On Monday, a Congers man was injured in a house fire on Lakewood Drive. The man’s home was severely damaged by the fire and water damage from the fire fight. The Congers Fire Department released a statement saying the fire was started after a resident had been cooking and left the stove unattended for too long. The man called 911 after he suffered minor burns on his arm while trying to extinguish the fire. Fire fighters from all across the area were able to extinguish the blaze. (Source: LoHud)
When I first starting working here I did a story on the disappearance of a man from Pomona. The Journal News is reporting this morning that he is still missing. It has been over 7 months since Adrian Gokaj disappeared from his apartment on Country Club Lane. He is a white male, 6’1” and weighs approximately 190 lbs. When he was last seen he was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, gray sweatpants and slippers. He goes by the nickname “Genti”. According to his family he did not take his wallet or his cellphone with him. Genti also has an 8-year-old child and according to the Journal News was “under medical care for his bipolar and schizophrenic condition.” If you have information or think you may have seen a man matching the description you can call Haverstraw Police 845-354-1500 and there is a picture posted on the Journal News website.
New York State is ramping up patrols this Thanksgiving to look for drunken or distracted drivers and underage drinkers. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo says state and local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the holiday crackdown, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Officials say they’ll use unmarked cars, increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints and bar sweeps to find people breaking the law. Cuomo says the actions will help keep New York’s roads and highways safe during one of the busiest travel times of the year. During last year’s Thanksgiving crackdown police arrested more than 350 drivers for drunken or impaired driving.
The National Safety Council is estimating as many as 437 people could be killed and over 50,000 seriously injured in car crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend. That’s 12 percent higher than average number of fatalities that have occurred over the previous six Thanksgiving travel periods. And one issue that New York State wants you to be aware of is Drugged Driving also known as distracted driving. Governor Cuomo said, “Make no mistake: Drugged driving is a threat to our roadways and places everyone on them in danger.” The state is launching a Public Service campaign to make us aware of their “ongoing efforts to crack down on this reckless behavior, prevent more impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, and avoid preventable tragedies.” Older drivers who are taking medications that are known to impair driving should consult their doctors about what precautions need to be taken while on that medication or if there are possible alternatives. For more information about driver safety programs across New York: http://www.safeny.ny.gov
The Poughkeepsie City School District hired Marley Dias to speak during the superintendent’s conference day last Tuesday. Marley Dias is 11-years-old and was paid $6,500 for speaking to the conference on her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to draw attention to the lack of racial diversity in children’s literature. She spoke for one-hour to the staff and then led an hour and a half workshop for 50 students. Dias was paid through the funding from a federal education program. (Source: AP)
New York State Police and local law enforcement continue sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols for Halloween to crack down on drunk and impaired driving. The patrols began Friday and continue through tomorrow morning, Tuesday. WRCR reminds you to be aware of children and adults in the streets tonight – drunk driving kills over 10,000 people each year and is avoidable. Choose a designated driver before you head out to party tonight.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that 46-year-old Jason Harte of Palisades, New York was arrested on Monday for failing to report $20,000 income to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Harte has been charged with three counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies. Zugibe stated, “Our local municipalities and the state reply on collected tax dollars to fund programs and services for the public. Each of us must pay our fair share. Cheating the system is a paper crime that makes every New York a victim.” Harte was arraigned in the Town of Orangetown Justice Court and is now in Rockland County Jail. Next court date is October 28.
The names of the five men who on Monday allegedly stole $3,700 worth of medications from the CVS pharmacy on Route 202 in Haverstraw have been released. Brooklyn residents, 29-year-olds William and Robert White, 26-year-old Trevor Owens and 28-year-old Lee Holt with 43-year-old Joseph Thomas of Queens are each charged with a felony charge and a misdemeanor resisting arrest. According to court records, three are been held on bail and Joseph Thomas and Robert White are being held without bail due to their criminal history.
As New York State moves closer to fulfilling the requirements of the Clean Air Act, the state announced yesterday the availability of $98.7M in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related programs as well as projects that reduce congestion. The projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement, and innovation. The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for funding through October 21, 2016. For more information and an application: https://www.dot.ny.gov/TAP-CMAQ