<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:17:08 -0400 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:17:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chelsea Clinton Expecting a Baby]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:05:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/198*120/chelsea-clinton-pregnant.JPG

The Clintons are going to be grandparents -- Chelsea Clinton is expecting her first child later this year.

Chelsea Clinton, who married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, made the announcement Thursday during an event in New York with her mother. 

"Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," she said. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me."

Chelsea Clinton, 34, delivered the news as she and her mother hosted "Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation," which is part of their project that works to advance progress for women and girls around the world.

The former New York senator and secretary of state, who is considering another presidential run in 2016, said she is thrilled.

"It makes this work even more important because we've made a lot of progress," said the former first lady.

"Obviously we are very excited about what's happening in our family," she said. "But we're also very excited because of what we are doing that we hope gives confidence and support to so many of you across our country as you make decisions about the lives you want to lead."

Later Thursday, the Twitter account for Bill Clinton posted a tweet that said "Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio ... grandfather to be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!"

 

 

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<![CDATA[Police Question Man in Shooting of Teen Boy]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:16:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/205*120/suspect-teen-boy-shot.jpg

Police say they are questioning a man in connection to a daytime shooting in Brooklyn where a 13-year-old boy waiting for the bus was hit by errant bullets.

The man, 21-year-old Kareem Potomont, had been sought as a person of interest in the shooting. The NYPD identified and released photos of him Thursday morning, and later located him hiding in a house basement in Queens. 

Meanwhile, the boy who was shot says he is in good spirits even though he may lose sight in one eye.

Gama Droiville was shot twice in the head by the gunman who was firing at a man he was chasing down Flatbush near Beverley Road Monday afternoon. The man he was chasing was also shot in the leg, police said.

Droiville told NBC 4 New York from his hospital bed that he remembered falling after being hit by the bullet. 

"Everybody was running and people were falling," he said. 

Droiville said he was shopping with his aunt and 8-year-old cousin when the gunfire erupted. His aunt ushered him and his cousin into a pizzeria to get them out of the way, but Droiville had already been shot.

"Afterwards, I couldn't see anything." 

Droiville said he gets headaches but is in good spirits. He appreciates the love and support from the community as he recovers. 

"I just want to say thank you to everybody who has been praying for me, and the support," he said. 

Droiville, an honor student in the church choir, has undergone surgery, but doctors have told his family he will probably lose his right eye.

-- Rob Schmitt and Michael George contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Tried to Snatch Baby in Stroller on NYC Street: Police]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:38:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/attempted+abduction+suspect+chelsea.jpg

Police are investigating after a woman allegedly attempted to abduct a baby in a stroller as the child's nanny was pushing it in Chelsea Thursday afternoon. 

Police say the nanny was pushing the 8-month-old in a stroller near 17th Street and Eighth Avenue when a woman in her 50s approached the nanny and began talking to her. 

The woman, who may be homeless, then began pushing the carriage away, police said.

Bystanders jumped in and stopped the woman before she left the area, and the woman ran away.

Police were on the scene canvassing the area and checking nearby stores for surveillance video.

-- Michael George contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Napping Burglary Suspect Arrested on Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs12.jpg

A suspected burglar was arrested on Long Island Thursday after he was found napping in his car with stolen lottery tickets, police say.

Officers got a call about a man sleeping in his car on Wantagh Avenue in Levittown at about 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the Nassau County Police Department. When they arrived, officers found the lottery tickets, a dispensing case and marijuana in the man’s car.

Officers later learned that the lottery tickets had been stolen in a burglary at a business in Massapequa earlier that day.

The man is charged with third-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and drug possession.



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<![CDATA[Mumps Outbreak Reported at Hoboken College Campus]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:26:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stevens+tech+mumps.jpg

A college campus in northern New Jersey is on alert after eight students were diagnosed with the highly contagious mumps disease.

The students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken were 18 to 21 years old and fully vaccinated against mumps, according to the school. They lived in the same fraternity house, and some were members of the lacrosse team, according to other students on campus. 

They were sent home to be isolated from other students during the infectious phase of the illness.

Acquaintance James Shannon, a junior, said they seemed to be OK.

"From what we heard from the other guys in the house, on the team, they said they're doing fine," said Shannon. 

The mumps vaccination, which all students are required to have before attending Stevens Tech, doesn't provide full protection, according to doctors. A similar outbreak happened at Fordham University earlier this year. 

Stevens Tech sent an email to students urging them to visit a doctor if they showed symptoms of mumps, including swollen and tender glands on their face, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. 

Hoboken residents were also being alerted to the outbreak. 

Shannon said he went to the health center last week when he had the flu. 

"They were extra cautious to make sure it wasn't the mumps," he said. "Seems like everyone in the administration is on high alert." 

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<![CDATA[Party Bus Owner Blasts Drunk Teens Who Trashed Bus]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/party+bus+trashed+teens.jpg

The owner of a coach bus company whose employee was arrested after police discovered he was driving a party bus full of drunk teenagers, beer and liquor says it's the teenagers who should be taking responsibility for their own intoxication and for the damage they left behind. 

State police busted the party bus at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton on Monday night, and found 42 teens ages 16 and 17 in "various stages of intoxication," and more than 100 cans of beer and several gallons of opened and empty whiskey and rum bottles. 

The bus driver, 26-year-old Luis A. Guevara-Henriquz of Hempstead, was arrested on child endangerment charges. 

The driver's employer, Matthew Delaney of Coachman Luxury Transport, says Guevara-Henriquz never knew the alcohol was on the bus. 

"I feel he followed what our protocol is. As soon as you hear or see something, pull the vehicle over. And that's what he did," said Delaney. 

A Franklin Square girl who was on the trashed party bus and asked not to be identified said it was the teens who bought the liquor and insisted the bus company knew about it. 

Delaney says the teens damaged the bus at his expense.

"Every time I walk on the bus, I'm shocked at what was done," he said. "I have never been told that these kids are going to be held responsible for the damage they created, and not one kid was ticketed." 

The teenagers, who were headed to Montauk from Garden City, were turned over to relatives. 

Delaney is now supporting legislation that would make it mandatory for all coach buses carrying underage passengers to have a legal chaperone.

"The drivers are being held accountable -- to stop that, we need to have somebody on the bus to protect the driver," he said. 

State Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who's sponsoring the bill, said: "When it's not mandatory, it's difficult to get a business to do it. Now we're making it mandatory and it's a positive step in the right direction." 

The proposed bill would also require an alert system which would let a driver know if a window or door is opened in the back of their coach bus. 

The Long Island Limousine Association says while Coachman is not a member of its organization, industry standards call for companies to sign contracts with parents in situations where teens are being transported, and the fine print always bans alcohol for underage riders. It is typically the driver's responsibility to enforce the rules. 

Guevara-Henriquz is set to appear in court. Delaney says he's keeping him as a driver and insists he did nothing wrong. 

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<![CDATA[Dad Unable to Walk After Hit-Run, Searches for Driver]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:01:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/man+hit+wheelchair+garden+city.jpg

A 54-year-old Long Island welder who was critically injured in a hit-and-run in February has released surveillance video of the crash in the hope that someoene will be able to identify the driver.

Steve Acquaviva was crossing the street outside his Garden City shop when a car hit slammed into him, throwing him in the air.

His pelvis was smashed and he received 120 stitches on his face. Acquaviva has not walked since the accident, and the father of three still doesn't know who's responsible.

"I just want him to come forward, admit to what he did. That's all," he said. 

Acquaviva and his wife Monika are releasing the video because they're not happy with the pace of the police investigation. They're now appealing directly to the driver, who stopped briefly after the crash and even placed a blanket over Acquaviva before driving off.

"You had some kind of caring at that point," he said. 

"He could have just stayed, just spoke to the police then," he added. 

Acquaviva is expected to walk again but says he won't recover fully until he understands why the driver fled.

"Just want to know what's going through his mind, why he did what he did. I need peace of mind," he said.

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<![CDATA[Deliveryman Critically Hurt in East Harlem Hit-Run]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:10:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/east+harlem+hit+run+bicyclist.jpg

A restaurant delivery worker riding a bicycle was struck and hurt by a vehicle that fled the scene in East Harlem Thursday evening, police say.

The worker was riding southbound on Lexington Avenue when he was hit near 104th Street by a vehicle traveling in the same direction, according to police. 

The driver left the scene. 

The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Cornell Hospital and is listed in critical condition. 

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<![CDATA[Cabbie Accused of Avoiding 3,000 Bridge Tolls ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:46:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GENERIC-CAB.gif

A New York City taxi driver is accused of avoiding bridge tolls more than 3,000 times in two years by tailgating cars in front of him and slipping through the tollbooth before the barrier came down, prosecutors said Thursday.

The 69-year-old driver, Rodolfo Sanchez, is charged with third-degree larceny, theft of services and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Authorities discovered him after noticing that an inactive E-ZPass tag was regularly crossing the RFK Bridge without paying. The bridge, formerly known as the Triborough Bridge, is actually made up of three bridges, a viaduct and 14 miles of approach roads that connect Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Upon further investigation, surveillance video was matched to that E-ZPass, showing a yellow cab tailgating closely behind the car in front of it, crossing through the tollbooth before the barrier came down.

Additional examination of the E-ZPass tag showed it had crossed the bridge 3,017 times between 2012 and 2014 without paying tolls, allegedly costing the MTA more than $28,000 in lost revenue.

"This type of behavior is egregiously unfair to the millions of honest, motorists who pay tolls every day, and we will continue efforts to root out toll evaders and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Chief of Security Donald Look.

Sanchez was released on his own recognizance. His attorney did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

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<![CDATA[Beloved NYC Chocolate Company Wiped Out by Sandy Looks for Relief]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:43:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/madelaine+chocolate.jpg One of the city's sweetest businesses still hasn't fully reopened since Hurricane Sandy wiped it out. The beloved Madelaine Chocolate Company in the Rockaways suffered millions of dollars worth of damage in the storm, and now the owners say they need Sandy recovery funds to stay in business. Roseanne Colletti reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Firefighter Battle NJ House Fire]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:07:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/passaic+fire+little+falls.jpg

Firefighters are battling a house fire in Little Falls, N.J. 

It's not clear what sparked the fire at 188 Highway 23 Thursday afternoon. 

The two-story house was engulfed in flames, and appeared gutted in the front. 

Fire crews are on the scene putting water on the house from tower ladders. 

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<![CDATA[De Blasio Announces Changes to Sandy Recovery Program]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:22:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000003777224_1200x675_229733955923.jpg Mayor De Blasio has announced new changes to the "Build it Back" program aimed at helping homeowners still displaced by superstorm Sandy. Marc Santia has more.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Today in New York]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NBC-4-NewYork-Watch-NOW.jpg

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<![CDATA[Man Robbed, Punched in Manhattan Building: Police]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/762-14+Robbery+7th+Pct+11-15-14.jpg

Police are searching for a robber who punched a 65-year-old man in a Chinatown building, causing him to fall down a staircase, and stole his wallet containing $1,600 and credit cards.

The robber had followed the victim to a fourth-floor staircase in a building in the area of Madison and Pike streets at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, then demanded money from him, police said. 

When the suspect punched the victim, the victim fell down the stairs, suffering a fractured knee and contusion to the right eye. 

The suspect then ran away.

The victim was taken to New York Downtown Hospital. 

Anyone with information on the suspect pictured is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bears Eat From Birdfeeder in NJ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:15:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/206*120/bears-birdfeeder.JPG

Three black bears surprised a New Jersey neighborhood when they boldly ran through several backyards, climbing fences and snuffling around a birdfeeder, which was caught on video by a local landscaper.

The bears were spotted near Eyland Avenue in Succasunna last week.

Mike Sippel said he noticed the bears darting through yards and lumbering over fences, and then captured them on video gathering around a birdfeeder.

Authorities believe the bears are looking for something to eat after a winter of hibernation.

"They're hungry, looking for an easy food source and a birdfeeder is the place to go," said Lt. Gerard Hardiman, of Roxbury Police.

Sippel says the bears then left the birdfeeder, crossed the street and scared a woman who was outside with her dog.

"The lady over there was screaming and her dog was barking," Sippel said.

Hardiman says the best thing to do if you see a bear is to make loud noises and try to scare them off.

During their Succasunna adventure, the bears didn't attack anyone, and left without incident.

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<![CDATA[Cops Seek Suspect in Bodega Clerk Slaying]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:09:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bushwick+bodega+suspect.jpg
A 52-year-old worker at a Bushwick bodega was shot to death by a gunman who entered his store early Thursday, authorities say.
 
Police say the gunman, believed to be in his 20s, walked into the Central Avenue shop shortly before 7 a.m. and fired several times. 
 
It's not clear how many times the victim, identified as Swadh Maged of Brooklyn, was hit. 
 
The shooter then fled in a white van, apparently without taking anything from the bodega. 

Maged was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police believe he may have been targeted.
 
Police have released surveillance video of the suspect walking into the store. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

Maged moved to the United States last year from Yemen, where his wife and 13 children still live, according to police and his cousin. He had been working at the bodega for about a year to support his family. 
 
Maged often had trouble with customers who asked for credit at the deli and caused "trouble" when he refused, according to his cousin Ibrahim Alnmar.
 
But neighbors who enjoyed going to the deli said he was "always very courteous." 
 
"It's heartwrenching, very painstaking for anyone's life to be taken away," said Karen Farmer. 
 
Neighbor Jmda Mohamed said he was "a very nice person."
 
"He's very friendly, he's very kind," said Mohamed. "It's sad." 
 
Community activists called for better police protection for bodega workers in crime-ridden neighborhoods. 
 
"This is a cold-blooded murder. This should not happen in New York City," said Fernando Mateo of the Bodega Association. "NYPD needs to put more resources in area like this, in areas where we know there's a lot of uncertainty." 
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<![CDATA[Salsa Singer Cheo Feliciano Killed in Crash]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP070907056835.jpg

Puerto Rican salsa and bolero singer Cheo Feliciano died in a car crash early Thursday morning, Telemundo Puerto Rico has confirmed. He was 78.

Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano,  was killed just after 4 a.m. when the Jaguar he was driving hit an electrical post in the Cupey area of San Juan, according to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Feliciano, the sole passenger in the vehicle, died on impact following the 4:13 a.m. crash on a road near the Universidad Metropolitana. A police inspector told the newspaper he was not wearing a seat belt. He is survived by his wife, Puerto Rican dancer Coco Prieto Leon Feliciano, and four sons.

Feliciano, one of the most recognized musicians of his genre, was credited as influencing other salsa stars, including Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santarosa. He produced a list of hits that includes "One in a Million," ''My Promise," and "I Learned with You," according to The Associated Press.

The musician, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, started his career as a percussionist in New York before joining the Joe Cuba Sextet as a singer. He recorded 17 albums with the band performing with top Latin artists of the era, before joining Fania Records' All-Stars ensemble and starting a successful solo career, according to a biography on Billboard.com.  He was honored with the Latin Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was a vocal participant in anti-drug campaigns following his own battle with addiction, El Nueva Dia reported.

Feliciano had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer last year, but continued to make public appearances. According to El Nueva Dia, he was supposed to fly to Acapulco for a show with other salsa singers later this week.



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<![CDATA[4 Teens Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:33:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/022014-school_generic.jpg
Four Catholic high school students on Long Island have been expelled after two senior boys brought a Confederate flag to a school event and two sophomore girls posted a blackface photo on social media, the school said.

The two events were separate, according to Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony's High School.

The boys allegedly brought the flag to a school gathering on April 9. Teachers immediately took it away, and the students were suspended.

Two days later on Friday, the girls posted a photo of one of them in blackface, along with racist language, the school confirmed.

In a letter to parents on Friday about the flag incident, Cregan said the use of symbol "designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive."

"St. Anthony's will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures," he wrote. 


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<![CDATA[4 New Jersey Men Arrested in Child Porn Sting]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:45:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/computer-keyboard-generic-0.jpg
Four New Jersey men face a range of child pornography charges after they were arrested in what prosecutors called a "drag net" aimed at snaring suspects who use and share the images online. 

One 39-year-old Lakewood man arrested last month is accused of using his neighbors' unsecured wireless points to acess and download graphic movie files of children being sexually assaulted. Detectives found additional digital evidence at a storage unit he had been renting. 

On April 2, a 32-year-old Brick man was arrested after a forensic preview of his computer allegedly revealed several hundred graphic movies of children engaging in sexual acts.

Another search warrant resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old Toms River man on possession charges. 

Last week, a SWAT team executed a search warrant at the home of a 25-year-old suspect in Manchester and, in addition to pornography, they allegedly found two AR-15 Bush master rifles, high capacity magazines, ammunition, steroids, syringes and narcotics. They also recovered a canister of tear gas.

The year-long investigation was led by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with help from local law enforcement partners.  
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<![CDATA[Sketch of Suspect in Midtown Jewelry Heist Released]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:42:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/margo-manhattan-jewelry-store-robbery-inset.jpg

Police have released a composite sketch of the man who they say robbed an upscale midtown Manhattan jewelry store last week, tying up a worker and stealing more than $54,000 worth of merchandise.

The man walked into Margo Manhattan jewelry store at 1202 Madison Ave. just before 2 p.m. and asked to see some pieces, according to police.

When the 53-year-old worker began to help him, the suspect grabbed her by the neck and forced her into the back room where he tied her up, police said. 

He took a key from the worker to open a display case and took several items; he then returned to the back room and swiped more jewelry before running away.

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

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Attacked, Robbed of $1 in Subway Stairwell]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:47:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/girl-robbed-1-dollar.jpg

Police are looking for a man who approached a teen girl in an Upper West Side subway stairwell and tried to rob her before assaulting her and fleeing with $1.

The 15-year-old girl was entering the B and C subway station on 96th Street and Central Park West at about 10 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The suspect approached her and demanded her valuables.

He then assaulted her and took $1 from her jacket before fleeing.

Police released surveillance images of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Robber Shoots When Victim Tries to Grab Gun: Police]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:05:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/freeport-robbery.JPG

A Long Island woman told police a masked, armed man followed her and demanded money as she walked home Wednesday afternoon, then opened fire when she tried to grab his gun away, authorities said. 

There were no injuries after the gunfire at the home on Randall Avenue in Freeport.

Police and neighbors say the victim and her husband told them a masked man with a gun followed her home from the Baldwin train station, demanding she retrieve money from her house.

Before going inside her home, the victim made a grab for the gun, but the robber got it back, she told police. As she tried to run away, he opened fire.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, and one next-door neighbor told NBC 4 New York the victim ran to her door after the shots were fired, scared that she'd been hit by a bullet.

"I heard the screaming, sounded like it was in my living room," said Lorri MacQueen. "She's like, 'am I shot, am I shot?'"

There were no wounds on the victim, who neighbors say is a mother of a 14-year-old boy and runs a day care center.

A man at the victim's home declined to speak to reporters.

Police haven't said whether they've identified a suspect.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Menacing, Spitting on Girl: NYPD]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:22:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Queens-Anti-Muslim-Statement.jpg

A 50-year-old man has been charged with harassing and spitting on a 15-year-old girl on a crowded city bus in Queens last week, according to the NYPD.

Perrry Germano, of Queens, was charged with attempted assault, aggravated harassment and menacing after the girl was berated and threatened while riding a Q88 bus at Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard on April 7.

According to the New York Post, the suspect hurled profanities at the girl, calling her a “terrorist.” The man shoved the girl and spit on her repeatedly.

When the girl spoke up, the man raised his fist and threatened to kill her, the Post reports.
The suspect got off the bus at a stop on Kissena Boulevard.

It's not clear if Germano has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Robber Attacks Elderly Woman Eating Breakfast]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/201*120/nassau+county+police+car.jpg

A 92-year-old woman eating breakfast in her kitchen on Long Island was attacked by a robber who broke into her home and snatched jewelry from her neck Wednesday morning, police say. 

The man entered the woman's Carole Court home in North Valley Stream through an unlocked door at about 9:30 a.m., according to police. He grabbed the elderly victim's neck, removed a gold-colored necklace, and then ran away.

The necklace was recovered at the scene. Police say the woman was not hurt. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Teens Who Shared Explicit Photos Arrested for Child Porn]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:32:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/texting-sexting.jpg

Two New Jersey teens are facing criminal charges after allegedly sharing nude photos of other teens, some of whom were engaging in sex acts, police said.

The Little Falls Police Department said Wednesday that a 16-year-old West Orange boy was arrested after he texted eight naked photos of a 17-year-old girl to a 16-year-old girlfriend from Little Falls.

That friend is then accused of showing the photos to others, and may have posted them on social media, police say. 

The girl is also believed to have sent other videos and photos of underage teens engaging in sex acts to other juveniles.

The teens are charged with endangering the welfare of a child by possessing child pornography. Both teens were released to the custody of their parents.

Police are urging parents to explain to their children that sending, taking and sharing of naked photos of juveniles is a crime. 

 



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<![CDATA[NJ's Korean Community Hopes for Miracle in Ferry Disaster]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:24:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nj+koreans+reax+ferry.jpg

In Korean coffee shops and restaurants on Broad Avenue in Palisades Park, N.J., the South Korean ferry disaster 7,000 miles away seems to be on everyone's mind. 

"It's definitely big news," said student Joe Kim. "I woke up this morning and the first thing my roommate said was, 'Did you hear?'"

"It's very saddening," he added. 

The devastating image of the capsized vessel off the coast of South Korea is on the front page of the Korean-language newspaper and on continuous breaking-news coverage on local Korean television.

Survivors told Korean media there was a loud bang, and then the ferry headed toward the tropical Jeju Island lost control and began to sink. One student told reporters at the scene that he and his friends asked if they should escape but an announcement urged them to stay still. 

Almost 200 people were rescued by dozens of helicopters and boats, including a U.S. Navy ship, but almost 300 more remain missing. The 160,000 members of New Jersey's Korean-American community are watching and waiting to see if the tragic accident involves any of their family or friends. 

The pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Palisades Park says he will ask his congregants to pray for a miracle. 

"There might be a lot of survivors and hopefully the rescue team will find them and rescue as many as they can," said Rev. Do Il Kim. 

-- Jen Maxfield contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Nassau PD's New Record-Keeping System Inefficient, Costly, Critics Say]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:10:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/intergraph+nassau.JPG

When Nassau County lawmakers rolled out a $5.5 million electronic record-keeping system for their police department, they hoped it would save both time and money. Three years later, they claim that it has done just the opposite.

Lawmakers say the Intergraph records management system has cost millions in police overtime and kept cops behind desks doing paperwork when they should be on the street. And now, even before the old system has been fully implemented, they are about to ask for $4.3 million to replace it.

"This is a system that was a bad idea right from the beginning," said Nassau Police Benevolent Association President Jim Carver.

Carver said the Intergraph system was rife with problems from the beginning, slowing arrest processing time to around three hours -- in some cases more than 12 hours -- and costing taxpayers a bundle.

Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter agreed that data entry started taking longer under the new system. Many facts had to be entered into the system multiple times, error messages popped up on screens unexplained, and the new software did not "communicate" with the department's old software, resulting in an unwieldy dual system.

"Every single day officers are earning overtime while they are processing arrests," Krumpter said.

Nassau Legislator David Denenberg, a Democrat from Merrick, said the Intergraph system has cost taxpayers much more than the $5.5 million initially laid out.

"I believe the costs are tens of millions more than that when you look at police overtime," he said.

Denenberg says in 2013, overtime hours were over budget. He blames Intergraph.

The I-Team asked Intergraph what specific steps were taken to help make the software work for Nassau Police. In response, the company released this statement:

"We have worked diligently with the department through every phase of the project to address any concerns. We remain committed to our customers."

Denenberg said he thinks the county should consider taking legal action against Intergraph.

"Let's recoup our taxpayers' money, that's the people's money," he said.

Krumpter said officials are considering all their options.

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<![CDATA[Man Pulls Down Boy's Pants, Gropes Him in Bronx: Cops]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:51:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/forcible+touching+bronx+suspect.jpg
Police are looking for the man who pulled down a 13-year-old boy's pants in a Bronx building and touched his buttocks before the boy fought him off.

Authorities say the suspect assaulted the boy March 13 around 5:30 p.m. in the building near Boynton and Lafayette avenues in Soundview. The suspect ran off after the boy pushed him. 

The boy wasn't injured.

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect (above). 

Anyone with information about him or the assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
 


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<![CDATA[Staten Islanders Howl as Trees Are Chopped Down at Mount Manresa]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:46:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trees+downed+mount+manresa.jpg There's a land battle over centuries-old trees on the grounds of Mt. Manresa - once a retreat for Jesuits. The Jesuits solds the property to a housing developer, who is angering local residents and politicians who think the developer is trashing the area's natural beauty. Marc Santia reports.]]> <![CDATA[Robbers Hit 4 Brooklyn Banks in 2-Hour Spree: NYPD]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:33:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bank-Robbery-Spree-NY.jpg

Two men robbed two banks and tried to hit two others over a two-hour period in Brooklyn Monday afternoon, police say.

The men robbed two banks between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, stealing about $6,300, according to the NYPD. The suspects tried to hit two other banks in that span, but left the businesses before they could take any cash.

In each incident, the suspects came into the bank and gave tellers a note demanding money. The banks where there were robberies or attempts include:

  • A Capital One at 2102 Ralph Ave. in Bergen Beach. The suspect stole $1,800 cash in that robbery.
  • A Santander Bank at 301 Avenue U in Gravesend. The suspect stole $4,500 cash in that robbery.
  • A Chase Bank at 1987 Flatbush Ave. in Flatlands. Nothing was stolen in that attempt.
  • A Northfield Bank at 1123 Kings Highway in Sheepshead Bay. Nothing was stolen in that attempt.

If you have any information on the robberies, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea Clinton Announces She Is Pregnant]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000003777007_1200x675_229706819632.jpg Chelsea Clinton made the announcement Thursday during an event in New York with her mother.]]>