Extreme Heat Wave: Hochul Activates NY's Emergency Operations Center During Scorching Stretch Extreme Heat Wave: Hochul Activates NY's Emergency Operations Center During Scorching Stretch
Extreme Heat Wave: Hochul Activates NY's Emergency Operations Center During Scorching Stretch As New Yorkers prepare to deal with a stretch of extremely hot temperatures lasting several days, Gov. Kathy Hochul has activated emergency measures to help keep residents cool and safe. In an announcement on Tuesday, June 18, Hochul said she has activated New York State's Emergency Operations Center in response to a four-day heat wave forecasted to bring sweltering temperatures across the state through Friday, June 21.  Related Report - Hottest Weather In Years: Here's When To Expect Most Dangerous Conditions During Heat Wave According to Hochul's office, the "feels like" t…
Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons
Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons Singer and actor Justin Timberlake has allegedly been arrested on DWI-related charges on Long Island, according to multiple news reports. Click here for a new, updated story - New Details Released After Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons  ABC News is reporting that Timberlake, age 43, was taken into custody in the Hamptons on Monday, June 17, in Sag Harbor. Sag Harbor Police did not immediately return calls or answer phones regarding the arrest. Timberlake is slated to appear in court on Tuesday, June 18, ABC News said. Click here to read the entire ABC News story. Thi…
Petition Calls For Renaming Of Westchester Community College Entrance After Former President Petition Calls For Renaming Of Westchester Community College Entrance After Former President
Petition Calls For Renaming Of Westchester Community College Entrance After Former President A retired professor is leading an effort to rename the entrance of Westchester Community College after the institution's beloved former president in honor of his extensive work for the school.  Following a proposal from retired professor Sheldon Malev, a petition spearheaded by the office of Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner calls for renaming the college's entrance on Knollwood Road to its Valhalla campus after former President Joseph Hankin.  Hankin, who served as president for more than 40 years between 1971 and 2013, died in January 2019 at the age of 78.  Over…
NYPD Officer From Hudson Valley Accused Of Covering Up DWI NYPD Officer From Hudson Valley Accused Of Covering Up DWI
Nypd Officer From Hudson Valley Accused Of Covering Up DWI A New York Police Department (NYPD) deputy inspector has been indicted for allegedly covering up a drunk driving incident of himself and his girlfriend. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., announced on Friday, June 14, that Paul Zangrilli, age 44, of Rockland County, was charged with covering up the drunk driving incident in 2022.  According to Bragg, Zangrilli allegedly allowed his girlfriend, Nikole Rupple, age 35, of New York City, to drive his unmarked NYPD-issued vehicle after they had both been drinking for several hours.  Bragg said Zangrilli was in the passen…
Heat Wave: These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open On Weekdays Heat Wave: These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open On Weekdays
Heat Wave: These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open On Weekdays To help residents cool off during a week of sweltering temperatures, several county-owned beaches and pools in Westchester will be open. During the heatwave, which is predicted to begin on Tuesday, June 18, and continue through Saturday, June 22, temperatures in the 90s and high humidity are expected, according to weather officials. Related Report - Hot Stuff: Here's When To Expect Heat Index To Be Highest During Scorching Stretch Because of this, Westchester Parks announced that the following beaches and pools would be open during the week: Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson, w…
Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After New England Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After New England Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized
Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After New England Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized Gordon Ramsay has a message for bicyclists who may be considering forgoing their helmet: don’t. The world-renowned celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality TV star took to social media Saturday, June 15, to issue a public service announcement after suffering a “really bad” bicycle accident during a recent ride in Connecticut. “It really shook me and honestly, I’m lucky to be here,” the 57-year-old Ramsay said in a video shared on his official TikTok and Instagram accounts. On Instagram, he included a post-crash photo showing his torn jacket and visibly damaged helmet. The notoriously fie…
Sergeant Indicted For Assault After Kicking, Punching Suspect During Arrest In Westchester: DA Sergeant Indicted For Assault After Kicking, Punching Suspect During Arrest In Westchester: DA
Sergeant Indicted For Assault After Kicking, Punching Suspect During Arrest In Westchester: DA A police sergeant working for a Westchester department faces assault charges after allegedly repeatedly kicking and punching a suspect during an arrest following a high-speed chase, officials announced. Sgt. Hector Cartagena, age 55, of the Yonkers Police Department, was indicted on assault charges on Monday, June 17 in connection with an incident that occurred in Yonkers on Thursday, March 14, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced.  According to the DA's Office, on the day of the arrest, the suspect allegedly led Yonkers officers on a high-speed chase a…
Longtime Riverkeeper Captain To Retire After 24 Years Patrolling Hudson River Longtime Riverkeeper Captain To Retire After 24 Years Patrolling Hudson River
Longtime Riverkeeper Captain To Retire After 24 Years Patrolling Hudson River For the past 24 years, Hudson Valley native John Lipscomb has served as the eyes and ears of the Hudson River for Riverkeeper as its patrol boat captain. This month he retires, but not before he trains his successor, conservationist and vessel operator Luis Melendez.  Since 2000, Lipscomb, who grew up in Westchester County in Irvington and Tarrytown, has been the vice president for advocacy for Riverkeeper.  He has patrolled the Hudson, including New York Harbor, the Mohawk, and Upper Hudson, searching out and deterring polluters, monitoring tributaries and waterfront facili…
Pilot Killed In Small Plane Crash Near Airport In NY - Developing Pilot Killed In Small Plane Crash Near Airport In NY - Developing
Pilot Killed In Small Plane Crash Near Airport In NY - Developing This story has been updated. A woman was killed when a small plane crashed near an airport in New York. Emergency crews in Albany County were called at around 8:15 a.m. Monday, June 17, for a small plane that was seen "spinning around" before crashing in Colonie, near Albany Shaker and Maxwell roads. The scene is in a wooded area just south of Albany International Airport.  Crews arrived to find the plane fully engulfed in flames. The female pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Colonie Police. Her identity was being withheld…
Extreme Heat: Hochul Warns NY Residents To Prepare For Days Of 'Historic' High Temps Extreme Heat: Hochul Warns NY Residents To Prepare For Days Of 'Historic' High Temps
Extreme Heat: Hochul Warns NY Residents To Prepare For Days Of 'Historic' High Temps As extremely high temperatures threaten to arrive in New York for several days, Gov. Kathy Hochul warns residents to take the necessary precautions and stay cool.  The heat wave is predicted to start affecting the entire state of New York on Tuesday, June 18, and last through Friday, June 21. It will bring high humidity and "feel-like" temperatures in the upper 90s to mid-100s in most of the state. Related Report - Hot Stuff: Here's When To Expect Heat Index To Be Highest During Scorching Stretch Officials added that the weather event is expected to bring "historic successive da…
Man Caught With Crack Cocaine, Weapons At Housing Authority Property In Westchester: Police Man Caught With Crack Cocaine, Weapons At Housing Authority Property In Westchester: Police
Man Caught With Crack Cocaine, Weapons At Housing Authority Property In Westchester: Police A 59-year-old man faces drug and weapons charges after he was allegedly caught trespassing at a housing authority property in Westchester, police announced.  New Rochelle resident Jamel Glenn was arrested on Friday, June 14 around 12:45 p.m. after he was found trespassing at a New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority property at 111 Lockwood Ave., according to the city's police department.  After officers searched him, Glenn was found in possession of around 30 grams of crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine, and brass knuckles, police said.  He was then arrested without…
Ex-NY Nurse May Dodge Jail After Making $1M Selling Fake Vaccine Cards, Prescriptions Ex-NY Nurse May Dodge Jail After Making $1M Selling Fake Vaccine Cards, Prescriptions
Ex-NY Nurse May Dodge Jail After Making $1M Selling Fake Vaccine Cards, Prescriptions A former pediatric nurse from Long Island could avoid jail time after confessing that she raked in over $1 million selling forged COVID-19 vaccine cards and opioid prescriptions. Julie DeVuono, age 51, of Amityville, pleaded guilty to filing forged vaccination record cards, laundering the criminal proceeds from selling the cards, and filing false prescriptions for opioids in Suffolk County Court in September 2023. According to prosecutors, DeVuono charged her customers $220 or $350, depending on the year, between June 2021 and September 2022 for entering their false vaccine information into…
Winning Lottery Ticket Worth Nearly $35K Sold At Westchester Deli Winning Lottery Ticket Worth Nearly $35K Sold At Westchester Deli
Winning Lottery Ticket Worth Nearly $35K Sold At Westchester Deli Instead of just a sandwich, one visitor to a Westchester County deli walked away with a winning lottery ticket worth tens of thousands of dollars.  A top-prize winning Take 5 lottery ticket worth $34,782 was sold in Mount Vernon for the evening drawing on Thursday, June 13, New York Lottery officials announced.  According to officials, the winning ticket was bought at 114 Plaza Deli at 114 East Prospect Ave.  If you want to try your own luck, Take 5 drawings are televised twice daily at 2:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Prizes can be claimed up to a year from the date of the drawing.…
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Dog In Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Dog In Hudson Valley
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Dog In Hudson Valley A Hudson Valley man is facing charges after police say they received a complaint that he was having sexual contact with a dog. Late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 12, in Ulster County, police arrested Michael J. Cook, age 39, of Saugerties. As a result of an ensuing investigation following the complaint, Cook was charged with sexual abuse and criminal mischief.   Cook was processed at the Saugerties Police Department, arraigned in the Town of Saugerties Justice Court, and released on his own recognizance to reappear in court later.
COVID-19: New Highly Contagious KP.3 'FLiRT' Variant Now Accounts For Majority Of US Cases COVID-19: New Highly Contagious KP.3 'FLiRT' Variant Now Accounts For Majority Of US Cases
Covid-19: New Highly Contagious KP.3 'FLiRT' Variant Now Accounts For Majority Of US Cases A new highly contagious COVID-19 variant known as KP.3 now accounts for most infections in the United States. Data from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in a two-week period ending Saturday, June 8, the strain made up 25 percent of cases nationally, just ahead of the KP.2 variant (22.5 percent). Both KP.3 and KP.2 are offshoots of the highly contagious Omicron variant and are members of a newly identified group of variants known as  “FLiRT.”  COVID-19: New 'FLiRT' Variants Now Dominant In US Neither is expected to cause more serious symptom…
Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General
Beware Of 'Pig Butchering' Online Romance Schemes In NY: Attorney General New York Attorney General Letitia James urged New Yorkers to be on high alert for increasingly common online romance scams that lead to the victims making fraudulent investments. Also referred to as “pig butchering” schemes, the perpetrators of such crimes will work to gain trust with their victims, “fattening” them up so they willingly provide the scammer money, James said in a Thursday, June 6 press release. Victims are usually targeted via dating websites and apps, social media, and unsolicited text messages. Earlier report - NY Resident Loses $341K In 'Pig Butchering' Scheme: …
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report 'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old Long Island native who was killed by her fiancé Brian Laundrie in 2021, wrote him a letter imploring him to stop calling her names, according to FBI documents. Related: FBI Reveals How Brian Laundrie Took Responsibility For Gabby Petito’s Death The 300-plus documents, recently released by the FBI, outline the investigation and offer a glimpse into what transpired before and after the Suffolk County, Blue Point resident was killed by the man she said she loved in an undated letter included in the release. "You know how much I love you, so (and I'm writi…
NY Senate Proclamation Honors Fallen Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester NY Senate Proclamation Honors Fallen Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester
NY Senate Proclamation Honors Fallen Former Fire Chief From Northern Westchester A New York Senate proclamation honoring the life of a beloved former Northern Westchester fire chief was presented to his family months after his sudden death.  The proclamation, prepared by New York State Sen. Peter Harckham, was presented to the family of former Somers Fire Chef and Golden’s Bridge Deputy Fire Chief Raymond Baker, Sr. the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department announced on Thursday, March 13.  Earlier Report - Funeral Details Released For Former Somers Fire Chief: 'Selfless Person' Baker, who died unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, March 9 at t…
Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree Targeting Hudson Valley Businesses Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree Targeting Hudson Valley Businesses
Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree Targeting Hudson Valley Businesses Two suspects are behind bars in connection with a string of jewelry store burglaries that targeted businesses in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. In Dutchess County, police were called at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, for a burglary in progress in Beacon at Sky Diamond Jewelers on Main Street. As officers arrived, the suspects were seen driving away from the scene.  Officers initially pursued the vehicle onto the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge but called off the chase “due to the unsafe speeds,” Beacon Police said. Investigators determined that the suspects broke into Sky Diamond Jew…
Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash Causes Hours-Long Closure Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash Causes Hours-Long Closure
Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash Causes Hours-Long Closure A Connecticut State Police trooper was injured after an overnight crash that caused a three-hour closure on a stretch of I-84. It happened in Fairfield County just after 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, in Danbury. The 41-year-old trooper was inside her cruiser with the emergency lights activated at the scene of another accident on the shoulder on the westbound side between Exit 8 on and off ramps. A 2018 GMC Acadia was parked in the left lane near the on-ramp.  Connecticut State Police said a 2014 tractor-trailer was traveling in the right lane when the operator lost control of his vehi…
Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman
Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman Authorities are searching for a woman with autism who has been missing from Westchester for several days.  Michelle Higgs, age 19, was last seen on South Central Avenue in Hartsdale at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Higgs, who has autism, was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater, a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and tan moccasins.  She is described as 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  According to authorities, Higgs is believed to be in the local area and is attracted to…
Electronics, Cash Stolen From Parked Cars In Hudson Valley Neighborhoods Electronics, Cash Stolen From Parked Cars In Hudson Valley Neighborhoods
Electronics, Cash Stolen From Parked Cars In Hudson Valley Neighborhoods Authorities are warning residents to lock their cars after electronics and cash were stolen from several vehicles in multiple Hudson Valley neighborhoods.  The thefts were reported in Putnam County on Friday morning, June 14, when Carmel Police learned that unlocked vehicles had been entered in the South Lake and North Lake Boulevard neighborhoods in Mahopac.  According to the department, small electronics and cash, reported as $20 and some loose change, were taken from some of the cars.  The suspect carried only a flashlight and a backpack and was not armed, police said als…
Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution' Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution'
Powerful Storms, Then Sweltering Heat Coming To NY, Hochul Warns: 'Take Every Precaution' New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is warning residents to take precautions ahead of a barrage of threatening weather, including severe storms followed by a dangerous heat wave. Hochul's announcement comes as predictions call for a cold front to arrive in the state on Friday, June 14, which is expected to produce thunderstorms with heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts. According to Hochul's office, the storm system could bring several hazards along with it, including flash flooding, dangerous traveling conditions, and power outages.  Related Report - Timing Shifts For Severe Storms W…
Increase In Bear Sightings Reported In Croton-On-Hudson: 'Do Not Approach' Increase In Bear Sightings Reported In Croton-On-Hudson: 'Do Not Approach'
Increase In Bear Sightings Reported In Croton-On-Hudson: 'Do Not Approach' Officials in a Northern Westchester village are advising residents to be wary of bears following an increase in sightings.  In an announcement on Wednesday, June 12, Croton-on-Hudson village officials said they have received "an increasing number" of black bear sighting reports in the last few weeks. Officials did not specify where the sightings occurred.  According to officials, this is likely because bears' movements increase in June as breeding season begins and young bears disperse to find their own space. The animals are usually not dangerous to people, but can become so if t…
Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer
Movie Theaters Offering Tickets For As Low As $1 This Summer Parents looking for a fun way to get out of the house with the kids this summer and not break the bank may be able to turn to their local movie theater for a solution. AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark have announced programs offering reduced movie ticket prices for some kids' movies and snacks all summer.  Regal Cinemas Regal Cinemas will offer $1 movie tickets for special screenings at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 7.  The movies include "Despicable Me 3," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "PAW Patrol: The Movie," and several others. Click…
Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security' Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security'
Brand-New Mobile ID Launches In NY, Promises 'Convenience, Security' Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that New Yorkers can now have a digital version of their state-issued driver's license or identification right on their smartphones. Hochul and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles announced on Tuesday, June 11 that the new program, New York Mobile ID, was now available to all New Yorkers. Available to anyone with a smartphone, New York Mobile ID (or MiD) is a highly secure digital version of a state-issued driver's license, learner’s permit, or non-driver identification card that can be used at nearly 30 TSA security checkpoints across the country. …
Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided
Multi-Million Dollar Scheme: 8 NYers Accused Of Scamming Government For Services Never Provided Eight New Yorkers who owned, operated, or were employees of several transportation companies have been accused of scamming the government out of millions of dollars for services never provided. The indictments were unsealed on Long Island at federal court in Central Islip on Tuesday, June 11. Seven of the eight are from Long Island and the other from New York City: Noman Ahmed, age 37, Port Jefferson Station; Adnan Arshad, also known as “Eddie,” age 45, Mount Sinai; Rehman Diwan, age 24, Hicksville; Jessica Hendrickson, age 36, Patchogue; Jose Marte, age 33, …
2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At NY Home, Jury Finds 2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At NY Home, Jury Finds
2 Lives Ended In 32 Seconds: Man Gunned Down Mom, Stepdad At NY Home, Jury Finds A protection order was no match for a disgruntled 21-year-old armed with an AK-47 rifle and set on murdering his own mother and stepfather in upstate New York, a jury found. Schenectady County resident Nicholas Fiebka, of Schenectady, was convicted of two counts of murder and related charges on Friday, June 7, in the deaths of his mother Alesia Wadsworth and stepfather, William Horwedel. Prosecutors said Fiebka entered his mother’s Princetown home on Nov. 21, 2022, armed with an AK-47 rifle with an illegal drum magazine capable of holding 75 rounds of ammunition and firing two shots with ev…
New Update: Hudson River Swimming Advisory Lifted After Main Break Fixed In Ossining New Update: Hudson River Swimming Advisory Lifted After Main Break Fixed In Ossining
New Update: Hudson River Swimming Advisory Lifted After Main Break Fixed In Ossining This story has been updated. Following the completed repairs of a sewer main break at a Northern Westchester pump station, county officials have lifted an advisory for recreational activities in the Hudson River.  In an announcement on Monday, June 10, Croton-on-Hudson village officials said that repairs to the force main break at the Crotonville Pump Station on Croton River Rd. in Ossining have been completed and that the Westchester County Department of Health has lifted its advisory for avoiding the Hudson River.  The break occurred on Thursday, June 6. As a result, …
ShopRite In Hudson Valley To Close ShopRite In Hudson Valley To Close
ShopRite In Hudson Valley To Close After over 30 years in business, a popular ShopRite store in the region will close this summer. The 55,500-square-foot store, located in Ulster County in Ellenville, at 1 ShopRite Boulevard off Route 209, was opened in 1993 by Wakefern Food Corporation in New Jersey. According to Karen O'Shea, the corporation's spokeswoman, the store did not renew its lease and will close on Saturday, Aug. 31. "We thank our associates for their service and continue to offer staff positions at nearby ShopRite stores," O'Shea said. The store is the only major grocer in the village. O'Shea did not offe…
Quadruple Murder Case: Former Briarcliff Manor Police Officer Receives Sentence Quadruple Murder Case: Former Briarcliff Manor Police Officer Receives Sentence
Quadruple Murder Case: Former Briarcliff Manor Police Officer Receives Sentence A former police officer at several municipalities in Westchester and Dutchess counties has received his sentence for killing four men in the Hudson Valley over missing drug money.  Orange County resident and former cop Nicholas Tartaglione of Otisville, age 56, was sentenced on Monday, June 10 to four consecutive life sentences for the killings in the town of Chester in Orange County following a botched cocaine deal in April 2016 at the Likquid Lounge.  The four victims were: Martin Luna, age 41,  Urbano Santiago, age 32,  Miguel Luna, age 25,  Hector G…