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Cop, NYC Teacher Among 16 Alleged Child Predators Snared in NJ App-Luring Ring

More than a dozen alleged child predators, including a New York City teacher, a New Jersey cop, a dental hygienist, a minister and two ride-share drivers, have been arrested for allegedly luring children for sex via chat apps, prosecutors said Wednesday.


Violent Manhole Explosions Rattle Midtown Manhattan; 4 Hurt

A series of manhole explosions rattled midtown Manhattan Wednesday, making people jump with sudden booms as black smoke billowed out from underground. Four people, a building supervisor and three firefighters, were hurt in the fires, which erupted underground on 32nd Street shortly before 10 a.m. Al


Sullivan County plans for measles prevention, education, and clinics

LIBERTY – In light of the ongoing measles outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, Sullivan County is preparing for the summer months when there is a large influx of visitors and second-home owners.


NYC Pilot Program Will Limit Cars Along 14th Street Starting in June

A pilot program that will limit cars on 14th Street was announced Wednesday, all with the goal of easing congestion while getting bus riders moving across one of the city’s busiest streets.


Local 445 workers OK two-year contract with Sullivan County

MONTICELLO — Workers in one of Sullivan County’s bargaining units overwhelmingly approved a two-year contract. Members of Teamsters Local 445 cast 394 votes in favor of the deal and 34 against, according to a news release from union representative Jerry Ebert.


Huge Bigfoot Observed by Catskills Hikers

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, I received a telephone call at 5:30 pm local time from 'VA' who had witnessed a probable Bigfoot just 45 minutes previously. 'VA' states that he and 2 other friends were staying at the Villa Roma Resort near Callicoon, NY (Sullivan County) in the Catskills. They were hiki


Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless receives funds

MONTICELLO, NY — The Knights of Columbus Council #14560 donated $1,500 to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (SCFH). The money will go toward repairing the federation’s parking lot. In a statement, the Knights of Columbus urged others to donate what they can to help revitalize the SCFH’


Private traffic to be banned on 14th Street due to L train construction in Manhattan

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City will ban private vehicles on 14th Street in Manhattan to make way for city buses while the L train is under construction. The closure will begin in June, about one month after the reconstruction project begins, and will impact traffic between Third and Ninth avenues


Multiple manhole fires in Midtown

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Firefighters responded to multiple manhole fires in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning. Smoke could be seen pouring from two manholes on 32nd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues shortly after 11:00 a.m.


Teamster employees of Sullivan County ratify new contract

MONTICELLO – By a 394 to 34 vote margin, Sullivan County Teamer government workers have approved a two-year contact that raises pay $1,500 retroactive to January 1, 2018. Pay will increase another $1,500 for 2019.


Two pregnant women among rising number of Brooklyn measles cases

The number of measles cases in the Big Apple shot up to 390 Wednesday from 374 just two days earlier — and now includes two pregnant women, according to the city’s Department of Health.


St. Patrick’s Cathedral Suspect Marc Lamparello Charged With Arson

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey man accused of carrying gasoline and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been charged with arson. Marc Lamparello, 37, appeared from the hospital via video to the courtroom where prosecutors charged him charged with attempted arson and reckless endange


ICE Agents Appear at a Westchester Court the Day After New York State Restricts Access

A day after the Office of Court Administration created a new rule to limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses, three ICE agents showed up to an undocumented man’s criminal court hearing in an attempt to arrest him.


Upstate New York prepares as Lake Ontario water rises again

SOMERSET, N.Y. (AP) Emergency officials in upstate New York are again preparing for possible flooding along Lake Ontario. Director of emergency services for Niagara County Jonathan Schultz says lake levels have risen about five inches in 10 days.


New York State DOT issues travel advisory ahead of construction

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Department of Transportation announced a travel advisory for motorists along Route 390 in the Town of Gates, Monroe County, north of the I-490 interchange.


Manafort transferred to Wayne County prison, Cohen headed for Orange County prison

Two former associates of President Donald Trump — his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former lawyer Michael Cohen, will both be serving time in nearby federal penitentiaries.


Sullivan food hub changes way farmers do business

LIBERTY — Small farmers looking to sell their produce face an uphill battle finding a market. For farmers like Eugene Thalmann, of Sprouting Dreams Farm in Liberty, it means going to farmers markets or restaurants and being a salesman.


2018 SAT scores ranked at 450 Upstate New York public schools

More than 2.1 million students - more than ever before - took the SAT in 2018, according to the College Board, the group that administers the test. Syracuse.com created a searchable database of average 2018 SAT scores for more than 450 Upstate New York public school districts. Enter a school name or


This 2,000-acre Catskills development site just hit the market for $22M

Lost Lake Resort in Sullivan County — which has approved plans for the largest subdivision ever approved in New York state — is seeking buyers. Josh Goldflam, co-founder of Manhattan-based Highcap Group, is marketing the property, which is asking $22 million.


Man who killed wife and New York State trooper sentenced to life without parole

WATERTOWN N.Y. — After being found guilty for murdering his wife and a New York State trooper, a North Country man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentencing comes two years after Justin Walters shot his wife 13 times in their home in Theresa.