Reports: New City Crash Victims ID’d; Survivor Arrested on Vehicular Manslaughter and Drug Charges

Published reports say 69 year-old Neil Block and 68 year-old Aline Block were killed last night after a two-car crash in New City. Clarkstown Police say the accident occurred at the intersection of Route 304 and Goebel Road where police found a Toyota Camry and a Lincoln MKV, both with extensive damage. The Lincoln was reportedly driven by 23 year-old Matthew Sindone of Nanuet, who ran a red light on 304 and crashed into the Camry. Sindone was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and other charges. Police needed the “Jaws of Life” to remove the victims from the Camry. Sindone was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Bail was set at $750,000 and he was taken to the county jail. He will be back in court on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Nanuet Man Charged in Quadruple Murder / Drug Case with Former WC Cop

A Nanuet man has been tied to a quadruple murder and drug distribution ring that has already ensnared a former Briarcliff manor police officer. The U-S attorney’s office says 55 year-old Joseph Biggs, a school security officer in Westchester, participated along with Nicholas Tartaglione in the brutal drug-related kidnapping and murder of four people in a bar in Chester. Biggs and Tartaglione are accused of conspiring to sell cocaine and killing Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna, and Hector Gutierrez at the Likquid Lounge bar in Chester in April last year. They face 17 counts of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to sell drugs. They face life in prison.

Bohovesky Killer Remains Jailed

For the eighth straight time, a New York state Parole Board has decided to keep Richard LaBarbera behind bars for the brutal 1980 attack and murder of 16 year-old Paula Bohovesky. LaBarbera and accomplice Richard McCain, who will be before the parole board later this month, were both convicted in 1981 of the Pearl River teen murder and are serving 25 years to life. LaBarbera next comes up for parole in May 2019.

Ride-sharing Services Come to New York State

(Audio) Ride sharing services will be allowed to operate in New York State beginning June 29th outside of the city where it already is permitted. On the Morning Show yesterday state senator David Carlucci said the start-date was moved up so that services such as Uber and Lyft would be available in time for Independence Day and other celebrations where alcohol is frequently involved…

Audio clip: David Carlucci

Haverstraw legislator Jay Hood says the addition of Uber and Lyft would be good for Rocklanders in need of transportation alternatives…

Audio clip: Jay Hood

Carlucci said he’d like to reverse the trend of increased drinking and driving incidents during the summer. The legislation to allow ride-sharing services to operate across New York State was part of the state budget passed in April.

Stony Point Library Public Hearing Tonight

(Audio) A budget hearing for the Stony Point library district is being held tonight. Original plans were reportedly to have Haverstraw residents be included in the forthcoming district vote and therefore liable for the taxes necessary to fund an expansion project. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips had been asking town residents to come out to the meeting to register their displeasure with the plan, since they already have a large library district of their own and shouldn’t be responsible for Stony Point’s expansion. But last week Phillips said he heard from Stony Point library officials who said they were re-thinking their strategy. Regardless, Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says now may not be the time for Stony Point library to expand anyway…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

The public hearing will be held tonight at 7pm at the Garnerville school on Central Highway. A vote would have to take place within 45 days.

Report: Crew on Deadly, Undermanned Tugboat was “Physically Exhausted”

Published reports say a that tugboat that sank on the Hudson River last year, killing three crew members, was under-manned and the sparse crew was physically exhausted. That’s according to the National Transportation Safety Board report released this week, detailing the accident that killed Paul Amon, Timothy Conklin and Harry Hernandez. The tugboat they were on went down after crashing into a Tappan Zee Bridge construction barge. The victims’ families are suing the barge’s owner and Tappan Zee Constructors, seeking 100 million dollars.

Ramapo Holds First Public Meeting in Post-CSL Era

The Ramapo Town Board held its first public meeting since the supervisor was found guilty last week of fraud and corruption in federal court. The four remaining board members, who occasionally heard calls to step aside, scheduled a public hearing on freezing new modular schools for six months, moved to curtail the supervisor’s control over town finances and establish a committee to abolish the Rockland Local Development Corporation, and get a forensic auditor to examine the RLDC’s finances. No replacement for Chris St. Lawrence was made, leaving that, for now up to the election process.

Rockland County’s Consumer Protection Director, Terry Grosselfinger, Dies at 68

Rockland County’s consumer protection director, Terry Grosselfinger, died Friday at Hackensack University Medical Center after a long battle with leukemia. Grosselfinger, a Suffern native and Suffern High School graduate, was a decorated military veteran who served in Vietnam. He was Rockland’s director of Housing and Urban Development, then chief of staff for former County Executive Scott Vanderhoef. He was 68. The family will honor Terry’s life this Wednesday May 24th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Wanamaker and Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern. Funeral services will take place on Thursday at 11am at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. View his obituary here.

Callers Weigh In on CSL Verdict

The guilty verdicts in the Chris St. Lawrence case happened after we were off the air Friday afternoon, but plenty of you got the chance to voice your opinion on the air yesterday during the Morning Show…

Audio clip: Callers

St. Lawrence was found guilty Friday of 20 of 22 counts against him. He faces sentencing in September.

Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence Found Guilty

Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence was found guilty Friday afternoon of 20 of 22 counts against him. It took the jury about a day-and-a-half of deliberating to come up with the verdict. They agreed with the prosecution’s case that St. Lawrence boosted the town’s finances to get municipal bonds to pay for the baseball park in Pomona. He was found guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of securities fraud, and one count of conspiracy. He was acquitted of one count each of wire fraud and securities fraud. Acting U-S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon Kim, said St. Lawrence, “lied repeatedly to the investing public about the state of Ramapo’s finances.” Outside the courtroom St. Lawrence had no comment, but his attorney did say they would appeal the verdict. He faces sentencing in September. Each count of wire and securities fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum for the conspiracy count is five years. The sentence will be determined by the judge.

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