Harte Arrested Failing to File $20K in Taxes

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.


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Five Men Booked on Stealing Medications in Haverstraw

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.

$98.7M Allocated for Clean Air Projeccts

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

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Director, Arthur Hiller Dies at 92

The film and television industry has lost academy award nominated director, Arthur Hiller who died yesterday in Los Angeles. Hiller was known for the tear jerker “Love Story”, the Holocaust drama “The Man in the Glass Booth” and the comedies “The In-Laws” “The Out-of-Towners” “Plaza Suite” and “Silver Streak.” Arthur Hiller was 92.

Arthur Hiller (source: IMDB.com)

Arthur Hiller (source: IMDB.com)

Stony Point Flasher Arrested and Held on $25,000 Bail

The compulsive flasher and harasser of neighbors, Frank Chillino, of Stony Point has been arrested again but this time he will not walk out for free. The courts hit him with $25,000 bail. A neighbor told the Rockland Times Chillino had just returned home from surgery related to diabetes and then once again began disrupting the neighborhood. He has exposed himself and has been arrested a half a dozen times over the past ten years but this is the first time fines have been levied against him.

Energy Conservation Urged During Heatwave

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging all residents to take precautions against heat related illnesses and limit strenuous outdoor physical activity.  New York State is being asked to consciously use energy as the heat wave is putting extra stress on the power grid. State agencies have been directed to reduce power usage, and you can too, by taking the following actions: Close your drapes, turn off A/C, lights and appliances when not at home. If purchasing an air conditioner look for the Energy Star qualified model that uses 25 percent less energy. Turn on fans and use microwaves when possible (they use 50 percent less energy than conventional stoves). And take note of water usage. All of Rockland is still on mandatory water restrictions for watering lawns. Go to Rockland.gov for more information.

Yonkers man recovering from face slash

According to news 12 Hudson Valley, a man was slashed in the face in Yonkers New York overnight. Police are currently searching for his attacker. After arriving at the area of New School Street and Palisade Avenue at about 10:15 p.m.,Yonkers police swarmed the area. During their search, they discovered a sidewalk covered in blood and a man on the ground, trying to stop the bleeding on his face. The victim was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, and police say his injuries were not life threatening.

Hit and Run driver released on $10,000 Bail

According to News 12 Hudson Valley,A pedestrian, Luis DeJesus,33, of New Windsor is dead after being struck by a intoxicated hit-and-run driver in Orange County Monday evening, according to authorities. The hit-and-run occurred around yesterday at 6:30 p.m. on Route 300, just east of the New Windsor Cantonment State Park.First responders found DeJesus unconscious by the side of the road. He was found holding shopping bags. DeJesus was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to Police the driver, Michael Rule, 33, of Pine Bush, fled the scene, but was later captured in Newburgh.They say Rule was spotted by another driver a few miles away. New Windsor Police Chief Rick Hovey stated “He actually observed the vehicle drive by at a high rate of speed with substantial damage to the front of the vehicle.” Rule is being charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and driving while intoxicated. He has been released on $10,000 bail.

Two Rockland Men Accused of Bank Theft

After allegedly committing bank heists and mail fraud schemes that county prosecutors say netted $250,000, two Rockland men were indicted Thursday. Fabrice Stinfil, of 5 George St. in Spring Valley, face Grand Larceny and Criminal Facilitation charges.His partner, Lawrence Lazard, of 229 Route 202 in Haverstraw was charged in Rockland County Court,Thursday, with three counts of Grand Larceny and 25 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. According to Lohud, 14 financial institutions in Rockland including Sterling National Bank, First Niagara Bank and Capital One Bank were impacted by the scam, losing over $300,000 according to prosecutors. According to the charges, Lazard deposited altered United States Postal Service Money Orders into bank accounts and then withdrew the money prior to the fraud being detected by the banks or the USPS. Lazard photocopied larger dollar amounts onto the money orders. He also used debit/ATM cards and PINs associated other individuals’ bank accounts to deposit the altered USPS Money Orders into the bank accounts of those individuals via an ATM.If convicted, Lazard could serve up to 15 years in state prison. Stinfil, 21, could serve up to 4 years in state prison, if convicted.

Illegal prostitution Case in Montrose Spa

According to Lohud News, CORTLANDT – Police have accused two women of prostitution while working at an illegal spa in Montrose. Brooklyn residents Gaukhar Jetbayeva and Olena Stepaniuk were arrested Friday by state police after an undercover investigation into a spa at 2153 Albany Post Road. Both Gaukbar and Olen were acused of giving unlicensed massages and sexual favors in exchange for money. Both women are being charged with unauthorized practice of a profession, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of prostitution and second-degree criminal nuisance. According to Lohud news, they were arraigned in Cortland Town Court and released from the Westchester County jail on $7,500 bail. They are due back in court this morning.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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