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2 'Racist Incidents' Reported By Village In Westchester: Police Now Investigating 2 'Racist Incidents' Reported By Village In Westchester: Police Now Investigating
2 'Racist Incidents' Reported By Village In Westchester: Police Now Investigating Officials in a Westchester village are condemning two racial incidents, including the discovery of a swastika painted on a public trash can.  The two incidents were detailed in a statement by the Village of Dobbs Ferry on Monday, April 29, in which officials said they had occurred over the past week. The first of the incidents happened at Waterfront Park when a man visiting the village called police and claimed a local father, who is Black, had been threatening him and the children in the park's playground. Authorities began investigating and quickly realized the report was false, offi…
Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says
Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says Three men face charges after burglarizing the Northern Westchester home of an Asian business owner, including one suspect accused of a hate crime, officials announced.  The trio, who all live in Queens, were indicted in connection with a September 2023 burglary at an  Ossining residence, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday, April 10.  According to the DA's Office, on Friday, Sept. 29 around 12:20 p.m., the three defendants broke into the Ossining home of a local business owner who is Asian. The trio then allegedly stole designer handbags f…
Food Delivery Dustup: Driver Charged With Assault As Hate Crime In Hudson Valley Food Delivery Dustup: Driver Charged With Assault As Hate Crime In Hudson Valley
Food Delivery Dustup: Driver Charged With Assault As Hate Crime In Hudson Valley A Hudson Valley delivery man has been charged with assault as a hate crime following a dispute involving a food order. On Thursday, April 4, in Rockland County, Ramapo Police Department officers responded to Old Nyack Turnpike in Monseyafter receiving a report of the dispute. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found that the victim had ordered food from an online delivery service, but because of a mistake in the delivery address, the driver had to travel a longer distance than expected.  The driver became angry and allegedly used anti-Semitic language towards the victim, said po…
Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue
Temple Shooting: 28-Year-Old Federally Charged After Gunshots At NY Synagogue The man accused of opening fire at a New York synagogue on the first day of Hanukkah has been federally charged. Mufid Fawaz Alkhader, age 28, of Schenectady, appeared in Albany federal court on Friday, Dec. 8, where he was arraigned on one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm. According to the criminal complaint, Alkhader approached Albany’s Temple Israel, located on New Scotland Avenue, at around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 armed with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. He then fired the weapon twice into the air, prosecutors allege. Earlier Report: New Update: Shooting At NY Syna…
New Update: Shooting At NY Synagogue On First Day Of Hanukkah Investigated As Hate Crime New Update: Shooting At NY Synagogue On First Day Of Hanukkah Investigated As Hate Crime
New Update: Shooting At NY Synagogue On First Day Of Hanukkah Investigated As Hate Crime This story has been updated. A shooting at a New York synagogue on the first day of Hanukkah is being investigated as a hate crime. The incident happened at Albany’s Temple Israel, located on New Scotland Avenue, on Thursday, Dec. 7. According to Albany Police, the 28-year-old man fired two shots from a shotgun in the building's parking lot. Nobody was injured. The shots were first heard by the temple's director of Early Childhood Center, who called 911. At least two dozen preschool-aged children were inside the building at the time, police said. The facility was immediately placed…
College In CT Shows Support For Palestinian Student Shot In VT In Apparent Hate Crime College In CT Shows Support For Palestinian Student Shot In VT In Apparent Hate Crime
College In CT Shows Support For Palestinian Student Shot In VT In Apparent Hate Crime A college community in Connecticut, alongside many nationwide, has been left reeling after a student of Palestinian descent was one of three shot in what appears to be a hate crime. Tahseen Ali Ahmad, age 20, who attends Trinity College in Hartford, was one of three men of the same age shot outside of a house in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, Nov. 26, the school announced. Ali Ahmad and the two other men — Kinnan Abdalhamid and Hisham Awartani, also of Palestinian descent — were lifelong friends visiting a relative’s house near the University of Vermont's campus for the Thanksgiving holid…
Theft Of Israeli Flag: 15-Year-Old Nabbed After Incident At Town Hall In Hudson Valley Theft Of Israeli Flag: 15-Year-Old Nabbed After Incident At Town Hall In Hudson Valley
Theft Of Israeli Flag: 15-Year-Old Nabbed After Incident At Town Hall In Hudson Valley A boy was apprehended shortly after he allegedly stole an Israeli flag in broad daylight from in front of a town hall in the Hudson Valley on Thanksgiving Day. Officers in Rockland County responded to Clarkstown Town Hall at around 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 for reports that the Israeli flag was stolen from the pole on which it was flying. A witness stated to police dispatchers that an unknown male wearing dark clothing was observed ripping the flag from its pole and was running toward Route 304.  A responding officer located him on Congers Road just east of Route 304…
21-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening To Shoot, Stab, Rape Jewish Students On Campus At Cornell 21-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening To Shoot, Stab, Rape Jewish Students On Campus At Cornell
21-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening To Shoot, Stab, Rape Jewish Students On Campus At Cornell A student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has been accused of threatening to shoot, stab, and rape Jewish students at the Ivy League school. Patrick Dai, a 21-year-old junior originally from Pittsford, New York, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 31 on a federal criminal complaint charging him with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications, according to prosecutors in the Northern District of New York. Dai allegedly posted threatening messages to the Cornell section of an online discussion site, including posts calling for the deaths of Jewish peopl…
16-Year-Old Vandalizes School With Swastika In Hudson Valley, Police Say 16-Year-Old Vandalizes School With Swastika In Hudson Valley, Police Say
16-Year-Old Vandalizes School With Swastika In Hudson Valley, Police Say A 16-year-old faces a felony charge after carving a hate symbol into tennis courts at a Hudson Valley high school, police said. The arrest resulted from an incident in Putnam County on Wednesday, Sept. 20 around 5 p.m., when authorities were notified of graffiti that was found at Carmel High School by students and staff.  According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, responding deputies and investigators found a swastika and the words "Adolf Hitler" scratched into the surface of the school's tennis courts. The sheriff's office then began interviewing students and staff and going ov…
Swastikas Found At High School In Hudson Valley Swastikas Found At High School In Hudson Valley
Swastikas Found At High School In Hudson Valley Police in the Hudson Valley are investigating after several swastikas were discovered at an area high school. The incident took place in Rockland County on Wednesday, March 22, when a school resource officer assigned to Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack was informed that swastikas were discovered in a classroom, said Clarkstown PD Det. Norm Peters. Peters said the drawings were reported by a teacher who stated that she observed the two swastikas over the past month in her classroom.  The first was observed on a wall near the exit door accompanied by the words “…
Courtroom Scuffle: Man Charges Buffalo Grocery Store Mass Shooter Ahead Of Sentencing (Video) Courtroom Scuffle: Man Charges Buffalo Grocery Store Mass Shooter Ahead Of Sentencing (Video)
Courtroom Scuffle: Man Charges Buffalo Grocery Store Mass Shooter Ahead Of Sentencing (Video) Sentencing proceedings for the 19-year-old gunman who shot and killed ten Black people in a racist attack at a New York grocery store were briefly halted Wednesday, Feb. 15, when someone inside the courtroom charged toward the admitted killer. Video posted on Twitter captured the tense moment, which came as a relative of one of the victims addressed the shooter inside an Erie County courtroom. “You don’t know a damn thing about Black people. We’re human,” the woman is heard saying to Payton Gendron. “We like our kids to go to good schools. We love our kids. We never go to no neighborhoods …
Swastika Drawn On Classroom Desk In Northern Westchester, School Responds Swastika Drawn On Classroom Desk In Northern Westchester, School Responds
Swastika Drawn On Classroom Desk In Northern Westchester, School Responds School officials are responding after a swastika was drawn on a classroom desk in Northern Westchester.  The hate symbol was drawn on Thursday, Jan. 12 on the leg of a desk at John Jay High School in Cross River, according to a letter sent to parents by Principal Steven Siciliano.  In the letter, Siciliano condemned the drawing.  "I strongly condemn the drawing of and the appearance of this symbol of hatred in our school," Siciliano said, adding, "Given its location and size, it could give the impression that it was drawn more out of a cowardly need for attent…
Police Investigating Anti-Gay Graffiti At Hudson Valley Pride Building Police Investigating Anti-Gay Graffiti At Hudson Valley Pride Building
Police Investigating Anti-Gay Graffiti At Hudson Valley Pride Building Police are investigating after anti-gay graffiti written in large blue letters was found on the front of the Rockland County Pride Center in Nyack. Orangetown Police said the incident of graffiti/criminal mischief was reported around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.  Officers responded to the scene, along with the Rockland County's Sheriff's Office to investigate what police are calling a "bias crime," said Orangetown Police Capt. Michael Shannon. Center officials issued a statement regarding the vandalism: "Incidents of hateful graffiti, threats, and intimidation are rising at LGBTQ+ c…
Man Admits To Hate Crime After Hitting Asian Woman 125 Times In Westchester Attack, DA Says Man Admits To Hate Crime After Hitting Asian Woman 125 Times In Westchester Attack, DA Says
Man Admits To Hate Crime After Hitting Asian Woman 125 Times In Westchester Attack, DA Says A Westchester man has pleaded guilty to committing a violent hate crime against a 67-year-old Asian woman who was entering her home. District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that Yonkers resident Tammel Esco, age 42, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, to committing a violent hate crime on Friday, March 11 against the woman who was entering her apartment building.  According to court documents, Esco cursed at the victim, punched her around 125 times in and around her head, repeatedly stomped on her upper body, and spit on her. “Today’s agreement secures j…
Hudson Valley Man Who Lied About Being State Trooper Admits To Hate Crime, DA Says Hudson Valley Man Who Lied About Being State Trooper Admits To Hate Crime, DA Says
Hudson Valley Man Who Lied About Being State Trooper Admits To Hate Crime, DA Says A Hudson Valley man who lied about being an off-duty state trooper has pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. Orange County resident William Ryan, age 61, of Newburgh, pleaded guilty to the incident which took place in June, said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. On Saturday, June 11, an off-duty Town of Wallkill Police lieutenant was driving with his son in the City of Newburgh when Ryan engaged in a verbal dispute with the officer before calling him a racial epithet and driving off, said the DA's Office. Earlier Story: Newburgh M…
Headstone, Building At Hudson Valley Cemetery Defaced With Swastikas Headstone, Building At Hudson Valley Cemetery Defaced With Swastikas
Headstone, Building At Hudson Valley Cemetery Defaced With Swastikas A Hudson Valley man could face jail time for allegedly defacing a cemetery headstone and building with hate symbols. The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Fantinekill Cemetery, located on State Route 209 in Wawarsing, just after 5 p.m. Monday, July 25. A 911 caller said someone had defaced a headstone and receiving vault with spray paint. Cemetery Vandalism Suspect Apprehendedhttps://t.co/b0bqgDrXSh#vandalism #fantinekillcemetery #hatecrime pic.twitter.com/ZTUEMIJjia — Shawangunk Journal (@GunkJournalNews) July 29, 2022 When deputies arrived, they found swastikas painte…
Man Indicted For Hitting Elderly Asian Woman 125 Times In Violent Westchester Attack, DA Says Man Indicted For Hitting Elderly Asian Woman 125 Times In Violent Westchester Attack, DA Says
Man Indicted For Hitting Elderly Asian Woman 125 Times In Violent Westchester Attack, DA Says A Westchester County man has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges for allegedly punching an elderly Asian woman more than 125 times. Yonkers resident Tammel Esco was indicted on Tuesday, July 19 for allegedly punching the woman, repeatedly stomping on her upper body, and spitting on her, said Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. Esco, age 42, was charged with: Two counts of attempted murder as a hate crime Six counts of assault as a hate crime He is being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail.  The incident took place on Friday…
Arrest Made After Swastikas Found Inside Synagogue In Hudson Valley Arrest Made After Swastikas Found Inside Synagogue In Hudson Valley
Arrest Made After Swastikas Found Inside Synagogue In Hudson Valley A Hudson Valley man has been arrested for allegedly scrawling swastikas and hate speech inside an area synagogue. Rockland County resident Rolando DeJesus Gomez-Velazquez, age 32, of Hillcrest, was arrested following an investigation into the incident which took place on Friday, June 17. In addition to the drawings and hate speech, Gomez-Velazquez allegedly also damaged several items inside the synagogue, said Det. Lt. Christopher Franklin, of the Ramapo Police. He was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime with damages in excess of $250 and aggravated harassment, police said. Gom…
Hudson Valley Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Road Rage Incident, Police Say Hudson Valley Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Road Rage Incident, Police Say
Hudson Valley Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Road Rage Incident, Police Say This story has been updated. A Hudson Valley man was charged with menacing as a hate crime stemming from a road rage incident. Orange County resident William J. Ryan, age 60, of the town of Newburgh, was arrested on Tuesday, June 14, for the incident that took place on Saturday, June 11. According to Newburgh Police Chief Anthony Geraci, Ryan was charged after allegedly getting into a  fight with a Black Newburgh resident who he threatened with a knife while making 'derogatory ethnic slurs." Ryan told the man, who reportedly shared a video of the incident, that he was an off-duty tro…
911 Dispatcher Who Hung Up On Supermarket Employee During Buffalo Mass Shooting Fired 911 Dispatcher Who Hung Up On Supermarket Employee During Buffalo Mass Shooting Fired
911 Dispatcher Who Hung Up On Supermarket Employee During Buffalo Mass Shooting Fired A 911 dispatcher who hung up on a frightened Tops employee during the mass shooting in Buffalo has been fired. Erie County spokesperson Daniel Meyer told Daily Voice the dispatcher, who worked for the county’s Department of Personnel, was “discharged from employment” Thursday, June 2, following an internal investigation. The dispatcher was placed on paid administrative leave two days after the May 14 shooting after an assistant manager at the store told The Buffalo News the dispatcher yelled at her and then hung up because she was whispering while hiding under the customer service counter.…
Man Threatened To Kill White People In NY, Start 'Race War,' Police Say Man Threatened To Kill White People In NY, Start 'Race War,' Police Say
Man Threatened To Kill White People In NY, Start 'Race War,' Police Say A man who allegedly threatened to start a “race war” in New York is behind bars. Long Island resident Julien Henriquez, age 30, of Medford, was upset about service he had received at a local business in April 2022 when he called the company and threatened to kill white people in a race war, according to Suffolk County Police. Investigators did not name the business that was threatened. Henriquez was arrested at his home on Jamaica Avenue Friday, May 27, following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Hate Crime Unit. He was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment as a ha…
Offensive Images, Words Spray Painted On Public Property In Northern Westchester Offensive Images, Words Spray Painted On Public Property In Northern Westchester
Offensive Images, Words Spray Painted On Public Property In Northern Westchester Police in Northern Westchester are searching for the person responsible for spray-painting racist graffiti. The graffiti was discovered in Yorktown where the Taconic Parkway passes over the Croton Reservoir northbound on Saturday, May 21. The graffiti, which was signed with the initials JJC, was done in blue spray paint and said "Jackson C. Hates N....S" as well as an anti-semitic statement, said Chief Robert Noble, of the Yorktown Police. "While these hateful and hurtful statements were reported on Saturday, May 21, our investigation thus far has led us to believe that the crime was commi…
ID Released Of Accused Teen Gunman In Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket ID Released Of Accused Teen Gunman In Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket
ID Released Of Accused Teen Gunman In Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket The identity has been released of the teenage gunman now in custody who live-steamed a mass shooting at a a supermarket in Buffalo that left 10 dead in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime. A total of 13 people were shot in the incident that happened just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue in a Black neighborhood, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The three others shot have non life-threatening injuries. The alleged gunman, now identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron, of the town of Conklin in Broome County, New Yo…
18-Year-Old Gunman Live-Streamed Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket 18-Year-Old Gunman Live-Streamed Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket
18-Year-Old Gunman Live-Streamed Mass Shooting Leaving 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket Updated story: ID Released Of Accused 18-Year-Old Gunman In Mass Shooting Of 10 At Buffalo Supermarket This story has been updated. Ten people are dead after a teenage gunman live-steaming the event who is now in custody opened fire inside a supermarket in Buffalo in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime. A total of 13 people were shot in the incident that happened just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The three others shot have non life-threatening injuries. Gramaglia said…
Thousands Raised For Westchester Woman Assaulted During Hate Crime Thousands Raised For Westchester Woman Assaulted During Hate Crime
Thousands Raised For Westchester Woman Assaulted During Hate Crime More than $40,000 has been raised in support of an Asian woman who was assaulted and struck more than 100 times during a hate crime committed in an apartment building in Westchester County. Original story - Yonkers Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Attacking Woman, Police Say The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11 in Yonkers. Tammel Esco, age 42, was charged with a hate crime after assaulting the 67-year-old woman which led to his arrest on March 11, Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah announced on Tuesday, March 15. Related story - Officials Express…
Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Brutally Attacking Woman In Westchester, Police Say Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Brutally Attacking Woman In Westchester, Police Say
Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Brutally Attacking Woman In Westchester, Police Say A man has been arrested on charges of committing a hate crime and attempted murder after allegedly pushing down and brutally attacking an Asian woman in Westchester. Tammel Esco, age 42, of Yonkers, was arrested on Friday, March 11 after Yonkers Police responded to an apartment complex for a report of a woman bleeding at the scene. When officers arrived on the scene they found a 67-year-old woman in the vestibule of the building with severe facial injuries; she was transported to a local area trauma center, said Det. Lt. Dean Politopoulos, of the Yonkers Police. Esco was located outsi…
Four Accused Of Targeting Victims Based On Race In Area Four Accused Of Targeting Victims Based On Race In Area
Four Accused Of Targeting Victims Based On Race In Area Four men are facing hate crime charges after police said they robbed a home in the Hudson Valley and targeted the victims based on their race. Troopers responded to a report of a possible robbery at a home on Market Street in the Dutchess County town of Dover at about 11:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, according to New York State Police. Police said a caller reported that a group of men attacked them, and one of the attackers had a handgun and fired a shot.  The attackers fled the scene with stolen jewelry, authorities said. Police said none of the victims were seriously injured in the at…
Northern Westchester Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder As Hate Crime Northern Westchester Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder As Hate Crime
Northern Westchester Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder As Hate Crime A Northern Westchester man will spend more than a decade behind bars after being sentenced for stabbing a Black teen during an unprovoked dispute last year. Ossining resident Robert McCallion, age 36, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a host of charges earlier this year after he stabbed a teenager repeatedly and attacked a medical professional at the Westchester County Jail. In September, McCallion pleaded guilty to:  Attempted murder; Attempted murder as a hate crime; Two counts of first-degree assault; Two counts of assault as a hate crime; Two counts of …
Antisemitic Comments At Planning Board Meeting In Hudson Valley Spark Outrage Antisemitic Comments At Planning Board Meeting In Hudson Valley Spark Outrage
Antisemitic Comments At Planning Board Meeting In Hudson Valley Spark Outrage The is outrage in the Hudson Valley after hate speech was spewed at a community meeting. In Rockland County, a Haverstraw Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10 was interrupted by disparaging comments by a local resident about the growing Orthodox Jewish community. “A certain sect of people tend to walk in the street, and nobody is wearing any reflective gear,"  the unidentified man reportedly said. "So if I run one of them over, and of course, I’m going back over them again." The comments drew swift and decisive backlash from elected officials, from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul …
Police Investigate Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti At Yale University Police Investigate Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti At Yale University
Police Investigate Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti At Yale University An investigation has been launched at Yale University after two separate instances of anti-Semitic and racially charged graffiti that was discovered at a construction site on campus. The Yale Police Department launched an investigation into anti-Semitic and racist graffiti that were reportedly spray-painted inside the construction site for Kline Biology Tower in New Haven County, which has been closed since work began at the site, according to Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins. Higgins said that on Monday, Sept. 20, members of the construction crew working in the area found the graffiti spr…
Northern Westchester Man Admits To Attempted Murder As Hate Crime Northern Westchester Man Admits To Attempted Murder As Hate Crime
Northern Westchester Man Admits To Attempted Murder As Hate Crime A Northern Westchester man pleaded guilty to 14 felony charges, including attempted murder as a hate crime, after stabbing a Black teen during an unprovoked dispute. Ossining resident Robert McCallion, age 36, pleaded guilty to a host of charges after admitting to stabbing the teenager repeatedly and subsequently attacking a medical professional at the Westchester County Jail. Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said that McCallion pleaded guilty to: Attempted murder; Attempted murder as a hate crime; Two counts of first-degree assault; Two counts of assault as a hate crime; …