One of Two Men Convicted in Pearl River Teen’s Murder Could Move to the Area Upon Release

One of the men convicted of killing a Pearl River teen in 1980 may end up living in the area once he’s released a second time from behind bars. Richard LaBarbera is scheduled to be released from prison later this month, after being sent there for violating his probation last year for getting drunk. He had been released from his 25-years-to-life sentence last year. Rockland sheriff Lou Falco says the parole board should have left him behind bars to begin with…

LaBarbera spent about 40 years in prison after he was convicted of killing 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky as she walked home from her job at the Pearl River library. Her 88 year-old mother still lives in Pearl River and dreads him possibly returning to the area. LaBarbera’s parole officer is reportedly going to be in Peekskill so he could possibly live nearby once he gets out.

Area Broadway Producer Says it Could Be Next Summer Before Shows Return

Broadway shows have officially been closed until January 3rd of next year, but one area producer says it could be longer than that. WRCR’s Market Analyst Ken Mahoney of Mahoney Asset Management in Chestnut Ridge has also produced, and won Tony Awards for, Pippen and Porgy & Bess, among others. Mahoney says tourism is critical to the industry, and he predicts it may take at least six months longer than that…

The theater industry is one of the city’s largest economic engines. Deadline says the initial month-long shutdown alone in March probably lost near $100 million.

O&R Gets Permission to Install “Virtual Power Plant Project”

Orange & Rockland has received approval to install Sunrun Inc’s rooftop solar and battery systems. It’s part of a virtual power plant project supporting New York’s transition to clean, reliable, locally-generated electricity. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says Sunrun’s Brightbox home battery systems create value for the electric grid, giving O&R the ability to reduce electricity load on O&R’s heavily used distribution systems. Donovan says O&R customers benefit by gaining access to clean energy at a discounted rate…

Clean energy produced from rooftop solar panels gets stored in Sunrun’s Brightbox battery during the day. If there is an outage, Brightbox provides backup electricity to the customer’s home and enables them to power through the night until the following morning when the sun rises and recharges the battery. For more information about Sunrun, visit their website, www.SunRun.com.

Malls in NYS’s Phase Four Permitted to Open on Friday, July 10th

Malls are now included in Phase Four re-openings and starting tomorrow can open once again. In a press conference earlier today, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said malls with the right filtration systems can re-open.

“The Governor’s announcement was great news for Pyramid’s tenants, their employees, our own employees, and all of the people living in the communities where our properties are located. With proper precautions in place and health and safety a top priority, we look forward to restoring our centers to their dominant positions as the economic drivers of their respective regions,” said Pyramid Management Group in a statement.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said he was pleased with the Governor’s announcement.

“Continuing to subject the hundreds of small businesses that operate within the Palisades Center and elsewhere around New York State to unfair and unnecessary regulation would have had devastating economic consequences. These spaces are reopening with significant additional precautions in place to protect the health and safety of employees and customers,” Day said.

Drive-in Movie Night Comes to Stony Point Friday

The Stony Point Police Athletic League and the North Rockland Coalition for Drug Awareness and Prevention are hosting the second in its series of summer drive-in movies this Friday night, July 10th by the Stony Point courthouse. Town supervisor Jim Monaghan says you need to pre-register your car ahead of time to reserve a spot…

Friday’s featured movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starts at 8:45. It’s weather-permitting, cancellations would be posted on the Stony Point PAL website and Facebook page. For more information and to register click here.

Orange County DA ID’s Victim in Cornwall Shooting Involving Off-Duty Ramapo Officer

New York State Police and the Orange County D-A are investigating what reportedly lead an off-duty Ramapo police officer to fatally shoot his neighbor during an altercation in front of the officer’s home Monday night in Cornwall. The Times Herald-Record says the D-A did not identify the officer involved, or provide any details about the encounter with the victim, Erick Gilmore. They did say they found a knife at the scene. The officer used what was described as “an off-duty firearm, not his service gun,” and police said they were not aware of any issues the two men may have had. Orange County D-A David Hoovler will present the case to a grand jury to see if any charges against the officer are warranted. It’s not clear when the grand jury could get the case, as the COVID-19 pandemic has created a backlog of cases.

NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct Targets Clarkstown Justice

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct says a Clarkstown Town Court Justice should be admonished for several instances in which he made crude remarks in court. Published reports say Judge Howard Gerber also should have disqualified himself from a case in which his impartiality could have been questioned. The incidents took place between August and November 2017. The Commission did note he had an otherwise unblemished record and he acknowledged that his conduct warranted public discipline. Judge Gerber’s been on the bench since 2007. His term expires at the end of 2023.

Three States Added to NY Quarantine List; COVID Deaths Hold Steady in Rockland

Three additional states were added to New York’s travel advisory requiring individuals from them to quarantine for two weeks. The newly-added states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell says it’s not only people from other states we have to worry about…

A total of 19 states are in New York’s quarantine list. COVID-19 by the numbers now, in Rockland, we’ve got five in the hospital being checked out, another four have been confirmed with coronavirus. The state says we’ve got 13,668 reported cases, 12 more than yesterday, and the Rockland Health Department confirms the fatality count remains at 668, unchanged since since last Tuesday.

No Injuries After Early-Morning Fire in Hillcrest

No injuries reported after a house fire in Hillcrest early this morning. Six companies from Hillcrest, Spring Valley, Monsey, Nanuet and New City responded to the Ibeck Court blaze. No word on the cause of the fire.

Reports: Off-Duty Ramapo Officer Shoots, Kills Neighbor in Cornwall

Published reports say an off-duty police officer from Ramapo has been accused of shooting and killing his neighbor last night in Cornwall after an argument. Both News 12 and WABC TV say charges have not been filed pending a grand jury investigation. Neither the victim or the officer was identified.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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