Afternoon News Update 8/22

A New City man, who was found guilty of negligent homicide after a fatal motorcycle accident, was arrested on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport. Police say 27-year-old Clifford Perkins, who failed to appear in court on August 3rd, was attempting to flee the country when Westchester authorities caught up with him. Perkins is currently being held in Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

Police in Stony Point say a 41-year-old woman faces a felony charge after being accused of throwing a large rock through a car windshield. Karin Neyra of Haverstraw got into a brief altercation with another person before throwing the rock. Neyra was arrested on Sunday on a third degree criminal mischief charge and has since been released and is scheduled for a court hearing on October 6th.

Three men were arrested early this morning after State police found them climbing to the top of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Authorities say the three men, all of whom were between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age, were spotted atop the bridge at 1:20 a.m. The suspects’ names have not been released, however all three are facing misdemeanor trespass and disorderly conduct charges.

The Rockland Boulders beat the New Jersey Jackals on Friday and Saturday, winning 4-2 and 5-2 respectfully. Last night’s game against the Jackals was suspended due to rain. Tonight the Boulders are back in Canada and look to continue their winning ways against the Ottawa Champions; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Former Ramapo Councilwoman Fran Hunter Dies

On Friday morning, former Ramapo Councilwoman Frances Hunter died. She was 84. Hunter, a retired school principal and for decades as a town police commissioner, was known for promoting diversity. Rockland County Legislator Aron B. Wieder said, “Fran Hunter had the ability to bridge the gaps between people and truly served as a role model for us all.” Hunter’s funeral Mass is scheduled for this Saturday August 27 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church of Suffern.

NYS Send 30 Volunteers to Support CA Fires

Fires continue to burn in California and New York State has announced it is sending a crew of 30 employees and volunteers from the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to assist in the containment of the wildfires. They will join crews from other states and will be assigned to fires where they are most needed. The New York team is expected to be active in firefighting for two weeks. All personnel travel and administrative costs for the crew will be paid directly by the U.S. Forest Service or reimbursed to the state.

Convicted Clifford Perkins Arrested Fleeing at LaGuardia

27-year-old Clifford Perkins of New City, known as DJ Father Shaheed, a producer of the New Jersey Hip hop collective Poor Righteous Teachers, was a no show in court on August 3rd to receive sentencing on criminally negligent homicide. In April, Perkins had been charged for the May 25 motorcycle crash on the Sprain Parkway that killed 45-year-old motorcyclist Scott Phillips of West New York, NJ. Westchester County Police who allege he was fleeing the country arrested Perkins on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport. He is expected to appear in Westchester County Supreme Court today.

Stabbing Death in Monticello Domestic Incident

State Police in Monticello are investigating a stabbing death Friday night of a 37-year-old man in what they say is a domestic incident. Authorities are not releasing any names or details at this time. Mid-Hudson News is reporting, “it is believed a nine-year-old boy was defending his mother against the victim.”

New Law Allows Funeral Homes to Pay for Homicide Burials

Legislation signed Friday is easing the loss both emotionally and financially for families who lose a loved one to homicide. The new law allows funeral home businesses to pay for burial costs on behalf of a family and then recover those expenses from the Office of Victim Services, which provides a financial safety net for innocent crime victims and their family members.   The Office of Victim Services can provide up to $6,000 for burial expenses.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over August 8 – September 5

Governor Cuomo has directed the State Police to ramp up enforcement efforts against drunk and distracted driving early for the Labor Day Weekend. Beginning August 18 through September 5 The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign begins statewide and aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers. WRCR reminds you to select a designated driver before you head out to enjoy your holiday weekend. Drunk driving kills 10,000 people nationwide each year and can be prevented with a little planning.

Afternoon News 8/19

Police in Putnam have made an arrest in connection to a burglary, which took place back in July of this year. 29-year-old Frank Mazzola and 31-year-old Mary K. Mazzola were arrested after police executed a search warrant of their home. Authorities recovered stolen jewelry which was missing from a Putnam County home on July 21st. Both the Mazzola’s have been charged with multiple felony counts; Mary Mazzola faces up to 15 years in state prison and a fine for up to 15,000 dollars, while Frank Mazzola faces up to 4 years in prison and a fine for up to 5,000 dollars.

In North Jersey news, a judge ruled to not reduce the 200,000 dollar bail for a Hawthorne man who is accused of driving through a crowded farmer’s market and killing a 58-year-old woman two years ago. 50-year-old James Woetzel has been held at Passaic County jail since the day of the crash on August 10th, 2014.

In advance of the Labor Day Holiday, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies say they will boost DWI checkpoints in an attempt to crackdown on drunk driving. The anti-DWI push launched on Thursday and will continue through Labor Day on September 5th. Last year police made 39,318 DWI related arrests, while police this year have made 19,645 DWI related arrests.

The Rockland Boulders won big last night and racked up 11 runs in an 11-3 rout of the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland, while Matt Horan took the loss the Aigles. Tonight the Boulders are back in Rockland and look to continue their winning ways against the New Jersey Jackals; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News Update 8/18

Police in Yonkers are searching for a man who robbed an Atlantic Bank on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect entered the bank at around 1:30 p.m., handed a plastic bag to the teller, and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. The man was described as a white male in his 40s and wearing an army fatigue jacket. This incident comes just days after a Chase bank in Haverstraw was robbed. Police are asking anyone with information on the robbery to call 914-377-7724.

Tax officials in New York are warning residents that scammers are using state phone numbers in an attempt to collect fake payments. The calls are asking for residents to make payments using iTunes gift cards or other debit cards. If you believe that you are someone you know has been contacted by these scammers, you can contact the Department of Taxation and Finance as 518-457-5434.

In Philipstown, two teenagers are facing felony charges after police caught them spray painting graffiti on an Indian Brook Road bridge. 18-year-old John D. Darling and 17-year-old Kevin L. Dyckman were charged with third-degree criminal mischief, making graffiti, and possession of graffiti instruments. If the two teens are found guilty, they could face up to four years in a New York State Correctional Facility and a fine of up to 5,000 dollars.

The Rockland Boulders swept their doubleheader with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles last night, winning 9-1 in the first game and 3-0 in the second. Rockland continues their series with the Trois-Riviers Aigles tonight in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

$98.7M Allocated for Clean Air Projeccts

As New York State moves closer to fulfilling the requirements of the Clean Air Act, the state announced yesterday the availability of $98.7M in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related programs as well as projects that reduce congestion. The projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement, and innovation. The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for funding through October 21, 2016. For more information and an application: https://www.dot.ny.gov/TAP-CMAQ

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