DA Upgrades Charges Against Murder Suspect

50 year-old Diana Nadell of Florida entered a plea of not-guilty yesterday in Clarkstown Justice Court for her arraignment on the upgraded first degree murder charge in connection with the slaying of her mother-in-law, 80 year-old Peggy Nadell of Valley Cottage.
According to reports, Diana Nadell and Andrea Benson made an early-morning cell phone call to get Peggy Nadell to open her door in the late January incident, and then stabbed her. Diana Nadell, the wife of Peggy’s son James, reportedly wanted to get her hands on money her family expected to inherit.
The other three charged in Peggy Nadell’s murder have already been arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Benson was arraigned June 2 on second-degree murder and conspiracy charges.
Diana Nadell was originally charged with second-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy. Eltia Grant and Tanisha Joyner were arraigned last month. They were charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Bail was set for Grant and Joyner at half-a-million dollars. Diana Nadell is being held without bail at the county jail. She’s due back in court July 14.

Airmont Road to be Closed

Come mid-July you might want to check with the Google maps or MapQuest or pay closer attention to the WRCR traffic report as a major road closure is expected to hit the Town of Ramapo.
Railroad track work on northern Airmont Road is expected to partially shut the busy roadway over a three-day period, from July 18 through the 20th. The area in question is right between Route 59 and the Thruway exit.
Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence says area businesses will be accessible but drivers will have to use different routes to reach them. Montebello and Spook Rock roads will reportedly serve as the primary detour routes.
Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be upgrading the tracks in the area, removing 120 feet of existing track and replacing it with a single unit to be assembled on site. Drivers can expect a gentler ride thanks to a new, rubberized material that will be surrounding the tracks, once the project is complete.

The Rockland Co. Dept. of Health Warns of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

A confirmed case of acute Hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler at the La Fontana restaurant in Nyack. Patrons and other employees may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus between March 19 and April 1, 2014.
The Rockland County Dept. of Health is offering free Hepatitis A vaccines to restaurant patrons and employees starting Saturday, April 12 from 11AM–5PM, Sunday, April 13 from 11AM-3PM, and Monday, April 14 from 9AM-12PM at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.
The Rockland County Dept. of Health recommends that all people who ate at the restaurant on March 29, March 30 and April 1, 2014 receive a Hepatitis A vaccine.
For additional information call the Div. of Disease Control & Prevention at 845-364-2997.

Congresswoman Lowey Speaks at Flu Vaccine Facility

At a news conference today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey called for an end to the government shutdown at a Rockland County vaccine facility that faces delays in securing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for its flu vaccine for use by Americans 50 years and older. With FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown the delay in approval for new vaccines increases the chance the vaccine may not be available before next year’s flu season. Congresswoman Lowey spoke at the Pearl River manufacturing facility of Protein Sciences, a biotechnology company whose vaccine Flu blok was approved by the FDA last year for use by individuals 18-49 years old. The company is now seeking approval for its flu vaccine technology to be used by Americans of all ages. But with FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown, the FDA is currently not issuing approvals for new vaccines.

House Fire in Chestnut Ridge

Firefighters responded to a house fire at Skye Place in Chestnut Ridge early Sunday morning. A neighbor called Ramapo police around 2:40AM to report smoke and flames coming from the windows and roof. It took firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control, and crews from Orange and Rockland Utilities had to secure a downed power line leading to the house. Police said the homeowners were away at the time, and there were no injuries. The Ramapo police and the Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation Arson Unit was working together to determine the cause of the fire.

Arrests Made at Monsey Yeshiva

The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in an FBI investigation into a group that is accused of using kidnapping, along with other methods, to force Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, the group planned to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the husband of an Orthodox woman. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent. One of those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn, along with two others. They were scheduled to appear in US District Court in Trenton, NJ this afternoon.

Arrests Made at Monsey Yeshiva

The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in an FBI investigation into a group that is accused of using kidnapping, along with other methods, to force Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, the group planned to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the husband of an Orthodox woman. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent. One of those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn, along with two others. They were scheduled to appear in US District Court in Trenton, NJ this afternoon.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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