Two women arrested in connection to the murder of 80-year old Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell, were expected to be seen in court this week, but a judge has rescheduled their sentencing for July 10. Prosecutors in the case stated that the reason for postponing was because they have not completed the presentencing reports necessary to move forward. 25-year old Elita Grant and 26-year old Tanisha Joyner were arrested in early 2014 for their roles in the plot to murder Peggy Nadell, and pleaded guilty to second-degree hindering prosecution after making a deal to testify against Diana Nadell who was sentenced on Tuesday to 23 years to life in prison, for killing her mother-in-law last year. Also sentenced to 20 years to life in prison was Andrea Benson of Washington D.C. for assisting Nadell in the crime. Grant, who is Diana Nadell’s niece, was arrested for setting her aunt up with the other two women involved and Joyner was arrested for using Nadell’s cellphone from Washington D.C. to provide an alibi for the woman.
Police responded to a stabbing in Spring Valley on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials around 3:00 PM a black Honda Civic carrying four men drove up to a man outside of Hickory Food Mart on West Hickory Street, and confronted him. Reports state that a man jumped out of the car with a knife and chased the victim, stabbing him in the lower chest when he caught up. Witnesses called 911 when the victim collapsed near the deli, but the men in the car had driven off before paramedics and police arrived. Police are continuing to search for the suspect, whom they identified, and the victim remains in Nyack Hospital in serious condition. They believe the suspects and victim knew each other.
Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”
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The two woman charged in the death of Congers resident Peggy Nadell will be seen in court today, to receive their sentences. In 2014 80-year old Nadell was stabbed multiple times in her home and police discovered her 51-year old daughter-in-law, Florida native Diana Nadell, and 26-year old Andrea Benson of Washington DC, were responsible. Benson had testified in the case that she was paid $10,000 and the two women tricked the older woman into letting them into her house early in the morning on January 25, choking, beating, and stabbing her until she was dead. Nadell was apparently attempting to gain access to her mother-in-law’s $4 million estate and was charged with first-degree murder, for which she could receive 23-years to life in prison, and the same sentence for attempting to have two witnesses killed while she was being held in jail. Benson was charged with second-degree murder and faces 20-years to life in prison.
Clarkstown Police resond to an alleged hit and run early Saturday morning between a car and bicyclist. Around at the scene on Route 304 in New City, to find the 47-year old New City man that had been riding his bicycle on the side of the street, suffering from serious injuries and the driver no where to be seen. The man was taken to Nyack Hospital in critical condition with head injuries, as well as injuries to his torso and leg. Using pieces of the car as evidence police tracked down a black Jeep and arrested the unidentified driver for their part in the accident. Police did not release the official details and arrest charges when they spoke on Sunday.
At a recent Suffern Village Board meeting many residents raised concerns about a conflict of interest regarding the sale of the VFW Post 2973 building, which board members voted to buy for $150,000 in February 2014. The deal would allow the VFW to stay on as tenants, but the building, which has a market value of $500,000 and brings in revenue with 36 parking spaces rented for $1,600 a month, would be owned by the village. In the past few months Trustee Robert Morris allegedly worked to convince the board that the purchase doesn’t make sense financially, and soon after the realty company David Hirschman of Paramus, New Jersey made the same $150,000 offer to the VFW. Residents are upset because Morris’s son is the Vice-President of Hirschman Realty, some claiming that the actions of board members Morris and Frank Hagen, who brought the company’s offer to the VFW, broke the Open Meeting Laws by discussing the village’s spending plans. Suffern Mayor Patricia Abato stated that she has asked the village’s Ethics Board to review the situation.
Ramapo Police responded to an accident in Monsey on Thursday afternoon, involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. According to officials at 3:36 PM a woman driving a black Chrysler minivan was leaving the address on Route 306 when she drove through a stop sign, across both lanes of traffic, onto the sidewalk, and down a 15-foot embankment, striking a twelve-year old girl on the way. The woman received multiple summonses when police arrived, and the girl was transported by Hatzolah Ambulance to Westchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
A 23-year old Suffern man was arrested on felony charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon after police reported to an address to find an older man had been stabbed. According to official during an argument between Jared Hudson and his 43-year old father at their home at 11:00 AM on Wednesday morning, the younger man stabbed his father multiple times in the head before fleeing to the police station. When police arrived they found the man conscious but covered in blood, and discovered a screwdriver that was used in the incident. Jared Hudson was caught after he was seen using the public restrooms at the police headquarters and was taken to Rockland County Jail. The father was treated for injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital.
According to police a man was arrested after attempting to rob a woman in her front yard in New City. Around 12:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon 44-year old Michael Deleo approached the woman, who was playing in her front yard on Pleasant Hill Drive with her three year old son at the time, and allegedly told her that he was armed and he wouldn’t hurt her if she took him to her money and jewelry. After Deleo lifted his shirt to show a gun, the woman’s husband answered the front door and the man fled. Police reported that they caught the 44-year old suspect and discovered a baton, gravity knife, can of mace, and two unloaded pistols in his vehicle. He arrested on four felony charges and is being held in Rockland County Jail.