A student living at the Summit School in Upper Nyack was found dead on the arrival of Clarkstown Police Friday after they responded to a call at the Children’s Residence around 6:30 in the morning. The school provides psychological care and education to children who suffer from emotional difficulties and houses 115 students aged 13-21. According to police an autopsy was completed on Friday, but the girl’s name and cause of death was not released. Summit School Principal Deborah Sherwood stated that the school is cooperating with the police, as well as providing counseling for the other students and send their thoughts and prayers to friends and family.
Spring Valley Police are investigating the discovery of a spray painted star of David with the words “Hail Hitler” and a swastika written inside. According to Police Chief Paul Modica the graffiti could potentially be investigated as a hate crime and police are taking it seriously at this time. According to Rabbi Yisroel kahan there were several witnesses who stated seeing two males writing on the sidewalk where the graffiti was found on Morris Road and the message is hurtful to the many Holocaust survivors in the area and their families, whether meant as a joke or not. Spring Valley Detectives are looking for witnesses and possible surveillance footage while the graffiti is being cleaned away by the Department of Public Works. Anyone with information should call 845-356-7400.
The Boulders played a full weekend, continuing in the playoffs against the New Jersey Jackals. On Friday the teams returned to Provident Bank Park and the Boulders won the game with a score of 5-4. On Saturday Rockland won 8-7 and again on Sunday 14-4, giving them a lead of 3-2 in the championship. THe teams return to New Jersey tonight at 7:05. You can listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme stated on Friday that the village board is responsible for the closure of the Department of Community Development after they voted against the appointment of director Rita Grayson, which could result in the loss of $2 million in grants received through the department. Trustee Emilia White stated that though the proposal to reinstate Grayson was brought up more than once, the board had requested the mayor hire a full time employee for the position. Grayson is currently eligible for the position and Trustee Asher Grossman, who was absent for the vote, stated that she could work temporarily while the board tries to find a full time employee. Delhomme stated the grant money from the department provides services for park and road improvements for the village and Grayson’s knowledge is a huge benefit.
According to officials an accident on Sunday night closed Willow Grove Road in Haverstraw until Monday morning while the police, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and Medical Examiner’s office investigated the scene. Paramedics stated the car was being driven by a man who was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman, who was a passenger in the car, received injuries when thrown from the vehicle and was taken to Nyack Hospital. The names of both involved in the single car accident have not been released, and investigations are continuing into what caused the car to roll down the 20-foot embankment on the side of the road while traveling East before being stopped by a tree. Also on Sunday Ramapo Police responded to reports around 9:50 AM of an unrelated accident in Sloatsburg and found a Honda Civic had crashed into a store front on Orange Turnpike. Police stated that 28-year old Abraham Andrade of Ramsey, New Jersey, was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and the business at the address was closed at the time, but sustained about $30,000.
The Boulders continued their race to the championship against the Jackals last night in New Jersey. In the first inning the Jackals took the lead with a score of 2-0 with the Boulders tying the score in the top of the sixth inning. However in the bottom of the inning the Jackals scored another run and won the game 3-2. This puts New Jersey in the lead with 2 wins to Rockland’s 0. The two teams play again tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
Volunteers from six fire departments responded to a call last night at the Knights of Columbus Council House to find heavy smoke and flames believed to be coming from the second floor of the building located on Route 9W. According to police there were several people inside when the fire alarms began coming off at 6:40, and all got out with no injuries reported. The firefighters got the fire under control after a half hour, and the flames picked up again around 2:00 AM and was put out, but the building was destroyed. Police and fire inspectors are currently investigating the cause of the fire and stated the building will likely be condemned.
A Haverstraw man was arrested on Wednesday after a six-month investigation by the Rockland District Attorney Office into claims of theft. 51-year old Donald Cranston, who worked with TJ McGowan and Sons Funeral Home in Haverstraw run by national firm Fundraiser Partners, was charged with second-degree Grand Larceny for stealing $400,000 from customers. Cranston was arraigned in Haverstraw Court and will return on September 11.
On Thursday County Executive Ed Day announced that he would be vetoing a resolution proposed by the Legislature to spend nearly $800,000 a year to wash the county buses daily. In February a small fire in the right rear wheel well destroyed a TOR bus and the resulting proposal was announced by Legislator Patrick Moroney in early August as a preventive measure. Day stated in his veto that in the existing $70 million contract the county holds with Brega Transport Inc., the buses are required to be washed as often as is necessary for performance without additional costs on the county. The reasons stated for the veto are unanticipated costs of over $3 million through October 2018 for extra washing not included in the resolution, which would take effect thirty days after approval, the pricing with the existing contract is fixed and the proposal is vague, not stating exactly which buses in the fleet would be included in the washing. The veto states that the contract should be reopened to bidders if it is to be amended.
AIRMONT- There will be paving and milling from Saturday September 6 to September 13, which will result in traffic delays on Twin Lakes Drive from Overbrook drive to South Monsey Road, Lorne Lane from Victoria Drive to Smith Hill Road, and Regina Road from addresses 47 to 87. Make sure to add extra time to your travel plans.