Westchester Police and emergency services responded to a call on Monday to find four people were sick and possibly suffering from possible overdoses. When officers arrived at the entrance to a building at 47 Court Street around 3:40 PM, they began working to save and transport the three women and one man who had allegedly smoked a bad batch of K-2, which is a form of synthetic marijuana. The condition of the four young people remains unknown.
According to police in Rockland County a power outage during the blizzard over the weekend was caused by a car crash in Nyack. Police stated that around 1:50 Saturday morning, Scott Miller was driving on Piermont Avenue in what is believed to be a stolen SUV when he crashed it into a utility pole, causing a power outage for residents in that area, and then was seen fleeing from the scene. Miller is on parole for drug charges and was described by witnesses as 6 feet 7 inches tall and lives in the Eagle Rock Apartments in South Nyack. Anyone with information on Miller, who also goes by Ramrod Smith and Shawn Johnson, should call South Nyack- Grand View Police at 845-358-0206.
Officers from the Hackensack Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle parked at the Burger King on Hackensack Avenue this morning to find a 78 year-old woman dead. Police Director Michael Mordaga explains that officers discovered the body at around 8:30 a.m. this morning and that the woman died sometime between Friday and today. Allegedly, she spoke with workers at the fast food chain on Friday, claiming she was afraid to drive as the weather began to worsen. Officials have not yet determined a cause of death.
25 Year-Old Daffton Bloomfield of the Bronx was arrested yesterday after he was caught stealing over $1,000 in perfumes and colognes from Sephora within the Shops at Nanuet. In his attempt to escape, Bloomfield sprayed the attending security guard with a substance irritating his eyes and breathing. Clarks town Police Officer Peter Walker explained that Bloomfield was charged with felony counts of first and second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon. A second suspect was able to flee the scene with stolen merchandise. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Police Department at (845) 639-5800.
Church officials have suspended Roman Catholic Reverend Richard Gorman, of the Bronx, based on two accusations of sexual abuse with a third complaint pending. The events were said to have taken place 30 years ago in Westchester County. According to the lawyer of one of the alleged victims, the incident of abuse happened only once when his client was 13 years-old, and abused him inside of a church. Gorman serves as the director of prison chaplains for the Archdiocese of New York and has also served as chairman of Community Board 12, concerning zoning matters but stepped down from the position yesterday. A release from the Archdiocese explains that Gorman cannot serve as a priest until the matter is resolved.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office released information regarding a drug bust from this past Wednesday. 30 Year-old Oscar Junior Mercedes Rodriguez of New York was arrested in Fort Lee, New Jersey after he was pulled over on Route 4 for an unspecified reason. A subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in finding a street value of $1 million in cocaine stashed in a hidden compartment. Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Prosecutor’s Office where he was charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal mentioned the participation of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K9, and the Fort Lee Police Department in the investigation leading to the arrest.
Westchester Police have filed charges against a Scarsdale man in connection to the death of his wife on Wednesday. 61-year old Julius Reich was arrested after calling 911 on Wednesday morning to report that a woman was seriously injured at the home he shared with his 58-year old wife, Robin Goldman. When police arrived they discovered Goldman’s body, dead from apparent stab wounds, stating that the woman, a pediatrician at Montefiore Medical Center and mother of three, was killed by her husband in the shower of their home. Goldman was buried on Thursday and Reich was charged with second-degree murder, he is being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail.
According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s office a Spring Valley official has been arrested on fraud charges. Chief Building Inspector for the village Walter Booker was arrested this week for allegedly falsifying records to issue a certificate of occupancy to a homeowner so the man could obtain more than $33,000 in tax exemptions for a property on Zeissner Lane. Booker was charged with grand larceny for committing fraud and falsifying records. According to officials the building inspector issued his position to issue a CO that designated the one-family home as a two family home, allowing homeowner Jacob Goldman to run a daycare and synagogue at the address, earning sizable profits through state aid and tax exemptions, leading to his arrest on charges of grand larceny as well. The village board must now decide whether or not to suspend Booker, who returned to work on Thursday following his arraignment.
The Rockland County Executive’s office and Department of Health has released a statement in advance of the winter storm that is set to hit this weekend, with recommendations for residents to stay sage in the cold weather. The worst of the storm is expected to hit a little further south of the Hudson Valley, though some areas could see 2-10 inches of snow, with Rockland getting a possible 8 inches. Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert with Health Department stated that if outdoors residents should remember to stay bundled up with windproof clothing; if you are prone to cardiac problems, stay in touch with your doctor regarding strenuous activities such as shoveling; and consider creating an emergency kit for your car if you are traveling at all over the weekend, including blankets, food and water, a first aid kit; sand or cat litter should your tires get stuck; and tools for the car. Your average indoor temperature should always be between 64 and 75 degrees and if you are using an additional source such as a fireplace, make sure there is proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide. The county website has information on warming centers throughout Rockland and for more information on warming centers throughout Rockland and for more information you can call the Health Department at 845-364-2585.
A group of parents from the East Ramapo School District filed a lawsuit against the school board last week, claiming that “fiscal mismanagement” is risking the education of students. The petition was submitted to the state supreme court and referenced findings from the report recently completed by the team of monitors appointed by the Department of Education. Dennis Walcott, who leads the three-person team, wrote in the report that they recommend a permanent monitor with the power to veto decisions made by the board. According to the documents filed by parent activists they are urging the Department of Education and Boar of Regents to do exactly that and prevent the board from making what they say are bad choices with money that should be spent on providing a fair education for each child.