Rita Drew, age 58, of Monsey, NY, struck an 8-year-old Monsey girl on n March 31, 2012 at approximately 8:49 a.m. as she began to cross from the north side of Maple Avenue to the south side. The girl stepped into the path of ongoing traffic and was struck. She was immediately transported to Westchester Medical Center by Hatzoloh Ambulance, and her injuries did not appear to be life threatening. There were no tickets issued.

Jose Ramon Hernandez, 33, of Spring Valley, NY, was arrested on April 1, 2012 at approximately 2:15 a.m. by Ramapo Police after his ex-girlfriend reported that Hernandez broke a ground floor window in an attempt to enter her apartment to see a one year old child they have in common. Hernandez did not get inside and was arrested by other Ramapo officers who staked out his residence in another section of the town. The victim also told police that earlier in the week Hernandez had choked her during a separate domestic incident. Hernandez was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation. Both charges are class A misdemeanors. Hernandez was held RPD HQ’s pending arraignment in Ramapo Justice Ct.


Mark Herzog, age 38, of New Square, NY, struck a 3-year-old girl on March 22, 2012 with a minibus in New Square when she rolled out of her driveway on a ride on toy and the girl’s leg became lodged under the rear wheels of the bus. The child suffered a leg injury and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian hospital by Hatzoloh ambulance services. The accident is under investigation by the Ramapo Police Accident investigation unit. No charges are pending at this time.


Israel Katina, age 31, of Monroe, NY, struck a 14-year-old male of Airmont NY as he was crossing from the south side of Route 59 to the north side on March 29, 2012. Rockland Paramedic Service, Ramapo Valley Ambulance and Hatzolah Ambulance responded to the scene. Hatzolah Ambulance transported the injured pedestrian to Nyack Hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life threatening. No tickets were issued.


Patryk T. Molczan, of Pomona, NY, was arrested on March 26, 2012 at approximately 3:50 p.m. after the Ramapo Police Department received a call reporting a distraught 31-year-old male in possession of a Glock pistol. Ramapo officers canvassed town roadways and parks, and the man was located in a 2011 Honda in the parking lot of Spring Hill Community Ambulance Corps., on Brick Church Road in the Village of New Hempstead. Ramapo officers approached the vehicle and observed the driver in possession of a firearm. The subject initially did not comply with the officers’ commands. Ramapo police officers gained entry to the vehicle by breaking the rear and side windows, and took control of the subject, who was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Molczan was in possession of a Glock Model 22, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. He also possessed two fully loaded magazines containing .40 caliber ammunition. At this time he is being charged with Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A Misdemeanor. Other charges may be levied.


On April 13 Ramapo Police responded to #185 Cherry Lane in the village of Airmont after neighbors called reporting a house party of approximately 75 – 100 persons. Investigating officers found that Uendjesapi Riruako, 21, of #185 Cherry Ln had been hosting a party. Officers found that persons under the age of 21 had been consuming alcoholic beverages on the premises. Uendjesapi was arrested and charged with Criminal Nuisance 2nd and Unlawful Dealing with a Child – both penal law misdemeanors. He was released on an appearance ticket with a court date of May 3, 2012 in the Airmont justice Ct.

One of the persons attending the party was arrested and charged with the violation of Disorderly Conduct after refusing orders to disperse and move off the roadway. The individual, a 16 year old from Brooklyn, NY, was released to a parent with an appearance ticket for a 04/19/12 court date in Airmont Justice Ct.On March 23, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a Ramapo police officer on routine patrol stopped a 1995 Acura Integra for operating with a loud exhaust on Hempstead Lane in the Hillcrest section of the Town of Ramapo. The officer noticed a smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The Ramapo Police K9 Unit was requested to the scene. As a result of this vehicle stop, approximately 132 grams of marijuana were recovered, and the operator, a 21-year-old male from Nanuet, New York, was arrested for Criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree. The defendant was processed at the Ramapo Police headquarters and released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear in Ramapo Town Court for his arraignment on April 10, 2012, at 2:00pm.


On April 5, 2012 at approximately 9:42 a.m., the Ramapo Police Department responded to the area of 23 Witzel Ct. for a report of a natural gas leak. Upon arrival, responding officers learned that an excavator had accidently broke a gas main while pulling up a drainage pipe. Tallman Fire Department was on scene as well as Orange and Rockland Utilities. Four houses around the leak were evacuated for approximately 30 minutes until the main could be shut down. Orange and Rockland advised they were going to begin working on the gas main immediately but it could take a few hours to get all the area homes back on line. The excavator was being operated by Moultan Paving, out of Chester, N.Y. There were no reported injuries at the scene.


On March 23, 2012 at approximately 11:59 a.m. the Ramapo Police responded to the area of Decatur ave and Stephens place (Monsey) for the report of a school bus fire. Upon officers arrival they found a mini school bus fully involved in flames. The bus driver advised that while driving he smelled something burning. He then immediately pulled the bus over and had the occupants (16 children 3-4 years old, and a teacher from the school) get off the bus. A short time after that the bus caught fire. Spring Valley Fire Department was on scene and extinguished the fire. No one was injured during the fire. The children were from Yeshiva Darkei Emunah in Monsey and the bus was operated by Student Bus Company in Spring Valley.


On March 30, 2012 at approximately 9:17 p.m., Ramapo Police and the Monsey Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 132 Route 306 Monsey NY. Upon arrival, the first police officer at the scene observed a smoke condition inside the residence. The officer entered the residence and used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. The fire damage was minimal and was restricted to a wood shelf in the dining room. The fire was caused by a candle that was left burning on a shelf. Monsey FD responded to the scene and used fans to relieve the smoke conditions. There were no reported injuries and the family was permitted to return to their home.


On April 6, 2012, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Ramapo Police department received a call that part of the building had collapsed at 600 Chestnut Ridge Road. Officers responded to the scene and discovered that there had been no building collapse; however, there was a scaffolding collapse, which caused injury to two male workers on the scene. Responding officers discovered that the workers were on the scaffolding stocking shelves approximately 10 feet off of the ground when the collapse occurred. Faist Ambulance responded to the scene along with Rockland paramedics. One of the injured parties was transported to the Good Samaritan hospital for minor knee injury, the other worker suffered a minor facial injury, and was treated at the scene. The South Spring Valley Fire department responded to the scene and the Chestnut Ridge Building inspector and fire inspector were on the scene as well.

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