Kathy Reakes

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Kathy Reaks has worked as a reporter in the local news business since 1984, starting as a news clerk and working her way up. She spent 17 years at Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida as a general assignment reporter, crime reporter, entertainment reporter and restaurant critic. She worked four years at Hometown News as a general assignment reporter, then another two years at Spacecoast Daily in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She attended Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.

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Suspicious Man Approaches Boy In Pearl River, Police Looking For Info Suspicious Man Approaches Boy In Pearl River, Police Looking For Info
Suspicious Man Approaches Boy In Pearl River, Police Looking For Info Police in the Hudson Valley are asking the public for information after a boy was approached by a man in a blue sedan while in his driveway. The incident occurred in Rockland County around 8:50 a.m., Friday, May 24, on South John Street in Pearl River. According to Lt. Michael Boysa of the Orangetown Police, a 10-year-old boy was in his driveway when a blue sedan pulled up in front of his home. After a while, the man got out of the car and "abruptly approached," the boy, Boysa said. The man is described as middle-aged, wearing a blue baseball-style cap and black pants. Boysa sa…
City Of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Calling It A Career After 40 Years City Of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Calling It A Career After 40 Years
City Of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Calling It A Career After 40 Years After over 40 years, a Hudson Valley police chief is calling it a career and retiring. City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Yvonne Flowers announced Tuesday, May 21, that Police Chief Tom Pape is retiring, effective Friday, May 24. The mayor also announced that Rich Wilson, who has served with the Police Department for over three decades, has been named Interim Police Chief. “I want to thank Chief Pape for his unyielding service and steady handling of the Police Department for these many years," Flowers said. "Chief Pape epitomizes the best in police professionalism and has …
Israeli Flag Defaced At Monsey Service Center, Police Investigating Israeli Flag Defaced At Monsey Service Center, Police Investigating
Israeli Flag Defaced At Monsey Service Center, Police Investigating For the second time in two weeks, an Israeli flag has been the target of vandals at a Hudson Valley service station. The incident occurred in Rockland County early Friday, May 24, at the Monsey Service Center on Main Street in Monsey. According to Lauren Pepper, the manager of the center and daughter of the owner, Joe Kurek, another flag was stolen on Friday, May 17. They quickly replaced the stolen flag with a new one that was defaced sometime in the overnight hours of Thursday, May 23, into Friday, May 24, said Lt. Chris Franklin of the Ramapo Police. Franklin said the flag was defaced …
Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year
Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year A Fairfield County principal has received two high honors: the 2024 Middle School Principal of the Year and the 2024 Connecticut State Principal of the Year. The Connecticut Association of Schools selected Dr. Kristy Zaleta, the principal of Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, for both awards. Now in her 21st year with Danbury Public Schools and her sixth year as principal of Rogers Park, Zaleta has consistently demonstrated her commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive school environment, said officials with Danbury School. Before her current role, Zaleta was …
CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals
CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals A Connecticut woman who allegedly tied her dog to a tree on a walking path with its collar and left it to die has been charged with cruelty to animals. Dog Abandoned In South Windsor, Hooked To Tree By Collar Hartford County resident Janiya N. Bradford, 26, of Manchester, turned herself in to police on Thursday, May 16, for the April 22 incident in South Windsor. According to Sgt. Mark Cleverdon of the South Windsor Police, an investigation found that Bradford abandoned her dog and secured his collar to a large tree branch off a walking path at the Neiderwerfer W…
Alleged Spring Valley Burglar, Nabbed Again For 4 Crimes Alleged Spring Valley Burglar, Nabbed Again For 4 Crimes
Alleged Spring Valley Burglar, Nabbed Again For 4 Crimes A Hudson Valley man who was charged earlier this month for alleged burglary and was released on an appearance ticket has been arrested again, this time for four new burglaries. Rockland County resident Dairin Aguirre, age 21, of Spring Valley, was charged with the new crimes on Monday, May 20. According to Det. Matthew Galli of the Spring Valley Police, Aguirre, was arrested on Thursday, May 9, for allegedly breaking into a business at 230 West Route 59 in Spring Valley. He was released on an appearance ticket. Throughout the next week, police responded to an additional four past burg…
Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open
Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open The long-awaited arrival of upscale fast-food chain Shake Shack has opened its latest location in Fairfield County. The restaurant opened its Stamford location on Thursday, May 23, at 64 High Ridge Road. The Stamford Shake Shack location will offer guests in-Shack dining and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  On opening day, the first wave of guests can expect to receive custom Shake Shack keychains.  The menu offers Shake Shack burgers, fries, chicken, shakes, and much more. Guests will be able to order directly "in-Shack" and via digital pre-ordering ahead for picku…
1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say 1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say
1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say A juvenile was charged with allegedly attempting to carjack an occupied vehicle after forcefully throwing a driver to the ground in an attempt to steal their car. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 10 a.m., Thursday, May 23, in Allentown Fresh at 1941 Dixwell Ave., in Hamden. According to Lt. Raymond Quinn of the Hamden Police, three males were reported to have forcefully thrown an elderly victim to the ground. One of the suspects then sat in the car and attempted to start it; however, the keys were with the victim. Unknown bystanders scared the suspects a…
Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Norwalk Care Center Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Norwalk Care Center
Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Norwalk Care Center A woman who worked as an aide at a Fairfield County care center has been charged with elder abuse after allegedly ignoring a man all night who had fallen out of bed. The incident occurred in Norwalk in November 2023 at the Fairfield Family Care Center. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, an investigation found that an older man was left unattended and injured after falling out of his bed during the overnight hours.  Detectives collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, and determined that New Jersey resident Lydia Lungile, age 40, of Newark, was the …
Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight
Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight A Fairfield County man was arrested after allegedly shooting his wife while attempting to shoot his stepson during a fight. The incident occurred in Stratford around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, on Bates Street. According to Capt. Jerry Pinto of the Stratford Police Department, Michael James, age 58, of Stratford, fired a round from his registered firearm while arguing with his 36-year-old stepson, Rakeem Mack. Pinto said the round also struck Michael James’ wife, Lolita Mack-James. Both Rakeem Mack and Lolita Mack-James were transported to the hospital after sustaining&nbs…
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