<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 02 May 2016 00:18:06 -0400Mon, 02 May 2016 00:18:06 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Firefighters Battle Massive Fire in Manhattan Cathedral]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 00:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flames-st-sava-manhattan.jpg

Firefighters battled a massive fire at a historic church in Manhattan on Sunday, the day its Serbian Orthodox parishioners had joyously celebrated Easter. 

The fire started Sunday evening and quickly engulfed the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in the Flatiron neighborhood, the FDNY said.

More than 700 parishioners had celebrated Easter Mass earlier in the day and enjoyed a luncheon, but the cathedral was empty when the fire started.

A building caretaker attempted to rush inside when he noticed the fire, but was turned back by the flames, fire officials said. He suffered minor smoke inhalation. No other injuries have been reported.

Onlookers watched in horror as flames shot from stained glass windows.

The impact on the Serbian community that worships here is heartbreaking. 

"It means the world to me and to see it [...] I was just here four hours ago for Easter," parishioner Jovana Djurdjevic said as she cried. 

A church priest, the Rev. Djokan Majstorovic, told The Associated Press that he felt like he was "in a nightmare" as he tried to get to the fire scene that was blocked off by firefighters.

Fire officials said portions of the roof had collapsed and the structure was unstable and in danger of falling down. 

"This church has been destroyed by fire," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. 

The cathedral, formerly known as Trinity Chapel, was designed in 1850 by architect Richard M. Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.

The chapel was an active Episcopal Church for several decades until 1915, when the area became more commercial and parishioners decided to relocate.

The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the structure from the Episcopal Diocese in New York in 1943.

The church, on West 25th Street in the city's Flatiron District, was designated a New York City landmark in 1968.

Firefighters were still dousing the building with water late into the night. They said the structure could collapse at anytime.  

"This church brough everyone together, because although there are Serbian churches in New Jersey, this is like the only one in New York," Djurdjevic. "This is absolutely horrible. Absolutely horrible. My heart is completely broken." 

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<![CDATA[Men Rescued After Car Plunges Into Water: Police]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 19:01:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/194*120/5116waterlogged.jpg

Police and firefighters rescued two people on Long Island from a car that had plunged into a waterway after carving a path of destruction between two houses on Long Island, authorities said Sunday.

A 24-year-old man was driving a 2002 Audi sedan in Island Park on Warwick Road at around 10 p.m. Saturday when it toppled a utility pole, ripped through a fence between two homes and splashed into the Broad Channel, according to Nassau County police.

The driver managed to make his way out of the car and was on top of the vehicle, but his 28-year-old passenger was trapped inside, according to police.

Officers placed a 20-foot ladder between a dock and the trunk of the sinking vehicle, police said. The officers reached the driver and pulled him onto the dock.

An Island Park fireman who stood on top of the submerged vehicle held the passenger’s head above water while another fireman in a wet suit helped him get out of the vehicle, police said.

The passenger was taken to a local hospital with multiple fractures to the leg and a shoulder injury, police said. The driver was also taken to a hospital with abrasions for evaluation.

The identities of the driver an his passenger weren't disclosed by police.

No charges have been filed.

Photo Credit: Nassau County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Dead, 2 Kids Injured After Car Crash: Police]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 21:21:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/199*120/5116dead.jpg

A woman was killed and two young children were injured after a car collision in the Bronx, police said Sunday.

Officers responded to a 911 call about the accident in the Woodlawn Heights neighborhood at Webster Ave and East 233rd Street Saturday evening, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered Elizabeth Wimmer, 58, unconscious and unresponsive, according to police. EMS transported Wimmer to North Central Bronx Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

A 5-year-old and a 10-year-old who were sitting in the rear of the vehicle were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows a 2009 Honda CRV was traveling northbound on Webster Avenue when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lanes and hit the 2000 Saturn Sedan occupied by Wimmer and the two children.

The Honda driver was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition, according to police.

No arrests have been made. The investigation, which is being handled by NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad, is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Jackknifes, Spills Fuel on NJ Freeway: Police]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 23:43:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jackknifed+truck+3.jpg

A tractor trailer jackknifed on a New Jersey freeway Sunday, spilling fuel and tying up traffic, police say.

The truck crashed around 8 p.m. near exit 58 on I-80 in Paterson.

Photos of the scene showed the truck on the shoulder of the freeway, its front-end smashed and battered.

There were reports that the big rig leaked fuel along the roadway.

The accident caused traffic problems Sunday night, with westbound lanes completely shut down between exits 59 and 57.

No one was reported injured in the crash.

<![CDATA[Stoney Brook Campus Police Seek Suspected Groper]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 22:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/233*120/5116campus.jpg

Campus police at Stoney Brook University are searching for a suspect accused of groping a female graduate student.

The woman told officers she was forcibly touched by the man on Saturday inside the Social and Behavioral Science building, police said.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Miguel Angel Condori, police said.

The university police department notified the campus community about the incident and deployed additional officers at various locations throughout the night.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the campus police at 631-632-3333.

Photo Credit: Stoney Brook University PD]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Struck and Killed by Stolen SUV in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 21:33:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/5116pedestriandead.jpg

A woman pedestrian was killed and a companion was injured Sunday when they were hit by a stolen SUV that had spun off a collision with another vehicle in Brooklyn, police said.

Two suspects fled from the stolen SUV after it slammed into a 51-year-old Chooi Tan and a 57-year-old man walking near the intersection of East 94th Street and Avenue K in Canarsie, investigators said.

The driver of the stolen SUV lost control of the vehicle after it had crashed into another car at about 12:50 p.m., police said.

Tan, a Brooklyn resident, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center where she died from a head injury, police said. The other pedestrian who was hit sustained injuries that police said weren't serious.

The driver of the other car was also taken to the hospital.

The SUV was reported stolen on Friday.

No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[Forklift Moved Parked SUV, Owner Says]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 20:59:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/190*120/5116forklift.jpg

A Brooklyn man was surprised to find that his parked SUV had been moved and even more stunned when shown a video of how it was relocated: with a forklift.

Henry Nahrwold says the unauthorized forklift ride, which occurred two weeks ago, caused about $2,600 in damage to his small SUV.

"I felt violated," he said. "You just can't touch someone else's property."

His vehicle was moved from a parking spot on South 3rd Street in Williamsburg and placed on the sidewalk nest to a tree. Nahrwold said he had received no request to move his vehicle.

A neighbor showed him a video of the forklift picking the SUV about two feet off the ground and moving it to the sidewalk.

A company working on the redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar refinery site blames a subcontractor for damaging Nahrwold's SUV and told NBC 4 New York that Nahrwold will be compensated.

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<![CDATA[100-Year-Old NYC Runner Sets Record in 100-Meter Dash]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 09:15:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/Ida+Keeling+100+Year+Old+Penn+Relays+2016.jpg

Elbows keeping pace, Ida Keeling roused the crowd at this year's Penn Relays as the 100-year-old Brooklyn woman became the oldest runner to cross the finish line.

This 100-meter dash was a race for the ages - runners 80 and older. Ida clocked in at one minute, 17.33 seconds.

"I'm a nice example of what you can do with yourself, and I thank God everyday for my blessings," Keeling said Saturday, stealing the hearts of spectators who cheered as Keeling's daughter Shelley raised her mom's arms in the celebratory V formation and turned her mom to face her fans in the stands.

Keeling's story is remarkable not just for her feats as a late-in-life runner, but for the history and heartache of her life - her ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

On her own, Keeling raised four children after losing her husband to a heart attack when he was 42. After two of her sons were murdered in what police believe were drug-related killings, Keeling became depressed and her health suffered. Daughter Shelley got Keeling back on her feet, literally.

"I always understood from mother that you die on your feet rather than live on your knees," Shelley Keeling told the New York Times.

Ida ran her first race at 67, and hasn't stopped since. You can read about her life, diet and exercise routine in the The New York Times.

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<![CDATA[ASPCA Recovers Pit Bull Reported Stolen, Police Say]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 16:12:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/5116doggy.jpg

A pit bull named Luna Grey that was reported missing in the Bronx has been recovered, police said Sunday.

The dog was unharmed.

Detectives haven't yet determined exactly who set the pooch free from the pole she was tied up to outside a Fordham store, authorities said.

Luna Grey was reported missing Friday by her 22-year-old owner after he discovered the dog had been let loose while he was inside a store. Police say he paid $1,100 for his pet.

The dog was in the possession of a person who contacted the ASPCA, which brought the pooch to a Manhattan shelter, police said. She's set to be reunited with her owner.

Detectives are still trying to determine whether Luna Grey had been stolen.

<![CDATA[Woman Charged With DWI After Crash With 3 Kids in Car: Police]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 13:06:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+tape5.JPG

A Long Island woman was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated after crashing into a vehicle and fleeing the scene while three young children were inside her car, police said Sunday.

The 28-year-old was driving westbound on Connetquot Avenue in Central Islip Saturday afternoon in a 2006 Infiniti while three children - ages 3, 7, and 9 - were inside the car, according to police. The vehicle strayed into the eastbound lanes and crashed head-on into a 2015 Ford SUV, police said.

The woman fled the scene and continued driving westbound until she drove through a guard rail on the north side of Connetquot Avenue and crashed into a tree, according to police.

The woman was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she received treatment for a minor laceration to her forehead, according to police. She was later released from the hospital.

Police said the woman was arrested on charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger (Leandra’s Law), aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A 46-year-old female driver and a 14-year-old passenger in the Ford SUV were not injured in the accident, nor were the three children inside the 28-year-old’s Infiniti, according to police.

The kids who were riding in the woman’s vehicle were released to family members following the crash, police said. Her vehicle was also impounded for a safety check.

The investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Teen Injured in Queens Bias Attack: Police]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:30:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Assault-Suspects1.jpg

Police were asking for the public’s help Saturday in identifying three suspects involved in a potential bias attack in Queens.

A 19-year-old male was walking southbound on 10th street in Astoria on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when three male suspects between the ages of 17 and 19 began following him, according to police.

As the victim heard the suspects approach him, one called him an “Arab” and punched him twice in the face, according to police. The attacker was described as around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds with a chin-strap beard and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black T-shirt, dark colored blue jeans and black sneakers, police said.

When the victim pushed the attacker away, he saw another suspect holding a pipe in his hand and yelling “ISIS, ISIS,” according to police. He was described as having short black, close-cut hair, around 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark, two-tone sweater with vertical lines, black pants and black sneakers, police said.

A third suspect was holding a baseball bat in his hands, according to police. He was described as around 5 feet 9 inches tall  and had black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket with white horizontal stripes, black jeans, gray T-shirt and gray sneakers.

The three suspects noticed a witness had seen the incident and then fled, according to police. The victim sustained minor injuries from the attack and refused medical attention.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in Assault on 67-Year-Old Man in Brooklyn]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:37:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/43016punched.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who attacked and punched a 67-year-old man as he was heading into his home in Brooklyn.

Investigators released a photo of the suspect on Saturday.

Francis Ellis was attacked at 1:20 a.m. on April 23 on Herzl Street in the Brownsville neighborhood. He credits his son with stopping the vicious assault.

"If my son didn't come downstairs, I don't know what, he might have killed me," Ellis said.

Ellis said the assailant "came out of nowhere" and started hitting him.

His son Jarrod rushed outside when he heard his father shouting.

"I did what I had to do, to protect my father," he said.

"My son beat him up," Francis Ellis said.

The man then fled.

The motive for the attack is unknown.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[7 Injured in Bronx Apartment House Fire: FDNY]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/208*120/43016housefire.jpg

A fire in an apartment house in the Bronx on Saturday sent seven people to area hospitals, one of whom was said to be in serious condition, fire officials said.

Four firefighters also received minor injuries while battling the 6:30 p.m. fire at 2736 University Avenue.

Information about the injured residents wasn't available.

Firefighters had the fire under control in one hour.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Men Face Charges After Scaling Brooklyn Bridge: Police]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/187*120/43016briged.jpg

Two men from Connecticut were charged Saturday morning with trespassing after climbing onto a beam of the Brooklyn Bridge in order to take photos of the sunrise, authorities said.

An officer responded to a 6:10 a.m. report about two men who were on a beam over the roadway on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, according to police.

The officer talked to the pair, who claimed they wanted to watch the sunrise and take photographs, police said. They were taken into custody without incident.

Sean Cody, 25, Southport, and Scott Lockett, 24, of New Canaan, each face charges of criminal trespass and reckless endangerment, police said. There was no available information about whether they had obtained lawyers who could speak on their behalf.

Many people in the past have been arrested for breaching the bridge.

Last September, an Argentinian tourist was arrested on trespassing charges after he was caught attempting to scale the bridge. The man was identified as 23-year-old Jorge Arredondo.

In August, a University of Tennessee student was arrested after he posted a selfie from atop the span, and in November, 2014, French tourist Yonathin Souid climbed the bridge to take photos. Russian tourist Yaroslav Kolchin also climbed a beam in August, 2014. 

On July 22, 2014, two bleached-white American flags were found planted on the bridge span. Two German artists claimed they'd installed the flags as part of a project to celebrate the German engineer who designed the bridge.

Photo Credit: William Farrington/Polaris]]>
<![CDATA[City Lists Closed Streets for 5 Boro Bike Tour ]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bike+tour+13.jpg

Multiple streets will be closed across the city from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for the annual Five Boro Tour, organizers said.

The event attracts thousands of cyclists from around the globe. It's billed as the world's larges charitable bike ride.

Proceeds finance free bicycle education programs in the city.

The following streets will be closed during the tour:

Manhattan Portion


  • Whitehall Street between South Street and Water Street
  • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
  • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
  • Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street
  • Greenwich Street between Battery Park and Trinity Place
  • Trinity Place between Greenwich Street and Cedar Street
  • Church Street between Cedar Street and Canal Street
  • Church Street between Thomas Street and Canal Street
  • White Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway
  • Walker Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway
  • Lispenard Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway
  • Worth Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Leonard Street between West Broadway and Broadway
  • Franklin Street between Broadway and Church Street
  • 6th Avenue between Franklin Street and West 59th Street
  • West 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue/Alternate Route
  • Grand Army Plaza between West 59th Street and East Drive (Inside Central Park
  • Alternate Route: East Drive between Grand Army Plaza and Center Drive (Inside Central Park)
  • Alternate Route: Center Drive between 5th Avenue and East Drive
  • East Drive between Center Drive and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between West 110th Street and West 135th Street
  • East /West 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Madison Avenue
  • Madison Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street
  • Madison Avenue Bridge (Manhattan to Bronx)
  • HRD/FDR Drive (South bound) between 3rd Avenue Bridge and East 116th Street
  • East 116th Street between FDR Drive and Pleasant Avenue
  • Pleasant Avenue between East 116th Street and East 114th Street
  • Harlem River Drive/FDR Drive (Southbound) between 116th Street and 63rd Street Exit
  • East 63rd Street between FDR Drive (Southbound) and Queensboro Bridge Exit
  • QueensBoro Bridge Exit between East 63rd Street and East 60th Street
  • QueensBoro Bridge (West bound lanes from Manhattan to Queens)


Bronx Portion


  • 138th Street between Madison Avenue Bridge and 3rd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue between 138th Street and 3rd Avenue Bridge
  • Rider Avenue between 138th Street and 137th Street
  • 137th Street between Rider Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue Bridge (Bronx to Manhattan)


Queens Portion


  • 21st Street between Queens Plaza South and Hoyt Avenue North
  • Queens Plaza South between 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard /Alternate Route
  • Hoyt Avenue North between 21st Street and 19th Street
  • 19th Street between Hoyt Avenue North and Ditmars Boulevard
  • Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard
  • Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South
  • Astoria Park South between Shore Boulevard and 14th Street
  • 14th Street between Astoria Park South and 31st Avenue
  • 31st Avenue between 14th Street and Vernon Boulevard
  • Vernon Boulevard between 31st Avenue and 44th Drive
  • 44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street
  • 11th Street between 44th Drive and Pulaski Bridge
  • Pulaski Bridge (Southbound from Queens to Brooklyn)


Brooklyn Portion


  • McGuiness Boulevard between Pulaski Bridge and Greenpoint Avenue
  • Java Street between McGuiness Boulevard and Franklin Street /Alternate Route
  • Greenpoint Avenue between McGuiness Boulevard and Franklin Street
  • Franklin Street between Java Street and Kent Avenue
  • Kent Avenue between Java Street and Williamsburg Street West
  • Williamsburg Street West between Kent Avenue and Flushing Avenue
  • Flushing Avenue between Williamsburg Street West and Navy Street
  • North Elliot Place between Flushing Avenue and Park Avenue
  • Navy Street between Flushing Avenue and York Street
  • York Street between Navy Street and Gold Street
  • Gold Street between York Street and Front Street
  • Front Street between Gold Street and Old Fulton Street
  • Old Fulton Street between Furman Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza West and Adams Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade between Tillary Street and Centre Street
  • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Columbia Street
  • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and BQE West Entrance Columbia Street
  • BQE/Gowanus Expy between BQE West Entrance Columbia Street and Verrazano
  • Verrazano Bridge Lower Level (Southbound from Brooklyn to Staten Island)


Staten Island Portion


  • Bay Street between New York Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
  • Hylan Boulevard between Bay Street and Edgewater Street
  • Edgewater Street/Front Street between Hylan Boulevard and Hannah Street
  • Hannah Street between Front Street and Bay Street
  • Bay Street between Hannah Street and Richmond Terrace

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Police Rescue Sinking Kayaker Off Coney Island]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:04:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/205*120/43016rescue.jpg

NYPD helicopter and harbor crews rescued a man in a kayak that was taking on water Saturday morning about two miles off the coast of Staten Island, police said.

The kayaker called 911 for help and told police he had hooked a large fish and was struggling to reel it in when he kayak began to sink.

A police helicopter crew soon spotted him.

Two police scuba divers then raced out in a boat to the location and brought the 33-year-old kayaker to shore at Kingsborough Community College, where they were met by emergency medical technicians. The man declined medical treatment.

Police also retrieved the man's kayak.

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
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<![CDATA[Knife-Fight Over Subway Seat Lands 2 Men in Hospital: NYPD]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:13:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/generic+subway+train.jpg

Two men fought over a subway seat Sunday afternoon and the ride for both ended at the hospital, police said.

The argument started on a northbound 4 train in East Harlem.

One rider pulled out a knife and stabbed the other a few times, but the wounded man was able to punch the knife-wielding rider, police said.

The fight ended at about 12:30 p.m. on the subway platform at the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue station.

Charges are pending and both will be charged, investigators said. Their names haven't been disclosed by police.

One man was taken to Harlem Hospital Center; the other was sent to Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Theft of Pit Bull in Bronx: Cops]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:47:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/198*120/43016dognapped.jpg

Police released a photo Saturday of a man wanted in connection with the theft of a two-year-old pit bull that was tied to a pole while his owner went into a Bronx store.

The dog, named Luna Grey, was taken at about 3:30 p.m. Friday from outside the US FITTED'S store on East Fordham Road, police said.

The 22-year-old man, who owns Luna Grey, went into the store and when he came out, his dog was gone.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Nathan's to Mark 100th Year with Nickel Hot Dogs at Coney Island Stand]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/43016hot+odg.jpg

If Chicago gangster Al Capone were alive today, he might fondly recall strolling the Coney Island boardwalk with a Nathan's hot dog that he bought for a nickel.

For one day only, actually for just three hours, on May 28, Nathan's intends to let customers savor a hot dog for the same price paid by Capone.

The original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand opened in 1916 and plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary by dropping the price of a hot dog to the original price of five cents, the company said Saturday.

The centennial price will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28 at the restaurant's original location at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues.

Sorry, Joey Chestnut, but there will be a limit of two dogs per customer at the anniversary price.

Capone, a Brooklyn native, stopped at Nathan's whenever he was in the area, said Nathan's owners. He was photographed outside the hotdog stand during one of his visits in 1918.

Photo Credit: Nathan's]]>
<![CDATA[Officers Pull 4 From Burning Car in NJ Single-Car Crash: Police]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:23:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/043016crash.jpg

Police rescued four people struggling to escape a burning vehicle following a one-car crash in New Jersey on Saturday, authorities said.

Officers were called to the scene on Kuller Road in Clifton at around 3 a.m., police said. They found a car overtaken by flames in a wooded area off the road. The four occupants were trying to escape the vehicle, but their debilitating injuries were making it impossible, police said.

The officers pulled all four from the wreckage, police said. The victims were sent to area hospitals.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed in Abdomen at Queens Supermarket: Police]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown1.jpg

An argument between two 26-year-olds in Queens escalated into violence when one stabbed the other twice in the abdomen, police said Saturday.

The dispute happened at around 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Yong Fa Super Market on Main Street near 60th Avenue.

The victim was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, police said.

The other man was placed in custody but not immediately charged, police said.

<![CDATA[Texas Police Chief Helps NYPD Arrest Suspect on Fifth Avenue]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:28:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/polic+chief+sean+ford+texas.jpg

A Texas police chief vacationing in New York City intervened in a fight between an alleged thief and a store security officer on the street, and helped arrest the suspect, the NYPD said. 

Sean Ford, chief of the Sunset Valley Police Department in the Austin area of Texas, says he was strolling along Fifth Avenue and headed to Central Park when he encountered a scuffle near 58th Street, in front of the Plaza Hotel. 

Police said a store employee followed the suspect out of the Abercrombie & Fitch store after he allegedly swiped a fragrance bottle and chased him down Fifth Avenue. 

The suspect was swinging at the employee and no one appeared to be helping, even as the struggle became more violent, Ford said.

"Everybody was standing around taking pictures," he said. 

Ford's instincts kicked in and he helped break up the fight, holding down the suspect until police arrived, he said. 

"I got the guy, told him I was a police officer and took him to the wall, held him there until NYPD could get there," Ford said. 

"The officers that responded were amazing, as usual. Just what we would expect and what the rest of the nation looks up to." 

The NYPD tweeted a message of thanks to Ford, who now says he feels a little bit more like a New Yorker.

"I probably would not have wanted to do it this way," Ford said, laughing. "But I'm glad I was there and then I got to meet some of the great guys from New York." 

The alleged 26-year-old shoplifter was taken to the Midtown North precinct stationhouse on a larceny charge. He's expected to be arraigned overnight or on Saturday morning. 

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Burglar Enters Homes Using Stolen Garage Remotes: Suffolk Police]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/suffolk+garage+door+break+in.jpg

Police in a Long Island community are warning residents about a burglar getting into homes using stolen garage remotes. 

Suffolk Police say they're investigating two reports of similar burglaries in Hauppauge, one on Dale Court and one on Janet Court. 

In each case, the burglar opened an unlocked car parked in the driveway to get the garage remote, then opened the garage to get into the home, police said.

The thief managed to take items from one home, but left without taking anything in the other. 

One of the victims, Marie DiGangi, said her husband woke up Thursday morning to find the garage door and the family room door connected to the garage open. The drawers and closets were all left open.

It didn't appear that the intruder took anything.

"I'd like to ask him that question, why he made a mess and he left and he didn't take anything," she said.

"He invaded my home, where you're supposed to be safe, and I want him caught," she said.

DiGangi admitted she should have been more vigilant. 

"We were a little complacent. We forgot to lock one of the cars that night, and this is what could happen," she said. "I guess we all have to be more vigilant and be aware of what's around us. And if you see anything in the middle of the night, people walking or something, call the police." 

Residents should always lock their cars and home entrances to garages, and keep garage remotes out of sight, police said. 

"So often we find burglars commit crimes of opportunity. They're not looking to break a window, they're not looking to damage property, they don't want to cause noise," said a Suffolk police official at a news conference Friday. "So they look for vehicles that are unlocked, homes that are unlocked, windows that are open." 

The official said the heroin epidemic in Suffolk has prompted associated crimes like burglaries and break-ins. 

"A lot of the crimes we experience in Suffolk County are associated with the opioid epidemic, and they're trying to steal money to fuel their addiction," said the official. 

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York Volunteers for Comcast Cares Day]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:03:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sadasdasdasd1.jpg The NBC 4 New York family is out and about in New York, volunteering in the community in honor of Comcast Cares Day. ]]> <![CDATA[2 Cops Injured in Harlem Crash: NYPD]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:00:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd+car+crash+harlem+2.jpg

Two NYPD officers were hurt and two people were arrested in a crash in Harlem Friday afternoon, authorities say. 

It's not clear what caused the police cruiser and sedan to collide on West 139th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. 

Both the front of the cruiser and the back of the sedan were smashed in, and sedan, a gray Acura, was crashed into another parked vehicle. 

The officers were taken to Harlem Hospital with minor injuries. Two people were taken into custody at the scene, though the charges were unclear.

Witnesses said they saw the police car appearing to pursue the Acura at about 3:30 p.m. with its sirens on, and at some point it crashed into the Acura, causing it to spin out of control. 

The officers then got out of the car with their guns drawn and approached the Acura, took two men out of the car and placed them under arrest, witnesses said. 

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<![CDATA[Cops Search for Man With Boy After Sex Offer in Central Park]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:05:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DSC_00383.JPG

A man walking with a boy in Central Park went up to a tourist and offered the child to him for sex, police say.

The 50-year-old tourist from California was walking near the Bow Bridge just before midnight when he was approached by the 35-year-old man and 11-year-old boy, according to police.

The man allegedly asked the tourist if he wanted to pay to have sex with the boy, saying, "Do you want to have sex with my son for $300?," according to police sources. 

He refused, then hung back for a bit, followed the two and called police.

Officers arrived minutes later but the boy and man were gone. 

Officers were seen investigating in Central Park early Friday morning. They’re currently searching for the man and the boy by ground and air. 

Tourists and locals alike were disturbed by the incident.

"It's disgusting," said Yahnel Bishop, also a tourist visiting from California. "Being from California and being a mom, of course you get worried and wonder is it really safe here?" 

New Yorker Steve Lokiec, who's been visiting Central Park for more than three decades, said the park used to be rampant with crime but stressed the days are long gone. So he was shocked to hear of the encounter. 

"I never heard anything like that," he said. 

Both the man and the boy are white. The boy was wearing an orange or red spring jacket. The man was wearing a black coat with fur on the hood and blue jeans.

The tourist wrapped up a second interview with police Friday afternoon and flew back to California. The investigation is ongoing, police said. 

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<![CDATA[Shia LaBeouf Offers Sympathy, Soup to Socked Look-Alike: Reports]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:24:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shia-splitscreen-0427.jpg

A Brooklyn man who was randomly punched at a Manhattan subway station by an attacker who told him it was "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf" received a message of sympathy and an offer of soup from the actor, according to reports.

Mario Licato said that he had just gotten off a subway train Saturday afternoon at the Delancey Street-Essex Street subway station on the Lower East Side when he was clocked. 

"I didn’t even see the guy," he told Gothamist. "I just see his fist coming toward me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!'"

Licato, who told Gothamist he has been approached "at least 10 times" by people who said he resembles the actor, tumbled down the stairs and lost consciousness. He said a couple rushed to help him and called 911.  

The next day, he received a call from the real LaBeouf on his work phone, Licato told Cosmopolitan.

He didn't notice the message until LaBeouf commented on one of his Instagram posts: "Hey, I left you a voicemail."

"This is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like," the voicemail allegedly said.

In the message, LaBeouf "sounded bummed and genuinely really bad," Licato told Cosmopolitan, saying the actor apologized profusely. LaBeouf also allegedly said he wished he were in New York so he could bring him soup and "giggle over this."

He gave Licato his phone number and signed off with, "Keep your head up, G," the magazine reports.

Licato told Cosmopolitan the voicemail was about two minutes long and that he has listened to it about five times.

Although Licato hasn’t called LaBeouf yet, he told the magazine he will soon, likely over a glass of wine. He said he plans to ask why the guy who punched him hates LaBeouf so much.

"What did you do to some random bro in New York that he needed to punch me for it? Did you steal his girlfriend? Maybe he just really hated you sitting in the movie theater for three days straight watching your own movies?" he said.

The man who punched Licato has not been found.

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<![CDATA[Slashings, Subway Crime Still Up Across NYC: NYPD]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:48:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Knife-GettyImages-71028313.jpg

Slashings and stabbings are up more than 20 percent in 2016, according to NYPD figures.

There had been 1,325 slashings and stabbings in 2016 through Sunday, compared with 1,088 over the same period in 2015. That represents a 21.78-percent increase in the category of the violent crime, which has been the focus of intense scrutiny by both the media and NYPD brass.

Subway crime, likewise, is up this year. There were 719 crimes on the city's subway system through Sunday, according to the NYPD. That's up more than 6 percent from 2015, which saw 674 crimes on the mass transit system over the same period.

Interestingly, subway slashings are down this year -- from 28 in 2015 to 26 this year. 

Last month, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced an initiative to curb stabbings and slashings in the city. The plan breaks out slashings and stabbings as their own category of crime and targets locations where they're most likely to occur. 

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<![CDATA[Self-Taught Teen Pianist With 4 Fingers Performs at Carnegie Hall]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/darrius+carnegie+hall.jpg

A teenager with just four fingers gained so much attention online for his talent on the piano that he was invited by a renowned international pianist to play at Manhattan's iconic Carnegie Hall. 

Darrius Simmons, a 15-year-old from Warren, Ohio, was born with three fingers on his right hand and one finger on his left, and no bones below both knees.

He taught himself to play the piano at 10 years old when his grandfather introduced him to the instrument, he told NBC 4 New York, and learned to make his prosthetic legs press the right pedal.

Recently, Simmons began posting videos of himself playing onto Facebook, and they got the attention of Korean pianist Yiruma, who was about to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 22 as part of his first North American tour, the boy said. 

"He saw it and invited me to play with him," Simmons told NBC 4 New York over the phone. 

Yiruma told Simmons during their first meeting, "All those determination and all that, I learn from you, really," reports Ohio news station WFMJ, which followed Simmons to New York for his performance. "I have so many things that can be learned from you." 

"It's just amazing. How can you do that? All those jumps, you must find it really difficult?" said Yiruma after watching the teen play in person.

Simmons replied, "It's not that difficult to me, honestly." 

New York concertgoer Kirk Aleman told WFMJ that Simmons' performance "blew me out of the water." 

"It was very exciting," Simmons told NBC 4 New York of playing at the storied venue last Friday.

Simmons said he learned to play the piano simply by listening to music and mimicking the notes on the keys. 

"I listen to a lot of songs repetitively, over and over, and I guess by doing that, I developed an ear. I can play a lot of music by ear," he said. 

His mother said her son has never been inhibited by not having 10 fingers. She said he's been playing instruments at home, at church and at school. 

Now that Yiruma has advised Simmons to start working on his own music, "I'm really going to take what he said to heart and compose my own stuff," he told WFMJ. 

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<![CDATA['I Was Just Bored': Confession of Teen in NYPD Fire Death Played at Trial]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fatal+fire+trial+marcell+dockery+confession.jpg

Jurors saw the videotaped confession of a teen accused of starting a mattress fire that caused the death of an NYPD officer in 2014 Friday, while his attorney admonished the tape as an admission coerced in a "chamber of hell" of an interrogation room.

Marcell Dockery, 18, was seen on tape admitting to setting ablaze a mattress in the hallway of his Coney Island apartment that later grew into a large inferno that killed officer Dennis Guerra and left his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, in a coma for 44 days on April 6, 2014. 

"I was just bored," he said in the footage played in court Friday. "When I set a fire a little bit I swore I just blew it out."

Dockery said in the confession that he was surprised when the hallway grew so smoky from the blaze, which he thought he had extinguished. He then admits to trying to warn his neighbors.

"I banged on her door," he said of a neighbor. "I was screaming, 'Yo it's a fire' and she told me, 'Run!'"

In the confession, Dockery can be heard to admitting setting fires since he was 9 years old -- once trying to spell his name out in a tub with flames -- and said he didn't tell police what he did because the blaze got so big. 

"I was scared to tell them I started this," he said. "I was nervous in my heart."

Dockery's attorney, Jesse Young, called into question the confessions, saying that the officers intimidated his client into admitting to a crime. Young the interview room a "chamber of hell" that detectives used to force Dockery to give oral and written confessions. 

<![CDATA[More Than 200 Grams of Cocaine Seized: Police]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:59:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/lisEARCH.jpg

Four people were arrested as authorities seized drugs, weapons and cash amid an ongoing war on street level drug dealers in Long Island, police announced Friday.

Authorities in Suffolk County carried out search warrants in Huntington Station, Bellport, and West Babylon, the latest raids in a crackdown that has yielded nearly 150 arrests, according to police.

Authorities seized approximately 110 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, various drug packaging material, a cell phone and more than $3,500 in cash at a home on West 21st Street in Huntington Station Friday morning, police said. Two brothers who live at the residence were charged.

Israel Perez, 23, was charged with second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, police said. Gilmar Perez, 25, was charged with third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Their attorney information wasn’t immediately available.

A search at another home on Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station Friday morning yielded approximately 3 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, drug packaging material, four cell phones and $139 in cash, police said.

Ivan Oscar Martinez, 34, who lives at the location, was charged with second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree criminal sale controlled substance, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Martinez's attorney information wasn't immediately available.

Authorities said they also seized three grams of crack, drug packaging, $134 in cash, two scales, one phone and a pellet gun a home on Michigan Avenue in Bellport Friday morning.

Gregory Jackson, 29, who lives at the location, was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. His attorney information wasn’t immediately available.

On Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant in West Babylon at 709 Herzel Boulevard, according to the release. Approximately 90 grams of cocaine, a scale, six cellphones and $235 in cash were recovered.

Benjamin Lugo, 30, who lives at the address, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, according to the release. Lugo’s attorney information wasn’t immediately available.

Lugo was set to be arraigned at First District Count in Central Islip Friday, according to the release. The other men arrested will be held overnight for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Saturday, April 30.

Since last December, 149 people have been arrested as 67 search warrants were executed in the crackdown on Long Island drug dealers, according to police. Since the police drug tip line was started, 239 tips have been phoned in to authorities.

Authorities say the public is helping point investigators to the places where drugs are being sold.

"It takes guns and drugs off the street and it sends a message to the community that we're not going to tolerate drug dealing in our residential areas," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said.

"It's about the kids," said Jennifer Buqicchio, of West Babylon. "When it's about the kids it's different. I'd take a risk for a child."

Sini added that the raids are meant to discourage people from committing drug crimes.

"Our message is simple: if you're dealing drugs in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Police Department is coming for you," Sini said.

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<![CDATA[FDNY Bone Marrow Donors Meet Recipients]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:46:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fdny+bone+marrow+donors+4+29.jpg Two New York City firefighters who saved lives by donating bone marrow -- one to a Pennsylvania mother and the other a Kentucky father -- got to meet the receipients Friday. The New York Blood Center says city firefighters donate bone marrow and stem cells more often than any other single group in the city.]]> <![CDATA[Weekend Road Work: April 29 to May 2]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:30:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/weekend+road+work.jpg There are going to be road closures on three major bridges this weekend. Lauren Scala has more.]]> <![CDATA[New Jersey is Creating a Plan to Battle Zika]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nj+zika+plans.jpg The CDC met with New Jersey lawmakers to discuss the state's preparedness. Pat Battle reports.]]>