Afternoon News Update 8/26

A 17-year-old from Irvington, New York suffered a fatal accident at a popular Vermont swimming hole. Vermont police say Tyler Rosenberg was on the highest cliff at Hamilton Falls when he slipped and fell down a 100 foot chute. Tyler was brought to closest hospital but unfortunately passed away from his injuries a few hours later. (LoHud)

In Clifton, New Jersey, police are searching for a man who robbed the Boiling Springs Bank in the Clifton Commons. The suspect entered the bank at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday morning and gave the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities say the man was in his 40s or 50s, wearing a baseball cap with an American flag on it, and glasses. Clifton Police are asking anyone with information to call 973-470-5911. (NorthJersey)

Two teens that went missing in Bear Mountain State Park overnight were found this morning after a search involving State police and volunteers. Moshe Ledereuch and Yosef Rothman were part of a group of Yeshiva students from Brooklyn who became separated from their group. An unidentified hiker was the first person to come across the lost teens; the two boys were healthy and only slightly dehydrated when they were found. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders continued their playoff push last night with an 8-2 win against the Sussex County Miners. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland, while Danny Moskovits took the loss for Sussex. The Boulders are back in Rockland tonight to face the Miners again; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

2016 Great NYS Fair Kicks Off

The 2016 Great New York State Fair kicked off yesterday unveiling the $50M revitalization of the fairgrounds in Onondaga County. IndyCar racing also returns to Watkins Glen International for the Grand Prix. Visitors who purchase a ticket to the State Fair will received $5 off entry to the IndyCar Grand Prix. The race will take place September 1-4 and coincides with the free symphony concerts offered at the Lakeview Amphitheater and free fishing for kids in Onandaga Lake for an unforgettable Labor Day Weekend.

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One World Trade Center Honors Italy

Last night, in honor of the victims of the earthquake in Italy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire lit up in green, white and red the colors of the Italian flag. 2.7 million Italian Americans call the Empire State home and Governor Cuomo said, “The people of Italy have shown courage and resilience throughout this natural disaster, and New Yorkers continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. “ He added, “New York stands ready to lend our support in the weeks and months to come – just as Italy did for New Yorkers in our time of need.”

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65 Lbs. Herion Bust Croton-On-Hudson

47-year-old Fernando Quiles of Fort Worth, TX and 33-year-old Jorge Ayala of Greenwich, CT, were arrested and charged on Tuesday for possessing approximately 65 pounds of heroin worth up to $2.3M wholesale to distributors in New York City, Long Island, and the Northeast. Authorities found the illegal substance stowed in the axle of a trailer truck parked at 4 Sassi Drive in Croton-On-Hudson, according to an announcement by James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations New York Division, and Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor. Both men were arraigned last night in Manhattan Criminal Court and ordered held without bail.

Vincent Marable Arrested for Animal Cruelty

57-year-old Vincent Marable of West Lincoln Avenue in Mount Vernon was arrested yesterday by Humane Law Enforcement Director Ernest Lungaro and charged with animal cruelty, according to the SPCA of Westchester. Marable had confined a dog in the basement of his building and deprived the animal of food and water. The young pit bull mix was found by officers covered in filth, emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from flea infestation that had led to sores all over its body. It was an anonymous call last Friday to SPCA Westchester that tipped off authorities. The animal was taken to SPCA’s Simpson Clinic for treatment. Officer’s also discovered seven other dogs being abused. If you suspect an animal is being mistreated you can call the Animal Cruelty Hotline 914-941-7797.  All calls are confidential.

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Worldwide Community First Responders Gala in September

Mark you calendars for September 24th 6-10 p.m. at the Time Hotel in Nyack (400 High Avenue, Nyack, NY) for the Worldwide Community First Responders Fifth Anniversary and Fundraising Gala. Founded in September 2011, the mission of WCFR is “to prevent deaths worldwide through education and training”. In the past five years they have educated and trained over 200,000 people worldwide. For more information: or 845-608-7409.

Afternoon News 8/25

In Croton-on-Hudson, authorities have confiscated over 65 pounds of heroin from a tractor-trailer that was parked in front of a house on Sassi Drive. Fernando Quiles and Jorge Ayala were arrested at the house and charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and use of drug paraphernalia. Drug Enforcement Agents have stated that the 65 pounds of heroin has an estimated wholesale value of 2.3 million dollars. (LoHud)

Patterson, New Jersey continues to see rough times after the city has seen its 10th shooting of the month. Police say a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times, early Thursday morning near a park in the 1st Ward. Patterson authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call 973-321-1342. (NorthJersey)

Rockland County officials are saying that recent rainfall and water conservation efforts have resulted in a downgrade of the mandatory water restrictions. Rockland is now in a Stage 1 water emergency, which is down from the previous Stage 2 water emergency. The county has been under water restrictions since July 21st. (LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 8-6 last night. Brett Palanski earned the win for Rockland, while Luis Munoz took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders head over to Sussex County tonight to face the Miners; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Downgraded to Stage 1

The mandatory Stage 2 water restrictions have been downgraded to Stage 1, according to County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel-Ruppert. Ruppert said the county’s “water resources have not completely recovered” she added, “it is important to continue to use water wisely.” Residents and Businesses may now water their lawns every other day; lawns, gardens and landscape areas may be watered for additional hours on specified days; residents and businesses may now hand wash cars; wash paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and patios; and plant nurseries and golf course 10-percent restriction is gone. Day said, “We continue to ask residents and businesses to be vigilant in their efforts to make sure there is sufficient water available for domestic use and fire protection.”

Chief Sullivan New Charges Defined

Last Friday, the Town of Clarkstown added 15 new disciplinary charges to the 7 filed against Police Chief Michael Sullivan on July 20 that led to his suspension. Until now the actual charges had not been defined. The new violations include insubordination, dereliction of duty, disobedience, incompetence, and conduct that discredits the police department among other charges. In the meantime, Sullivan, who has filed his own lawsuit against the town board to block disciplinary proceedings and end the suspension, has until next week to respond to the new charges.

Fire in Yonkers Displaces 17 Families

At 1:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, on the second floor of 951 McClean Avenue in Yonkers a three- alarm fire, calling on 77 firefighters broke out due to careless smoking. The blaze took over an hour to control. Yonkers Deputy Fire Chief John Darcy confirmed a resident fell asleep on the coach holding a cigarette. Six people were rescued from the blaze and sustained injuries. The fire moved quickly to the third floor. According to authorities, 11 firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. The Red Cross Metro New York says the fire has displaced 17 families.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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