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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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