Afternoon News Update

I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Tuesday July 26th.

In Peekskill, more than 1,900 households were without electricity this morning after a night of power loss rocked the entire Lower Hudson Valley. Roughly 210 homes and businesses were without power in Rockland County, as Orange & Rockland Utilities worked tirelessly to fully restore power back to the area. At this point, electricity has mostly been restored to Peekskill and the rest of the Hudson Valley.

Rockland County’s water usage has yet to be effected by the restrictions instituted on the area last week. According to the Journal News, Rockland consumed 36.9 million gallons of water on the day the water emergency was issued; while the average water consumption for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was 36.85 million gallons. Mandatory water restrictions include, but are not limited to, instructions on lawn watering and cleaning public sidewalks. A complete list of restrictions can be found on rocklandgov.com.

Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot has hit 422 million dollars after 3 months without a winner. If anyone picks the right five numbers and red Powerball number, they will become the first jackpot winner since May 7th. The 422 million dollar prize would rank as the country’s 11th largest.

The Rockland Boulders were off yesterday, but look to secure a victory today against the Sussex County Miners in Cooperstown, New York.

Astorino Confirms May Subpoenas

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, confirmed on a radio interview Monday, that back in May his office was issued subpoenas from the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara as part of a continuing investigation into New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s campaign fundraising. In a statement yesterday Astorino said, “I didn’t do anything wrong.” He added, “This is an investigation that is necessary because unfortunately out of the 13,000 donors that we have, two may have done something wrong in New York City and elsewhere, and because it touched us, you know, we’ve got to go through this. And that’s OK. That’s part of the process.”

PBA Rally Tonight for PC Michael Sullivan

There will be a Clarkstown PBA rally starting at 6:30pm tonight in front of the New City Firehouse – as the town police union is organizing to lend their support for fellow officer and recently suspended Clarkstown Chief of Police, Michael Sullivan. Sullivan is not a member of the PBA. Clarkstown CSEA, representing 300 workers, is planning to attend the rally as well and show their support of Sullivan. Town officials and Chief Sullivan have both made statements that they cannot talk about the suspension. Both sides have asked the public to be patient as they work through the process.

$14.4M to NYS for AmeriCorps Programs

It’s a great time to be a volunteer no matter what age you are – New York State has been awarded $14.4M in AmeriCorps funding for 14 organizations that promote children’s health and education, disaster preparedness and other key initiatives. The funding comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, and will support the recruitment of new AmeriCorps Members.

Afternoon News Update

I’m Patrick Flood with your WRCR News, It’s Monday July 25th.

This past weekend redefined the call to action, “click it, or ticket.” New York State Police issued over 50 tickets on Sunday in Yorktown. The crackdown happened between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm near FDR State Park. Of the 50 plus tickets issued, roughly 27 were for children who did not have their seat belts on.

As of Sunday, all lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge are open. Six of the seven lanes were reopened on the day of the crane collapse, while the final lane remained closed due to structural damage. The crane collapse was blamed, on what workers are calling a sling shot effect that occurred when the hammer on the crane became stuck to the pile. The crane operator, who has nearly 30 years of experience, then attempted to pull the crane back up. Union officials say the crane operator was rattled by the accident.

In Totowa, New Jersey an off duty police officer was part of a group that saved an elderly man from drowning. The accident occurred around 2:45 pm at the town pool, when off duty officer Gary Bierach and a group of good Samaritans sprang into action. According to NorthJersey.com, Bierach was quoted saying he didn’t want to take all the credit for the save, and that he was only doing his job.

Over the weekend, the Rockland Boulders were able to take the two of three from the Ottawa Champions during the weekend series. The Boulders lost on Friday 10-4, but were able to take Saturday and Sunday’s contests 11-0 and 4-3, respectfully. The Boulders are off today, but will look to make it three in a row when they play the Sussex County Miners on Tuesday in Cooperstown, New York; Game time is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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Chief Sullivan Makes Statement about Suspension

Last Wednesday, Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan was suspended. The reason for the suspension was not given. On Friday, Sullivan made a public statement that the reason “will become public when I file my formal response, so that there can be no doubt that the board’s charges are completely without merit.” He added, “Please be assured that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on my part or any conduct unbecoming an officer.” The town has 35 days to appoint a hearing officer to produce evidence and then make a recommendation to the Town Board that could include a punishment from suspension to dismissal.

Sgt. Cole-Hatchard Files Suit Against Clarkstown Board

Just two days after Chief Sullivan’s suspension, Detective Sgt. Stephen Cole-Hatchard filed a civil rights lawsuit against Clarkstown officials for ordering him off an investigation unit that had been looking at $218,000 in political contributions by a dismissed officer, identified in the suit as “Officer T”. It is claimed the officer made contributions to several Republican campaigns, including Town Supervisor George Hoehmann and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s Reform Party. Sgt. Cole-Hatchard states in the suit that an off the record opinion he emailed to a Journal News reporter was used by town officials to remove him as director of the Rockland County Strategic Intelligence Unit and place him on headquarters duty. The suit also claims that Police Chief Michael Sullivan’s suspension is connected to his refusal to reinstate Officer T’s position. Hoehmann responded Friday, “It’s sad and desperate the lengths some will go to block change and protect the status quo that has picked the taxpayers pockets for years.” Hoehmann added this morning as a guest on WRCR “it is a frivolous lawsuit, without merit, that we will defend vigorously.”

Civil Service Exam Applications Due 9/30

Rockland County Executive Ed Day has announced that for the first time in four years Rockland will be administering the civil service test for police that our municipal departments as well as the Rockland Sheriff’s Department use to hire officers. The test will be given November 19. Applications are due September 30. They are particularly interested in candidates who can speak Spanish, Creole and Yiddish. For more information visit: mycivilservice.rockland.gov./exams.

Grace VanderWaal SOLD OUT!

The July 30th free concert at the Lafayette Theatre being given by America’s Got Talent and local celebrity Grace VanderWaal is officially Sold Out.

Afternoon News Update

A Yonkers man was found guilty on multiple felony charges, including two counts of first degree robbery and two counts of first degree assault. 30 year old Michael Thomas stabbed his 19 year old victim in the heart and stole his backpack, but luckily doctors were able to save the teenagers life. Thomas faces the maximum of 25 years in state prison, he’s scheduled to be sentenced on August 31st.

In Vernon, a black bear reportedly attacked a woman who was walking her dog outside of her home. At around 10 am on Monday morning, the Vernon resident saw a black bear with three cubs near her home. The black bear then charged the woman and knocked her down, but luckily a neighbor was there to scare the bear away. The woman was brought to the hospital with injuries she suffered in the fall. Authorities have yet to release the names of the people involved.

Haverstraw police are still searching for a man who robbed the Chase bank on Rosman Road. The man claimed to have a gun when he robbed the bank; however he never showed the gun to anybody at the bank. The Haverstraw Police Detective Division is currently investigating the situation. If you have any information on the situation, please call (845)-354-1500.

The Rockland Boulders lost to the Sussex County Miners 6-5 at Skylands Park yesterday. Mike Adams took the loss for Rockland, while Michael Suk earned the win for Sussex. The Boulders will look to get back on track tonight against the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.