On February 20, 2011, State Police in Liberty arrested a man for DWI following a traffic stop on County Route 104 in the Town of Fallsburg. Ryan Hines, a 23 year old New Rochelle resident, was traveling north on County Route 104 when he failed to dim his high beam head lights. Troopers pulled his vehicle over and detected the odor of alcohol coming from the operator's breath. Hines was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, and taken into custody for DWI. He was processed at SP Liberty and is to appear in the Town of Fallsburg Court on March 2, 2011.Read more
When I initially made a complaint of a death threat against me to the New Rochelle Police Department the officer who took the complaint told me a detective would be assigned to the case and that I could call in a couple of days to find out what was going on. I called yesterday and an officer who picked up the phone suggested I call back on Tuesday as most people were out for the holiday. I called a few minutes ago and spoke with Lt. Christopher Hearle. Hearle denied that anyone told me that a detective would be assigned to the case and informed me that no detective had been or would be assigned to the case.Read more
New Rochelle Police are investigating a death threat against Robert Cox, Managing Editor of Talk of the Sound. A message in large orange block letters was found early Saturday morning painted on the hull of a boat parked on a trailer in the New Rochelle School District Yard at 47 Cliff Street. The boat was the subject of a recent article on Talk of the Sound. The message reads "BOB COX SLEEPS WITH THE FISH". The words were placed next to a decal of a black skull and bones silhouette.
The phrase sleeps with the fishes is a line from the first Godfather movie. It means killed, murdered brutally, or put to death by force.Read more
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.