The Department of Environmental Conservation released plans to assist communities in the event of emergencies, such as explosions or spills, with trains carrying crude oil. Officials with the agency stated that they will begin working with fire departments and police in counties throughout New York state to provide a plan that can be used during potential emergencies as well as before to precent explosions and crashes. The state is also using part of the $2.1 million in the budget set aside to buy equipment to assist in the response time for spills of oil or other hazardous materials carried by trains in the area. Some of the money will be used to hire additional employees with the DEC and the Office of Fire and Prevention. Rockland County officials stated there will be a drill held in Orangetown in July to prepare first responders for oil train accidents. The county did create and release to residents an evacuation map for those in proximity of the CSX Rail Line.
According to Police Chestnut Ridge Middle School was put into lockdown on Thursday morning, after they received an anonymous threat to students. Police stated that no one was allowed in or out of the campus while they investigated the call, and have released no details other than a firearm was mentioned in the threat. During their search police found nothing proving that the threat was real and are now beginning the investigation into who may have made the call and why. Classes resumed at 1:00 in the afternoon after police deemed the campus as safe and the lockdown was lifted.
Ramapo Police and firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a home in Montebello on Tuesday afternoon. When firefighters arrived at the house at 130 Spook Rock Road, they stated that there was no fire on the property, but when police searched they discovered 91 marijuana plants growing in the basement, along with several pieces of grow equipment. 60-year old Bart Gaber, the owner of the house, was arrested for first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and was being held on $5,000 bail.
There has been an other attempted child abduction, this time in Suffern. Police say a 13 year old girl was walking on Yorkshire Drive, near Cypress Road just after 3pm on Tuesday when a man in a SUV approached her. The man in the vehicle reportedly asked the girl if she was walking far, and wanted a ride because it was hot out. The girl said she was okay and could see her parents up ahead. At that point the man quickly drove away. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, with wavy brown hair and a touch of gray, driving a green SUV. This comes after a similar incident occurred on May 19th, just over the border in Mahwah. If you have any information on this please call the Suffern Police at 845-357-2300.
Funeral services will be held today for thirteen-year old Clarkstown resident Larisa Karassik, who was killed in a car crash while upstate with her family on Saturday. According to police the Felix Fest Middle School student was in the car with her father and best friend when another vehicle drove through a stop sign and hit the passenger side of their car. The 42-year old driver of the other car, Heath Drouin, was killed in the accident and Larisa and her father Bruce Karassik were taken to Basset Hospital in Cooperstown where he was treated for several injuries including a broken ankle, and was then transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern for further surgeries. 12-year old Anastasia Khilko, who was also in the car, was taken to Albany Medical Center for a broken leg. Counselors will be available to students and teachers starting school today after the long weekend and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family. Services for the young girl, who was a Girl Scout, athlete, and a frequent volunteer in the community, will take place this week starting with a wake from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Sergius Church in Valley Cottage, with services at 7:00 PM both Tuesday and Wednesday, and a funeral at 11:00 AM on Thursday at Novo-Diveevo Church Cemetery in Nanuet.
According to a statement released from the office of the County Executive Ed Day, he is undergoing treatment for a recent diagnosis for prostate cancer. Representatives of his office stated that County Executive Day will be undergoing surgery this morning to fight the early stage of cancer, which is the second common cancer in American men with about one in six men diagnosed in their lifetime. Day stated, “Because of my family history of this disease, I am a firm believer in the importance of early detection.” Day’s father died from prostate cancer and the County Executive went on to urge residents to get regularly checked to ensure that if anything is found, it would be in the earliest stages. The surgery is expected to cure the County Executive, and his office stated that the prognosis is excellent.
Westchester Medical Center and Bon Secours Charity Health System announced on Wednesday, a joint venture that was described by officials from the Westchester Hospital as the beginning of a longterm investment in the Hudson Valley, to ensure that residents can obtain high quality medical care as close to home as possible. Mark Nantz, the Executive Vice President of Bon Secours, stated in a recent release that the partnership will allow both parties to provide innovative health care to all residents of the Hudson Valley. Bon Secours Charity Health System is made up of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffer, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, as well as several health programs and agencies. The hospitals and care centers were sponsored by the Sisters of Charity in 2000 and is run by Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic not-for-profit organization. Westchester Medical Center was first founded in 1977, and is an 895 bed center with advanced care and includes the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. No dates have been stated for the official partnership but both parties expressed that the joint venture will allow each of them to build on the existing foundation of Bon Secours to provide the best care.
The Town of Ramapo Police Department released information regarding a luring incident reported by the Mahwah Police Department that occurred in Mahwah, New Jersey on Margaret Court, steps from the New York State border and the neighboring town of Suffern. Monday evening at around 7:30pm, a 9 year-old girl was by herself for a short time when her two friends walked to a different location. She went into her home and upon exiting a few minutes later, she observed a dark sedan parked outside the home. The girl stated that the male inside the vehicle asked if she would like some candy and reached out and grabbed her arm when she said ‘no.’ He left a red mark on her right arm, consistent with the alleged grabbing attempt. The girl ran into her home and reported the description of the suspect to responding officers as, a dark skinned male with a scar on his face and a gold or silver front tooth. Residents who may have additional information on the suspect or the vehicle are asked to call the Mahwah Police at (201) 529-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police have released the identity of an Orange County man that was killed in an accident between his pickup truck and a garbage truck on Monday morning. According to officials around 2:40 AM 40-year old Stefan Connolly was driving on Sterling Mine Road in Sloatsburg when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and collided with an Interstate Waste Management truck, destroying the driver’s side of his white pickup truck. Police began investigating at the scene Monday morning, closing the road for several hours in both directions as they reconstructed the accident to determine the cause. Police stated that the driver of the garbage truck was taken for required testing, but there were no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. Police are still trying to determine what caused Connolly to cross into the opposite lane.
Early Monday morning police responded to an accident in Sloatsburg after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead. At 2:40 AM police and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident on Sterling Mine Road, which was closed for some time while investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. Police have not released the cause or the identity of the driver that was killed.