Haverstraw K-9 Gets Drug Sniffing, Crowd Control Training; Ramapo K-9 Takes Down Wanted Man in Sloatsburg

Haverstraw’s new K-9 unit graduated earlier this month from the Orange County training facility. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Philips says K-9 “Karma” is peaceful when you meet him, but don’t get on his bad side…

Karma is partnered with Haverstraw officer Mike Vigiletti. To graduate, “Karma” had to learn drug sniffing, crowd control and more.

Over in Ramapo, their police K9 “Blue” helped catch a wanted Vermont man earlier this week. On Monday, “Blue” reportedly helped catch the unidentified 43-year-old suspect who was in a wooded area near Sterling Mine Road in Sloatsburg. The man had two warrants out of New York State Police in Brunswick. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and being a fugitive from justice.

Rockland Marks 39th Anniversary of Brinks Robbery and Murders in Nanuet, Nyack

That’s the Rockland County Emerald Society Pipe and Drums performing at the 39th anniversary of the 1981 Brinks heist that left two Nyack police officers and a Brinks security guard dead. The annual ceremony was held in Nyack yesterday at the memorial located at the exit 11 entrance to the southbound Thruway by Mountainview Avenue. Nyack Police Sergeant Edward O’Grady, officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, and Brinks guard Peter Paige were killed in shootouts that began with a robbery of an armored car by members of the Black Liberation Army at the old Nanuet Mall. Judith Clark, one of the getaway drivers, was paroled last year after 37 years in prison. Governor Andrew Cuomo had commuted her 75 years-to-life sentence, making her eligible for parole. The audio was courtesy of RocklandReport.com.

Rockland COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs Two to 682

Two have been added to the Rockland COVID-19 death count, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 682. COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got one in the hospital being examined, another 19 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and 1,026 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 17,269 reported cases, 62 more than Tuesday.

Arizona and Maryland have been added to New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. The eleven states not on the list include Oregon, Maine, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. Those last three meet the criteria for the travel advisory, but the governors of each say putting them on the quarantine list is impractical. They highly discourage non-essential travel to and from those areas for now but won’t make residents quarantine if traveling among the three.

The state’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures has been extended through January 1st. This gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to catch up on rent or mortgage, or renegotiate lease terms to avoid foreclosure. The moratorium on residential evictions has also been extended to January 1st.

Rockland Rep. In Congress Encouraged by Youth’s Activities in Politics

Rockland’s retiring Congresswoman is encouraged to see young people getting involved in politics even though they may not yet be able to vote. Nita Lowey was a guest on “Crossroads of Rockland County History” Monday and said kids are finding their voices in other ways…

The 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote has been celebrated this year. “Crossroads” is heard the third Monday of every month right here on WRCR.

Report: Fire, Safety Violations Found at Nyack College; Sale Moving Forward

The sale of Nyack College to a Ramapo-based Hasidic school continues to move forward despite fire and safety violations found in several buildings. The Journal News reports the report has not discouraged the buyer from being interested in completing the purchase of the 107-acre campus, which still needs state approval.

Clarkstown Breaks up Large Wedding in Congers for Alleged COVID Violations

A party in Congers had to be broken up last week by Clarkstown Police after they received word they were above state social distancing and health guidelines. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann told “The Morning Show” yesterday that a wedding at Town & Country caterers went too far…

It’s unclear whether fines were issued. Hoehmann did indicate others have been issued summonses that get handled in Justice Court. We reached out to Town and Country but did not hear back.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got two in the hospital being examined, another 17 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,026 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 17,207 reported cases, 144 more than Monday, and the death toll remains at 680.

Man Charged in Alleged Assault, Gun Incident at Palisades Center

A man was arrested Sunday after an alleged assault in a parking lot in West Nyack Sunday night. Clarkstown Police say the unidentified 26 year old from Queens Village reportedly assaulted two women and threatened to shoot them in Parking Lot B at Palisades Center. After a brief high-speed chase around the mall’s ring road he was taken into custody. Police say they found a gun and some marijuana in the man’s car. The two women refused medical attention. The suspect is accused of Criminal Possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and other charges. He was being held at Clarkstown Police headquarters pending arraignment. If you have information about the incident, contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800.

Suez to Replace Old Water Main on Jay Street in Stony Point

Residents along Jay Street in Stony Point should get ready as a Suez project could prove to be a little disruptive, though as little as possible. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says Suez is replacing a 130 year-old water main in the area…

Since the road was repaved just five years ago, Monaghan says Suez will repave the entire street again once the project is finished. The timetable for the project was not revealed.

Website with Info on Potential South Nyack Dissolution Goes Live Ahead of December Vote

The website designed by a consultant researching the pros and cons of dissolving the village of South Nyack is up and running. CGR was brought in by the board of trustees in response to the citizen petition that created a special referendum to vote on the future of the village. The website can be found at www.cgr.org/southnyack. The consultant is also presenting findings at the November 24th village board meeting ahead of the December 17th referendum.

Area Lawmaker’s Bill Making Juneteenth Official Holiday in New York Signed by Governor

Legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York was signed last week by the Governor. The bill’s co-sponsor Stony Point and Orange County assemblyman Colin Schmitt says the holiday commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates black and African-Americans’ freedom and achievements…

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st, 1863. African-Americans across Texas were informed of their freedom when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to announce all slaves were free.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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