The New York City Department of Health is alerting the public of a new cluster of Legionnaires’ cases in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. The Health Department were notified of the cases in the last week from September 21-27th with patients all between the ages of 45 and 75 and are currently hospitalized. Investigative measures have begun including inspecting and taking samples from cooling towers in the area and working with nursing homes and senior centers in Morris Park to monitor residents and staff health. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person. Those living in the affected area with flu-like symptoms should call their doctor immediately.
On Friday night Yonkers Police responded to an accident between a bicyclist and a vehicle on Tuckahoe Road. Police stated that the 59-year old Bronx man was struck by a four-door sedan near the onramp of I-87. The unnamed man was hit around 11:00 PM while heading Eastbound on the dark road and police were investigating the scene and did not state if the man was wearing a helmet or reflective gear. The driver remained on the scene but was not charged with anything.
Haverstraw Police officials stated on Friday that they believe wanted fugitive Eugene Palmer is still alive. Friday marked the third anniversary of the death of Tammy Palmer, who was allegedly killed by her 73-year old father-in-law near his home on Willow Grove Road. Police searched for months in the area surrounding his property and in Harriman State Park, where his family believes he vanished to and eventually died from health issues, including diabetes. Haverstraw Police stated that they are continuing to search for the man, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, and they believe that he was or is being assisted in remaining alive and hidden from police. They are asking that anyone who could have information or who may not have come forward in the past call 845-354-1500 and a $2,500 reward remains.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a press conference on Sunday, where she defended funding for Planned Parenthood. The federal budget is due on September 30, and Lowey took the opportunity to rally with residents against some officials in federal government’s attempt to shut down the organization, which according to a press release from Lowey’s office, serves nearly 2.7 million Americans a year on everything from breast exams to unintended pregnancies. Lowey stated, “It is disappointing, but not surprising that Republicans in Congress would risk a damaging government shutdown rather than support safe, high quality women’s health care services.” Joined by local Legislators in White Plains on Sunday Lowey spoke to residents and officials about her stance in support of funding for the controversial organization, who was accused of selling fetal tissue from past abortions in a video earlier this year. Officials with Planned Parenthood have stated that the claims are untrue and many supporters believe the services are too valuable to women, men, and children to be defunded. At the White Plains Planned Parenthood where the conference was held supporters of the pro-life stance protested the organization, a few stating that the videos only prove further that federal money should be spent elsewhere. Lower close the press conference by stating, “I will continue working as ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee to defeat these deeply misguided, ideologically- driven stunts, and return to responsibly investing in hardworking American’s futures.”
Montgomery State Police are reporting the arrest of three individuals charged with stealing over $11,000 at local credit unions. The seven-month investigation began after the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and the Mid-Hudson Valley Federal credit union reported irregularities to local police departments. Tyler Castro and Daniela Rivera both 21 of Newburgh along with Alexis Jabbour, 19 of New Windsor are accused of depositing checks and withdrawing funds before the banks uncovered the theft. Both Castro and Jabbour were charged with felonies of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud while Rivera was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud.
Developers have broken ground on The Shoppes at DePiero Farm in Montvale, a $125 million project of retail stores and Bergen County’s first Wegman’s supermarket. A spokesman for the popular grocery chain headquartered in Rochester, New York states a tentative opening for 2017. DiPiero’s, a long time community staple since 1924, will remain open until November and plans to open a smaller farming spot on West Grand Avenue across from the current land. As per the agreement, DiPiero’s will be a part-owner of the retail project.
34 Year-old White Plains Firefighter Erik Refvik was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in state prison by State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit today at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains. In a plea deal struck over the summer, Refvik was promised that sentence if he plead guilty on all counts of his 16-count indictment, instead of facing up to 25 years in prison. Refvik was arraigned in March for the wrong-way fatal collision from last November that claimed one life and injured another after driving drunk and high down South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. His attorney, Andrew Quinn claims that his client has “suffered extreme guilt and remorse and accepts complete responsibility.”
Rockland County officials are teaming up with the Clarkstown Police Department and CVS Pharmacies to help residents collect and discard old medicines or drugs. On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM people can drop off their unused or unfinished prescriptions at the New City and Bardonia CVS locations as part of National Drug Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Agency is not able to accept liquids or needles and sharps, but pills may be dropped in the bins, no questions asked. According to County Executive Ed Day the overprescription of pain killers and other drugs is a large cause to the start of addictions. While, the county does have a year-round drug collection program with the Sheriff;s Office, the County Executive stated that the drug take-back day will allow those with an aversion to police stations to safely discard unused prescriptions.
According to a report in the Journal News, based on an office memo released by a Spring Valley Building Inspector, the mayor of the Rockland County village ordered that a yeshiva be approved for a permit, despite the lack of inspections. According to the memo released last month by Assistant Building Inspector Jackenton Lavalasse, Mayor Demeza Delhomme met with the Vice President of Monsey Lumber, prior to a cancelled walkthrough of the former office building being converted into a school, and ordered that the village employee issue a Certificate of Occupancy regardless of the unfinished inspections. Lavalasse stated to the newspaper that he voided the permit for the yeshiva, located at 50 Commerce Street, and ticketed the realty company that owns the property for building violations involving the plumbing, insulation, and framing of the building, which was allegedly functioning as a school. Delhomme’s response to the memo states, “My main and only concern is that our village residents get service. Your accusation that I directed Jack to approve a C of O is not factual.” The Mayor has made no comment on the situation as of yet.
According to police in Westchester County two men allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint on Wednesday night. After the incident around 8:40 PM in New Rochelle, police caught one of the suspects, 21-year old Parish Tomoney, who was accused of robbing a 50-year old man on Edgewood Park and Lockwood Avenue, stealing the man’s wallet and a wrist watch. Police stated one of the suspects held a rifle during the attack, though it was not fired and they have not confirmed which man had the weapon. The victim was not injured in the incident, and police are continuing to search for the second man.