Two men from Newburgh are facing a number of drug charges after being arrested along the Palisades Parkway over the weekend. According to the press release by the Parkway Police, an officer spotted the blue Acura with tinted break light covers and tinted window and proceeded to stop the vehicle at Exit 2 for Alpine, New Jersey. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The officer asked the occupants to exit the car and with assistance from other officers both men were searched. The passenger, Joel Bruno, was found to have a switchblade knife and was immediately placed into custody. The driver, Ivan Hernandez-Luis gave consent to search the vehicle, upon searching officers found 400 envelopes of what is believed to be heroin, a clear bag of marijuana, and cigars, as well as rolling paper and a rolling machine. The heroin weighed 4.72 ounces, which has a street value of $6,600. Both men face charges of possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver is facing motor vehicle violations as well. Both are being held on $35,000 bail.
On Monday the East Ramapo school board held its first meeting since the State Education Department appointed a team of three monitors to the district. More than 200 parents, students, and teachers attended the meeting to express their frustration and concerns for the coming school year, many stating that there is a need to bring back programs such as art and music to the public schools. Newly appointed monitor Dennis Walcott, the former commissioner of New York City Schools has visited a few schools in the district since his position was announced nearly a week ago and last night’s meeting was the first for him and Dr. Monica Georgefield who will be assisting her expertise in school turnaround. Parents are still calling for the resignation of Superintendent Joel Klein and the board, stating that the large Hispanic and African American population of students are being mistreated in public schools while the district favors religious private school students. Walcott stated to the Journal News that what he witnessed at the meeting is understandable, including the loud attendees saying they are naturally passionate about the education of their children, but he believes the situation is manageable. E
According to Mahwah Police the Treasurer of the Bergen County Fire Prevention and Protection Association was arrested last week for allegedly stealing money from the group. 54-year old James LeClercq of Dumont, an Englewood Fire Inspector and volunteer firefighter, was accused of embezzling $6,500 by writing himself checks ranging from $20-$500. LeClercq would make partial payments to the organization to cover the thefts from donations, leaving the Association with $10 in their accounts. The man was charged with theft and was released from jail, and has been suspended without pay from his position with the city of Englewood.
According to State Police three people were killed in a Saturday crash on the taconic State Parkway. Police stated that around 3:00 PM in Yorktown 33-year old Nerim Sinanovic of the Bronx was driving a BMW SUV, when his car went airborn off the road and landed in Southbound traffic, colliding with two vehicles, causing a four car pile up. One of the cars struck by Sinanovic was carrying 63-year old Donald Mulvaney, who is in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center and 61-year old Ledell Mulvaney and her daughter 31-year old Katherine Mulvaney who were both killed. Sinanovic’s two-year old old daughter Leona was also killed in the crash and his one-year old daughter and wife both suffered minor injuries. Police are still investigating what caused the BMW to veer into oncoming traffic, and are asking for witnesses to call the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 914-769-2600.
According to Rockland officials the county will be taking on a $12.5 million project to rebuild Forshay Road in Ramapo, between Viola and Willow Tree Roads. The federal government is paying for 8% of the cost, the state for 15% and the county is responsible for 5%. Legislator Ilan Schoenberger stated last week, that the plan has been in discussion for nearly ten years and construction will finally be started on the crumbling street that leads to College Road. Forshay Road has faced traffic problems in recent years, and according to Highway Superintendent Skip Vezzetti crews will add a left hand turn lane onto Viola Road, as well as a roundabout at Willow Tree and Forshay Roads. Officials stated that they will also be repairing drainage systems and will add signs, sidewalks, and new traffic lights. A vote for more money for the project will take place in the Legislature on August 4.
A small earthquake hit parts of central New Jersey this morning. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake, which hit at 3:41 AM was a magnitude 2.5 and occurred 2 miles north of Bernardsville at a depth of 3 and a half miles. There were no immediate reports of any damage. According to the Associated Press, Zachary Reeves, a geophysicist with the USGS said about 78 people felt the shaking from the quake, and that earthquakes of this magnitude usually doesn’t cause much damage. This region usually sees smaller earthquakes every two or three years.
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney held a press conference on Thursday calling on the state Department of Justice to provide parts of Dutchess County with assistance in the rise of violent crimes this summer. Maloney stated that the DOJ needs to take action in funding the hiring of police officers for the city of Poughkeepsie, which according to data has seen an increase in violence in the last year, including nine shootings this summer alone. If the city obtains funding through New York’s COPS Hiring Program, the police department would be able to hire five additional officers over the next three years. Local and state officials attending the conference agreed with Representative Maloney and the much needed funding and the rise in violence is proof of that.
The New York State Department of Education held a press conference on Tuesday where Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of a monitor for the East Ramapo School District. Speaking at the crowd of parents and students packed into the Cultural Arts Center at Rockland Community College Elia stood with members of the Board of Regents including Chancellor Merryl Tisch, as well as East Ramapo School Board President Yehuda Weissmandl and announced former Chancellor of New York City Schools Dennis Walcott as the new monitor for the district. Walcott will be working on a three person team, Dr. Monica Georgefield an expert in the fields of teaching learning and school turn around, and Dr. John Sipple an expert in finance and education policy, who will be in the district starting immediately to speak with officials, teachers, parents, and their children about the issues that have been plaguing the schools. According to Elia the team of monitors do not have veto power, but will have instant access to the state’s resources, stating “There is clear evidence that for many years the district has bot adequately served the needs of its public school students.”
Stop by the shelter on Saturday for the “Clear the Shelter” event! All day HiTor and participating shelters in the New York metro area will be offering adoptions with no fees! So if you’re interested in finding a furry addition for your family and a day full of activities head over to 65 Firemens Memorial Drive in Pomona from 12 to 4 on Saturday.
The Boulders won their first game against the Joplin Blasters on Tuesday night, 4-3. They play their second of three games tonight at 8:00.