Investigations into Tappan Zee Bridge Silo Collapse

According to a spokeswoman for Tappan Zee Constructors, the company working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, Carla Julian, concrete production remains suspended after two silos containing building materials fell when hit by a third silo that collapsed on Tuesday morning. Spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Wendy Rosenbach, stated to the Journal News that $1,000 gallons of stone and sand were released into the air from the silo, which collapsed onto the floating barge that holds the concrete production plant at 6:45 AM. The DEC closed their side of the investigation, but the investigation by the company and state are continuing to uncover how the first silo went down. No injuries were reported from the first incident, or when the two silos fell shortly after at 10:00 AM and construction on other parts of the project has continued.

Spring Valley Apartment Building Proposal Resurfaces

A Wednesday plans to build affordable apartments in Spring Valley were once again brought up, after being shelved since May. Mayor Demeza Delhomme stated that the former owner Alan Gestetner of Cole Levy LLC, owed $75,000 to the village, after the site was auctioned off for $3 million in June. According to Delhomme, Gestetner paid back the money and discussion can begin on the plan to build 124 apartments, with a price range of $800 to $1,300, in the Senator Eugene Levy Municipal Plaza. Some residents have expressed concern about traffic flow in the area and on Route 45 if a residential site is put in. The new owner of the property, Valley Square LLC, which is head by Eric Newhouse, stated that they will be pursuing permits for the towers and a study showed that traffic would not become a problem during or after construction. There will be a village board meeting on Monday at 8:00 PM at Village Hall where the proposals will be further discussed.

Threatening Letter and Photo Sent to RC Legislator

According to Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder, a threatening photo was sent to him at his county office. Wieder stated to the Journal News that he opened the letter on Monday night during the Legislature’s session and brought it to Sheriff Louis Falco, who was also there at the time. The photo shows Wieder’s face edited onto a man in an orange outfit kneeling before another manin all black, much like the recent ISIS prisoner beheadings, with the ISIS flag in the background and Wieder’s name and Arabic writing across the bottom. The sheriff stated that the department will be working with the law enforcement and the FBI to find out who sent the letter and why.

Seven Arrested in Gambling Crackdown

The Rockland District Attorney’s Office arrested seven people found to be involved in a gambling ring that may have connections to an organized crime group that covers the East Coast. James Hayman, Gerardo Dimatteo, Robert Auliciano, Jonathan Klein, Frank Giordano, and Williams Robbins were all arrested on Wednesday by Clarkstown Police in the District Attorney’s Office as well as the organized crime unit, FBI, New York State Police, and several other Police Departments who assisted. The arrests come after fourteen arrests earlier this month after the District Attorney’s sixteen month long investigation into gambling charges in Rockland and Westchester Counties and the State of Florida. The gambling ring focused on sports and members face charges of money laundering, promoting gambling, and possession of gambling records, among others.

Man Convicted of Murder in Last Year’s Christmas Eve Death

A man charged in the murder of a woman on Christmas Eve last year was seen in court on Wednesday. In 2013, Deborah Burns was found murdered in her Spring Valley home and police arrested a homeless man, Juan Perez-Coira who was staying nearby. Judge James Hubert ruled that Perez-Coira was guilty of second-degree murder and an attempted criminal sex act stating that there was not enough evidence to find the man guilty of raping Burns. Police found the victims blood and Perez-Coira’s semen in his underwear when he was arrested though the man claimed not to touch Burns the night she died. Perez-Coira will return to court March 3rd where he will receive his sentence.

Convicted Sex Offender Causes Concern

Sloatsburg residents expressed concern this week after it was learned that a convicted sex offender would be moving to Stony Brooke Road, which many state has playgrounds and swimming pools in the area, as well as several children living there. 50-year old Edward Bott was paroled on monday, after serving 11 years on his 15-year sentence for his arrest in 2001. Bott was accused of attacking an 11-year old girl and was charged with attempted sodomy and sexual abuse. Sloatsburg mayor Carl Wright released a statement including an announcement that the village would be holding a meeting tonight at 7 pm at the Sloatsburg municipal building on Route 17 with the sheriff’s office and the Ramapo Police Department to discuss questions and concerns that residents have presented. According to the New York State registry of sex offenders Bott is registered as a level 2 sexually violent offender, and residents are worried for the safety of children in the area, though Bott is legally able to live on the street without harassment from neighbors. The Rockland County Times reported on Tuesday that Bott is now expected to move to a new area, though the meeting will still take place to address concerns.

O and R Impersonator Attempts Invasion of Home

According to Clarkstown police, a man attempted to get into a home in Congers on friday evening, by pretending to be an employee of Orange and Rockland Utilities. Police stated that a 22-year old woman answered the door of the home to find a man about 40-years old about 5 feet 8 inches in height, wearing an orange jacket, with an orange van parked outside asking her to let him inside to check the meter. The woman reported that she told the man where the meter was located outside of the house and locked the door, after which the man left. Police are warning residents that they should always be aware of who is at the door and ask to check the employee ID’s that every O and R worker is required to wear, with a picture, name, and logo on it, and if the resident is still suspicious, call the police or company.

Teens Commit Hate Crime in the Palisades Center Mall

According to Clarkstown police, two teens were arrested this week for assault and hate crimes from an incident that occurred on Black Friday. Police stated that Chris Bujaj of Tuckahoe and Ardijan Mehaj of Yonkers, both 17, were arrested and charged with misdemeanors third-degree assault and third-degree assault as a hate crime after it was discovered that they were behind attacks on various people at the Palisades Center Mall, leaving five with injuries ranging from bruising to a broken wrist. The two teenagers’ actions have been charged as hate crimes because two of the victims were orthodox jewish and according to police, were called “dirty jews” during the attacks. Police are looking for a third young man who took part in the incident, who is described as white 5 feet 6 to 8 inches tall wearing a gray hoodie with a black vest over it. Anyone with information on the third member should call Clarkstown police at 845-639-5840 or the tips line at 1-877-639-6233.

Rabbi Accused of Sexual Assault Seen in Court

Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld, who was accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year old boy over five-years beginning in 2001, was seen in court on Monday. Taubenfeld was accused by the boy this past year, who stated that the rabbi was counseling him when the assaults occurred. Taubenfeld originally denied the claims and according to his lawyer Gerard Damiani the statute of limitations has expired anyway. A police officer who investigated with the District Attorney’s Office and another with the Ramapo Department testified against the man, as well as the father of the boy. Another hearing will take place on January 28.

Fatal Accident in Stony Point

According to Stony Point Police, a car accident at 4:30 on Monday afternoon resulted in the death of one man. Police stated the accident occurred on North Central Highway and Sullivan Drive when 24-year old Stony Point resident Thomas Greco was driving South and swerved into the Northbound lane, colliding head-on with another car. Both Greco and the 75-year old woman driving the other vehicle suffered head injuries, Greco succumbed to his injuries at Nyack Hospital and the woman was reported in to be in serious condition.

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