The Chestnut Ridge man who was shot multiple times at his business in South Hackensack New Jersey was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center. According to Bergen County Prosecutors on Sunday evening around 7:00 PM 51-year old Richard Zariello was shot six times, twice to the head, during what appears to be an attempted robbery at his business Clean Sweep Chimney Depot on Route 46. The married father of two was pronounced dead around 3:45 Monday afternoon. Police have ruled the incident as a homicide and have opened an investigation into the case, which will continue to be run by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office.
Police arrested a Brooklyn woman on Thursday after she allegedly used 48 false credit cards to make more than $3,000 in purchases at stores in the Palisades Center Mall. Clarkstown Police stated that 27-year old Christina Blackett was arrested and received felony charges of grand larceny, possession of forged instruments, and possession of stolen property after employees at the Lord & Taylor store reported to police that the credit cards she used for purchases of goods and gift cards appeared suspicious. She is being held in Rockland County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Firefighters responded to a call around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon, to reports that an apartment complex in Monsey was in flames. Officials stated that eight apartments were completely destroyed when one unit at the Regency Village Garden Apartments on Robert Pitt Drive caught fire, and 40 other units were left uninhabitable from smoke and water damage. Though the fire’s cause was originally suspicious, officials now believe it was started accidentally by a knocked over candle. Nearly 200 people were left without homes due to the damage though no injuries were reported and the RedCross provided temporary shelter to many of the residents.
According to Ramapo Police a crash involving a minivan and an ambulance on Sunday led to one of the drivers being hospitalized. Police stated that the EMStar Ambulance was not transporting any passengers when it collided with the van on College Road around 1:00 PM, flipping on its side. The driver was trapped and had to be freed by Rockland Paramedics and Monsey Firefighters, and was transported to Westchester Medical Center for chest pains, while the driver and passenger of the van were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation. Police closed the intersection of College Road and West Carlton for nearly an hour and a half, and are continuing to investigate the accident.
The trial for the case against former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin is set to begin today. In 2013 Jasmin was charged with extortion for allegedly accepting bribes from local businessman Moses Stern, who was working with the FBI at the time, along with former Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret who pleaded guilty to mail fraud and extortion last year. A judge ruled recently that claims made by the prosecution that Jasmin asked Stern to eliminate votes in an election, would not be allowed to be used in the trial, with defense claiming that when Stern recorded the former Mayor he did so to gain favor with the FBI. Defense Attorney Benjamin Ostrer and his client also filed papers requesting a nonjury trial, which was approved and so the case will be seen only before Judge Colleen McMahon in White Plains.
According to a Bergen county Prosecutor a Chestnut Ridge resident was the victim of a shooting in New Jersey on Sunday night. John L. Molinelli stated that the shooting took place at the Route 46 business Clean Sweep Chimney Depot in South Hackensack and the victim is the owner, 51-year old Richard Ziarello of Chestnut Ridge, who was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment to critical injuries. Police are investigating the cause, with suspicions appearing that it may have been a robbery and are searching for a suspect. Limited information has been released, but officials stated that Ziarello is in grave condition.
According to South Nyack Police a former softball coach at Nyack College was arrested on Thursday for inappropriately touching more than ten players on the team. Police stated that 43-year old Kurt Ludwigsen was hired by the college in September and fired in March after he was accused by the girls and their parents of unwanted touching and kissing on the mouth. After further investigations into the claims, Ludwigsen was charged with 45 counts of inappropriate touching, 49 counts of harassment, and one count of sexual abuse. The Ridgewood, New Jersey resident, where he lives with his family, is being held on $15,000 bail until his next court date on April 13, while the former coach will be taking over the remainder of the season, or until a new head coach is found.
The Rockland County District Attorney’s office released a full report today on the investigation into the shooting death of former New City resident Vincent Cordaro who instigated a night-long standoff with police from February 8. A Rockland County Grand Jury convened for three days, presented with evidence and testimony from that night and rendered a, ‘No True Bill’ verdict against the officer. This result dismissed any charges against the officer as there was no probably cause that a crime had been committed because, “The Grand Jury has found the officers actions in using deadly physical force against Vincernt Cordaro to be justified.” The tense standoff incident that occurred at Cordaro’s home on North Little Tor Road escalated when officers used CS gas, tear gas, to try and mitigate the dangerous situation at which point Cordaro fired shots at the officers who returned fire, fearing for their own lives. It was later discovered that Cordaro had multiple firearms and ammunition inside his home where he threatened his relatives before they called the police.
According to a story that is circulating online and through local media sources, a family was recorded allowing their children to climb and play on the 9/11 Memorial at Haverstraw Bay County Park. The photo shows the Hasidic Jewish family viewing the memorial while behind them their children are sitting on top of part of the installment. It was first seen online and sparked outrage among residents and visitors paying their respects to loved ones and those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks. One couple stated to News 12 that they often visit their son’s name at the memorial and have seen this type of behavior before. The outcry led County Executive Ed Day to release a statement on his FaceBook page stating, “The ethnic makeup of the family in question is not what matters here. What matters, and what I would ask everyone to focus on, is the desecration of this sacred site.” He went on to say that he will be working with the Parks and Sheriff’s Departments to create signage or ways to ensure there is respect. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement against the County Executive’s remarks stating, “Ed Day and his son Chris Day both adapted the photo to post it simultaneously as new posts on their respective FaceBook pages; thus generating more hate comments against Orthodox Jews.” The statement also referenced a recent video titled “The Jew in Rockland”, which compares the secular rift in Rockland County and hateful comments made on social media to Nazi Germany, and most county officials’ calls to remove it. Visitors of the memorial all appear to agree that the main issue is that there was a lack of respect surrounding the place of remembrance.
According to the first annual report of the Start-Up NY program released last Wednesday, the first year produced 76 jobs of the 2,085 promised costing taxpayers $53 million in advertising though Empire State Development Chairman, Howard Zemsky stated that most new businesses in the program only began operation in the 2nd half of the year. Existing companies have been responsible for job and investment expansion. The program allows for new businesses moving into regions near colleges across the state to get 10 years of free business, corporate, income, sales, and property taxes. But bulk of Start-Up NY companies are located near SUNY Stonybrook and Buffalo with none yet in the Hudson Valley region.