Clarkstown Police Help Bust Alleged Drug Trafficker after Nabbing Truck Driver with $2.4 Million in Narcotics

Three men have been arrested and charged with taking part in a massive national illegal narcotics ring after one of them was recently busted in West Nyack with an estimated 2.4 million dollars’ worth of drugs. Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan and New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill say 49 year-old Giovanny Arias of White Plains ran a complex network of truckers that would bring in carfentanil, a substance 100 times more deadly than fentanyl, and other drugs from southern California. Clarkstown Police Detective Peter Walker says one of Arias’ truck drivers was nabbed in West Nyack back in September…

The investigation began in May 2018, and has since recovered 6 firearms, 68 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of fentanyl, heroin, Ketamine and Tramadol. Arias and his co-defendants face a 23-count indictment stemming following his arrest last month. If convicted, Arias faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Former Haverstraw Village Mayor, Thomas Watson, Dies at 82

Thomas Watson Sr., former mayor of the village of Haverstraw, died Wednesday, Lohud.com reported. He was 82. Watson served from 1989 through 1995.

He volunteered at his Calvary Baptist Church and served on many boards around the county, including the Rockland County Human Rights Commission, the Haverstraw Brick Museum, the NAACP, and Jawonio.  

Visitation will be at Haverstraw’s Calvary Baptist Church from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on November 6th, with the funeral set for at Calvary at 10 a.m. November 7th, with interment to follow at Mount Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw.

4:15pm Sunday: Route 304 Clarkstown-Orangetown Closed Due to Accident; Train on Pascack Valley Line Halted

NY 304 is closed southbound between Route 59 Nanuet and Washington Avenue in Pearl River, and northbound from Washington Avenue to Crooked Hill Road/Middletown Road due to an accident investigation. No other information is available.

NJ Transit says train traffic on the Pascack Valley Line is stopped between Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and Nanuet, NY due to an overturned vehicle/vehicle fire on the tracks in Pearl River. Local PD and FD are on scene. Rail operations has ordered a bus bridge. MTA has been notified to dispatch a track inspector.

Rockland Health Department Warns of Possible Measles Exposure in Spring Valley

Anyone who visited the following location at the following time may have been exposed to measles:
• Pharmacy Plus, located at 728 N. Main Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977 on Tuesday, May 28 from 1-2 pm, with a risk of exposure until 4 pm.

Free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are available at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building A, Exhibition Hall (lobby area), located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona at the following dates and times. No appointments are needed.
• Monday, June 10, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are also available at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building A, second floor clinic area, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona at the following dates and times. No appointments are needed.
• Monday, June 17 and June 24 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
• Tuesday, June 11, June 18, and June 25 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
• Wednesday, June 19 and June 26 from 9:00 am -11:30 am
• Thursday, June 13, June 20, and June 27 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
• Friday, June 21 and June 28 from 9:00 am -11:30 am


Airmont Village Hall Closed Today Due to Water Main Break

Due to a water main break, Airmont Village Hall will be closed on Wednesday, June 5 and will re-open tomorrow, June 6 at 9 am.

Killer of Pearl River’s Paula Bohevesky Granted Parole

For the third time this year, the New York State Parole Board has released a Rockland killer that area residents have been fighting for years to keep behind bars. Richard LaBarbera of Pearl River was convicted of the October 1980 murder of Paula Bohevesky, who was 16 when she was beaten, stabbed and sexually assaulted while on her way home from her after-school job at the Pearl River Library. “I find it extremely disgusting that a man who has expressed no remorse and never taken responsibility for his crimes is given more latitude than the victim of those heinous acts,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “This is a complete insult to Paula’s memory and to the life she could have lived if not for the monstrous actions of her convicted killers,” Legislator Alden Wolfe said. Paula’s 87 year-old mother still lives in Pearl River. Labarbera’s co-defendant, Arkansas drifter Robert McCain, remains in prison. He’s been eligible for parole every two years since 2005.

Haverstraw Man Lands on FBI “Most Wanted” List

Haverstraw Police say the FBI has added a Stony Point man to their Ten Most Wanted list. Eugene Palmer is wanted in the September 2012 shooting death of Tammy Palmer, his daughter-in-law. Palmer, who would be 80 years old now, is believed to be alive and living under an alias. The FBI said at a news conference today they believe Palmer — considered armed and dangerous – could be living in upstate New York, Florida or possibly in another country. The FBI’s reward for Palmer is now at $100,000. Palmer’s sons have said their father likely died in the woods of Harriman State Park.

Police: West Nyack Man Dies While Jogging at Clarkstown South High School Track

Clarkstown Police say a 50 year-old West Nyack man was found dead at the track at Clarkstown High School South this morning. Police were called around 1 this morning by the unidentified man’s wife. He had left their home at 8:30 pm, Saturday evening, to jog around the track. Clarkstown patrol units found the man unresponsive, on the side of the track. Rockland Paramedics pronounced the man deceased. The man’s body was taken by the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation into this incident is ongoing but nothing at this point reveals any signs of foul play.

Report: Court Rules Against Palisades Center Again

If Palisades Center is going to expand it’ll have to get voter approval first. The mall lost another round in court yesterday. According to the Journal News, the U.S. District Court in White Plains dismissed the West Nyack shopping center’s claims that the restrictive covenant preventing any expansion is a violation of the mall’s 1st and 14th Amendment rights. The mall first opened in March 1998. Clarkstown residents voted against an expansion project four years later.

Sloatsburg Man Killed After Collision with Car While Riding Lawnmower on Route 17 Identified

Ramapo Police say one of two Sloatsburg brothers who were riding a
lawnmower on Route 17 Sunday night has died of his injuries following a
collision with a car. The accident took place near the intersection of
Washington Avenue. 29 year-old Richard Mackey died yesterday morning. His brother 30 year-old Raymond Mackey, who was believed to be operating the lawnmower at the time, reportedly remains in critical condition. Ramapo Police say they attempted to cross Route 17 and were struck by a 2006 Honda travelling southbound. The driver remained on scene and was
cooperating with police. The Ramapo Police Crash Investigation Unit and
the Detective Bureau are investigating the incident. No charges have been
filed.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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