TALK OF THE SOUND EXCLUSIVE -- The mysterious case of Mount Vernon fireman James Drago has taken on a bizarre new twist as the only witness in the case has now been arrested for burglarizing the home of a Rockland County man who died Friday following a motorcycle accident.
The woman involved in both cases, Paula Izurieta,29, of 17 Smart St., Yonkers, was never named by the police as a witness in the Drago case. It was members of the Mount Vernon Fire Department who recognized Izurieta from her mugshot in today's Journal News and contacted Talk of the Sound's EyeonNewRoc.
It was on June 26th that Izurieta called 911 to report Drago missing in Long island Sound, setting of a search and rescue effort by local police and the Coast Guard. A week later, on July 4th, Drago's body was found floating in the water within a mile of where he was first reported missing, near the Larchmont Shore Club.
At the time, Izurieta, the only witness on the boat, told Larchmont Police that Drago took his boat from the New Rochelle Marina, left the boat to go swimming, went under the water and never resurfaced. No charges have been filed in the case so far.Read more
New Rochelle police, responding Friday night to a 911 call of a home invasion residence, responded quickly and located the suspects. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued, and quickly terminated near the high school - a foot pursuit then ensued, officers gave chase on foot.
One of the suspects, Joseph E. Gill, 39, of 148 Tudor Court, Lakewood, N.J. was apprehended and arrested. Two other suspects escaped.
Police are attempting to link the three men to the North End burglary spree going back to November of 2009 first reported by Talk of the Sound in April.
According to the police report, a woman was awakened at 10:34 PM at her home on Forest Avenue. She saw a man in her bedroom taking jewelry from her dresser. The woman followed the man out of her bedroom, came across two other men and confronted them at which point they fled the scene. She called 911.
The men drove off in a van. The car developed a flat tire and stopped on Faneuil Place at which point Gill, the driver of the vehicle, was apprehended. The other two fled and were not caught.Read more
The New Rochelle Police Department has all but ended the burglary problems that plagued the North End of New Rochelle earlier this year, recent crime data shows. After a six month period which saw more than two dozen attempted and completed burglaries, from late 2009 until March 2010, the police responded with stepped up patrols, deploying officers in unmarked markers, conducting license plate sweeps and other measures officials did not wish to disclosed. The result: june one successful burglary in New Rochelle's tony North End neighborhoods.
Talk of the Sound first broke the story of the burglary spree in April: Team of Burglars Plague North End of New Rochelle; 21 Burglaries, 4 Attempted in Past Six MonthsRead more
The New England Thruway was closed for hours this afternoon following a multi-car collision on I-95 North near Exit 16 in New Rochelle involving 3 white vans, an SUV and a car. One person was reported in critical condition. Survivors were rushed from the scene in multiple ambulances.
New Rochelle Police are spread out across the downtown area of the City on the hunt for a man who fled out a bathroom window at 309 North Avenue. The man is reportedly wanted for an assault and has multiple felony arrest warrants outstanding for his arrest.
A late night house fire at 55 Wildcliff Road kept the New Rochelle Fire Department busy for over an hour last night . First reports came in to the fire department from residents at 40 Davenport Avenue. They reported a heavy smell of smoke in the air and smoke emanating from the rear of there building
When fire and police arrived they observed flames coming from a second story porch on a house that faces the parking lot at 40 Davenport Avenue. New Rochelle fireman knocked the fire down quickly. There were no injuries reported.
The fire department began packing up around 11:15pm Sunday night and had left the scene by midnight.
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The New Rochelle Firefighters are at it again! On June 6th the New Rochelle Fire Fighters will host there 6th annual Soap Box Derby. The event starts at 8:00am. This is an amazing event where girls and boys (8-16 yrs old) from the community enjoy a day together competitively racing soap box cars down Quaker Ridge Road. The winner of each class is sponsored by The New Rochelle Firefighters to race in Akron Ohio to compete against some of the best. Every year the event grows, more and more people from the community come out to see the action while enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs freshly grilled by President Gray and his team of volunteer day chefs. This is truly a great event for all, whether you are a spectator, participant, neighbor, or local business sponsor, every person gets to experience the true community feeling for the day. If you have a few moments to spare, come out a cheer for your favorite racer and enjoy a great New Rochelle community event. We hope to see you all there!
Hey!! LOOK BACK SOON, The New Rochelle Firefighters are currently planning the Annual Oldies Concert at New Rochelle High School. We will have many Free Tickets available soon. Save the date The Oldies Show will be on October 1st 2010…details to follow.
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Talk of the Sound has received reports of a hostage situation at 53 Rugby Road last night.
A man with a gun was in the house and refused to come out. New Rochelle police managed to convince the man to give himself up and the situation was resolved without incident.