A 22-year-old Spring Valley man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with stealing items from several cars over the past few months. According to police, Jivon Laguerre was spotted walking through the village on Tuesday when police approached him and brought him into the station. Officials said that in the Spring, there were several cars broken into, and after investigating they found Laguerre was connected to those crimes and had a warrant out for his arrest. The warrant was issued on March 26 after he stole a cell phone from one of the vehicles. In April, he also stole a pocket book with two phones, and personal papers. Police also found that he stole a wallet on the night of June 22 where he then went to a convenience store using the owners credit cards and forging their name. Laguerre is being charged with felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property. He also faces misdemeanor charges of petty larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police are still investigating as to whether or not he is responsible for other car break-ins and thefts; Laguerre is remanded to the Rockland County Jail on $5,000 bond.
County Executive Ed Day with Rockland Community College President Dr. Cliff Wood and BOCES Superintendent Dr. Mary Jean Marsico announced the opening of the Rockland County Career Center, the new venture run by the Workforce Development Board of Rockland County replacing Tomorrow’s Workplace in Spring Valley. According to the press release by the County Executive, RCC will administer the career preparation and services while Youth seeking services will be operated by Rockland BOCES. By the end of the year, the Career Center will move from its current location to the RCC campuses in Suffern and Haverstraw. The services by both private and public agencies, include assistance with job searches and supplying employers with training and support. Lucy Redzeposki Executive Director of the newly formed Workforce Development Board commented that, “This partnership allows Rockland County to further develop a qualified workforce that meets the needs of area businesses and positions the county for greater economic growth.”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a press conference this afternoon at the Nyack Head Start in Nyack with Corporation for National Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer and Head Start of Rockland Executive Director Ouida Foster Toutebon to announce just under $1 million in funds to the Head Start of Rockland Program to mentor children through the Foster Grandparent Program. The grant by the Corporation for National Community Service comes on the 50th anniversary of both national social service organizations and will pair 72 foster grandparents with 216 children with exceptional needs during a three year period. Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart applauded the grant saying, “The Foster Grandparent Program is a major asset to the youth of Rockland County.” By providing caring and dedicated mentors to children in need, this program helps make our community a better place. I thank Congresswoman Lowey for her work to secure federal support for Head Start of Rockland.” Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee commented on the benefits these programs afford the community, “The Foster Grandparent Program not only helps children with exceptional needs build social and emotional confidence while improving their literacy skills but also puts to good use the broad range of expertise and experience of our older adults. This wonderful program is truly the perfect way to foster the intergenerational relationships that are so vital in our community.”
The Boulders lost their second game to the Kansas City T-Bones last night 8-6. They play their final game in the series tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. You can listen to the game live here at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
Orangetown Police stated on Tuesday that a man was arrested for breaking his parole by choking and threatening a woman. 61-year old Rocco Cuccio was convicted in 2001 for the 2000 murder of his wife at their home in Valley Cottage, when he beat her and strangled her, leaving her body in the woods near Lake DeForest. In November 2014 Cuccio was released on parole until April 2016. Police responded to a call and arrested the Tappan man on Sunday for charges of second-degree menacing and criminal obstruction of breathing, and second-degree harassment. The arrest broke his parole and he will remain in custody despite posting bail.
According to police a Spring Valley woman was arrested after allegedly leaving her son tied to a bush outside of an apartment building where she was babysitting. Police stated that around 9:00 AM Tuesday morning 22-year old Mery Quinde-Castro was working for a family at Blueberry Hill Condominiums in Spring Valley when she left her son unattended and tied to a bush outside using a leash tied to a backpack. The woman claimed that she was only gone for a minute though witnesses reported to police that it was over a half-hour, and officials stated that the child could not be seen or heard from the apartment. Quinde-Castro was charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, after neighbors called the police when they spotted the boy alone. Police believed that the mother was having trouble finding child care for her son, who family described as energetic and often needing to be on a leash for his safety. She was released on $2,500 bail after arraignment.
Police arrested an Orangeburg man on Saturday for stealing copper pipes. According to Orangetown Police 47-year old William Teitz was spotted walking out of a building on the campus of the Rockland Psychiatric Center carrying copper pipes that he had allegedly broke in and cut them from the walls. Teitz was arrested on a felony charge of third-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy. He was arraigned and is being held at Rockland County Jail on $10,000 bail.
The Rockland Boulders played their first game in a three-game home series against the Kansas City T-Bones on Monday night. Through the whole game the Boulders and the T-Bones held a tie with no runs, but in the eighth inning Kansas City scored one run, winning the game 1 nothing. The two teams continue tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. You can listen to the game live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com
According to a report by the Journal News the village of Spring Valley is under the threat of shutting down, while officials debate over insurance problems. Mayor Demeza Delhomme told the newspaper that the trustees hired an insurance firm, Bauer-Crowley even though he was in favor of continuing with the village’s usual broker Leonard Binder. The mayor stated that Dennis Lynch, an attorney representing the trustees, has a connection with Bauer-Crowley and that’s the reason why they chose to hire the firm, though Lynch informed the news source that the board was offered a deal to sign on with the firm, lowering the $108,000 binder’s fee to $20,000 and he has no connection with the company outside of the village. Delhomme is now threatening to shut down the village. The board voted last week to review the $2.2 million in insurance coverage and that could be invalidated on Wednesday at 12:00 AM if a shutdown occurs and the mayor has claimed that he will bring the issue to court if it’s not resolved.
The Stony Point Police Department charged 38 year-old Michael Monroe of Garnerville on Friday for Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree both felony counts. Monroe was arrested after the Stony Point Detectives Bureau investigated a larceny complaint filed on April 29 and discovered that the suspect had used stolen debit cards for purchases in Rockland County. Monroe has two prior felony convictions on his record and was remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility. He is due back in court on July 1.