Police in Sleepy Hollow are investigating the death of a teenager who was apparently struck by a Metro-North Train on Monday afternoon. Around 2:00 PM near the Philipse Manor Station the 16-year old boy, whose name has not been released, was reported to have jumped from the platform in front of the train. The engineer stated to police that he tried to stop the train in time but was unsuccessful, and News 12 reported that the boy was a student at Fordham Prep and was a resident of Sleepy Hollow. Officials have not released any further information, though an MTA spokesperson stated it would appear the teen intentionally took his own life.
According to police in Westchester a man was arrested over the weekend after officers discovered the body of a 50-year old woman in her home. Dawn McCray was found fatally stabbed in her bedroom at the Schlobohm Apartments in Yonkers on Saturday afternoon leading to an investigation and arrest of her 27-year old son Andre Coverdale who told police he was homeless, not living at the apartment with his mother. Coverdale was taken to Westchester County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and police are asking anyone with information call 914-377-7724 as they continue to investigate the incident.
According to Rockland County officials the 911 system has been revamped. The $2 million project at six departments makes it easier for residents to contact law enforcement using new technology and introducing cellphones as a form of communication during emergencies. The new system called next generation 911 and has replaced the outdated enhanced 911, which utilized eight call centers countywide that allowed dispatchers to pass the information on. Now the system has more information on. Now the system has more information on the caller, locations, and has a new set up making it easier and faster for dispatchers to determine the type of situation being called in. Residents can also send pictures and text messages if they are in a scenario that requires them to remain quiet.
On Wednesday it was reported that at a Tuesday night East Ramapo School Board meeting members agreed to postpone rehiring a lobbying firm that recently assisted the district in fighting a proposed bill that would give a monitor veto power. In a report submitted by the state appointed team of temporary monitors led by Dennis Walcott, it was recommended that the district receive further funding, but only with a permanent monitor with veto power. In the wake of the report state and school district officials have already begun debating on whether to fight again or accept the recommendations. At the meeting parents spoke out about hiring lobbyists Patricia Lynch Associates, many saying that the $42,000 it would cost should be used for students or supplies for classrooms. Now reports from those who attended are saying that towards the end of the meeting after an executive session members of the board agreed to hire back the firm, which costs them $42,000 a year.
According to officials in a case against an Orange County psychiatrist, he was seen in court this week. Dr. Alfred Ramirez, who practiced out of Middletown, was arrested in October in connection to the death of 31-year old Yonkers teacher Daren Gajdusek who was found dead in his apartment in March 2015 after an apparent overdose. Following investigation Ramirez was charged with selling prescriptions to patients along with another man, James Cooney of Yonkers, who assisted in selling the false prescriptions and pills on the streets of the Lower Hudson Valley. Ramirez was indicted by the Grand Jury.
Fourteen men arrested in March in connection to a Rockland County drug ring were seen in court on Tuesday where they pleaded guilty in front of a federal judge. Following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Rockland Drug Task Force, 29 people were arrested for selling more than $1 million worth of oxycodone pills and heroin throughout the county, in an operation led by 27-year old Victor Esteban from a Pomona trailer park. Esteban and the thirteen others seen in Westchester Federal Court pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges, and the remainder of the group arrested are waiting for the conclusion of their investigation or are facing state charges.
Clarkstown Board members earlier this month approved a salary increase for town workers represented by the Civil Service Employees Association. On December 17 the outgoing Democrats of the board including Supervisor Alex Gromack, who will finish his term after losing the election to Republican George Hoehamann approved the raises. Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner, who will soon be the only remaining Democrat and woman on the board stated to the Journal News that negotiations with the union began in June and the current contract was set to expire on Thursday, also saying that Hoehmann had requested pushing the vote until January, though the board wanted to agree on a new contract, with the other ending. The raise will be 9% for nearly 300 employees over 4 years, with salaries going up to 2- 2.5% each year until 2019. Councilman Frank Borelli stated to the newspaper that he and other members who opposed of the increases would be looking into other options.
According to police in Rockland County they are investigating an accident involving a pedestrian and vehicle. On Thursday officers responded to Route 59 near Saddle River Road in Ramapo where a 14-year old boy was crossing the street after leaving his school bus around 6:56 in the evening. The car was passing the bus when the driver struck the boy, who was taken to Westchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. According to officials with the Ramapo Police Department they are investigating all leads, including whether or not the stop sign was extended from the bus while the children were exiting, and no summons had been filed against the driver at the scene.
United Stated Senator Charles Schumer spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, held at the site of a cyber hack that broke into security at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook. Schumer held the conference to urge the Department of Homeland Security to punch a full investigation into the hack, which was reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, and was allegedly done by an Iranian group in 2013, though Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino stated he was not made aware of it until just recently. Schumer called it a wakeup call that shows officials the vulnerability of computer based operating systems that much of the country runs on.
Police are searching for a suspect in an apparent hit and run in Suffern. The incident occurred on Route 202 around 11:00 PM on Monday night, when a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle and was pronounced dead. The driver did not remain on the scene and police continue to investigate, stating they are searching for a possibly dark blue car.