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Babysitter Admits Raping, Murdering 3-Year-Old NY Girl Found Covered In Bleach One year after a 3-year-old New York girl was found murdered inside her home, the man responsible has formally confessed. Rensselaer County resident Robert Fisher, age 34, of Rensselaer, pleaded guilty to murder and rape on Tuesday, July 9, in the death of Josefina Cunningham. According to prosecutors, emergency crews were called to the girl's Rensselaer home near Broadway and Tracy Street on July 7, 2023, after relatives found her not breathing. Earlier Report:Man Rapes, Murders 3-Year-Old Girl At Home In Region, DA Says Josefina’s mother found her lying lifeless on the floor, fo…

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Westchester's Sean 'Diddy' Combs Subject Of Federal Criminal Investigation: Report A federal criminal investigation is focusing onwell-known hip-hop artist and longtime New Yorker Sean "Diddy" Combs, according to a report by NBC. Combs, a 54-year-old New York City native who grew up in Westchester County in Mount Vernon, was told that he is a focus of an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by federal authorities in the Southern District of New York, NBC reported. The outlet added that as part of the probe, a federal grand jury is hearing evidence. There is nothing to suggest that charges are coming, though. Combs has not received a lett…

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Harmful Algae Blooms Close Pair Of Mohegan Lake Beaches Two beaches in Northern Westchester are closed thanks to an outbreak of harmful algae blooms that could harm the health of swimmers who come into contact with it. Two beaches in Mohegan Lake are closed until further notice due to the algae blooms, the Westchester County Department of Health announced on Monday, July 8. The affected beaches are: Mohegan Colony Association;Mohegan Beach Park District.The decision to close the beaches was a "precautionary measure,"Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said. "Harmful Algae Blooms are more prevalent during h…

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New Advisory Issued To NYers For Extreme Heat, Severe Storms, Unhealthy Air: Hochul New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging residents to stay safe and hydrated as hot, humid air rolls into much of the state ahead of severe storms predicted to bring heavy rains and flash flooding. In an announcement on Monday, July 8, Hochul warned that above-average temperatures and high humidity would arrive in the state in the next few days.This includes "feels like temperatures" at or above 95 degrees, which can cause an increased risk of heat illnesses, Hochul's office said. Related Report -Rounds Of Thunderstorms Expected Over Span Of Days: Here's Timing In res…

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27-Year-Old Killed In Crash On Highway In Westchester Authorities are investigating a single-vehicle crash on a highway in Westchester that left a man dead. New York State Police said on Monday, July 8, that the crash happened on Saturday, July 6, just after 10 p.m., when a 2017 BMW motorcycle collided with a guard rail onnorthbound I-87 in Yonkers. Troopers and first responders found the operator, 27-year-old Bronx resident Osterman Cuevas-Campos, on the shoulder of the highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the results of a preliminary investigation,Cuevas-Campos had been riding his motorcyc…

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Harmful Algae Blooms Close Several Putnam County Beaches Several beaches in the Hudson Valley are closed to the public thanks to harmful algae blooms that can harm the health of swimmers. Five beaches in Putnam County are currently closed as a result of the blooms, according to county officials. The affected beaches include: Barger Pond Beach in Putnam Valley, which was closed on Saturday, July 6;Carraras Beach in Putnam Valley, which was closed on Friday, July 5;Jackson Beach in Patterson, which was closed on Tuesday, July 2;Singers Beach in Putnam Valley, which was closed on Saturday, July 6;Warren Beach in Patters…

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Westchester Woman Hit With DA's First-Ever Torture Charge After Killing Partner: Officials A Westchester woman faces an 18-count indictment after allegedly torturing her intimate partner for months before killing her and hiding her body in a storage bin, officials announced. New Rochelle resident Kenya Tilford, age 41, was arraigned in Westchester County Court on charges connected to her alleged torture killing of her intimate partner, 27-year-old Concetta Morton, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, July 8. Earlier Report -Body Of 20-Year-Old Woman Found In Westchester Apartment: Suspect ChargedThe case is the DA's Office's f…

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Expected Completion Date Announced For Years-Long Bridge Repair Project In Westchester A multi-year project to repair a busy bridge in Westchester now has an estimated completion date. According to Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, construction activity on the Ardsley Road Bridge over the Sprain Brook Parkway, which has been under repair for four years, will be completed by May 2025. The project to repair the New York State-owned bridge has been "one of the longest construction projects on any bridge in the region," Feiner said on Thursday, July 4. According toAndre Greaves-Burrows, the Engineer-in-Charge of the New York State Department of Tran…

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36 Years After Upstate NY Waitress Found Bludgeoned To Death, Her Killer Remains Free More than three decades after Pamela Ann Devizzio was found bludgeoned to death in a ditch in upstate New York, police are no closer to catching her killer. The 28-year-old Saratoga County resident's body was found in the town of Northumberland, on the side of Putnam Road just east of Jacob Drive, by a passing truck driver on the morning of July 6, 1988. It came hours after Devizzio’s father reported her missing to the Saratoga Springs Police Department after she failed to show up for her waitress job at Mangino’s Restaurant on State Route 9P in Malta. According to the Saratoga County Sher…

by Michael Mashburn

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Westchester Honors Retiring 'Cyber Dog,' Detective Who Worked To Sniff Out Electronics County officials are honoring the careers of a retiring Westchester detective and his K9 partner who worked to find hidden electronic devices containing evidence in criminal investigations. The retirement ofWestchester County Police Detective Brett Hochron and his partner, Harley the Cyber Dog, was announced on Monday, July 1. According to County Executive George Latimer, the duo spent much of their careers sniffing out hidden digital devices in search of evidence for investigations, including SIM cards, thumb drives, hard drives, cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, an…

by Ben Crnic

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Covid-19: NY Hospitalizations Well Above Same Period Last Year Amid Increase In Virus Activity As new highly contagious COVID-19 variants emerge, authorities are reporting that statewide hospitalizations in New York have significantly increased compared to the same period last summer. With social gatherings increasing during the summer months and high temperatures forcing people indoors, New York Gov. Kathy Hocul stated on Saturday, July 6, that New Yorkers should get tested if they have symptoms. In addition, they should also follow the usual precautions, including current CDC guidance, stay current with COVID vaccines, and seek appropriate treatments if necessary. “While we …

by Joe Lombardi

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Roller Coaster Derails At Park In Westchester On July 4th A young child was assessed for injuries after a ride derailed at a park in Westchester during Independence Day celebrations. The incident happened on Thursday, July 4 just after 4 p.m., when the rollercoaster at Waterfront Park in Dobbs Ferry derailed, according to the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corp. First responders soon arrived at the park and assessed a five-year-old patient. Luckily though, they were not injured. The ride was then stabilized. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the derailment was not released.

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Free Pool Access For Summer: Hochul Launches 'Get Offline, Get Outside' Campaign At NY Parks As part of an initiative to promote physical and mental health among young New Yorkers, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that pool entry fees will be waived at state parks this summer. “Summer is here – get offline and get outside.” On Tuesday, July 2, Hochul announced that for the rest of the summer, there will be no entry fees at New York State Parks pools. It’s part of the “Get Offline, Get Outside” campaign, which encourages young people and families to prioritize their mental and physical health by taking a break from social media to enjoy recreation and social gatherings outdoors. Poo…

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Yorktown Rep Issues Alert For Parking Ticket Scam: What To Watch For A Hudson Valley elected official is warning residents to be wary of fake texts asking them to pay unpaid parking tickets. In a post on X on Monday, July 1, New York Assemblyman Matt Slater, who represents parts of Putnam and Northern Westchester, warned residents of a fake text scheme involving scammers claiming that victims owe unpaid parking invoices in New York City. According to Slater, the texts will claim that victims will owe an additional charge of $25 unless they settle their balance. They will also contain a link where victims can settle their "balance." "Don't …

by Ben Crnic

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Child p*rn Possession: Former Sports Hall Of Famer From Somers Gets Years In Prison A retired teacher and former sports announcer who was once inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame has been sentenced for receiving child p*rnography. Somers resident Richard Leaf, age 76, who is well-known in Westchester for announcing Section 1 boys and girls basketball tournaments for more than three decades, was sentenced on Tuesday, July 2 to a decade in prison for receiving child p*rnography, according to federal US District Court documents. Earlier Report -Child p*rn Possession: Sports Hall Of Famer From Hudson Valley Pleads GuiltyAccording to federal pr…

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No Mechanical Failure Before NY Plane Crash That Killed 34-Year-Old Pilot, NTSB Finds Federal investigators have ruled out mechanical failure for causing a small plane crash in upstate New York that killed a beloved pilot and photographer. A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday, July 2, states that investigators found no evidence of any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures on either of the plane’s engines prior to the June 17 crash near Albany International Airport. Emergency crews were called at around 8:15 a.m. that morning for a small plane that was seen "spinning around" before crashing in a wooded area near Alb…

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FDA Investigates Microdosed Chocolate After 48 People Fall Ill, Including New Yorker Health officials are investigating a previously-recalled brand of micro-dosed gummies, chocolates, and cones after dozens have been hospitalized and one potentially associated death has been recorded. On Tuesday, July 2, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave an update on the investigation of Diamond Shruumz brand microdose products, reporting that since the initial recall, 48 people have fallen ill from 24 states, including New York. The administration first announced the recall on June 7. The products (which come in chocolate, cones, and gummy form) were later found to contain m…

by Sophie Grieser

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Support Pours In For Daughter Of Retired Peekskill Police Officer Battling Cancer Community members have come together to raise funds for the young daughter of a well-known retired police officer in Northern Westchester who is fighting a courageous battle against cancer. The fundraising effort began after 18-year-oldAndrea Wright, the daughter of retired Peekskill Police Officer Andre Wright, was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in her uterus after experiencing severe pain in her stomach. Because the cancer was aggressive and rapidly spreading, Wright was taken toMontefiore Medical Center in New York City and scheduled for emergency surgery, during which a…

by Ben Crnic

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Latest Update: Pair Of Westchester Beaches Cleared To Open By Health Officials This story has been updated. Two Westchester County-owned beaches have been cleared to open after tests confirmed that bacteria levels were back to a safe amount, officials announced. The two beaches,Croton Point Park Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Philipse Manor Beach in Sleepy Hollow, were cleared to open on Tuesday, July 2, theWestchester County Department of Health announced around 4 p.m. Both beaches were originally ordered closed on Thursday, June 27 after tests revealed the presence of the maximum level of enterococcus bacteria outlined by the sanitary c…

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Update: New Bridge For Pedestrians, Cyclists Installed Over Thruway In Westchester Following a busy night of extensive road work, a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge has been installed over the New York Thruway in Westchester, officials announced. The 270-foot-long bridge was installed on Saturday morning, June 29along Route 9 (South Broadway) over Interstate 87 in Tarrytown, the New York State Thruway Authority announced. The bridge is part of a$13.9 million multimodal project to extend the new Tappan Zee Bridge side path one mile south to Lyndhurst Mansion. When the project is finished at the end of the year, pedestrians and cyclists who use the …

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5 Killed After Plane Crashes In Upstate NY Five people were killed after a small plane crashed in upstate New York. Click here for a new, updated story -Plane Crash IDs: 5 Killed Were Family Members Who Were In Cooperstown For Baseball Tournament The single-engine Piper PA-46 went down in Catskill Park around 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in the small Delaware County village of Sidney. According to the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane had departed from Oneonta about 20 minutes earlier. The identities of the five onboard have not yet been released. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the…

by Joe Lombardi

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Potent Storm Knocks Out Power In Westchester Thousands are without power after a severe storm swept through the Northeast. At around 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, a total of around 16,315 customers in New York are without electricity, according to poweroutage.us. Here's a breakdown by counties in the region: Dutchess - 5,999Suffolk - 934Ulster - 681Putnam - 530Greene - 344Sullivan - 340Columbia - 215Rensselaer - 188Nassau - 93Westchester - 30Saratoga - 28Albany - 24Orange - 13Rockland - 0A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for the entire region from around midday to 7 p.m. Sunday. Check back to Daily Voice for…

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Scam Alert: Police In Region Warn Of Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls Authorities alerted residents to be on high alert after multiple people got phony calls about attending jury duty. The Fairfield County warning was made on Friday, June 28 by police in the town of Ridgefield. According to the local authorities, several residents had been contacted about attending jury duty by somebody using a phone number with the area code 203. The scammer claimed to be a Sergeant from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office. Police emphasized that these calls (and sometimes emails) are scams, and that court officers will never ask for information such as a Social Secu…

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George Santos Launches OnlyFans Account: 'The Moment You've All Been Waiting For' Disgraced former New York Rep. George Santos announced that he now has an OnlyFans account where subscribers can get “full behind-the-scenes access” for $30 a month. The ex-lawmaker, a Republican from Long Island, served 11 months before he was ousted from his 3rd District seat representing parts of Nassau County and Queens. Since then, the admitted liar has stayed firmly in the public eye, appearing on internet shows, launching a Cameo account (which led to Santos suing late-night host Jimmy Kimmel), and even allegedly working ona documentary and a reality show. His next venture?…

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IDs Released Of 4 Killed, Including Off-Duty Nypd Cop, 9 Injured In Alleged DWI Crash At Store The identities have been released of four people killed, including a police officer, and nine injured after an allegedly drunk drivercrashed an SUV into a shop at a New York strip mall. The incident happened on Long Island around 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the hamlet of Deer Park. According to Suffolk County Police, the driver,Steven Schwally, age 64, of Dix Hills, was driving a 2020 Chevy Traverse southbound at a high rate of speed through the parking lot in front of 421 Commack Road. He then crossed over Grand Boulevard and continued through the parking lot of 794 Grand B…

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Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child p*rnography An adult film actor who resides in New York has been accused of sending and receiving hundreds of videos of child p*rnography, federal authorities announced. Justin Heath Smith,who uses the stage name “Austin Wolf.” sent images depicting children as young as infants, "including a ghastly video showing a young child bound, beaten, and raped," saidDamian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In addition to sharing child p*rnography via the Telegram app, the 43-year-old Smith was also charged with possessing hundreds of additional videos conta…

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Man Charged With DWI After SUV Crashes Into NY Store, Killing 4, Injuring 9 A man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after authorities say he crashed a vehicle into a shop at a New York strip mall, killing four people and injuring nine others. Click here for a new, updated story -IDs Released Of 4 Killed, Including Off-Duty Cop, 9 Injured In Alleged DWI Crash At NY Store The incident happened on Long Island around 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the hamlet of Deer Park. According to Suffolk County Police, the man was driving a 2020 Chevy Traverse southbound at a high rate of speed through the parking lot in front of 421 Commack Road. He then cr…

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Latest Update: Road Closure Extended As Partially Collapsed Building Demolished In Westchester A stretch of a busy roadway will remain closed for a longer period of time than expected as crews demolish a partially collapsed building in Westchester. North Broadway between Main Street and Manor House Square will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through Monday, July 1, Yonkers Police announced on Thursday, June 27. The closure follows the partial collapse of 9 North Broadway onFriday, June 21 just before 11 a.m., when a floor and wall on the building's first floor collapsed into the basem*nt below. Earlier Report -New Update: Building To Be Dem…

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New Update: Pair Of Westchester Beaches Closed Through Weekend Due To High Bacteria Levels This story has been updated. Sorry, beachgoers — two popular beaches in Westchester have been ordered closed for the weekend following the discovery of high bacteria levels. New, updated report -Update: Pair Of Westchester Beaches Still Closed Due To High Bacteria LevelsBoth Croton Point Park Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Philipse Manor Beach in Sleepy Hollow have been closed through Monday, July 1 due to high bacteria levels, the Westchester County Department of Health announced on Friday, June 28. The beaches were originally closed on Thursday, June 27. However, after…

by Ben Crnic

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