Afternoon News Update 11/14

For the second time in less than 24 hour hours, a brush fire has broken out in Harriman State Park. Rockland County fire director Gordon Wren Jr. told the Journal News that the second fire is much bigger than the first one. Area fire departments have yet to release more information on the fires as they work to completely put out both fires. (Source: LoHud)

Mamaroneck village police are searching for two men who were caught robbing two people at gun point last Friday night. The robbery occurred outside of the Chase Bank on Boston Post Road at around 11 p.m. Authorities used surveillance footage from the bank in an attempt to ID the robbers, but found they were wearing masks and dressed in all black. If you have any information on the incident, you can call detectives at 914-825-8568. (Source: LoHud)

This weekend, hundreds of plunged into the cold waters at Glen Island Park as part of Westchester’s 8th annual “Freezin’ For A Reason.” The event is held to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics. More than $100,000 dollars was raised by the Westchester event. (Source: LoHud)

In local sports news, The New York Knicks face off against the Dallas Mavericks at home tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Brooklyn Nets meanwhile are in Los Angeles to play the Clippers tonight at 10:30 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/10

Stricter rules for lead testing in water fountains are forcing Rockland County public schools to close addition fountains. Districts throughout the county worked last spring to weed out fountains with high levels of lead but these new laws are forcing Rockland County to redo all previous testing. (Source: LoHud)

A pair of young Bronx residents were arrested on Wednesday after police discovered that they stole $1,371 dollars’ worth of clothing from the Victoria’s Secret outlet in the Palisades Mall. Authorities caught up to 21-year-old Deja Medley and a 15-year-old boy shortly after the two left the store. Medley was released and is scheduled for a Clarkstown Justice Court appearance on November 16th, while the boy was released to his guardian and is currently having his case handled by the Clarkstown Juvenile Aid Bureau. (Source: LoHud)

This morning, New York Mets star closer, Jeurys Familia pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge in Fort lee Municipal Court. Familia posted 1,500 dollars bail and has agreed to have no contact with the victim in this case. (Source: NorthJersey)

In local sports news, The New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-96 after a late fourth quarter push. And in NHL news, the New York Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida; game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/9

Well, the presidential election is finally over and the American people have chosen Donald Trump to run the country for the next four years. Trump was able to beat out Clinton in electoral votes, 276- 218 while it appears right now that Clinton actually had roughly 200,000 more in the popular vote. No matter how you feel about the outcome, it’s comforting to know that this wild election season is finally over. (Source: USA Today)

In Paterson, city officials are considering a merge between the city’s police and fire departments. The merge would eliminate the positions of fire director and police director, while keeping each of the department’s respective chiefs for day-to-day operations. The merge would also create two new positions that would oversee both departments. (Source: NorthJersey)

In last night’s election, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly decided to strike down a proposal that would allow casinos to be built in the northern part of the state. The proposal was struck down by a ratio of more than 3-to-1. (Source: NorthJersey)

In local sports news, The Brooklyn Nets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves at home last night by a 119-110. Tonight, the Nets will take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden; game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. And in NHL news, the Devils beat the Hurricanes 3-2 at home, while the Rangers lost to the Canucks 5-3 at the Garden.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/8

In Hartsdale this morning, a polling place briefly lost power after 1,466 ConEd customers in the area lost power. The polling place was located at a firehouse located at 25 Central Avenue. The firehouse had an onsite generator and was able to get everything running after a few minutes; however it is unclear if anyone’s vote was affected by the blackout. (Source: LoHud)

New Jersey Transit has resumed service this morning on the Pascack Valley Line after a man was struck and killed by a commuter train. The incident occurred in Spring Valley at around 6 a.m. this morning and caused train service to shut down for over two hours. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues to investigate the incident. (Source: NorthJersey)

The head of the New York State Thruway Authority, Bill Finch has defended the state’s tourism highway signs. The tourism signs have been deemed unlawful by the federal government; however NY State officials say that the signs “follow the spirit of the law.” The Federal Highway Administration has consistently stated that the signs violate the law, which specifically states what can be displayed on major highways. The FHA has been warning New York State about this issue since June of 2013. (Source: LoHud)

In local sports news, The Brooklyn Nets will go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7:30 pm. While tomorrow night, the Nets will take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. And in the NHL, the Islanders beat the Cancucks at home last night, by a score of 4-2. Tonight, the Devils take on the Hurricanes and the Rangers take on Vancouver; both games are scheduled for 7 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/7

Police continue to investigate a fire that burned down almost 10 acres of the Blue Mountain Reservation this past Saturday. Authorities are unsure as to what started the fire but have stated that construction equipment, which hadn’t been used in days, was caught in the blaze. The equipment is being used to complete construction on the Spectra pipeline project, but police are not sure whether the fire and the Spectra pipeline project are related. (Source: LoHud)

Real estate heir Robert Durst is scheduled to appear in court in Los Angeles in connection to the murder of his friend Susan Berman back in 2000. The Westchester native, Durst was the subject of the HBO documentary, ‘The Jinx,” which detailed the disappearance of his first wife in 1982, the death of Susan Berman, and death of his Galeveston, Texas neighbor Morris Black in 2001. Preliminary hearings are expected to take place in the spring of 2017, while the trial is scheduled for later in the year. (Source: LoHud)

NJ Transit executive director Steven Santoro has admitted that the agency’s safety record is worse than other commuter railroad in the country. Santoro emphasized NJ Transit’s need for more funding and an additional 305 new employees to help safely operate the railroad. The executive director’s recent statements contradict years of statements released by NJ Transit. (Source: NorthJersey)

In local sports news, the New York Knicks lost at home to the Utah Jazz last night by a score of 114 – 109. The Brooklyn Nets will go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. And in the NHL, the Islanders face the Cancucks tonight at 7 pm. Tomorrow night, the Devils take on the Hurricanes and the Rangers take on Vancouver; both games are scheduled for 7 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/3

The Westchester County Airport has been leased to a California-based investment firm in a deal worth 140 million dollars. Oaktree Capital Management, the firm leasing the airport, plans to commit 30 million dollars in improvements over the first five years. The county will also be able to redirect revenue to other areas in the county such as parks and law enforcement. (Source: LoHud)

After an investigation that lasted for almost an entire year, the former treasurer for the Patterson Fire Department has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 1.1 million dollars from the department. 46-year-old Albert Melin pleaded guilty to writing more than 130 fraudulent checks for personal use. Melin is scheduled for sentencing on February 3rd and faces a possible maximum sentence of 23 years in prison. (Source: LoHud)

It was announced on Wednesday that the majority of public schools in north New Jersey improved on their PARCC scores. The state exams are designed to reflect if students are performing at their grade level and are on track for college. This is the second year that New Jersey has implemented the PARCC test, which focuses on math and English. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national sports news, and just in case you’ve been under a rock for the last 24 hours, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions. For the first time since 1908, the Cubs are champs and were able to comeback from three games to one against the Indians. And in NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 109-101 at home, while the New York Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets 118-99 at the Garden.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/2

An Englewood city police officer has filed a 15-page complaint in the Bergen County Superior Court alleging that officers were scheming to get overtime pay while working regular shifts. Officer Charles Silva claims that two superior officers, as well as multiple others, conspired against him with internal investigations after he threatened to expose their scheme. Officer Silva has been with the department since 2006 and is seeking protection through the court as a whistleblower. (Source: NewJersey)

West Milford police discovered the body of a man who was reported missing Monday night after he went kayaking on Greenwood Lake. The 46-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was found near the north end of Fox Island. Police are currently investigating the man’s death and have not commented on a possible cause. (Source: NorthJersey)

Ramapo Central School Districts officials are deciding whether or not to change the district’s name to Suffern Central. The name change would help the district differentiate itself from East Ramapo. The school board held a public hearing last night to discuss the name change and was met with mixed reactions from the community. If the name change were to happen, it would not happen until next month when officials plan to seek permission from the state. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series continues tonight after the Cubs crushed the Indians 9-3 last night and were able to push the series to a deciding game seven. Both teams will have star pitchers taking the hill tonight; Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs and his 16 regular season wins will take on Corey Kluber and his 18 regular season wins. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 11/1

The jury in the heavily publicized Bridgegate trial has begun deliberations. Overall, the trial lasted about six weeks and saw testimony from roughly 35 people. The trial itself has focused on Governor Chris Christie’s involvement before and after the George Washington Bridge lane closures. The Jury must decide whether two of Christie’s former associates are guilty of the politically motivated traffic scheme. (Source: NorthJersey)

In Clifton, New Jersey a Bronx man was able to disarm an assailant who was attempting to rob him at gunpoint. The victim was attempting to sell his computer after scheduling a meeting on Craigslist, but found that it was only a guise in an attempt to rob him. Luckily, he was able to disarm the robber, who then fled the scene. The robber was described as a male in his 20’s; Clifton police are asking anyone with information to call them at 973-470-5908. (Source: NorthJersey)

New York State’s dairy industry could be facing a 50 million dollar loss if new provincial standards are enforced in Canada. Governor Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking the Canadian government to develop a national agreement that would benefit both New York and Canada, which would allow New York to continue exporting dairy across the border. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series continues tonight as the Cubs have their backs against the wall and must outright win game six and a possible game 7 on Wednesday, while the Indians are one win away from taking the series! Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight on Fox. In NBA news, the New York Knicks are back in action tonight as they face the Detroit Pistons at 7:30.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/31

Tuesday marks the first time since 1988 that New Jersey’s gas prices will be raised, going from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon. New Jersey’s low gas prices have been seen as a cost saving measure for residents in the tristate area, but all that is coming to an end. The state reportedly ran out of money to pay for transportation projects and found that the only way to secure funds was to raise gas prices. According to the Journal News, New Jersey will go from the second lowest gas tax in the country to the sixth highest. (Source: LoHud)

Last Friday, police have taken a Mount Vernon man into custody in connection to the fatal stabbing that occurred on Elm Street on October 18th. 21-year-old Donte Pace was arrested by Yonkers police after surveillance footage and eye witness accounts lead authorities to him. Pace was sent to Westchester County jail and is awaiting a court date. (Source: LoHud)

Nyack’s 29th annual Halloween Parade took place on Saturday and saw upwards of 20,000 participants join in the celebration. The parade takes place on the mile long stretch of road between South Broadway and Main Street. Overall, the parade went off without a hitch and saw residents of all ages dress up and embrace the Halloween spirit. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series continues on Tuesday as the Cubs have their backs against the wall and must outright win game six on Tuesday and a possible game 7 on Wednesday, while the Indians are one win away from taking the series! The World Series moves to Cleveland for game six and a possible game seven. In football news, the Jets were able to beat the Cleveland Browns 31-28 while the Giants had a bye week.

-Patrick Flood

Afternoon News Update 10/28

On Thursday, two Port Chester residents were arrested at their apartment after police executed a search warrant and found thirty bags of cocaine and a large amount of marijuana. 21-year-old Oscar Aguilar and 23-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar were taken into custody early Thursday morning on felony charges; the two are being held at Port Chester Police headquarters. (Source: LoHud)

This morning, all lanes on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge were closed after a shirtless man climbed to the top of one of the bridge’s towers. The man was arrested by Port Authority Police at the top of the bridge and taken into custody shortly after; all lanes on the upper level of the bridge have since been reopened. (Source: NorthJersey)

The owners of a small farm in Wayne, New Jersey are offering a 1,000 dollar reward to anybody that can provide information on who stole roughly 200 pumpkins from their patch earlier this week. Surveillance footage from the farm shows four people stealing the 200 pumpkins at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Anyone with information on the pumpkin caper can call the Wayne Police Department at 973-633-3530. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national sports news, the World Series continues tonight in Chicago as Wrigley Field hosts its first World Series game in 71 years. The series is tied at one game apiece and tonight should be a good one as Josh Tomlin of the Indians takes on Kyle Hendricks and Cubs; first pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. In NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets continue their season against the Indiana Pacers tonight at home. The Knicks meanwhile play the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Saturday night as they look for their first win of the season.

-Patrick Flood

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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