Spring Valley Firefighters responded to a call on Tuesday around 3:00 PM for a house fire. According to Spring Valley Fire Chief Bob Johnson, there was heavy smoke coming from the home and volunteers found three children and their mother on their way out of the burning building. Rockland County Fire Coordinator Gordon Wren stated officials are investigating the cause and whether of not the house had been illegally converted, since firefighters found six bedrooms with at least ten beds, one room converted from the house’s original dining room. No one was injured in the blaze but the house was destroyed, displacing seven adults and five children from two families.
Starting today the Thruway will be undergoing repaving, bridge repair, improvements in drainage for flooding, and safety upgrades in the the southbound lanes from exit 16 to exit 14B in Ramapo. According to the Thruway Authority the repairs will be taking place nightly for two months, closing at 8 PM on Mondays and Fridays and 5 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The project will cost $28.8 million, $3.8 million to raise the roadway 1.7 to 2.5 feet where flooding is prone, and all lanes will be reopened by 6:00 AM daily.
According to police two men from Clarkstown were arrested and charged after they were caught allegedly attempting to steal copper piping from the inside of an air conditioning unit on the roof of a vacant building on North Middletown Road. Police stated on Monday that they charged Kenneth and Kevin Hoyt, who police believe are 30-year old twin brothers, with trespassing violations, a felony count of second-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of possession of burglar’s tools and petty larceny. When police arrived they stated the Hoyts had used a ladder and taken apart several units. The men were arraigned in Clarkstown, Kenneth’s bail set at $4,500 and Kevin’s at $1,500.
The Boulders played their first game against the Lincoln Salt Dogs on Friday. Rockland held a 2-0 lead for the first two innings and in the third Lincoln took the lead shortly before the Boulders scored three more runs. In the seventh inning Rockland had scored two more runs and wound up finishing the game with a 7-4 lead. On Saturday the Boulders led the game again with a 7-0 lead by the fourth inning and they finished the game winning 7-1. On Sunday the Boulders weren’t so lucky, with the Salt Dogs starting the game with a 2-0 lead and winning the game 5-4. The Boulders take tonight off and play the Trois-Riveres Aigles tomorrow night at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park.
According to officials the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission visited Ramapo on May 21 and requested subpoenas for records on the town, Supervisor Christopher St.Lawrence, the LDC and their many projects including the $60 million baseball stadium and a housing development, and the town’s Financial Advisor and Auditor. According to records a federal grand jury has been reviewing financial reports and the FBI is also reviewing records from their raid on the town a year ago, after the U.S. Attorney’s Office subpoenaed records for the town’s deals with what used to be Provident Bank, and are looking into whether or not town officials overstated assets. St.Lawrence stated the town and all officials are working with the SEC to provide them with all necessary information.
Residents near the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site had been expecting the project to pay for noise protection by offering $1.7 million community grant set up by the Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors for noise reducing windows to those who applied in Grandview, South Nyack, and Tarrytown. According to Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to Governor Cuomo, 24 of 57 eligible homes have taken the offer and about 13 of them have received checks. Recently the recipients have been informed that the money may be considered taxable by the state and federal governments. Conybeare stated that those who are hoping to receive a check, or already have, are informed that they should speak with their financial advisors about potential taxes. Officials stated the IRS may also be able to answer questions. Now residents are worried that they will have to pay the bill for the grant money offered to them. Three condominium complexes made a deal with the project in 2013 to get money for sound-reducing windows and doors, and now they may have to pay taxes as well.
The Boulders played their final game in the four-game series against the New Jersey Jackals last night. In the third inning the Jackals pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead and the Boulders then earned their first run in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for the Rockland team the Jackals scored three more runs by the end of the game, winning with a score 5-1. The Boulders remain in first place in the league, but only by half a game ahead of the Jackals. They will return to Provident Bank Park tonight for a 7:05 game against the Lincoln Salt Dogs. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
Police have released the name of a man who was struck and killed by a car in Monsey on Wednesday. According to Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma 76-year old Moshe Cohen died at Good Samaritan Hospital after the 9:30 PM crash on Monsey Boulevard. Emma stated that 44-year old Rachel Friedman was driving the Honda CR-V that hit the man, she remained at the scene and was uninjured, police are unsure whether or not she will face charges. On Thursday around 2:46 PM police stated that Frances Devito, a Mahwah, New Jersey resident in her seventies, was hit by 82-year old Jack Fleisher of Suffern in the Walmart parking lot in Airmont. Police reported that Devito was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for serious injuries. Police are again unsure if Fleisher will face charges and they ask any witnesses to either crash call the Ramapo Police Accident Investigation Unit at 845-357-2400.
Police arrested a 17-year old boy in the theft of a missing jar that held donations set to be delivered to the family of 20-month old Dominic Mero who was killed last weekend in the parking lot of his Rose Avenue apartment complex from an older sibling and a pickup truck hit him while backing up. Police have stated that the 33-year old driver will most likely not face charges for the accident. According to Spring Valley police the jar which held donations from the community to help the Mero family cover costs of the ffuneral and other expenses, was stolen Monday night from the Rose Avenue Deli by Daeshawn Outerbridge. The jar was recovered but the $300 it contained was not and the boy has been charged with misdemeanor petty larceny. A new jar was placed at the deli, which a clerk states now contains about $200. On Thursday the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council stated they will be delivering a check to the Maple Avenue Cemetery, where Dominic be buried, for $2,250 to cover the burial costs obtained by donations from the community.
The Boulders played two games in New Jersey on Wednesday against the Jackals. The first game started at 11:00 AM and the Boulders held the lead until the sixth inning, when the Jackals took the lead with a final score of 3-1. The second game the Boulders had more luck and won with a score of 1-0. Rockland remains in first place in the league, a game and a half ahead of New Jersey. They play their fourth and final game against the Jackals tonight in New Jersey at 7:05. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.