Police Beat will highlight specific incidents and trends in criminal activity in the Town of Clarkstown for the purpose of public awareness.
Driving While Intoxicated 05/13/13
On Monday, May 13, 2013 shortly after midnight, Anthony Passarella, 32, from West Nyack, NY was arrested.
Passarella was driving a 2001 Honda east on Laurel Road in New City when he failed to stop at the intersection with Brewery Road and struck a guardrail headon. Passarella appeared to be intoxicated and had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was trapped inside of the vehicle and required to be extricated by New City FD. Upon extrication, Passarella was transported to Nyack Hospital for his injuries which did not appear to be life threatening. He was arrested and submitted to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol concentration. Results are pending. Passarella was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Clarkstown Justice Court on May 20, 2013 to answer the charge of driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor).
Residential Burglary Arrest 4/30/13
Subsequent to a rash of recent residential burglaries the Clarkstown Police Department instituted a burglary task force which formulated a comprehensive operational plan. The plan included directed patrol efforts in targeted areas.
On April 29, 2013 Michael Jenkinson, 19, from Spring Valley was arrested in conjunction with a rash of burglaries which occurred in Nanuet. Officers had encountered Jenkinson earlier in the day when he was utilizing a foot path as a cut through between Albacon Road and Second Ave.
A short time later, a burglary was discovered on Albacon Road. Proceeds from the burglary were consistent with items that Jenkinson was carrying. Jenkinson was arrested a short time later at his home in Spring Valley. He was transported to the Clarkstown Police Department Headquarters and charged with 8 counts of Burglary 2nd (felony), 8 counts of petit larceny (misdemeanor), and 1 count of attempted burglary (felony). Jenkinson is being held for arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court.
The burglaries that were cleared by this arrest include; 53, 60 & 65 Spring Brook Road, 56 Forest Brook Road, 12 Lynn Street, 33 N. Pascack Road, 28 Crikki Lane, and 37 & 39 Albacon Road.
Criminal Contempt Arrest 4/19/13
On Friday, April 19, 2013, at approximately 11:45 PM Joseph Ciraldo, 51 from Congers, NY was arrested after a brief encounter at the Nyack Motor Lodge.
At approximately 5:50 PM Ciraldo had telephoned a family member and made threats to harm himself. Ciraldo made statements that he had been drinking, swallowed pills and was armed with a gun.
Ciraldo?s location was not immediately known, but after a short investigation which included pinging his cell phone, it was determined that Ciraldo had rented a room at the Nyack Motor Lodge. A perimeter was established and Ciraldo responded to verbal commands from members of the crisis negotiation team to come out of the room. Ciraldo exited the room without incident and was immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Nyack Hospital for medical treatment.
Ciraldo was charged with 2 counts criminal contempt 2nd (misdemeanor), aggravated harassment 2nd (misdemeanor) and possession of hypodermic instrument (misdemeanor). The criminal contempt charges stem from Ciraldo violating an active order of protection which was issued for a previous domestic incident. Ciraldo was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Thorsen, a $1000 bail was set and he is due back in court on April 24, 2013.
Making a Terroristic Threat 04/05/13
On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at approximately 6:20 PM the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Edward Tabaracci, 51, from New City.
Tabaracci called a non emergency line at the Clarkstown Police Department on at least 3 separate occasions. Tabaracci placed the first call at approximately 4:30 PM whereby he was complaining about a traffic problem on Strawtown Rd. The second call was placed at approximately 4:49 PM and the third call was placed at approximately 5:22 PM. Tabaracci grew increasingly hostile with each phone call. In the final call, Tabaracci stated ?This is not a warning this is a promise. Two officers will die in the next 24 hours?.
Tabaracci was arrested at his residence without incident. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat (felony), and aggravated harassment 2nd (misdemeanor).
Home Invasion 03/01/13
On March 1, 2013 at approx 2:35 AM the Clarkstown Police responded to 605 Maplewood Gardens in reference to a home invasion.
Male victim arrived home and was walking to his apartment when another male approached him, displayed a handgun, and forced him into his apartment. The suspect was accompanied by 2 other suspects and once inside the apartment tied the victim and a female victim?s wrists behind their backs. The suspects stole approximately $3000 in cash and fled the scene on foot. The victims were uninjured.
A witness called 911 and responding officers were able to apprehend all 3 suspects after a brief foot pursuit. Recovered from the scene were 2 handguns (9mm and .40 caliber), 1 large machete (blade approximately 14?), and $3000 in US currency.
Arrested parties were Zachary Johnson, 31, from Bronx, NY, Jose Hernandez 24, from Mt. Vernon, NY and Ravindra George, 19, from Bronx, NY. All 3 were charged with 2 counts of robbery 1st, 2 counts of robbery 2nd, 2 counts of burglary 1st, criminal possession of a weapon 2nd and criminal possession of stolen property 3rd. All charges are felonies.
The suspects are awaiting arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court.
Auxiliary Unit Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Volunteer Organization Marks a Milestone in Its Long Tradition of Serving the Residents of the Town of Clarkstown, New York
The Clarkstown Police Department?s Auxiliary Unit will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with an awards dinner taking place at La Terrazza, 291 S. Main Street, New City on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The event will be attended by local dignitaries and officials, and will recognize the service of Auxiliary Police Officers with outstanding contributions to the organization and the Town of Clarkstown.
The Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit, organized in 1973, is a volunteer organization dedicated to supplementing the Clarkstown Police Department. The Unit currently has 29 active members who provide assistance and operational support to the police. Their primary function is to assist with traffic and pedestrians at community events such as parades, races, street fairs and other functions. These Auxiliary Officers operate under the directive of the Clarkstown Police Department and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears. In 2012, Auxiliary Officers volunteered a record number of hours, approximately 7,500 and since inception the unit has logged more than 124,000 hours.
?The dedicated members of our organization make every event and responsibility a pleasure. This is a remarkable group of people who appreciate and support each other and our community,? said Darryl Draper, Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Captain. ?It is a real honor to have the opportunity to work alongside Clarkstown Police Officers, develop a better understanding of the challenges they face and be able to help them maintain the wonderful peaceful character of our neighborhoods.?
Chief Michael Sullivan of the Clarkstown Police Department is grateful for the Auxiliary Unit and their work. ?Over the last 40 years they have dedicated tens of thousands of hours in professional and selfless service to the Clarkstown community. As Chief of Police it is my honor to say to the members of the Auxiliary Police, both past and present, congratulations and thank you for a job well done?.
To learn more about the Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit or to inquire about how you can get involved, please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845.639.5887.
Contributions to this release were made by Auxiliary Officers, Lenore Congemi and Jen Miret.
Driving While Intoxicated 02/25/13
On Saturday, February 23, 2013 at approximately 2350 hrs the Clarkstown Police responded to a multi-vehicle accident on southbound Rt 304 approximately .75 mile north of the Middletown Road exit.
A 2007 Ford Mustang driven by Kristina Gaddish, 31, from West Milford, NJ was travelling northbound in the southbound passing lane (lane closest to guard rail). Gaddish struck a 2006 Saturn which was travelling in the driving lane. After impact, a tire from the Saturn came off and struck a 2001 Mercury which was travelling behind the Saturn. The Mustang continued on for a short distance and struck a 2007 Acura which was travelling in the passing lane. None of the vehicles had any passengers. Each driver sustained minor injuries and all four were transported to Nyack Hospital. No further information is available regarding their condition or injuries.
Gaddish had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. While at Nyack Hospital she submitted to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol content, the results are pending. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving (both misdemeanors), improper entrance or exit from a controlled highway and failure to obey a traffic control device (both traffic infractions). She was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Clarkstown Justice Court on March 11, 2013.
Southbound RT 304 was reopened at approximately 0125 hrs.
Fraudulent Credit cards
On January 14, 2013 at approximately 10:50 PM the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Komi Kalefe, 22, Bronx, NY and Gary Taylor, 26, Mount Vernon, NY.
Kalefe and Taylor utilized fraudulent Visa credit cards to obtain merchandise and assorted gift cards from Barnes & Noble and Target located at the Palisades Mall. During the investigation they were found to be in possession of four fraudulent credit cards. Kalefe and Taylor were subsequently arrested and charged with identity theft 1st, criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd (4 counts), grand larceny 3rd and criminal possession of stolen property 3rd, all felonies.
Grand Larceny 12/3/12
On Sunday, December 2, 2012 at approximately 7:30 PM two individuals both from Mount Vernon, Charles Moye, 28, and Emanuel Acheampong, 28, were arrested for stealing from Lord & Taylor located in the Palisades Mall.
A loss prevention officer observed both men enter the store. Moye selected approximately 45 hats totaling $1890.00 and placed them inside of a bag in which he was carrying. Acheampong exited the store first and used a rear corridor to exit the mall. Moye then exited the store without paying for the merchandise and used the same rear corridor to exit the mall. Moye then entered a white ford pickup truck which was waiting for him by the exit and which was being driven by Acheampong.
The white Ford pickup truck was observed by a Clarkstown Police Officer to be entering the Dunkin Donut parking lot. The officer stopped the vehicle at which time the front seat passenger, Moye, exited and began to run. The driver, Acheampong, was arrested on scene.
A police K-9 was deployed and Moye was found hiding a short distance away. The merchandise was also recovered a short distance away.
Moye and Acheampong were both transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters pending arraignment. They were both charged with grand larceny 4th and criminal possession of stolen property 4th both felonies. At arraignment before Judge Thorsen, Moye was ordered held without bail and Acheampong was issued $2500 bail. Both are due back in court on 12/5/12.
On Sunday, December 2, 2012 at approximately 1:50 AM the Clarkstown Police received a 911 call regarding a possible ?drunk driver? operating a yellow Chevrolet traveling on Main Street in New City. A Clarkstown Police Officer observed the vehicle driving with two flat tires on the passenger side. The vehicle was subsequently stopped on Rt 304 and the driver, Ryan Schneider, 27, from Garnerville appeared to be intoxicated. He was administered field sobriety tests which he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was held for arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Thorsen. He is due back in court on 12/5/12 to answer driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and refusal to take breath test (traffic infraction).
On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at approximately 1:50 AM a Clarkstown Police Officer observed a 2000 Honda traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Rt 59 in Nanuet. The vehicle was subsequently stopped on Smith Street in Nanuet. The driver, Alexa Mishkel, 19, from Nyack appeared to be intoxicated. She was administered field sobriety tests which she failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Clarkstown Police Headquarters where she submitted to a breathalyzer test, in which she also failed. Mishkel was issued an appearance ticket to return to court on 12/10/12 to answer aggravated driving while intoxicated (greater than .18 BAC) and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at approximately 5:56 AM the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Jessica Jedlicka, 31, from New City after leaving the scene of a one car accident. Jedlicka drove her 1999 Dodge Caravan into a telephone pole on Congers Road in New City. She exited the vehicle and attempted to walk home leaving her vehicle behind. Jedlicka appeared to be intoxicated and performed field sobriety tests which she failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where she submitted to a breathalyzer test in which she also failed. She was released on an appearance ticket returnable 11/26/12 to answer driving while intoxicated, driving with greater than .08% BAC, both misdemeanors, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failed to use designated lane, both traffic infractions.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 AM, Lisa Camera 47, from New City was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Camera was operating a 1990 Nissan on Main Street in New City when she committed several traffic infractions. Camera was stopped and appeared to be intoxicated. She had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Clarkstown Police Headquarters where she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. She was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell and released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court on 12/13/13 to answer driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 3rd, both misdemeanors, refusing to take a breath test, and several other vehicle and traffic violations.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at approximately 3:00 PM, George Dankwah, 37, and Darren Agyeman, 38, both from the Bronx were arrested after shoplifting at Lord and Taylor located at the Palisades Mall. Both men selected merchandise totaling approximately $378.98 and concealed the merchandise on their person. Upon exiting the store without paying for the items, Dankwah pushed a security officer and bit another security officer on the wrist (no serious injury sustained). Dankwah then broke off a windshield wiper blade and attempted to hit the loss prevention officers with it. Dankwah was placed under arrest upon the arrival of responding police officers. Agyeman was arrested without incident. Both men were transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where they were held for arraignment before Judge Ugell. Both men remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility, Agyeman in lieu of $500 and Dankwah in lieu of $10,000. Dankwah is due back in court on 11/28/12 to answer robbery 3rd (felony), assault 3rd, petit larceny, criminal possession stolen property 5th, criminal mischief 4th, all misdemeanors, and harassment 2nd (violation). Agyeman is due back in court on 11/26/12 to answer petit larceny and criminal possession stolen property 5th, both misdemeanors.
Fraudulent $100 Bills
On Friday, November 23, 2012 at approximately 5:40 PM, Lucas Carnell, 20, from Freeport, NY was arrested for using fraudulent $100 bills at Lord and Taylor located at the Palisades Mall. Carnell purchased 4 articles of clothing totaling $578.76 and handed the cashier six $100 bills to pay for the merchandise. The bills were later determined to be fraudulent. Carnell was arrested after a brief foot pursuit and was found to be in possession of four more fraudulent $100 bills. He was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000. He is due back in court on November 28, 2012 to answer 10 counts of criminal possession of forged instrument 1st (felony), petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property 5th, both misdemeanors.
Attempted Burglary 11/26/12
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at approximately 6:00 PM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Fulle Drive, Valley Cottage on a report of a suspicious male running through the back yard. A homeowner reports that a few minutes prior to observing this male he heard loud banging noises coming from his neighbor?s house located at 348 Fulle Drive. Officers inspected the residence at 348 Fulle and found a basement window shattered. The homeowner, Carmen Rodriquez, was not home at the time. She was contacted and responded to the residence. The interior of the residence was checked and a glass door leading from the deck to the kitchen was also found to be shattered and a basement screen door had been damaged. It did not appear that entry was made into the home.
At approximately 6:20 PM a homeowner on Melanie Lane heard what sounded like someone on his deck. He opened the door and observed a male walking off the deck. The description given was similar to the earlier incident, white male wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark jacket, with a flashlight device attached to his forehead and carrying a backpack.
At approximately 7:00 PM the Clarkstown Police received another call about a suspicious male on Branchville Road. The description was similar to the earlier incidents. The subject was located and identified by witnesses. The male was identified as Michael Welch, 35, from Valley Cottage. Welch was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters. He was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000. He is due back in court on November 28, 2012 to answer attempted burglary 2nd, criminal mischief 3rd (both felonies), criminal trespass 3rd (misdemeanor) and trespass (violation).
On Friday, November 16, 2012 at approximately 7:00 PM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Kohl?s Department store in Nanuet for a report of a theft.
Store loss prevention observed Anderson Sylvain, 21, and Chaz Williams, 21, both from Spring Valley select assorted merchandise and bring the merchandise to a cashier. The cashier, Christopher St. Hilaire, 19 from Spring Valley, placed the items into two shopping bags and handed the bags to Sylvain and Williams without completing a transaction. Sylvain and Williams exited the store without paying for the merchandise which totaled $344.00. Sylvain, Williams, and St. Hilaire were all brought to the loss prevention office where they were placed under arrest. All three were issued appearance tickets returnable on December 12, 2012. All three were charged with petit larceny (misdemeanor) and Sylvain and Williams were also charged with criminal possession of stolen property also a misdemeanor.
Driving While Intoxicated 11/19/12
On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at approximately 6:15 AM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to West Street in West Nyack on a report of a hit and run accident. A 1998 Toyota struck a parked vehicle head on. The Toyota fled the scene and a witness was able to obtain the license plate number. The Toyota was subsequently located in Garnerville. The driver, Michael Delia, 27, from Garnerville was interviewed and appeared to be intoxicated. Delia was administered field sobriety tests which he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where he submitted to a breathalyzer test, which he also failed. Delia was issued an appearance ticket to return to Clarkstown Justice Court on 12/17/12 to answer the charge of driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor), driving with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08 (misdemeanor), and leaving the scene of a property damage accident (traffic infraction).
Driving While Intoxicated 10/21/12
On Sunday October 21, 2012 the Clarkstown Police arrested three individuals for driving while intoxicated.
At approximately 12:05 AM the Clarkstown Police received a report of a possible domestic dispute occurring in a vehicle which was driving south on Rt 303 in West Nyack. A 2007 Mercedes-Benz was subsequently stopped just south of the Rt 59 intersection. The driver was identified as Robert Corey, 44, from Pearl River. Corey appeared to be intoxicated and was administered field sobriety tests in which he failed. Corey was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters were he submitted to a breathalyzer test in which he also failed. Corey was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court by Judge Gerber and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2500 bail. Corey is due back in court on 10/22/12 to answer operating a motor vehicle with greater than .18 blood alcohol and two other driving while intoxicated charges all of which are felonies.
At approximately 3:45 AM the Clarkstown Police responded to Brewery Rd in New City for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Ryan Buchanan 22, from New City was driving a 1996 Honda north on Brewery Rd, lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained heavy front end damage. Buchanan sustained minor injuries during the accident and was transported to Nyack Hospital. He was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and submitted to a blood test. Buchanan was issued an appearance ticket for driving while intoxicated misdemeanor pending the results of the blood test. He is due to be arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court on 11/19/12.
At approximately 08:30 AM the Clarkstown Police Responded to a report of a hit and run accident which occurred on Pipetown Hill Rd in Nanuet. A 2000 Ford pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle which was waiting for a red traffic signal. The driver of the pickup truck then fled eastbound on foot leaving the pickup truck behind blocking traffic on Pipetown Hill Rd. Police canine tracked and located the driver a short distance away who was identified as Manuel Vega, 41 from Spring Valley. Vega was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where field sobriety tests were administered and which he failed. Vega refused to submit to a breathalyzer test to determine his blood alcohol concentration. Vega was arraigned before Judge Gerber and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5000 bail. Vega is due back in court on 10/25/12 to answer driving while intoxicated (felony), false personation (misdemeanor), leaving the scene of an accident and other traffic infractions.
Burglary and Grand Larceny 10/17/12
On October 16, 2012 at approximately 10:30 AM Joey LaBonville, 37, from River Vale, NJ was extradited from Bergen County, NJ to Clarkstown where he was arrested on a warrant for Burglary 3rd and Grand Larceny 4th, both felonies. LaBonville was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Gerber and released after $10,000 cash bail was posted. LaBonville is due back in court on October 19, 2012.
On September 26, 2012 Clarkstown Justice Judge Gerber issued an arrest warrant for LaBonville. LaBonville was subsequently located and arrested in River Vale, NJ and was remanded to the Bergen County Jail as a fugitive pending extradition to NY.
A string of burglaries occurred from August 2011 through June 2012 which encompassed numerous jurisdictions in NY and NJ. As a result of an ongoing joint investigation conducted between the following agencies in NY; Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Rockland CountyDistrict Attorney?s Office, and the following agencies in NJ; River Vale, Emerson, Montvale, Westwood, Old Tappan, Northvale, Bergen County Prosecutor?s Office, and the NJ Division of Parole, LaBonville was charged with committing a burglary on September 3, 2011 at the Buy Wise Liquor Outlet located in Nanuet.
Driving Impaired by Drugs 10/15/12
On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at approximately 11:30 AM a traffic stop was conducted on a 1999 Lexus on Lake Rd in Congers. The driver was identified as Kevin Mann, 27, Congers, NY. A check of Mann?s license revealed his privilege to drive had been suspended. Mann appeared to be unsteady on his feet and was administered field sobriety tests in which he failed. He was transported to the Clarkstown Police Headquarters where a drug recognition evaluation was conducted on him. Mann submitted to a urine test for the presence of drugs. The results are pending. Mann was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Clarkstown Justice Court on November 19, 2012 to answer driving impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 3rd, both misdemeanor charges.
Driving While Intoxicated 10/15/12
On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at approximately 3:55 AM, Rodrick Ford, 23, from Chestnut Ridge, NY was found to be sleeping behind the wheel of a 2012 gray Nissan on Rt 59 in West Nyack. Ford was confused as to his whereabouts and had vomited on himself. Field sobriety tests were performed on Ford which he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where he submitted to a breathalyzer test in which he also failed. Ford was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Clarkstown Justice Court on November 7, 2012 to answer driving while intoxicated charges.
Employee Theft 10/11/12
On October 10, 2012 at approximately 3:30 PM the Clarkstowm Police Department responded to Abercrombie and Fitch in the Palisades Mall for a report of an employee stealing cash.
Ljumbomir Nikolic, 19, from Monsey, NY is accused by store loss prevention of creating false returns and then pocketing the cash. The returns occurred on several dates and totaled $1920.54.
Nikolic was arrested and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters. He was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court by Judge Thorsen and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750.00 bail. He is to return to court on 10/15/12 to answer grand larceny 4th and falsifying business records, both felonies.
On October 1, 2012 at approximately 7:30 AM the Clarkstown Police responded to Lady Godiva Way New City for a report of graffiti painted in the roadway. A resident who was retrieving the morning newspaper discovered what appeared to be a swastika painted on the roadway surface near his residence. A short distance from the swastika was what appeared to be an asterisk painted on a manhole cover. Both symbols were painted with blue paint.
The swastika was removed after photographs of both symbols were taken.
It is unknown whether this incident is random in nature or a targeted act. It is currently under investigation as a hate crime and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800 or the anonymous Tips Line at 877-639-6233.