ORANGETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Dean Cooper, 32, of Interlaken NY, was arrested on Monday, December 22, 2014 by the Orangetown Police Department for DWI. Mr. Cooper was observed by an Orangetown Police Officer failing to stop at a clearly posted stop sign on Polhemus st. in Nyack. The officer stopped Mr. Cooper and after a field investigation placed him under arrest for DWI. Mr. Cooper was processed at OPD Headquarters where he failed a chemical breath test. Subject was charged with DWI as a felony and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle as a felony as he has prior DWI convictions within the past 10 years along with a revoked license for a prior DWI. Subject was also charged with criminal impersonation as he gave false information as to his name and date of birth at the scene and at OPD headquarters. Defendant is awaiting arraignment in Nyack Justice Court.
ROCKLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE POLICE DIVISION:
Sheriff Louis Falco announces the conduct of a targeted STOP-DWI enforcement detail on December 19, 2014 in conjunction with Ramapo PD. Two subjects were found to be operating motor vehicles in an intoxicated condition in the vicinity of the check point. The subjects were processed and issued summonses in accordance with violations committed (see individual releases for details). One subject was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and one subject was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. This joint STOP-DWI enforcement detail was funded by the Rockland County STOP-DWI office in Pomona.
Steven Giesemann, age 25, residing in Dumont, NJ, was arrested for DWI of .08% or more. A Sheriff Patrol Officer observed the subject operating a motor vehicle on Rt. 59 in the Town of Ramapo at a DWI Enforcement Check Point. The subject was found to be intoxicated and arrested. The subject was processed at Sheriff DWI Command Van and released on summonses to return to Ramapo Justice Court.
TOWN OF RAMAPO POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Ramapo Police responded to a structure fire at 6 Gwen Ln. Heavy smoke was observed coming from the windows of the multi family dwelling. The homeowner reported that he and his family were all out of the house. He stated that the fire started on the stove when some food burnt and caught the wall and cabinets on fire. The homeowner put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. Monsey FD Chief Laguarde advised that the fire appeared to have gotten into the wall. Firefighters were able to open that section of the wall and extinguish the remaining fire. No injuries were reported by occupants of the house or emergency responders. Orange and Rockland Utilities turned off the utilities to the structure pending inspection. Residents of the building were not expected to be displaced for long as the quick actions of the homeowner and the fire department minimized damage to the apartment and the structure itself. Some water and smoke damage was reported to have occurred from the fire and firefighting efforts. Monsey FD, Hillcrest FD and Spring Valley FD were all on scene as well as Spring Hill Ambulance and Rockland Paramedics.
ASSAULT & CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON
At approximately 4:04 a.m., the Town of Ramapo Police Department received a report of a male with a knife inside 63 East Eckerson Rd. “Restaurant El Quetzal” refusing to leave the premise in the Hamlet of Hillcrest in the Town of Ramapo. Upon arrival of the first police officers a male fitting the supplied description was located outside along the western side of the restaurant. The suspect was identified as Oscar E. Garza-Duque, age 41. A search of the suspect turned up a small knife. The suspect was secured while the investigation was initiated by the officers. Inside the restaurant the investigating officers found a male with a laceration to his left hand pointer finger. The male victim stated that the wound was caused by a male suspect who had a small silver knife. The victim identified the suspect police had in custody as his assailant and also identified the knife police recovered as the weapon which the suspect used to cause the victims injury. Mr. Garza-Duque was placed under arrest and charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He is being held at the Ramapo Police Department awaiting arraignment in the morning. The victim was treated by Springhill Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and Rockland Paramedic Services at the scene. He refused any further medical treatment. Spring Valley Police also assisted at the scene.
ASSAULT, ARSON & CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON
Wesner Pierre, age 29, residing at 37 Alan Rd. in Spring Valley, NY, was indicted on December 10, 2014 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of assault in the first and second degrees, arson in the third degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about and between November 3 and November 11, 2014, the defendant struck the victim in the back of his head with a large rock causing injury. On November 11, 2014 on Kennedy Drive, in the Village of Spring Valley, the defendant ignited the victim’s car on fire using a can of gasoline and a lighter. A witness tried to stop the defendant but the defendant splashed gasoline on the witness and burned his head, neck, face and hands casing him injury.