New Rochelle police responding to a report of a possible heart attack last night at 38 Sussex Road near the Albert Leonard Middle School found a mother and two daughters unconscious and near death in the house. The mother and one daughter were found on the first floor, the second daughters was found in her second-floor bedroom.
"I owe everything to the New Rochelle Police, Fire and EMS", said Alicia Popper, the mother of the two girls, Bridget Stack, age 13, and Darcy Stack, age 9. "We wouldn't be alive, believe me".
Popper recalled feeling woozy and sick to her stomach but unsure of what was happening. She thought she might be having a heart attack but when both she and her daughter began convulsing she called 911.
She reached New Rochelle police Sergeant Eddie Hayes.
"It's divine intervention that I called 911," said Popper. "He kept telling me 'stay awake, stay awake' but I couldn't."Read more
It's getting so you need a scorecard this Spring to keep track of all of the criminal proceedings involving New Rochelle school district students and employees. See if you can match the mug shot with the criminal case against these former students, administrators and buildings and grounds employees. Extra points if you can name the crime! In the past month, New Rochelle managed a murder conviction, child rape, attempted armed robbery and an old chestnut for the Huguenots, the classic "no show job" conviction. Way to go, purple!
And faster than you can say "Mary Kay Laterno", we are going to have more fun and games to come. You are going to want to sharpen those pencils as New Rochelle gets ready to play "staff having sex with students" bingo, with your host, Richard Organisciak. Coming soon to a web site near you!Read more
Two New Rochelle High School students, Jermaine McCRead more
Rasool Hassan Williams, 33, was found guilty of murder and weapons charges by a jury in Stuebenville, OH and sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.
Williams was found guilty on March 18, 2011. He is currently incarcerated at the Lorain Correctional Institution. Williams will be eligible for parole after 20 years.
Williams worked as a a motor equipment operator for the New Rochelle school system from July 2008 until March 2010. His last day working for the district was March 23, 2010. Less than three weeks after leaving the employment of the district, April 20, 2010 he shot to death Charles King Jr., 29, of Steubenville, OH.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.
Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011
We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.
Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.
In a case that set of alarm bells all over Southern Westchester, Paula Izurieta, 30, of 17 Smart Street in Yonkers was convicted yesterday in New York State Supreme Court in New City, NY on all charges stemming from a burglary at the home of Richard Serpico, a Congers resident, 33 years old at the time of his death, who was killed in a motorcycle crash the weekend before the burglary occurred. Izurieta was convicted of two counts of Burglary-2nd Degree, both felonies.
Izurieta was arrested along with Ivan Murat on July 18, 2010 at the dead man's home. According to police they were taking everything out of the victims house including towels and even his bathing suits.Read more
Channel 12 News reporting New Rochelle Police took DNA Samples from Martinez' Office at Isaac Young
Talk of the Sound has learned that an employee at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle formerly expressed concerns to school district administrators earlier this school year that then-newly appointed Assistant Principal Jose Martinez was taking unusual steps to make his office at the school more private. Martinez requested new locks on both the interior and exterior doors to his office including a special lock on the interior door which connected an foyer-area which served as a waiting room to his actual office. Martinez also covered up the window looking into his office until a shade was installed on the interior door, according to sources.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the employee was demoted after filing the complaint and admonished for being a "trouble maker".
Another district employee expressed concerns over the nature of the lock on Martinez door.Read more
F.U.S.E. President Martin Daly, in a newsletter communication to union members, wrote that recent parent meetings at Jefferson Elementary School and Isaac E. Young Middle School were painful but essential if "the district, staff members, parents and students are going to rebuild the trust that has been badly shaken by the allegations against Mr. Martinez."
In the newsletter, Daly said that many parents who spoke at the meetings supported the school district but there was some "serious criticism" for the way in which district administrators communicated with parents. The district relied almost entirely on their "CONNECT ED" system where automated calls are made to deliver pre-recorded messages. Many parents claimed that they never received any “robo calls” despite having provided their phone numbers to their child's school.
The newsletter also contained a carefully worded statement on who knew what and when.Read more