Rico Johnson, alleged accomplice in the Kevin Williams murder, was released from custody today after he was bonded out. Johnson was one of two people arrested and charged for hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence for helping Laurell Smith, the alleged murderer, hide the murder weapon. Also arrested on similar charges to Johnson was Krista Leggieri.
The Westchester County District Attorney charged Rico Johnson as follows:
Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York with:
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony.
Kevin Williams was stabbed to death near 270 North Avenue on September 18th, 2010.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- The crime rate in the City of New Rochelle remains historically low, according to 2010 statistics released this week by the New Rochelle Police Department. In 2010, Part I crimes decreased 12% overall from 2009. New Rochelle ranks as the fourth safest city among cities its size nationally, marking the tenth consecutive year it has achieved top five status. New Rochelle also ranks safest among comparably-sized municipalities in New York State and Westchester County.
“These statistics are heartening, and a tribute to the dedication of our entire force as well as the effectiveness of our community policing model,” said Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll. “The City of New Rochelle continues to be exemplary on the national, state, and county level.” In 2010, the Department responded to over 56,000 calls for service.
Specifically, in 2010:
• Aggravated assaults down 56%
• Auto theft down 43%
• Burglary down 31%
• Larceny down 5%
The wall of the Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle is now a partially free-standing structure. As a result, the City Engineer John Clemente, in consultation with other engineers has made the determination that the upper triangle, above the circular window, must be removed.
A large cherry-picker has now been set up this morning on Main Street near Locust Avenue and will begin work immediately to remove the top portion of the wall.
Traffic in the area remains closed to vehicular traffic.
The Journal News has an excellent article on the two individuals involved in the New Rochelle Machete Murder at 309 North Avenue this past weekend.
Akeem Lindsay, 30, the man arrested by New Rochelle police, had a long history of drug abuse and criminal behavior. Lisa Stabler, 29, the victim had an even stranger background.
Lindsay had been arrested several times by New Rochelle police before the alleged murder.
State records show that Lindsay was released from Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining in 2004, after serving two years for second-degree assault and second-degree attempted robbery, both felonies. He was arrested in 2001 for his involvement in a string of armed robberies around New Rochelle, where he and two others targeted people late at night with a BB gun that looked like a pistol.
For Stabler, her violent death was the end of a difficult life.
From Fire Commissioner Doc Kiernan:
100 firefighters responded from New Rochelle, White Plains, Larchmont, Greenville (Greenburg) and Town of Mamaroneck- Firefighters from Pelham and Hartsdale covered our vacant firehouses. There were only three minor injuries: high carbon monoxide levels attributable to smoke inhalation. All treated and released
Fire is not out; still smoldering under wreckage from the interior collapse. NRFD will keep fire watch for the next few days. There is a high wind warning in effect for tonight, which will fan flames. Tomorrow NRFD will begin investigation to determine how the fire started.
From City Manager Charles Strome:
Main Street Eastbound between North and Franklin Avenues will remain closed overnight.
Final determination of the viability of the structure will be determined between City and Church officials tomorrow morning.
What appeared to have been two different stories may be one story, Talk of the Sound has learned.
Multiple sources in and out of New Rochelle have told Talk of the Sound that the two water main breaks on Webster Avenue occurred shortly after the New Rochelle Fire Department requested increased water pressure to cope with the five-alarm blaze that torched the United Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle early this morning.Read more
I found the link below on the NRPD Website and found it very interesting. The website does a nice job of graphically showing time and dates of recent crimes in New Rochelle (and other reporting Cities). Likewise, it allows reports to be generated breaking crimes down by genre and date range.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Talk of the Sound has been recommending the Crimemapping.com software since June 2009. We provided an example of such a map might be used to track sex offenders: Interactive Map of Level 3 Sex Offenders in New Rochelle. We did the research and recommended two crime map solutions including crimemapping.com: Open Letter to City Hall: How About Crime Mapping Software for the New Rochelle Police Department?. We are glad to see the City of New Rochelle responding to our recommendations.Read more
The New Rochelle Police Department has issued new departmental Rules and Regulations for Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as blogs and online forums. The new policies come less than a year after a Talk of the Sound exposé on a XXX-Rated gambling web site run by current and former officers from the NRPD P.A.C.T. Unit. The department's first ever Social Media policy went into effect on January 24, 2011. It explicitly states that as public employee, police officers do not have absolute First Amendment rights. Section 12.3 reads "As public employees, department members are cautioned that speech on-duty or off-duty, made pursuant to their official duties, is not protected speech under the First Amendment and may form the basis for disciplinary action if deemed detrimental to the department Department members should assume that their speech and related activity on social media sites will reflect upon their office and this department."
The policy appears to be a direct response to reporting by Talk of the Sound in February 2010 about a "P.A.C.T. Fantasy Football League" or "PFFL".Read more