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.
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.
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.
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!
A 39-year old man from Teaneck New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting a girl when she was between 11 and 16 years old. Joshua Kilonzo is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct on multiple occassions. Kilonzo is facing charges of sexual assault by contact, aggravated criminal sexual contact, and criminal sexual contact, as well as child endangerment. Kilonzo is being held at Bergen County Jail on $400,000 bail and was also forced to surrender his passport and forbidden from having any contact with the victim.
The Village of Spring Valley is reopening potential plans to build an affordable housing complex on Route 45. Village Trustees are set to meet on Tuesday evening where they will continue discussing the project. The complex has been pitched to the village twice before, both times it was denied, originally the proposal called for 88 units above the strip mall and village hall. Now the developer is asking for 124 rental units, renting from $800 to $1,300 a month. Many residents have expressed concerns about overdevelopment and traffic in the area and a small group will be holding a rally starting at Village on the Green Park from 3-6 PM Sunday, where they will walk to village hall and another one on Tuesday from 11 AM to 2 PM outside of village hall.
Police have identified the man killed when his car was struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Emerson New Jersey on Thursday morning. Around 5:40 AM the 5:10 Pascack Valley line train out of Spring Valley crashed into 87-year old Valcav Budak while his car was on the tracks. Officials are stating that the man drove on the tracks for a little less than one mile before the collision, though they are unsure why he was on them. The conductor was able to move the train far enough from the burning car to prevent further injuries, and the line remained closed for most of the morning while authorities cleaned and investigated the scene.
According to a police a driver was killed in a head on crash in Orange County on Thursday night, following a high speed chase. Witnesses on the scene on Route 17A in the village of Florida stated that the blue sedan was going upwards of 100 MPH when it came to a road block and swerved, hitting a minivan before colliding head on with a black pickup truck. The driver of the sedan was killed instantly and only minor injuries were reported with the others involved. Police and first responders declined to comment on the number of people involved or the identities of either driver. The State Police conducted an investigation and accident reconstruction that closed the area for nearly four hours.
The Boulders won their second game against the Sussex Miners last night at Provident Bank Park. Through most of the innings the score was tied until late in the game when the Boulders scored the final runs and won 3-1. They play at home again tonight at 7:00. You can listen to the game live at wrcr.com or at WRCR 1700 AM.
Police are searching for a woman in Orange County who they state is the main suspect in the use of counterfeit money over the last few days. Police stated that the woman was caught on security footage and is described as young, with long dark hair. The hundreds of dollars in bills discovered by a bank after several had been used in local business on Main Street in Florida, where employees stated they couldn’t tell the fakes from the real ones. Many claimed the counterfeit bills even passed a marker test. Anyone with information on the case should inform the police.