Police Search for Tennessee Fugitives Continues

Two fugitives on the run from an attempted murder and kidnapping charges in Tennessee have reportedly been spotted since committing a home invasion early Saturday in the Hudson Valley. Jarret Cole Heitmann and Makayla Danielle Stilwell reportedly were seen late Sunday afternoon at a Walmart just outside Port Jervis in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, just hours after a home invasion in Orange County Saturday morning. Police believe Heitmann and Stilwell to be armed and extremely dangerous. State Police are asking the public to report any information to them at 845-344-5300.

Nyack High School Senior Remembered at Vigil, Graduation Moved to Friday Night

Nyack High School’s graduation ceremony last night became a candlelight vigil instead as the community mourned the tragic death of a graduating senior who died yesterday morning. In a letter posted on the district’s website, school superintendent James Montesano said graduating senior Kailana Koether died Thursday morning. Details surrounding her death were not available. The District has professional counseling and bereavement support services available to students and staff who need it. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place tonight.

Traffic update:  Route 340 N/S in Sparkill Closed

Traffic update:  Route 340 N/S near the Sparkill firehouse is closed between Van Terrace & Highland Ave…closure could be up to 8 hrs – downed tree and power lines. 

Spring Valley Judge with 40 year-old Felony Resigns from Bench

A Spring Valley Village Court judge has resigned after it was determined that a four-decades-old felony conviction would have disqualified him from serving on the bench in the first place. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said Jacques Michel resigned effective June 5th. Documents posted by the commission show Michel agreed to never seek or accept a judicial office again, unless his felony is overturned. Michel was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Spring Valley Village court last fall, when Alan Simon was removed after years of complaints about him were received by the commission. Michel was reportedly convicted in 1978 of immigration fraud while helping Haitian immigrants legally stay in the United States.

Ramapo Shuffles Board Again

Remember how yesterday we reported that the Ramapo Town Board had named New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as interim supervisor Monday? Well, after a bit of reshuffling, Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman is back as interim supervisor and Brinn is now a member of the board. A number people, a Republican and two Democrats, have announced their candidacy for the top spot, with a Democratic primary possible in September.

Ramapo Supervisor Race Heats Up

The race for Ramapo supervisor is starting to take shape. The Journal News reports the Ramapo Town Board named New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as interim supervisor last night. The move came hours after Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht indicated his interest in running for supervisor. Brinn has reportedly decided he’ll only be serving as the interim supervisor and won’t run for any of the open spots on the board. Local businessman Scott Goldman has already has announced he’s running for supervisor, and that could set up a primary come September.

Police: Investigation of Death at Palisades Center Mall

Clarkstown Police say a woman was killed after falling from the Palisades Center’s fourth-floor level Monday. The incident occurred around 1:33 p.m.. It is under investigation and may have been a suicide.

PIP Construction Update

Construction work on the Palisades Parkway is slated to shift from the southbound to northbound lanes starting today through August 10. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays, all northbound lanes will be closed between exit 15 Old Gate Hill Road and exit 18 Route 6. Work may also occur between 6 a.m. and noon on certain weekdays.

New City Robbery Suspect Released from Jail; Defense Says Police Have Wrong Man

33 year-old Luis Baez of New City has been released from jail without bail after prosecutors declined to move forward with a preliminary felony hearing in Clarkstown. Baez had been accused by Clarkstown police of robbing several gas stations in the New City area. The Journal News reports Baez’s attorney says police have the wrong man and have no evidence to justify holding him.

Sain Saga Continues (Audio)

While the county executive has expressed optimism about the possibility of selling the Sain building in New City, one of the legislators that voted to keep it in committee insists he still needs more information. Ramapo’s Aron Wieder said on The Morning Show yesterday that his vote could be swayed…

Audio clip: Aron Wieder

But County Executive Ed Day says Weider has all the information he needs, and it’s all posted on the county’s website as well. Regardless, Day thinks the sale could come before the legislature as a local law…

Audio clip: Ed Day

Supporters say the 4-point-5 million dollar sale of the Sain building would provide much-needed revenue to the county and Clarkstown.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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