<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:39:08 -0400 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:39:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['My Heart Is Ripped Out': Mom of Girl Killed by SUV Grieves]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/girl+killed+suv.jpg

The mother of an 8-year-old girl struck and killed by an SUV while crossing the street near her home in Brooklyn says she has been "ripped from my head to my foot" by the death of her baby girl.

"I'm empty. My heart is ripped out," said Claire Williams, a mother of three. "I don't have any being left in my body and I'm crying out for someone to hear."

Her youngest daughter, Jadann Williams, was killed by a Toyota SUV while crossing East 22nd Street mid-block near Ditmas Avenue in Flatbush around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The little girl lived on the cul-de-sac. Responding emergency officers found her lying in the road with severe head trauma. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Her mother says she has all her daughter's school supplies prepared to return to class; it's difficult to imagine she won't be returning.

"Dear God I'm asking for someone to just help me because I need this help because my baby girl has been taken away from me," Claire Williams said. "Ripped from out under me. I cannot believe it."

The 35-year-old driver of the SUV stayed at the scene. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police said a 25-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood was arrested on an assault charge for attacking the driver after the fatal crash. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, a burgeoning memorial grows on the street for Jadann Williams. As the neighborhood leaves messages of comfort and symbols of prayer, the flickering candles remind Claire Williams of her little angel who lit up the close-knit community.

"This little girl ... full of life this little girl. She was everything," her heartbroken mother said. "She was so beautiful. She comes around she put a smile on everyone's face. She was vibrant. The other day she say to me, 'Mom, do you know I'm going to be a star?'"

Despite the street being a dead-end, neighbor and family friend Tanisha Brown said vehicles constantly speed through.

"We've been asking for a speed bump on this block, and this is what is has come to?" said Brown.

The Department of Transportation says it will review the street for possible safety improvements.

Brown said children who live on the block play on the dead-end street because there's no other place to go.

"They all play together. There's so many kids on this block that ride their bike up and down," said Brown, who said her children are best friends with Jadann Williams.

Jadann Williams was the baby of the family and a talented young basketball player, according to Brown.

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<![CDATA[Person of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting in Gym Parking Lot: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:29:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bk+parking+lot+homicide.jpg

Police are looking to question a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man outside a Brooklyn gym last week.

Justin Johnson was shot during a fight around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Pacplex, a gym located at 1500 Paerdegat Avenue in Canarsie, the NYPD said.

He was taken to Brookdale Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and pronounced dead.

A 30-year-old man was also shot in the left shoulder in the shooting. He was taken to Kingsbrook Medical Center in stable condition.

Police released surveillance video of a person of interest in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Brutal Rape in Which Woman Lost Teeth: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:45:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/prospect+heights+rape.jpg


Police have arrested a 28-year-old man in a brutal rape at gunpoint in which two of the victim’s teeth were knocked out last week in Brooklyn.


Kareem David was charged with rape and assault for raping a 52-year-old woman on Aug. 17, the NYPD said.

The victim was on Putnam Avenue at about 3 a.m. when the suspect ordered her to follow him, threatening to shoot her if she didn’t, according to police.

The woman followed him to a building on Lefferts Place, where he attacked her and shoved his fingers down her throat, police said.

He then removed her underwear and raped her near an outside staircase leading to a basement, knocking out two of her teeth in the process, according to cops.

She was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear if David had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Woman Walking Dog Hit by Car Police Were Pursuing]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+with+dog+struck.jpg

A 79-year-old woman walking her dog was seriously injured when she was struck by a car police were chasing Thursday in New Jersey, authorities said.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, a gold 2002 Nissan Sentra jumped a curb and hit the woman just before noon near Branch Brook Park in Newark. The car also struck a Mercury Sable, injuring a driver and passenger.

All three were taken to a nearby hospital, where the woman remains in serious condition, prosecutors said. The others had less serious injuries. The woman's dog is also said to have survived.

Mike Wiston, who saw the aftermath of the crash from his apartment, said he recognized the woman from the neighborhood.

"Every time I ran into her I either saw her with a shopping cart or with her dog in a stroller and she used to walk with that support," Wiston told NBC 4 New York. "The driver should have stopped for her because she had a walking problem, she wouldn't have been able to run even if she saw the car coming."

Authorities have not released the names of anyone involved or any information regarding what sparked the police chase.

The 20-year-old driver of the Nissan is in police custody but has yet to be charged, officials said.

<![CDATA[ISIS Terrorist Allegedly Recruiting NY Plotters Believed Killed ]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:01:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

An overseas ISIS terror leader who allegedly tried to recruit attackers in New York, New Jersey and several other states through use of social media is believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike, security officials told NBC Thursday.

Junaid Hussain, better known as Abu Hussain al-Britani, is believed to have used Twitter and other online media platforms to encourage attacks against the U.S. Senior U.S. officials have said several ISIS suspects arrested this summer in the tri-state area are believed to have been influenced by al-Britani.

A spokesman at the Pentagon declined to confirm al-Britani had been killed in a U.S. airstrike. But officials familiar with the matter tell NBC they believe al-Britani had been killed on Tuesday near Raqqa, Syria, but additional confirmation is still needed.

Al-Britani allegedly cheered the attempted terror attack in Garland, Texas in May and also may have used social media to influence a would-be knife attacker in Boston in June.

Officials have also linked him to a group of ISIS hackers who broke into U.S. military social media accounts earlier this year. News of al-Britani’s death was first reported by the BBC.

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<![CDATA[Subway Platform Fire Causes Delays on N, Q and R Lines]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:06:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/q+train.jpg

A subway platform fire in Chinatown caused train delays on the N, Q and R lines Thursday evening.

The fire started around 5:30 p.m. on a southbound platform at Broadway and Canal Street and was quickly brought under control, the FDNY said.

Southbound delays affected rush hour commutes on all three lines.

Normal service has since resumed.

<![CDATA[Feds: Arizona Man Helped Student Get Islamic State Training]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:16:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

An Arizona man was indicted Thursday for helping a New York City college student obtain ISIS training in Syria.

Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, also known as Jammie Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was arrested on Monday.

Court records charge that El Gammel began communicating through social media with the unnamed 24-year-old college student in August 2014. The pair eventually met in Manhattan in October 2014 to make plans for the student’s travel to the Middle East.

The student traveled to Turkey in January 2015, and received training from ISIS in Syria between February and May 2015.

“This is another example of how social media is utilized for nefarious and criminal purposes around the world,” said Diego G. Rodriguez, assistant director of the FBI’s New York Field Office. 

El Gammal appeared in federal court in Arizona this week. The case has since been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York.

Information on an attorney for Gammal was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Raging Fire Consumes Penthouse in Manhattan]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:33:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penthouse+fire+nyc.jpg

Authorities responded to a raging blaze that consumed a Manhattan penthouse Thursday, causing part of it to collapse and leaving behind charred wreckage.

Chopper 4 showed firefighters crawling over the scene at the rooftop on East 13th Street around 4 p.m. Images on social media showed bright orange flames leaping through the structure. 

The blaze was brought under control just after 4:30 p.m., fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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<![CDATA[NJ Doctor Accused of Biting, Groping Employees, Patient]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Raja+Jagtiani.jpg

A New Jersey doctor faces a bevy of charges for allegedly groping at least four employees and a patient, biting one of them on the cheek, authorities said Thursday.

An employee of 54-year-old Raja Jagtiani, a married licensed physician in Bergenfield, told police the doctor touched her breast and bit her cheek while she was working with him one day in July.

Authorities launched an investigation and identified several other alleged victims, including current and former employees and one patient.

Jagtiani, of Dumont, was arrested Tuesday on multiple counts of criminal sexual contact and harassment by offensive touching. He was also charged with one count of simple assault.

Information on an attorney for Jagtiani wasn't immediately available.

According to an online profile, Jagtiani has nearly three decades of experience and won a Patient's Choice Award from Vitals in 2012. The annual award goes to just 5 percent of the nation's active physicians.

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<![CDATA[Murphy Leads Mets to Sweep of Phillies, 9-5 in 13 Innings ]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mets+082715.jpg

Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 13th inning after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading the New York Mets to their seventh straight victory, 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

Reliever Carlos Torres led off the 13th with a single to center, went to second on Curtis Granderson's single to left and they both scored on Murphy's opposite-field hit off Hector Neris (2-2). Helped by two errors by Neris, the Mets scored two more runs in the inning.

Murphy sent the game to the 11th with a tremendous defensive play. Jeff Francoeur's hard liner deflected off Torres' leg toward first base. Murphy made a diving stop before flipping a no-look toss toward the bag that was caught by hustling Torres, who beat Francoeur by a half-step.

Torres (5-5) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Travis d'Arnaud homered for the Mets, who thrilled the large contingent of New York fans by sweeping the four-game series to give them nine straight wins over Philadelphia. New York remained 6 1-2 games ahead of Washington, a 4-2 winner over San Diego, in the NL East.

New York has averaged 10.4 runs during their winning streak.

Darin Ruf went deep for the Phillies, who have dropped 12 of 13 to the Mets this year and 29 of the last 36.

The game took 4 hours, 32 minutes.

Philadelphia had a chance to win it in the 12th, but third baseman David Wright made an excellent defensive play on Andres Blanco's chopper with two outs and Cesar Hernandez coming home from third. Wright charged the ball, fielded it on a short hop and then gunned down Blanco to keep the Mets' hopes alive.

Five Mets relievers pitched seven scoreless innings.

The Phillies scored five runs in the third to open the game's scoring.

Francoeur's two-run single and Ruf's opposite-field shot off Jonathon Niese highlighted the inning. Niese entered 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his last seven games against the Phillies, but he got a no-decision after allowing five runs and five hits in six innings.

But the Mets came back with two runs in the fourth on d'Arnaud's opposite-field drive before tying the game in the fifth on Cespedes' two-run homer to right and Johnson's solo shot to right. All three homers came off Aaron Harang, who gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings. Harang entered tied for the most losses in baseball with 14.

It was the sixth homer in seven games for Cespedes, who tied his career-high with his 26th of the season. He has 15 RBIs in the last seven games and is batting .303 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs with the Mets since they acquired him from Detroit on July 31.

The Mets set a franchise record for homers in a month with 43.

In the second inning, a woman sitting five rows off the field was hit in the forehead by a foul ball off the bat of Freddy Galvis of the Phillies. The team said she was evaluated and didn't need to go to a hospital.

Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the game and said there was a chance that extra safety nets could be put up around the majors as early as next season.


Phillies: Catching prospect Jorge Alfaro singled and caught three innings in a rehab start for the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday. One of the prospects acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade, Alfaro had been sidelined since June 11 with a left ankle injury. . LHP Elvis Araujo left with a left groin strain after throwing one pitch to Cespedes, the second batter he faced, in the 11th.


Mets: New York opens a three-game home series against Boston on Friday night with RHP Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.57) facing Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50). Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA in his last 7 starts at Citi Field dating to June 16.

Phillies: Rookie RHP Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) takes the mound for Philadelphia in the first of a three-game home series against San Diego on Friday night. Nola pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three hits, in his last start in Sunday's 2-0 win at Miami. RHP Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) starts for the Padres.

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<![CDATA[The Death of Eric Garner]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:48:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/eric+garner+death+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Search of Sunken Fishing Trawler for Missing Captain Suspended]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:33:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sandy+hook+boat+bay.jpg

Divers suspended their search of the wreckage of a sunken fishing vessel for signs of its missing captain Thursday afternoon but planned to return to the location Friday, authorities said.

Crews are waiting until slack tide -- a time when the water is coolest -- to raise the boat "El Jefe" from the waters of Sandy Hook Channel. They say it may be several days before the boat can be brought to the surface.

Authorities have been looking for the ship's captain, Tom Anderson, since getting reports two days ago that his boat was sinking near the Sandy Hook peninsula.

The boat was located Wednesday morning, but efforts to search it were called off because of dangerous currents.

Searchers began combing the water for the boat after getting a report of a distressed boat taking on water on Monday afternoon. Two young fishermen told NBC 4 New York that they saw the boat sinking, but there was nothing they could do.

The Belford Seafood Co-Op said in a Facebook post Tuesday night that Anderson had been docking his boat there recently and was thought to be on the ship alone when it began to sink.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Tom Anderson tonight," the market said in the post.

The area is a shipping channel, and the depth average is about 50 feet. Because it's a channel, the water can go from four feet to 60 feet in a short distance, authorities said.

<![CDATA['Blue House' in New Jersey Upsets Sleepless Neighbors]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:25:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blue+house+margate+zoltak.jpg

One New Jersey man's idea of art has some of his neighbors feeling blue.

Jack Zoltak bathes his house on North Haverford Avenue in Margate, New Jersey, in blue every night, using an extensive light display. Some say the lights are making it hard to sleep, in addition to attracting some unwanted attention and traffic.

"Some people could say it looks like a bordello," said neighbor Larry Frankel.

When the sun goes down, the lights come on at the elaborately decorated home, known locally as "The Blue House," but not everyone's a fan.

"I just think it's over the top and a little bit outrageous," Frankel added.

Zoltak has been adding to the display over the past few years, but the home was only recently thrown into the spotlight when some neighbors voiced their displeasure, including at least one who said he's been unable to sell his house because of the spectacle.

Another resident, Robin Levine, added, "Some of the other neighbors can see the lights shining into their homes. It’s been attracting a lot of people.”

The uptick in traffic creates "an intrusion into the neighborhood," according to neighbor Ralph Meshon. But Zoltak sees it a bit differently.

“I don’t know what they’re complaining about," Zoltak added. “The lights don’t even go anywhere. They’re just on my house. And they’re on timers. They go off at 1:30 a.m.”

Because Margate has no current laws regulating residential lighting, the city can't offer any solution right now. Margate City Commissioner John Amodeo said, "We’re studying other ordinances in other communities that might have been faced with this same scenario to see what the proper thing to do is to help the neighborhood."

Zoltak added that many people tell him they appreciate what he's done, but it's clear that not everyone in town is glowing about his surging creativity.

<![CDATA[Drunk Driver Runs Red Light, Crashes Into Cop Car: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd+generic+resizzed.jpg

An intoxicated man crashed into a police cruiser after running a red light and losing control of his car Wednesday night in Queens, police said.

The man, who was unidentified, was driving on 133rd Street when he ran a red light to go eastbound on Liberty Avenue around 9:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.

He lost control of his car and ended up facing southbound on the eastbound lanes of Liberty Avenue, police said.

When an NYPD patrol car pulled up to the passenger side of the suspect’s car, the suspect tried to get away, but instead allegedly backed into the patrol car. He then drove forward and hit a parked tow truck. Both the patrol car and the tow truck sustained minor damage.

One officer was taken to Booth Memorial hospital for evaluation.

The suspect was arrested and charges are pending.

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<![CDATA[YouTube Sells Ads on Videos That Teach how to Hack Webcams]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:44:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/youtube+hack.jpg

YouTube attaches advertising to millions of videos, but the company is drawing criticism for monetizing a subset of videos that give step-by-step instructions on hacking into webcams in strangers’ homes, an I-Team investigation has found.

The I-Team found dozens of "how-to" hacker videos on YouTube with embedded advertisements from companies including Disney, American Express and major auto makers.

Some of the video tutorials teach people techniques to “slave” computers by infecting them with malware. Other videos show young women who apparently have no idea they’re being watched by remote hackers through their laptop cameras.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, said the company prohibits posting of videos that offer instructions on hacking webcams with malicious intent. The company said such videos are removed when users raise concerns.

"YouTube has clear policies that outline what content is acceptable to post, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users,” a YouTube spokeswoman told the I-Team in an email.

Some cyber safety advocates are urging Google and YouTube to do more.

“We’d like to see more concern from Google about the safety and well-being of YouTube users,” said Adam Benson, communications director for Digital Citizens Alliance, a nonprofit cybersecurity watchdog.

Benson said Google should use its own employees to search for and remove problem content, instead of relying on web surfers to flag the webcam hacking videos.

“Our feeling is that this is an area where a human team can be very helpful in rooting out some of these bad videos and making sure that advertising is not showing up next to videos of young girls and women being exploited,” Benson said.

Earlier this summer, Digital Citizens Alliance published a report estimating more than a third of YouTube videos that teach how to “slave” strangers’ computers are supported by corporate advertising.

There is no indication corporate sponsors are aware their advertisements are being assigned to webcam hacking tutorials. Companies have little control over where their ads land on YouTube because they are generally assigned to videos based on the computer user’s browsing history.

The I-Team reached out to American Express and Disney about their ads appearing alongside the hacker videos.

Disney issued a statement saying, “The placement resulted from limitations in Google's algorithm for programmatic advertising and once we became aware of the matter we contacted Google to remove the ad and have asked them to take additional steps to ensure this doesn’t occur in the future.”

American Express did not respond to the I-Team’s inquiry.

The most popular way hackers gain control of strangers’ webcams is by enticing them to download files that contain malware known as Remote Access Trojans, or RATs.

Georgia Weidman, a self-described “ethical hacker” who helped with the Digital Citizens Alliance report, said the best RATs take control over a computer or phone without the owner having any idea.

"In very sophisticated trojans there would be no reason for the end user to suspect anything was wrong with their computer,” Weidman said. “They wouldn't see the light coming on -- on their camera -- when they're being watched."

YouTube has argued the company’s process for removing questionable videos represents a gold standard in policing content, but with 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, it is not possible to catch every improper video before it goes online.

The company also criticized the Digital Citizens Alliance, suggesting the nonprofit is more interested in damaging Google’s reputation than real consumer advocacy. Media reports have linked Digital Citizens Alliance with the Motion Picture Association of America, which has an ongoing feud with Google over Internet piracy.

“While we take feedback very seriously, legal documents and news reports establish that the movie industry spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund, coordinate, and heavily publicize the efforts of this fake consumer organization,” the YouTube statement said.

Benson denied the nonprofit group has had direct contributions from the MPAA, saying the organization has received support from companies in many fields including “the creative industry.”

“It’s unfortunate that Google spends its time pointing fingers when it should focus on making the Internet a safer place,” Benson said.

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<![CDATA[80 Firefighters Called to Three-Alarm Blaze in NJ: Officials]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:12:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/plainfield+fire+web.jpg

It took 80 firefighters to put out a three-alarm blaze that engulfed one home and extended to two others early Thursday in New Jersey.

The fire started at a home on East Second Street in Plainfield and spread to two neighboring homes, said Acting Fire Chief Jeffrey Courtney.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the three homes. The building where the fire started partially collapsed.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were in the homes at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[2 New Cases of Legionnaires' Surface: NYC Officials]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/deisease.jpg

Two new cases of Legionnaires' disease have surfaced in New York City, health officials said Wednesday.

One patient is a 77-year-old woman from East Orange, New Jersey. Health officials said the case is not connected to the  recent Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the south Bronx that sickened more than 120 people, killing 12 of them.

Information about the condition of the woman wasn't available.

City health department officials confirmed that two people are being treated for the disease at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Information about the second patient wasn't available.

Mayor de Blasio and city health officials have said that the outbreak "has been contained." There had not been a new case since August 3rd.

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

<![CDATA[Girl, 8, Killed by SUV While Crossing Street Near Home]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:01:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bk+girl+struck+killed.jpg

An 8-year-old girl was struck and killed by an SUV while crossing the street near her home in Brooklyn Wednesday, authorities say. 

The girl, identified as Jadann Williams, was hit by the Toyota SUV as she was crossing East 22nd Street mid-block near Ditmas Avenue in Flatbush at about 5 p.m., police said.

Williams lived on the cul-de-sac. 

Responding emergency officers found the girl lying in the road with severe head trauma. She was taken to Kings County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. 

The 35-year-old driver of the SUV stayed at the scene. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police said a 25-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood was arrested on an assault charge for attacking the driver after the fatal crash. 

Despite the street being a dead-end, neighbor and family friend Tanisha Brown said vehicles constantly speed through.

"We've been asking for a speed bump on this block, and this is what is has come to?" said Brown. 

The Department of Transportation says it will review the street for possible safety improvements. 

Another neighbor who only gave his first name as Campbell said he's an EMT and a nurse at a nursing home. He said he performed CPR on the girl with the assistance of other nurses from a nearby nursing home as they waited for the ambulance. She was breathing before medics took her to the hospital. 

Both neighbors said they felt the ambulance took too long to arrive. The FDNY said EMS responded within minutes. 

Brown said children who live on the block play on the dead-end street because there's no other place to go.

"They all play together. There's so many kids on this block that ride their bike up and down," said Brown, who said her children are best friends with Jadann. 

Jadann was the baby of the family and a talented young basketball player, according to Brown. 

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<![CDATA[2 Men Stole Laptops, Electronics From 13 Manhattan Businesses: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:40:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mn+burglary+pattern.jpg

Police are looking for two men in connection with at least 13 robberies in Manhattan.

The men are suspected of taking laptops and other assorted electronics from several businesses between May 7 and Aug 24, the NYPD said.

Out of the 13 robberies, 12 happened in midtown. One happened on the Upper West Side. All were in the late afternoon to evening hours. 

Police released surveillance video of the men and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Times Square Live Cam]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:22:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Times-Square-Snow0212.jpg

See live video streaming from Times Square. 

<![CDATA[Woman Attacks Subway Rider Leaning on Her: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:10:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+scratch+suspect.jpg

A woman sitting on the A train snapped at a fellow subway rider, apparently bothered that she was leaning on her, then attacked her when she began recording her on her cellphone, police said.

The woman is being sought by police in the attack on the southbound A train near Prospect Heights just after 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. 

Police said the suspect told the 30-year-old woman sitting next to her to stop leaning on her, and when the seated neighbor began to record the woman on her cellphone, the woman punched and scratched her face and arm, police said. 

The victim left the train and her alleged attacker stayed on the train, police said. The victim turned down medical attention.

The suspect, pictured above, is described as about 25 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 120 pounds.

This was the second time in as many weeks that police have announced an investigation into a subway rider attacking a fellow straphanger over personal space. Last week, the NYPD said it was looking for a woman who scratched and bit another rider on the F train in Queens when she was asked to move her bag from a seat. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[9/11 Families Want Victims' Remains Moved After Leak Report]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:40:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/slurry+wall.jpg

Families of victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are calling for the remains housed under the World Trade Center to be moved amid reports of possible leaks in a slurry wall that keeps the waters of the Hudson River from flowing into the complex.

The families said in a statement they want the remains to be moved from a below-ground area at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum to an above-ground tomb after DNAinfo reported that an underground leak had been discovered in the massive 4-foot-thick wall.

"It is very upsetting for families to think that their loved ones' remains would be the first items lost in the basement of the museum if water was to gush into the site,” the families said in the statement. “These remain fragments are so fragile that if they are damaged or lost, they are gone forever."

DNAinfo reported that engineers began investigating the integrity of the wall after Port Authority workers began to hear the sound of rushing water in the lower concourses of the complex in the last two weeks. 

The Port Authority, however, told NBC 4 New York on Wednesday that it routinely inspects the slurry wall, and that no leaks were found in an examination a few days ago.

A spokesman for the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum also said there was no evidence of a leak in the slurry wall.

The slurry wall was built around the World Trade Center site in the 1960s, before the original office complex was constructed. It is credited with holding back water from seeping into ground zero after the towers fell.

A portion of the retaining wall can be seen in the Sept. 11 Museum.

Photo Credit: National September 11 Memorial Museum/Jin Lee]]>
<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot at Brooklyn Public Housing Complex: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:20:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A 36-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday night in a Brooklyn public housing complex, according to police.

Darnell Warren was found unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the back around 10 p.m. at the Nostrand Houses in Sheepshead Bay, the NYPD said.

He was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made and police are investigating.

<![CDATA[Cops Search for Women in New Jersey Purse Snatchings]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/purse+snatching+spree.jpg

Police are looking for at least three women they say were caught on camera stealing purses from customers at New Jersey stores.

The first alleged robbery happened on Aug. 20 at a Foodtown grocery store in Cedar Grove where police say a younger woman snatched a customer’s purse, then joined an older woman pushing a toddler in a grocery cart before fleeing.

The women then used the credit cards they found in the stolen purse to go on a shopping spree, according to police.

The next day, one of the women allegedly struck again. Police say the same young woman was caught on camera taking another purse from a shopping cart, but another customer was able to grab the purse from her as she was running out of the store.

At the same time, another woman walked out of the store with a shopping cart full of items she didn’t pay for, police said. They believe the accomplice in this robbery is different from the older woman in the first robbery.

Cedar Grove resident Karen Loma is always on guard when she’s shopping.

“I always keep my pocket book on my shoulder and I always try to keep it close to my body,” she said.

Former Foodtown employee Ellen Morgan says leaving a purse in a shopping cart can be tempting, but dangerous.

“It happens in an instant,” she said.

Police are looking for the women seen in the surveillance video above. Anyone with information is asked to call Cedar Grove Detective Michael Tower at 973-239-4100 or Paramus Detective Dmitriy Mazur at (201) 262-3400 ext. 1419.

<![CDATA[Kayakers Encounter Dangerous Reptile in NY: Officials]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:37:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dangerous+reptile.jpg

A kayaker and his son encountered an unlikely danger while fishing in a stream in Long Island last weekend: an alligator snapping turtle.

The reptile is found primarily in a region spanning eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle, said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The presence of the turtle in local waters is likely the result of someone bringing it to Long Island and dumping it into the stream, Gross said Wednesday, adding that it is illegal to own such a reptile.

The kayakers found the turtle in a stream in Smithtown, near a location where people walk into the water to launch canoes and kayaks.

The reptile's jaws are powerful enough to bite off the toes or part of a foot of anyone who ventures too close, Gross said.

Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in North America and weigh about 175 pounds when fully grown.

Photo Credit: Handout]]>
<![CDATA[Times Square Tip-Seekers Spark Beefed-Up Cop Patrols]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:47:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/TLMD-mujeres-hacen-topless-times-square-3.JPG

Complaints about costumed crime fighters and topless women in Times Square are prompting the New York Police Department to create a new unit to patrol the famed tourist destination.

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said Wednesday officials will recruit 50 additional officers to patrol the Crossroads of the World, bringing the number there to 100 by this fall. Officers assigned to the new unit will work regular shifts and the same posts at the famed intersection to put peoples' minds at ease, he said.

Crime is low in Times Square. But several people have complained that characters dressed like the Hulk and Spiderman and women in body paint and thongs are too aggressive in seeking cash tips in exchange for posing for photos.

A multiagency task force is looking into ways to address the issue. The solution is complicated by the fact that public toplessness and panhandling are legal in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio has even suggested eliminating the pedestrian plaza at Times Square where the cartoon characters and topless women mingle with throngs of tourists.

Bare-chested women and men held a rally in midtown Manhattan Sunday to express their opposition to critics who complain about the presence of topless tip-seekers in Times Square.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in Brooklyn Rape Attempt]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:30:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/191*120/82615rape.jpg

New York City police are asking for the public's help to locate a suspect in connection with an attempted rape that occurred in Brooklyn.

The suspect, a thin man with dark, shoulder-length hair, is seen in a surveillance video grabbing a woman from behind and attempting to kiss her neck. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was walking in the vicinity of 74th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst when the incident occurred, police said.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or its website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. 

<![CDATA[Bear Family in Viral Backyard Pool Video Returns to NJ Nabe]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:13:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bear+family+back.jpg

The family of bears that went viral when the group was captured on video playing in a backyard kiddie pool in New Jersey last week has again been spotted in the neighborhood. 

David Horowitz, who lives down the street from the northern New Jersey home where the bears were seen splashing in the above-ground pool, playing with kids' floats and toys, snapped images of the mama bear and her cups Tuesday.

The photos show the bears traipsing around front lawns and rummaging through garbage after apparently knocking over trash and recycling pails in the street.

Tim Basso, who captured the video of the bears in his family's pool, told NBC 4 New York last week they were fun to watch but also cause for concern.

"I don't want to turn my back for too long on my kids if they're playing in the backyard," Basso said.

Photo Credit: David Horowitz]]>
<![CDATA[Kayaker Rescued from Hudson River]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:13:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kayaker2.jpg Chopper 4 was over the Hudson River near Pier 40 as the FDNY rescued a kakayer in the water. A person in a rowboat assisted the kayaker while waiting for FDNY to arrive.]]> <![CDATA[Student-Designed Stackable Urban Home Going to Competition]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:33:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/college+design+apt+of+future.jpg

For a glimpse at what homes might look like in an environmentally conscious future, just head to the end of the pier at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where workers are hustling to add the finishing touches to a solar home designed to fit neatly into the dense urban landscape of New York City.

The DURA house -- which stands for "diverse, urban, resilient, adaptable" -- is an open-concept one-bedroom with features that make it a net-zero, weather-resistant living space. It's impressive by any architect's standards -- but this home just happened to be designed by undergraduate students at New York City College of Technology.

"To go from having to draw it to seeing it live is an amazing experience for them," says Alexander Aptekar, the City Tech professor overseeing the project.

Nearly 60 students have worked to finish this two-year project that will compete worldwide as one of 20 student teams in the Solar Decathalon. In early September, they will disassemble their modular home into three parts, which will then ship to Irvine, California for judging.

Amid the whirling drills and pounding hammers, NBC 4 New York stepped inside for a tour with Chantal Manning, a recent graduate from Brooklyn who was part of the original design team. She stressed the blueprint evolved around the concept of creating a home that could withstand a superstorm.

"We were devastated by Hurricane Sandy," said Manning. "If we're going to design something, we want to make sure it's going to be resilient against future storming and weathering."

To accomplish this, they designed a stackable unit that includes features like three layers of breathable membrane and air-tight sealing. They have tested it with blowers and so far are satisfied with the results. Of course ultimately a judge of the competition will determine if they succeeded.

But they are looking beyond winning a competition, intent on winning over Mayor de Blasio with their concept.

"We really thought about something that's authentic for New York City," said Manning. "We want to make sure we're improving the lifestyle of people who live here and we want to make sure we're doing it in a sustainable way."

The DURA house is fully sustainable and net-zero, powered by solar panels. The students relied on donations of materials from suppliers around the globe to build the house, which at last estimate holds a value of $260,000 to $300,000.

"Best case, the city says great design, we want to build a whole complex of these in Brookyln, in Manhattan," said Manning.

Ultimately, they intend to donate this house to someone who needs it, like a disabled veteran. They'd also like to see this house return to Brooklyn, where they can evaluate their work -- and maybe even admire it, too.

<![CDATA[Woman Punches Woman After Fight on Plane at JFK: Cops]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jetnlueplane.jpg

Two women are facing charges after they got in a fight while preparing to get off of a plane that had landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning, authorities say.

JetBlue flight 960 had just landed at the airport and passengers were preparing to get off of the plane when the pair got in the fight, authorities say. A spokesman for the Port Authority said that one woman, 61, tried to climb over the other woman, 62, and was pushed off.

After she was pushed, the 61-year-old punched the other woman in the face, authorities say. She then pulled out an eyebrow razor and slashed at a man trying to stop the fight, scratching him.

Then, authorities say, the other woman pulled a can of pepper spray from her pocketbook and sprayed the other woman.

Police responded and took the 61-year-old into custody on assault charges. The 62-year-old, meanwhile, was issued a summons for unlawful possession of mace.

Six people were treated at the scene for exposure to the pepper spray; one was later taken to the hospital. The man who tried to break up the fight was also taken to the hospital.

One of the women is from New Jersey and the other one is from Brooklyn, police say.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Cases of Granola Bars Recalled Nationwide]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:26:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gluten+free+granola+chip+bars.jpg

A company that distributes gluten-free products in more than 50 countries around the world is recalling more than 10,000 boxes of gluten-free chocolate chip granola bars, the FDA said Tuesday.

Sam Mills USA LLC, which ships to retailers across the country, including Walmart, voluntarily recalled 11,083 cases of 4.4-ounce boxes of the gluten-free treats because of risk of cross-contamination with dairy.

The packaging states it is a dairy-free product.

The granola bars affected by the recall were received in the U.S. between December 18, 2014 and July 23, 2005, the FDA said. All lots should be pulled from retail store shelves immediately, according to the agency.

The chocolate chip granola bars are the only gluten-free products affected.

Anyone who bought the granola bars should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Customers can also call Sam Mills USA LLC 561-572-0510 for more information.

Photo Credit: Handout]]>
<![CDATA['Dust Lady' of Iconic 9/11 Photo Dies: Family]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/911-memorial-AP181115636386.jpg

A New Jersey woman whose image became an iconic snapshot of the moments following the 9/11 attack on New York City has died.

Known as the “Dust Lady,” 42-year-old Marcy Borders of Bayonne, died Monday night in the hospital after a battle with cancer, her brother told NBC News.

The photo shows Borders covered in a thick layer of yellow dust, which she believed contributed to her illness, according to the Jersey Journal.

"I'm saying to myself, 'Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'" she told The Journal. "I definitely believe it, because I haven't had any illnesses."

Borders was photographed after the World Trade Center was hit by two passenger jets. Borders was inside one of the Twin Towers at the time of the attack, but managed to escape onto the street below.

"At this time I need everyone to take the time out to pray for my sister, Marcy Borders," her brother said on Facebook shortly after her death Monday. "I can't believe my sister is gone."

Mayor de Blasio tweeted about Borders’ passing, saying it was a “difficult reminder of the tragedy our city suffered nearly 14 years ago.”

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Missing Fishing Boat Found in Waters Off Jersey Shore: Police]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sandy+hook+boat+bay.jpg

A sunken trawler boat found off the Jersey shore Wednesday is the missing fishing vessel authorities have been looking for since getting reports of a boat in distress near the Sandy Hook peninsula nearly 24 hours ago, the Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday.

Crews found the boat, "El Jefe," Wednesday morning in the Sandy Hook Channel. Officials have said they believe only one person was on the boat when it sank. Divers planned to search the wreck for survivors but dangerous water currents forced the search to be suspended.

It will resume Thursday morning.  

The Belford Seafood Co-Op said in a Facebook post Thursday night that the boat was captained by Tom Anderson of New York. The seafood market said that Anderson had been docking his boat there recently and was thought to be on the ship alone when it began to sink. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Tom Anderson tonight," the market said in the post.

Two young fishermen told NBC 4 New York they witnessed the boat sinking.  

"We saw a boat come in from the right side of us, coming to the left, and we saw it going down. Then it was gone," said Chris Festa.

"It was really scary but there was nothing we could really do," said Thomas Rodgers. 

The area is a shipping channel, and the depth average is about 50 feet. Because it's a channel, the water can go from four feet to 60 feet in a short distance, authorities said. 

<![CDATA[Cab Driver, Father of 10, Fatally Shot in Taxi on NJ Street: Officials]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:17:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cabbie+death+photo.jpg

A taxi driver, working to support a wife and 10 children, was shot and killed as he stopped to pick up a passenger in New Jersey, investigators said Wednesday.

The body of 57-year-old Imad Alasma, of Edison, was found in his taxi after police responded to a call on Bedford Street in Rahway shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said. His taxi collided with a parked car after he was shot, causing injuries to a man and woman.

It wasn't clear if the man and woman were in the taxi or the parked car; both were taken to a hospital. Alasma, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were unsure about the motive for the shooting, though Alasma' fellow cab drivers suspect it occurred during an attempted robbery. No arrest has been made.

Alasma's family was devastated by news of his violent death.

"He's the best person in the world," sobbed his wife, Ibtesam Alasmar.

Station Cab confirmed Alasma worked for the company. The company said the initial call for a cab came from a blocked number.

"If you're a cab driver, you're never safe," said Mohamed Mouhamed, one of Alasma's co-workers. "You put your life on the line every day. You never know who's getting in the car."

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>