It’s Illegal: Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Locked Cars with Engines and A/C Running

As the weather gets hotter and hotter, Rockland police officials want to be sure folks are keeping people and their pets safe. While some callers to The Morning Show yesterday felt leaving a dog in a car with the windows closed while the car is running and the air conditioning on was reasonably safe, Sheriff Lou Falco emphasized that it is not only unsafe to leave pets or kids in a locked car unattended with the engine running, it is illegal…

Audio clip: Lou Falco

Falco said it is ok to keep the engine running as long as another adult is in the car with children or pets.

Spring Valley Police to get New Cars

The Spring Valley police department is getting four new police cars and an inspectors’ SUV. The village board of Trustees Tuesday night authorized $200,000 for the purchase to replace the department’s aging fleet.

Police Search for Van Involved in Accident, Possible Drug Deal Gone Bad

A man with multiple gunshot wounds and injuries possibly from being struck by a car may have been part of a drug deal gone bad. The man reportedly jumped out of a moving van on I-95 north between Exit 18B and 19 during Tuesday evening’s rush hour. State police say the van was involved in an accident with another car. Police are looking for a GMC U-Haul van with Arizona license plates and possible front-end damage. 24-year-old Mouhamed Cisse of the Bronx suffered serious injuries including the gunshot wounds. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he reportedly remains in critical condition. If you witnessed the incident or may have information about it, please contact State police at 914-769-2600.

Orangetown Expresses Concern over Waste Facility Planned for Stony Point

A waste management company looking to make its roots in Stony Point has Orangetown’s supervisor concerned about the potential for increased truck traffic on Route 9W in his area. “New Planet Energy” is planning to build and operate a “waste-to-fuels” facility on Holt Drive in Stony Point. Orangetown supervisor Andy Stewart says the project needs to be scrutinized very closely, not just by Stony Point but by neighboring towns as well…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart

Previously on The Morning Show, Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan said the project was still going through a review by the DEC and the company’s conducting the largest traffic study he’s ever seen…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

Monaghan said the plant would provide a huge tax ratable for the town, likely giving it enough to build a new library and provide full day kindergarten for every student in North Rockland.

Hot Dog! NY Metro Has Nation’s Top Hot Dog Stand

Yesterday was National Hot Dog Day and you may have missed a golden opportunity to celebrate at two area hot dog stands that made it onto a national “Top 200” list. “Walter’s” of Mamaroneck hit The Daily Meal’s list at number 31, Coney Island’s “Nathan’s Famous” came in at #44, but tops on the list at #1, was “Rutt’s Hut” in Clifton, New Jersey.

No Arrests Yet in Spring Valley Cab Driver Shooting

No arrests yet in the Monday afternoon shooting of a cab driver who was heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest. The unidentified 23 year-old was taken to Nyack Hospital and then to Westchester Medical Center. No word on the man’s condition. Police are investigating. If you have any information contact police at 845-357-2400.

Rockland D-A Gets New Chief of Detectives

The Rockland District Attorney’s Office has a new chief of detectives. D-A Thomas Zugibie told The Morning Show yesterday that Russell Crawford takes over for Peter Modafferi, who retired last month after a 45-year career. Zugibie said Crawford had most recently been a criminal investigator in his office, but earlier in his career, Crawford was known for leading some high-profile cases with the State Police, including the infamous Tawana Brawley investigation…

Audio clip: Thomas Zugibie

Crawford has also worked on cases involving Ramapo Supervisor Chris Saint Lawrence, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, Ramapo Councilman Samuel Tress, and Rockland bus system operator, Richard Brega.

Report: Racial Profiling Lawsuit Settled

Members of a local community group have settled their racial profiling and illegal surveillance lawsuit against Clarkstown, its suspended police chief and other local law enforcement officials. WNBC reported that 14 plaintiffs connected to the group “We The People” got $300,000 in the settlement that still needs court approval. The Strategic Intelligence Unit was a joint venture of the D-A’s office and Clarkstown police department that reportedly conducted secret background checks. Both the D-A and Sullivan had told WNBC that the unit had only monitored publicly available social media.

NYS Bill Takes on Shady Animal Dealers Posing as Rescue Groups

That rescue group you got a dog or cat from may actually be a shady pet dealer. That’s according to Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, who said he’s been working with the ASPCA and other animal rights groups to come up with legislation that would allow New York State to regulate the these organizations to make sure the pets are well cared-for, healthy, and kept in safe, clean conditions…

Audio clip: Ken Zebrowski

The bill has passed both the Senate and the Assembly and now awaits the governor’s approval.

School Bus Driver Ticketed for Passing Stopped School Bus in Ramapo

A school bus driver was issued a ticket yesterday by Ramapo police for passing another school bus that had been stopped with its flashing red signals on. The incident occurred yesterday morning on West Eckerson Road. The officer instructed the school bus driver to pull over. Instead, police say, the driver ignored the officer and continued driving. The officer pulled the bus over, and issued the summons. Police say it was the 67th time this year that a driver has been ticketed for that infraction.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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