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Pleasantville native Jon Craig is special editor for the Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess Daily Voice sites.Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

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  1. Former White Plains Officer Left Suicide Note At Harrison Murder Scene

    Former White Plains Officer Left Suicide Note At Harrison Murder Scene

    This story has been updated. HARRISON, N.Y. -- A five-page suicide note left by retired White Plains Police Officer Glen Hochman offers new details about a double murder-suicide in which Hochman shot his two youngest daughters early Saturday morning before killing himself, officials said Monday. These facts were disclosed Monday by Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini and Mayor ...

  2. Details Emerge, But Questions Remain In Harrison Double Murder-Suicide

    Details Emerge, But Questions Remain In Harrison Double Murder-Suicide

    HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison police continue to investigate a double murder-suicide that resulted in the death of two teenage girls and their 52-year-old father. Police said Glen Hochman, who retired last month from the White Plains Police Department after 20 years, shot his youngest daughters and three family dogs before killing himself about 3:50 p.m. Saturday. Hochman's wife, ...

  3. 27-Year-Old Found Dead On Metro-North Tracks In Rye ID'd

    27-Year-Old Found Dead On Metro-North Tracks In Rye ID'd

    RYE, N.Y. -- The 27-year-old man found dead along the Metro-North railroad tracks at 7:23 a.m. Friday was identified Saturday as William Joseph of Far Rockaway in Queens, the Westchester County Medical Examiner told lohud.com. His body was spotted by a southbound Metro-North crew near Locust Avenue, just south of the Rye Railroad Station. The county M.E. told lohud that Joseph was ...

  4. Key Question One Week After Metro-North Crash: Why Was SUV On Tracks?

    Key Question One Week After Metro-North Crash: Why Was SUV On Tracks?

    VALHALLA, N.Y. -- A week after the deadliest train accident in Metro-North's history, one key question may never be answered. Why was Ellen Brody's Mercedes sport utility vehicle inside the Commerce Street crossing gates as an express train approached at 58 mph on Tuesday, Feb. 3? The 49-year-old from Edgemont was killed in the 6:30 p.m. collision, which triggered a fire in the front ...

  5. Edgemont 'Mommy' Of Three Gave Smiles, Laughter Before Tragic Train Wreck

    Edgemont 'Mommy' Of Three Gave Smiles, Laughter Before Tragic Train Wreck

    DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Through tears, hugging and laughter, Ellen Brody's three daughters, husband, brother, mother, uncle, rabbi and closest friends shared countless happy memories of their lives together Friday. Brody, 49, was killed Tuesday when her Mercedes SUV was struck by a Metro-North train at a Valhalla railroad crossing, triggering a fire that killed five commuters. During ...

  6. NTSB Focuses On Train Wreck Damage, Calling Passenger Fatalities Very Rare

    NTSB Focuses On Train Wreck Damage, Calling Passenger Fatalities Very Rare

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Federal National Transportation Safety Board officials spent Wednesday examining the wreckage of Tuesday's Metro-North train-car collision to determine why it resulted in six fatalities. NTSB Board member Robert Sumwalt said that during the next five to seven days, its railroad safety experts will try to determine: * Why was Ellen Brody's Mercedes-Benz SUV on the ...

  7. SUV Driver In Fatal Crash Called Loving Mother Of Three, Caring, Warm

    SUV Driver In Fatal Crash Called Loving Mother Of Three, Caring, Warm

    This story has been updated. CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Co-workers at ICD Contemporary Jewelers in Chappaqua described Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont -- the driver of the Mercedes Benz SUV that triggered Tuesday's fatal Metro-North train wreck -- as loving, responsible, a rule follower. She was "the life of the jewelry store" at 75 S. Greeley Ave., where she worked faithfully for 15 ...

  8. Some Metro-North Passengers Walked Aimlessly Until Help Arrived

    Some Metro-North Passengers Walked Aimlessly Until Help Arrived

    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- For some passengers, the minutes seemed like hours, but help was on the way. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino described the scene Tuesday of the Metro-North wreck north of Commerce Street in Hawthorne that claimed six lives. "Walking through Gate of Heaven Cemetery, walking on the Taconic (Parkway). Trying to find a way home,'' Astorino said. Gov. ...

  9. It's 'A Miracle Anyone Escaped' Metro-North Car, Westchester County Exec Says

    It's 'A Miracle Anyone Escaped' Metro-North Car, Westchester County Exec Says

    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino called Tuesday "a day we never want to deal with." Astorino, a forrmer Metro North commuter from Hawthorne, described the "horrific scene" he witnessed about 7 p.m. when he toured the wreckage of a commuter train that struck a Jeep Cherokee at the Commerce Street crossing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of North Castle also visited ...

  10. Connecticut Accident Victims Struck, Killed Standing Outside Cars ID'd

    Connecticut Accident Victims Struck, Killed Standing Outside Cars ID'd

    This story has been updated. RYE, N.Y. -- State police released the names on Tuesday of the two Connecticut drivers who were killed in a multiple-car accident on Interstate 95 in Rye on Monday: Kayla Ann Donnelly-Smith, 22, of Hamden, and Winter K. Krzysztof, 61, of Hartford. Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on I-95 appear to have contributed to the double fatal accident near ...

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