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.
A 52-year old woman accused of being responsible for her daughter’s death on East of last year was seen in court was arrested after the father of her 6-year old daughter Lacey Carr found them in the bedroom of the home they both lived in. Dimes was unconscious near the girl and both were taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital where Lacey was pronounced dead due to an overdose from several types of drugs, including Benadryl, Valium, and Morphine. On Tuesday Dymes pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, stating to the judge that the little girl’s death was an accident. She was also hospitalized and spent two weeks in a coma following the incident, and the judge announced she will likely be sentenced with five-years probation so she can continue receiving medical care for, what doctors call, her severe depression, despite prosecutors’ requests for jail time.
According to a report in the Journal News, police were called to the Spring Valley Village Clerk’s office to interfere in a screaming match between Trustee Vilair Fonvil and Deputy Clerk Herby Jean-Charles. A police report was filed on January 7th when Fonvil arrived at the office and requested a copy of a resolution from the board regarding a liquor license at a local restaurant, and was allegedly declined by Jean-Charles. Fontal claimed that Mayor Demeza Delhomme ordered the Clerk’s office not to provide him with reports or documents. On Thursday Mayor Delhomme sent a letter to the Trustee asking that he only enter village offices with proper authorization in the future, for safety reasons. Delhomme referenced the clerk’s office as well as past incidents where Fonvil used foul language and police response was necessary. Fontal stated that the incident at the clerk’s office occurred because he was told he needed the Mayor’s permission to see documents and stated that Delhomme cannot prevent him from obtaining them. Jean-Charles also reportedly filed a union grievance against the trustee.
Police in Sleepy Hollow are investigating the death of a teenager who was apparently struck by a Metro-North Train on Monday afternoon. Around 2:00 PM near the Philipse Manor Station the 16-year old boy, whose name has not been released, was reported to have jumped from the platform in front of the train. The engineer stated to police that he tried to stop the train in time but was unsuccessful, and News 12 reported that the boy was a student at Fordham Prep and was a resident of Sleepy Hollow. Officials have not released any further information, though an MTA spokesperson stated it would appear the teen intentionally took his own life.