Rockland County Jail Inmate from Wesley Hills Indicted for Attempted Murder of a Corrections Officer

A Rockland County Jail inmate from Wesley Hills has been indicted for the attempted murder of a corrections officer earlier this month that was thwarted by another inmate. Rockland County D-A Tom Walsh says 32 year-old Israel Gourion faces charges of Second Degree Assault and Second Degree Strangulation as well. Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco said the other inmate, who has not publicly been identified, broke the chokehold and held him down until her colleagues arrived…

Both Falco and Walsh say the inmate’s actions likely saved the corrections officer’s life.

Snow, Sleet, Ice Take Their Toll on Rockland Town Highway Budgets

Monday’s afternoon snow wasn’t the two feet we got a few weeks ago, but it’s still enough to take a toll on Rockland’s overworked Highway departments. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips says the constant snow, sleet and ice has become a burden…

The repeated melting and freezing of all the snow that’s already there hasn’t been helpful. Thankfully, there’s no significant snow in the immediate forecast.

Issues Prompt Orangetown to Leave Hi-Tor for Hudson Valley Humane Society for Homeless Pet Services

The future of Rockland’s Animal Shelter has come into question after the town of Orangetown decided to use the Hudson Valley Humane Society for homeless pet services instead of Hi-Tor. Supervisor Teresa Kenny says the move away from Hi-Tor was primarily due to unsatisfactory reports and whistleblower complaints about the center. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says Hi-Tor’s management issues aren’t new, but the job they do still benefits the county…

Hi-Tor president Debbie DiBernardo says with or without the support of Orangetown, they will continue to provide care and adoption services for the more than 1,000 animals that are brought in each year.

Half a Foot of Snow Falls on Rockland Thursday, Monsey Food Market Destroyed in Fire

About five or six inches of snow fell during the day Thursday, and that’s given way to a thin coating of ice overnight. Roads were passable but very treacherous in some areas. If you don’t have to be out on the roads you shouldn’t be. As of this morning there were no power outages to report in the O&R coverage area. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says this winter’s weather is giving his highway department a real workout…

The weather didn’t stop Rockland fire volunteers from putting out a blaze in Monsey. Motty’s Supermarket on Main Street was destroyed in the fast-moving blaze which began just after noon Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Rockland Preps for Yet Another Snow Storm

Another storm is heading our way. While the seemingly endless storm cycle this winter threatens some Rockland towns’ snow-removal budgets, Orangetown supervisor Teresa Kenny says her town is in good shape…

O&R emergency crews are standing by to repair damage and restore electric service from this storm, which is expected to leave as much as 10 inches of snow on the ground through Friday afternoon.

NYS Police Investigating Fatal Car Fire in Stony Point

State Police are trying to figure out what happened after they found a car in flames with a person inside, dead, on the Palisades Parkway in Stony Point yesterday morning. Troopers found a dark-colored vehicle on the shoulder at exit 16 around two in the morning fully engulfed in flames, in a snowbank and facing west. The Stony Point Fire Department arrived on the scene and put the fire out, and it was then that Troopers saw the person inside the car. The investigation into the incident continues.

Icy Forecast Turns to Mostly Rain for Rockland

Today’s icy weather mix turned out to be mostly rain for the Rockland County area, but it’s still wreaking havoc with area snow removal budgets. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann says the town highway department has had to go out several times to prep the roads…

O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says as much as a half-inch of ice could hit portions of their coverage area, and the company is ready to repair damage and restore electric service outages if necessary…

As of this morning there were 702 customers without power, and that was way out in Sullivan County.

Wesley Hills Man Charged with Attempted Murder After Reportedly Putting Rockland Correction Officer in Choke Hold

A Wesley Hills man faces attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attacked a correction officer at the Rockland County Jail. Sheriff Lou Falco says 31 year-old Israel Simon Gourion refused to re-enter his cell Wednesday night. Falco says he attacked and put the officer in a choke hold. Another inmate came to the officer’s aid, until additional correction officers were able to respond and get Gourion under control. Gourion is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Assault, and second degree Strangulation. He was arraigned before Clarkstown Town Justice Scott Ugell and sent back to the Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail. It’s not clear why Gurion was in jail in the first place.

Report: NY Under-represented Nursing Home COVID Deaths

More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients here in New York were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic. That’s according to the Associated Press, which reports over 9,000 patients were sent to hundreds of nursing homes. That’s over 40% higher than what had been previously released by the state health department. The New York Post is also reporting top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll, having done so out of concern the right numbers would “be used against” them by federal prosecutors. DeRosa indicated during Wednesday’s COVID conference call that it appears the Department of Justice was no longer focused on New York’s nursing home deaths. Overall, more than 45,000 people have died of COVID in New York, second only to California.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total is 858. We’ve got 59 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 1,743 active cases. Our total case count is 36,247, that’s 186 more than Thursday.

Brooklyn & Queens Get FEMA COVID Vaccination Sites, Rockland Still Has None

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up two community-based mass-vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens, exclusively for their residents, while Rockland still has no state vaccination site to call its own. The FEMA sites in the city came at the request of governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the sites will help some of the state’s hardest hit communities…

But he wouldn’t say yet where those sites are. Rockland County Executive Ed Day has been frustrated by the governor’s failure to help Rockland out, and said Friday having a state-run facility could help get more Rocklanders vaccinated…

The governor expects the FEMA sites in the city to serve as national models for vaccine distribution. The two sites will vaccinate around 3,000 Brooklyn and Queens residents each day over an eight-week period.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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