Headlines: Controversial student rap video, New Rochelle armed robbery, honors for Hasting PD
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A student rap video shot on the Middletown High School campus is raising controversy for alleged anti-gay lyrics and concerns that a bodyguard with the group may have been armed with a gun. The student rappers shot the video and made several social media posts on campus in February with approval from administration. Parents say one of the videos shows a bodyguard with a firearm in his waistband. They say the shoot was inappropriate for school and that the lyrics included the use of the N-word and anti-gay remarks that made LGBTQ students and teachers uncomfortable. The Middletown school district says the students recorded on campus before without incident but have since been suspended and banned from recording on campus again. They said the case was turned over to the Middletown Police Department because of the firearm allegations. News 12 reached out to police several times for information but has not heard back.
Police in New Rochelle are looking for a suspect behind an armed robbery at a liquor store. Police say it happened at New Rochelle Wines on North Avenue near the Salvation Army Wednesday evening. The store clerk says the suspect took all the cash and took off south on a black motorcycle with no plates. Officers say the suspect is about 5 foot 10 and was wearing a gray motorcycle helmet.
Celebrations are in order for the Hastings Police Department. Members have been awarded the Certificate of Accreditation from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Agencies must meet 110 standards in three categories to qualify. Chief David Dosin calls it a team effort and says his department represents the highest standards of police services.