Boulders Weekend Recap

The Boulders played their final games against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks this weekend. On Friday the Rockland team started the game with a 5-0 lead by the third inning. The game ended with the Boulders winning 9-5. On Saturday the RedHawks held a 3-0 lead until the Boulders started scoring in the fourth inning. Continuing to bring in runs, Fargo-Moorhead wound up winning the game 5-3. The Boulders play the New Jersey Jackals, who they are half a game ahead of in the Can-Am League, at Provident Bank Park on Tuesday at 11:00 AM.

Bike Rider Hit by Car in Fair Lawn

An elderly man was riding his bike in Fair Lawn New Jersey on Saturday when he was hit by a car and seriously injured. First responders were called to the scene at the intersection of Plaza Road and Waverly Avenue where they performed CPR; the man who was not wearing a helmet was then transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical but stable condition. No charges were issued against the driver.

East Ramapo School District Resignations

One official in a Rockland County school district has resigned unexpectedly, while parents and students are still calling for the resignation of another. Juan Pablo Ramirez, who was voted into the East Ramapo School Board just two months ago, announced last week that he will be stepping down as a member to focus on his family and the ministry he and his wife started, claiming there were no political reasons behind his departure. Ramirez was the only representative for the Latino community in the district; the board is run by a majority of Ultra-Orthodox men, one Haitian, and one African-American. Meanwhile, the minority community which is made up of 8,500 students who are mostly Hispanic and Latino, have been protesting for weeks, urging the resignation of school Superintendent Joel Klein. On Sunday evening more than a dozen members of the district marched to Klein’s New City home, standing outside his property with signs calling for him to resign. This is the fourth protest since the state legislature declined to pass bills that would provide oversight of the district. There have been no formal announcements made by officials regarding the Superintendent’s dismissal, though the board stated that they were sorry to see Ramirez leave his position. They will be meeting this week to choose a replacement.

White Plains Firefighter Pleads Guilty for Wrong-Way Crash

A firefighter pleaded guilty on Friday for his part in a Westchester car accident that led to the death of a woman. Eric Refvik of Mahopac was seen in court, where he admitted to being influenced by drugs and alcohol when he drove the wrong way on South Lexington Avenue and struck the Honda Civic carrying 47-year old Reyda La Madrid and her ex-husband 49-year old Edgar Lopez. La Madrid was killed and Lopez was seriously injured in the crash. Refvik pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and at least fifteen other charges after admitting to being high on cocaine, clonazepam, and bath salts, as well as being drunk during the accident, for which he faces 5 to 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced on September 25 and has since been suspended from the White Plains Fire Department without pay.

Car Goes Through Glen Rock Shop Window

No injuries were reported on Sunday afternoon after a car crashed through the front window of a Dunkin Donuts in Glen Rock New Jersey, where four people were inside at the time. According to officials, the accident occurred after a teenager practicing for his learners permit pulled up to the spot in front of the store, which is on an incline, and accelerated too quickly, lost control and went through the window. A flatbed two truck later removed the car while officers cleared the scene.

Fire at Orangeburg Senior Complex

Rockland County firefighters responded to a blaze in Orangeburg on Saturday night, fighting flames that were quickly spreading through a two-story senior complex. Volunteers from seven departments arrived at the Cortwood Village Senior Complex around 11:00 PM, where Orangetown Police were helping to evacuate residents from 25 apartments in the buildings. Officials stated that the cause of the fire is being investigated and the flames appeared to being by spreading up the siding of the building and through the roof, damaging 20 of the 24 apartments that burned, which are now uninhabitable. No residents were reported injured.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders started their series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Thursday night, losing 18-6. They play again tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. You can listen to the game at 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.

NYS Train Inspections

New York state has wrapped up another round of inspection of oil trains and tracks that run through New York including four Rockland County towns. The statewide inspection, which included 524 tank cars, 152 miles of track and 38 rail switches, found 62 defects, one requiring an immediate fix. Investigators inspected the CSX tracks that run through Rockland County, where upwards 30 trains pass through each week, they found several “non-critical” issues including loose bolts and fasteners, which will be fixed. The one major issue was a missing bolt on a continuously welded rail joint found upstate between Ulster and Albany and has been repaired. There were no major issues found on any of the oil cars. Rockland officials also conducted an emergency drill in Orangetown on Thursday night, to prepare first responders in the event of an accident involving oil tankers. The CSX Rail Line runs through all but one town in Rockland and has trains carrying cars with highly flammable Bakken Crude oil.

Arrest Made in Westchester Jail Overdoses

Police have arrested a White Plains woman in connection to a dozen prisoner overdoses at the Westchester County Jail earlier this week. Ebony Strange, the wife of one of the inmates is accused of passing synthetic marijuana known as K2 to her husband during visiting hours. She was charged with promoting prisoner contraband. Officials are now considering changing visitor policies in the prison, limiting or stopping contact between inmates and visitors. In a similar situation at the prison on Thursday, during a sweep correction officers discovered nearly 40 packets of white powder they believe to be heroin that a visitor allegedly attempted to smuggle to a prisoner. Both will be charged with felonies.

Police Smooth Over Port Jervis Hostage Situation

Police reported to a hostage situation on Wednesday in Orange County after a Port Jervis man allegedly assaulted his wife and would not let her and their two children leave their home on Front Street for several hours. 28-year old Donald Beach held his family hostage when he reportedly choked his wife in front of the two kids and was contacted by Port Jervis Police via telephone, who negotiated his family’s release. After surrendering himself to officers at the scene Beach was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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