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

Thank you to our sponsor HealthSav located at 7 Elmwood Drive in New City! You can contact them at (914)643-3663 or visit their website at www.healthsav.com.
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.

Lawsuit Filed Against East Ramapo School Board

A group of parents from the East Ramapo School District filed a lawsuit against the school board last week, claiming that “fiscal mismanagement” is risking the education of students. The petition was submitted to the state supreme court and referenced findings from the report recently completed by the team of monitors appointed by the Department of Education. Dennis Walcott, who leads the three-person team, wrote in the report that they recommend a permanent monitor with the power to veto decisions made by the board. According to the documents filed by parent activists they are urging the Department of Education and Boar of Regents to do exactly that and prevent the board from making what they say are bad choices with money that should be spent on providing a fair education for each child.

Westchester Mother Pleads Guilty in Daughter’s Death

A 52-year old woman accused of being responsible for her daughter’s death on East of last year was seen in court was arrested after the father of her 6-year old daughter Lacey Carr found them in the bedroom of the home they both lived in. Dimes was unconscious near the girl and both were taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital where Lacey was pronounced dead due to an overdose from several types of drugs, including Benadryl, Valium, and Morphine. On Tuesday Dymes pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, stating to the judge that the little girl’s death was an accident. She was also hospitalized and spent two weeks in a coma following the incident, and the judge announced she will likely be sentenced with five-years probation so she can continue receiving medical care for, what doctors call, her severe depression, despite prosecutors’ requests for jail time.

Spring Valley Trustee Involved in “Screaming Match” With Official

According to a report in the Journal News, police were called to the Spring Valley Village Clerk’s office to interfere in a screaming match between Trustee Vilair Fonvil and Deputy Clerk Herby Jean-Charles. A police report was filed on January 7th when Fonvil arrived at the office and requested a copy of a resolution from the board regarding a liquor license at a local restaurant, and was allegedly declined by Jean-Charles. Fontal claimed that Mayor Demeza Delhomme ordered the Clerk’s office not to provide him with reports or documents. On Thursday Mayor Delhomme sent a letter to the Trustee asking that he only enter village offices with proper authorization in the future, for safety reasons. Delhomme referenced the clerk’s office as well as past incidents where Fonvil used foul language and police response was necessary. Fontal stated that the incident at the clerk’s office occurred because he was told he needed the Mayor’s permission to see documents and stated that Delhomme cannot prevent him from obtaining them. Jean-Charles also reportedly filed a union grievance against the trustee.

Sleepy Hollow Teen Killed by Train

Police in Sleepy Hollow are investigating the death of a teenager who was apparently struck by a Metro-North Train on Monday afternoon. Around 2:00 PM near the Philipse Manor Station the 16-year old boy, whose name has not been released, was reported to have jumped from the platform in front of the train. The engineer stated to police that he tried to stop the train in time but was unsuccessful, and News 12 reported that the boy was a student at Fordham Prep and was a resident of Sleepy Hollow. Officials have not released any further information, though an MTA spokesperson stated it would appear the teen intentionally took his own life.

Multiple Vehicles Involved in Bronx River Parkway Accident

Drivers were held up Sunday night, when the wintery weather led to several accidents in one area of the Bronx River Parkway. Around 9:00 PM police responded to the Southbound side, near where the road meets the Sprain Brook Parkway, to find a 14 car pileup. After investigating the accidents officials stated there were about two or three in the same spot, one after another, and there were only minor injuries. The road will likely remain closed until Tuesday, as workers and investigators clean the scene of guard rails and debris.

Search Continues for Suspects in Death of Firefighter

Officials are continuing to investigate the death of a Scothchtown man, who was a volunteer firefighter with the Silver Lake Fire Department. 20-year Justin Speights was at a house party on New Years Eve in Crawford with nearly 100 others, with witnesses reporting a $5 dollar entrance fee and multiple drugs in the home at the time. Speights was fatally stabbed when he attempted to break up a fight and recently, the reward offered for information leading to an arrest of those responsible was recently doubled from $10,000 to $20,000. Last week the investigation crossed into Rockland County, when police raided two houses on Prospect Ave and Bethune Boulevard, following a lead that a group of men from Spring Valley were involved in the incident.

Westchester Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of His Mother

According to police in Westchester a man was arrested over the weekend after officers discovered the body of a 50-year old woman in her home. Dawn McCray was found fatally stabbed in her bedroom at the Schlobohm Apartments in Yonkers on Saturday afternoon leading to an investigation and arrest of her 27-year old son Andre Coverdale who told police he was homeless, not living at the apartment with his mother. Coverdale was taken to Westchester County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and police are asking anyone with information call 914-377-7724 as they continue to investigate the incident.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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