland, while Yean Carlos took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders will be at Palisades Credit Union Park again tonight to face the same Champions team; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/30

Authorities are searching for a man who forcibly touched a victim in the Purdy’s Metro-North Station parking lot. The suspect was described as Hispanic, roughly 25 to 30 years of age, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11, and 180 pounds. The incident occurred at 8 a.m. on August 21st. MTA police are asking anyone with information to please contact lead detective Ken Stewart at 845-905-3508. (Source: LoHud)

A Nyack man was arrested on Friday night after he assaulted a police officer while under the influence of alcohol at a traffic stop. 32-year-old Kelvin Lara attacked the officer after he was asked to exit the vehicle on Route 59 in Nyack. Lara was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, misdemeanors resisting arrest and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and a violation of driving while ability impaired. He was released on bail and is expected in court on September 20th. (Source: Lohud)

This morning, a two car collision briefly closed the northbound Bronx River Parkway and sent one person to the hospital. The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. and took 45 minutes for authorities to reopen the parkway. The person brought to the hospital was trapped in their car when responders arrived; the person’s condition is unknown at this time. (Source: LoHud)

Boulders’ fan favorite, Stephen Cardullo became the first former Rockland player to be called up to a major league team and record a base hit. Cardullo was called up to the Colorado Rockies three days ago and smacked a single to left field last night in a pinch hitting assignment; it’s only fitting that a Boulder would be called up to play for the Rockies. The Boulders were off last night but look to continue their winning ways against the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/29

This morning, two men were shot at Lange’s Deli in Chappaqua. Both victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla; one of the men is in stable condition, while the other victim is in critical condition. The identities of the victims are unknown at this time; however Police have identified the shooter as 49-year-old Chao Hengjun of Tuckahoe. Hengjun was taken into custody as the investigation into his motives continues. (Source:LoHud)

A Rockland County Highway Department foreman faces fourth degree conspiracy charges for selling powdered cocaine. 56-year-old Bernard Hughes of West Nyack is one of 11 people accused of selling cocaine in the county. Hughes was able to use a government vehicle to sell the cocaine while on the job. Police say the investigation took place over the span of the past year and required hundreds of hours of surveillance. Hughes was suspended from his job and faces a maximum of seven years in prison. (Source:LoHud)

Yesterday marked the Slide the City event in Nyack and resulted in a massive turnout. Thousands of people showed up to the event, which took place on Main Street. The 1,000 foot water slide wasn’t the only thing to do at the event either; Slide the City also featured live music, food, and drinks. The next Slide the City event will be held in Mount Vernon on September 10th. (Source:LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders won all three games of their weekend series against the Sussex County Miners. The Boulders are off tonight but will get back into action tomorrow to face the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 8/26

A 17-year-old from Irvington, New York suffered a fatal accident at a popular Vermont swimming hole. Vermont police say Tyler Rosenberg was on the highest cliff at Hamilton Falls when he slipped and fell down a 100 foot chute. Tyler was brought to closest hospital but unfortunately passed away from his injuries a few hours later. (LoHud)

In Clifton, New Jersey, police are searching for a man who robbed the Boiling Springs Bank in the Clifton Commons. The suspect entered the bank at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday morning and gave the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities say the man was in his 40s or 50s, wearing a baseball cap with an American flag on it, and glasses. Clifton Police are asking anyone with information to call 973-470-5911. (NorthJersey)

Two teens that went missing in Bear Mountain State Park overnight were found this morning after a search involving State police and volunteers. Moshe Ledereuch and Yosef Rothman were part of a group of Yeshiva students from Brooklyn who became separated from their group. An unidentified hiker was the first person to come across the lost teens; the two boys were healthy and only slightly dehydrated when they were found. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders continued their playoff push last night with an 8-2 win against the Sussex County Miners. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland, while Danny Moskovits took the loss for Sussex. The Boulders are back in Rockland tonight to face the Miners again; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News 8/25

In Croton-on-Hudson, authorities have confiscated over 65 pounds of heroin from a tractor-trailer that was parked in front of a house on Sassi Drive. Fernando Quiles and Jorge Ayala were arrested at the house and charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and use of drug paraphernalia. Drug Enforcement Agents have stated that the 65 pounds of heroin has an estimated wholesale value of 2.3 million dollars. (LoHud)

Patterson, New Jersey continues to see rough times after the city has seen its 10th shooting of the month. Police say a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times, early Thursday morning near a park in the 1st Ward. Patterson authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call 973-321-1342. (NorthJersey)

Rockland County officials are saying that recent rainfall and water conservation efforts have resulted in a downgrade of the mandatory water restrictions. Rockland is now in a Stage 1 water emergency, which is down from the previous Stage 2 water emergency. The county has been under water restrictions since July 21st. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 8-6 last night. Brett Palanski earned the win for Rockland, while Luis Munoz took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders head over to Sussex County tonight to face the Miners; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update (8/24)

A three alarm fire broke out in a Yonkers apartment building last night, resulting in the rescue of six residents. Authorities say the fire appears to have been started when a resident fell asleep with a burning cigarette. The fire started around 1:45 a.m. and raged for an hour before 60 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control. (LoHud)

A tractor-trailer overturned on the New Jersey turnpike this morning, causing northbound express lanes to close. The truck overturned and caught fire near exit 70 at around 4:30 a.m. this morning. Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries. (NorthJerseyNews)

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will allow industrial hemp to be sold to manufactures. The bill was signed into law in the hopes that growing hemp will benefit local agriculture and boost the state’s economy. Hemp can be used for a variety of commercial products such as paper, clothing, and food. (Lohud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 5-1 last night. Richard Salazar earned the win for Rockland, while Borkowski took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders look to take another one against the Champions tonight at RCGT Park in Ottawa; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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