State Police arrested three people on the New York State Thruway after they were pulled over for traffic violations and found to be holding 700 packets of heroin and hypodermic needles in their car. 36- year old Joshua Levine, 31- year old Debra Osborne, and 41- year old Charles Hall were taken to Clarkstown Town Court for arraignment on Monday and were charged with felony charges of third- degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a hypodermic instrument. Levine received a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs and is being held at the Rockland County Jail without bail, Osborne on $10,000 bail, and Hall on $35,000 bail.
The body of a man that was discovered Sunday in a car at Bear Mountain State Park was identified as 49- year old Richard Capper, a member of the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps. for twenty years. According to the corps. Captain Teresa Hamilton, Capper worked two shifts a week as a volunteer as well as his job as a state parks employee, and was a graduate of Rockland Community College. According to officials, Capper was plowing snow on Sunday when around 11:30 AM police discovered him unconscious in his truck, he was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witness stated having seen Capper pulled from the truck just before it burst into flames and according to authorities no official cause of death has been ruled, though they are waiting for autopsy results while the investigation continues. No funeral details have been released yet.
-South Orangetown School District- no transportation for private schools
-East Ramapo- Closed, no transportation or building permits
-Rockland Community College will open at 4:00 PM
-Dominican College will open at 2:00 PM
-Camp Venture Day Programs- delayed opening
-St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center Closed
-Stony Point Senior Club 1 cancelled
-New City Library will open at 1:00 PM
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for Rockland County from midnight Wednesday through 6:00 AM Friday. The snow is likely to begin early Thursday morning and go until Thursday morning and go until Thursday night, dropping anywhere from 10 to 14 inches on the county with heavy winds and extremely limited visibility. The National Weather Service recommends that if you have to travel do so cautiously and be sure to keep water, food, a flashlight, and extra blankets and clothes in your car during the storm. Also be sure to update emergency kits in your home and workplace.
The attorney representing Susanne Nadell- Scaccio commented on Tuesday on the accusations recently made by Clarkstown Police that Judge Howard Gerber tipped her off about a search warrant they had issued. John Edwards stated that police had requested samples for DNA comparison from his client and they had provided all of what the department asked. Edwards stated that Nadell- Scaccio has been cooperating with police since the January 25 murder of her 80- year old mother Peggy Nadell, who was a political activist and Democratic Committee member. According to Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan he has referred the accusations to the State Commission of Judicial Misconduct who will take over disciplinary recommendations. The District Attorney’s office is also looking into the possibility of criminal actions. According to Edwards if Gerber had spoken to his client about the warrant she would have informed him. When they were told about the warrants by police they had already been asked to go in and were preparing to do so.
According to a letter released by the Rockland County Commissioner of Personnel, Joan Silvestri, she is questioning the appointments of certain positions by Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme. The letter, which was sent to Delhomme on Friday and was written after an anonymous complaint, requests the written board resolutions of approval for the positions of Jerrod Miles as Village Attorney, Aaron Morse as Legislative Aide, and Kathryn Ball as Village Clerk. Silvestri wrote that if she doesn’t receive the resolutions within fourteen days the appointments will be rescinded and until then no paperwork signed by Miles or Ball will be accepted. On Tuesday Silvestri stated that she received the resolution for Morse’s position and her office is waiting for the other two.
A Clarkstown Judge and fire chief, Howard Gerber, has been accused of tipping off the daughter of recent murder victim Peggy Nadell, that the police had obtained a search warrant for her home. On Monday District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that his office will be investigating the accusations that were made by a document released by the Clarkstown Police Department, which states that Gerber had contacted Susanne Nadell- Scaccio via phone and his actions interfered with the investigation and put officers and detectives in danger. Gerber stated that he has known the Nadell- Scaccio advice on hiring a lawyer, he denied any knowledge of the accusations, saying, “Why they are saying I compromised an investigation is beyond any comprehension on my part. To this day I have no knowledge of any search warrant.” Clarkstown Police have not officially named a suspect, and according to Suzanne’s husband Robert Scaccio’s lawyer, Daniel Bertolino both husband an wife have cooperated with police and the search warrant seemed to be for bodily samples and to search their cars.
According to Superintendent of the East Ramapo School District, Joel Klein, Chestnut Ridge Middle School will be leased to a Jewish day camp, Camp Shalom, from Teaneck, New Jersey, this summer. At a school board meeting the resolution was released and stated that the revenue expected from the camp will be greater than past summer leases. The camp will be using seventy percent of the first floor and outdoor areas and will also be installing two concrete athletic areas them during the year. Parents at the meeting expressed disagreement with the lease because the school recently cut sports and summer school classes for students due to budget cuts, some stating that it is unfair that the students don’t have access to the school but the summer camp children will.
Investigations are currently taking place to uncover why a Transport of Rockland bus caught fire in Pearl River on Saturday morning. Carol Breen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation stated that the department and Orangetown Police will be looking at every part of the bus to figure out what may have caused the fire and the investigation would begin either Monday or today. According to Dave O’Brien, Pearl River’s Fire Chief, the fire seems to have started in the back of the bus,which was corroborated by the driver, who smelled smoke and evacuated all of the ten passengers before the bus broke into full flames. Spokeswoman for Rockland County Department of Public Transportation Susan Meyer stated that the bus had just had its $3,000 mile inspection that Thursday.
A psychiatrist with offices in Nyack and Manhattan received a sentence of five years probation, 200- hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges of criminal sale of a prescription controlled substance, fourth- degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third- degree criminal tax fraud, and fourth- degree conspiracy. David Brizer, age 60, who formally worked with a Nyack Hospital drug treatment program was arrested after police found that he had been selling prescriptions for painkillers, including oxycodone pills, to dealers and others for about $300 per prescription. Through an investigation in August 2012 the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered that Brizer had not payed almost $500,000 in state income taxes, the money that he had made from the prescriptions.