According to police in Westchester County, a man has been arrested in connection to a fire at a New York State Thruway Authority facility earlier this week. On Tuesday around 5:00 PM firefighters responded to calls of heavy smoke and flames coming from the salt shed on Fifth Avenue in Mamaroneck, which was completely destroyed. According to officials the flames also damaged several pieces of equipment in another building close by. Police stated that 54-year old Richard Cass, of Pittsfield Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire after the building closed for business. The man was apparently employed as an electrician by the Thruway Authority and the fire destroyed most of the salt to be used this winter, though officials from the agency are investigating the impact further. Cass will be seen in court on August 31.
The New Jersey Transit Pascack Valley Line is currently suspended while police investigate a car-train crash in Emerson, New Jersey. Details are still coming in, but according to NorthJersey.com one man was killed around 5:45 this morning when the 5:10 AM train out of Spring Valley struck his vehicle on the tracks near the Lincoln Boulevard crossing. Officials could not confirm any injuries, other than the death of the 88-year old man who has not been identified, but trains have stopped running in either direction for the time being. New Jersey Transit and private buses are cross-honoring passes and tickets.
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The Rockland Boulders played their first game against the Sussex Miners at Provident Bank Park last night. The Boulders failed to score int he first two innings, the Miners quickly gaining a lead of 6-0. In the third inning Rockland started scoring, bringing in two runs. By the end of the game the Boulders had gained the lead and won with a score of 8-7. The two teams play again tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. You can listen live at WRCR 1700 AM or go to our homepage to live stream!
An accident on Route 208 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey shut down part of the highway on Tuesday morning during rush hour. The accident occurred when a dump truck driver came upon a sudden traffic back-up and was unable to stop. The driver swerved and hit a box truck, then mounted the divider. Route 208 was shut down for several hours as the clean up and investigation took place. The driver is not facing any charges at this point.
According to police two children were taken to the hospital for treatment on Tuesday after being struck by an SUV while in a parking area in New Rochelle. Police stated that around 4:30 PM a 12-year old boy and 10-year old girl were struck by an SUV when it appeared to roll backwards, witnesses stating to various news sources that the mother of one of the children believed the car to be in park when it began moving backwards towards the kids. The girl was taken to the hospital, reportedly in critical condition; no further details have been officially released as of yet. The boy was also taken to the hospital for treatment for less serious injuries. Police are investigating the official cause of the incident, though it is being looked at as an accident.
A missing South Nyack teen has been found safely after a week. 17-year old Chelsea O’Donnell, the daughter of actress Rosie O’Donnell, was reported missing by her mother on Sunday. South Nyack-Grand View Police informed the public that the girl and her therapy dog, Bear, were last seen in South Nyack on August 11 with her mother, and was reportedly in need of medical attention. According to officials the teen was off medication for psychiatric issues when she was believed to have run away from home, though not due to an argument, fight, or other incident. The girl was found safely and was in police custody as of Tuesday.
Two men from Newburgh are facing a number of drug charges after being arrested along the Palisades Parkway over the weekend. According to the press release by the Parkway Police, an officer spotted the blue Acura with tinted break light covers and tinted window and proceeded to stop the vehicle at Exit 2 for Alpine, New Jersey. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The officer asked the occupants to exit the car and with assistance from other officers both men were searched. The passenger, Joel Bruno, was found to have a switchblade knife and was immediately placed into custody. The driver, Ivan Hernandez-Luis gave consent to search the vehicle, upon searching officers found 400 envelopes of what is believed to be heroin, a clear bag of marijuana, and cigars, as well as rolling paper and a rolling machine. The heroin weighed 4.72 ounces, which has a street value of $6,600. Both men face charges of possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver is facing motor vehicle violations as well. Both are being held on $35,000 bail.
On Monday the East Ramapo school board held its first meeting since the State Education Department appointed a team of three monitors to the district. More than 200 parents, students, and teachers attended the meeting to express their frustration and concerns for the coming school year, many stating that there is a need to bring back programs such as art and music to the public schools. Newly appointed monitor Dennis Walcott, the former commissioner of New York City Schools has visited a few schools in the district since his position was announced nearly a week ago and last night’s meeting was the first for him and Dr. Monica Georgefield who will be assisting her expertise in school turnaround. Parents are still calling for the resignation of Superintendent Joel Klein and the board, stating that the large Hispanic and African American population of students are being mistreated in public schools while the district favors religious private school students. Walcott stated to the Journal News that what he witnessed at the meeting is understandable, including the loud attendees saying they are naturally passionate about the education of their children, but he believes the situation is manageable. E
According to Mahwah Police the Treasurer of the Bergen County Fire Prevention and Protection Association was arrested last week for allegedly stealing money from the group. 54-year old James LeClercq of Dumont, an Englewood Fire Inspector and volunteer firefighter, was accused of embezzling $6,500 by writing himself checks ranging from $20-$500. LeClercq would make partial payments to the organization to cover the thefts from donations, leaving the Association with $10 in their accounts. The man was charged with theft and was released from jail, and has been suspended without pay from his position with the city of Englewood.