Brinks Heist Getaway Driver Denied Parole

 A former radical who drove a getaway car during a Brinks armored car robbery at the Nanuet Mall that led to the deaths of two Nyack police officers and a security guard has been denied parole.

The New York state Parole Board denied Judith Clark’s bid for parole on Friday even after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Clark in prison and made the decision to commute her sentence.

Clark has served 35 years of a maximum 75-year sentence for her role in the 1981 robbery.

Reports: 3 year-old Spring Valley Boy Attacked by Pit Bull

Various published reports say a 3-year-old Spring Valley boy was attacked by a pit bull yesterday. The dog reportedly bit the child in the face and neck areas, according to the Spring Valley Police. the incident was captured on a security video camera from across the street. When Spring Valley Police arrived on scene at North Cole Avenue around 6 p.m., the child was being attended to by an Hatzolah ambulance crew and there was no sign of the dog, said Chief Paul Modica. There is no word on the status of the child’s injuries.

 

CSL Trial Underway

Opening arguments from the defense and prosecution began in the Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial yesterday in U.S. District Court in White Plains, where the jury does not feature a single juror from Rockland County. The Journal News reported the defense attorney told the jury St. Lawrence is a victim of politics who should not be held accountable for actions that were approved by town auditors and passed by the town board. The prosecutor, the Journal News reported, called St. Lawrence a politician who orchestrated an agenda-driven scheme to build a baseball stadium, no matter what. Ramapo’s Supervisor is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy. Court is not in session today, the case resumes Monday with Jefferies LLC managing director Ned Flynn on the stand. Jefferies was the underwriter for a $25 million bond for the baseball stadium.

Jury Selecton, Day 2, in St. Lawrence Fraud Case

The Chris St. Lawrence trial got underway yesterday in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Not a single juror was selected yesterday to sit in judgement of Ramapo’s Supervisor, who is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy. The Journal News reported 75 people from New York’s Southern District, including Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan and the Bronx — were all called in as potential jurors. 35 or so were asked about 50-questions during the screening process. Jury selection continues today. Presiding Judge Cathy Seibel said opening arguments would begin later today once a jury has been selected. Court will not be in session tomorrow.

UPDATE: Orangetown Police: Missing Senior FOUND

The Missing Adult Alert activated for Victoria DeSimone has been canceled. She was reportedly located in New Jersey at a former residence.

Earlier: Police are searching for a missing Orangeburg woman who was last seen yesterday afternoon. Orangetown Police say 83 year-old Victoria DeSimone has early onset dementia and may be in need of medical attention. She was last seen near Parkway Drive South in Orangeburg around 4 o-clock yesterday when she was walking to St. Catherine’s Church on Western Highway. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, and weighs 121 pounds. She is white, with gray eyes and gray hair with red tips. She was last seen wearing a coal-colored jacket. If you have information on her whereabouts call Orangetown police at 845-359-3700 or 911.

Former Blauvelt Resident Wanted by NJ Police

New Jersey police are looking for a former Blauvelt resident wanted in connection with the death of another woman. 29 year-old Ashley Castro’s remains were found April 5th on the median of Route 22 in Branchburg, New Jersey. Police say about a week earlier, 26-year-old Nicole Barbour and 32 year-old David DeSantos moved Castro’s body from a motel across the highway into the brush. How Castro died is still under investigation. DeSantos was arrested April 7th on an outstanding fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania and is being held in the Somerset County Jail. Anyone with information regarding Barbour and her whereabouts is urged to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit. Their website is www.scpo.net.

Power Failure Resolved; Nanuet Incident Knocked WRCR Off the Air Temporarily

A brief power failure shortly before 7am Wednesday morning has been resolved and WRCR is back on AM 1700.

New York State’s $153 billion budget approved

New York State’s $153 billion overdue budget passed the state Assembly on Saturday. The state Senate approved it late Sunday. The plan makes New York the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students in families with annual incomes less than $125,000. State Senator David Carlucci called the budget “good news for the Hudson Valley” and said it includes $2.5 billion for water infrastructure project to ensure safe drinking water. There are also provisions to allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to operate beyond New York City, and those under the age of 18 will no longer be detained in adult jails or prisons.

New York State’s Budget Still Undecided

New York State’s budget, on the verge of collapse Wednesday, and on life support yesterday. Now, some lawmakers think may they may have a compromise that involves a deal on charter school funding, one of the last sticking points. Published reports indicate lawmakers may also be coming to a compromise on two other major sticking points including an affordable housing tax credit and a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. Not everyone’s optimistic about an agreement for the budget that’s already six days late. Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan’s spokesman told the Associated Press that it’s too soon to say whether there’s an agreement. Lawmakers have already approved a two-month emergency budget extension to avoid a government shutdown.

Commute Update

Monday’s “slow speed derailment” is still causing headaches for Rockland commuters and could be for a few more days. A damaged switch machine is at the center of the repairs, affecting Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, both operating on altered schedules.

Meanwhile, fuel had to be cleaned up as two truck drivers were taken to Englewood Hospital with non-life threatening injuries yesterday following an accident involving a tractor-trailer that rear-ended a flatbed tractor-trailer on the westbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge. One was cited for “stopping on the roadway” and the other was issued a summons “imprudent speed.” The 3:30 am accident snarled traffic on the bridge and in the area for hours at the height of the morning rush.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.