Officer pleads not guilty, additional police patrols, new hiking trail



A New Rochelle police officer pleaded not guilty to assaulting a suspect while off duty.

Dozens of officers were at the courthouse for Detective Michael Vacarro’s first hearing.

Vaccaro allegedly punched and kicked a man who had argued with his mother.

The man saw Vaccaro record him, followed him and was eventually taken into custody.

Vaccaro’s assault is said to have taken place after the suspect was in police custody.

He was suspended following the incident. Orange County Police are stepping up patrols to keep everyone safe for July 4.

There will be additional patrols for the holiday weekend.

Anyone boating, driving, or using fireworks should be extremely careful, especially if they have drunk or used marijuana recreationally.

Authorities say the three recent drownings in the Delaware River and one in Wappingers Creek underscore the safety message.

A new hiking trail has been opened in the Hudson Valley.

State officials, preservation groups and other community leaders settled on the Nimham name, in honor of a historic Native American from the 1700s.

The trail connects Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson.

It features hundreds of stone steps, and is said to be good for beginners.

Construction of a new path to connect Cold Spring and Beacon is expected to begin in 2022.



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