<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 10:25:30 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:25:30 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stunned Family Watches Bear in Pool: 'He Popped Our Float!']]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:27:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bearinnjpoolweb.jpg

A New Jersey family was stunned to find a 300-pound black bear wading in their backyard pool Friday afternoon. 

The bear was spotted by the family taking a dip in their pool in the backyard of their Rockaway Township house at about 3 p.m. Friday, they told NBC 4 New York.

Video captured from inside the home shows the bear wading in the pool, then walking around the family's lawn.   

"He popped our float! I think he's breaking our pool," homeowner Stacey Dowling says in the video.  

Dowling tells her husband Rick, "He's trying to get out. Babe, let's get him out!" 

Her husband immediately responds, "I'm not going out there! You crazy?" 

No one was injured by the bear and it eventually ran off, the family told NBC 4 New York.  

The bear visit isn't the first along Herrick Road this week. Two days ago, another bear was spotted on the street. And in the town, there have been several sightings in recent weeks. 

And who could forget the sight last year, when a mama bear and her five cubs took a dip in another backyard pool in Rockaway Township. 

Town officials are warning residents to be aware, and calling on the state to do more to lessen bear-human encounters. 



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<![CDATA[Bronx Man Accused of Rape in Manhattan Park]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:30:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/185*120/82816raped.jpg

A 26-year-old man was charged Saturday morning with raping a young woman he escorted into a Manhattan park after meeting her on the subway, police said.

Anthony Camilo, a Bronx resident, met the 24-year-old woman aboard a Brooklyn-bound F train and suggested they get off the train and wait in Riverside Park for a friend who would give her a ride to Brooklyn, investigators said.

Once inside the park, Camilo allegedly began to choke her and force her to the ground.

The woman told police that he then raped her and fled when she managed to scream for help.

Police canvassed the park, looking for a suspect described by eyewitnesses. They apprehended Camilo at about 12:20 a.m. in the park, near West 70th Street.

Camilo was charged with rape, strangulation and two counts of sexually motivated assault, police said.

There no information indicating he had obtained a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

The woman was treated for her injuries at Mount Sinai West hospital.



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<![CDATA[Man Attempts to Kidnap Girl at U.S Open Kids Event: Police]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:40:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Suspect-aTTEMPTED.png

Authorities are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a young girl in Queens at a U.S Open event for children.

The 11-year-old was in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday with family members watching a practice match at one of the courts when she was approached by a man from behind, police said.

The suspect grabbed the girl’s wrist and demanded that she go with him and threatened to harm her, according to police.

The girl pulled her arm away from the man and kicked him, according to police. She was unharmed in the incident.

The man fled the scene in an unknown direction, though police describe him as between 25-35 years of age, 200 lbs., between 5'8"-5'11" tall and was last seen with a red shirt with stripes, khaki shorts, sunglasses and a tattoo with words on his right wrist.

The annual event mixing sports and entertainment takes place the Saturday before the U.S. Open. This year, it was attended by tennis stars Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, as well as music stars Flo Rida and Troye Sivan. Organizers for the event did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anyone who may have information about the suspect is asked to contact police at 800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Bruce Springsteen Stops Concert for Marriage Proposal]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:19:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BruceSpringsteen-AP_506149291660.jpg

Bruce Springsteen stopped his show to invite a couple on stage during his concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Thursday night, “Today” reported. 

Springsteen stopped singing after he noticed something going on by the side of the stage. His guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, pointed to his ring finger, indicating the couple got engaged mid performance. 

The couple, who has been together for eight years celebrated their engagement on stage. 

“This is my girlfriend, Jill," the groom-to-be said after Springsteen handed him the mic. "We've been to a ton of shows together. This is by far the highlight of them all." 

They stayed onstage as Springsteen serenaded them to the rest of “Jersey Girl” as they slow-danced and took selfies. 



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<![CDATA[NJ Town Gives Hero's Welcome to Olympic Gymnast]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/193*120/82816gymnast.jpg

Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown.

The 16-year-old gymnast traveled to the gathering in Old Bridge in a motorcade that included police, local officials and gymnastic groups.

The event culminated with a ceremony at a school football field where residents packed the bleachers, many cheering and holding signs praising Hernandez's efforts.

Hernandez won gold and silver medals in Rio de Janeiro. She was the youngest member of the five-person U.S. Olympics gymnastic team.

Her teammate Aly Raisman was also treated to a festive welcome Saturday in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts. The Boston suburb hosted a "Rally for Aly."

Raisman won two individual silver medals and a team gold medal in the games that wrapped up earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Assault on Bus in Queens]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:17:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/196*120/82816punched.jpg

Police are looking for a man who slugged a bus passenger in the face last month in Queens.

Investigators on Saturday released surveillance video showing the man approach the victim with a closed fist and punch him in the face.

The assault occurred at around noon on July 8 while the Q66 bus had stopped at the intersection of 21st Street and 35th Avenue, according to a police report. After punching the victim, the suspect left the bus through a rear exit.

The 32-year-old victim was treated for a facial cut at a local hospital.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-888-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Girl Abducted in Pennsylvania Found Safe in NYC: NYPD]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:37:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/robert+byrne+abduction.jpg

A 3-year-old girl who was taken from her Pennsylvania home early Friday amid threats from the girl's father was found safe in Manhattan when a traffic agent spotted his vehicle, police say. 

Ava Byrne was taken by her father, 24-year-old Robert Byrne, from their home in Nescopeck, a small borough about 10 miles outside Wilkes-Barre, shortly after midnight, according to local newspaper The Citizens Voice. 

Byrne told the girl's mother, 29-year-old Morgan Barela, that voices in his head were telling him that Barela and the kids were in danger, Barela told The Citizens Voice. When she was asked who was after them, Byrne said he didn't know and that the voices said they'd be safer at Barela's mother's house. 

The two got into an fight, and "the last thing he said was he's gonna shoot me, my kids and himself. And then he took off with our daughter," Barela told the newspaper in an interview posted to the paper's website. 

He broke her phone on his way out shortly after midnight, said Barela, who is eight months pregnant. 

It's not clear why Byrne headed to New York. A New York City traffic enforcement agent was directing traffic on 34th Street and 10th Avenue Friday morning when a driver pulled up to him and asked if he'd gotten an Amber alert on his cellphone.

The traffic agent, MG Ali, said he did, he later told reporters. The driver told him, "The car is right behind the truck."

Ali went to see the car and verified it was the one listed on the Amber alert. He went to the driver in the wanted vehicle and told him to pull over.

"The guy complies and pulls over," Ali recounted. "He didn't ask any questions." 

Just as Ali notified his base and NYPD, two NYPD officers, who were also responding to a 911 call regarding the Amber alert, pulled up. Ali flagged them down and pointed them in the direction of the vehicle. When they walked over, the driver had gotten out and was walking away with the child in his arms. 

The officers stopped the suspect, and as other police units showed up, "we were able to remove the child very willingly," said NYPD officer Sean Mooney. The suspect was then placed in handcuffs.

Mooney said the girl appeared to be healthy, and was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital as a precaution. 

The suspect didn't have much to say, according to the officers. 

"He was hesitant when we asked who the child was," but didn't offer much else, said Mooney. 

Byrne said nothing as he was led from the police station in handcuffs Friday night. He's expected to be extradited back to Pennsylvania Saturday. It's not clear if he has an attorney. 

Barela was seen leaving the station with Ava. She told reporters, "I'm happy and I just want to go home and spend time with my daughter." 

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<![CDATA[Mosquito Spraying Slated for Queens, Staten Island]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:21:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg

City Health Department crews plan to spray pesticide in neighborhoods in Queens and Staten Island next week as a precaution against the spread of the Zika and West Nile viruses.

“While we do not expect to find Zika in New York City’s mosquitoes, we are taking no chances," said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "We are moving forward with a safe but aggressive plan to spray pesticide when we find significant numbers of mosquitoes that could possibly carry Zika.”

Health Department traps have indicated a significant presence of Asia tiger mosquitoes in the neighborhoods that will be sprayed.

Officials stress, however, that no Zika virus has been found in any mosquito in New York City.

The sprayng is scheduled between 10 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday in the southern neighborhoods of Staten Island and the southeastern section of Queens.

Maps of the specific neighborhoods can be seen on the Health Department's website.



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<![CDATA[No Evidence Help Denied to Vet before Suicide: VA Director]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/205*120/82816va.jpg

There is no evidence that a former Navy gunner who killed himself earlier this week outside a veterans medical center on Long Island was denied treatment that day, says the facility's director.

Philip Moschitta, director of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, states in an Aug. 26 letter to Congressman Lee Zeldin that the facility's preliminary review of the incident uncovered no indication that Peter Kaisen had entered the center before his body was found last Sunday in the parking lot.

"It appears the details of the tragic incident may have been misrepresented in the media coverage," he wrote.

The letter is a response to a request for information made by Zeldin, who represents the area and sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Kaisen, 76, a resident of Islip, was found dead of a gunshot wound last Sunday in a parking lot at the facility.

Moschitta said in the letter that video surveillance shows Kaisen enter the parking lot and remain there for 12 minutes. He adds that there are no emergency room records indicating that he sought help that day.

"While at this time, it appears that the individual did not seek any medical attention we will continue to review additional surveillance cameras near the entrance of our emergency room, and all of our telephone records to see if the individual contacted our facility within the last week," he wrote.

"Please understand that our staff of medical professionals would never turn away an individual who required any level of healthcare."

Two people connected to the medical center anonymously told news reporters after the incident that Kaisen was angry because he was denied emergency room care.

His wife, Joan Kaisen, told reporters that her husband suffered from severe back pain caused by an auto accident in the 1960s when he was a police officer.

U.S. Reps. Peter King, a Republican, and Steve Israel, a Democrat, sent a letter to the heads of the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for a "transparent" investigation into the death.



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<![CDATA[Man Mugs 12-Year-Old Boy in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/191*120/82816mugged.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a man accused of grabbing a 12-year-old boy, placing him in a chokehold and stealing his cellphone last weekend in Brooklyn.

Investigators on Saturday released a sketch of the suspect.

The boy was walking along Sutter Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood last Sunday afternoon when he was grabbed from behind and dragged into an apartment building near Mother Gaston Boulevard, police said.

While restraining the boy in a chokehold, the man pulled the boy's Apple iPhone from his pocket and fled, police said.

The boy was treated for a minor leg injury at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Boyfriend Confesses to Killing Woman, Dumping Body in Park]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ashley+mcduffie+park.jpg

The body of a missing woman has been recovered in a Bronx park after the woman's boyfriend confessed to killing her, police said Saturday. 

Ashley McDuffie's body was found near Seton Falls Park by East 233rd Street and Monticello Avenue Friday night, family members told NBC 4 New York. The body was wrapped in some type of bed sheets, Mount Vernon police said.

Jason Meyers, 32, of New Rochelle, admitted strangling McDuffie and dumping her body in the park, investigators said. He has an arrest record, but details of his run-ins with the law weren't available.

Meyers is seen with McDuffie in an August 19 surveillance video, but investigators didn't disclose the location.

Meyers' attorney arranged for his client to surrender to police. He issued no statement after Meyers was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

McDuffie, a 27-year-old mother of two, was reported missing on Aug. 24 from her Mount Vernon home.

Police haven't commented on a motive for the killing.

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<![CDATA[Trapped Kids Rescued from Sweltering Car: NYPD]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kids+rescued+hot+car.jpg

Two young children were found trapped inside a hot car parked in the Bronx, banging on the windows as they sat in the sweltering heat, police say.

Police say an officer was driving on Barnes Avenue in Morris Park Friday evening when he noticed someone hitting a car window, trying to get the 3-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl out. 

The good Samaritan and other witnesses told police the kids were banging on the window, desperate to be let out of the locked livery cab car. The windows were rolled up, and the car ignition was off so there was no air conditioning. 

The officer used a life hammer device to break the window and get the kids out. The children were taken to the hospital to be evaluated but appeared to be OK. 

The civilian rescuer told NBC 4 New York the parents had left the children in the car for 20 minutes while they looked at apartments. 

Police arrested the father, 39-year-old Javed Shoaib, for endangering the welfare of a child. It's not clear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The mother was not arrested and went to the hospital with the children, police said. 



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Slit Mom's Throat, Turns Knife on Self: NYPD]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:24:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043317.jpg

A man tried to slit his mother's throat before turning the knife on himself at a Queens senior center on Friday, the NYPD said.

The man, 47, allegedly allegedly tried to cut his mother's throat with a kitchen knife at the Clearview Senior Center on 26th Avenue in Bay Terrace shortly before 12:30 p.m., police said. He then cut his own throat.

The man and woman were both taken to Booth Memorial Hospital afterward. Police said the son was listed in critical condition; his mother ws stable. 

It was not clear what spurred the violence. 

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<![CDATA[At Least 36 Have Contracted Mumps in NY Outbreak: Officials]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:24:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg

Three dozen people have contracted mumps in one Long Island town in recent months, officials said.

Health officials in Long Beach said that there have been at least 36 suspected cases of the virus in a limited outbreak that hasn't spread elsewhere on the island. 

Virtually all of the people infected were in their early 20s. Authorities have said that the outbreak is most likely attributable to a new strain of the virus that is resistant to vaccines. Most of the people who contracted the virus had already been vaccinated.

On Friday, Nassau County director of public health education Mary Ellen Laurain said that they were advising people who come down with the virus to stay home for five days.

Officials are urging anyone who may have come in contact with an infected person to consider getting a mumps booster shot. Officials said that because the virus has an incubation period of 12 to 25 days, there might be more people to come down with the illness. 

Mumps is transmitted by coughing, sneezing and transfer of saliva. If a person contracts the virus, the symptoms are typically mild and go away within a few days. 



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<![CDATA[Lane Closures Set for GWB, Bayonne Bridges, Holland Tunnel]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:47:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/george+washington+bridge.jpg

Lane closures will be implemented over the next week at the George Washington and Bayonne bridges, as well as at the Holland Tunnel for ongoing construction or repair projects, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday. 

The closings are as follows:

George Washington Bridge 

The GWB’s lower-level eastbound lanes will close Monday through Thursday (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. the following morning. During these closures, all eastbound traffic will be limited to the bridge’s upper level. These closures are necessary to accommodate an ongoing repair and repaving project. 

Bayonne Bridge 

The bridge is closing from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday to accommodate construction on the “Raise the Roadway” project. The bridge also closes during weekday hours: Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight on Mondays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. On certain weekdays the bridge will open at 4:30 a.m. to provide an alternate route for drivers affected by 4:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. traffic holds on the Goethals Bridge.

For Staten Island residents: Overnight closures of Richmond Terrace between Nicholas Avenue and Morningstar Road will take place Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning, for the next several weeks. During this time, residents will have local access to Newark Avenue and John Street. These closures are required to safely allow for overhead roadway installation. 

Holland Tunnel

One westbound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close during overnight hours on Sunday night through Thursday night (Aug. 28-Sept. 1) from 11:59 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. These closures are necessary for repairs to the tunnel’s air supply ports.



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<![CDATA[Storm Team 4]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:55:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StormTeam4_1B.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Crime and Courts]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel.jpg

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<![CDATA[Police Issue Alert for Missing Autistic Teen]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/192*120/82816missing.jpg

Police issued a missing child alert Saturday for a Bronx boy who has autism and was last seen in Yonkers.

Marc-Anthony Andrade, 14, has been missing since 10 p.m. Friday and may need medical attention, Yonkers police said.

Marc-Anthony was last seen on Palmer Road in Yonkers and was wearing a black T-shirt, light blue basketball shorts and blue flip-flops. He is fascinated by trains, buses and water, police said.

Police reported that he was found Saturday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Junkyard Fire Behind Citi Field Alarms Mets Spectators]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:52:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fire+near+citi+field.jpg

A junkyard fire behind Citi Field caused some alarm for Mets spectators waiting to get into the game Friday evening.

The fire on 38th Avenue and 126th Street in Corona, Queens sent up thick plumes of black smoke, slowing traffic on nearby streets and highways. The smoke could be seen from as far as New Jersey. 

The fire was quickly brought under control.

The city's Office of Emergency Management asked residents to keep their windows closed as a precaution. 

The Mets are playing the Phillies at home Friday night. 


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<![CDATA[Arrested Suspect Steals Unmarked Cop Car, Drives Off: Police]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:10:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stolen-cruiser-0826.jpg

A suspect being cuffed on Long Island early on Friday managed to drive off in an unmarked police car, authorities said.

The suspect had been arrested on drug charges at Washington and Tell avenues in Deer Park and had been put into the back of an unmarked car at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. 

The suspect was able to wriggle his way into the driver's seat somehow and drove off. Authorities said that he drove the stolen cruiser a couple of blocks before abandoning it and running off. A loaded handgun in the cruiser was not taken. 

The suspect, who police said had gang affiliations, was still on the run Friday evening.

Residents living in the area reported seeing heavy police presence in the area after the unusual car theft. 

"It was something out of a movie show, really," said one resident.

Police haven't revealed the identity of the suspect.

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<![CDATA[Whirlpool Recalls Microwaves Due to Fire Hazard]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:31:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/whirlpool+microwave+hood.jpg

Whirlpool is recalling microwave hood combinations after getting five reports of incidents, including a home fire, two fires involving surrounding cabinets, smoke and burning odor.

Customers should immediately stop using the recalled microwaves, unplug the units and contact Whirlpool for a free replacement product. 

The microwaves were sold at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowes, Sears and other stores from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $370 and $470.

For a list of all the recalled microwave hood combinations, click here

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<![CDATA[Teens Lost in NY Park During Hike With Camp Found Safe]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:21:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/boys-safe-rockland-0826.jpg

The two Brooklyn teenagers who were reported missing in a sprawling Hudson Valley state park have been found safe, a day after they were separated from their summer camp group.

Volunteers told NBC 4 New York that the boys, both 16, were brought to safety at about 10 a.m. Friday after spending more than 24 hours lost in the 5,025-acre Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County. They were evaluated at the scene and released to their parents dehydrated but OK, parks officials said. 

Their rescue came hours after the boys encountered another hiker on a trail and used the hiker's phone to call one of their mothers, volunteers said. Search crews used the information to narrow down the boys' location. 

They were part of a large sleepaway group hiking in the park and were reported missing late Thursday when they didn't return to the bus. The two boys stayed behind with only a bottle of water and were dehydrated when they were found, witnesses told The Journal News. 

The camp told NBC 4 New York they were "thanking God (the boys) were found" but declined to give further comment. 

Volunteers from the boys' Brooklyn community turned out in force to search for them Thursday night, but State Police held them at bay until daylight for safety reasons. Authorities canvassed the area overnight, and the search continued into Friday. Aviation units were also called in. 



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<![CDATA[World's Largest Rubber Duck Spotted in New York]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:02:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Big+Duck2.jpg The world's largest rubber duck has been spotted in the Buffalo River. "Mama duck" and her duckling Timmy are in town for the Canalside Maritime Festival this Sunday. The duck towers at a whopping 61 feet above water and weighs about 11 tons. The likely hood of mama duck flying away is slim. The platform she sits on keeps wind and storms from carrying her away.

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<![CDATA[Half-Naked Man Fights Officers, Takes Off in Squad Car: Cops]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:17:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/clifton-car-crash-0826.jpg

A half-naked man fought officers responding to a domestic dispute, stole one of their police cruisers, then crashed it at a New Jersey intersection, authorities said. 

Police in Nutley were met by the irate suspect when they responded to a call at a home there sometime before noon, according to authorities. The man wrestled one of the cops to the ground before hopping in their squad car and taking off. 

The suspect drove into neighboring Clifton, and the vehicle collided with a white SUV at Passaic Avenue near New Jersey Route 3. 

Authorities said that the man then tried to fight with police before being subdued and taken into custody.

His identity, and charges he faces weren't available. 

One officers and two people in the SUV both suffered minor injuries. 

Tony Sanchez saw the chaos unfold. He said the collision sounded like a truck crash and that the suspect was ready to fight with officers who got to the scene.

"He was kicking, he was putting up a fight," he said. 

Nutley Police Commissioner Al Petracco said that he was proud of the officers who took the man into custody. 

"If we're gonna have a safe country and safe community we really need to get behind these police officers cause they really have a tough job today," he said. 

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<![CDATA[Home Invasion Survivor Talks Running for Connecticut Office]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:48:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dr+William+Petit+Today+Show+1200.jpg

Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut, opened up during an exclusive interview with NBC's "Today" show about the decision to run for the state House of Representatives and about moving forward after the tragedy that took his family nine years ago.

Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke Petit, and their two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, were killed during a night of horrors in their home in July 2007. Dealing with the survivor’s guilt will be part of Petit’s life forever, he said when asked.

“It’s packaged up and compartmentalized a little bit,” he said. “It’s sort of like on the top shelf in the closet in a small box and occasionally it comes out and you open the box and have a terrible night or a couple of terrible hours, or a terrible weekend, or whatever the case might be.”

“And then you come to grips and talk to your wife, and you talk to your son, and you talk to your family and your friends and you wrap it up again and you put it back in the closet knowing it’s probably never going to be gone,” Petit said. 

He said the time after the murders was difficult. He was made president of the Petit Family Foundation, which was set up to honor the memory of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela, but getting out of bed was difficult.

“I would basically would be in bed the entire day, then get up, come to the meeting and then, you know, go back to bed,” he said.

It was through that foundation that he met Christine Paluf and they married in 2012Their little boy, William, will be 3 in November. 

Petit, who now lives in Plainville, is running as a Republican.

He has been an outspoken supporter of the death penalty and was critical of the state Supreme Court’s decision to abolish it. But he said his personal tragedy was not the impetus for running. 

“You know, some people still stop and say, ‘I know where you stand. You’re for the death penalty.’ And I say, ‘Well, you know, I’m not really running on the death penalty," he said. "So what’s important to people is the quality of life, the economy, their jobs, their children’s futures.”

During an interview with NBC Connecticut last month, the retired endocrinologist said he wants to see state spending reined in. He said he agrees with the layoffs issued by Gov. Dannel Malloy because benefits like health insurance and pensions have gotten out of control.

The seat Petit is running for is now held by Betty Boukus, a Democrat, who has been in office for more than 20 years.



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<![CDATA[Ex-Navy SEAL Caught in JFK Panic: There Was No Good Plan]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jfk+panic.jpg

Questions continue to mount after a false report of an active shooter led to mass panic and confusion at one of the nation's busiest airport last week.

Local, state and federal officials are reviewing the response to reports of an active shooter at Kennedy Airport's Terminal 8 and Terminal 1 the night of Aug. 14.

Plenty of passengers documented the harrowing experience, including former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb. Webb had just landed at Terminal 1 and gone through customs when half a dozen officers burst in, telling passengers to "run for their lives." 

"They were screaming at people," said Webb. "They said there was an active shooter, run for your lives, shots fired."

Webb recalled the panic that took over the crowd of about 400 people.

"Everyone stormed over the barricades and out onto the tarmac," he said. "Kids were getting trampled, adults were getting separated from their kids."

Webb continued, "It dawned on me they don't have a good plan for dealing with passengers."

New York magazine editor David Wallace Wells concluded as much after the chaotic evacuation.

"I was at the airport for five hours and I didn't have a single encounter with a cop telling me where I should go, or whether or not I should be worried or reassured," he said.

But Kenneth Honig of Critical Incident Management and Training, Inc., has a different view. A former top Port Authority cop who was a commanding officer at JFK, Honig says at least part of the police response was perfect.

"You have seconds. You give direct orders. This is not a situation where the officers are going to be polite," Honig said. "They’re going to bark orders. They’re going to be very demanding. 'Get down. Show me your hands.'”

"I think they responded in the way that they were trained," he added. "They responded effectively. They responded quickly.”

Amid the chaos, Wallace Wells and other witnesses saw TSA agents flee along with frightened passengers. According to a TSA spokeswoman, they acted within protocol.

"Remember, they don't carry guns. They are not officers. They have a right to find protection," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

The I-Team first reported last week that Port Authority police did not have access to live camera feeds at Terminal 8 or any of the terminals at area airports -- an issue the Port Authority police union has raised previously in letters to officials. Police also had no ability to use the public speaker system at the airport to relay important information to passengers.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has demanded a federal investigation into the response at the airport. He spoke exclusively with the I-Team about Homeland Security's findings so far.

"They admit that it was one huge mess," Schumer said. "They admit that things need change and they’re going to get back to us with specifics."

When told of former Port Authority officer Honig's assessment that police did everything by the book, Schumer responded, "Well, let me say, if this went exactly by the book, they better change the book."

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<![CDATA[Find the NBC 4 Treat Truck!]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/treat-truck-talent-crop.jpg

NBC 4 New York is going on the road - and we're bringing ice cream!

Friday afternoons this summer and fall, we'll be in prime locations all over the tri-state area serving up tasty treats and a chance to meet our 4 p.m. news team - Stefan Holt, Natalie Pasquarella and Dave Price. 

Check out the map above for a list of where and when the truck will appear next. 

Visiting the truck? Make sure to take photos and post them on social media with the hashtag #NBC4NY. We may use some of your best pictures on air, online and in the map!


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<![CDATA[Woman in Deadly Zip Line Plunge Had Ride on Bucket List]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Go+Ape+Zip+Line+Facility+Bear+Delaware.jpg The woman who died after a 35-foot fall from a zip line course in Bear Wednesday afternoon disconnected herself from safety measures, according to a statement from the company that runs the course, released as Delaware State Police investigators searched for more information Thursday.
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<![CDATA[Out-of-Control Car Slams into Truck, Nearly Crushing Worker]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:17:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car+v+truck+east+new+york.jpg

A worker was nearly crushed by an out-of-control car as it slammed into the back of a box truck in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon, surveillance video shows. 

The man, who was making deliveries from the truck along with the truck's driver, had just stepped from the sidewalk onto the street on Louisiana Avenue in East New York when a white car came barreling down the road and slammed into the back of the double-parked truck, nearly crushing the worker. 

The startled man jumps out of the path of the vehicle as the truck's driver rushed over, video shows. The two peer into the crashed car, apparently concerned about what they're seeing. 

The truck driver, who identified himself only as Mike, recounted to NBC 4 New York, "I ran to the car, stuck my hand and grabbed the man's hand, told him to hold my hand and squeeze it. Try to keep him awake while I was on the phone with emergency services."

Neighbor Olu Osendevor said he was driving behind the white car and saw the accident. He jumped out to try to help the driver.

"I actually talked to him. He said he couldn't breathe, but he was still talking. He was still talking, he was conscious and breathing. He was talking, but it looked bad," said Osendevor. 

Police say the driver suffered head trauma from slamming his head into the metal lift jutting out from behind the truck. 

There was little anyone could do until firefighters got to the scene and cut the roof off the car to extricate the man and put him in an ambulance. The driver was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.  

Mike was still reeling from his own near-miss.

"I'm lucky I wasn't still standing there, because we just walked away from the truck," he said. "But I'm not even thinking about that. I just hope he survives." 

It's not clear what caused the driver to lose control. Police are investigating the crash. 

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park to Begin Tracking Visitors' Mobile Data]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:41:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BryantPark9.1.jpg

Your next trip to Bryant Park is about to be big data. 

The Bryant Park Corporation, which manages the iconic city-owned park in midtown Manhattan, announced on Wednesday that it was partnering with data firm PlaceIQ to track anonymous data from mobile phone users in the public space.

Bryant Park Corporation said in a news release that the move is aimed at improving sponsorships, programs, events and staffing at the popular park. Daniel A. Biederman, the non-profit's president, said that it would help them create new programs similar to its morning yoga, summer movies, ice skating in the winter and cultural performances.

"As the volume of visitors to Bryant Park continues to grow, we remain committed to providing a park experience that appeals to everyone," said Biederman. "PlaceIQ's ability to use location data for insights into demographics can inform decisions about future programs and activities that appeal to all."

The partnership has already gleaned some interesting data about the park. PlaceIQ found that 19 percent of visitors live in Manhattan, while another 65 percent who visit the park come from other boroughs. The remaining 16 percent of visitors come from outside the city. 

The company says that visitors are typically between 25 and 44 and are are twice as likely to bank at Bank of America as others. They're also 50 percent more likely to visit Macy's and twice as likely to go to PetsMart.

The company was also able to glean data about visitors' jobs: 16 percent worked in management, 9 percent were in business or finance, 8 percent had sales jobs, 4 percent had careers in arts and entertainment, and 1 percent worked in legal professions.



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<![CDATA[2 Families Displaced in Queens Fire: FDNY]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:59:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/glendale+fire+queens.jpg

A fire in Queens has displaced two families, officials say.

Flames tore through multiple apartments at 69-01 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale Thursday night, according to fire officials. 

The fire started in the basement and quickly spread to the first and second floors. 

No residents were hurt, but two firefighters sustained minor injuries. 

Authorities are investigating a cause. 



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<![CDATA[NBC 4 Treat Truck Beats the Heat in NJ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*213/treattruckview.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[$2.3 Million in Heroin Seized From Tractor-Trailer in NY]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:35:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/heroinbustfeuerherd.jpg

Two men were arrested after authorities say they found more than 65 pounds (at least 30 kilograms) of heroin hidden in the axle of a truck's trailer that the suspects allegedly intended to sell for up to $2.3 million to distributors in New York City, Long Island and across the northeast. 

The arrests of alleged narcotics traffickers Fernando Quiles, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jorge Ayala, of Greenwich, Connecticut, stem from a three-month wiretap investigation by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Investigators Unit and agents from the DEA’s Long Island District Office Task Force. 

During the course of that investigation, prosecutors say detectives learned Quiles received tractor-trailer shipments of narcotics from a Mexican-based organization. Those shipments crossed the Texas border and made their way into the New York City area, where Quiles and Ayala allegedly coordinated distribution. 

The two men were arrested Tuesday near a large single-family home on a private wooded lot in Croton-on-Hudson in northern Westchester County. Prosecutors allege the suspect recently rented the house for the sole purpose of using it as a location to park a tractor-trailer and to stash drugs. 

The heroin was recovered from the truck Wednesday as investigators executed a search warrant. 

Bridget Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, said that it took 18 hours to find the drugs using sophisticated equipment.

"Very likely they were able to roll over the border crossing without detectin," she said.

In the weeks leading up to the arrests, investigators and agents conducted physical surveillance and intercepted phone calls pursuant to a court order. Investigators and agents determined that the suspects were about to receive a large load of heroin via tractor-trailer. 

In a phone call between Quiles and Ayala Aug. 13, Quiles stated that he needed a place to park a “trailer for at least one day,” prosecutors say. A week later, Quiles used coded language as he told an associate that the narcotics shipment was due to arrive and that he would “take it out on Tuesday and take it to its destination ... in case it has a tail somewhere,” according to authorities familiar with the case. 

Quiles was in New York City at the time of these calls. 

In another conversation, he allegedly talked about wholesale heroin prices and indicated each kilogram could sell for $56,000 or $57,000. The amount of heroin recovered from the truck would have yielded well more than half a million individual doses, prosecutors say. 

On Aug. 23, Quiles and Ayala met at the alleged stash house and spoke to an individual identified as a truck driver by phone, directing the driver to come to the house. Shortly thereafter, agents and investigators observed a tractor-trailer arrive at the location, at which point the trailer was detached from the rest of the truck and left on the property. 

Agents and investigators stopped Ayala after he drove away in a car. A search of the car yielded plastic-sealing equipment, plastic packaging materials, keys and a garage opener for the home, along with a device for opening the trailer. There was no furniture in the home, according to prosecutors, just a narcotics ledger book, tools, a scale and packaging materials. 

Both men face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and criminally using drug paraphernalia, among other crimes. They were arraigned Wednesday night and ordered held without bail. 

Information on attorneys for the men wasn't immediately available.



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<![CDATA[American Airlines to Add Westchester-Miami Flights]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:48:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/185*120/americanairlinesfeuerherd.jpg

Flights from Westchester County Airport to Miami International Airport will take off in December, a Westchester County spokesperson told NBC 4 New York.

American Airlines plans to run two non-stop flights to Miami daily, the spokesperson said.

“We view it as very positive for a lot of reasons. It’s more service to more locations in newer, more fuel efficient, less noisy planes and it’s still working within the constraints we’ve had at the airport," Ned McCormack, spokesman for County Executive Rob Astorino told The Journal News. "This is the kind of balanced growth we like.”

The paper also reported that the flights will depart Westchester at 7 a.m. and 1:59 p.m. daily. 



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