New Update: Threat To Middle School In Westchester Came From Student Inside Building New Update: Threat To Middle School In Westchester Came From Student Inside Building
New Update: Threat To Middle School In Westchester Came From Student Inside Building A threat called in to a middle school in Westchester that resulted in several school lockdowns was revealed to have come from a student inside the building, officials said. The threat was received by Port Chester Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 28, prompting all of the district's schools to go into lockdown out of an abundance of caution. Earlier Report - Threat Made To Port Chester Middle School Causes Lockdowns Following an investigation into the threat, it was determined to have come from a phone call placed inside the building. As part of this investigation, police went to every …
Thousands Without Power In Westchester, Putnam After Intense Storm With Damaging Winds Thousands Without Power In Westchester, Putnam After Intense Storm With Damaging Winds
Thousands Without Power In Westchester, Putnam After Intense Storm With Damaging Winds In the aftermath of a storm that brought howling gusty winds to Westchester and Putnam counties, thousands are waiting for their electricity to be restored.  The power outages were caused by a storm that arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and continued into Thursday, Feb. 29, bringing widespread 40- to 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts and a deluge of rain.  Earlier Report - 72 MPH Wind Gust Reported During Storm: Here's Rundown From Region As of Thursday at around 11:45 a.m., NYSEG reported 559 outages in Westchester, with the most outages in Somers at 166. Meanwhile, Con Edison repo…
Fallen Trees, Power Lines Block Bus Routes In Northern Westchester School District Fallen Trees, Power Lines Block Bus Routes In Northern Westchester School District
Fallen Trees, Power Lines Block Bus Routes In Northern Westchester School District An overnight storm that slammed the region with powerful wind gusts forced a Northern Westchester school district to implement a two-hour delay after buses were unable to reach some students. The Valhalla Union Free School District was forced to operate on a two-hour delay on Thursday, Feb. 29 as a result of downed trees and power lines that blocked several bus routes in the hamlet, officials announced.  The damage was caused by a powerful overnight storm on Wednesday night, Feb. 28 into Thursday that brought gusts as high as 59 miles per hour to Westchester.  Earlier Report -&n…
Man Gets Prison Time For Operating Cocaine Delivery Service: Caused Death Of Westchester Man Man Gets Prison Time For Operating Cocaine Delivery Service: Caused Death Of Westchester Man
Man Gets Prison Time For Operating Cocaine Delivery Service: Caused Death Of Westchester Man A 41-year-old man will spend more than a decade in prison for operating a cocaine courier service that delivered fentanyl-tainted cocaine to a Westchester man, causing his death.  Florida resident Jose Luis Tejada Aybar of Miami was sentenced on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to 12 and a half years in prison for operating the Cab Louie Delivery Service, which brought cocaine to customers in the Bronx and Westchester, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced.  According to federal officials, Tejada Aybar began the delivery service in March 2018. To order…
Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades
Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades A Metro-North station in Northern Westchester is the latest to receive accessibility improvements, including an all-new elevator.  The improvements, which were made to the Purdys Metro-North Station in North Salem, were announced by the MTA on Thursday, Feb. 22.  The upgrades include a new elevator that travels between the station's parking lot and the Purdys Road (Route 116) overpass, as well as a new sidewalk compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act that leads from the elevator to the existing station entrance.  The station is the third in Westchester to receive …
Westchester Native Sean Combs Accused Of Sexually Harassing, Drugging Male Producer: Reports Westchester Native Sean Combs Accused Of Sexually Harassing, Drugging Male Producer: Reports
Westchester Native Sean Combs Accused Of Sexually Harassing, Drugging Male Producer: Reports Successful hip-hop artist and New York native Sean Combs, who is also known as "Puff Daddy," "P. Diddy," and "Diddy," is being sued by a producer on his latest album who is accusing him of sexual harassment, according to numerous reports.  The lawsuit against Combs, a Westchester County native from Mount Vernon, was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday, Feb. 26, and accuses the artist and producer of sexually harassing, threatening, and drugging producer Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones, according to a report by NBC News.  According to the outlet, J…
NY Personal Pilot To Billionaire Investor Admits Role In Insider Trading Scheme NY Personal Pilot To Billionaire Investor Admits Role In Insider Trading Scheme
NY Personal Pilot To Billionaire Investor Admits Role In Insider Trading Scheme A private pilot from New York has admitted to taking part in an insider trading scheme involving his billionaire boss. Albany County resident Patrick O’Connor, age 67, of Preston-Potter Hollow, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in Albany federal court on Monday, Feb. 26. O’Connor worked as a personal pilot to billionaire Joseph Lewis, a British businessman and investor who is the principal owner of the Tavistock Group, an international private investment organization. According to prosecutors, Lewis, age 87, was regularly given material, non-public information about various companies for …
Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History
Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History Someone could walk away with more than half a billion dollars after the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, Feb. 27.  The last major Mega Millions win was on Dec. 8, 2023, when two people in California matched all six numbers. Since then, the jackpot has grown to $563 million, the eighth highest in Mega Millions history, according to a news release.  But that doesn't mean there aren't winners. More than 1 million winning tickets were sold on Friday, Feb. 23, ranging from a few dollars to $50,000 in value.  If no one wins the $563 million jackpot — an estimated cash value of $2…
Iconic Rides, Facilities At Playland In Westchester Get Upgrades, Restoration Iconic Rides, Facilities At Playland In Westchester Get Upgrades, Restoration
Iconic Rides, Facilities At Playland In Westchester Get Upgrades, Restoration A beloved Westchester amusement park is being transformed by an extensive revamping project that is already seeing results.  In an announcement on Friday, Feb. 23, Westchester County officials detailed improvements completed at Rye Playland as part of a $130 million capital program that is still underway.  The program was initiated in 2020 when county officials recognized a need to improve the park, which was founded in 1928 and is one of only two amusement parks in the country with National Historic Landmark status.  So far, restoration efforts at the Grand Carousel and Der…
Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse At Site In Westchester: DA Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse At Site In Westchester: DA
Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse At Site In Westchester: DA A Connecticut contractor has been criminally charged in connection to a trench collapse at a construction site in New York that killed a 46-year-old man, officials announced. Fairfield County resident Michael Conway of Bethel, age 59, was arraigned in Westchester County Court on criminal charges in connection to the fatal collapse, which happened in Mamaroneck in May 2021 and killed Stamford resident Jose Vega, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, Feb. 26.  Earlier Report - Worker Dies After Being Trapped In Trench In Westchester Conway is the di…
‘We Need Answers’: Death Of 14-Year-Old NY Girl Still Mystery One Year Later ‘We Need Answers’: Death Of 14-Year-Old NY Girl Still Mystery One Year Later
‘We Need Answers’: Death Of 14-Year-Old NY Girl Still Mystery One Year Later A year after Samantha Humphrey’s body was pulled from a river in upstate New York, her killer remains at large. The 14-year-old Schenectady High School sophomore was last seen on Nov. 25, 2022, near the city's Mohawk River. Her mother reported her missing the following day. Investigators spent months fruitlessly searching the water and surrounding areas with K9 units and dive teams before her body was finally recovered on Feb. 22, 2023. Earlier Report: NY Teen Samantha Humphrey Remembered As 'A Light In The Dark' Following Death At Age 14 A week later, Schenectady Police confirmed…
‘You're Racist': Video Shows Lawyer Harassing NY Mosque Members Over Israel-Hamas War ‘You're Racist': Video Shows Lawyer Harassing NY Mosque Members Over Israel-Hamas War
‘You're Racist': Video Shows Lawyer Harassing NY Mosque Members Over Israel-Hamas War A New York lawyer is facing criminal charges after he was allegedly caught on video harassing members of a mosque over the Israel-Hamas war. The Long Island incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Melville Islamic Center, located on Old Neck Road. Suffolk County Police said Jordan Endler, age 46, entered the place of worship and made several statements regarding the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Video shared on X, formerly Twitter, shows Endler walking in circles around a staircase while repeatedly shouting, “Free the Israeli hostages now.” A woman filming the i…
Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know
Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know A highly contagious stomach bug is spreading nationwide with the highest positivity rate now in the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines, which is called acute gastroenteritis. The most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain, with fever, headache, and body aches also associated with the illness. Norovirus outbreaks frequently occur in schools, childcare centers, colleges, and universities. Foods that are commonly involved in norovirus outbreaks include: Leaf…
Man Gets Prison Time After Killing Victim In Westchester, Then Avoiding Police For Year Man Gets Prison Time After Killing Victim In Westchester, Then Avoiding Police For Year
Man Gets Prison Time After Killing Victim In Westchester, Then Avoiding Police For Year A 34-year-old man who spent a year eluding authorities will spend decades in prison for fatally shooting a 20-year-old victim in Westchester.  Yonkers resident Jonathan Planas was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for the October 2020 fatal shooting of Alvaro Vigueras Medina, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced on Thursday, Feb. 22.  At around 1:30 a.m. on the day of the shooting, Oct. 10, 2020, Planas got out of a Mercedes Benz and fired several shots at Medina while he was walking on Lawrence Street in Yonkers. Medina was hit once …
Hudson Valley Man Admits Selling $70K In Elephant Ivory Pool Cues, DA Says Hudson Valley Man Admits Selling $70K In Elephant Ivory Pool Cues, DA Says
Hudson Valley Man Admits Selling $70K In Elephant Ivory Pool Cues, DA Says A Hudson Valley man has been convicted for his part in the illegal commercialization of elephant ivory worth more than $70,000. Rockland County resident Kenneth Kerner, age 59, of Clarkstown, was convicted on Thursday, Feb. 22 after pleading guilty to the crime on Thursday, Feb. 8, said the New State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York County District Attorney’s Office. Kerner, who was sentenced to five years probation, 200 hours of community service, and an obligation to donate $10,000 to a wildlife organization was caught as part of an investigation that began…
27-Year-Old Cold Spring Man Killed While Skiing Was Investment Firm Associate 27-Year-Old Cold Spring Man Killed While Skiing Was Investment Firm Associate
27-Year-Old Cold Spring Man Killed While Skiing Was Investment Firm Associate More information has emerged about a 27-year-old Hudson Valley man who was killed while skiing at a mountain resort in Vermont.  Putnam County resident Brooks Ralph of Cold Spring was found dead just before midnight at Stowe Mountain Resort on Tuesday, Feb. 20, according to reports.  Earlier Report - 27-Year-Old From Putnam County Killed While Skiing In Vermont: Report Ralph's body was found in a section of steep wooded backcountry terrain outside of the resort's boundaries above the Upper Perry Merrill Trail following a search conducted by Stowe Mountain Rescue, S…
Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Yorktown Diagnosed With Cancer Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Yorktown Diagnosed With Cancer
Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Yorktown Diagnosed With Cancer In an amazing display of support, a community has come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help a professional soccer player from Northern Westchester who faces a dire cancer diagnosis.  The effort began after New York City FC player John Denis, a Yorktown native, was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma on Saturday, Feb. 3, his 26th birthday.  The diagnosis came just days before Denis was scheduled to leave home for his preseason and fourth year of playing professional soccer, according to his brother, Sebastian.  To help raise funds t…
Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl
Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl The man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a New York state park and later sexually abusing her has formally confessed. Craig Ross Jr., age 47, pleaded guilty to kidnapping with intent to collect ransom and predatory sexual assault against a child as part of a plea deal in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday, Feb. 21. New York State Police said Ross abducted the child as she rode her bicycle in Moreau Lake State Park on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Earlier Report: New Update: Kidnapping Suspect Craig Ross Jr. Probed In Milton Murders Of 2 Women, Report Says Her mother called…
Westchester's Kate Snow To Step Away From NBC Nightly News Anchor Chair After 8 Years Westchester's Kate Snow To Step Away From NBC Nightly News Anchor Chair After 8 Years
Westchester's Kate Snow To Step Away From NBC Nightly News Anchor Chair After 8 Years After over eight years, Westchester resident Kate Snow will no longer be anchoring NBC Nightly News on Sundays. Snow, a Larchmont resident, announced that she would be stepping away from the program during the NBC Nightly News broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 18, saying that the job was "a privilege."  During her announcement, Snow said she would instead be focusing her attention on the weekday program, NBC News Daily, which she also anchors.  "I will miss the team that you don't see behind the cameras here," Snow said on Sunday, adding, "I'll continue to be part of the Nightly News fam…
Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video
Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video This story has been updated. A small plane was forced to make a crash landing on a Long Island highway. Emergency crews were called at around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, after the single-engine Cherokee Archer landed on the eastbound right shoulder of the Southern State Parkway near exit 33 in Babylon. Two people who were onboard the aircraft were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York State Police. No vehicles were involved and there were no other reports of injuries, though additional medics were called to the scene after a man who witnessed the…
Man Caught On Parkway In Westchester With Illegally-Possessed Pistol Gets Years In Prison Man Caught On Parkway In Westchester With Illegally-Possessed Pistol Gets Years In Prison
Man Caught On Parkway In Westchester With Illegally-Possessed Pistol Gets Years In Prison A 35-year-old man with prior felony convictions will spend several years in prison after he was caught with an illegally possessed loaded pistol on a parkway in Westchester, officials announced. New York City resident Jose Valle was sentenced on Friday, Feb. 16 to seven years in state prison for illegal gun possession, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced.  According to the DA's Office, on Dec. 28, 2022, authorities pulled Valle over on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison during a routine traffic stop. He then tried fleeing before police event…
Nearly 40 Cats Found Living In 'Filth, Garbage' In Westchester Apartment Nearly 40 Cats Found Living In 'Filth, Garbage' In Westchester Apartment
Nearly 40 Cats Found Living In 'Filth, Garbage' In Westchester Apartment Almost 40 cats were discovered to be living in filthy conditions after neighbors reported a terrible smell coming from a Westchester apartment, officials said.  The discovery was made by SPCA Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Team, which responded to a White Plains apartment after a landlord reported that neighbors were complaining about a "deathly smell" coming from the unit, the organization announced on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Officers soon arrived at the apartment and found nearly 40 "terrified" cats living in "filth and garbage," the organization said in a social media post.  A…
COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says
Covid-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says Those who have had COVID-19 are about four times more likely to develop chronic fatigue compared to those who haven't been infected, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers analyzed electronic health records data collected from the University of Washington that included three hospitals and over 300 primary care and specialty clinics providing healthcare services across the state, totaling 4,589 patients. Patients, who consisted of adults over age 18 having either a positive test result for COVID or a clinical diagnosis of COVID …
Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese
Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese A new multistate E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese has sickened nearly a dozen people and led to a recall, according to federal authorities. In a Food Safety Alert issued on Friday, Feb. 16, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said six of 10 illnesses reported in four states came from those who said they ate RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese. Four of those infected have been hospitalized and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The agency said Raw Farm LLC has re…
Filming To Take Place At Diner In Westchester, Cause Road Closure Filming To Take Place At Diner In Westchester, Cause Road Closure
Filming To Take Place At Diner In Westchester, Cause Road Closure Authorities are alerting residents of temporary road closures around a diner in Westchester that will be the scene of a filming event.  The "commercial entertainment filming event" will take place in the parking lot of the Townhouse Diner in North White Plains at 720 North Broadway (Route 22) on Friday, Feb. 16, North Castle Police announced.  More information about what the filming is for was not released.  Although the diner will remain open to customers during the filming, a section of Castle Heights Place next to the business will be temporarily closed during the da…
Update: Man Faces New Charges In Hit-Run Death Of Beloved Community Leader In Westchester Update: Man Faces New Charges In Hit-Run Death Of Beloved Community Leader In Westchester
Update: Man Faces New Charges In Hit-Run Death Of Beloved Community Leader In Westchester A 42-year-old man has been hit with new charges in connection with the hit-run death of a beloved community leader in Westchester.  Brooklyn resident Antonio Robles-Sanchez was indicted for the hit-run death of 65-year-old Stephanie Kavourias that happened in Hartsdale in August 2023, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Thursday, Feb. 15.  Earlier Report - Woman Killed In Hit-Run Hartsdale Crash Was Beloved Community Leader According to the DA's Office, around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, Robles-Sanchez drove his Dodge Ram t…
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat 29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat A 29-year-old from Connecticut who was accused of killing his mother and grandfather is the focus of a new Netflix documentary on the mysterious deaths.  Netflix said earlier this month the documentary will explore the mysteries surrounding Middlesex County native Nathan Carman, of Middletown, who was accused of killing his mother Linda Carman while on a fishing trip in 2016, and his grandfather, John Chakalos. three years earlier in 2013. Carman, who died while in police custody last year, allegedly killed his mother while fishing off the coast of Rhode Island on the family boat.…
Support Pours In After Fire Leaves Westchester Home Uninhabitable, Injures Family Cat Support Pours In After Fire Leaves Westchester Home Uninhabitable, Injures Family Cat
Support Pours In After Fire Leaves Westchester Home Uninhabitable, Injures Family Cat A family is asking for help following a house fire in Westchester that left their home uninhabitable and caused their cat to be hospitalized. The blaze happened on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4 at a White Plains residence located on Hall Avenue, according to White Plains fire officials. Arriving crews discovered that the fire began in the basement and had spread to the first and second floors. Firefighters were able to stop flames from reaching the attic and knocked the blaze out without any injuries, officials said. In the weeks since the fire though, the impacted family, which is no long…
Big Win: $50K Powerball Tickets Sold At Northern Westchester Store Big Win: $50K Powerball Tickets Sold At Northern Westchester Store
Big Win: $50K Powerball Tickets Sold At Northern Westchester Store Three people are each tens of thousands of dollars richer after winning Powerball tickets were sold in stores on Long Island and in Westchester. Chiefs fans aren’t the only winners coming out of this weekend, according to New York Lottery officials. Multiple third-place-winning Powerball tickets, worth $50,000 each, were sold in the state for the Saturday, Feb. 10 drawing in Suffolk and Westchester counties: Waverly Express Mart, located at 1106 Waverly Avenue in Holtsville 7-Eleven, located at 112 Route 100 in Somers A third ticket, worth the same amount, was sold in Manhattan at a new…
Westchester Resident To Be Named As NY's Chief Deputy Inspector General Westchester Resident To Be Named As NY's Chief Deputy Inspector General
Westchester Resident To Be Named As NY's Chief Deputy Inspector General A veteran prosecutor from Westchester will soon be appointed as New York's next Chief Deputy Inspector General, officials announced. Ardsley resident Michele Bayer will be appointed to the position on Monday, Feb. 12, according to a spokesperson from the New York Offices of the Inspector General.  Bayer, who was appointed Deputy Inspector for the Downstate Region in late 2022, will replace Lynn Tabbott.  Before she was appointed Deputy Inspector, Bayer served as the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in the Manhattan District Attorney's Off…
$10K Reward Offered For Suspect In Westchester Murder Who May Have Fled South: FBI $10K Reward Offered For Suspect In Westchester Murder Who May Have Fled South: FBI
$10K Reward Offered For Suspect In Westchester Murder Who May Have Fled South: FBI The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information regarding a suspect charged in connection with a Westchester homicide that left a 29-year-old man dead.  The reward is being offered to anyone with information regarding the location of 29-year-old Mtayari Dixon, who allegedly shot and killed New Rochelle resident James Caldwell, Jr. in October 2022 after the two were involved in a verbal fight, according to the city's police department.  Earlier Report - Search Intensifies For Suspect In New Rochelle Murder: May Have Fled T…