As the case against Chestnut Ridge mother Lacey Spears continues, doctors who cared for her son Garnett before his death are taking the stand. On Wednesday two of the five-year old boy’s doctors testified, stating that his sodium levels were normal when he entered the hospital and rose dramatically after three days into his stay in January of 2014. Soon after the young boy was pronounced brain dead, from what prosecutors are claiming to be fatal doses of sodium delivered by Spears through a feeding tube from which he received many of his nutrient. The doctors stated on the stand that the rise in sodium levels were inexplicable and ultiately led to Garnett’s death. The trial will continue in Westchester County Court today.
According to Haverstraw Police a woman gave birth to a healthy baby in the backseat of a taxi on Wednesday afternoon. Police responded to a call from the driver, who stated that the 22-year old woman went into labor and called the cab to take her to the hospital. The woman did not make it to the hospital and police officer Edward Lopez helped her to deliver the baby girl in the back of the parked taxi on Grant Street, and EMT’s arrived soon after to transport the new mother and her daughter to the hospital. First responders reported that both are doing well.
Firefighters responded to a call in Pearl River on Tuesday night, to find a home in flames. According to officials, Pearl River, Nanuet, and West Nyack departments arrived to the Orchard Lane house around 10:00 PM, and found most of the flames were in the basement area. A woman and two teenagers were home at the time, but made it out unharmed, though the building was deemed uninhabitable due to smoke damage. Investigators believe that the fire was accidental, possible starting due to clothing placed too close to a water heater or furnace. The flames were controlled within a half-hour and one firefighter suffered minor injury while fighting the flames.
Leadership Rockland, the organization that includes over 600 leaders in business, government, and not-for-profits, is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Today the group is hosting the arts, culture, and media day here at the WRCR studios, which will include a panel from 8:45 to 9:30 AM where officials and members of the business community in Rockland County discussed the promotion of business in the area and again from 1:15 to 4:00 PM at the Rockland Center for the arts. Leadership Rockland is currently taking new applications, which must be filled out by April 1, and recruitment for the 2015-16 will begin in September. If you are involved in Rockland County business, not-for-profits, or government and would like to be a part of the organization, you can download an application at leadershiprockland.org.
Through the month of February you can “Meet Your 4-ever Match”! Every animal over the age of 4 is available for $14!
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant will be having a siren test at 10:30 Wednesday Feb. 11. No action by the public is necessary.
State University of New York officials are requesting that the legislature approve a 300 dollar a year tuition hike, to allow for a 3 billion dollar increase over five years. According to officials they are looking to repair buildings on 64 campuses throughout the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget calls for 200 million dollars a year for repairs, though officials are asking for triple that, stating that the investment in SUNY is well worth it, for the 460 thousand students attending. State officials have expressed both agreement and opposition to officials requests, some stating that the rise in tuition will be too great of a burden with the current level of student debt.
According to the district attorney’s office, a man accused of robbing a West Nyack store at knifepoint has been found guilty. District attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that on Friday, a jury convicted 22-year old Devon Thomas for a May 13 incident, in which the man pulled a knife on a Best Buy employee at the Palisades Center Mall, and stole an X-box. The Middletown resident was arrested soon after by state troopers and charged with a felony count of third-degree robbery. He faces seven years in prison and will be sentenced on April 13.
According to an audio recording made by a former teacher’s aide for the Hilltop school special education program, the principal can allegedly be heard verbally abusing students at the school during a group rehearsal for graduation in 2011. Kenneth Egan released the recording as a part of a lawsuit he filed against the Rockland Bosces run institute after he was allegedly fired just before his tenure for raising complaints against Principal Kimberly Taylor, who he stated has had several incidents of abuse against the children, at one point in 2009 physically hurting them by throwing them onto the floor and into the walls. In the recording, Taylor is heard yelling profanities at two children in front of the group of 250 students, calling one a “retard” and an embarrassment while children laugh. Egan’s attorney Randolph McClaughlin stated that they will be suing to ensure that proper actions are taken against Egan’s former employers and the principal, and that his client believes that there is a definite connection between his loss of a job and coming forward with complaints of abuse. Officials for Rockland Bosces stated that Taylor was suspended for a week at the time of the incident, and has remained in her position since then.
According to Clarkstown Police a Nanuet man was arrested for robbing a local dry cleaner on Wednesday. Police stated on Thursday that 41-year old Jamie Bass stole $100 from the Four Seasons Cleaners on Smith Road around 6:00 PM, after threatening to shoot a 61-year old woman working there. A witness reported to police that Bass got into a cab, which police tracked to the man’s home, leading to his arrest on felony charges of first and third degree robbery and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, as well as resisting arrest. He is being held at Rockland County Jail on $150,000 bail.