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Yorktown Bans ATVs On Public Property After Man Attacked At Park Yorktown Bans ATVs On Public Property After Man Attacked At Park
Yorktown Bans ATVs On Public Property After Man Attacked At Park A Northern Westchester town has banned the use of all-terrain vehicles on public property almost a year after a man was run down at a baseball field.  In an announcement on Friday, July 19, the Town of Yorktown revealed it adopted new regulations for ATVs and off-highway motorcycles following a vehicular assault in late August that left a man with severe injuries.  On the day of the assault, Sunday, Aug. 27, around 2:45 p.m., Yorktown resident Kyle Frankild allegedly ran down 64-year-old Ed Moffett with an ATV at a baseball field at 2406 Hunterbrook Rd., rendering him un…
Northern Westchester Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill USPS Employees, Burn Down Post Offices Northern Westchester Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill USPS Employees, Burn Down Post Offices
Northern Westchester Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill USPS Employees, Burn Down Post Offices A Northern Westchester man has been accused of threatening to kill US Postal Service employees and burn down post officers. Ossining resident Anthony Alfano, age 46, was arrested in Yorktown Heights on Friday, July 19, after making violent threats against USPS employees and threatening to burn down US post offices in Ossining, according to federal authorities.  The threats were made amid frustrations over a delayed parcel containing cremated remains from Florida, according to Damian Williams, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. According to court filings, Alfano th…
Hudson Valley Man Nabbed For String Of Burglaries, Police Say Hudson Valley Man Nabbed For String Of Burglaries, Police Say
Hudson Valley Man Nabbed For String Of Burglaries, Police Say A Hudson Valley man was nabbed for allegedly committing a string of commercial burglaries following an investigation.  Dutchess County resident Eric Mangano, age 53, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested by the city of Poughkeepsie police on Tuesday, July 16. According to Lt. Sean McCarthy of the Poughkeepsie Police, Mangano was the target of an investigation for a series of burglaries throughout the city. Mangano has been charged with four counts of burglary, class D felonies.  He was released to the Department of Probation.  The department is asking anyone with information about…
Man From Region Killed By State Trooper After Striking Officer With Car, Police Say Man From Region Killed By State Trooper After Striking Officer With Car, Police Say
Man From Region Killed By State Trooper After Striking Officer With Car, Police Say A 32-year-old Hudson Valley man was shot and killed by a New York State trooper after allegedly striking the officer with his vehicle. The incident occurred in Sullivan County at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, on Rock Hill Drive in the town of Thompson. According to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police, troopers were involved in a vehicle pursuit with the driver, identified as Orange County resident Albert Melendez of Middletown. Melendez stopped and attempted to turn around at the intersection of Rock Hill Drive and Emerald Place. A trooper exited his patrol vehicle and gave …
Update: Abused Dog On Mend After Being Found Emaciated In Kent Animal Cruelty Case Update: Abused Dog On Mend After Being Found Emaciated In Kent Animal Cruelty Case
Update: Abused Dog On Mend After Being Found Emaciated In Kent Animal Cruelty Case A dog that was found severely emaciated in the Hudson Valley is in the process of gaining her strength back following the arrest of her owner on animal cruelty charges, officials said. Abby, an 8-year-old Catahoula leopard mix dog, was rescued after being found in a state of severe emaciation at a Putnam County residence in Kent on Chief Nimham Drive on Sunday, June 23.  Earlier Report - Kent Woman Accused Of Animal Neglect After Dog Found Severely Emaciated After the discovery, Abby's owner, Shannon McMahon of Kent, age 42, was arrested by the Putnam County SPCA a…
Cyberattack Hits School District In Hudson Valley Cyberattack Hits School District In Hudson Valley
Cyberattack Hits School District In Hudson Valley A school district in the Hudson Valley was the target of a cyberattack that disabled computer services and access to phones and email. In Orange County, the Goshen Central School District announced on Thursday, July 11, that it was the subject of the ransomware incident. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurtis Kotes said the district notified law enforcement and is working with cyber security experts to determine the source of the attack and take the necessary steps to repair the problems as quickly as possible. In an update late Friday afternoon, July 12, Kotes said: "The disaster reco…
$400K, 415 Pounds Of Pot Seized In Hudson Valley Zava Smoke Shops Investigation $400K, 415 Pounds Of Pot Seized In Hudson Valley Zava Smoke Shops Investigation
$400K, 415 Pounds Of Pot Seized In Hudson Valley Zava Smoke Shops Investigation Five corporations and three people have pleaded guilty following an investigation into multiple smoke shops in the Hudson Valley that netted more than $400,000 and 405 pounds of pot. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II announced Wednesday, July 10, that three individuals and five corporations that were involved in a year-long investigation into Rockland County smoke shops, said  have pleaded guilty, The investigation began on Monday, March 4, when the DA's Office, the New York Office of Homeland Security Investigations, New York State agencies, and local police …
'Happy-Go-Lucky' Police Officer Killed In Hudson Valley Crash 'Happy-Go-Lucky' Police Officer Killed In Hudson Valley Crash
'Happy-Go-Lucky' Police Officer Killed In Hudson Valley Crash A 23-year-old Westchester County police officer was killed in a Hudson Valley crash. The crash occurred in Orange County at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, in the town of Highlands on Route 9W northbound according to Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police. Port Chester Police Officer Christopher Bernal, who was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle northbound on SR 9W, was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, Nevel said. The vehicle exited the highway and struck a parked, occupied 2023 GMC Acadia in a scenic pull-off.  Bernal was transported to M…
4 Shot, 1 Critically, In Hudson Valley During Large, 'Disorderly,' Gathering, Police Say 4 Shot, 1 Critically, In Hudson Valley During Large, 'Disorderly,' Gathering, Police Say
4 Shot, 1 Critically, In Hudson Valley During Large, 'Disorderly,' Gathering, Police Say Four people were shot, one critically, in the region during a large, disorderly gathering. The incident occurred in Dutchess County in the city of Poughkeepsie around 3:30 a.m., Friday, July 5, in the area of 380 Main St. According to Det. Sgt. Terrance Beam of the Poughkeepsie Police, responding officers, encountered a large disorderly group and four people suffering from gunshot wounds.  Officers began rendering aid to the victims and secured a crime scene. A 28-year-old man was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Beam said. Three women in thei…
Fourth Of July Crackdown: Extra DUI Patrols To Monitor NY Roads Over Holiday Weekend Fourth Of July Crackdown: Extra DUI Patrols To Monitor NY Roads Over Holiday Weekend
Fourth Of July Crackdown: Extra DUI Patrols To Monitor NY Roads Over Holiday Weekend Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that extra patrols will be on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers over the Fourth of July weekend. Starting on Wednesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and lasting through midnight on Sunday, July 7, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols on highways across the state. The extra patrols will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving in an effort to curb impaired drivers and target other traffic infractions, Hochul said. “State Police and local law enforcement agencies will once again be out on New Y…
'Tragic Loss': Newlywed Officer Killed In NY Salon Crash Remembered For 'Bravery, Compassion' 'Tragic Loss': Newlywed Officer Killed In NY Salon Crash Remembered For 'Bravery, Compassion'
'Tragic Loss': Newlywed Officer Killed In NY Salon Crash Remembered For 'Bravery, Compassion' Tributes are pouring in for a beloved NYPD officer who was killed alongside three others in an alleged drunk driving crash at a New York nail salon. Emilia Rennhack was off duty and getting her nails done when an SUV came barreling through the front window of Long Island’s Hawaii Nail & Spa, located in Deer Park on Commack Road, on Friday afternoon, June 28. Rennhack was pronounced dead at the scene alongside the salon’s owner, Jiancai Chen, age 37, of Bayside, Queens, according to Suffolk County Police. Also killed were Yan Xu, age 41, and Meizi Zhang, age 50, both of Flushing, Queens.…
Hudson Valley Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threats Online Hudson Valley Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threats Online
Hudson Valley Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threats Online A 44-year-old Hudson Valley man has been charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly making "threats" on social media targeting a community. Rockland County resident William Arbello, of Suffern, was arrested on Tuesday, June 25, when Ramapo Police began investigating social media posts containing threats targeting the Village of New Square community, according to Det. Lt. Chris Franklin of the Ramapo Police. "Working closely with our Ramapo detective assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Rockland County Sheriff’s Intelligence Center, a suspect was quickly ident…
Salon Tragedy: Video Shows Alleged Drunk Driver Crash Into NY Business, Killing Cop, 3 Others Salon Tragedy: Video Shows Alleged Drunk Driver Crash Into NY Business, Killing Cop, 3 Others
Salon Tragedy: Video Shows Alleged Drunk Driver Crash Into NY Business, Killing Cop, 3 Others Newly released video shows the moment an alleged drunk driver crashed his SUV into a New York nail salon, killing four people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others. The Long Island incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the hamlet of Deer Park. Suffolk County Police said Steven Schwally, age 64, of Dix Hills, was speeding southbound through a Kohl’s parking lot, near Commack Road and Grand Boulevard, before he crossed Grand Boulevard and crashed through the front window of Hawaii Nail & Spa. Earlier Report: IDs Released Of 4 Killed, Including C…
Scam Alert: Police In Region Warn Of Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls Scam Alert: Police In Region Warn Of Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls
Scam Alert: Police In Region Warn Of Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls Authorities alerted residents to be on high alert after multiple people got phony calls about attending jury duty. The Fairfield County warning was made on Friday, June 28 by police in the town of Ridgefield. According to the local authorities, several residents had been contacted about attending jury duty by somebody using a phone number with the area code 203. The scammer claimed to be a Sergeant from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office. Police emphasized that these calls (and sometimes emails) are scams, and that court officers will never ask for information such as a Social Secu…
Scammers Posing As Law Enforcement, Sending Fake Letters To Victims In Hudson Valley Scammers Posing As Law Enforcement, Sending Fake Letters To Victims In Hudson Valley
Scammers Posing As Law Enforcement, Sending Fake Letters To Victims In Hudson Valley Authorities in the region are warning residents of a scheme involving scammers posing as law enforcement and sending victims fake letters to convince them they are in trouble with the law.  The scam, detailed in an announcement from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office on Friday, June 28, involves suspects contacting victims and posing as law enforcement before telling them they are wanted for a crime.  The Sheriff's Office added that the scammer will then tell the victim they need to pay cash to satisfy the warrant or charges.  To further convince victims that the request i…
Trio Nabbed For Drug Ring Based Out Of Hudson Valley Restaurant, Officials Say Trio Nabbed For Drug Ring Based Out Of Hudson Valley Restaurant, Officials Say
Trio Nabbed For Drug Ring Based Out Of Hudson Valley Restaurant, Officials Say Three people face a long list of charges in connection with a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution network that made drug sales at a restaurant in the region, officials announced.  The three arrests were made in Dutchess County following searches conducted at several locations in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie on Thursday, June 27, the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office Drug Task Force announced on Friday, June 28.  According to the Task Force, the searches were executed as part of an investigation into the sale of cocaine and other drugs throughout Poughkeepsie. As…
24-Year-Old Charged In Hudson Valley In Connection To Missing Girl Case 24-Year-Old Charged In Hudson Valley In Connection To Missing Girl Case
24-Year-Old Charged In Hudson Valley In Connection To Missing Girl Case A Connecticut man was nabbed by out-of-state police in connection with a 15-year-old missing girl from New York's Hudson Valley. New, updated report - Update: More Details Emerge About Kidnapping Case Involving New Haven Man The incident occurred in Orange County,  in the town of Montgomery, on Sunday, June 23, when the Montgomery Police Department received a BOLO (be on the lookout) notification for a suspect wanted in connection with a missing 15-year-old Connecticut girl. According to Montgomery Police Chief John Hank, Connecticut State Police called and said the suspect’s phone wa…
2 Suspects Posing As Law Enforcement Nabbed In Hudson Valley $27K Phone Scam 2 Suspects Posing As Law Enforcement Nabbed In Hudson Valley $27K Phone Scam
2 Suspects Posing As Law Enforcement Nabbed In Hudson Valley $27K Phone Scam Two suspects from New Jersey posing as law enforcement authorities in New York were nabbed after allegedly scamming residents out of $27,000. The Hudson Valley incident occurred in Dutchess County on Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19. According to Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Vivek B. Shingarakhia, age 24, and Kishan Gajera, age 31, both of Jersey City, in connection with the investigation into a phone scam that was reported to the Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday, June 19. Watterson said the victims reported to sheriff’s deputies that they susp…
Westchester Caseworker Dies More Than Month After Attack During Shift: 'Enraging' Westchester Caseworker Dies More Than Month After Attack During Shift: 'Enraging'
Westchester Caseworker Dies More Than Month After Attack During Shift: 'Enraging' A Westchester caseworker has succumbed to her injuries more than a month after she was brutally attacked while performing her duties.  Maria Coto, age 56, died on Wednesday, June 19 as a result of injuries she sustained during an assault in Peekskill on Tuesday, May 14, according to Peekskill Police Lieutenant Adam Renwick.  On the day of the attack, just after 3 p.m., Coto was assaulted by a suspect identified as 31-year-old Haseem Jenkins inside a Peekskill apartment on South Street while making contact with clients, according to county officials and Peekskill Police. Coto…
NY County Training Armed Residents To Be 'Special Deputy Sheriffs': Here's Where, Why NY County Training Armed Residents To Be 'Special Deputy Sheriffs': Here's Where, Why
NY County Training Armed Residents To Be 'Special Deputy Sheriffs': Here's Where, Why A New York county is training armed residents who could be deputized during emergencies and natural disasters. With the state's second-largest police force of 2,600 sworn officers, Nassau County posted a notice in March in local newspapers and other news outlets for a team of provisional emergency special deputy sheriffs "for the protection of human life and property during an emergency," said County Executive Bruce Blakeman in coordination with Nassau County Sheriff Anthony LaRocco. In the advertisement, Blakeman said the "special deputies" will have no police powers unless …
Homicide Suspect At Large After Peekskill Incident That Left Man Dead Homicide Suspect At Large After Peekskill Incident That Left Man Dead
Homicide Suspect At Large After Peekskill Incident That Left Man Dead Authorities are asking for help from the public in finding a man believed to have been involved in a Northern Westchester homicide.  The Peekskill Police Department is currently searching for Walter F. Bustos-Solis, who they believe was involved in an incident that happened on Monday, June 10, the department announced on Tuesday, June 18.  On the day of the incident, at around 3:40 a.m., Peekskill officers responded to an altercation on the 900 block of Main Street in the city and found a male victim, identified as Carlos Rodriguez, with severe cuts to the lower part of his body.&…
Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons
Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons Singer and actor Justin Timberlake has allegedly been arrested on DWI-related charges on Long Island, according to multiple news reports. Click here for a new, updated story - New Details Released After Justin Timberlake Nabbed For DWI In Hamptons  ABC News is reporting that Timberlake, age 43, was taken into custody in the Hamptons on Monday, June 17, in Sag Harbor. Sag Harbor Police did not immediately return calls or answer phones regarding the arrest. Timberlake is slated to appear in court on Tuesday, June 18, ABC News said. Click here to read the entire ABC News story. Thi…
1 Dead, Another Injured In Hudson Valley Shooting, Suspect On Run 1 Dead, Another Injured In Hudson Valley Shooting, Suspect On Run
1 Dead, Another Injured In Hudson Valley Shooting, Suspect On Run Police in the Hudson Valley are searching for a suspect after one person was killed and another was injured during a shooting. The incident occurred in Orange County a little after midnight on Sunday, June 9, in the city of Newburgh. According to Mike Neppl, spokesman for the Newburgh Police, responding officers located a victim who was dead of a gunshot wound in the area of 7 Monument St. A second victim was located at Montefiore St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh with a non-life-threatening injury, Neppl said. The identities of the victims are not being released pending notifications …
'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says 'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says
'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says New details are shedding light on the lengths that accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann went to in hopes of getting away with his alleged murder spree. The 60-year-old Long Island resident, of Massapequa Park, was arraigned on two more charges of second-degree murder in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, June 6, in the killings of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla. Heuermann was previously charged with the murders of four Gilgo Beach victims: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Earlier Report: Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect …
Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women
Gilgo Beach Murders: Suspect Rex Heuermann Charged In Deaths Of 2 More Women Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was formally charged with the murders of two additional women, bringing his alleged victim count to six and expanding the timeline of killings by two decades. Click here for a new, updated story - 'More Playtime': Rex Heuermann Used 'Planning Document' To Guide Gilgo Beach Murders, DA Says The 60-year-old Long Island resident, of Massapequa Park, was arraigned on two more charges of second-degree murder in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, June 6, in the killings of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla. Taylor’s decapitated remains were dis…
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For 2 Violent Rapes Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For 2 Violent Rapes
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For 2 Violent Rapes A Hudson Valley man will spend the next 25 years in prison for raping and beating a woman twice.  Rockland County resident Rigoberto Lopez Castro, age 26, of Spring Valley, was sentenced on Wednesday, June 5, to a total of 25 years for the two rapes and one count of burglary, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II. On Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, Castro forcibly raped the victim, a woman previously known to him, the DA's office said. According to Scott Waters of the District Attorney's Office, during the attack, Castro held a belt to the victim's neck and hit her&nb…
Hudson Valley Dentist Dodged Income Taxes For Years, DA Says Hudson Valley Dentist Dodged Income Taxes For Years, DA Says
Hudson Valley Dentist Dodged Income Taxes For Years, DA Says A licensed dentist who worked in the Hudson Valley is accused of failing to pay income taxes for years, thereby defrauding the state of thousands of dollars. In Orange County, Fernando Ehrhardt, age 51, of New York City, was arraigned on criminal tax fraud and related charges in the Town of New Windsor Court on Thursday, May 30. According to prosecutors, Ehrhardt worked at several dental practices in Orange County between 2016 and 2020. Throughout that time, he allegedly failed to file personal tax returns, defrauding New York State of more than $13,000 in revenue. Ehrhardt previously had …
26 Charged In 'Hot Lunch' Drugs, Guns Takedown In Hudson Valley 26 Charged In 'Hot Lunch' Drugs, Guns Takedown In Hudson Valley
26 Charged In 'Hot Lunch' Drugs, Guns Takedown In Hudson Valley A food truck is at the center of a significant drug and gun takedown in the Hudson Valley that resulted in 26 arrests. The 26 were scooped up as part of a six-month-long investigation by numerous agencies throughout the Hudson Valley, said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. In addition to the 26, Hoovler said two individuals are pending extradition from other states, and one is in ICE custody.  According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation revealed that Kirkland Salmon was at the center of four different conspiracies to traffic narcotics and …
Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison
Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison Michelle Troconis, the girlfriend of the estranged husband of the murdered Connecticut mother of five, Jennifer Farber Dulos, has been sentenced to years in prison. 'My Mother Was Everything To Me': Jennifer Dulos' Children Speak Out For First Time Stamford/Norwalk State Attorney Paul J. Ferencek announced Friday, May 31, that Troconnis, age 49, formerly of Hartford County in Farmington, was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, suspended after 14 ½ years served, for conspiring to murder Jennifer Farber Dulos in May 2019 and then covering up the crime. Troconis faced 50 years in pr…
Security For World Cricket Cup In NY Ramped Up After Apparent Terror Threat Security For World Cricket Cup In NY Ramped Up After Apparent Terror Threat
Security For World Cricket Cup In NY Ramped Up After Apparent Terror Threat In the wake of an ominous message shared by a pro-ISIS group, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced that the World Cricket Cup, held at a Long Island stadium, will see increased security measures. Hochul’s announcement came just days before the first match of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup is set to be held at Eisenhower Stadium in East Meadow. Eisenhower Stadium will begin hosting World Cricket Cup games on Monday, June 3. They will last until Wednesday, June 12.  Though stating that “there is no credible public safety threat at this time,” the governor noted that…
New Update: Man Charged With Trying To Murder Officer At Hudson Valley Home New Update: Man Charged With Trying To Murder Officer At Hudson Valley Home
New Update: Man Charged With Trying To Murder Officer At Hudson Valley Home A 38-year-old man faces an attempted murder charge after trying to stab an officer in the back at a Northern Westchester residence, police announced.  Armonk resident Joseph Spennato was arraigned at Westchester Medical Center on Tuesday evening, May 28 in connection with his alleged attack on an officer at his home on Monday, May 20, the Westchester County Police Department announced. Earlier Report - Man Shot By Officers On Hallock Place In Armonk According to the department, Spennato's arrest resulted from an incident at his Armonk home on Hallock Place that began around …