The New Rochelle Police Department announced today the arrest of Richard D. Leak, 30, for the murder of Khalil Leak, his two year old son which occurred early Sunday Morning January 9 at 345 Main Street. The child was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center with a head injury and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival there.
Richard "Ricky" Leak (DOB: 10/03/1980) has been charged by the Westchester District Attorney with one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class "A" Felony. The charging documents state Leak killed is two-year old son Khalil Leak (DOB: 12/11/2008) at 345 Main Street, apartment number 4E, located in the City of New Rochelle and took place at about January 9, 2011 at approximately 1:00 a.m.
Captain Joseph Schaller held a press conference this morning at 11:30 AM to announce the arrest and answer questions. Schaller disclosed that Leak had a prior history of criminal offenses including possession of a control substance, burglary, assault (on an adult). The cause of death, the police believe, was Leak slamming the victim into a hard surface.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that the Westchester County District Attorney has expanded their investigation of the City of New Rochelle Department of Public Works to include the City's Department of Parks and Recreation. After receiving a tip that Fevang was keeping a boat at the New Rochelle Marina, investigators from the DA's office inspected the boat and called upon Harbor Master Salvatore "Sal" Gugliara.
DA Spokesperson Lucian Chalfen declined to comment on the investigation of the New Rochelle Marina citing the ongoing investigation.Read more
The Maintenance Building at the New Rochelle DPW City Yard at 224 Main Street has been put on lockdown/lockout by agents of the Westchester County District Attorney. As of 1 PM, no one is allowed in or out without being questioned.
The action is part of the ongoing investigation by the DA into allegations made against DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang whose office is in the building -- a story first reported here on Talk of the Sound.Read more
Truck G-29 has become a bit of celebrity in certain circles of New Rochelle as the truck that appears likely to bring down the widely reviled Fleet Manager Richard Fevang. Word went out recently that G-29 was going back into the line. Talk of the Sound has been camera-ready ever since and today was the day we captured video. In an ironic moment, the elusive G-29 truck came rumbling down North Avenue in front of City Hall shortly after noon then made a right turn on to Lincoln Avenue. Racing ahead, your intrepid reporter got in position and shot the following footage.Read more
Upcoming Holidays Mean “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest”
Poughkeepsie, NY, (December 15, 2010) – Major Michael A. Kopy, Troop K Commander, today announced that the New York State Police will be out in full force cracking down on anyone caught drunk behind the wheel. Beginning Thursday, December 16th and continuing through New Years Day, police agencies in the Troop K region and police departments across the country will join forces in the effort, which is part of the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” National Crackdown.
“Since the holiday season is traditionally marked by increased travel and alcohol consumption, troopers will be participating in this national crackdown,” said Major Kopy. “Our goal is to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired driver.”
Major Kopy recommends the following tips for a safe holiday season:
· Designate a driver before the celebrations begin
· Take public transportation
New York State has fined Dumont Masonic Home in New Rochelle, NY a whopping $20,000. This on top of a $10,000 fine, lated reduced to $6,500, from the Federal government. Both fines relate to a survey of the facility on July 16, 2009.
Despite the State and Federal enforcement action, Dumont Masonic Home continues to display information claiming it is a "5 Star Facility".
Months after a survey of the facility which resulted in the Federal government citing Dumont for multiple deficiencies and socking them with a $10,000 fine, the Dumont Masonic Home published a newsletter -- still displayed on the facility web site -- touting Dumont as a "5 Star facility" and claiming "the federal government (CMS) has given the Dumont Masonic Home its highest rating!".Read more
City Council Member Lou Trangucci stepped forward Friday as the person who brought forward the complaint which led to the investigation of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works by the Westchester County District Attorney. The complaint has kicked off the biggest corruption investigation in recent New Rochelle history, a months long investigation of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works by the Westchester District Attorney's Office of Public Integrity. Talk of the Sound broke the story in September.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter that Sister Marie Thornton is the person fired by the college of using a college credit card to make personal purchases and writing college checks for her own benefit. A subordinate was also fired when college officials learned that the subordinate had approved purchases and checks at the direction of "Sister Susie" as Sister Marie Thornton was known, sources tell Talk of the Sound. An initial report by the Chronicle for Higher Education indicated that amount the college claimed stolen was about $80,000 over 10 years or about $800,000 but sources tell Talk of the Sound the figure is likely far higher.Read more