Headlines: New Rochelle detective fired, counterfeit money arrest in Thornwood, fatal motorcycle crash

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

Sep 6, 2023, 10:13 AM

Updated 256 days ago


Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A New Rochelle detective acquitted of assaulting a suspect while off-duty was fired on Friday. The decision came after a disciplinary hearing for Michael Vaccaro. He was seen on video punching and kicking Malik Fogg after they were involved in an argument at a gas station. The 39-year-old was an 18-year veteran of the department. He had been suspended with pay since the 2021 incident, but his pay was discontinued earlier this year. Fogg filed a federal lawsuit stemming from the incident.
Two individuals are facing charges for allegedly possessing counterfeit bills in Thornwood. A cashier at the Walgreens on Kensico Road became suspicious of one of the men, leading to a confrontation. The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended with an accomplice in the Town Center Shopping Center. Marquise Pearson, of Poughkeepsie, and Oluwaseyi Adeniyi, of Brooklyn, were charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. Pearson had $900 worth of counterfeit $20 bills concealed in his sneaker. Both men were arraigned and released without bail.
A tragic motorcycle crash in Dutchess County claimed the life of Rodney Clark, who was operating the motorcycle with a passenger on State Route 22. According to investigators, Clark attempted to pass two cars simultaneously and collided with a vehicle making a left-hand turn to exit the road. Tragically, Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

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