Clarkstown Police are asking for witnesses or information on an accident they began investigating on Sunday morning involving a pedestrian and a car in West Nyack. Police stated that a 31-year old Orange County man was hit by a 27-year old Nyack woman around 2:45 AM when the man, whose name was not released, was struck while lying in the street on Route 59. The man was taken to Westchester Medical Center and his condition remains unavailable. Police have not found a car near the accident site and are currently looking into why or how the man came to be lying in the street. Anyone with information can call Clarkstown Police at 845-639-5800.
According to Clarkstown Police a Connecticut woman was arrested on Sunday for attempting to make purchases using a forged driver’s license and checks. Police stated that 36-year old Callie Trice was charged with first-degree identity theft, second-degree possession of forged instruments, second-degree forgery, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of petty larceny when she was caught by cashiers and store security at Target trying to use the forged items to purchase $150 of electronics and giftcards. Trice is being held at the Rockland County Jail on $5,000 bail.
Parents, students, and activists attended the East Ramapo School District’s board meeting on Tuesday night to express concern on the issue of discrimination in the district. In August Superintendent Joel Klein made remarks that the large amounts of immigrant students entering the student body is responsible for the high dropout rate. At Tuesday night’s meeting hundreds of parents arrived with signs, many demanding that the Superintendent resign. On Friday Klein released a letter to the district, apologizing for offending anyone with his statements and he repeated the apology last night, though protestors stated they will be attending board meetings until they see a sufficient change.
According to police a customer at the Chase Bank on Route 9W in Haverstraw was robbed in the parking lot on Tuesday morning. A woman reported that two black men wearing black shorts and hoodie sweatshirts pulled a handgun on her while she was making a deposit around 8:00 AM. No one was reported injured and the men ran away with the cash and police began the search for them using a helicopter. Also on Tuesday morning police responded to an unrelated call reporting an armed break in at an apartment in Orangeburg. According to police a couple living in an apartment above the Cloverleaf Inn on Western Highway were in their home at 2:00 AM when two men forced their way in with a handgun and punched the man in the head, while the woman locked herself in the bathroom. Police stated that she escaped out the bathroom window onto the roof of the porch, and the suspects did not find what they were looking for before leaving. Police are still investigating both robberies.
On Wednesday October 22 Senator David Carlucci will be hosting a forum to discuss community concerns on the Ebola and Enterovirus illnesses. The Senator will be joined by speakers from Nyack Hospital and throughout the area from 5:30 to 7:30 PM tomorrow night at Nyack Hospital. To RSVP your spot you can call Senator Carlucci’s office at 845-623-3627.
The Spanish foreign exchange student accused of threatening St. Thomas Aquinas College was seen in court on Tuesday. 20-year old Inigo Aldecoa-Tapia was ordered by a judge in Orangetown Court to stay away from the college, unless he informed campus security beforehand and was released on bail. Aldecoa-Tapia was arrested in early October after posting on social media that there would be a campus-wide massacre, though the Rockland Sheriff’s Bomb and Computer Crimes units investigated the entire campus and found nothing. The student will be seen in court again on December 8.
According to a letter obtained by the Journal News, Hank Greenburg, the fiscal monitor assigned by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to watch the East Ramapo School District has expressed concern surrounding the district’s recent plans for developing programs geared towards immigrants. At an August school board meeting Superintendent Joel Klein made remarks stating many non-English speaking students take advantage of what schools offer, such as vocational skills, meals, and learning the language, though they are not likely to obtain a diploma, leading to the district’s high dropout rate. These statements led to anger and protests from many residents, some asking for Klein’s resignation. In the letter from Greenburg to Klein, he asks the district for a layout of the plan that would allow some of the students access to programs. On Friday Klein released a letter to parents apologizing for the statements made at the school board meeting, stating that he did not mean to disrespect the students and their communities. Klein also stated on Friday that a transitional plan for students may still be in talks.
County officials released a press statement on Friday urging residents to be aware of water use in the coming months. According to Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the rain fall in August and September was only about 30% of the average for those months, which has led to a need for water conservation tactics, such as only running water when absolutely necessary, turning off sprinklers, using the dishwasher and clothes washing machine only when they are full, and keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running the faucet for cold drinking water. Dr. Schnabel Ruppert stated that the situation is not yet a crisis, but saving water is important for the future. For more conservation tips and information visit rocklandgov.com/departments/health
According to a report released by the Journal News a new road will be built over the railroad tracks in the Village of Suffern, between Orange Avenue and Dunnery Court, specifically for better access for emergency vehicles. According to Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn the road will be locked at all times and the village would inform New Jersey Transit to stop trains during emergency use of the pathway. Mayor Tricia Abato stated to the Journal News that most of the work is finished and now that Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee has signed off on the $250,000 state funding, the project is expected to be finished by Spring 2015.
Monsey, Hillcrest, and Spring Valley firefighters responded to a call at 9:00 Sunday morning to a fire that broke out at a multifamily home with several units. When first responders arrived they quickly put the fire out, officials stating the flames were contained to one apartment, and appeared to start in a clogged dryer vent in the basement spreading through two stories to the ceiling. No injuries were reported and the building suffered smoke and water damage.