19 Year-old Khari Noerdlinger of Edgewater appeared in Superior Court in Hackensack on Tuesday evening where he plead not guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of 16 year-old Savion Lewallen of Spring Valley. Senior Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer said that Lewallen worked for Noerdlinger dealing drugs and said he believed he was owed money. However, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman claimed never having heard these allegations and that his client was attacked and only used the knife to defend himself. Noerdlinger’s bail has been set at $500,000.
A teenager from Rockland County was killed on Sunday, while participating in a gang robbery in New Jersey. 16-year old Savion Lewallen was reported dead by police on Monday after he and a group of teens, three from Rockland County, were committing a robbery in Edgewater around 10:30 Sunday night and the target of the crime fought back, stabbing Lewallen in an artery. The teen was recently released from jail, following his sentence for an arrest in April for assaulting a 15-year old Spring Valley High School girl and holding her against her will in the woods near the school. Lewallen was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. The other four involved were arrested and the 19-year old robbery victim was arrested and charged with killing Lewallen.
According to officials Noramie Jasmin, the former mayor of Spring Valley, will not be surrendering herself to federal prison this week, as expected. Jasmin was first set to begin her four-year prison sentence on November 2 after she was arrested in April for accepting $5,000 in bribes to approve a catering hall on village owned property, as well as a 50% stake in the business. At the time a judge allowed Jasmin to delay her surrender until Monday, when attorneys for the former Mayor stated she needs surgery for a medical issue. Officials did not mention what the issue is, but the judge once again approved a second delay. According to the US Attorney’s office if the surgery is not done Tuesday, Jasmin will have to surrender herself to prison, but if it is completed, a new date will be set with time for her to recuperate from the procedure.
The New York Civil Service Employees Association, known as CSEA, has reached an agreement with the County of Rockland that will extend to July 31st of this year. The new labor agreement which passed by a 3 to 1 margin, will be retroactive from the first of this month and is the first raise for the workers in 6 years. The first and second raises will combine to an overall $0.65 cent increase, extra vacation days, and improved vision benefits. The county legislators will now review the new contract for approval. Negotiations had been going on for over a year for the 1,300 workers belonging to the CSEA Rockland County Unit 8350 as the previous contracts ran out over three years ago. Labor Relations Specialists Larry Sparber concedes that, “There is no question that frustrations remain, but our members ultimately felt this contract was a step in the right direction.”
The port terminals in New York and New Jersey have been shutdown as over 4,000 workers walked off the job this morning. Port officials and labor unions were surprised by the sudden move on masse. International Longshoreman’s Association spokesman Jim McNamara explains that there may be some tension felt by members regarding possible interference by the waterfront commission in the current bargaining agreement. However New York Shipping Association spokeswoman Beverly Fedorko said of the incident, “I can tell you we don’t know why they walked off. It came as a surprise to everyone. We’re trying to ascertain just what is going on.” The Port Authority says local access roads are at a standstill and are working to ensure public safety. The terminals take on over 3.3 million cargo containers every year which is about $200 billion. The New York and New Jersey terminals are the busiest on the eastern seaboard.
According to officials at an Orange County Hospital patients may have had their information stolen in a theft that occurred in the fall. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital officials stated that recently October 31 someone entered a restricted section of the hospital and stole a flash-drive that contained the confidential information of nearly 30,000 patients. The hospital will be paying for a year’s worth of identity theft recovery services; you can call 866-960-5790 if this information applies to you. Officials did state that what was stolen was limited, possibly including names, medical numbers, and dates or types of service, but did not include social security numbers.
According to police a man reported missing from his Rockland County village, who was last seen on Friday afternoon is presumed dead. Ramapo Police stated that New Square resident David Ahronowitz was last seen on Cleveland Avenue and then took a cab over the George Washington Bridge. Police released an updated report on Wednesday morning that after tracing a report from witnesses placing the 46-year old man walking across the bridge later in the afternoon on Friday, they uncovered video of the Ahronowitz jumping. Officials stated the NYPD had begun searching the water and along the river earlier Wednesday.
On Tuesday Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann announced that the town will be conducting a study on the Police Department’s spending and operations. According to officials the town is accepting proposals from outside consultants by February 24, to look into the $50 million budget, which, according to information compiled by the Journal News, provides police services to residents and paid officers an average salary of $166,719 with overtime for 2015. The study is an attempt to lower taxes for residents as was to lower taxes for residents as was promised during Hoehmann’s campaign for election last year, and the contract with the Police Benevolent Association expires in December of this year, meaning a new agreement will be made. Hoehmann stated that the police services are exceptional, but it is owed to residents to determine if and where money can be saved. Officials with both the police department and the PBA stated to the Journal News that they are willing to work with consultants during the study.
A New Jersey woman was found dead in her yard on Monday, after a group of teenagers reported to police that they had discovered a body. 64-year old Mary Wall of Mahwah was found completely covered by snow in her driveway around 3:30 PM when several kids were walking home from the school bus, whose parents reported to officials they believed they had found a jacket, before realizing it was in fact a body. Mahwah Police stated that the woman apparently suffered a medical condition that became an emergency while she was outside and she was found, “holding a shovel and dressed for the elements.” The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office and police are continuing to investigate, but do not believe that foul play was involved.
An elderly music teacher was killed in Pleasantville this weekend, when he was struck by a car. Around 11:00 Sunday morning, following the massive snow storm on Saturday, 90-year old Hercules Faranda was cleaning snow from his car outside of his home on Washington Avenue, when he was hit by a driver passing by. Police stated the driver of that vehicle did remain on the scene and is not facing any charges yet, as it appears to be an accident, and officials are continuing to investigate the cause including slippery roads.