No One Injured After Truck Stuck on Tracks Slammed by Train in Sloatsburg

No one was injured after a train collided with a tractor trailer in Sloatsburg during last night’s rush hour. Ramapo Police say the accident occurred near the intersection of Route 17 and Washington Avenue. A video posted on Facebook showed the truck stuck on the tracks and the train slamming right through it. News 12 says service was delayed on the Port Jervis line in both directions for hours before resuming back to normal, though some delays are expected today.

Rockland Woman Sentenced to Prison for 2015 NYC Fatal Gas Explosion

A Rockland woman will spend the next 4-12 years in prison after being convicted of a fatal gas explosion in 2015 at 121 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Two were killed and 13 seriously injured when the building and two others nearby collapsed. Manhattan’s D-A says 59 year-old Maria Hrynenko and two others were found guilty of second degree manslaughter and other charges last November. Hrynenko owned the building which had an illegal gas hook-up.


REPORTS: Hanukkah Stabbing Suspect Indicted by Rockland Grand Jury; ICE Takes Alleged Hit-and-Run Suspect into Custody

A Rockland grand jury today reportedly indicted the 37-year-old Greenwood Lake man on multiple charges of attempted murder in the Hanukkah incident on Forshay Road in Monsey. LoHud.com says Grafton Thomas pleaded not guilty faces six counts of attempted murder, three counts first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of burglary in the first degree. He also faces federal Hate Crime charges.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, “I stand with Rockland’s Jewish community and all of the good people of this County in condemning this attack and offer my thoughts and prayers to the victims still recovering physically and mentally from this assault that took place during Hanukkah. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated here in Rockland and I will continue to work together with our law enforcement agencies, Towns, Villages, New York State and the private sector to ensure the safety of our residents. I look forward to seeing justice served in the coming year and ask that all work towards increasing understanding and promoting tolerance in 2020 and beyond.”

In other news, LoHud.com says ICE has taken 27 year-old Jorge Flores-Villalba of Haverstraw into custody. He was accused in the hit-and-run death of 35-year-old pedestrian Marie Rose Osai, who was killed crossing the intersection of Route 9W and Filors Lane around 8:45 Christmas Eve. He was reportedly in the country illegally, didn’t have a driver’s license, and was released without bail thanks to the new criminal justice reform laws that took effect Wednesday. He had been scheduled to return to Stony Point Court January 9th.

Stony Point and Orange County Assemblyman Colin Schmitt said, “I commend U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on today’s news that they have detained criminal illegal alien, Jorge Flores-Villalbla. Flores-Villalbla was released without bail under New York State’s dangerous new criminal justice changes after confessing to the killing of Rosie Osai, young mother of three on Christmas Eve in Stony Point, NY. Flores-Villalbla’s outrageous release without bail under these new changes endangered the entire community and showed how egregious these changes are. It has now been confirmed that Flores-Villalbla was previously deported from the United States. Thanks to federal intervention, Rosie’s family will receive the justice they deserve, the justice that was denied by New York State. We must immediately repeal these criminal justice changes to ensure the safety of all residents of New York.”

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.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.