Spring Valley Man Indicted for Manslaughter in Ramapo “Road Rage” Accident

Rockland’s D-A says 62 year-old Albert Gomez of Spring Valley has been indicted for second degree manslaughter in the death of a three month-old boy, Mayer Braun, who was being pushed in a stroller on Route 59 in Ramapo. Gomez was reportedly angered after being cut off by a cab. After an exchange, Gomez drove on the shoulder around the cab, striking the family that had been walking on the westbound shoulder of Route 59 near Robert Pitt Drive in Monsey. Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder said on The Morning Show yesterday that improvements will be made to the area in the near future, but in the meantime, people must be careful whether they are driving or walking that stretch of road…

Audio Clip: Aron Wieder

Wieder said the boy’s mom and two sisters have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home. Gomez will be arraigned next week.

Report: Teen Dies after Swimming at Harriman State Park

An 18 year-old died while swimming at Pine Meadow Lake at Harriman State Park yesterday, State police told News 12. State police said the teen reportedly struggled while swimming with friends who had realized he was missing. Emergency crews tried to revive him but were unable to, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No Injuries Yesterday after Fire at Par Pharmaceutical

A steam explosion was prevented by firefighters during a fire at Par Pharmaceutical yesterday. News 12 reported equipment outside the building in a steel structure caught fire. Crews kept the area soaked with water, preventing steam from building up. The building was partially evacuated due to the smoke and flames. No injuries were reported.

Nyack Joint Fire District Gets Equipment Grant

The Nyack Joint Fire District has been awarded a federal grant of nearly 28-thousand dollars. The money will be used to buy personal protective equipment for the district’s firefighters. Congresswoman Nita Lowey helped get the money from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

One Side of new TZ Bridge Slated to Open Next Month

The Rockland-bound side of the new Tappan Zee Bridge is tentatively slated to open next month. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement yesterday, just about three years since construction began on the nearly 4-billion dollar bridge. Traffic will reportedly be diverted from the current bridge once everything’s ready. The rest of the bridge should be complete next spring.

Road Paving, Repair Work, Create Traffic Jams in Haverstraw

A number of construction projects in the Town of Haverstraw, including road paving and Suez repair work, have been causing some delays getting in and around the town this past week. Supervisor Howard Phillips said on yesterday’s Morning Show he understands if people get frustrated with the work, but it’s good that it’s all getting done now…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

There’s work being done on Rosman Road, some sidewalks and curbs are being replaced, and Phillips says that’s part of what’s causing the tie-ups. He said all the work will create better conditions in time, and he asks for everyone to be patient with the construction workers.

Bulkhead Repairs in Stony Point to Take 2-3 Weeks More

Repairs to the bulkhead in Stony Point’s Riverview Park that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy could take another two-to-three weeks. Town supervisor Jim Monaghan said on yesterday’s Morning Show there was a minor setback, but it was handled quickly…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

That pipe was sealed and then replaced. Monaghan said the park, including the boat launch, has for the most part remained open during the project.

Spring Valley Man Indicted for Manslaughter in Ramapo “Road Rage” Case

Rockland’s D-A says 62 year-old Albert Gomez of Spring Valley has been indicted for second degree manslaughter for the death of a three month-old boy, Mayer Braun, who was being pushed in a stroller on Route 59 in Ramapo. Gomez was reportedly angered after being cut off by a cab. After an exchange, Gomez drove on the shoulder around the cab, striking the family that had been walking on westbound shoulder of Route 59 near Robert Pitt Drive in Monsey. The boy’s mom and two sisters have reportedly been released from the hospital and are recovering at home. Gomez will be arraigned on the new charges on July 25.

Man Arrested in Spring Valley Cabbie Shooting

Ramapo Police have arrested 22 year-old Hakeem Gentles of Spring Valley in the Monday afternoon shooting of a cab driver. 23 year-old Rem Louis was heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest when, police believe, one or both of the two passengers in his taxi were shot at. Louis was taken to Westchester Medical Center. Gentles is charged with second degree attempted murder and first degree assault. He was arraigned in Ramapo Justice Court and sent to the County Jail on one million dollars bail. A car used in the shooting was located yesterday, but there was no word on the passengers who police believe may have been the intended targets.

Small Plane Reported Down in Hudson; Police Search Comes up Empty

Reports of a small plane going down in the Hudson River near Haverstraw yesterday have come up empty thus far. The Rockland sheriff’s department got a distress call around three in the afternoon yesterday, but the department’s marine unit, along with emergency boats from Stony Point, Theills and Haverstraw fire departments, could not find any plane or debris. No other calls about the plane were received, but officials haven’t labeled the situation a hoax yet.

And just a few hours before that, a helicopter that took off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains with the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon onboard had to make an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean off Gilgo Beach on Long Island. Published reports said Shane McMahon escaped unharmed, as did the pilot. It’s not clear what went wrong.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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