NJ Transit riders faced a fourth day of delays to their commute this week due to electrical problems plaguing the system which may stem from using 80 year-old signals and wires. The Northeast Corridor line saw up to 30 minute delays going into and out of Penn Station with Amtrak spokesman Craig Shultz explaining that only three trains can pass through the Hudson River Tunnel at a time. Delays were first reported early this morning with the 4:17 a.m. train leaving New York was experiencing power issues. On Monday, a North Jersey Coast line train was reportedly stuck inside the Hudson River tunnel when overhead wires may have sagged due to the heat and snagged on the train causing up to 60 minute delays. Heat related issues again plagued the transit system Tuesday with power outages causing 60-90 minute delays on Wednesday.
The Boulders started their series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Thursday night, losing 18-6. They play again tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. You can listen to the game at 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.
New York state has wrapped up another round of inspection of oil trains and tracks that run through New York including four Rockland County towns. The statewide inspection, which included 524 tank cars, 152 miles of track and 38 rail switches, found 62 defects, one requiring an immediate fix. Investigators inspected the CSX tracks that run through Rockland County, where upwards 30 trains pass through each week, they found several “non-critical” issues including loose bolts and fasteners, which will be fixed. The one major issue was a missing bolt on a continuously welded rail joint found upstate between Ulster and Albany and has been repaired. There were no major issues found on any of the oil cars. Rockland officials also conducted an emergency drill in Orangetown on Thursday night, to prepare first responders in the event of an accident involving oil tankers. The CSX Rail Line runs through all but one town in Rockland and has trains carrying cars with highly flammable Bakken Crude oil.
Police have arrested a White Plains woman in connection to a dozen prisoner overdoses at the Westchester County Jail earlier this week. Ebony Strange, the wife of one of the inmates is accused of passing synthetic marijuana known as K2 to her husband during visiting hours. She was charged with promoting prisoner contraband. Officials are now considering changing visitor policies in the prison, limiting or stopping contact between inmates and visitors. In a similar situation at the prison on Thursday, during a sweep correction officers discovered nearly 40 packets of white powder they believe to be heroin that a visitor allegedly attempted to smuggle to a prisoner. Both will be charged with felonies.
Police reported to a hostage situation on Wednesday in Orange County after a Port Jervis man allegedly assaulted his wife and would not let her and their two children leave their home on Front Street for several hours. 28-year old Donald Beach held his family hostage when he reportedly choked his wife in front of the two kids and was contacted by Port Jervis Police via telephone, who negotiated his family’s release. After surrendering himself to officers at the scene Beach was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.
According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s office, officials from the Drug Task Force and several police departments concluded an undercover investigation into drug sales in the county, leading to the arrest of eighteen residents. Christopher Goldrick, the director of the task force stated that the local offices worked with federal officials to obtain warrants and investigate street level drug dealers, the highest charge being felony counts of federal conspiracy. The eighteen arrested are accused of selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and opioids in Spring Valley, Stony Point, Haverstraw, Clarkstown, Suffern, Ramapo, and Orangetown. Police also uncovered cash and guns during their searches. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that cases like this one are a step forward in stopping drug-dealing and addiction in the county.
The Boulders finished up their series against the Sussex Miners on Wednesday night at Provident Bank Park. Sussex scored the first run in the second inning, with the Boulders quickly working to tie the game 1-1. In the fourth inning the Miners scored another run, holding the 2-1 score for three more innings when the Boulders brought in two homeruns and won the game with a score of 3-2, their third win in the four-game series. The Boulders play the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks tonight at Provident Bank Park. You can listen to the game at WRCR 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.
A state supreme court judge ruled on Wednesday that work can continue on the Orange County government offices on Wednesday. Goshen Attorney Michael Sussman filed a request to temporarily stop work on the $79 million project in a final attempt to save the unique 1960’s Paul Rudolph designed structure. So far crews have gutted the interior of the architectural landmark, which was damaged by flooding in 2011’s Hurricane Irene and are set to demolish the building’s facade starting August 1. Sussman’s lawsuit challenged environmental studies done by the county, and was filed to save the structure from the plans to strip the cement from the sides and redo two of the buildings while adding a new four-story building as well set to begin November 1. The judge ruled that attorney’s in the case must file a response to Sussman’s request to halt the demolition by August 6.
Firefighters responded to a warehouse in North Brunswick New Jersey on Wednesday morning, after receiving reports of heavy flames. According to witnesses the flames and smoke could be seen from flames and smoke could be seen from the New Jersey Turnpike through the morning, and officials stated that they were forced to evacuate a nearby apartment building. The fire began around 2:00 AM in the center of the warehouse and burned for nearly 18 hours as firefighters fought to keep the flames from spreading to surrounding buildings to Livingstone Avenue. A plastics company and auto repair shop were both destroyed and one first responder was treated for minor burns, the only injury reported. Due to the burning plastic the environmental protection agency will be continuing air testing in the area for several days.
According to Clarkstown School district officials, they will be implementing a new plan for the coming school year that will help balance out the number of students enrolled in each elementary school. Board President Michael Aglialoro stated the new plan allows parents the option of choosing which school near their address their child will attend. Enrollment in the district has declined by 7.4% in the last ten years and demographic studies show it will continue to do so. Four of the district’s nine schools are participating in the plan, Bardonia, West Nyack, Woodglen, and Little Tor. Students that register for enrollment after July 1, 2016 will be assigned a school, but according to Superintendent J.Thomas Morton, the district is offering the plan to balance each school’s student populations. Parents can also opt to keep their child in the same school for the 2015-2016 year and move them for the 2016-2017 year. Parents changing schools for this coming fall must do so by July 27.