Crane Crashes on Tappan Zee Bridge

At noon yesterday there was a crane accident on the “existing” Tappan Zee Bridge shutting down traffic for more than five hours. It was one of 28 cranes doing routine work. There was a malfunction and the crane bottom collapsed across both sides of the Bridge. Governor Cuomo stated, “The boom collapsed and the damage is significant, the crane is mangled.” There were three injuries listed in minor condition. The Governor said, “it was nothing short of a miracle” that there weren’t more injuries and damage. As of this morning, the Thruway Authority, at Governor Cuomo’s direction, has opened six out of seven lanes. Three lanes will be open in each direction until further notice. Motorists should plan for delays during morning and evening commutes. For more updates motorists are advised to follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.

Stroud Sexual Abuse Case Charged by Feds

The sexual abuse case against 19-year old Marcus Stroud, a volunteer wrestling coach in Clarkstown continues to build as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, working with the FBI, has now charged Stroud with one federal count of sexual exploitation of a child, a felony that carries a 15 to 30 year prison sentence if convicted. Still pending are charges from February, when Stroud was charged by Clarkstown police with second-degree sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. In a release, Bharara stated that Stroud met his victim through his work as a volunteer coach in December and using different social media accounts, posing as different people, got the victim to send him nude photos, intimidate him into thinking the photos would go public and then posing as a “good Samaritan” who wanted to help. Stroud was a 2015 graduate of East Ramapo High School.

Legendary Hollywood Director Garry Marshall Dies, 81

Legendary Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer Garry Marshall died from complications from pneumonia. Marshall is best known for the hit television series Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and The Odd Couple. Later he became known for a long list of films including Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, Runaway Bride, and The Princess Diaries among others. Garry Marshall was 81.

PizzaRev Raises $4000 for P2P

Rockland’s largest food pantry just got a little help from a new business in Nanuet. To celebrate their grand opening, PizzaRev hosted a fundraiser for People to People. Over 600 Rocklanders turned out to “Craft Their Own” pizzas and they raised over $4000. Executive Director of People to People Diane Serratore said the donation is “a true gift that will help People to People feed the more than 40,000 Rocklanders that come to us each year for help in putting food on the their tables.” Welcome to Rockland County PizzaRev of Nanuet.

Afternoon News Update

A 24-year-old Ossining man has been taken into custody after a 2 year investigation into a check forging operation. Police have stated that Devante Rainey is (quote) “a prolific check forger and we were drawn to him after some suspicious social media activity” (end quote). Rainey pleaded not guilty to a 27 count felony complaint, but was taken to Westchester County Jail following his arraignment. If Rainey is found guilty, he could face anywhere from two to seven years in prison.

A Yonkers man, who used a box cutter to slash a fellow student at Buffalo State College last year, was sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Mohamed Kaba started a fight with Tyrell Ganey outside of a student apartment complex, after which Kaba was immediately expelled. The jury who delivered the conviction, optioned to not give Kaba the maximum of 7 years in prison.

In Alpine New Jersey, a 24-year-old man was arrested after police discovered a connection between him and a motorcycle pursuit, which occurred on Route 9W in May. Police used cell phone information from 20-year-old Michael Morales, who was also eluding cops, to bring Rada in. Morales was brought into custody back in May, after pursuing authorities were able take down his license plate. Police have stated that Bryant Rada was charged with third-degree eluding.

Breaking News from the Tappan Zee Bridge. All lanes, in both directions, are closed as of now after a crane has collapsed on the bridge. At least two people have been reported injured, however this is a developing story. South Nyack police Chief Brent Newbury says he expects (quote) “a traffic nightmare.” (end quote)

The Rockland Boulders battled the Sussex County Miners today at Skylands Park, we’ll bring you updates on that game tomorrow. The Boulders will play the Sussex County Miners at home tomorrow; game time is scheduled for 11:00 am.

Monsey and West Haverstraw Fires Stress Fighters

The weather has been hot and it got a lot hotter yesterday when two significant fires began first in a basement apartment at 18 Calvert Drive in Monsey. The blaze displaced approximately 25 people after fire officials shut the power from the building.   Among numerous code violations, firefighters had a difficult battle when they came up against doors blocked off with stored boxes wrapped in plastic according to Monsey Fire Chief Tony Layman. The building was given an “Unsafe Structure” violation and vacate order on all units by Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Malia until all violations are satisfied and reconstruction is complete.  Another sizable fire overtook homes at 1, 3, 5 and 7 Farley Drive in West Haverstraw, yesterday at noon, displacing two families and leaving them homeless. The blaze began in a shed and moved through two attached houses. According to Deputy Fire coordinator John Kryger the heat and humidity was another major factor. Haverstraw Ambulance Corps and Rockland Paramedics were on hand to keep firefighters hydrated. According to authorities Congers, Central Nyack, Stony Point, Haverstraw and West Nyack supplied mutual aid.

Driver Hits Police Car in South Nyack-Grandview

Yesterday at approximately 12:40 p.m. near the intersection of Cedar Hill Avenue and Prospect Street in South Nyack-Grandview a driver heading the wrong direction on a one-way street struck a patrol car causing the officer to hit a tree. Police Chief Brent Newbury told the Journal News, “the officer suffered some head and neck trauma, was treated at Nyack Hospital and released” later in the afternoon. The driver was issued a traffic summons.

Afternoon News Update

In Nanuet on Saturday night, Police arrested a Yonkers man who evidently stabbed an acquaintance multiple times on Tennyson Drive. Authorities aren’t sure of 48 year old Frank Keogh’s motives, but they have confirmed that he did in fact know the victim. Keogh was arrested after his truck was pulled over in Wappingers Falls in a traffic stop; Clarkstown police say Keogh is currently awaiting arraignment.

On Sunday, A three-alarm fire tore through an Irvington home and caused tremendous damage. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated, but it has been reported that the house was listed for sale prior to the blaze. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:30 am and were eventually able to get the fire under control. There were no injuries reported at the scene and the homeowners were waiting outside the house upon the arrival of the firefighters.

A 53 year old man was hit by a car on the Hawthorne section of the Sprain Brook Parkway. Ricky Archer was struck by a car at around 9:45 pm on Saturday night and passed away from his injuries on Sunday. The driver of the car remained at the scene and State police have stated that the accident is still under investigation.

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 7-4 on Sunday at RCGT Park. Jason Byers earned the win for Rockland while Laetten Galbraith took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders are off today and will start a 3 game set against the Sussex County Miners on Tuesday at Skylands Park, game time is scheduled for 10:35 am.

Morning News Update

A Yonkers man is facing attempted murder and assault charges after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance multiple times at a home on Tennyson Drive in Nanuet Saturday night. 50-year-old Frank Keogh has also reportedly been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt. The unidentified victim was listed in serious condition at Nyack Hospital.

21 year-old Patrick McLoughlin of Washington Township New Jersey is reportedly behind bars this morning following a gunpoint robbery at a Hillsdale deli Sunday morning. According to police, McLoughlin wore a mask and waved a black handgun while demanding money at Wilkes Delicatessen. The clerk handed over about $100 in cash and gave police a description of McLoughlin. Police arrested him and found the cash, the handgun and the mask a short time later. McLoughlin was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

“Unfortunately it happened again.” That was yesterday afternoon’s Facebook post from the Clarkstown Police Department, in the wake of the fatal shooting of three police officials in Baton Rouge Louisiana Sunday. The Town of Ramapo Police Department’s Facebook page was adorned with the Baton Rouge P-D’s logo, while the Spring Valley police department asked its Facebook followers to keep Baton Rouge in their thoughts and prayers, adding, quote, “These cowardly acts have got to stop!” -unquote.

Three Orange County Republicans – County Executive Steve Neuhaus, county Republican Chairwoman Courtney Canfield-Greene and former Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun – will spend the next few days in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. All three told the Times Herald Record that they support or have made their peace with Donald Trump as their presidential nominee and expect the convention to be a fairly typical rally for the party and their candidate, in spite of heightened security and the unusual tenor that has accompanied the Trump campaign.

Afternoon News Update

On Thursday, White Plains’ Firefighters put out a fire at the Mamaroneck Avenue Garden Center. The blaze, which briefly closed down Mamaroneck Avenue, was quickly put out upon the arrival of the firefighters. Nobody was harmed in the incident.

In Thornwood, police arrested a 33 year-old Queens man who lied to authorities about being robbed at gunpoint. Christopher Mercado told police he was robbed on Marble Avenue on his way to work. Police then arrested a 19 year old Bronx man, who matched Mercado’s description. After police realized Mercado’s story didn’t add up, they released the 19 year old Bronx man and charged Mercado with third degree falsely reporting an incident, which is a misdemeanor.

The East Ramapo school district has sworn in a new superintendent. Deborah Wortham, who has been interim superintendent since the fall, was officially sworn in on Thursday at a school board meeting. Wortham will work under a three year contract that’s worth 250 thousand dollars annually.

The Rockland Boulders won in walk-off fashion last night as they beat the New Jersey Jackals 9-8 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland while Robert Stock took the loss for New Jersey. Tonight the Boulders will play the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park, game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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