Bullying Accusations Investigated in Spring Valley Stabbing

According to a story in The Journal News on police reports regarding the stabbing at Spring Valley High School on Tuesday morning, there were no complaints of bullying filed with the school prior to the incident. Public Defender to 16-year old Christopher Bermeo, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed the 17-year old victim four times with a pen-knife, stated that the young man claimed he was being bullied by the victim and was defending himself at the time. School officials stated to the newspaper that there were no records of bullying between the two, and they will be increasing security, including random searched of students’ bags and lockers. The investigation is continuing to uncover the cause of the boys’ arguments and why they turned violent, while Bermeo is being held in Rockland County Jail on $500,000 bail and the unidentified victim is recovering from the wounds.

Fire Destroys Suffern Apartment Building

Firefighters were called to an apartment building on Route 202 around 6:45 Tuesday night, where they found flames burning through the two-story building. According to officials the fire began in the basement of the Berkeley Square building that held 16 apartments and destroyed the first floor before spreading to the second floor and roof. The road was closed off for several hours into the night, and once more early this morning when the fire was reported to have started again, though it was out by 6:00 AM. No one was injured and the building was deemed uninhabitable. Investigators with the Rockland Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Suffern Police continue searching for the cause of the fire.

Spring Valley HS Student Stabbed, Early Dismissal

Spring Valley High School was on lock-down this morning when one student repeatedly stabbed another in an altercation that broke out around 8:45am. The 17 year-old victim ran outside the building with wounds to his arm, back, sides, and shoulders and was taken to a nearby hospital where his injuries are being treated as non-life threatening. Officials apprehended his assailant at his home and is being held for the time being. Lock-down was lifted mid-morning and classes were dismissed around 2pm. The identities of either party have not been revealed as the investigation is ongoing.

Student Stabbed At Spring Valley High School

According to police a student was stabbed at Spring Valley High School this morning. The incident occurred around 9:00 AM and police put the entire school into lockdown as they continue to investigate. The boy was stabbed several times and was taken to Nyack hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police stated that they have the suspect in custody but are not releasing any more information at this time.

Fire Destroys Congers Home

Firefighters responded to a call in Congers on Monday afternoon, where a single-family home was engulfed in flames. Volunteers climbed through snow and brush to get to the house, and according to officials spent nearly two hours putting out the fire that was burning on three floors. With smoke and flames burning through the roof firefighters from Congers, West Nyack, Central Nyack, New City, Haverstraw, West Haverstraw, Thiells, and Valley Cottage battles to save the building, which was later deemed uninhabitable and was home at the time and firefighters rescued the owner’s dog.

Hit-And-Run in New Square

Sunday evening at around 9:20pm, 61 year-old Solomon Diamant was hit by a gold colored sedan at the intersection of Route 45 and Washington Avenue in New Square. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Route 45 and struck Diamant, sustaining injuries to his chest, face, and head. He was transported via Hatzolah Ambulence where his serious but non-life threatening injuries are being treated at Westchester Medical Center. The vehicle, a gold, four-door sedan may have damage to the front right end and a broken or missing passenger side mirror. Anyone with information regarding the accident should contact the Accident Investigation Unit at 357-2400.

Clarkstown Supervisor Proposes Funding for Protection in Malls

Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack announced last week, a plan to get a greater police presence in Rockland and Westchester County malls. Gromack is requesting $94.5 million dollars for an increase in police funding statewide, following recent terrorist threats against shopping centers throughout the country, which would provide at least $2 million for each mall. Gromack stated at a conference that the money would not be used to reduce law enforcement budgets, but to add services to malls in the area. Clarkstown has two major shopping centers, the Palisades Center Mall and the Shops at Nanuet, and according to Gromack extra police could not be funded by their real estate and sales tax revenue, and additional funding in the state budget is necessary. The New York budget was already presented by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year is being reviewed for approval by the Legislature.

Woman Pleads Guilty in Valley Cottage Resident’s Murder

Diana Nadell, 51, plead guilty to murdering her mother-in-law, Peggy Nadell, last January in an attempt to obtain over $4 million due to her son, James Nadell, Diana’s husband. Nadell admitted to hiring accomplice Andrea Benson for help in the act who is also pleading guilty to second-degree murder. The two women both tried to blame each other in the plotted death however Clarkstown Police recounted telephone conversation, surveillance, and other evidence that proved that Benson choked Peggy and Nadell stabbed her. Two other women involved in the murder plot plead guilty to hindering prosecution, a reduced charge for cooperating with the prosecution. Nadell’s sentencing is May 12th and with serve 23 years to life in prison.

Woman Dead after Fall At the Palisades Mall

According to police, Monika Taylor, 42 of Haskell, New Jersey, died after apparently jumping from the fourth floor of the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack on Thursday afternoon. Police responded to several reports around 4:00 PM, arriving to find the woman on the lower parking garage level, receiving CPR from a shopper who happened to be a physician’s assistant from Nyack Hospital. Taylor was taken to Nyack Hospital where she was pronounced dead due to her injuries. This is the fifth incident of accidental or intentional death by falling or jumping from inside the Palisades Center Mall.

7 Safe After Blauvelt Fire

All seven people from a Blauvelt home that went up in flames early this morning, safely evacuated from the home with no injuries reported. 60 firefighters arrived to fight the fire which began in the basement, traveling up the home and required two hours to put out. The cause of the incident is still being investigated at this time. Another fire in Blauvelt earlier this week was caused by candles where two women tried to put the fire out themselves. Orangetown Police Department and Blauvelt Fire Chief Dave Schnitzer posted on social media about the necessity to call 911 immediately without hesitation.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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