The three suspects in the murder on North Avenue over the weekend were arraigned this morning in New Rochelle City Court.
Laurell Smith, 20, was remanded to custody and will remain in Westchester County Jail until his next hearing on September 27th. Smith, who resides at 311 North Avenue Apartment 10, New Rochelle was charged with one court of murder in the second degree (did with intent to cause the death of another person, caused the death of such person or of a third person. New Rochelle Police have alleged that Smith killed Kevin Williams by intentionally stabbing him in the abdomen with a large kitchen knife. The wound caused the death of Kevin Williams.
Bail was set for Rico Johnson, 19, at $100,000. Johnson was not able to post bail and was returned to Westchester County Jail where he remains. He is required to appear back in New Rochelle City Court on September 27th. Johnson, who lived with Smith at 311 North Avenue Apartment 10, New Rochelle was charged with two felony counts: hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence.Read more
Just saw on WABC TV. Fire under 135th.street lift bridge shuts down metro north rail road. No service in or out of gct.Read more
Kevin Williams, 23, was stabbed and killed in front of Chase Bank at 270 North Avenue near Huguenot Avenue in downtown New Rochelle earlier this afternoon. The victim was not responsive as he was taken away from the scene. Talk of the Sound has confirmed that the victim died between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM. His family was notified.
UPDATE: Police Track Down Knife (see update below for details).
Two suspects were pursued by police. One was chased into the building located at 311 North Avenue and apprehended without the murder weapon, an edged-weapon, most likely a knife, and removed from the scene. A second suspect was reported to be near Weyman Avenue and was later captured. Both suspects are now under arrest.Read more
An elderly man drove his car down Forest Avenue, turned into the driveway of his son's house at 373 Forest Avenue, then managed to steer the vehicle between two parked cars, past a portable driveway basketball hoop, into the backyard, and down an embankment before coming to rest with the vehicle partially submerged in a small wooded area behind the house.
The homeowner, Roy Markel, called for an ambulance. Two passengers in the vehicle were injured and taken by ambulance to Sound Shore Medical Center. The driver, whose name was not released by police on the scene, was given a sobriety test in the driveway. He struggled to even stand let alone take any sobriety tests so the police took him down the police station with a predictable outcome. Talk of the Sound will obtain a copy of the police report tomorrow to get further details.
UPDATE: NRPD confirms this was a DWI personal injury motor vehicle accident.
New Rochelle Police had a sobriety checkpoint set up last night on Garden Street between North Avenue and the Exit 16 on/off ramp, a location ideally situation to insure a steady flow of expired inspection stickers, panicky drivers and a fair share of drinking drivers, several of whom were arrested and removed from the scene. Safeway Towing was doing steady business taking away cars and the occasional motorcycle, two at a time. Sergeant Myron Joseph led a team officers who kept the line moving but patiently checked each car as they made their way through choke points situation to catch unwary drivers off guard as they either pulled off I-95 North at Exit 16 or made the right onto North Avenue coming from downtown New Rochelle.
On man was given an extensive series of sobriety tests which would have been difficult for the most sober teetotaler after Sunday church services. He flunked, was handcuffed and put into the back of an NRPD cruiser.
The driver of a dark blue Ford Econoline van was slowly weaving back and forth, driving west bound along Fifth Avenue near City Park, before it struck a blue Ford Explorer, according to witnesses. The Ford Explorer was thrust forward and struck a parked taco truck sending chorizo and salsa flying inside the vehicle. Teca's Taco truck is a licensed vendor and long time fixture at City Park.
An onlooker told Talk of the Sound said he noticed the driver was struggling to drive straight as he drove past the baseball field and was already calling 911 just as the collision occurred. The man, who did not wish to be identified, stated that the driver appeared to have suffered some sort of seizure or epileptic fit.
Four houses of the New Rochelle Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 47 Elk Avenue. The first truck arrived on the scene at 9:46 PM. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the rear of the house on the second floor as the NRFD deployed. Firefighter entered through the front door and used a ladder to ascend to a second story front window. The residents escaped without harm and assembled on the front lawn.
A preliminary report indicates an accidental fire caused by a burning candle. After the fire was brought under control, firefighters removed an arm chair from the house.Read more
In the past two weeks, two vehicles which were parked on Ronalds Lane in the Sycamore Park area of New Rochelle, have been vandalized for the mere reason of parking on Ronalds Lane. Residence / home owners of Ronalds Lane think that they own the portion of the road in front of there homes and that no one else is allowed to park there. Ronalds Lane is a public street where any one can park their non-commercial vehicle.
There are a number of resident home owners that park “spot holder” vehicles in front of their homes and these vehicles become permanent road fixtures. These home owners park these “spot holders” for week and months without moving them so that other people cannot park their vehicles in front of their homes. This “spot holder tactic is illegal. These same home owners have driveways which they keep empty.
This writer knows that these crimes are being committed by resident home owners of Ronalds Lane, and that these home owners are gutless, selfish, socially challenged, inept, jealous, loathing individuals.
These crimes have been reported to the New Rochelle Police for investigation. If there are any others who have had their vehicles vandalized while parked on Ronalds Lane, report the act to New Rochelle Police Department. These resident home owners must be punished!!!Read more