Missing New Square Man Presumed Dead

According to police a man reported missing from his Rockland County village, who was last seen on Friday afternoon is presumed dead. Ramapo Police stated that New Square resident David Ahronowitz was last seen on Cleveland Avenue and then took a cab over the George Washington Bridge. Police released an updated report on Wednesday morning that after tracing a report from witnesses placing the 46-year old man walking across the bridge later in the afternoon on Friday, they uncovered video of the Ahronowitz jumping. Officials stated the NYPD had begun searching the water and along the river earlier Wednesday.

Study to be Conducted on Clarkstown Police Department

On Tuesday Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann announced that the town will be conducting a study on the Police Department’s spending and operations. According to officials the town is accepting proposals from outside consultants by February 24, to look into the $50 million budget, which, according to information compiled by the Journal News, provides police services to residents and paid officers an average salary of $166,719 with overtime for 2015. The study is an attempt to lower taxes for residents as was to lower taxes for residents as was promised during Hoehmann’s campaign for election last year, and the contract with the Police Benevolent Association expires in December of this year, meaning a new agreement will be made. Hoehmann stated that the police services are exceptional, but it is owed to residents to determine if and where money can be saved. Officials with both the police department and the PBA stated to the Journal News that they are willing to work with consultants during the study.

NJ Woman Found Dead Underneath Snow

A New Jersey woman was found dead in her yard on Monday, after a group of teenagers reported to police that they had discovered a body. 64-year old Mary Wall of Mahwah was found completely covered by snow in her driveway around 3:30 PM when several kids were walking home from the school bus, whose parents reported to officials they believed they had found a jacket, before realizing it was in fact a body. Mahwah Police stated that the woman apparently suffered a medical condition that became an emergency while she was outside and she was found, “holding a shovel and dressed for the elements.” The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office and police are continuing to investigate, but do not believe that foul play was involved.

Westchester Man Killed by Car

An elderly music teacher was killed in Pleasantville this weekend, when he was struck by a car. Around 11:00 Sunday morning, following the massive snow storm on Saturday, 90-year old Hercules Faranda was cleaning snow from his car outside of his home on Washington Avenue, when he was hit by a driver passing by. Police stated the driver of that vehicle did remain on the scene and is not facing any charges yet, as it appears to be an accident, and officials are continuing to investigate the cause including slippery roads.

Four People Overdose in Westchester

Westchester Police and emergency services responded to a call on Monday to find four people were sick and possibly suffering from possible overdoses. When officers arrived at the entrance to a building at 47 Court Street around 3:40 PM, they began working to save and transport the three women and one man who had allegedly smoked a bad batch of K-2, which is a form of synthetic marijuana. The condition of the four young people remains unknown.

Crash of Stolen Vehicle Causes Power Outage

According to police in Rockland County a power outage during the blizzard over the weekend was caused by a car crash in Nyack. Police stated that around 1:50 Saturday morning, Scott Miller was driving on Piermont Avenue in what is believed to be a stolen SUV when he crashed it into a utility pole, causing a power outage for residents in that area, and then was seen fleeing from the scene. Miller is on parole for drug charges and was described by witnesses as 6 feet 7 inches tall and lives in the Eagle Rock Apartments in South Nyack. Anyone with information on Miller, who also goes by Ramrod Smith and Shawn Johnson, should call South Nyack- Grand View Police at 845-358-0206.

Scarsdale Man Arrested in Wife’s Murder

Westchester Police have filed charges against a Scarsdale man in connection to the death of his wife on Wednesday. 61-year old Julius Reich was arrested after calling 911 on Wednesday morning to report that a woman was seriously injured at the home he shared with his 58-year old wife, Robin Goldman. When police arrived they discovered Goldman’s body, dead from apparent stab wounds, stating that the woman, a pediatrician at Montefiore Medical Center and mother of three, was killed by her husband in the shower of their home. Goldman was buried on Thursday and Reich was charged with second-degree murder, he is being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail.

Spring Valley Building Inspector Arrested

According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s office a Spring Valley official has been arrested on fraud charges. Chief Building Inspector for the village Walter Booker was arrested this week for allegedly falsifying records to issue a certificate of occupancy to a homeowner so the man could obtain more than $33,000 in tax exemptions for a property on Zeissner Lane. Booker was charged with grand larceny for committing fraud and falsifying records. According to officials the building inspector issued his position to issue a CO that designated the one-family home as a two family home, allowing homeowner Jacob Goldman to run a daycare and synagogue at the address, earning sizable profits through state aid and tax exemptions, leading to his arrest on charges of grand larceny as well. The village board must now decide whether or not to suspend Booker, who returned to work on Thursday following his arraignment.

Winter Storm Advisory

The Rockland County Executive’s office and Department of Health has released a statement in advance of the winter storm that is set to hit this weekend, with recommendations for residents to stay sage in the cold weather. The worst of the storm is expected to hit a little further south of the Hudson Valley, though some areas could see 2-10 inches of snow, with Rockland getting a possible 8 inches. Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert with Health Department stated that if outdoors residents should remember to stay bundled up with windproof clothing; if you are prone to cardiac problems, stay in touch with your doctor regarding strenuous activities such as shoveling; and consider creating an emergency kit for your car if you are traveling at all over the weekend, including blankets, food and water, a first aid kit; sand or cat litter should your tires get stuck; and tools for the car. Your average indoor temperature should always be between 64 and 75 degrees and if you are using an additional source such as a fireplace, make sure there is proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide. The county website has information on warming centers throughout Rockland and for more information on warming centers throughout Rockland and for more information you can call the Health Department at 845-364-2585.

Adoptable Pets 1-21-16

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For more information in adopting, donating, or volunteering contact Hi Tor Animal Care Center, 65 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona at (845)354-7900 or visit www.hitor.org.

Bunny is a 4 year old female Beagle who came to the shelter as a stray. Bunny is an AWESOME dog!!!! She gets along with everyone. She's sweet, lovable and you just want to snuggle with her all day. The obvious thing about Bunny is that she is over weight, but with proper exercise and diet she can look like Miss America. Theres not much more to say about this wonderful girl. Please stop by and meet her and see for yourself...

Bunny is a 4 year old female Beagle who came to the shelter as a stray. Bunny is an AWESOME dog!!!! She gets along with everyone. She’s sweet, lovable and you just want to snuggle with her all day. The obvious thing about Bunny is that she is over weight, but with proper exercise and diet she can look like Miss America. Theres not much more to say about this wonderful girl. Please stop by and meet her and see for yourself…

Garvey is a handsome one and a half year old pit bull mix who was surrendered to the shelter due to no fault of his own. Garvey is a volunteer favorite and wants nothing more than human companionship. He is a fast learner who is house trained and knows all his basic commands. Some of Garvey’s favorite things are relaxing, getting pet and snuggling with volunteers. He would prefer to be an only pet and live with older children but is deserving of a perfect home, as he is a perfect boy.

Garvey is a handsome one and a half year old pit bull mix who was surrendered to the shelter due to no fault of his own. Garvey is a volunteer favorite and wants nothing more than human companionship. He is a fast learner who is house trained and knows all his basic commands. Some of Garvey’s favorite things are relaxing, getting pet and snuggling with volunteers. He would prefer to be an only pet and live with older children but is deserving of a perfect home, as he is a perfect boy.

Molly is a 2 1/2 year old female pit bull mix that came to the shelter as a stray. She gets along with some dogs so it will depend on the other dog. She does not do well with cats. She's still in a puppy phase so she is very active and has a lot of energy ,so she needs continued training. And because of that she would do best in a house with older kids who can handle her energy. She is house broken and is a very sweet and friendly girl..And did we mention she's gorgeous!!!!

Molly is a 2 1/2 year old female pit bull mix that came to the shelter as a stray. She gets along with some dogs so it will depend on the other dog. She does not do well with cats. She’s still in a puppy phase so she is very active and has a lot of energy ,so she needs continued training. And because of that she would do best in a house with older kids who can handle her energy. She is house broken and is a very sweet and friendly girl..And did we mention she’s gorgeous!!!!

Onyx - 3 yr Male...Onyx was surrendered to HiTor after his owner unfortunately past away. He is a friendly cat who likes to be pet and held. Onyx would do best in a home with teens and adults. He would enjoy the company of other cats, at this time we are unsure about dogs. At first it can take some time for Onyx to warm up to new people but once he gets to know and trust you he can be very sweet.

Onyx – 3 yr Male…Onyx was surrendered to HiTor after his owner unfortunately past away. He is a friendly cat who likes to be pet and held. Onyx would do best in a home with teens and adults. He would enjoy the company of other cats, at this time we are unsure about dogs. At first it can take some time for Onyx to warm up to new people but once he gets to know and trust you he can be very sweet.

Daliah - 2 yr Female..Daliah was brought to the shelter after being found as a stray. She is gentle and sweet but does need some time to warm up to new people. Daliah would do best in a home with teens and adults. She has not been around dogs but would probably be okay living with other cats.

Daliah – 2 yr Female..Daliah was brought to the shelter after being found as a stray. She is gentle and sweet but does need some time to warm up to new people. Daliah would do best in a home with teens and adults. She has not been around dogs but would probably be okay living with other cats.

Sammy is a 3 year old male DSH cat who came to the shelter as a stray. He is good with other cats but needs to be tested with dogs. Sammy is a very active cat so he will need to be in a home where kids can handle an active little man. He's a very busy cat ,he has a lot of energy and is always on the move. Sammy enjoys playing but he also likes his alone time.

Sammy is a 3 year old male DSH cat who came to the shelter as a stray. He is good with other cats but needs to be tested with dogs. Sammy is a very active cat so he will need to be in a home where kids can handle an active little man. He’s a very busy cat ,he has a lot of energy and is always on the move. Sammy enjoys playing but he also likes his alone time.

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