Pomona Man Missing More than 60 Days Without a Trace
More than 60 days ago, Nuri Gokaj and his wife last saw their 34-year-old son, Adrian. Adrian – who has mental health problems stemming from two car accidents years ago – was last seen on April 15, 2016 wearing grey sweatpants and a blue shirt with white stripes, when he left their Country Club Lane apartment in Pomona to take out the garbage. He went without his phone and wallet and has not been seen since.
“For sure, he got lost,” Nuri said. “He got panicked. He doesn’t know the area. We have only lived here since September.”
His parents are left with questions and doubt. They tell their 7-year-old grandson, Klevis, that his father is visiting friends when he visits on the weekend.
Since Adrian’s disappearance fliers have been posted and both the Haverstraw police and Rockland County Sheriff’s Department have conducted searches via helicopter and horseback.
“It’s very astonishing that nobody has called anything in,” Det. Lt. Tony DeColyse said. “The parents are distraught and we are trying to do everything we can to find him.”
Adrian’s mother strongly believes her son is at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg. But no confirmation or denial has been given when his parents visited the center due to HIPPA laws.
The NYS Office of Mental Health said some exceptions to HIPPA’s prohibition against revealing patient information include incapacitated patients and law enforcement involvement.
NYPD Cops Arrested for Accepting Bribes
At the demands of a major de Blasio funder, NYPD cops shut down a Lincoln Tunnel lane to escort a visiting businessman. This act was revealed in the criminal indictment disclosed Monday against four NYPD officers and the fixer who allegedly arranged the closure.
This is the first time officers have been charged in the three and a half year long corruption investigation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Sgt. David Villanueva were arrested at their homes. A fourth officer, Richard Ochetal, already pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.
Federal prosecutors allege Borough Park businessman Jeremy Reichberg and real estate investor Jona Rechnitz caused the closure and spent more than $100,000 on police bribes between 2012 and 2015.
Court documents showed Rechnitz helped Reichberg set up free flights, hotel rooms, expensive meals, prime seats to sport events and other benefits for the cops.
Man found burned and dead
A 48-year-old man was found dead outside a burning car along a dirt road off Waldron Terrace in Sloatsburg according to police.
Police Chief Brad Weidel said the death of Ossen Lavaud is suspicious and there is no evidence to be found that there was anyone else at the scene. Police have not completely ruled out that someone else was there though.
The police responded to a call from the fire department at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. Lavaud was found burned outside his car and pronounced dead at the scene. As of Tuesday afternoon the cause of death has not been determined.
Haverstraw woman charged in stabbing
A woman tried to kill her boyfriend by stabbing him in the head and neck in public according to police.
Police found the victim conscious after receiving a call about a bleeding man on the street. Cynthia Coleman of Wesley Hills committed the assault. Police say she did it with a “small, short object” because she was upset with her boyfriend.
Coleman was subsequently arrested and faces charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. She is being held in Rockland County jail on $50,000 bail.
More Camp Drama: Spring Valley Camp may not open this year
The annual summer camp at the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center may have to be canceled after the center did not receive the necessary funding from the village.
Last year, the program served 93 children on $114,000 given from the village. This year the village only planned on providing $32,000. The camp program provides children in grades one through eight with three meals each weekday and academic and recreational activities.
The village is trying to work out a deal to send Spring Valley children to Town of Ramapo camps much to parents’ disapproval. Many parents want their children attending the Center’s camp because of the educational value, is within walking distance from many homes and is much cheaper than Town of Ramapo camps.
Clinton considering VP nod
Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton is closing in on choosing her running mate for the 2016 election.
Clinton’s choice will be announced at the Democratic National Convention in July. The finalists include Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Housing of Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas. Clinton is really looking for someone that can effectively take over the presidency if anything were to happen to her while in office.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main competition for the nomination is not someone she is looking at for the vice presidency.