Bergen County Landlord Pleads Not Guilty in Tenant’s Death

A landlord accused of killing a tenant in his Bergen County home pleaded not guilty on Monday. 83-year old John Wisse of Hasbrouck Heights was arrested on charges of aggravated manslaughter and weapons charges after allegedly shooting 58-year old Gerald Velardi in the chest. According to officials the landlord and tenant had an argument prior to the incident, and Wisse called police who found Velardi’s body in the downstairs level of the house. He is being held at Bergen County Jail on $750,000 bail.

Nonunion Rockland County Employees to Get Raises

According to Rockland County officials 73 employees not represented by a union will be receiving raises this year. Officials with the Personnel Department stated that the salaries of 54 management positions and 23 others will be getting as much as 5% increases, though they vary for each position. A hearing will take place on September 16 to further discuss the rise in salaries after which County Legislators will vote to approve them or not. Personnel Commissioner Joan Silvestri stated to the Journal News that many of the nonunion employees in the county have never received a raise, and many more haven’t seen an increase in nearly five years. The raises will cost taxpayers $113,033 this year and $326,541 each year to follow.

Monroe Town Board to Vote on KJ Expansion

Officials in the Orange County town of Monroe will be meeting next Tuesday, where they will be voting on the proposed expansion of Kyrias Joel. On Monday night the town board held a public hearing where they announced that they will be voting whether or not to approve the Orthodox Jewish village’s plans to annex hundreds of acres of land from the town to expand and build high density housing. The meeting was packed with residents, the majority of whom appeared to be opposed to the plans. The September 8 vote has been set for noon, but could happen later in the day.

New York State to Rebuild Westchester Salt Shed

According to the New York Thruway Authority a fire at a Westchester facility will cost the state a million dollars. Officials stated on Monday that the fire, which occurred early in the month of August, completely destroyed a shed located in Mamaroneck used to hold salt for a large portion of the New England Thruway and the building will need to be reconstructed. 54-year old Richard Cass who was employed by the Thruway Authority as an electrician was arrested on charges of fourth degree arson for the August 18 fire that police stated took out $400,000 worth of equipment and 650 tons of salt although 2,000 tons were saved. ACcording to officials construction on the estimated $1 million project could potentially begin in November.

Boulders Recap

On Friday the Boulders played their second game against the Sussex Miners at Provident Bank Park. After three scoreless innings the Rockland team were the first to score, and won the game 4-2. On Saturday the Boulders lost 5-1, making it their second loss against the New Jersey team. But on Sunday they redeemed themselves winning with a score of 7-3. They take today off and play the Ottawa Champions on Tuesday night at 7:00.

Bystander Killed in Westchester Shooting

A 61-year old Westchester man died over the weekend from injuries he sustained in a police shootout on Friday afternoon. According to NYPD officials, during an undercover investigation into 28-year old Jeffrey Aristy, who was allegedly selling illegal guns, an officer was completing the transaction with another man and Aristy in Mount Vernon when the unnamed suspect pulled a gun. The officer fired and hit the suspect three times as well as accidentally hitting Felix Kumi of Mount Vernon. It was announced Saturday morning that Kumi died from his injuries overnight on Friday. The bystander was a bus driver who lived with his family a few blocks from the shooting on Beekman and Tecumseh Avenues. The suspect is being treated for injuries and is in custody.

Motorcyclist Killed in Taconic Parkway Crash

According to police a motorcyclist was killed on Sunday when he collided with a minivan while driving on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam County. Officials stated that 22-year old Dutchess County Resident Jeffrey Divine was heading North near Bryant Pond Road around 3:45 AM when a minivan hit him head on after driving south in the northbound lanes for a short distance. The passengers and driver of the minivan were treated for minor injuries and it has not been announced if charges will be filed.

Spring Valley Teen Arrested for Man’s Death in Beating

According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office a teenager was arrested in connection to the death of a Spring Valley man who was killed when he was attacked and robbed on August 17. 18-year old Alfred Degraw III, also a resident of Spring Valley, was arrested earlier this month and charged with first-degree assault, first and second degree robbery, and first degree gang assault for being one of several in a group that beat and robbed Segundo Guallpa on Johnson Street in Spring Valley around 2:00 AM on the 17. On August 24, Guallpa died at Nyack Hospital from injuries sustained during the attack. Police are continuing to investigate other suspects in the incident and anyone with information should call 845-721-9560. The District Attorney’s Office is also considering adding charges to Degraw’s arrest following the man’s death.

Rockland Legislature Opening Discussion on Legal Fireworks

The Rockland County Legislature will be discussing the proposed bill that would allow hand-held sparklers, and smaller sparklers or poppers, to be sold in the county. The sale of fireworks has been permitted in parts of New York State over this past year, but specifies dates they are allowed to be in stores. For the summer months smaller fireworks can be bought from June 1 to July 5 and in the winter months from December 26 to January 2. Many people in Rockland County have been opposed to the sale of larger fireworks, including officials but the proposed bill, titled “The Sparkler Act” is supported by Chairman Alden Wolfe, as well as Republican Minority Leader Chris Carey. Wolfe stated to the Journal News that fire officials have not expressed any safety concerns regarding sparklers in the county. The meeting will be held tomorrow night at 7:05 at the County Office Building in New City.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played their final game against the Sussex Miners on Thursday night. Despite what appeared to be their sloppiest game in a collection of recent wins, the Boulders managed to win with a score of 10-9. They play the Garden State Grays tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. You can listen to the game live at WRCR 1700 AM or here online!

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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