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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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Brand-New Brewery Open For Business In Hyde Park Brand-New Brewery Open For Business In Hyde Park
Brand-New Brewery Open For Business In Hyde Park Sake lovers rejoice. Premium sake maker Dassai has opened a new state-of-the-art brewery and tasting room in the Hudson Valley while launching its premium brand Dassai Blue. The 55,000-square-foot brewery opened on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Dutchess County in Hyde Park, according to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.  “New York’s craft beverage manufacturers are engines for job creation, tourism, and regional economic growth,” Hochul said. “Dassai’s expansion into the Mid-Hudson Region builds on New York’s national and international leadership in agribusiness and will be a welcome addition to thi…
$23K In Fines Issued To Clarkstown Landlord Housing Migrants, Officials Say $23K In Fines Issued To Clarkstown Landlord Housing Migrants, Officials Say
$23K In Fines Issued To Clarkstown Landlord Housing Migrants, Officials Say Hudson Valley government officials are calling for an investigation after a large number of migrants were found living in what is supposed to be a three-bedroom home. An inspection by the Rockland County Office of Buildings and Codes is issuing a $23,000 fine to Schloima Koppel, the same landlord housing 31 people in a New City single-family property, resulting from 32 violations found at Koppel’s Spring Valley rental at 8 W. Funston Street, said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. The inspection uncovered eight bedrooms and 16 beds, in what should be a three-bedroom home, Day said. Day said…
11-Year-Old Girl Killed In 4-Vehicle Orange County Crash That Injured Several Others 11-Year-Old Girl Killed In 4-Vehicle Orange County Crash That Injured Several Others
11-Year-Old Girl Killed In 4-Vehicle Orange County Crash That Injured Several Others An 11-year-old girl was killed and numerous others injured when a driver allegedly crossed into another lane hitting two vehicles and then struck a fourth head-on, police say. The crash took place in Orange County in the town of Woodbury around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2020 Honda Accord, operated by Yeraldo Roa, age 34, of Port Jervis was traveling west on Route 6 when he crossed over into the westbound lane striking two vehicles traveling east on their passenger side, a 2019 Infiniti SUV and a 2017 Nissan N20.  Roa then continued to…
Man Nabbed For Robbing Milford Bank With Help From Social Media, Police Say Man Nabbed For Robbing Milford Bank With Help From Social Media, Police Say
Man Nabbed For Robbing Milford Bank With Help From Social Media, Police Say A man wanted for allegedly pulling off an armed robbery in Connecticut in August has been caught by police with the help of social media. Litchfield County resident Bamm Oh, aka, Paul Bamm Oh, age 45, of Torrington, was scooped up on Thursday, Sept. 21, for the New Haven County robbery of the Devon Branch of the Milford Bank in Milford. According to Milford Police, Oh walked into the bank and handed the teller a note indicating he was armed and would her if she did not comply and give him money. The teller gave Oh money and he fled, police said.  Surveillance photos from the bank wer…
64-Year-Old Killed In Orange County Crash When Truck Crosses Center Lane, Police Say 64-Year-Old Killed In Orange County Crash When Truck Crosses Center Lane, Police Say
64-Year-Old Killed In Orange County Crash When Truck Crosses Center Lane, Police Say A man from the region was killed in a Hudson Valley crash when his vehicle was hit by a 2006 International truck that crossed the center line for an unknown reason, police said. The crash took place in Orange County in the town of Crawford on Route 17K on Saturday, Sept. 23 around 10 a.m. According to Trooper Steven Nevel, of the New York State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed that the International truck, driven by Marcos Medina, age 33, of the  Bronx, was traveling east on 17K when for unknown reasons his vehicle crossed over the center of the roadway and stuck a 1993 Toy…
Loch Sheldrake Attacks Deputies After Narcan Brings Him Back To Life, Police Say Loch Sheldrake Attacks Deputies After Narcan Brings Him Back To Life, Police Say
Loch Sheldrake Attacks Deputies After Narcan Brings Him Back To Life, Police Say A 40-year-old who overdosed on drugs and was brought back to life with Narcan allegedly attacked deputies who saved him, police said. The incident took place in Sullivan County in Lake Kiamesha around 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 on Route 42. According to Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty, deputies responded to the scene of a vehicle crash and found a 2022 Toyota Prius in a ditch and Robert Forgione, of Loch Sheldrake, sitting on the ground against the car. When deputies determined he was unresponsive, they administered two doses of Narcan, Chaboty said. As Forgione regained consc…
17-Year-Old New Milford HS Student Killed, 2 Critical Following 3-Vehicle Crash 17-Year-Old New Milford HS Student Killed, 2 Critical Following 3-Vehicle Crash
17-Year-Old New Milford HS Student Killed, 2 Critical Following 3-Vehicle Crash A 17-year-old high school student was killed and two others were critically injured during a three-car crash in Connecticut. The incident took place in Litchfield County around 2:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 in New Milford on Danbury Road (Route 7) in front of Italia Mia restaurant. An investigation found that a 2006 Infiniti G35 was traveling north on Route 7 in the right lane and a 2022 Hyundai Tucson was attempting to turn left into Italia Mia from the left southbound lane, said Lt. Lee Grabner of the New Milford Police. The Tucson and the G35 collided and the G35 then col…
Man Nabbed With Gun, Ammo After Running Red Light In New City, Police Say Man Nabbed With Gun, Ammo After Running Red Light In New City, Police Say
Man Nabbed With Gun, Ammo After Running Red Light In New City, Police Say A 38-year-old man was nabbed with a Colt 9mm semiautomatic revolver during a traffic stop in the Hudson Valley. The stop took place in Rockland County in New City around 1:30 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 22 on N. Main Street.  Javier A. Ordonez, of Hollywood, Florida, was stopped by Clarkstown Police for failing to stop at a right light, said Det. Norm Peters of the Clarkstown Police.  During the stop, the officer asked Ordonez if he had any weapons, and he said yes he had a gun in the console of the vehicle and two bags of ammo on the floorboard of the passenger seat, Peters…
Know Him? Man Used Stolen Credit Cards In Islandia, Central Islip, Police Say Know Him? Man Used Stolen Credit Cards In Islandia, Central Islip, Police Say
Know Him? Man Used Stolen Credit Cards In Islandia, Central Islip, Police Say Police on Long Island are asking the public for help identifying a man who allegedly used a stolen credit card to make purchases at different stores. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives said the man used the card in Islandia and Central Islip. The purchases were made in September at the Walmart in Islandia and Target in Central Islip in excess of $1,000 police said. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime&…
23-Year-Old Montville Woman Busted For Attacking, Contacting Ex-Significant Other, Police Say 23-Year-Old Montville Woman Busted For Attacking, Contacting Ex-Significant Other, Police Say
23-Year-Old Montville Woman Busted For Attacking, Contacting Ex-Significant Other, Police Say A 23-year-old Connecticut woman has been charged twice on two separate occasions for allegedly first attacking and then contacting her ex-significant other. The incident began in New London County in the town of Griswold on Thursday, Sept. 14.  According to Connecticut State Police, troopers were dispatched to an address in the town of Griswold for the report of a physical altercation between two people.  The caller alleged that an individual broke into her home and physically assaulted her significant other, police said. Upon arrival, troopers met with the caller, who explained…
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