Home Health Aide Arrested For Stealing From Client

B9316764260Z_1_20150327131513_000_GV7ABGKNG_1-0Home health aide worker Sharon Ellis, 52, of the Bronx, has been charged with grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument, and a misdemeanor count of petty larceny for stealing $36,000 from an 86 year-old Ramapo client. Hired in September of last year, Ellis is alleged to have cashed stolen checks and forged the name of the victim without his knowledge. Police say Ellis was arrested in her home Thursday and is now held at the Rockland County Jail where her bail is set at $50,000. Investigators hope that any other clients and possible victims will contact the Ramapo police at (845) 357-2400.

Purchase Student Arrested For Offensive Graffiti

B9316762899Z_1_20150327112107_000_GBOABFK65_1-018 Year-old Purchase College Freshman Raymond Turchioe was arrested Thursday evening and charged with a felony count of first-degree aggravated harassment for drawing swastikas and nooses in campus dormitory buildings at Purchase College. The drawings began to appear in Big Haus, Crossroads, and Farside, dormitories from March 17th for which the Westchester Bias Crime Unit together with the SUNY Purchase police had been investigating reports of the offensive graffiti. Turchioe has been charged with incidents from one dorm while the other reported incidents are still under investigation. He is barred from entering campus following an interim suspension pending the outcome of a hearing while a $15,000 bail is set at the Westchester County jail.

Town Officials Ordered to Pay Back Money Earned as Sewer Board Commissioners

According to a memo from the County Executive’s office, County Attorney, Thomas Humbach stated that elected officials who are being paid for their positions as commissioners of a Rockland County Sewer District, are actually not entitled to salaries and must pay the money they have received back. Town Supervisors Andy Stewart of Orangetown, Christopher St. Lawrence of Ramapo, and Alex Gromack of Clarkstown, as well as Hillburn Mayor Craig Flanagan, Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme, and Sloatsburg Trustee Daniel O’Leary, were informed in January that county law orders that elected officials do not get paid and they would not continue receiving salaries, and recently they were informed that they must pay back the money. Of the officials who responded to the memo, most stated that they would follow the county’s order, while some questioned if it is possible to get all the money back because of income and social security taxes that have already been paid. The thirteen seats on the sewer district board are filled by the Legislature, eight are for elected officials and five are reserved for residents who are allowed by county law to receive a salary. Former Clarkstown Councilman John Maloney who finished his term in 2009, remained as a commissioner in the seat reserved for an elected official, though he stated that he was a commissioner in the seat reserved for an elected official, though he stated that he was appointed as a residential commissioner. He was asked to step down in January following Humbach’s description of county law. All of the officials agreed in January to continue serving without pay.

Pedestrian Hit In Orangeburg

pedestrian_struckA 47 year-old Orangeburg man was struck by a car in front of Tappan Zee High School Wednesday evening. A special police investigation unit is investigating the cause of the incident while the driver, a Blauvelt resident, has not been ticketed nor charged. The pedestrian is said to be hospitalized, suffering from serious injuries sustained from the accident.

Grand View-On-Hudson Village Hall To Be Rebuilt With Federal Funding

635500983358560008-rf10282014sandy26-$4,888,354 in funds from FEMA will go toward rebuilding the Grand View-On-Hudson Village Hall which was severely damaged from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The grant announced today by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, will recoup 90% of rebuilding costs on the structure which was condemned after 18 inches of flooding and structural and foundation damage. Grand View-On-Hudson Mayor Larry Lynn thanked FEMA and the State and local officials in their efforts to secure the funding for the 300-resident village.

Judge Throws Out Evidence in Case Against Former Spring Valley Mayor

A judge has made a new ruling in the ongoing case against former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin, who was arrested in 2013 for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for political favors. Earlier in March Jasmin and her attorney filed papers with the court requesting that evidence obtained by the FBI through cooperating witness Moses Stern, who wore a wire and recorded conversations with the former Mayor, be thrown out. Defense Attorney Benjamin Ostrer argued that Stern led his client in the conversation to make her appear guilty of some crimes. On Wednesday a federal judge ordered the audio of Jasmin allegedly telling Stern to eliminate absentee ballots in a certain election may not be used in court since it is not related to the indictment filed by prosecutors. According to the judge the other audio tapes presented as evidence can be used during the trial.

Rockland County Population Increase

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report detailed by the Journal News, Rockland County had the largest population growth in Rockland increased by 4% to 323,866 people since 2010. Rockland was the third on the list of counties with the highest increase, along with Queens and Brooklyn who also had a 4% increase each. According to the information the counties int the Lower Hudson Valley all saw increases, while areas in upstate New York have decreased over the last five years, researchers crediting the numbers to the related crediting the numbers to the related economies, though in Rockland’s case the population changes may not coincide with a rising economy, but with current residents staying or new ones moving in for other reasons.

29 Arrested in Rockland Drug Raid

An eleven month long investigation by the District Attorney’s office and the Rockland Drug Task Force into the sale of prescription drugs in Rockland County led to the arrest of 29 people. At a press conference on Wednesday District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that the dealers arrested were selling drugs including Oxycodone and heroin at the shopping centers throughout the county, such as the Palisades Center and the Shops at Nanuet. During the undercover investigation officers purchased drugs from the dealers, who obtained and and sold nearly $1 million of pills by forging prescriptions and in some cases pretending to be doctors, and also searched the homes of all those involved, discovering forgery equipment, as well as various drugs. The charges include federal charges of conspiracy and state charges of fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenges To EPA Regulation

indian-pointJustices for the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments by fossil fuel groups questioning the regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, a national standard finalized in 2011, which should be in full swing by next year. The groups question the authority of the EPA and say the supposed benefits of $37-90 billion annually, is overstated. The agency says the high savings is due to a prevention of up to 11,000 deaths, 4,700 non-fatal heart attacks, and 540,000 lost work days which trumps the $9 billion price tag of implementation. 19 New York coal and oil power plant utilities are included in the regulations however most plants are located in the South and Midwest. The NAACP’s environmental director, Jacqui Patterson says plants scattered throughout the New York City boroughs impact communities of color citing 71% for African Americans versus 56% for the general community. Nationwide, 16 utility plants have either already implemented equipment changes to follow regulations or will comply shortly.

Tips on Fire Safety Released

The Rockland County Department of Health and fire officials are teaming up to provide information that can save lives when it comes to fires in your home. According to a release sent out by Rockland Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Rupert, the main thing that people can do to increase their chances of survival during fires is to have a working smoke detector in the home. Through the healthy neighborhood program residents who cannot afford smoke detectors and meet the guidelines can receive one from the health department and have it installed at no cost. It is recommended that you replace your batteries twice a year, and replace the entire detector every ten years, there should be one on every floor of your home. Create an exit plan with your family, for example where to meet outside of the house in the event of an emergency. Never smoke in bed, never leave a stove or hot surface unattended, and make sure to have all of appliances, chimney, and furnace inspected in a timely manner. For more tips and information on the healthy neighborhood program call 845-364-3292 or 845-364-3290.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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