According to police in Westchester County two men allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint on Wednesday night. After the incident around 8:40 PM in New Rochelle, police caught one of the suspects, 21-year old Parish Tomoney, who was accused of robbing a 50-year old man on Edgewood Park and Lockwood Avenue, stealing the man’s wallet and a wrist watch. Police stated one of the suspects held a rifle during the attack, though it was not fired and they have not confirmed which man had the weapon. The victim was not injured in the incident, and police are continuing to search for the second man.
According to Orangetown Police, they are currently searching for a woman who stole nearly $5,000 in gold jewelry from a store in Nyack. Police stated that around 1:00 PM on Saturday the woman was in My Own Little Corner Antique Shop on Main Street, where surveillance footage caught her stealing at least 24 rings by putting the tray in her bag before exiting the store. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect or the incident call 845-359-3700.
Mount Vernon City Council President Marcus Griffith held a press conference on Wednesday where he and the lawyer for a couple who allege the NYPD broke into their home, questioned what was being done about the reports. Last week Richard and Geneva Smith reported last week to local police that two men claiming to be New York City Police officers forced their way into the couple’s apartment without properly identifying themselves or showing any sort of paperwork. According to the couple’s attorney they also reported the incident to the NYPD, and despite a statement from Internal Affairs and confirmation that the two men were officers, not much about the situation was cleared up. Mount Vernon Police stated they were not informed of a search occurring prior to the incident. At the conference Griffith stated that the NYPD and City Mayor Bill DeBlasio should meet with Mount Vernon officials to discuss both this incident and the recent death of resident Felix Kumi, who was hit by a stray bullet in a confrontation between police and a suspect.
According to a report released by the New York Comptroller’s office on Tuesday, municipalities in Rockland, Westchester, and Dutchess Counties are on the state’s fiscal stress list for 2014. Fifteen towns, cities, and villages in New York are on the “significantly stressed” list, including Rockland County, and East Fishkill in Dutchess; eleven are on the moderately stressed list, including Poughkeepsie, Ardsely, and Yonkers; and 18 New York municipalities are on the “susceptible to stress” list. Rockland County, which was listed as the number one fiscally stressed county in New York for both 2012 and 2013, was replaced by Monroe County and has moved to the number two spot. Rockland’s score was reduced from 86.7% in 2012 and 2013 to 65.8% for 2014. County Executive Ed Day stated about the reduction, “During the past 21 months, my administration has worked hard to overcome significant operational challenges and re-established financial stability. We continue to reduce costs through consolidation and efficiency and rebuild our fund balance, while continuing to provide the critical services local residents rely on.” The stress report is based on short-term debts and funds.
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According to State Police a car accident in Dutchess County resulted in one fatality and had traffic backed up on Interstate 84 for hours yesterday. Police stated that around 2:39 in the afternoon on Tuesday a crash between tractor trailer and a Toyota Highlander was reported at the Route 9 interchange in Fishkill, after the car drove over the median while heading west, colliding with the tractor trailer. The driver of the Toyota was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for internal injuries and a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the cause of the accident.
On Tuesday a New York City Police officer was seen in court for charges against him in an incident that took place in April 2014. 28-year old Brendan Cronin of Yonkers, was arrested last year for firing his weapon at two New Rochelle men in Mount Vernon. According to authorities the man was drinking after training at a shooting range and came across Robert Borelli and Joseph Felice while driving home. On Tuesday Cronin pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, for shooting into the vehicle at the two men 14 times, seriously injuring Felice, who was hit six times. Cronin will be sentenced on December 2 and faces nine years in prison following a plea deal accepted by his lawyer.
Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankees player and hall of fame catcher, has passed away. The Yogi Berra Museum released a statement that the 90-year old man passed away at his New Jersey home of natural causes on Tuesday. Along with playing with the Yankees for 18 seasons and 14 World Series, Berra also coached and managed the team. His family stated that while they are mourning his loss, they will continue to celebrate his life.
According to police in Rockland County cars were found Monday morning with damage to their bodies and windshields, apparently from BB guns. Clarkstown police stated that over Sunday night an alleged shooting spree took place between Sedge Road and Ridge Road in Valley Cottage, causing thousands of dollars in damage to residents’ cars. Police don’t believe the acts of vandalism were malicious, but are investigating further to find those responsible. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident can call 845-639-5840.
A New City man was rescued from the Hudson River on Sunday after an incident while he was windsurfing. Ben Kaufman, a veteran windsurfer, left from the Westchester side of the river around 1:30 in the afternoon and was near the Stony Point shore when the mast broke, leaving him without a sail and stuck in the middle of the river. Kaufman was taken to shore by the Rokland County Sheriff’s Marine Unit after off-duty patrol sergeant Albert Brunner, who was passing by in his personal powerboat, saw the man and helped him out.