Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Darrell Evans (DOB 11/22/59) of 8 Ellwood Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York plead guilty today to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies, in exchange for a sentence promise of two consecutive terms of twenty years to life in state prison. Additionally the defendant will serve a consecutive term in Federal Prison relating to a 2008 mail fraud conviction.
On January 7, 2010 the defendant and Joan Whitfield were having an argument on the telephone.
The defendant told her he was going to kill both the babysitter and their daughter Ayanna Evans. Whitfield then called the Mt. Vernon Police Department to alert them to defendant’s threats.
Police responded and as they approached the house, the defendant emerges from the front door unarmed and surrenders while admitting to shooting everyone.Read more
The Journal News is starting to ask questions about the death of Khalil Leak and focusing their attention on the judge in the Family Court case. Back in 2003, Kathie Davidson was pushed hard for the position of Westchester County Family Court Judge by the local New Rochelle Democratic party establishment. When a member of that establishment needed a favor, Davison obliged and now a two year old boy is dead.
What the Journal News does not reveal in their article is the name of the grandmother at the heart of their story.
It is a name well-familiar with Talk of the Sound readers: Donna Henry.Read more
An unidentified female pedestrian was rushed to Sound Shore Medical Center after she was thrown several feet in the air as a result of a collision involving a taxi on Huguenot Street at the Division Street intersection. The taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria owned by United Taxi, was later impounded by New Rochelle police.
The woman was walking on the street near 311 Huguenot shortly before 10 am. Witnesses told police the woman was thrown several feet in the air. Police called for an ambulance, requesting the ambulance be expedited due to the serious nature of the injuries. Street in the area were closed for about 45 minutes while police completed their investigation. Huguenot Street was closed between Memorial Highway and Division Street and Division Street between Railroad Avenue and Huguenot Street.
Taxis in New Rochelle are required to undergo extensive mechanical testing every December.Read more
New Rochelle police have arrested Donna Frank on an outstanding warrant after Frank called in a report of a death at 83 Washington Avenue but refused to return to the scene. Police believe Frank fled after discovering the body of Maureen Wright, 58, a tenant living on the first floor of the multiple-family house at the corner of Washington Avenue and Warren Street near Sound Shore Medical Center.
Police said there was no sign of blunt trauma or anything to indicate anything other than natural causes. The Westchester County Medical Examiner was called to the scene. After a preliminary examination, the Medical Examiner removed the body. The ME will make the final determination as to cause of death.
Andrew Escobedo was arrested Sunday by New Rochelle police for harassment and resisting arrest after an argument with the mother of his child escalated and he throw the woman's cat out of her apartment window. Escobedo showed signs of alcohol impairment according to the arrest sheet.
Escobedo, formerly employed by Carl Carilli Plumbing & Heating, has tattoos of skulls on his right upper arm and the right side of his chest and a Patron tequila bottle running up the side of his right leg. Carl Carilli will be familiar to Talk of the Sound readers for his failure to obtain a certificate of occupancy on his house at at 10 Congress Street for close to two decades.
The apartment was on the second floor. The New Rochelle Police had no further information on the status of the cat.
h/t for animated image, Legal Juice.Read more
John Guiacocha, 16, a student at New Rochelle High School was arrested last Saturday night after he and an accomplice were caught in the act of breaking into cars on Beaufort Avenue in New Rochelle. Arrested along with Guiacocha was Jose Barragan, 18. Guiacocha was charged with criminal possession of a credit card. Barragan was charged with grand larceny.
New Rochelle Police Captain Joseph Schaller said the pair were caught breaking into a 1994 Buick. When apprehended by an officer on patrol, the pair were found to have a credit card stolen from a 1999 Acura that had parked, engine running and doors unlocked, in front of a residence. The victim left a wallet in the car.Read more
New Rochelle police made an arrest last Friday in the pistol-whipping burglary at a house where Iona College students live at 43 Treno Street in New Rochelle, NY. Chad Jones of 109 Horton Avenue, 23, was arrested Friday for forceable theft with a deadly weapon. Two other men are sought in connection with the crime.
The Journal News is reporting that Jones was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, both felonies.
On the night of December 14, a man pretending to deliver a pizza knocked on the door. When the door was opened, three men rushed into the house, went up stairs and directly to the room of the victim. The victim was repeatedly struck with a pistol then left. A small safe and several hundred dollars was reported stolen.Read more
The New Rochelle Police Department announced today the arrest of Richard D. Leak, 30, for the murder of Khalil Leak, his two year old son which occurred early Sunday Morning January 9 at 345 Main Street. The child was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center with a head injury and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival there.
Richard "Ricky" Leak (DOB: 10/03/1980) has been charged by the Westchester District Attorney with one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class "A" Felony. The charging documents state Leak killed is two-year old son Khalil Leak (DOB: 12/11/2008) at 345 Main Street, apartment number 4E, located in the City of New Rochelle and took place at about January 9, 2011 at approximately 1:00 a.m.
Captain Joseph Schaller held a press conference this morning at 11:30 AM to announce the arrest and answer questions. Schaller disclosed that Leak had a prior history of criminal offenses including possession of a control substance, burglary, assault (on an adult). The cause of death, the police believe, was Leak slamming the victim into a hard surface.Read more