September 27 & 28, 2010, New Rochelle, NY - Habitat For Humanity of Westchester Executive Director Jim Killoran was at the New Rochelle train station on Monday and Tuesday this week, looking for signatures for a petition requesting New Rochelle Police Department patrolmen back ‘walking the beat’ and out of patrol cars in the vicinity of Main Street/North Avenue intersection and the train/bus station.
Once again there’s a clamoring for the return of foot patrols. With gang-related activity and local drug trafficking on the rise, it is not unreasonable for businesses and the general public to call for a resurgence of patrolmen walking the neighborhood.
Many of those that signed the petitions sited an increased fear of illegal activity. One person even cited the seemingly endless number of gun violence incidents in Newark, NJ and wondered out loud if New Rochelle was going to begin to see the same kinds of problems.
According to Mr. Killoran, years ago, there used to be two police stations – one of them on Lawton Street the downtown area and foot patrolmen were a constant sight back then. With a problematic budget crunch years ago, the downtown station house disappeared and so did the patrolmen. With more than 3,000 people new residents in this district in recent years, some people think it’s high time the NRPD resume using shoe leather.Read more
A New Rochelle Bluebird Taxi cab driver was robbed at knife point around 10:30 PM Friday night. The driver picked up his fare behind the Avalon building, Station Plaza South and drove the suspect to Coligni Avenue where the suspect pulled out a kitchen knife and put it to the drivers throat and demanded money. A struggle developed and the driver was able to bite the suspects arm twice. The suspect took the drivers cell phone but got no money. The knife and part of the cell phone were recovered by police and the K-9 unit was brought in to try to track down the suspect but the dog lost the scent at webster ave. The suspect was describe as a male black medium build wearing a red cap running east on Coligni Avenue. The cab driver refused medical attention and police are still looking for the suspectRead more
The two men targeted in a drive-by shooting in the West End of New Rochelle knew the shooters. Police have determined that the incident was a retaliation for a previous incident. Jason Picarelli (tattoo on arm, left) and Brian Dee (facing camera, right) robbed a group of drug dealers in the Bronx, source say. The drug dealers were able to track the pair down to a house at Union and 8th and fire five shots into the house.
Dee has now been arrested by NRPD for his involved in the drug dealer robbery and is said to be cooperating. Picarelli remains free but likely not for long, sources say.
There is "For Rent" sign in the window of the house they were renting on Union Avenue.Read more
Deborah Ann Orlando, 37, was arrested last Friday by New Rochelle Police Department on charges of criminal possession of marijuana in the 1st degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Orlando, an unemployed divorcee originally from the Bronx, resides at 46 Robins Road, a single-family home owned by Rita Orlando.
Sources have told Talk of the Sound that police found a "marijuana farm" growing in the area of the Nature Study Woods off Pershing, around the corner Orlando's residence on the corner of Robins Road and Westwood Avenue.
A message left for Deborah Ann Orlando was not returned.Read more
There was another isolated incident this morning, before dark, this time in the West End of New Rochelle. Police believe two or more individuals drove past a house near Union Avenue and 8th straight and fired two or three shots into a bay window in the living room towards the front of the house.
Police detectives and investigators from the New Rochelle Police Department were on the scene when Talk of the Sound arrived and could be heard warning two men who had recently rented the house that the shooters knew where they lived, drove slowly by -- based on the spacing of the bullets in the window -- and deliberately aimed at the windows with the intent of directing bullets into the house. The two men were advised by police to make arrangements with regard to their personal safety.
The early evening storm that passed through the area around 8:00 pm caused a fire at the Pentecostal House of Prayer church on the corner of Webster and union fire officials said that lighting was more than likely the cause but they are investigating the cause, There was some damage to the outside and inside. The church was undergoing a remodeling at the time of the fire. The fire rekindled again at 10:50pm and the fire department was recalled to the scene. The exact address is 150 Webster Avenue.
The New Rochelle Firefighters UFFA Local 273 will host their Annual Oldies Show on Friday October 1st 2010 at the New Rochelle High School.
Show starts at 8:00pm
We have put together some great entertainment!
This Years Talent Includes
Our Local WVOX radio personality Dennis Nardone
Shades of Sole
T & T Dreaming
And, the Shirelles Featuring Shirley Austin Reeves
Snacks and Beverages are available
The New Rochelle Fire Department would like to thank all of our residents and local business owners; it’s because of all of you that we are able to continue providing this great show.
Free tickets are available…email me at [email protected]Read more
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