Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Westchester Diagnosed With Cancer Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Westchester Diagnosed With Cancer
Support Rushes In For Professional Soccer Player From Westchester 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…
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 Westchester County Store Big Win: $50K Powerball Tickets Sold At Westchester County Store
Big Win: $50K Powerball Tickets Sold At Westchester County 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 New Rochelle Murder Who May Have Fled South: FBI $10K Reward Offered For Suspect In New Rochelle Murder Who May Have Fled South: FBI
$10K Reward Offered For Suspect In New Rochelle 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…
Westchester Man Used False Identity To Get Teen To Send Him Sexual Photos: Feds Westchester Man Used False Identity To Get Teen To Send Him Sexual Photos: Feds
Westchester Man Used False Identity To Get Teen To Send Him Sexual Photos: Feds A 31-year-old Westchester man faces decades in prison for using false identities to gain a teenager's trust and convince them to send him sexually explicit photos and videos, federal officials announced.  New Rochelle resident Charudet Smith, also known as Charles Smith, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 8 on sexual exploitation charges, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Friday, Feb. 9. According to federal officials, from around Dec. 21, 2019, up to around Feb. 13, 2020, Smith impersonated several people and created a series of Instagram accounts…
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Dairy products linked to deaths and serious illness — sold nationwide at many major retailers — are being recalled, the Center for Disease Control, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Food And Drug Administration announced in multiple releases over the first week of February.  Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. is recalling over 50 products after 26 illnesses, 23 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths, according to the CDC.  The California-based company issued the recall following the report of Listeria monocytogenes contamination causing illnesses in 11 states. Listeria monocytogene…
Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA
Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA The USDA has issued a warning to consumers after rocks were found inside a prepackaged chicken meal from Trader Joe's.  The ready-to-eat chicken 14-ounce packages are labeled as "Trader Joe's Chicken, Lentil and Caramelized Onion Pilaf with Saffron Basmati Rice, Dark Chicken Meat, Dates, and Golden Raisins." At least one person damaged their teeth after biting down on a rock while eating the meal, and others have reported finding foreign objects in the product to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the USDA said in its alert on Wednesday, Feb. 7.  The affected produ…
Parasitic Infection Exposure Warning Issued For Events Held In Westchester: Officials Parasitic Infection Exposure Warning Issued For Events Held In Westchester: Officials
Parasitic Infection Exposure Warning Issued For Events Held In Westchester: Officials County officials are warning those who attended two events held in Northern Westchester that they may have been exposed to a parasitic infection that can prove deadly in some cases.  In an alert issued on Wednesday, Feb. 7, Westchester County officials warned that two people infected with toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite, attended two game dinners held at the Moses Taylor Jr. American Legion Post in Mount Kisco on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20.  Because of this, officials are urging everyone who ate food at the dinners or leftovers afterward to c…
Update: Support Pouring In After Family Loses Everything In Westchester Blaze Update: Support Pouring In After Family Loses Everything In Westchester Blaze
Update: Support Pouring In After Family Loses Everything In Westchester Blaze Following a devastating fire that left a Northern Westchester family with nothing, community members are making sure that they will get the help they need to recover.  The blaze, which began on  Sunday, Feb. 4 around 10:15 a.m. at a two-and-a-half-story residence on Orchard Street in Peekskill, left the multi-family home destroyed, according to the city's fire department. Earlier Report - Blaze Tears Through Multi-Family Residence In Peekskill According to Eddie Guiracocha, the owner of Peekskill's Copy Center Services who created a GoFundMe fundraiser page on beha…
Real Estate Broker's Companies Denied Housing To Low-Income Renters In New Rochelle: AG Real Estate Broker's Companies Denied Housing To Low-Income Renters In New Rochelle: AG
Real Estate Broker's Companies Denied Housing To Low-Income Renters In New Rochelle: AG New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking action against a real estate broker and his companies after they were found to have denied housing to low-income renters in Westchester, officials announced.  In an announcement on Monday, Feb. 5, James and her office said that they had reached an agreement with real estate broker Pasquale Marciano and his companies, Century 21 Marciano, Anthony Marciano Real Estate Inc., and New Roc Property Management, to stop them from enforcing illegal policies that denied housing opportunities to low-income renters. According to James's office, rea…
Nanny From Westchester Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma Nanny From Westchester Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma
Nanny From Westchester Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma A Westchester woman will spend time in prison for shaking and bouncing a 3-month-old baby while employed as a nanny, causing him to suffer a seizure. White Plains resident Nija Woodbury, age 23, was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday, Feb. 5 for assaulting a baby in her care while employed as a nanny, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced.  According to the DA's Office, at around 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2023, Woodbury had been employed as a nanny for a family from Mount Pleasant.  While working, she aggressively shook and bounced the 3-month-ol…
'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States 'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States
'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States A popular hummus sold at Wegmans in eight states and the District of Columbia has been recalled by the company, the FDA announced on Feb. 3.  A producer for Wegmans, Summer Fresh Salads Inc. of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada has recalled Wegmans Harissa Hummus Topped With Harissa, according to the FDA.  The recall was prompted due to undeclared sesame in the produce. The company explained that people with sesame allergies "run the risk of [a] serious or life-threatening allergic reaction[s] if they consume [this] product." Notably, "No illnesses have been reported to date in connect…
Alarm System At Reservoir In Westchester To Be Tested: Here's Where, When Alarm System At Reservoir In Westchester To Be Tested: Here's Where, When
Alarm System At Reservoir In Westchester To Be Tested: Here's Where, When Officials have announced when residents can expect to hear the sound of sirens near a reservoir in Westchester. The next quarterly test of the sitewide alarm system at Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m., according to Yonkers Councilman John Rubbo.  During the drill, the alarms will sound for around five minutes. A notification throughout the system that says "This is just a test" will be given just before the alarms sound, Rubbo said. The test is a regularly scheduled drill. 
Federal Assistance For Flood Recovery Approved For Westchester, Long Island: Hochul Federal Assistance For Flood Recovery Approved For Westchester, Long Island: Hochul
Federal Assistance For Flood Recovery Approved For Westchester, Long Island: Hochul The federal government has approved funding for local governments in Westchester and Long Island to help communities devastated by heavy rain and flooding, officials announced. In an announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 31, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said that her request for a Major Disaster Declaration in Westchester, Nassau, and Kings counties was approved by President Joe Biden, allowing communities in these areas to receive federal assistance in recovering from severe flooding in September 2023.  The declaration will allow the federal government to fund recovery and reconstruction…
These Places Will Be Best To View 'Most Visible Eclipse For US In 100 Years': Here's When These Places Will Be Best To View 'Most Visible Eclipse For US In 100 Years': Here's When
These Places Will Be Best To View 'Most Visible Eclipse For US In 100 Years': Here's When It won't be long now. In just over two months, what's being called the astronomy event of the decade will occur when a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Mark your calendar now for Monday, April 8 at 1:52 p.m. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun and the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. According to space.com, it will be "the longest and most visible for the US in 100 years," with a four-minute duration expected. For a look at the pro…
Bookkeeper Accused Of Stealing $1M From Her Boss In NY Bookkeeper Accused Of Stealing $1M From Her Boss In NY
Bookkeeper Accused Of Stealing $1M From Her Boss In NY A woman who was a longtime bookkeeper for a New York business has been accused of stealing more than $1 million from the company. On Long Island, Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced the indictment of Domenica Giordano, age 39, of Islip Terrace, accused of grand larceny in the first degree for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from All Systems Maintenance, a commercial plumbing business located in Bay Shore. According to the investigation, Giordano was employed as a bookkeeper for approximately 17 years.  In May 2020, the owner…
COVID-19: JN.1, Making Up 93 Percent Of US Cases, Likely More Contagious Than Other Variants COVID-19: JN.1, Making Up 93 Percent Of US Cases, Likely More Contagious Than Other Variants
Covid-19: JN.1, Making Up 93 Percent Of US Cases, Likely More Contagious Than Other Variants If you've had a case of COVID-19 recently, then it's overwhelmingly likely it came from a new highly contagious strain of the virus that has quickly become most dominant in the United States, and around the world. JN. 1, an off-shoot of the Omicron strain, now makes up 93 percent of COVID cases in the United States after accounting for less than 5 percent of infections nationally in early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. JN.1 cases in the US have more than doubled over the last month.  "Its rapid spread suggests it is either more transmissi…
Westchester School District Mourns Fourth-Grade Student 'Taken Far Too Soon' Westchester School District Mourns Fourth-Grade Student 'Taken Far Too Soon'
Westchester School District Mourns Fourth-Grade Student 'Taken Far Too Soon' A school district in Westchester is mourning the untimely loss of a young boy.  The Mount Vernon City School District announced the death of fourth-grade student Ayman Yahaya Luwaa on Thursday, Feb. 1.  According to district officials, Luwaa died on Tuesday morning, Jan. 30. He had previously received care at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla until August 2023.  "He is in the thoughts and hearts of everyone throughout the District as we grieve his passing," the district said in a statement, adding that Luwaa was "taken far too soon."  More detai…
Update: Support Rises For Hudson Valley Family Who Lost 'Dream Home' In Blaze Update: Support Rises For Hudson Valley Family Who Lost 'Dream Home' In Blaze
Update: Support Rises For Hudson Valley Family Who Lost 'Dream Home' In Blaze A community is coming together to raise funds for a retired police officer and his family who lost their beloved Hudson Valley home in a destructive blaze.  The fire, which happened on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Putnam County at a residence in Mahopac on Old Bullet Hole Road, left the home completely destroyed following a tough battle that required firefighters to improvise and use a water source a mile away.  Earlier Report - Mahopac Home Destroyed In Early Morning Blaze: Occupants, Firefighters Escape Unharmed The blaze was a "life-changing experience" for the home's occup…
Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Westchester Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Westchester
Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Westchester Crews are taking advantage of the rain-free weather to make much-needed repairs to Northern Westchester roadways.  In an announcement on Thursday, Feb. 1, the New York State Department of Transportation said that crews are "aggressively" patching state roadways while the weather allows them to.  Some of the roadways being patched include Route 118 in Somers and the Sprain Brook Parkway, officials said on social media.  Anyone who encounters a pothole on state roadways is asked to call 800-POTHOLE to report them. 
Westchester Town To Hold Special Election After Supervisor's Sudden Death Westchester Town To Hold Special Election After Supervisor's Sudden Death
Westchester Town To Hold Special Election After Supervisor's Sudden Death A town in Northern Westchester will hold a special election to replace its supervisor, who died suddenly just days after being sworn in.  In a special meeting held on Wednesday night, Jan. 31, the Yorktown Town Board unanimously passed a motion to hold a special election on Tuesday, April 16 to determine who will replace Supervisor Thomas Diana, who died suddenly on Friday, Jan. 5 at the age of 66.  Earlier Report - Update: Funeral Details Released After Sudden Death Of Yorktown Town Supervisor Thomas Diana In addition to in-person voting, residents can vote via both ea…
Update: Leak Causing Icy Conditions On Busy Westchester Road To Be Addressed, Officials Say Update: Leak Causing Icy Conditions On Busy Westchester Road To Be Addressed, Officials Say
Update: Leak Causing Icy Conditions On Busy Westchester Road To Be Addressed, Officials Say A leak along a busy Westchester roadway that has been contributing to dangerous icy conditions for years will soon be fixed with construction work, officials said.  Over the past couple of years, a leak on West Hartsdale Avenue (Route 100A) in Hartsdale has caused icy conditions during the colder months as a result of water flowing down the road. However, officials from the New York State Department of Transportation are planning to soon begin work on fixing the leak, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said on Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Earlier Report - Leak Causes 'Dangerous Ic…