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A Mount Vernon man,who pleaded guilty to the murders of his daughter and her babysitter, was sentenced today to two consecutive terms of 20 years to life in state prison.
51 year old Darrell Evans, who's currently doing time for a 2008 mail fraud conviction pled guilty to the murder of his daughter,Ayanna Evans and her babysitter, Lorna Williams following an argument with his wife Joan Whitfield. Both victims died of gunshot wounds.
Police arrested Evans as he exited the home where the shooting occurred. Police also recovered the murder weapon at the scene.
The Vice-Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators says he's concerned about the lack of progress over the $12.7 million state-of-the-art Memorial Field renovation project.
Williams was instrumental in obtaining the funding through the County Legacy Program more than two years ago. Now, he's written a letter to Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young and City Council President Karen Watts asking for an update and an explanation for the stalled project.
Williams says he met with City Council members last month and was promised the project would be discussed at the Council's next meeting, and became concerned when it was not.
The Supervisor in Mount Vernon's Department of Public Works has been charged with First Degree Perjury, a felony, said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
Prosecutors say on November 9, 2010, 70 year old Ganga "Rudy Persaud purjured himelf while he was giving a depositon in a civil matter against the City of Mount Vernon.
The alleged testimony came in a case involving a person who slipped and fell on the sidewalk in front of 245 Summit Avenue in Mount Vernon alleging negligence, recklessness and carelessness on the part of the city.
Officials allege that Persaud testified that he had discussed with the homeowner the cost of repairing the sidewalk and had referred a contractor to the homeowner and was subsequently paid by the homeowner for the sidewalk repairs.
DiFiore says in fact, Persaud received two checks from the homeowner, one makde out to cash in the amount of $1,650 and the second totaling $1,000 made out to Persaud.
A Mount Vernon man is in trouble with the law after police say he attempted to defraud an insurance company by obtaining collision insurance after he was involved in an accident and then falsifying the time the accident actually occurred.
22 year old Jeffrey Lincoln is accused of filing a claim for $7,000 worth of repairs under a collision insurance policy that he obtained several hours after he was involved in an accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Mount Vernon.
Cops say shortly after the accident, Lincoln used a mobile phone to go online and upgrade his insurance policy from liability insurance-only to a comprehensive package that included collision coverage with the Esurance Insurance Company.
Lincoln was arrested Monday and charged with 3rd Degree Attempted Grand Larceny and 1st Degree Identity Theft, both felonies.
The Vice-Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) has introduced legislation calling for Westchester County to create a permament memorial in honor of slain Mount Vernon Police officer, Christopher Ridley.
The memorial would be erected in front of the Westchester County Office Building at 85 Court Street where officer Ridley was gunned down.
Ridley was killed January 25, 2008 when, while out of uniform, he intervened in an assault- in- progress on the street. He was later shot and killed by police who were called to the scene of the crime and apparently unaware that he was a police officer.
Said Williams, "Three years since the death of Officer Christopher Ridley, it is only fitting and proper that a permanent structure should be erected to honor this courageous young man and that the county not let the sacrifice and memory of Officer Ridley be forgotten."
Ridley's father, Stan Ridley thanked Legislator Williams, saying, "My son's life ended at that plaza doing what he stood for and what he died for--caring for other people."
A Mount Vernon man is facing 40 years to life behind bars after pleading guilty today to two counts of Second Degree Murder.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says 52 year old Darrell Evans of 8 Ellwood Avenue, Mount Vernon, admitted shooting his daughter and her babysitter following a dispute with his wife.
Prosecutors say Evans was on the phone arguing with his common law wife the night of January 7, 2010, when he threatened to kill both the babysitter, 42 year old Lorna Williams and his 9 year old daughter, Ayana Evans. The wife, Joan Whitfield notified authorities, who arrived at the home to find the two shot. Williams died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and Ayana Evans gravely injured with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Evans was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Sentencing is set for March 22.
Yonkers Police say they've arrested two people and recovered four of seven dogs stolen December 29 from the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter.
The arrest was made as a result of an anonymous tip from the public.
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