Report: New Tip in Eugene Palmer Murder Case

Stony Point’s Eugene Palmer, the 78-year-old fugitive who allegedly escaped after murdering his daughter-in-law nearly five years ago, could still be alive and living under an alias. Detective Sgt. George Lutz of the Haverstraw Police Department reportedly told Fox News that they recently received new information leading the investigation out-of-state. 39 year-old Tammy Palmer was gunned down nearly five years ago after putting her two children on a school bus to go to school. Palmer reportedly fled into Harriman State Park. He has never been found. His two sons insist their father is dead.

First Rockland County Shared Services Hearing Held

(Audio) The first public hearing of the Rockland County-wide Shared Services Initiative Panel was held last night in Thiells. Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart was a guest on the Morning Show yesterday and gave an example of a current shared service in the county. Stewart said not every local police department needs its own bomb-sniffing dog, so they look to the Sheriff’s department to provide that, or other services, as needed…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart

Stewart said even small ideas can be helpful. A second public hearing where Rocklanders can share their ideas to make government more efficient and save taxpayer dollars will be held on May 24th at RCC. A third is scheduled for June 8th at Dominican College. The Shared Services Initiative is a statewide requirement that was included in the state budget passed last month. A shared services plan has to be presented to the County Legislature by August 1st.

Ramapo Murder-for-hire Plotters Sentenced

Two Ramapo residents who pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot have been sentenced. 43 year-old Airmont podiatrist Ira Bernstein got five-to-15 years in prison, and his girlfriend, 36 year-old Kelly Gribeluk got four-to-12 years, for hiring a hitman to run over Bernstein’s estranged wife.

Rockland Bicycling Club Takes “Ride of Silence”

(Audio) As the weather warms and the days get longer more and more cyclists ride around and through the county. The Rockland Bicycling Club held its “Ride of Silence” yesterday in New City. Rita Joachim said the event honored riders lost in cycling accidents, and participants want motorists and cyclists to all share the roads safely…

Audio clip: Rita Joachim

There were no fatalities involving cyclists in Rockland last year, though three lost their lives in accidents in 2015.

Suez Water Hosts Lake Deforest Day to Benefit Riverkeeper

(Audio) Get your kayaks and canoes ready, the third annual Lake Deforest Day is happening June 10th to benefit the group Hackensack RiverKeeper. Bill Madden of Suez Water says you can either bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one to enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the water…

Audio clip: Bill Madden

There are three kayaking sessions, single boats are $25 and doubles are $50. If you have your own, the entry fee is $25. If history is any guide the time slots go quickly. For more information and to register visit www.LakeDeforestDay.com.

Day 18: CSL Case in Jury’s Hands

Closing arguments have ended and the jury now has the case in the corruption and fraud trial against Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence. Deliberations are scheduled to begin Thursday morning.

Rockland County School District Election Results

(Audio) It was school budget vote day yesterday in Rockland County. Budgets passed in Clarkstown, Nanuet, North Rockland, Nyack, Pearl River, Ramapo Central and South Orangetown.

East Ramapo’s budget was overwhelmingly turned down with 9,986 votes opposed and 1,441 votes in favor. The rejection was possibly due to a controversial proposal involving school busing for private school students…

Audio clip: Ellen Jaffee

That was Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee talking about the East Ramapo busing controversy on yesterday’s Morning Show.

Also, in Pearl River, a proposition to borrow $29 million for district-wide renovations and improvements passed. In South Orangetown voters approved two propositions pertaining to the district’s capital reserve fund.

For school boards that had contested elections, in East Ramapo, incumbent Harry Grossman was re-elected along with first-timers Joel Frielich and Mark Berkowitz. In South Orangetown Christine Lee was newly-elected to the school board, while incumbent Lonnie Jacobs was re-elected, defeating former County Executive Scott Vanderhoef. Ramapo Central elected two new trustees, Paul Shapiro and Tom Donnelly, while in Nyack James Marshall and Jen Marraccino were re-elected, joined by board newcomer Beth Davidson.

Day 17: Closing Arguments in CSL Case

In a two-and-a-half hour closing argument, the prosecution said Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence “lied and schemed” and “created fake revenues” so the town’s local development corporation could make its payments on the Boulders baseball stadium, the construction of which started even before the supervisor had any money to do it. That’s according to The Journal News, as day 17 of the trial was held at U.S. District court in White Plains. During the defense’s closing argument, St. Lawrence’s attorney told the jury all the banks and the contractors have been paid, there was no intent to deceive anyone, and the supervisor did not personally profit in any way. Closing arguments should wrap up today, and the jury could shortly thereafter start deliberations. St. Lawrence faces 22 counts of fraud and conspiracy, and other charges.

Orange County Police Chief Recovering after Being Shot in Shoulder

New York State police say an Orange County chief of police is recovering after being shot and a 28 year-old man is dead following an alleged domestic disturbance in the village of Maybrook. Local, county, and state police spent hours in a standoff with Anthony Bostick, who barricaded himself in an apartment. Officials can’t confirm if he committed suicide or if he was killed by police. Also unclear is the origin of the domestic disturbance call. Arnold “Butch” Amthor, the chief of the Montgomery and Maybrook police, was shot in the shoulder during the incident Tuesday morning and is expected to fully recover. The incident is under investigation.

Convicted Rapist of 5 Year-old Girl Gets 36 to Life in Prison

36 years to life in state prison. That was the sentence handed down yesterday for 19 year-old Luiz Acevedo-Lopez of Spring Valley. Rockland’s District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Acevedo-Lopez was convicted in December of repeatedly raping a five year-old girl, a family friend, over the course of three months last year. The girl testified against him during the trial.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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