The Village of Spring Valley is reopening potential plans to build an affordable housing complex on Route 45. Village Trustees are set to meet on Tuesday evening where they will continue discussing the project. The complex has been pitched to the village twice before, both times it was denied, originally the proposal called for 88 units above the strip mall and village hall. Now the developer is asking for 124 rental units, renting from $800 to $1,300 a month. Many residents have expressed concerns about overdevelopment and traffic in the area and a small group will be holding a rally starting at Village on the Green Park from 3-6 PM Sunday, where they will walk to village hall and another one on Tuesday from 11 AM to 2 PM outside of village hall.
Police have identified the man killed when his car was struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Emerson New Jersey on Thursday morning. Around 5:40 AM the 5:10 Pascack Valley line train out of Spring Valley crashed into 87-year old Valcav Budak while his car was on the tracks. Officials are stating that the man drove on the tracks for a little less than one mile before the collision, though they are unsure why he was on them. The conductor was able to move the train far enough from the burning car to prevent further injuries, and the line remained closed for most of the morning while authorities cleaned and investigated the scene.
According to a police a driver was killed in a head on crash in Orange County on Thursday night, following a high speed chase. Witnesses on the scene on Route 17A in the village of Florida stated that the blue sedan was going upwards of 100 MPH when it came to a road block and swerved, hitting a minivan before colliding head on with a black pickup truck. The driver of the sedan was killed instantly and only minor injuries were reported with the others involved. Police and first responders declined to comment on the number of people involved or the identities of either driver. The State Police conducted an investigation and accident reconstruction that closed the area for nearly four hours.
The Boulders won their second game against the Sussex Miners last night at Provident Bank Park. Through most of the innings the score was tied until late in the game when the Boulders scored the final runs and won 3-1. They play at home again tonight at 7:00. You can listen to the game live at wrcr.com or at WRCR 1700 AM.
Police are searching for a woman in Orange County who they state is the main suspect in the use of counterfeit money over the last few days. Police stated that the woman was caught on security footage and is described as young, with long dark hair. The hundreds of dollars in bills discovered by a bank after several had been used in local business on Main Street in Florida, where employees stated they couldn’t tell the fakes from the real ones. Many claimed the counterfeit bills even passed a marker test. Anyone with information on the case should inform the police.
Officials in a Rockland County village are disagreeing again, over the reinstatement of one of the building inspectors. Walter Booker, a chief Building Inspector in Spring Valley returned to work after a court order was issued that ended a suspension placed by Mayor Demeza Delhomme on December 29. On Wednesday Delhomme on held a press conference in the village, where he discussed the inspector’s recent interview with local newspaper the Journal News, in which Booker mentioned that the village had fallen behind on inspections. At the conference Delhomme stated that the backlog was caused by Booker himself and the District Attorney’s office had seized the man’s work computer from his offices at Village Hall during a raid at an undetermined date. Both officials told the paper that they have no idea why the raid was completed, but the two have been at odds since the mayor attempted to demote the inspector February of last year and eventually suspended him in December.
According to police in Westchester County, a man has been arrested in connection to a fire at a New York State Thruway Authority facility earlier this week. On Tuesday around 5:00 PM firefighters responded to calls of heavy smoke and flames coming from the salt shed on Fifth Avenue in Mamaroneck, which was completely destroyed. According to officials the flames also damaged several pieces of equipment in another building close by. Police stated that 54-year old Richard Cass, of Pittsfield Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire after the building closed for business. The man was apparently employed as an electrician by the Thruway Authority and the fire destroyed most of the salt to be used this winter, though officials from the agency are investigating the impact further. Cass will be seen in court on August 31.
The New Jersey Transit Pascack Valley Line is currently suspended while police investigate a car-train crash in Emerson, New Jersey. Details are still coming in, but according to NorthJersey.com one man was killed around 5:45 this morning when the 5:10 AM train out of Spring Valley struck his vehicle on the tracks near the Lincoln Boulevard crossing. Officials could not confirm any injuries, other than the death of the 88-year old man who has not been identified, but trains have stopped running in either direction for the time being. New Jersey Transit and private buses are cross-honoring passes and tickets.
Bronx teenager Kevin Sanchez was pronounced dead at Putnam Hospital Center Monday afternoon after drowning at Kentwood Lake in the town of Kent. Sanchez and his father were guests of residents in the homeowner’s association of the lake. Reportedly, there was no lifeguard on duty at the time 18 year-old Sanchez went underwater for a while before police were called at around 4:15 p.m. and searched the area for 20 minutes. A dive team from the Mahopac Fire Department was able to locate Sanchez and transport him to get medical treatment. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the tragic accident.
40 officers in Essex County, New Jersey have been outfitted with body cameras to provide accountability and transparency between the community and local law enforcement. According to a press release, a general order from July was made effective Tuesday with a detailed statement about equipment, policy, and procedure regarding the body worn cameras. The high definition, waterproof cameras will show a 130 degree angle with and image sensor and an adjustable lens that rotates. 9 hours of continuous shooting from a single charge will be activated in a variety of circumstances including but not limited to traffic stops, checkpoints, responding to calls for service, and effecting an arrest. Guidelines for de-activating and re-activating body worn cameras are clearly stated. Public concerns remain that the cameras are not a cure-all for accountability. All footage captured by the cameras will be the sole property of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office which may hinder the public from obtaining it.