Continued Closing Statements; Jury Set to Decide Fate of Lacey Spears

Lawyers completed their closing arguments to the court on Thursday in the case against former Chestnut Ridge mother Lacey Spears who is accused of killing her son Garnett in January of last year. Prosecutors stated at the trial’s final hearing that the 27-year old mother had been poisoning her five-year old son with sodium through his feeding tube to make him sick, before he succumbed to fatal doses during a hospital stay. Prosecutors claim that Spears had time to poison her son during a bathroom break before his health began to decline, and an empty feeding bag tested positive for high levels of sodium. Spears’ attorneys blamed Nyack Hospital for not keeping up with the young boy’s dehydration, before he was transferred to Westchester Medical Center. Defense Attorney Stephen Reibling also argued that there is not enough clear evidence for a jury to find his client guilty, stating that the case is circumstantial. The jury began deliberating the case and will continue to do so today at 10:00 AM.

Orange County Man Indicted Again for Murder of Ramapo Rape Suspect

An Orange County man who was accused of killing a Rockland man suspected of rape in Ramapo, has been indicted by a grand jury. David Carlson of Sparrowbush was accused of shooting Norris Acosta-Sanchez in 2013, while allegedly defending himself when the two struggled for a shotgun on Carlson’s property. Carlson stated that he was attempting to turn Acosta-Sanchez into police after he had learned of the rape charges against the man. The case had been thrown out by a judge in November, who stated that the evidence presented by prosecutors was compromised. On Thursday Carlson was indicted once again on charges of second-degree murder, and first and second-degree manslaughter. He will be arraigned on March 6.

Hilltop Principal Transferred to New Position

According to recent reports by the Journal News, the former principal of the Hilltop School in Haverstraw, Kimberly Taylor, was moved to a new position as administrator within the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, with responsibilities including reviewing student assessments and organizing summer schools. Taylor and the BOSCES district are defendants in a lawsuit filed by former aid Kenneth Egan, who claims the district fired him when he came forward with accusations of abuse. Egan had recorded audio of what he states is Taylor screaming at children in June 2011 and calling them names such as retarded. Superintendent of BOSCES Mary Jean Marsico stated to the news outlet that Taylor had requested a new position after the lawsuit and the transfer was rushed during the recent news rushed during the recent news stories on the situation. Psychologist Christine Ditrano was appointed as the new principal and will start this coming Monday. Marsico stated that the decision to rush the transfer of positions was to, “get some consistency in the building.”

Bus Driver Faces Charges

Police stated that a bus driver for the East Ramapo School District was arrested when he failed to properly check the bus and left a boy sleeping alone after the morning run. West Nyack resident Matthew Murphy faces charges after he completed his morning drop-off two weeks ago at Hempstead Elementary School, during which the 9-year old child fell asleep. Murphy is accused of leaving the student alone for nearly 40 minutes. Bus drivers are required to thoroughly check each vehicle after every run. Murphy will be seen in Ramapo Town Clerk next week.

Rockland County Lottery Winner

New York State Lottery officials announced that a winning ticket worth $7 million was sold at a store in New City. According to officials the ticket was a $25 Golden Ticket Game scratch off and was bought from the Just A Dollar on North Main Street. The winner has come forward, but will likely not be announced for a couple of weeks.

Pedestrian Killed by Car in Monsey

According to police a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Monsey on Wednesday night. The accident occurred around 7:30 PM, police stating that the Hyundai Elantra was driving north on Robert Pitt Drive before hitting the man near Route 59. The identity of the victim has not been released and police were investigating the scene for several hours Wednesday night. Police stated that they believe the man was crossing the street when he was struck, and the driver of the car did stop. It is unclear if criminal charges will be filed and police are continuing to investigate the accident.

House Destroyed in Airmont Fire

Officials reported a fire early this morning at a home on Park Ave in Airmont. Firefighters from the Monsey, South Spring Valley and Hillcrest departments responded to a call from Ramapo Police around 2:00 Thursday morning that the home was engulfed in flames, and spent several hours into the morning attempting to put them out. Orange and Rockland crews were also on the scene to shut off the gas, which police stated was helping to spread the fire throughout the house. All those in the home were able to get out before the fire spread, but the house was completely destroyed by the blaze.

Adoptable Pets 2-26-15

Still time this month to take advantage of the “Meet Your 4-Ever Match” Promotion. All animals over the age of four are available for $14!! Call Hi Tor Animal Care Center at 845-354-7900 today.

Harlem is a 2 yr old male pitbull mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Harlem would do well in a house as an only pet. Harlem is such a striking and handsome young-man. Because he is an active boy he would be good with kids 10 and up.

Harlem is a 2 yr old male pitbull mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Harlem would do well in a house as an only pet. Harlem is such a striking and handsome young-man. Because he is an active boy he would be good with kids 10 and up.

Rosie is a 2-year old female Pit bull who was brought to the shelter as a stray. It appears from her condition that she's had a pretty rough life. She was skinny and malnourished. Rosie was pretty much shut down when she arrived. She would barely get up off the ground to walk it was more like a crawl; it appeared that she’d dealt with some type of possible abuse and neglect. But she's slowly coming out of her shell and seems to be on the road to recovery. At this time it is still not sure how she is with other dogs or cats. Rosie is also a bit shy around men but will slowly warm up to them. What she could probably use most is a quiet calm home to finish working on her issues.

Rosie is a 2-year old female Pit bull who was brought to the shelter as a stray. It appears from her condition that she’s had a pretty rough life. She was skinny and malnourished. Rosie was pretty much shut down when she arrived. She would barely get up off the ground to walk it was more like a crawl; it appeared that she’d dealt with some type of possible abuse and neglect. But she’s slowly coming out of her shell and seems to be on the road to recovery. At this time it is still not sure how she is with other dogs or cats. Rosie is also a bit shy around men but will slowly warm up to them. What she could probably use most is a quiet calm home to finish working on her issues.

Dutchess is a 3-yr old female pit mix who was surrendered to the shelter. She would be good in a home with teens. Duchess is a very affectionate little lady who loves to give kisses and craves human company. She has not shown any bad feelings towards other dogs but of course would need to be introduced to any other dog in the household first, and she is not good with cats.

Dutchess is a 3-yr old female pit mix who was surrendered to the shelter. She would be good in a home with teens. Duchess is a very affectionate little lady who loves to give kisses and craves human company. She has not shown any bad feelings towards other dogs but of course would need to be introduced to any other dog in the household first, and she is not good with cats.

Bandit is a 1 1/2 yr old male DSH who was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many animals. He does very well with cats and children. Even though Bandit was given up he's an extremely friendly and social cat who just loves to be held and close to you.

Bandit is a 1 1/2 yr old male DSH who was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many animals. He does very well with cats and children. Even though Bandit was given up he’s an extremely friendly and social cat who just loves to be held and close to you.

Kitty is a 1-yr old female DSH who came in as a stray with her brother Milo. They are a bonded pair who would love to stay together. Kitty does well whither kids and would do best in a home with kids 10 and older. She's a bit reserved at first but then warms up nicely.

Kitty is a 1-yr old female DSH who came in as a stray with her brother Milo. They are a bonded pair who would love to stay together. Kitty does well whither kids and would do best in a home with kids 10 and older. She’s a bit reserved at first but then warms up nicely.

Phineas is a 3-year old male DSH cat. He was found as a stray. He is good with other cats and all children but unsure about dogs. He's on the smaller side and very, very cute. He's a low energy cat who prefers to be held and pet.

Phineas is a 3-year old male DSH cat. He was found as a stray. He is good with other cats and all children but unsure about dogs. He’s on the smaller side and very, very cute. He’s a low energy cat who prefers to be held and pet.

This 8 month old neutered male is ready for a family of his own. Scottie is a lionhead rabbit, with beautiful ruby colored eyes. He is very interactive, and lots of fun. He will come right to you to be petted. For more information on Scottie, please email us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

This 8 month old neutered male is ready for a family of his own. Scottie is a lionhead rabbit, with beautiful ruby colored eyes. He is very interactive, and lots of fun. He will come right to you to be petted. For more information on Scottie, please email us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

This one year old neutered male will captivate you. He is gentle and sweet. Nico is on the small side, at about three pounds, and is doing well with his litter box training. For more information please email us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

This one year old neutered male will captivate you. He is gentle and sweet. Nico is on the small side, at about three pounds, and is doing well with his litter box training. For more information please email us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

This neutered male was surrendered after spending time as a classroom pet. Greyson is currently in foster care waiting for his forever family. He is about two years old, and has mastered litter box training. For more information, please contact us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

This neutered male was surrendered after spending time as a classroom pet. Greyson is currently in foster care waiting for his forever family. He is about two years old, and has mastered litter box training. For more information, please contact us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

Orange County Molester Convicted

An Orange County man was convicted on felony charges of sexual assault on a child and sexual conduct against a child. 36-year old Patrick Crowe allegedly began molesting the Congers boy with Asperger’s syndrome in 2010 when he was 8-years old and continued until 2012 when the boy came forward with claims against him. District attorney Thomas Zugibe stated about the recent trial that the boy was able to testify from outside the courtroom, via video, due to the possibility of emotional trauma from the abuse. Zugibe praised the boy’s brave decision to testify and credited the result of a conviction in those actions. Crowe will remain in the Rockland County jail until his sentencing on June 2 and faces 25 years to life in prison.

Coyote Sighting in South Nyack

South Nyack police are warning residents of Rockland county after reports of a recent coyote sighting. According to police on sunday, a coyote attacked and killed a deer in the residential area of Shadyside avenue. Police are asking that if anyone sees a coyote, remember that they are dangerous, wild animals, as well as be aware when walking your pets outside and it is recommended that you don’t let animals outside alone, especially smaller ones. Coyotes are known to travel and hunt in packs, for long periods of time, if you come across a coyote inform the police immediately and they will investigate the area.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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