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.

Cab Driver Shot in Hillcrest Last Week Dies

The cab driver who was shot last week in Hillcrest has died at Westchester Medical Center. Police say he died yesterday after last Monday’s shooting, for which Police arrested 22 year-old Hakeem Gentles of Spring Valley. 23 year-old Rem Louis was heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest when, police believe, one or both of the two passengers in his taxi were shot at. Louis was taken to Westchester Medical Center. Gentles had been charged with second degree attempted murder and first degree assault. He remains in the county jail on one million dollars bail.

Man Arrested in Spring Valley Cabbie Shooting

Ramapo Police have arrested 22 year-old Hakeem Gentles of Spring Valley in the Monday afternoon shooting of a cab driver. 23 year-old Rem Louis was heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest when, police believe, one or both of the two passengers in his taxi were shot at. Louis was taken to Westchester Medical Center. Gentles is charged with second degree attempted murder and first degree assault. He was arraigned in Ramapo Justice Court and sent to the County Jail on one million dollars bail. A car used in the shooting was located yesterday, but there was no word on the passengers who police believe may have been the intended targets.

Spring Valley Man Indicted for Manslaughter in Ramapo “Road Rage” Case

Rockland’s D-A says 62 year-old Albert Gomez of Spring Valley has been indicted for second degree manslaughter for the death of a three month-old boy, Mayer Braun, who was being pushed in a stroller on Route 59 in Ramapo. Gomez was reportedly angered after being cut off by a cab. After an exchange, Gomez drove on the shoulder around the cab, striking the family that had been walking on westbound shoulder of Route 59 near Robert Pitt Drive in Monsey. The boy’s mom and two sisters have reportedly been released from the hospital and are recovering at home. Gomez will be arraigned on the new charges on July 25.

Small Plane Reported Down in Hudson; Police Search Comes up Empty

Reports of a small plane going down in the Hudson River near Haverstraw yesterday have come up empty thus far. The Rockland sheriff’s department got a distress call around three in the afternoon yesterday, but the department’s marine unit, along with emergency boats from Stony Point, Theills and Haverstraw fire departments, could not find any plane or debris. No other calls about the plane were received, but officials haven’t labeled the situation a hoax yet.

And just a few hours before that, a helicopter that took off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains with the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon onboard had to make an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean off Gilgo Beach on Long Island. Published reports said Shane McMahon escaped unharmed, as did the pilot. It’s not clear what went wrong.

No Arrests Yet in Spring Valley Cab Driver Shooting

No arrests yet in the Monday afternoon shooting of a cab driver who was heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest. The unidentified 23 year-old was taken to Nyack Hospital and then to Westchester Medical Center. No word on the man’s condition. Police are investigating. If you have any information contact police at 845-357-2400.

Cab Driver Shot in Spring Valley; Police Seek Info

A cab driver struck a tree after being shot yesterday afternoon while heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest. The unidentified 23 year-old cab driver was taken to Nyack Hospital and then to Westchester Medical Center. No word on the man’s condition. Police are investigating. If you have any information contact police at 845-357-2400.

South Nyack Sportscasting legend, Bob Wolff, Dies at 96

South Nyack resident and sportscasting legend Bob Wolff, best known for being the voice of the New York Knicks’ championships in the 70s and Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, died Saturday at the age of 96. Wolff is listed with Guinness World Records as the longest-running TV and radio sportscaster – he was on the airwaves for 78 years.

Military Plane Crash Victim Identified as Ramapo High School Graduate

A 2008 graduate of Ramapo High School was among the military personnel killed when their plane crashed in a Mississippi field. 26 year-old Marine Owen Lennon, who grew up in Pomona, was among 15 Marines and a Navy service-member when their KC-130 went down. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said Lennon “represented the very best that our young people have to offer.” Nine of the Marines killed in the crash were part of a reserve squadron based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Investigators are working to determine what caused the crash. Published reports indicate something may have happened to an engine while the plane was at cruise altitude.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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