An elderly woman stepped on the gas when she meant to step on the brake, according to witnesses at a nearby A&P supermarket, sending a green Ford Taurus crashing through the storefront window of George's Hair Salon in the Quaker Ridge Shopping Center in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle. No one was seriously injured although patrons and workers in the hair salon were visibly shaken.
An elderly man was in the passenger seat and a woman, thought to be care-giver for the couple, was in the back seat.
"She should have been driving", said one witness about the caregiver in the back seat.
New Rochelle police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene.
The store front was completely caved in, the window shattered with glass strewn about the sidewalk and inside the store.
The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape as on-lookers gathered.Read more
As entrants made last minute adjustments to their soapbox derby racers, organizers of the 9th Annual New Rochelle Soap Box Derby carefully weighed each vehicle to confirm they qualified to run in tomorrow's races.
New Rochelle Derby Director Rich Bongiorno expects 35 to 40 cars to race on Sunday.
"Any kid from the ages of 8 to 17 can race", said Bongiorno, "For $150 they will get five races -- a trial run, 2 races in the winners bracket and, if a kid loses, at least two more races in the losers bracket where they can win their way back in".
Racing can be expensive. The kit to make the car costs about $500. An adult and child, working together, can build a car in an afternoon. For those who cannot afford a car, there are club cars and the firefighters will try to find sponsors to make the event affordable and open to everyone who wants to give it a try."Read more
Shortly before midnight last night, New Rochelle police responded to a report of shots fired at 361 Main Street. Eric Landrine, a New Rochelle man, well-known to New Rochelle police, was found at the scene with a bullet wound in his leg.
A review of video surveillance footage showed Landrine and
another man Marlon Scott circling each other screaming at each other while holding handguns. The second man shot Landrine in the leg prompting him to fire indiscriminately. Wounded, Landrine then ran out of the building and handed the weapon to a female who took the handgun and hid it. All of this was captured on the video surveillance which led to Landrine's arrest. Marlon Scott fled the scene and is currently at large. The woman, identity unknown at this time, was arrested on charges related to hindering prosecution.
The New Rochelle Fire Department responded quickly to reports of a possible car fire on Webster Avenue near Bon Air Avenue. No one was seriously hurt but the two drivers involved in the crash were badly shaken. There was no fire but the air bags deployed on one of the vehicles.
According to witnesses at the scene, the driver of a beige Nissan Maxima, heading north on Webster Avenue towards the Hutchison River Parkway struck a silver GMA Acadia as it crossed Webster, heading straight across Bon Air Avenue. The Acadia was not badly damaged except for some rear axel damage. The Nissan Maxima was totaled as the entire front end of the vehicle was caved in by the impact of the crash.
"This intersection is dangerous," said a woman who lives nearby. "My daughter was involved in an accident right over there", she said, pointing 50 feet south on Webster.
Neither car was drivable. Safeway Towing was called to the scene.
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Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith, 21, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was convicted today after a jury trial of one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony, for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.
The murder was first reported on Talk of the Sound within minutes of the stabbing. Talk of the Sound was first to report that Kevin Williams had died, turning the case into a murder investigation.
Rico Johnson, 20, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Johnson will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.
Krista Leggieri,18, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Leggieri will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Dr. Beth Nagourney, a medical doctor specializing in perinatal medicine & neonatal medicine and pediatrics at Jacobi Medical Center and the sister of famed New York Times political reporter Adam Nagourney received a visit from the New Rochelle Police Department the day before the recent school board election.
New Rochelle Police Detective Jason Buono and New Rochelle Police Sergeant Barry Johnson informed Dr. Nagourney that a police report had been filed concerning the operator of a minivan with New York State license plate DEK-7801. Dr. Nagourney is the registered owner of a "light blue" (South Pacific Pearl) Toyota Sienna minivan with New York State license plate DEK-7801. Police informed Nagourney that a witness filed a report of a woman driving her vehicle was observed to have stopped her vehicle in front of the Rose Hill Nursery on Webster Avenue, that two kids exited the vehicle and removed a "Cox for Board of Education" campaign lawn sign from the property in front of the nursery.
The police officers advised Nagourney of the laws pertaining to larceny and possession of stolen property. Dr. Nagourney, whose front yard was festooned with campaign signs supporting two Cox opponents, claimed to have no knowledge of the missing signs nor whether her car was used to remove signs.Read more
The New Rochelle Fire Department spent the better of the the early evening today battling a devastating fire at a single-family home at 1 Elizabeth Road in the North End of New Rochelle. The fire began in the kitchen but soon spread out and up the back of the house engulfing the entire rear of the house in flames.Read more
Fire Commissioner Raymond “Doc” Kiernan today announced his retirement from the New Rochelle Fire Department. Commissioner Kiernan has served the City for 45 years. His retirement becomes effective July 30, 2011.
“I certainly had a very rewarding career,” said Commissioner Kiernan. “It was an honor to be head of the New Rochelle Fire Department for so long, and I look forward to new blood carrying it into the future.”
“Words cannot express the impact of the Commissioner’s decades of service to the city,” said City Manager Charles B. Strome, III. “Doc will be severely missed by everyone who lives and works in New Rochelle. He truly is a public servant, who insured public safety for a long period of time.”
Strome indicated that no successor has been named as yet, and that the City would be conducting an extensive evaluation and search in the months to come.Read more