According to Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn the Rockland Drug Task Force and police officers arrested a 23-year old Suffern resident after a month-long investigation into the man’s alleged drug sales. Police stated that Sammy Foda was found in his home with marijuana, and ingredients for making methamphetamine, for which they called the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and a hazmat team to be sure the chemicals were not a danger. Foda was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth, third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr ruled in court that the estate of missing Eugene Palmer, who is under indictment for second-degree murder for the killing of his daughter-in-law Tammy Palmer, will go to his two grandchildren. Loehr ordered that credible evidence proves Tammy Palmer was killed by her 73-year old father-in-law and the $2.150 million from his accounts and properties will be split between Tammy Palmer’s children with Palmer’s son, who are 13 and 17 for their college funds and future needs. On September 24, 2012 Eugene was accused of shooting tammy on his property before disappearing. Police found his truck in a fire break in Harriman State Park, where his family believes he has since died from several health issues he faced, including a heart condition, diabetes, and dementia.
According to Ramapo Police an 18-month old girl was killed after being hit by a minivan in Chestnut Ridge on Friday afternoon. Police stated that Judy Danzinger was struck by a minivan being driven by a 19-year old Monsey girl, as she was paying on her street with about ten other children. The toddler died at Westchester Medical Center around 10:00 AM on Saturday morning. Witnesses stated that the van was backing up at about five miles an hour and bumped into the young girl, causing her to tip over and hit her head on the ground. According to Ramapo Police Sargent Michael Higgins the driver will not face charges, but the investigation was continuing as of Saturday.
The Rockland County Legislature is teaming with Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson to hold a meeting for the public to discuss the risk of transporting crude oil in train cars through the Hudson Valley. Opponents and officials have stated that the oil cars are outdated and pose a hazardous threat to the environment and residents. The meeting will be Monday September 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM at 11 New Hempstead Road.
According to Ramapo Police two teenagers were arrested on Wednesday night for shooting paintballs at passing cars. Police responded to the scene at Suzanne Drive and Vincent Road in Monsey after reports came in that at least one car was hit, though it would appear no one was reported injured in the incident. Police will not release the names of the suspects due to their ages, the first is a 19-year old from Suffern, and the second is a 17-year old from Monsey.
United Water has announced that their General Manager, Michael Pointing, has left the company. According to the Rockland County Times newspaper, a source related to the company stated on Wednesday that there is currently an investigation into misappropriation of funds and misstatements of revenue by Pointing and that he and two accountants were let go. Spokeswoman for United Water, Deborah Rizzi, stated to the Journal News that the company will continue providing water services to the county, and will not discuss internal matters. Al Samuels, the President of the Rockland Business Association stated that the former executive had spoken of returning to his home country of England for a long time and that is most likely the reasoning behind his departure, while members of the activist group, the Rockland Water Coalition, have stated that United Water seems to be on the “defensive”, after creating a void between ratepayers and the company. Rizzi stated that the president of the Regulated Division, David Stanton, has been named interim General Manager.
According to Clarkstown Police they are investigating reports that a man attempted to lure a young boy into his car on Wednesday afternoon. Police stated that around 4:45 PM the boy was walking on Carrie Lane in Nanuet when a man in a white SUV, whose description was not available, attempted to draw the boy towards the car. The boy ran away and the car left. Police are investigating and ask that anyone with information call the Clarkstown Department at 845-639-5800.
According to State Police toxicology reports on the off duty police officer who caused the fatal Thruway crash on August 12 show that the man was in fact drunk at the time of the accident. Autopsy reports show that Richard E. Christopher of Suffern had a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he drove his truck South in the Northbound lane around 7:00 AM, hitting Airmont resident James DeVito’s Honda CRV. According to police, 59-year old DeVito, who was also killed in the crash, had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
A law passed statewide on Wednesday, making it mandatory that home owners inform first responders when they are building with truss-type pre-engineered wood. The law was signed by Governor Cuomo and will take effect on January 1, 2015. According to Rockland’s Director of Emergency Services, Gordon Wren, truss-type roofs are especially dangerous to firefighters and homeowners because they catch fire quickly and can easily collapse. Local government will be required to inform emergency responders of construction methods used, when property owners mark on building permits that they are using truss-type lumber, and properties will be marked by a symbol on the electrical boxes.
According to Orangetown Police a waitress in Nyack accused a Monsey man of groping her while she was serving in him in late July. 46-year old Avraham Geffner was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching after the unidentified woman reported to her manager that the man had grabbed her. Police arrived at the restaurant on South Broadway after Geffner had left the premise and began a nearly two month long investigation that led to his arrest. Geffner was released without bail and is due in Nyack Village Court on September 23.