Boulders Recap

The Boulders lost their second game against Les Quebec Capitales 8-3 on Thursday night. The two teams finish their series tonight at Star Wars night at Provident Bank Park at 7:00 PM. You can listen live at WRCR 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Police Arrest Suspect in ATM Money Theft

Mahwah Police have arrested one suspect in connection to a stolen bag containing $141,000 earlier this week. 42-year old Alton Harvey was arrested and police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 35-year old Jamar Bludson who is also suspected in the case and is wanted for a parole violation. The incident occurred on Monday when an employee working for an ATM company accidentally left the bag on the curb at one of the sites they were dropping off to. After searching through databases police were able to narrow down the suspects. Harvey and Bludson were in the area believed to be stealing used tires from auto shops and car dealerships when they pulled up to the scene and stole the bag. The two then went on to buy a customized Chevy Tahoe, which Harvey reportedly admitted was brought with the stolen cash. Harvey has admitted to driving the van and has an extensive criminal record including ten felony offenses for weapons and narcotics as well as resisting arrest and escaping police custody. He is being charged with theft of mislaid property.

Rabbi Found Not Guilty in Sexual Assault Case

A prominent Rockland County Rabbi who has been in court in recent weeks fighting accusations of sexual assault, received a verdict on Thursday. Laiby Stern accused New Square Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld of molesting him for a period of five-years beginning at the age of eight. Stern claimed that he went to Taubenfeld for support after the September 11 attacks and was abused for years at the older man’s home in the predominantly Hasidic village. On Thursday in the conclusion of the non-jury trial, Judge Rolf Thorsen ruled that Taubenfeld was not guilty of the charges of second-degree sexual conduct against child assault expressed dismay for the future of children in the Hasidic communities, many stating that the verdict fortifies the lack of protection for victims of sexual assault.

Child Rescued From Hot Car in New Jersey

A mother from Hackensack, New Jersey is being charged with child-endangerment after leaving her daughter locked in a hot car while she went shopping at CostCo. In a cell phone video that has gone viral on FaceBook, concerned shoppers are seen gathering around the mini van and attempting to break the window to get the young girl out. Police then arrived and broke the rear window, freeing the girl who was crying and drenched in sweat. The video then shows the mother back at the van with another child and a full shopping cart. The temperature inside the car was above 80 degrees and it is unclear how long the young child was in there. Officials are reminding residents that temperatures inside cars can go up 10 degrees in less than a half hour. The girl was taken to Hackensack Medical Center to be checked out and was turned over to her father, while the mother was charged and released with a desk ticket.

Rockland Town Receives Bond Downgrade

Standard and Poor’s released a report this month, in which they detailed a Rockland County town’s financial standing. According to analysts at S&P Clarkstown has two years to improve their rating before it is too late to fix. The report lowered Clarkstown’s bond rating AAA to an AA+, but continues to hold a stable outlook, officials stating the reason is the expected improvement and the town’s upcoming move to issue $9.8 million in public improvement bonds. The outlook could get worse, however, if the town doesn’t begin to make changes regarding the deficit in the budget. Town Councilman George Hoeman, who is challenging incumbent Alex Gromack in the election for Supervisor stated that the rating downgrade should be taken as a warning for the town and is a direct result of failed fiscal policies. Gromack stated that the lower rating is still one of the highest in New York, and past budgets have all been unanimously approved by the town board.

Boulders Recap

The Rockland Boulders played their first game in the three-game series against Les Quebec Capitales on Wednesday night. After Tuesday’s 7-6 loss against the New Jersey Jackals, the Boulders started Wednesday’s game with a 3-0 lead, Les Capitales scored their first run in the third inning, making the score 3-1. By the sixth inning the Boulders continued their lead with a score of 5-3 and held that to win the game. The two teams play again tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. You can listen to the game live at WRCR 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Ex-Nyack College Softball Coach Back in Court

A former Nyack College softball coach who was accused of inappropriately touching girls on the team is seeking to have the charges dismissed. 44-year old Kurt Ludwigsen of Ridgewood New Jersey was arrested in March of this year after he was fired as head coach, and was charged with seven counts of felony first-degree coercion as well as 94 counts of forcible touching, 94 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of second-degree harassment all misdemeanors, for allegedly kissing and touching players on the team. Ludwigsen and his attorney’s are now claiming that the Rockland County District Attorney’s office failed to follow legal process by informing the jury they would only hear the misdemeanor charges. The defense attorneys stated that the jury did in fact hear the felony charges in court as well, violating the process. The case will continue in court on August 19.

Accident in Westchester Between Bus and Fire Truck

First responders arrived at an accident on Yonkers Avenue in Westchester Wednesday night, to find a fire truck and small bus had collided. Yonkers Police and fire officials stated that the firetruck was heading to a call, just leaving Company 313, when it struck the Yonkers Casino shuttle bus. Six individuals on the bus were injured and taken to the hospital, along with four of the firefighters on the truck, who reportedly complained of neck and back injuries. All injuries were reported as non-life threatening and an investigation is continuing to uncover what caused the crash.

Autopsy Results Returned for Westchester Woman who Died in Jail

A Westchester medical examiner’s office completed the autopsy for a woman who was found dead in her jail cell on Monday. 42-uyear old Raynette Turner was arrested on Saturday for shoplifting from a local food store and was taken to Mount Vernon Jail to wait for arraignment. Officials stated that on Sunday she began feeling ill, was taken to the hospital for treatment, and was later returned to the jail. On Monday she was found unresponsive in her cell and was pronounced dead. Family members and officials are seeking information on what caused the woman’s death, who they reported had health issues. According to officials in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office the autopsy was inconclusive and they are now waiting for toxicology and biological reports.

Group Rescued from Delaware River

A group of people required a water-rescue in Orange County on Wednesday morning. Officials reported that two boats flipped near the Pennsylvania border in Port Jervis, leaving the occupants, including four children and several adults, in the Delaware River. Emergency crews responded and successfully rescued all of the people, though the condition of those removed from the river have not been released. Witnesses states to News12 reporters on the scene that rescue trucks arrived and quickly worked to get each person out of the water.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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