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    Three Rockland County teens mingling on a Paterson street corner were all carrying guns when city detectives rolled up on them, authorities said. Detectives Jonathan Traynor and Kenneth Kerwin approached the trio at the corner 5th Avenue and East 12th Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. last Sunday, Nov. 27, city Police Director Jerry Speziale said. Joined by Detectives Suquan Gary and Joseph Aboyoun, the investigators found all three packing, he said. Sent to the Passaic County Jail on weapons charges were Christain Martinez, 18, of Suffern, who Speziale said was caught with a .22-caliber Heritage Arms revolver, and Devin Zuniga, 19, of Airmont, who he said had a .380-caliber Springfield Arms semi-automatic pistol. The third person seized, a 17-year-old boy from Suffern, was carrying a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a high-capacity magazine, the director said. He was sent to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center on a delinquency complaint charging him with illegal possession of both. Speziale praised the detectives as "extremely talented, dedicated and capable of seeing situations for what they are." They're also "endowed with the skills to...
    A house was heavily damaged after an overnight fire in the Hudson Valley. The blaze broke out at around 8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 in Rockland County, at Regina Court in the hamlet of Blauvelt. Emergency responders found the house to be fully involved in flames upon arriving at the scene, according to the Orangetown Police Department. The Blauvelt Fire Department extinguished the fire with mutual aid assistance from the: Orangeburg Fire Department,  Sparkill Fire Department,  West Nyack Fire Department,  Central Nyack Fire Department, Pearl River Fire Department. No injuries were reported. The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Orangetown Fire Inspector were called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
    Police in Rockland County were searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a Bergen County pedestrian overnight, they said. The incident happened in Rockland County around 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in Pearl River. Adan Valentin Huerta Martinez, 51, was crossing Central Venue when a black sedan struck him around 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov 13, in Peal River, Orangetown Police Capt. Michael Shannon said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. Meanwhile, the driver fled the scene eastbound on East Central Avenue, Shannon said. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or can provide additional information is asked to contact the Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700. 
    Police in Rockland County were searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a Bergen County pedestrian overnight, they said. The incident happened in Rockland County around 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in Pearl River. Adan Valentin Huerta Martinez, 51, was crossing Central Venue when a black sedan struck him around 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov 13, in Peal River, Orangetown Police Capt. Michael Shannon said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. Meanwhile, the driver fled the scene eastbound on East Central Avenue, Shannon said. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or can provide additional information is asked to contact the Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700. 
    Police in Rockland County were searching for a hit-and-run driver from Bergen County after an overnight crash, they said. The incident happened in Rockland County around 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in Pearl River. Adan Valentin Huerta Martinez, 51, was heading east on Central Venue in Orangetown, in a black sedan when he struck the victim, Orangetown Police Capt. Michael Shannon said. Martinez fled the scene eastbound on East Central Avenue, Shannon said. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or can provide additional information is asked to contact the Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700. 
    Officials issued an alert about upcoming lane closures on a stretch of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Single lane closures are planned in both directions of the parkway from the New Jersey State line in the Rockland County town of Orangetown to the Orange County line in Stony Point, according to the New York State Department of Transportation. The closures are set to take place from Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Thursday, Nov. 17, to facilitate guide rail work, state officials said.
    A detective in the Hudson Valley has died at the age of 31. The Rockland County District Attorney's Office announced with "profound sadness" that detective and Drug Task Force Supervisor Xavier Fernandez died on Friday, Oct. 28. A cause of death has not been released. Fernandez worked as an NYPD officer and PBA representative for the 44th precinct until November 2021, the DA's Office said.  "He started his dream job as a detective in his home of Rockland County in November 2021 and was assigned to the RCDAO Drug Task Force and was quickly promoted to group supervisor," the department said. "Det. Fernandez worked closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug distribution and related violence in each of Rockland's towns and villages." Fernandez graduated from Rockland Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice.  "Xavier was a huge foodie, loved country music and spending time with his family and friends," the DA's Office said. He is survived by his sister Marleny Fernandez, and his niece Mikayla. He is predeceased by his parents, Pedro and Melania...
    A Hudson Valley man was charged after he allegedly tied up and beat his wife and then held police at bay for more than eight hours after she escaped. The incident began in Rockland County around 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 on Fillmore Drive in Stony Point. According to Stony Point Police Chief Edward Finn, the police department received a call from a woman who had been and beaten by her husband during the night and was able to escape the residence to call the police.  When police arrived, the woman told officers her husband, identified as Jeffrey Kavanagh, age 38,  of Stony Point, also stuck a gun in her mouth and told her that he would kill her.  She added that he was in their home on Fillmore Drive and had a handgun, a long gun, and a flame thrower in the residence, Finn said. Stony Point Police requested the Rockland County REACT team to respond due to the weapons involved and the fact that Kavanagh was barricaded in the residence, he added. Police said after nearly eight hours of negotiations, Kavanagh refused requests to exit...
    A Hudson Valley man who allegedly attempted to kill his girlfriend with a hammer and then took police on a wild chase before crashing into a state police cruiser has been indicted for attempted murder. Rockland County resident Todd Humphrey, age 46, of Stony Point, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in connection with a violent attack at a hotel in West Nyack. On Monday, Oct. 17, around 5 am, officers from the Clarkstown Police Department responded to the Tappan Zee Hotel, located at 110 North Route 303 in West Nyack, for reports of a woman screaming, police said. Earlier report: Hammer Attack Leads To Chase, Crash In Area, Police Say Officers located a woman who had substantial lacerations to her head. The victim told officers that while she was using the shower her boyfriend -- Humprey -- began striking her in the head with what appeared to be a hammer, Walsh said. She was able to escape the room and was assisted by hotel staff who called 911. Humprey left the hotel before officers arrived on the scene. A regional alert was...
    UPDATE: An attempted murder suspect accused of hitting his girlfriend with a hammer at a Clarkstown hotel was captured after a wild chase and a head-on crash on a heavily-traveled bridge in New York State. Clarkstown police said they responded to reports of a woman screaming at the Tappan Zee Hotel on northbound Route 202 shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17. They found a victim, they said, who told them her boyfriend, 46-year-old Todd Humphrey of Stony Point, has hit her in the head with a hammer while she was in the shower. She escaped the room and got the attention of hotel staff who dialed 911, they said. The officers rendered medical aid until EMS arrived. A manhunt followed as alerts were dispatched to various law enforcement agencies. It was around 1:30 p.m. when New York State Police troopers spotted Humphrey and his vehicle in Putnam County. A pursuit followed. It ended in a head-on collision of a pickup truck and an SUV atop the Newburgh Beacon Bridge in Dutchess County, along with damage to other vehicles, including...
    A dozen or so mutual aid companies helped counter a lack of area hydrants as a fast-moving fire consumed an Upper Saddle River mansion at the Rockland County border over the weekend. No one was injured in the multi-alarm Hillside Avenue blaze, which broke out in the $2.7 million home in the north end of town shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, fire officials said. Authorities were investigating the cause. Firefighters were immediately forced into an exterior attack, with the fire going to three alarms within minutes of their arrival -- and, eventually, five alarms for coverage. It took roughly 3½ hours to bring the blaze under control. Firefighters continued to douse hotspots into the evening. Mutual aid was provided by, among others, firefighters from Allendale, Ramsey, Wyckoff, Wanaque, Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes and multiple Rockland County companies, including Monsey, Spring Valley and Tallman. NOTE: The list of responding departments was compiled from area reports. If a company isn't listed here, please text: (201) 943-2794. Or email: jdemarco@dailyvoice.com. Or private message: Gerard(Jerry)DeMarco (FACEBOOK).
    Officials in a Hudson Valley county have given an update on water usage in the weeks since mandatory restrictions were changed to voluntary. Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that a Modified Stage II Water Emergency was in effect on Thursday, Aug. 18, due to the dry conditions at the time, causing unprecedented flow levels in the Ramapo River, which limited the use of Veolia’s Ramapo Valley Well Field. Water Emergency: Rockland County Implements Mandatory Restrictions On Water Use The restrictions, which mainly impacted outdoor water usage, were made voluntary on Wednesday, Sept. 14. In an update on Tuesday, Oct. 4, county officials said water usage across the county remained 15 percent below average since the restrictions became voluntary.  “When the people of Rockland are presented with a crisis, they always step forward to do the right thing,” Day said. “I thank our residents for doing their part and ask you all to please continue those efforts for a little longer.” Day said as of Saturday, Oct. 1, the county is no longer hitting any drought triggers, but the department of health...
    A research assistant prepares a PCR reaction for polio at a lab at Queens College on August 25, 2022, in New York City.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images When a young adult in a New York City suburb visited an emergency department in June after experiencing weakness in their lower legs, the shocking diagnosis would lead local officials to declare a health emergency in New York and put authorities across the U.S. and around the world on a state of alert. The individual, a resident of Rockland County, had suffered from a fever, a stiff neck, back and abdominal pain as well constipation for five days. The patient was hospitalized and tested for enterovirus, a family of pathogens that in rare cases can cause weakness in the arms and legs. New York state's Wadsworth Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would subsequently confirm the worst: The young adult was suffering from paralysis after contracting polio, the first known U.S. case in nearly a decade and the first in New York since 1990. The patient was unvaccinated....
    Rockland County Executive Ed Day unveiled a proposed $812.4 million spending plan for 2023. Day announced the proposed budget at the Allison Parris County Office Building in New City on Monday, Oct. 3. He said the county has recovered from its $138 million deficit in 2014 and currently has a surplus. “But just as our families are facing financial challenges, so is County government, which is why we are continuing to be cautionary with this surplus to shield ourselves from any crisis that is thrown at us – including a recession,” Day said. The 2023 proposed budget does not include property tax increases, and it includes energy tax elimination, he announced. The proposed budget also includes: Reestablishing a Commissioner of General Services to oversee Purchasing, Facilities, Capital Projects and Information and Communication Systems $1.45 million for additional positions to strengthen services $1.5 million for college tuition assistance for volunteer firefighters and emergency responders $518,200 for possible increases in funding to nonprofit contract agencies and 224 agencies The County Legislature is required to hold a public hearing on the proposed budget by...
    A popular local gymnastics coach already locked up for sexually abusing a child is facing a new allegation of sex abuse. Joseph Lewin, age 71, of Hillburn in Rockland County, also known as Joseph Lewandoski in the 1990s, was arraigned Friday, Sept. 30, on one count of felony sexual conduct against a child under the age of 13. According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, Lewin sexually abused the female victim between 2012 and 2015 while working as a gymnastics coach at his gym in the Village of Hillburn in the Town of Ramapo. Earlier Report: Youth Gymnastics Coach From Westchester Arraigned On Sex Abuse Charges Lewin is already serving a four-year prison sentence after accepting a plea deal in June 2018 that convicted him on a single count of sex abuse against a victim under the age of 13. He was initially arrested in May 2018 for allegedly abusing at least seven children between 2007 and 2014 while serving as a gymnastics coach at several athletic facilities in Rockland County, the DA’s Office said. “The defendant preyed upon...
    A 20-year-old man was charged with trespassing after police said he entered a closed Hudson Valley animal shelter to retrieve his dog. In Rockland County, an employee at Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc. in  Pomona discovered on Saturday, Sept. 17, that one of the dogs that was lodged at the shelter was missing, according to the Rockland County Sheriff's Office The dog was lodged at the shelter on Friday, Sept. 16, after the animal was found wandering unattended in Ramapo, authorities said. Investigators found that the dog, named Sky, is owned by Pomona resident Bernard Teichman. Teichman lives near the animal shelter, and allegedly unlawfully trespassed into the locked facility while it was closed and took Sky, the Sheriff's Office said.  Teichman was arrested by the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree criminal trespass, authorities reported.  He was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Ramapo Justice Court on Thursday, Oct. 6, according to the report.
    A Hudson Valley woman is facing fraud charges following an investigation by New York State Police. Rockland County resident Shawn Pezzementi, age 48, of Haverstraw, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, on one count of offering a false instrument for filing, a felony. Investigators said Pezzementi submitted a fraudulent document to the Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection in November 2021. Police did not specify the type of document that was allegedly submitted or elaborate on the nature of the allegations. Attempts by Daily Voice to get clarification from State police were unsuccessful. Pezzementi was later released on an appearance ticket and is due back at the Town of Ramapo Court on Tuesday, Sept. 20. 
    (CNN)New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state disaster emergency amid evidence of circulating poliovirus, a move that will increase the availability of resources including expanding the network of polio vaccine administrators, state health officials said.Sequence analysis of wastewater surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found poliovirus samples in Nassau County, bringing the total to 5 counties -- Rockland County, Orange County, Sullivan County, New York City, and now, Nassau County.The August sample from Nassau County on Long Island has been genetically linked to the case identified in Rockland county -- showing further evidence of expanding community spread. Health officials urge New Yorkers to get vaccinated after poliovirus detected in wastewater in another countyAll samples are "samples of concern," -- essentially, types of poliovirus that can cause paralysis in humans."Bolstering the immunization drive, the E.O. (executive order) immediately expands the network of polio vaccine administrators with the addition of EMS workers, midwives, and pharmacists and authorizes physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue non-patient specific standing orders for polio vaccines," the release from DHS said.Read MoreThe executive order also requires...
    Share this: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday the state was stepping up its polio-fighting efforts after the virus was detected in the wastewater of yet another county in the New York City area. Health officials began checking for signs of the virus in sewage water after the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade was identified in July in Rockland County, which is north of the city. The latest detection involved a wastewater sample collected last month in Nassau County on Long Island, directly east of the city. The sample is genetically linked to the polio case from Rockland and provides further evidence of expanding community spread, state health officials said. The poliovirus had previously been detected in wastewater in New York City and three counties to its north: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan.
    New York state officials have declared a disaster over the states polio outbreak where there has been one confirmed case and dozens of positive wastewater samples dating back as far as April. The move was announced by Gov Kathy Hochul's office on Friday. In a release, officials say that move allows 'necessary State agencies to take appropriate action to assist local governments and individuals in containing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from this State disaster emergency.' The Empire state first detected a case of the devastating virus in Rockland County - just outside of New York City's Bronx borough - on July 21. In the time since, wastewater surveillance has also detected the virus within the city itself and in nearby Orange and Sullivan counties. On Friday, officials revealed that Nassau County, also just outside of the Big Apple, had detected the virus in its wastewater surveillance as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed in August that further investigation found at least 21 positive samples of the virus in New York. One of the samples...
    Police have identified two people killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash in the Hudson Valley overnight. It happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Orange County on I-87 in the town of Tuxedo. A preliminary investigation by New York State Police has determined a passenger vehicle was driving northbound in the southbound lanes between Exit 16 (Harriman) and Exit 15A (Sloatsburg), when it struck another passenger vehicle head-on. The vehicles were occupied by drivers only, both of whom were pronounced dead on the scene and removed from the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, state police said. State Police investigators say they have now determined that George Gonzalez, age 68, of Dumont, New Jersey, operating a 2017 Toyota RAV4, was the wrong-way driver near mile marker 35.7.  Gonzalez drove into the path of a 2022 Nissan Altima being driven by Orange County resident Yehuda Weinstock, age 67, of Chester, resulting in the Toyota becoming engulfed in flames, said police.  All southbound lanes were closed during the crash investigation until around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Original report: 2 Killed...
    Police are investigating a double-fatal, wrong-way crash in the Hudson Valley overnight. It happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Orange County on I-87 in the town of Tuxedo. A preliminary investigation by New York State Police has determined a passenger vehicle was driving northbound in the southbound lanes between Exit 16 (Harriman) and Exit 15A (Sloatsburg), when it struck another passenger vehicle head-on. The vehicles were occupied by drivers only, both of whom were pronounced dead on the scene, state police said. All southbound lanes were closed during the crash investigation until around 7 a.m. Tuesday. More details, including the identities of the victims, are expected to be released later in the day. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    A Newark man accused of carjacking a Rockland County driver in Clifton was ordered held by a judge after he was captured on the beach in Asbury Park, authorities said. The 27-year-old victim from Pearl River, NY, was hospitalized after being assaulted outside a medical building on Broad Street just off eastbound Route 3 the night of Aug. 20, they said. Detectives from Clifton obtained an arrest warrant for by Zahir Christmas, 37, who was captured at the Fourth Avenue beach in Asbury Park shortly before dawn on Aug. 28, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi said. Christmas has remained held since then in the Passaic County Jail, charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, carjacking, aggravated assault and weapons possession.
    A former diving coach in the Hudson Valley is facing federal charges, years after he allegedly transported teenagers across state lines for sex. Victor Byrne, age 56, who formerly coached competitive divers in Rockland County, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Orlando, Florida. Federal prosecutors said Byrne transported a 16-year-old victim from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Rockland County to engage in illegal sexual activity in July 2006. In February 2008, he transported another 16-year-old from New Jersey to Rockland County, again to engage in illegal sex, prosecutors said. Byrne worked as a diving coach in Rockland County from 2001 to 2009 and coached both victims, according to investigators. Byrne allegedly began abusing one victim when she was 14 years old and the other victim when she was 16. Now adults, both victims work in law enforcement, with one a police officer in New York and the other a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, prosecutors said. “Victor Byrne allegedly used his position as a diving coach to sexually exploit young athletes,” US Attorney Damian Williams said. “This case illustrates that...
    Two Hudson Valley men were indicted on charges stemming from a kidnapping and robbery at a motel in the region. Rockland County residents Jonathan Abikzer, age 30, of Monsey, and Michael Galkovich, age 46, of New City, were charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping in the incident that happened in Garnerville earlier this month, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh announced on Tuesday, Aug. 30. They were also charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, Walsh said. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Town of Haverstraw Police Department received a report from a victim of a robbery, who said he met the two suspects at a motel under the assumption he was going to give an estimate to renovate the motel rooms, the DA's Office said. When he was inside of one of the rooms, he was held at gunpoint for several hours and forced to transfer money to Abikzer and Galkovich, Walsh said. The DA's Office said the victim was released unharmed. “No individual should be held against their will under the threat of violence," Walsh said. "I commend the exceptional...
    Two Hudson Valley men were indicted on charges stemming from a kidnapping and robbery at a motel in the region. Rockland County residents Jonathan Abikzer, age 30, of Monsey, and Michael Galkovich, age 46, of New City, were charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping in the incident that happened in Garnerville earlier this month, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh announced on Tuesday, Aug. 30. They were also charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, Walsh said. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Town of Haverstraw Police Department received a report from a victim of a robbery, who said he met the two suspects at a motel under the assumption he was going to give an estimate to renovate the motel rooms, the DA's Office said. When he was inside of one of the rooms, he was held at gunpoint for several hours and forced to transfer money to Abikzer and Galkovich, Walsh said. The DA's Office said the victim was released unharmed. “No individual should be held against their will under the threat of violence," Walsh said. "I commend the exceptional...
    Share this: State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county. The state Department of Health said Friday the polio virus was detected in four samples from Sullivan County, two each in July and August. Sullivan County is several dozen miles northwest of Rockland County, where officials on July 21 announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The unidentified young adult was unvaccinated. The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to the case of paralytic polio in Rockland County.
    (CNN)New York state health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against polio after the virus was identified in wastewater samples in another county. Americans are highly vaccinated against polio. Heres why it could still spreadThe four wastewater samples were collected in July and August in Sullivan County, northwest of Orange County. CNN previously reported that polio was identified in wastewater samples from Rockland County, Orange County and New York City. The state Department of Health announced Friday that the Sullivan County samples were genetically linked to the previously identified case of polio in Rockland County, where a man was diagnosed with paralytic polio.Health officials warned on Friday of expanding community spread of the virus."One New Yorker paralyzed by polio is already too many, and I do not want to see another paralytic case," State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement. "The polio in New York today is an imminent threat to all adults and children who are unvaccinated or not up to date with their polio immunizations. Every New Yorker, parent, guardian, and pediatrician must...
    State police have released the identity of a man killed during a head-on, three-car Hudson Valley crash, that also injured five. Sullivan County resident IkSong Jin, age 62, from Monticello died after the crash that took place in Orange County on Monday, Aug. 15 in Woodbury. An initial investigation of the crash revealed that a 2021 Ford Explorer was traveling east on Route 6 when the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Rockland County resident Chaim Gordon, age 24, from Spring Valley, attempted to pass a Cadillac in front of him and crossed over the double yellow line and entered the opposite lane striking a 2003 Nissan X-Terra head-on, said Trooper Steven Nevel. The Explorer then crossed back over striking the Cadillac, he was attempting to pass, police said. The driver of the Nissan, IkSong Jin, was pronounced dead at the scene, Nevel said. See Earlier Story: 1 Killed, 5 Injured In Head-On Woodbury Crash. Additional passengers in the Ford, Levi Szwerin, age 22, and Duvid Grunwald, age 20, were transported to Westchester Medical Center for treatment and later released,...
    Officials are advising motorists to expect lane closures on a stretch of a Hudson Valley highway. The New York State Department of Transportation said Rockland County motorists should plan for lane closures on Route 59 eastbound and westbound between Route 303 in Clarkstown and Route 9W in Orangetown. The lane closures are set to be implemented nightly from Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 26, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., to facilitate roadway paving, officials said.
    A fire at a Hudson Valley power plant was caused by an electrical arc that sparked a breaker to burst into flames. The incident took place in Rockland County at the Bowline Point Thermal Power Plant in Haverstraw on Thursday, Aug. 18 around 10:30 a.m. The fire started when work was done to check the electrical equipment and when that equipment was being reconnected there was an electrical arc (similar to a spark in an outlet) which led to the breaker panels catching on fire, according to Beth Cefalu, spokeswoman for Rockland County Government, No one was hurt and the fire department has cleared the scene, she added. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    A county in the Hudson Valley is implementing mandatory restrictions on water use due to dry conditions.  Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that a Modified Stage II Water Emergency will be in effect in the county beginning Thursday, Aug. 18. Earlier report: Drought Watch Expanded To Include These NY Counties The water emergency is the result of unprecedented flow levels in the Ramapo River, which limited the use of Veolia’s Ramapo Valley Well Field, a significant source of water for residents. Officials said the water-saving measures apply to all residents and businesses and mainly impact outdoor water usage, such as watering the lawn. Under the new restrictions, lawns can only be watered on specified days and times. Properties with odd-numbered addresses can water lawns during specific hours only on Mondays and Thursdays, the county reported. Properties with even-numbered addresses can only water lawns during specific hours on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Watering hours are set for 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. for automatic, in-ground irrigation systems and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for manual sprinklers or hose-fed irrigation. Flower gardens,...
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that polio has been spreading in parts of the Hudson Valley for months. The CDC said the New York State Department of Health was notified on Monday, July 18, that an unvaccinated young adult from Rockland County tested positive for polio. The patient was hospitalized with possible acute flaccid myelitis, a serious neurologic condition that causes muscle weakness. Since then, related polioviruses have been detected in Rockland and Orange counties. As of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 260 wastewater samples from treatment plants in Rockland and Orange counties have been tested for poliovirus, according to an update from the CDC on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The CDC said 21 of these samples, meaning about 8 percent, tested positive for poliovirus. Thirteen of the positive samples were from Rockland County, and eight were from Orange County. Health officials reported that 20 of the specimens from wastewater samples collected during May, June, and July were genetically linked to the virus from the patient’s stool samples. Another sample from April in Orange County was sequenced...
    iStock | Getty Images Polio has been circulating locally in the New York City metropolitan area for months after an individual introduced the virus from abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An unvaccinated young adult in Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, caught polio in June and suffered paralysis. The individual had not traveled internationally during the period when they were exposed to polio, and the strain they caught is linked to a weakened form of the virus used in the oral vaccine, according to a CDC investigation published Tuesday. The U.S. stopped using the oral polio vaccine in 2000, which means the chain of transmission originated from someone who received the oral vaccine outside the country, according to CDC. Genetic analysis has linked the vaccine-derived strain circulating in the New York metro area to wastewater samples detected in Israel and the United Kingdom. The agency said it's found three other people they suspect may have polio, but have tested negative so far. They've been classified as "persons under investigation." After the confirmed...
    Polio may have been circulating in New York as early as April and the virus has been detected in wastewater samples more than 20 times, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report reveals. The agency released its first investigative report on the potential polio outbreak on Tuesday. The investigation comes as a response to the confirmation of a polio case in a man in his mid-20s in Rockland County, just outside of New York City, in June. Officials fear that there could be hundreds - if not thousands - of undiagnosed cases in the state. While U.S.-borne cases are rare, the infected man had no recent travel outside of the country and had attended a large gathering eight days before the start of his symptoms. It is likely he caught the virus stateside. The man experienced paralysis and was hospitalized. He is now recovering at home.  The CDC reports that the virus has been detected in wastewater sampling in Rockland and nearby Orange County 20 times in samples gathered in May, June and July. A single sample from Orange...
    A grand jury has indicted three Hudson Valley men in the fatal shooting of a beloved 17-year-old high school student. Rockland County resident Treynahel Cineus, age 17, of Spring Valley, was found shot to death at around 2:30 a.m. on July 8, in a parking lot on West Eckerson Road. Cineus, who was about to begin his senior year at Ramapo High School, later died at Good Samaritan Hospital, according to police. On Thursday, Aug. 11, a Rockland County grand jury indicted three Haverstraw men on murder and other charges related to the boy’s killing. They were identified as Anthony Mitchell, age 23, Ahmad Williams, age 21, and Brian Thomas, age 20. All three were charged with six criminal counts, including second-degree murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon. A judge ordered them held at the Rockland County jail while they await their next court appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 17. “The senseless killing of a high school student with such a bright future ahead of him has left our community shocked and in...
    The polio virus has been found in New York City's wastewater in the latest sign that the disease is spreading. The New York City Health Department made the announcement on Friday, Aug. 12 after the virus was detected in sewage, suggesting likely local circulation of polio.  “For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “The detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples in New York City is alarming, but not surprising."  These findings follow the identification of a case of paralytic polio among a Rockland County resident on July 21, and the detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples collected in May, June, and July in Rockland and Orange counties – underscoring the urgency for all to stay up to date with the polio immunization schedule, health officials said. Earlier Story: Rockland County Polio Case May Be 'Tip Of Iceberg,' State Health Commissioner Warns As of Monday, Aug. 1, Rockland County has a polio vaccination rate of 60.34 percent and Orange County has a polio vaccination rate of 58.68 percent,...
    (CNN)A polio case identified in New York last month is "just the very, very tip of the iceberg" and an indication there "must be several hundred cases in the community circulating," a senior official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN on Wednesday. The case was found In Rockland County, which has a stunningly low polio vaccination rate. Dr. José Romero, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, noted that the majority of people with polio don't have symptoms and so can spread the virus without knowing it. Polio 101: Signs, symptoms and dangers of an ancient virus "There are a number of individuals in the community that have been infected with poliovirus. They are shedding the virus," he said. "The spread is always a possibility because the spread is going to be silent." A team of CDC disease detectives traveled last week from agency headquarters in Atlanta to Rockland County, and they are "quite nervous" that polio "could mushroom out of control very quickly and we could have a crisis on...
    A Hudson Valley man is facing weapons charges after a multi-agency investigation led to the discovery of ghost guns and weapon silencers. Rockland County resident Timothy Lewis, age 42, was arrested and charged following a search of his Pearl River home, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III announced on Tuesday, Aug. 9. A Sheriff's Office K9 team searched the residence and located "numerous" illegally-possessed weapons, including ghost guns, along with silencers, Falco reported.  Authorities said Lewis was charged with: Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon Four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon Nine counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon Fifth-degree criminal possession of a weapon He was arraigned and remanded to the Rockland County Jail, according to the announcement. Authorities said Lewis is also facing federal charges, which are being pursued by the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was investigated by the following agencies: The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office  The Rockland County Intelligence Center  The Orangetown Police Department  The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  The...
    A 43-year-old man drowned in a lake in the Hudson Valley.  New York State Park Police and State troopers responded to Seven Lakes in the Rockland County town of Haverstraw for a report of a possible drowning at about 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, according to New York State Police. Investigators found that 43-year-old Bogdan Kardynal, of Sloatsburg, entered Seven Lakes from the Sebago Boat Launch and attempted to swim, authorities said.  Police said Kardynal went under the water and did not resurface. A witness jumped into the lake and tried to assist him and wasn't able to locate him, police said. The Thiells Fire Department and Water Rescue found Kardynal’s body a short time later and removed his body from the lake, authorities said.  State Police said the Rockland County Medical declared him dead at the scene.
    Police have nabbed a Hudson Valley man for allegedly kidnapping a woman and her child after finding them being held at an area home. The incident began Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Rockland County when the Town of Ramapo Police received a report of a woman and child being held against their will at a location unknown to the caller, said Det. Lt. Christopher Franklin. It was also reported that the unidentified woman had sustained physical injuries during her confinement, Franklin said. Through an investigation, patrol officers located the woman and child at a home in the Village of Airmont, he added. Allegedly holding the pair was Joel Santiago, age 32, of the Village of Airmont, Franklin reported. The victim was treated for her injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital, police said. A follow-up investigation led to the arrest of Santiago who was charged with: Two counts of kidnapping Unlawful imprisonment Attempted assault Aggravated criminal contempt Criminal possession of a weapon Endangering the welfare of a child Assault He was arraigned in the town of Rampo Court and remanded to...
    Polio virus particle, computer illustration.Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Polio has been found in wastewater samples taken from two counties outside of New York City indicating the virus is spreading in the community, according to state health officials. Wastewater samples taken from two different locations in Orange County during June and July tested positive for the virus, according to the New York State Department of Health. The findings come after an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County contracted polio, suffered paralysis and had to be hospitalized last month. Polio was subsequently found in Rockland County wastewater samples. Rockland County neighbors Orange County. "These environmental findings — which further indicate potential community spread — in addition to the paralytic polio case identified among a Rockland County resident, underscore the urgency of every New York adult and child getting immunized against polio, especially those in the greater New York metropolitan area," New York health officials said. The polio strain the adult in Rockland County caught suggests the chain of transmission did not begin in the United States. The strain...
    Share this: The polio virus was detected in wastewater samples from the suburban county near New York City where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease, but health officials said Tuesday they have not identified any additional cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the presence of the virus was detected in wastewater samples collected in early June from Rockland County, where officials on July 21 announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The unidentified young adult had a strain of the virus that has since been genetically linked to samples found in Rockland County wastewater, as well to samples in London and the Jerusalem area.
    Health officials in New York are urging residents to get vaccinated against polio if they have not yet done so. In an update Monday, Aug.1 the Department of Health said testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed that the polio virus was detected in wastewater samples in Rockland County in June. Earlier Report: First Polio Case In US In Nearly A Decade Reported In Rockland County “These findings underscore the critical importance of vaccination to protect all New Yorkers and New York children against polio,” the department said in a statement. Monday’s revelation came a little over a week after health officials confirmed that Rockland County had the first confirmed case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The case was genetically linked to ones found in Israel and the UK, but officials warned that that does not mean that the patient in New York traveled to those countries. Polio is a highly contagious, viral disease that can affect the nervous system and cause muscle weakness. It typically enters the body through...
    America’s first polio patient in nearly a decade was infected with the same strain of the virus as was spotted in Jerusalem and London earlier this year, researchers say. Testing revealed the Jewish man in his 20s and from Rockland County, New York — who was paralyzed by the disease — caught type 2 vaccine-derived polio virus (VDPV), like that detected in wastewater in the other nations. It suggests there may be ‘multiple’ transmission chains of the virus circulating globally, polio expert Dr Adam Ratner told DailyMail.com. Today New York City’s Department of Health confirmed the virus had been detected in wastewater samples taken in Rockland County in early June. Health officials said this was a warning sign for anyone who has not got vaccinated against polio, once the most feared disease in America, to do so. Polio is more dangerous in children. Testing revealed the patient was infected with the same strain that had been detected in London and Jerusalem earlier this year (file photo) Testing at labs run by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) revealed that the...
    New details have emerged after a wrong-crash crash left two boys in critical condition in the Hudson Valley. The crash took place in Rockland County in Blauvelt around 12:35 p.m., Saturday, July 30 at the intersection of Route 303 and Greenbush Road. A 2001 BMW X5 driven by Thomas Robb, age 20, of Harlow, the United Kingdom, was traveling the wrong way in a southerly direction on a one-way section of Greenbush Road, said Capt. Michael Shannon, of the Orangetown Police Department.  Earlier report: 2 Children In Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash In Hudson Valley The BMW entered the intersection at Route 303 and struck a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Jacquelyn Pachay, age 32, of Newark, New Jersey, who was traveling north on Route 303 in the right lane, Shannon said. The Chevrolet Cruze collided with a 2021 Dodge Challenger operated by Lawrence McMannis Jr., age 55, of Mahwah, New Jersey, who was traveling north on Route 303 in the left lane, police said. All occupants of the vehicles involved were transported to local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, Shannon said. Two boys, ages 6 and 7,  are...
    A wrong-way, three-vehicle crash in New York sent multiple people to the hospital, including two drivers from New Jersey. Police responded to a crash in Rockland County at the intersection of Route 303 and Greenbush Road in Blauvelt at about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, according to the Orangetown Police Department. A 2001 BMW X5, driven by 20-year-old Thomas Robb, was southbound, traveling the wrong way on a one-way section of Greenbush Road, and entered the intersection at Route 303, striking a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 32-year-old woman from Newark. The Chevrolet then collided with a northbound 2021 Dodge Challenger driven by a 55-year-old man from Mahwah, police said. Police said all of the occupants of the vehicles were hospitalized for various injuries. A 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy were listed in critical condition, police reported. Authorities said Robb, a resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested and charged with: Second-degree assault Leaving the scene of an incident with serious physical injury  Second-degree reckless endangerment  Reckless driving He was arraigned and remanded to Rockland County...
    A wrong-way, three-vehicle crash in the Hudson Valley sent multiple people to the hospital, including two children who suffered critical injuries. Police responded to a crash in Rockland County at the intersection of Route 303 and Greenbush Road in Blauvelt at about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, according to the Orangetown Police Department. Authorities said a 2001 BMW X5, driven by 20-year-old Thomas Robb, was southbound, traveling the wrong way on a one-way section of Greenbush Road, and entered the intersection at Route 303, striking a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 32-year-old woman from Newark, New Jersey. The Chevrolet then collided with a northbound 2021 Dodge Challenger driven by a 55-year-old man from Mahwah, New Jersey, police said. Police said all of the occupants of the vehicles were hospitalized for various injuries. A 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy are listed in critical condition, police reported. Authorities said Robb, a resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested and charged with: Second-degree assault Leaving the scene of an incident with serious physical injury  Second-degree reckless endangerment  Reckless driving...
    Countywide, 379 people have received polio vaccines in Rockland with 71 of those provided by the county health department in response to a case of polio in a resident confirmed last week by the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health.  The ages of those vaccinated directly by the county included 39 people over 65, 30 people ages 20 to 64, and two people under 20 years old, the department of health said.  The next polio clinic will be held Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pomona Health Complex 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona (Building A).  Rockland County residents can pre-register for a free appointment here or call 845-238-1956 to schedule.  Walk-ins will also be accepted. Those who are fully immunized are at low risk and the focus remains to get shots to those unvaccinated or behind on their 4-dose polio vaccine series up to date with the vaccination, the department of health said.  Circulation of this disease only happens or continues if overall vaccination rates remain low, they added. According to the state...
    LOS ANGELES -- It's been nearly a decade since polio was detected in the United States.Now, an unvaccinated young adult from New York recently contracted the potentially debilitating disease.Experts say a newly identified case just outside of the Bronx in New York should serve as a wakeup call."If you are an adult, you know, particularly if you're 30 or 40 and it has been a while since you were immunized, you might be required to get a booster," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Daisy Dodd with Kaiser Permanente Orange County.Polio boosters are routine for those who travel to third world countries, and anyone who's come into contact with the Rockland County resident is encouraged to get vaccinated."We just want people to take the good guidance from the health department as necessary. Most people have nothing to worry about, some should be concerned," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.Polio is a viral disease spread through fecal matter, contaminated food or water.On rare occasions, Dodd said, one can get polio from someone who is shedding the virus after receiving the oral vaccine....