The trial for the former chief of the Spring Valley building and public works department was set to begin yesterday. That’s according to the Journal News. Wayne Ballard is accused of filing a false inspection report, his is the first trial stemming from the 2021 fatal fire at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in which a volunteer firefighter and a resident were killed. He’s accused of filing a false 2020 report with New York state claiming Evergreen had been inspected. It’s a non-jury trial being held before Rockland County Court Judge Kevin Russo. Spring Valley volunteer firefighter, 35 year-old Jared Lloyd, was killed when a portion of the building collapsed on him as he searched for trapped residents.