Orange County Shooting of Ramapo Man To Go Before Different Grand Jury

The case against an Orange County man who shot and killed Norris Acosta-Sanchez, who was accused of raping a girl in Ramapo, will go before a new grand jury in Westchester. The indictment on charges of second-degree murder, first and second-degree manslaughter, as well as criminally negligent homicide was dismissed earlier this month, the judge ruling that statements made by David Carlson defending himself in the 2013 shooting were withheld from the original grand jury, and so compromised their opinions. Westchester prosecutors stated that they will be choosing a new grand jury instead.

Hillcrest Elementary School Sale Finalized

The East Ramapo School District finalized the sale of Hillcrest Elementary School to the Yeshiva Avir Yakov. The original sale in 2010 was annulled after the appraiser Avi Vardi was charged with fraud for taking bribes from the Yeshiva to falsify the report on the building. The building was reappraised four months ago and the sale went through for 4.9 million dollars.

Peaceful Ferguson Protest in Rockland

On Tuesday night nearly 60 people met in Memorial Park in Spring Valley to participate in a peaceful protest organized by the Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow to voice their disagreement against the jury’s recent decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Missouri for the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown. Protesters stated that they gathered to express their anger, many carrying signs urging justice be sought and that “black lives matter’, while chanting through the evening things such as “hands up, don’t shoot”. About 50 police officers, including members of the sheriff’s mounted patrol were brought in as a precaution, though they were not needed as the rally ended peacefully.

SNOW CLOSINGS

The Hudson Valley is expecting 3-6 inches of snow between 8 AM and Wednesday evening. Enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving from the WRCR team and safe travels to everyone!

CLOSINGS

The Rockland Co. Dept. of Health has cancelled all afternoon clinics for Wed, Nov 26 due to inclement weather. Please call ahead to all W.I.C. sites.

Pearl River SD- CLOSED
South Orangetown SD- CLOSED
Ramapo Central SD- CLOSED

Clarkstown Central SD- EARLY DISMISSAL
North Rockland SD- EARLY DISMISSAL VISIT WEBSITE FOR TIMES AND INFO- NO KINDERGARTEN OR BOSCES

Rockland Community College: All classes and activities are cancelled at Main Campus and Haverstraw beginning at NOON today, Wed., Nov. 26, and all offices will close at noon.

Meals on Wheels Senior Center Programs and Adult Daycare Programs at the Bobby Lewis Center- CLOSED

Pomona Woman Claims Theft of Late Son’s Belongings

The mother of a Pomona resident who was believed to have died of an alleged suicide on November 2 when his body was found in a park in Stony Point, has reached out to the Journal News and other news sources to urge people and police to help find friends of her son who she says stole thousands of dollars in belongings from his room. Ellen Hansen, whose 27-year old son Daniel died earlier this month, stated to the Journal News that she invited friends of her son’s to her home to mourn and reported to police afterward that clothes, weights, snowboarding equipment, and headphones were among the items taken. Police stated that they have interviewed some of the visitors and the headphones were returned to the Hansen family, along with some clothing,but an official report has been filed and an investigation has been started.

County Saves Millions in Property Auction

According to County Executive Ed Day on November 13 the County Finance Department auctioned multiple county owned properties that had failed to pay taxes. Day stated that the auction last week was the first the county has held since 2011 and the sale of the 75 properties brought in $2.5 million owed on the buildings’ taxes, as well as $2.1 million in revenue. In the County Executive’s report he also listed savings of $727,000 managed by the Purchasing Department through a contract with Resolution Energy Group, as well as discussing is budget proposal, which will raise property taxes by two percent, but will cut 111 county-held positions including 37 within the Sheriff’s Office, that has created controversy among supporters of the Department including several town officials, and supporters of Day’s budget.

Fire In Spring Valley

Spring Valley volunteers responded to a fire on Tenure Avenue on Sunday, after receiving a call that a house was in flames. According to officials volunteers from the Spring Valley, Monsey, and South Spring Valley Departments responded to the home to what they believe was a fire caused by an outdoor barbecue. All residents made it out unharmed, but the house was severely damaged.

Stony Point Seeking Waste to Energy Plant

The town of Stony Point has been researching a proposal made last year by the company New Planet Energy, which would have built a plant to turn waste to energy through a process known as gasification that would take garbage and produce diesel with it. Recently Supervisor Geoff Finn stated that the application has been resubmitted and could potentially create millions of dollars in revenue for the town, while neighbor Haverstraw Supervisor Howie Philips has continuously expressed his opposition to the plant, which he stated will bring odors and traffic. There will be a meeting on December 11 with the Planning Board, and another between the Town Board and Planning Board on January 8 at 7:00 PM at the Rho Building to discuss the application.

County Saves 1.5 Million In Fraud Detection Program

Rockland officials stated last week that a program implemented to detect fraud in the county has saved more than $1.5 million by screening welfare applicants more thoroughly than in the past. Reports from the Journal News and statements made by County executive Ed Day have released information that the Department of Social Services saved money by not paying day care costs, financial assistance, and foodstamp and medical benefits for families who did not meet requirements. In the all, 111 applicants were denied this year and the County’s Special Investigations Unit has regained nearly $300,000 that the DSS overpaid to members of assistance programs.

Rockland Woman Wins Millions in NY Lottery

The New York Lottery handed over a ceremonial check to a lucky woman in Garnerville today at 10:30 AM. The unnamed woman won $2,500,000 from the game $2,500 A Week for Life scratch-off ticket and will be receiving the prize from a representative for the New York Lottery at the Railroad Deli at 146 West Railroad Avenue in Garnerville this morning.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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