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
Flat Roof Danger: Snow & Ice Cause Potential for Collapse
* SNOW /ICE CAUSES POTENTIAL FOR COLLAPSE **
A heavy layer of snow and ice can mean danger for flat roof structures in the area. Property owners are urged to assess the snow loads on residential and commercial flat roofs including elevated parking structures, car dealerships, warehouses, theaters, auditoriums and gymnasiums and examine for early signs of failure.
For safety’s sake:
- Keep roof drains clear of ice and accumulated debris
- Keep the bottom of downspouts and drains clear of snow and ice so the water has a place to drain
- Ensure that snow is not plowed or shoveled against downspouts, which will prevent proper drainage and add load.
This message courtesy of the Bureau of Buildings and Fire Department.Read more
Early last year a man with a boat at the New Rochelle marina came to a public meeting at the American Legion Hall to plead for help. He said there had been a series of burglaries of boats at the New Rochelle Marina. He said he had been a victim and many other boats had been burglarized. The person or persons involved left behind a mess including cigarettes and alcohol containers.
Talk of the Sound has developed information as to the identity of the persons responsible. As we have no standing to file a complaint, we are instead putting out the word that if you were a victim of a boat burglary last year please contact us so we can provide you with information that might help in filing a complaint. The identity of this person is known to people who work at the Marina.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Darrell Evans (DOB 11/22/59) of 8 Ellwood Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York plead guilty today to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies, in exchange for a sentence promise of two consecutive terms of twenty years to life in state prison. Additionally the defendant will serve a consecutive term in Federal Prison relating to a 2008 mail fraud conviction.
On January 7, 2010 the defendant and Joan Whitfield were having an argument on the telephone.
The defendant told her he was going to kill both the babysitter and their daughter Ayanna Evans. Whitfield then called the Mt. Vernon Police Department to alert them to defendant’s threats.
Police responded and as they approached the house, the defendant emerges from the front door unarmed and surrenders while admitting to shooting everyone.Read more
The Journal News is starting to ask questions about the death of Khalil Leak and focusing their attention on the judge in the Family Court case. Back in 2003, Kathie Davidson was pushed hard for the position of Westchester County Family Court Judge by the local New Rochelle Democratic party establishment. When a member of that establishment needed a favor, Davison obliged and now a two year old boy is dead.
What the Journal News does not reveal in their article is the name of the grandmother at the heart of their story.
It is a name well-familiar with Talk of the Sound readers: Donna Henry.Read more