September 2012

Woman Assaulted in Grocery Store in Downtown New Rochelle

September 12, 2012 - 16:36

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New Rochelle Police chased a suspect and made arrest this morning in downtown New Rochelle after a man shoved a customer to the ground at the C-Town grocery store at 538 Main Street.

Witnesses say the man became angry after bringing store items to the check-out counter. The man shoved an uninvolved woman, knocking her to the ground. She had a minor injury to her knee. The man left the store. Police were notified and after a brief chase the man was apprehended near the old Almarc Drug Store on Memorial Highway.

United Water New Rochelle Asks Customers To Conserve Water During Emergency Repairs

September 12, 2012 - 15:36

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- United Water New Rochelle is asking customers to cease outdoor water use while the New York City Department of Environmental Protection makes emergency repairs to a valve on the Delaware Water Supply system which provides water to the service area. During that time United Water will provide customers with water from the Catskill Water Supply.

“We are asking customers to conserve because we will have less water available while the NYDEP makes the repairs,” said Chris Graziano, director of operations for United Water New Rochelle. “They should not water their lawns during that time and should use household water for essential purposes only.”

In addition, Graziano explained that customers may notice low water pressure until they switch back to the Delaware Water Supply.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate our customers’ cooperation during this time,” said Graziano.

Repairs are expected to be completed Wednesday evening.

Westchester Honors Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001, At Twilight Ceremony

September 12, 2012 - 14:53

911 County 2012VALHALLA, NY -- In a solemn ceremony Tuesday night, Westchester County paid tribute to those who died in the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001 including 111 Westchester residents and 12 former residents.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino presided at the hour-long ceremony that took place at The Rising, the county’s 9/11 memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. About 350 people attended, including family members of those who perished 11 years ago in the attacks on the World Trade center.

"With the passing of years, each anniversary has become easier and harder," Astorino said in part. "Time has helped us heal. But we cannot let it dull our memories. The legacy of 9-11 must be more than a reflection on the past It must also be an inflection toward a better future. One way we can do that is to make each 9/11 anniversary a starting point in service to others -- a day of prayer and remembrance that is also a call to action for each one of us to commit ourselves to a cause where 'me' becomes 'we.'"

Big Decision This Week for New Rochelle Public Safety

September 12, 2012 - 14:38

At its September 12th meeting, the New Rochelle City Council will review the recently awarded $1 million federal Department of Homeland Security grant to increase firefighter staffing.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which the City Council supported the fire department’s application for in early August, would provide funds to fill six new fire fighter positions. The grant will cover the salaries and benefits of the six fire fighters for two years. SAFER grants are awarded to hundreds of municipalities across the country each year, recognizing local public safety needs.

Since 2008, staffing for the New Rochelle Fire Department has been cut 15% (168 to 148 members). As New Rochelle fire fighters have left or retired, budget concerns prevented the city’s hiring of replacements. The new fire fighters provided by the grant can be utilized to fill that first responder deficit.

New Rochelle Police Officer Arrested by Westchester County District Attorney on Charges of Transmitting Sexual Images of Himself to a "15 Year Old GIrl"

September 12, 2012 - 01:43



New Rochelle Police Officer Matthew Melillo was arrested today by investigators of the Westchester County District Attorney's Office on charges related to Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor, videos of himself in a sexual act, sources say.

The sources say Melillo transmitted videos of himself engaged in a sexual act to what he believed to be 15 year-old girl. The "girl" was an undercover criminal investigator working for the Westchester County District Attorney.

"We were notified yesterday by the DA's office of the arrest of Officer Melillo," said New Rochelle City Manager Charles B. Strome. "He has been suspended without pay for 30 days."

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore statement:

Matthew Melillo, 31, 475 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York, was arraigned on a Felony Complaint charging him with one count of Attempted to Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor, a class “E” Felony.

Between August 3rd, and August 29th, 2012, the defendant engaged an undercover investigator from the Westchester County District Attorneys Office in a series of “chat” conversations through the Internet.

Throughout the “chats” the undercover investigator made it clear that “she” was a fifteen year old girl.

During that period of time the defendant discussed various specific sexual acts in which he would engage the “fifteen year old girl.”

Additionally, the defendant sent a video he claimed to be of himself in a sexual situation while he was “chatting” with the fifteen year old.

The defendant was arrested yesterday by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorneys office.

The defendant was arraigned by a White Plains City Court judge last night. Bail was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear today in City Court. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Delohery, Chief of the High Technology Crime Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller statement:

Yesterday afternoon we were notified by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office that they had arrested a New Rochelle Police Department employee, Police Officer Matthew Melillo, charging him with Attempted Dissemination of Indecent Material to a Minor.

Officer Melillo has been employed by the Department for the past eight years. He was employed as Community Service Officer from 2004 to 2010, and has been employed as a Police Officer from July 2010 to the present.

Prior to this incident, the Department has never received any reports of misconduct involving Officer Melillo either on duty of off duty; nor, has the Department ever received any information, otherwise, to lead it to suspect Officer Melillo of engaging in any misconduct. Officer Melillo has been suspended from the Department pending investigation into this matter.

The District Attorney's office is using the address of New Rochelle police headquarters in their statement rather than his home address because he is a police officer.

Investigators from the District Attorney's office did not inform the City of New Rochelle or the New Rochelle Police Department of the investigation of one of their officers until an arrest was made yesterday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. at Melillo's home in New Rochelle's East End. Soon after the arrest, DA Investigators were on scene at NRPD headquarters searching Melillo's locker and checking computers, sources say.

Melillo graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy in December 2010.

According to the Stepinac alumni web site, Melillo graduated from Stepinac High School in 1998. He played football for the school.

Melillo is just the latest in a series of public employees alleged to have engaged in various sex crimes involving students and district employees: Marisa Anton (Librarian, New Rochelle High School), Patrick Clark (Electrician, Buildings & Grounds Department) Anthony Newman (Glazier, Buildings & Grounds Department), Donna Henry (New Rochelle School Security Guard), Leroy Manuel (New Rochelle School Security Guard), Robert McLean (New Rochelle School Security Guard), Kyle Figueroa (New Rochelle School Security Guard), Walter Hubbard (New Rochelle School Janitor).

In 2010, Jose Martinez plead guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a student in his office at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Despite promises to do so, the New Rochelle Board of Education never conducted an investigation into the Martinez case nor made the results public.

UPDATE: Mellilo was arraigned in White Plains City Court on Tuesday night before Judge Brian Hansbury. He plead "not guilty". Bail was set at $1,000 which he made.


New Rochelle Commissioner Turns Blind-Eye to "Gangster Mentality" in Police Department's High-Stakes Fantasy Football

City of New Rochelle Has "No Comment" on XXX-Rated P.F.F.L. Web Site Published by Current and Former NRPD Officers

In Wake of Talk of the Sound Expose on XXX-Rated Gambling Site,New Rochelle PD Social Media Policy Limits 1st Amendment for Cops


Talk of the Sound broke this story Tuesday night thanks to tips from helpful readers, we had the story exclusively until around 11 am the next morning when the DA's office issued a press statement at which point many local outlets picked up the story. Thanks to all the TOTS Tipsters!

The Journal News: New Rochelle cop, 31, pleads not guilty to sending indecent materials to a minor

NBC New York: New Rochelle Cop Accused of Having Online Sex Chats With 15-Year-Old Girl

theLoop: New Rochelle Cop Arrested for Indecency

Patch: New Rochelle Police Officer Arrested in Sex Sting

Newsday: New Rochelle cop accused of sending sex video to girl, 15

Mid-Hudson News: Cop arrested for allegedly talking sex with undercover “15-year-old” female Cop accused of transmitting sex video

American Legion Post 8 Will Host 9/11 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil

September 11, 2012 - 04:59

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There will be a 9/11 Memorial & Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle , on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 , starting at 7:30 PM, at the American Legion Post 8, 112 North Ave ., New Rochelle.

Come join us as we REMEMBER our fallen brothers and sisters who perished on or because of September 11, 2001 . It will be an evening of healing through remembrance, song, and prayer. The many heroes who were taken or made that day shall Never Be Forgotten! The program will include short prayers from multiple religions, patriotic songs, and mention or remarks from those who lost loved ones because of 9/11.

For further information please contact Peter Parente at (914) 557-5556.

"They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

Primum Non Nocele - (First Do No Harm)

September 10, 2012 - 16:43

I have been thinking long and hard about the issue of a divided country and community. While considering this and all of its remifications on our nation and our community, it is proven inescapable to separate my own journey toward validating who I am and what I believe and stand for.

It has become easier now than before. The conventions have shown me the worst of civic responsibility. What is apparent over all matters is the overriding sense of self; entitlement, negativity, and a willingness to lay blame in every direction but one that takes you inward.

During breaks in the coverage, I saw Ken Burn's mammoth service to society on PBS called WAR. I saw Americans of every color, ethnic origin, demograpic background sacrificing life and limb for America. Worse, the horror of the concentration camps, the firebombings and, of course, the atomic bomb srikes on Japan.

Former New Rochelle High School Librarian Back in Court in Student Sex Sting Case

September 10, 2012 - 16:23

Marisa L. Anton, 34, a former librarian at New Rochelle high school was back in court Monday for a brief appearance in front of New Rochelle City Court Judge Susan Kettner on charges related to a sex sting involving a student at the school.

WVOX Files Reply in Bonanno Defamation Case Along With Voluminous Records Requests, Interrogatories and Deposition Notices

September 09, 2012 - 11:44

wvoxlogo.jpgI have not had any communication with WVOX ownership, any WVOX employees, or their legal representatives, since lawyers for Jimmy Bonanno and Little Jimmy filed their defamation lawsuit back in June so I was surprised to receive a package in the mail yesterday from attorney Kenneth Norwick of Norwick, Schad and Goering in Manhattan. In the package was the Verified Answer he filed on behalf of WVOX along with record requests, interrogatories and deposition notices for both Bonannos. In reading through the rather voluminous and intrusive records requests and interrogatories, I can only wonder whether Jimmy Bonanno fully understand what he was getting himself into with his absurd lawsuit.

It should be interesting to see the response to the request for documents related to all criminal complaints, disciplinary actions, civil complaints, administrative investigations, school related disciplinary incidents and so forth brought against the Bonannos. I suppose that will bring into play things like Little Jimmy's arrest on drunk driving charges a couple of years and Jimmy's relatively recent divorce, to name a few. That is unfortunate because, to the best of my knowledge, Jimmy's wife, also a school district employee, had nothing to do with any of this.

It looks like WVOX wants information that would include Little Jimmy's CDL license. They also want everything about the Bonannos money -- every bank account, tax filing, earned income. I especially like the part where they want copies of all invoices related to mental health services. My favorite is the request to Little Jimmy for all documents related any Methadone Clinics he visited; as that was not part of the broadcast of Talk of the Sound or even part of the lawsuit it suggests that the lawyer has been reading Talk of the Sound.

I wonder if Jimmy has explained to his crew down at Cliff Street how many of them may well be dragged into this case (I have yet to file my own requests for records, provide a list of witnesses or serve deposition notices). I would expect any district employee associated with Jimmy Bonanno (and I have a complete list) is going to need to start thinking about hiring their own lawyer. Certainly school board members and administrators like Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Assistant Superintendent Quinn and Building and Grounds Supervisor/Aramark Employee John Gallagher are aware but I suppose they will have taxpayer-funded lawyers (or, in the case of Gallagher, a lawyer provided by Aramark).

What is amusing is the reports I keep getting that Jimmy Bonanno is telling people that he is going to win the case. I think he must be either delusional of just whistling in the dark but knowing what I know about defamation law I do not believe he has even the remotest chance of winning his case -- in fact, I am pretty sure he has zero chance.

In any case, some readers might find it interesting to read the WVOX legal papers in the case, especially the Document Requests and Interrogatories (just read them for Little Jimmy as they are basically the same but for the Methadone Clinic).

WVOX Verified Answer Bonanno Case

James Vincent Bonanno

WVOX Document Request for James Vincent Bonanno

WVOX Interrogatories for James Vincent Bonanno

WVOX Deposition Notice for James Vincent Bonanno

Vincent James Bonanno

WVOX Document Request for Vincent James Bonanno

WVOX Interrogatories for Vincent James Bonanno

WVOX Deposition Notice for Vincent James Bonanno