Dentist Arrested for Molesting Patients

A dentist from Haverstraw is facing sexual assault charges after an investigation showed that he was molesting his patients. Dr. Girish Desai was arrested by Haverstraw Police following accusations that he allegedly touched two women while they were being seen in the chair. The dentist pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 bail and police are asking anyone with information to call 845-354-1500, as they believe there may be more victims.

Armed Man Arrested by Police Following Standoff

Suffern Police and officers from the Rockland Sheriff’s Department responded to an address on Park Ave on Monday evening, after they received a call from a man who said he was in distress and thinking of ending his life. Officials stated that around 5:30 PM they sent out an automated warning to nearby areas and evacuated residents of apartments neighboring 39-year old Timothy Murphy, who was reportedly armed and suicidal. After about two hours of attempted to negotiate with the man SWAT officers broke into the apartment and found him there with an illegal AK-47, an unregistered handgun, and a small amount of marijuana. After defusing the situation police arrested and charged Murphy with felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, as well as misdemeanors and violations for the guns and drugs. He was taken to New City Jail and is being held on $10,000 bail.

East Ramapo School Board Agrees to Re-Hire Lobbyist Firm

On Wednesday it was reported that at a Tuesday night East Ramapo School Board meeting members agreed to postpone rehiring a lobbying firm that recently assisted the district in fighting a proposed bill that would give a monitor veto power. In a report submitted by the state appointed team of temporary monitors led by Dennis Walcott, it was recommended that the district receive further funding, but only with a permanent monitor with veto power. In the wake of the report state and school district officials have already begun debating on whether to fight again or accept the recommendations. At the meeting parents spoke out about hiring lobbyists Patricia Lynch Associates, many saying that the $42,000 it would cost should be used for students or supplies for classrooms. Now reports from those who attended are saying that towards the end of the meeting after an executive session members of the board agreed to hire back the firm, which costs them $42,000 a year.

Doctor Indicted in Fatal Drug Case

According to officials in a case against an Orange County psychiatrist, he was seen in court this week. Dr. Alfred Ramirez, who practiced out of Middletown, was arrested in October in connection to the death of 31-year old Yonkers teacher Daren Gajdusek who was found dead in his apartment in March 2015 after an apparent overdose. Following investigation Ramirez was charged with selling prescriptions to patients along with another man, James Cooney of Yonkers, who assisted in selling the false prescriptions and pills on the streets of the Lower Hudson Valley. Ramirez was indicted by the Grand Jury.

Westchester Marijuana Dispensary to Open This Week

Officials for the newest medical marijuana dispensary in White Plains opened the facility to media this week, to show what will be provided to the community when it opens on Thursday. Vireo Health will be opening on East Post Road where residents who qualify for prescriptions for marijuana, which is newly legal in New York State, will be allowed to purchase the drug in three forms, pills, oil, and vapor. In order to enter the facility a patient must obtain a prescription and be listed on database provided by the state. Vireo grows the plant upstate and this dispensary will be one of two in Westchester County, and one of twenty in all of New York. The state is the 23rd to legalize medical use of the drug, which is still illegal federally, and so it will not be covered by patients’ insurance.

Monroe Appoints Temporary Town Supervisor

The board of an Orange County town met at their usual reorganization meeting on Monday night, where members spontaneously appointed a temporary Supervisor. Monroe town officials attended the meeting where new council members Tony Cardone and Mike McGinn were sworn in and the board announced that they unanimously voted Cardone in as acting Supervisor while current Supervisor Harley Doles is on medical leave. Residents attending the meeting stated to News 12 that they feel this is a good turn around for the town, considering recent decisions made by the board to allow the predominantly Hasidic Jewish neighboring village of Kyrias Joel, town land to build multifamily housing. Cordone’s appointment surprised attendees, as Doles had previously appointed Councilman Jerry McQuaid. It’s unknown how long Cardone will be Supervisor, but both he and McGinn stated that there will be a more transparent take on town government and finances this year.

Fourteen Plead Guilty in Rockland Drug Charges

Fourteen men arrested in March in connection to a Rockland County drug ring were seen in court on Tuesday where they pleaded guilty in front of a federal judge. Following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Rockland Drug Task Force, 29 people were arrested for selling more than $1 million worth of oxycodone pills and heroin throughout the county, in an operation led by 27-year old Victor Esteban from a Pomona trailer park. Esteban and the thirteen others seen in Westchester Federal Court pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges, and the remainder of the group arrested are waiting for the conclusion of their investigation or are facing state charges.

Yonkers Tire Thief Caught

According to police in Westchester they tracked a man in connection to a number of tire thefts in Yonkers. Police stated that Benny Borgos was arrested after he was found in possession of missing tires by a task force created to investigate reports from residents that they found their cars up on bricks. The task force was able to find the Borgos through a Craigslist ad that was searching for a buyer for $700 of tires that were stolen in recent weeks, but were originally worth around $4,000.

Governor Cuomo Signs New Smoke Detector Regulations

New York State officials announced this week that there will now be restrictions on the sale of smoke detectors. The new law will take effect on January 1,2017 and will prohibit the sale of detectors with replaceable batteries as a way to prevent safety hazards made worse by residents forgetting to check their batteries. According to the Legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, new detectors must contain ten-year non-removable batteries, representatives stating that having a working detector can be the difference between life and death.

Clarkstown Town Board Approves Increases for CSEA Union Members

Clarkstown Board members earlier this month approved a salary increase for town workers represented by the Civil Service Employees Association. On December 17 the outgoing Democrats of the board including Supervisor Alex Gromack, who will finish his term after losing the election to Republican George Hoehamann approved the raises. Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner, who will soon be the only remaining Democrat and woman on the board stated to the Journal News that negotiations with the union began in June and the current contract was set to expire on Thursday, also saying that Hoehmann had requested pushing the vote until January, though the board wanted to agree on a new contract, with the other ending. The raise will be 9% for nearly 300 employees over 4 years, with salaries going up to 2- 2.5% each year until 2019. Councilman Frank Borelli stated to the newspaper that he and other members who opposed of the increases would be looking into other options.

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