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Ramapo PD Make 5 Alcohol Related Arrests Over Super Bowl Weekend

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – The Town of Ramapo Police Department made five alcohol related arrests over the Super Bowl Weekend. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the Ramapo PD announced early in week that extra DWI patrols would be out for the weeked. The following is a rundown on each arrest:

Saturday morning at 12:02am, RPD responded to fight at a home in Hillcrest and discovered two severely intoxicated underage males. A 25-year-old female from Hillcrest was charged with Criminal Nuisance 2nd for permitting such activity to occur at that residence. The two intoxicated individuals were transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and the arrestee was released on an appearance ticket.

Saturday evening at 9:57pm, a Ramapo officer stopped a vehicle in Hillcrest which was operating in a manner demonstrating signs of intoxicated driving. The 42-year-old operator from Tappan, NY was arrested for DWI with a test indicating more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with Aggravated DWI and released with a future return date for Ramapo Justice Court.

Saturday evening at 10:21pm, RPD responded to a traffic complaint on Twin Avenue in Monsey. During this investigation, a 29-year-old female from New City, NY was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to take a Breath Test, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and No Stopping/Standing/Parking on the Roadway. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket for Ramapo Justice Court later this month.

Sunday morning at 5:09am, RPD responded to a report of a vehicle blocking a portion of the roadway in Chestnut Ridge, NY. The arriving officer located the car with a 36-year-old male from Nanuet, parked in the bus-stop shoulder with the car partially sticking out into the roadway. The operator was slumped over to the driver side door with his seat belt on. There was an open beer bottle in the cup-holder and the vehicle was running with the key in the ignition. The operator was arrested for Aggravated DWI with a test indicating 3 times the legal limit. He was processed and released to a family member with a return date for Chestnut Ridge Justice Court.

Sunday evening at 8:19pm, RPD was dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle in Hillcrest. Upon arrival, the officer encountered an intoxicated driver at the location. The 29-year-old operator was arrested for Aggravated DWI with a test result just under 3 times the legal limit. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket for Ramapo Justice Court later this month.

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Ramapo PD Arrest Two Men for Multiple Larcenies within the Village of New Square

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RAMAPO, NY – On February 26, 2024, the Ramapo Police Department received multiple reports of larcenies from vehicles within the Village of New Square. The Ramapo Police Investigations Division conducted an investigation that revealed two individuals had entered unoccupied vehicles in the overnight hours and stole various items including US currency. The investigation also revealed that they had attempted to enter a residence but were unsuccessful. On the evening of February 26, 2024, the suspect and vehicle used in the crimes were located by the Rockland County Sheriff Office Patrol Division. That suspect, a 33 year old male from Allentown Pennsylvania, was placed under arrest. He was arraigned in the Village of Wesley Hills Court and turned over to the custody of the Rockland County Jail on $25,000 bail.

On February 29, 2024, the second suspect, a 26-year-old male from Suffern NY, was located by Ramapo Police detectives and placed under arrest. He was arraigned in the Town of Ramapo Court and turned over to the custody of the Rockland County Jail on $25,000 bail. Both men were charged with one count of Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree, 1 count of Grand Larceny 3 rd Degree, multiple counts of Petit Larceny and multiple counts of Conspiracy 5 th Degree and Conspiracy 6th Degree.

Michael Specht Town of Ramapo Supervisor states, “I want to commend the Ramapo police officers and detectives for their outstanding work in investigating these crimes and swiftly arresting the suspects. The safety of all our residents throughout the Town of Ramapo remains our top priority. Thank you to our partners in law enforcement and the Village of New Square for working with RPD to successfully conclude this investigation.”

The Mayor of New Square Israel Spitzer states, “The Village of New Square would like to thank Supervisor Specht and the Ramapo Police for their dedicated efforts and quick arrest in this case. We are grateful for the collaborative effort that took place between Ramapo patrol officers, Ramapo detectives, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, New Square Emergency Services, and the Village of New Square Office of Emergency Management as well as our residents who provided video footage. Every inch of our Village is under video surveillance, and we have a zero-tolerance policy on crimes against our residents. We thank G-d for keeping our Village residents safe and for the partnership that we have with local law enforcement.”

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Rockland County Man Convicted for Felony Illegal Commercialization of Ivory

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York County District Attorney’s (DA) Office today announced the conviction of a Rockland County man for felony illegal commercialization of elephant ivory worth approximately $70,000, concluding a joint investigation that first began in 2020. On Feb. 8, defendant Kenneth Kerner, 59, from the town of Clarkstown pleaded guilty to a class D Felony for the illegal commercialization of ivory over $25,000. The judge’s sentence mandated five years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, an obligation to donate $10,000 to a wildlife Non-Governmental Organization, relinquishing the three ivory pool cues offered during the illicit sale, and reimbursing the DA’s Office for the $15,000 cash. Kerner was also compelled to post a public statement on his social media account to increase awareness and discourage the illegal ivory trade.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “I applaud the hard work, diligence, and dedication of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement and our partners at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in investigating this case and bringing the defendant to justice. The fight to protect the world’s wild elephant population is ongoing and New York remains on the front lines of that fight as we bust the businesses that fuel the illegal ivory trade and promote, directly or indirectly, the horrific and senseless poaching of these awe-inspiring animals.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said, “Kenneth Kerner illegally sold and offered for sale $70,000 in pool cues manufactured from elephant ivory. In Manhattan, we will continue to hold those accountable who attempt to take part in the illegal ivory trade. I thank our law enforcement partners for their partnership in this case.”

Investigators from the New York County District Attorney’s Office and DEC Division of Law Enforcement Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigators (BECI) began a joint investigation in summer 2020 into the illegal commercialization of billiard cues made of elephant ivory. The high-end items, with asking prices as high as $45,000, were offered for sale on social media sites. Undercover Investigators contacted the seller and arranged an in-person buy in September 2020. The seller offered three ivory cues for sale, one of them for $15,000. Once the BECI Investigator cleared the sale, Officers with the District Attorney’s Office arrested the seller.

DEC Division of Law Enforcement Director Karen Przyklek said, “A precise and coordinated effort by two elite law enforcement divisions resulted in the shutdown of another lucrative illegal ivory operation. I hope this serves as a message to other sellers of illegal ivory in New York City and beyond that my Officers will investigate these cases thoroughly and ensure lawbreakers are held accountable.”

John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said, “We congratulate the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York County District Attorney’s Office for their continued efforts to enforce laws around the sale of elephant ivory. This effort in New York State is vital to efforts to protect elephants in Africa and Asia. We were proud to partner with DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on our ’96 Elephants’ campaign to strengthen the law banning the sale of elephant ivory in New York State. At WCS, our teams in the elephant range countries have seen the positive effects of governments across the world taking stands to end the sale of elephant ivory.”

Wild elephant populations worldwide number fewer than 500,000 and are listed as endangered species. New York’s Environmental Conservation Law makes the sale of ivory without a permit illegal.

In 2014, New York State strengthened its laws on interstate ivory sales, increasing penalties against buyers and sellers whose actions further endanger elephant populations worldwide. Since the law took effect, DEC has focused on the illegal ivory trade and charged several corporations and individuals, including those brought down during “Operation White Gold,” an undercover operation launched by DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement from 2015 to 2018 in New York City focused on high-end antique dealers and wholesale distributors throughout the five boroughs. The ivory seized during the undercover operation weighed two tons and had a combined market value of more than $12 million. DEC destroyed most of the seized ivory in a massive crush in New York City’s Central Park in 2017.

In May, 2023, just prior to Endangered Species Day, DEC partnered with the New York State Museum to announce a new display featuring some of the remaining ivory as a reminder of the rampant and continued slaughter of the African elephant, rhinoceros, and other majestic endangered species that fuel the transnational illegal trade in wildlife. The display remains at the New York State Museum for visitors to observe. More information is on DEC’s website and at the New York State Museum website.

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