Rockland Officials Use Public Nuisance Law to Target Drugs, Prostitution, other Crimes

Rockland’s District Attorney and County Attorney have teamed up to use the Public Nuisance law to target drugs, prostitution and other crimes. The latest location to fall into their sights was the Nyack Motor Lodge on Route 303 near Palisades Center. County Attorney Thomas Humbach said civil cases against the Nyack Motor Lodge, massage parlors and other locations are built by using a once infrequently-used Public Nuisance Law to either close places down or fine the owners $1,000 a day….

Audio clip: Thomas Humbach

D-A Tom Zugibe said the days are numbered for establishments that put profits over public safety….

Audio clip: Tom Zugibe

Zugibie says while the action against the Nyack Motor Lodge was recently put into motion in court papers that were just filed, the goal is not necessarily to close them down, but to have the illegal activities there stopped.

Utility Pole Falls in New City

Zukor Road between Old Route 304 and Bontecou Lane was closed yesterday afternoon reportedly after a transformer caught fire and caused a utility pole to fall, taking down some power lines with it. Electricity in the area was knocked and O&R crews worked to repair the damage.

Water Main Break in Sloatsburg

A water main break in Sloatsburg caused the closure of bathrooms and brought food service to a halt at the Sloatsburg Service Area on the New York State Thruway yesterday. Traffic on Route 17 in the village had to be shut down as a result.

Car Trapped by Rising Water on Piermont Pier

A woman was rescued Tuesday morning by Piermont’s fire and police departments after her car got stuck in some high waters on the Ferry Road Pier. Patch.com reports the driver walked out of the car and an officer helped her get a ride from a family member. Water got into the tailpipe of her compact car, which had to be towed.

Things to do in North Rockland This Weekend

The Stony Point Family Fun Day is being held this Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says it’s hosted by the Stony Point Police Athletic League and features lots of attractions for kids of all ages…….

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

The event is being held at Kirkbride hall on Patriot Hills Drive. For more information visit www.StonyPointPAL.org.  That same day, Saturday the 23rd, there’s a “Music and Memories” event at Bowline Park in Haverstraw honoring 25 year-old Ashley Nicole Badenchini of West Haverstraw. Ashley Nicole died after she was struck by a pickup truck in February in a driveway. Supervisor Howard Phillips says the event raises money for scholarships in the North Rockland High School graduate’s name….

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

The event is being held from 1-6pm at Bowline Park.

Wayne, NJ-based Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy

Published reports say Toys R Us has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing helps the Wayne New Jersey-based toy retailer relieve itself of debt left over from its $6.6 billion acquisition by various partners in 2005. The company said it will continue to operate as usual its approximately 1,600 Toy R Us and Babies R Us stores around the world, including Nanuet and Paramus.

Rockland DA: Famed Rockland Distance Swimmer “Skip” Storch Charged with Sex Crimes

WRCR has learned that the New City man arrested on Friday and charged with sexual offenses involving a minor, David Storch, is the famous long-distance swimmer, “Skip” Storch. Rockland County District Attorney Tom Zugibie confirmed the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department’s arrest of the 60-year-old Storch is charged with allegedly committing sexual acts on a child less than 13 years-old over a three-year period between June 2008 and December 2011. Storch is a 1980 Ramapo College graduate and was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. That same year he swam a record-breaking 3 laps unassisted around Manhattan – a total of 85.5 miles – in 32 hours and 52 minutes. In 1993, he attempted to swim 177 miles from Cuba to Florida to call attention to the deterioration of coral reefs around the world. According to a UPI press report, Cuban President Fidel Castro even paid him a visit to wish him good luck. Storch was arraigned in South Nyack Justice Court, sent to the County Jail and is scheduled to return to Court at a later date. Storch could not be reached for comment.

Pomona Man Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder

A 24 year-old Pomona man is charged with attempted murder, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child after he stabbed a New City couple in their home while their 2-year-old son was there. Clarkstown police said Brandyn Johnston fled the scene but was tracked down in Mount Ivy and arrested after the attack late Sunday night. His 29-year-old ex-girlfriend and a 35-year-old man were taken to Westchester Medical Center with stabs wounds in their torsos. The girlfriend’s injuries were not considered life-threatening but the male victim was in intensive care and there was no word on his condition. The boy was not harmed.

Clarkstown Interviewing Candidates for Police Chief Job

Now that Clarkstown police chief Michael Sullivan has been fired by the town board in a narrow 3-2 party-line vote, a new chief needs to be chosen. Supervisor George Hoehmann was a guest on The Morning Show yesterday and said there are three candidates being considered from within the Clarkstown Police department to replace the former chief…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann

Chief Sullivan was fired by the town board earlier this month after a hearing officer found him guilty of disciplinary charges made against him last summer. Sullivan has called the case a political witch-hunt and is a candidate for Clarkstown Supervisor. In a Facebook post last week Sullivan said he would not discuss legal issues, but indicated his attorney is handling things.

White Plains Native Among Victims in Paris Acid Attack

One of the four American college students in the acid attack Sunday in France is a White Plains native. The Journal News reported White Plains High School graduate Michelle Krug was among the victims attacked at a train station in southern France. French authorities have said they don’t think the 41-year-old woman arrested as the alleged assailant was motivated any extremist views. On Facebook, Krug said that she and her friends are doing OK.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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