Ben Crnic

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Ben Crnic graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Geoscience in 2021. He has previously worked as a reporter with the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, and has also contributed work to the Connecticut Mirror. Ben joined the Daily Voice team in October of 2022.

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Clothing Under $110 Now Exempt From Sales Tax In This Hudson Valley County: Here's How Long Clothing Under $110 Now Exempt From Sales Tax In This Hudson Valley County: Here's How Long
Clothing Under $110 Now Exempt From Sales Tax In This Hudson Valley County: Here's How Long Those who purchase any clothing or footwear cheaper than $110 in one Hudson Valley county will not have to pay sales tax thanks to a new piece of legislation.  Effective on Friday, March 1, clothing and footwear under $110 purchased in Putnam County will be exempt from sales tax for two years, officials announced.  The exemption comes thanks to a piece of legislation signed into law by Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne in 2023. The legislation was passed unanimously by the County Legislature in November as part of a series of initiatives in the 2024 County Budget. …
Duo Wearing Ski Masks Seen Trying To Enter Cars In Rye: Police Duo Wearing Ski Masks Seen Trying To Enter Cars In Rye: Police
Duo Wearing Ski Masks Seen Trying To Enter Cars In Rye: Police Authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after two suspects were seen trying to enter cars in Westchester.  The warning followed an incident on Sunday, March 3 at around 9:45 a.m., when the City of Rye Police Department received several calls from residents reporting a black Jeep occupied with two suspects wearing ski masks who were trying to open car doors. Although officers searched for the suspects, they fled the area after being spotted by residents, the department said.  Luckily, almost all of the vehicles the duo tried to enter had been…
Branford Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support' Branford Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support'
Branford Eatery Announces Closure After 38 Years: 'Thank You For All Love, Support' After nearly four decades in business, a Connecticut restaurant has announced its permanent closure.  USS Chowder Pot III, located in the New Haven County town of Branford at 560 East Main St., announced its closure in a social media post on Sunday, March 3.  In the post, the owner did not give a specific reason for the decision but thanked former patrons for visiting the seafood restaurant over the 38 years it had been open. "I want to say thank you for all the love and support you have shown myself and Chowder Pot lll throughout the years," the owner said in the post, signing i…
Phone Scam: Man Nabbed After Stealing Over $60K From Victim In Westchester, Police Say Phone Scam: Man Nabbed After Stealing Over $60K From Victim In Westchester, Police Say
Phone Scam: Man Nabbed After Stealing Over $60K From Victim In Westchester, Police Say A 59-year-old man was apprehended after allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from a victim in Northern Westchester by posing as a lawyer over the phone and telling him his granddaughter was in trouble, police said. Bronx resident Carlos Colon was arrested on Saturday, March 2 in connection with a grand larceny incident that happened in Yorktown on the same day, Yorktown Police announced on Monday, March 4.  According to the department, at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, officers learned that the victim had been contacted by someone posing as a lawyer who claimed his granddaughter had bee…
Beloved Firefighter, Instructor From Hudson Valley Dies Beloved Firefighter, Instructor From Hudson Valley Dies
Beloved Firefighter, Instructor From Hudson Valley Dies A Hudson Valley fire department has announced the loss of one of its active members.  The death of Robert McDonald, a member of the Kent Fire Department in Putnam County, was announced by the department on Saturday, March 2.  McDonald was a past lieutenant with the department and was also a New York State fire instructor. According to the department, McDonald taught countless volunteers in Putnam. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," the department wrote in a social media post on Saturday. Details about services for McDonald have not yet been announced. Chec…
Man Ejected From Car, Thrown Into Ravine After Crash On I-684 In Westchester Man Ejected From Car, Thrown Into Ravine After Crash On I-684 In Westchester
Man Ejected From Car, Thrown Into Ravine After Crash On I-684 In Westchester First responders carried out a careful rescue operation after a man fell over 50 feet down a ravine following a crash on a highway in Northern Westchester.  The incident happened on Thursday, Feb. 29 at around 6:30 p.m., when a three-car crash occurred on Interstate 684 in Bedford at the overpass spanning Beaver Dam Park. As a result of the crash, one man was ejected from his vehicle and sent into a ravine underneath the overpass, according to the Katonah Fire Department. Soon after the crash, first responders raced to both the overpass and Beaver Dam Park below to find the fallen man.…
Vehicle Rollover Briefly Shuts Down Hudson Valley Road Vehicle Rollover Briefly Shuts Down Hudson Valley Road
Vehicle Rollover Briefly Shuts Down Hudson Valley Road A vehicle rollover left a Hudson Valley road temporarily closed, police said. The crash happened in Putnam County on Monday, March 4 at around 9:30 a.m., when a vehicle flipped on its side on Kennicut Hill Road in Carmel near Country Lane, according to Carmel Police. The incident left the road closed until just before 10:10 a.m., the department said. No injuries were reported in the one-car crash, the exact cause of which was not released. However, the department advised residents to "please drive carefully," in a social media post on Monday.
Bag With Easter Eggs, White Powder Left In Mailbox Prompts Investigation In Port Chester Bag With Easter Eggs, White Powder Left In Mailbox Prompts Investigation In Port Chester
Bag With Easter Eggs, White Powder Left In Mailbox Prompts Investigation In Port Chester Authorities conducted an investigation after a suspicious bag containing Easter eggs, thumbtacks, and a white powder was left inside a resident's mailbox in Westchester.  The Port Chester Police Department began investigating after the suspicious bag was found left in a residential mailbox within the village, the department announced on Saturday, March 2.  After retrieving the package, the department began looking into its origin and eventually identified a vehicle and person of interest.  However, police soon determined that the incident had been a random prank and that no …
Take Look Inside: Westchester's First Cannabis Dispensary Celebrates Opening Take Look Inside: Westchester's First Cannabis Dispensary Celebrates Opening
Take Look Inside: Westchester's First Cannabis Dispensary Celebrates Opening The first cannabis dispensary in Westchester is now open for business and is looking to become an integral part of its community. Elevate Cannabis Dispensary, located in Mount Vernon at 127 South Terrace Ave., held its official grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Earlier Report - Westchester's First Cannabis Dispensary To Hold Official Grand Opening In Mount Vernon The event was attended by officials from the New York State Office of Cannabis Management as well as Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and City Comptroller Darr…
Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Westchester: Police Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Westchester: Police
Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Westchester: Police A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody as a fugitive from justice after authorities conducted a welfare check on her in Northern Westchester, police said. Queens resident Nicole Aguirre Leon was arrested by Yorktown Police on Tuesday, Feb. 20 after she was found to be a fugitive with an active warrant out of New Jersey, the department announced on Friday, Feb. 23.  According to the department, at around 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Yorktown officers conducted a welfare check on Aguirre Leon. Because there was a language barrier, once they met with her, she was taken to Yorktown Polic…
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