Rockland Sheriff’s Office offers free gun locks

The Rockland Sheriff’s Office will offer free firearm locks for county residents who possess firearms.

Starting Friday, the Sheriff’s Police Division will begin to disseminate firearms cable locks.

• These cable locks will be provided to Rockland residents free-of-charge, on a first come, first received basis.
• In an effort to provide these devices to the maximum number of residents, a limit of four cable locks per household has been established.
• Persons seeking to receive the locks will be asked to complete a voluntary basic information form. If a person chooses not to complete the form, they must display visual proof of residency to the issuing officer.
• If requested and if time permits, the issuing officer will explain how to install the cable lock on a firearm.
The Rockland County Clerk’s Office also has been provided with a quantity of these cable lock devices. They will be participating in this distribution program as pistol permit amendment applications are processed.

Clarkstown cop Bill Sherwood resigns under OT cloud

A veteran Clarkstown police officer has resigned rather than challenge potential departmental accusations that he filed for several hours of overtime and didn’t work the hours, authorities confirmed.

William “Bill” Sherwood, a decorated officer for more than a decade, filed for routine overtime of four hours allowed for a scheduled appearance before a Rockland grand jury, authorities said.

“We came across a discrepancy in his overtime,” Police Chief Michael Sullivan said. “We did an investigation and some overtime he submitted he didn’t work.”

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Connecticut man charged in Spring Valley robbery ,suspected in second

SPRING VALLEY — A 43-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with the gunpoint robbery of a village convenience store and is suspected of robbing a deli 12 hours earlier in late November, police said Tuesday.

After an investigation aided by surveillance video, police charged Tony Curtis Hunt with one count of first-degree robbery for stealing close to $1,500 from the N&K Quick Pick at 2 Hickory St., police said.

He’s accused of robbing the Hickory Street store on Nov. 28. Hours later, Hunt is suspected of stealing $1,000 from the Latin Food Mart on South Main Street, Spring Valley Detective Sgt. James Noble said.

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Rene Charles children hear guilty plea in 1994 Spring Valley shooting

Rene Charles’ four children appeared to listen intently as Daniel Jean-Baptiste admitted Monday in Rockland County Court in New City that he helped orchestrate the 1994 killing of their father, who was shot multiple times in the driveway of their Spring Valley home.

Jean-Baptiste, 69, faces 12 years in state prison when sentenced April 2 on his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter before Judge William Nelson.

Another man shot Charles on Oct. 20, 1994, in retaliation for a supposed affair between Charles and the wife of Jean-Baptiste. Jean-Baptiste drove the shooter to the house, knowing he intended to kill Charles.

“He was going to kill Rene Charles,” Jean-Baptiste told Nelson under questioning from prosecutor Stephen Moore.

Read more at LoHud with video of Mildred Charles talking about the guilty plea