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
NeW Rochelle Police, responding to a 911 call at 345 Main Street, found a two year old child dead in an apartment in a building near the corner of Main Street and Echo Avenue. The parents had previously been under investigation by Child Protective Services and the child has been removed from home only to be returned several months ago.
The father told police the child his his head while jumping on the couch. Police labeled the incident "suspicious".
New Rochelle police had the area locked down for several hours awaiting the Westchester County Medical Examiner.
UPDATE: Capt. Joseph Schaller told Talk of the Sound that he is hoping the New Rochelle police department will hear back later today on the cause of death.
Emergency responders are converging on the waters off New Rochelle near the New York Athletic Club where initial reports are that two boats collided sending people into the water. There are unconfirmed reporters that two boats capsized. Westchester County Police are sending a helicopter to the scene.
UPDATE: People are now out of the water. Another boat came over and rescued people in the water. The boat is bringing to the people to the Glen Island dock. No information whether anyone is missing. New Rochelle Harbor Patrol is now responding to the scene.
UPDATE: New Rochelle Harbor Patrol is standing down as all people are accounted for.
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Not to worry -- those aren't gun shots folks.
It's just the usual round of illegal fireworks being set off at one of the beach clubs in the Davenport area. When we find out the details we will post them here.
A reader sent along this advertisement for a beach club event on New Year's Eve.
Journal News/Metromix Advertistment: V.I.P.'s 2011 Extravaganza in New Rochelle
The V.I.P. Country Club will host a New Year's Eve Extravaganza starting at 8 p.m. Tickets include entertainment by Top Notch Music all night. An elegant dinner buffet, open bar, champagne toast, an elaborate dessert table and continental breakfast are all included. Reservations are a must. Details: 600 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, 914-235-1500. www.vipcountryclub.com
Perhaps a knowledgeable reader can explain the history behind this; there are laws against holding events where tickets are sold although the law is different for in-season and off-season events.
We are working on getting some video of the fireworks. If you have any photos or videos send them along.Read more
Albany, NY – December 15, 2010 - New York State Police Acting Superintendent John P. Melville joined with State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison, Acting DOT Commissioner Stanley Gee, Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer, and DMV Commissioner David J. Swarts in urging motorists to move over and slow down when encountering emergency vehicles New York’s roads and highways. Governor Paterson signed the Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Act’ into law last summer, and the move over and slow down provisions of the law take effect January 1, 2011.
Governor David A. Paterson said, “This law will work to safeguard the emergency personnel who protect us day and night as we travel. The 'Ambrose-Searles Act' is a common sense approach that will work to prevent avoidable collisions with emergency personnel, and I was pleased to sign it into law last summer.”Read more
This is the City of New Rochelle, with an important message. A snow emergency has been declared due to winter weather conditions, and snow removal operations. Please remove vehicles on designated snow emergency streets. This will aid Public Works crews. Please stay off the roads if you can. If you must travel, please take necessary precautions.
Please adhere to the following garbage schedule for this New Year’s Holiday Week.
• There will be no Garbage Collection on Monday, December 27th
• Tuesday, December 28th South Pick-up
• Wednesday, December 29th North Pick-up
• Thursday, December 30th South Pick-up
• There will be no garbage collection on Friday, December 31st.
• There will be no collection of recyclables this week
Please assist the Fire Department by shoveling out any fire hydrants that abut your home or business. Thank you for your cooperation.
EDITOR'S NOTE: residents and businesses are REQUIRED to dig out the fire hydrants and you be glad you did if there is a fire at your home or business and the NRFD do not have to waste time looking for a hydrant while your house or business burns.Read more
UPDATED WITH VIDEO (Below)
An elderly homeowner and a friend escaped from a burning house on Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle this evening. Marjorie Williams, 87, the home owner, was in the house with a second person. The two refused medical attention. Williams lives in the home with her daughter and son-in-law who are away on holiday out of the country. They are expected to return Sunday.
The fire at 105 Lincoln Avenue, a single-family house located between two apartment buildings, may have been started by an electric space heater. The house, located at the intersection of Prince Street across from Lincoln Park, was badly gutted.
As the fire raged, the house was engulfed in flame. Black smoke poured from the building, billowing out onto Lincoln Avenue and across the street into the park.