Temporary Shutdown on AM-1700 Due to Equipment Move

Update: September 20, 2017: Unfortunately, we are now in the process of looking for a new location for our tower and broadcast equipment. We hope to be back on AM 1700 full-time ASAP. Meanwhile, our programming is available on WRCR.com. We apologize for any inconvenience. Continue to check in on the AM to see if we’re back on the air, or here on our website for updates. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

14 month-old Monsey Boy Struck by Taxi, Dies

Ramapo Police say a 14 month-old Monsey boy was killed yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a taxicab that had picked up a fare at the boy’s house. Police responded to Johanna Lane around 5pm for a reported motor vehicle accident. An unidentified 41 year-old Monsey resident driving a 2015 Toyota Prius taxi was backing out of the driveway when he struck the child. The boy was transported by Hatzolah Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries, and was later pronounced dead. The taxi driver remained on the scene. The Ramapo Police Accident Investigation Unit and Detective Division conducted an accident reconstruction and investigation. No tickets or charges have been issued to the driver at this time, pending further investigation.

 

O&R Warns of Imposter Utility Worker Incident (audio)

Orange and Rockland Utilities is warning customers to be extra vigilant when approached by people claiming to be utility workers. The warning comes after an incident in Stony Point Wednesday, when a man claimed he “worked for O&R” and asked to enter a woman’s home to “read her gas pipe.” The man did not have an official company color photo identification card, and the woman refused to let him in her house, but company spokesman Mike Donovan says the man was persistent…

Audio clip: Mike Donovan

Stony Point police followed up with O&R Corporate Security to and a review of records found that no O&R contractors were working in Stony Point on Wednesday. Donovan says if someone claims to be an O&R employee or contractor and cannot produce a legitimate O&R photo I.D. card, then end contact with the person, lock your door and call the police. An actual service appointment would also have a unique service order number that the real O&R employee would be able to provide. In addition to calling police, O&R has an employee verification service, available by calling 845-577-3526.

County Executive Delivers Rockland’s Shared Services Initiative Report

The County Executive has delivered Rockland’s Shared Services Initiative report to the Rockland County Legislature. The initiative was requested by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who made it part of the new state budget in April. The report is a summary of ideas area officials have come up with to save some money. Ideas include the formation of a County-wide Animal Control program, cooperative and bulk purchasing of paper, LED lighting and other items, shared printing through BOCES, shared police dispatching and the dissolution of small village courts, among others. The report on the county website, and can be viewed here.

Spring Valley Fire Leaves Dozens Homeless

A dozen families are homeless following a fire last night at a Spring Valley apartment complex. Lohud.com reported two apartments were destroyed and five cats were killed after the fire swept through a second story apartment on Union Avenue. The Red Cross was assisting those displaced by the fire, the cause of which is under investigation. There were no injuries to any residents or first responders.

Ramapo’s Former Building Inspector Pleads Guilty, Won’t Serve Jail Time

Ramapo’s former building inspector will avoid jail time and won’t have to pay restitution after taking a plea deal yesterday in Rockland County Court. Anthony Mallia had been charged with 188 counts of undercharging contractors for permits and bilking Ramapo taxpayers of $150,000. The Journal News reported Rockland County Judge David Zuckerman said he would sentence Mallia to five years probation, so Mallia plead guilty to felony first-degree tampering with public records.

Stony Point and Haverstraw FD Repond to Fire in Westchester Boat Yard

Fire Department marine units from Stony Point and Haverstraw reportedly responded early this morning to Verplanck across the river in Westchester for a boat fire in the Viking Boat Yard. No word on any injuries.

Funeral Services Held for Former Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik

Funeral services were held for former Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. Community leaders and residents have been praising Kralik’s decades in law enforcement and his dedication to the community since he passed away last Monday at the age of 74. On The Morning Show last Friday, Ramapo Communications Director Phil Tisi recalled a trip he took to the Gettysburg attractions that Kralik established…

Audio clip: Phil Tisi

Kralik was Rockland’s Sheriff from 1992 through 2011.

Eruv Controversy Spills Over in Mahwah

The recent installation in Mahwah of an eruv, a series of wires and piping attached to utility poles that mark off an area where Orthodox Jews can engage in some activities normally prohibited in public on the Sabbath, has become a boiling controversy in Bergen County. Opponents and supporters were out in force last night at a Mahwah Council meeting. The New Jersey part of the boundary was installed by a Monsey group that reportedly got permission from the owner of the poles, Orange and Rockland Utilities, to do it. Mahwah township officials have argued that the boundary violates local zoning laws prohibiting signs on utility poles. Mahwah police are also reportedly investigating recent vandalism to the eruv as a possible bias crime.

Bergen County’s chief law enforcement officer, meanwhile, has reportedly instructed Mahwah’s Police Chief not to enforce a new Mahwah ordinance that bans outsiders from using township parks. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said the ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution in several ways and a state Attorney General’s directive that strictly prohibits racially-influenced policing.

Spring Valley Officer Stabbed Responding to Domestic Disturbance

A Spring Valley police officer was reportedly stabbed after responding to a chaotic domestic violence call in the village Wednesday morning. 37 year-old Artemio Gonzalez was reportedly throwing items at officers who responded to the scene. He eventually got hold of a knife and stabbed the first responding officer. A second officer was able to deploy his Taser, allowing them to subdue Gonzalez and arrest him. He and the officers were treated at a local hospital and released. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder and was being held pending arraignment.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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