<![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 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:03 -0400 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:03 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Serial Subway Robbers Punch Riders in Face: NYPD]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/queens+f+train+subway+robbers.jpg

Police say a pair of robbers has been attacking subway riders on trains and in stations in Queens, stealing valuables before punching them in the face. 

The first known robbery in the pattern was Tuesday, Sept. 2 at about 4 a.m., when the suspects grabbed a 23-year-old man from behind while he was walking up the stairs of the 169th Street station on the F line, according to police.

They threw him to the ground, punched him in the face and took his wallet from his back pocket before running away, police said. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at about 9 a.m., the suspect punched a 30-year-old man on board the northbound F train station near Sutphin Boulevard and demanded his iPad, police said. 

The victim refused and got off at the station, according to police. The suspects followed him, then ran away without stealing anything. 

A little more than a week later, one of the suspects snatched a cellphone from a 33-year-old man on a southbound F train as it pulled into Parsons Boulevard, police said. When the victim tried to chase after him, another man punched him in the face.

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

<![CDATA[Alleged Terror Conspirator Extradited to NY: Officials]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/terror+suspect+extradite.jpg

Haroon Rashid Aswat, a British man charged with conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, is being flown to New York from London Tuesday by U.S. officials after nine years of fighting extradition, law enforcement officials tell NBC New York.

Aswat faces federal charges of conspiring with radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly 15 years ago.

Prosecutors have linked Aswat to Mustafa, long prominent in the British media because of his fiery sermons at London's Finsbury Park Mosque. Mustafa was extradited nearly two years ago and convicted of terrorism counts in New York in May.

Aswat has been fighting extradition to America since his 2005 arrest in London on a U.S. warrant. He's also been treated for paranoid schizophrenia.

Last month, Britain’s high court ruled Aswat could be extradited after receiving assurances from U.S. authorities that he would continue to be treated for his condition.

Media reports in London Tuesday say the Metropolitan Police confirm that Aswat was taken from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital and escorted onto a plane by U.S. officials.

Officials from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office in New York declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Stabbing Mother to Death: Sources]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:42:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman-shot-death-ny.jpg

A 20-year-old man has been accused of stabbing his mother to death at their Brooklyn home Sunday evening, law enforcement sources say.

Officers found Inman Thomas with several stab wounds to her body in the backyard of her home on East 43rd Street in Flatlands at about 6:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

Sources say her son, Christian Holloman, was taken into custody at the scene; he was arrested Monday. 

The NYPD says he faces murder and weapons charges. It's not clear if he has an attorney. 

Thomas' grief-stricken family gathered outside the home Sunday night.

"She was a good girl," said Thomas' cousin, Alice Williams. "I'm hurt that she's gone right now."

<![CDATA[Sayreville Marching Band Wins Championship Amid Hazing Scandal]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SAYREVILLE_MARCHING_BAND.JPG

Even with the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School's football season canceled amid a hazing scandal, its marching band has been playing on and winning competitions. 

The band won the Tournament of Band New Jersey State Championship in its class in Toms River Saturday.

The competition featured 25 of the state's best marching bands, and Sayreville beat neighboring Metuchen High School by seven-tenths of a point to win the the title. 

Sayreville's football team has been mired in a hazing scandal this fall that's resulted in the arrests of seven players, the suspension of its coaches and the cancellation of the season.  

The case has put a spotlight on the town, known for its successful football program and for being the hometown of singer Jon Bon Jovi, and the way that school districts handle hazing and bullying allegations.

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Police in Ridgewood, New Jersey say they're investigating a possible attempted luring of a girl Monday afternoon.

The girl was walking on East Ridgewood Avenue near Hope Street at about 3:15 p.m. when a black van slowed down and the driver asked her if she wanted some candy, according to police.

The victim ignored the driver and instead took a picture of the van, a black Ford Econoline with New Jersey plates. It may be from 2007 through 2013, with runnings boards and backup sensors on the rear bumper, police said. 

The driver appeared to be in his early 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches and 240 pounds. There was a passenger in the van, a younger man who did not say or do anything during the exchange, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ridgewood Police at 201-251-4536. 

<![CDATA[Football Coaches Suspended as Hazing Details Emerge: Reports]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:39:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sayreville+football.jpg

The coaches at the New Jersey high school that had its football season canceled amid hazing allegations that led to the arrests of seven players have been suspended, according to NJ.com.

The Sayreville High School coaches were not at school Friday and have been suspended with pay, a source familiar with the decision told the website. The decision comes weeks after the district moved to cancel the season amid a Middlesex County prosecutor’s investigation into alleged hazing at the school, which prosecutors said could be considered sexual assaults that were "pervasive."

Five of the suspended coaches, including head coach George Najjar, are tenured teachers, the source told NJ.com. Several others are substitutes. The Sayreville school board is expected discuss and possibly vote on the suspensions Tuesday at its regularly scheduled meeting.

The seven players who were arrested have also been suspended from school. They face charges ranging from hazing and conspiracy to sexual contact and aggravated sexual assault.

The coaches' suspensions come as more details of the alleged locker room abuses at the school surface. In a New York Times report Sunday, several of the players who either saw the alleged hazing attacks or say they were victims recalled in detail what happened.

The witnesses, who weren’t identified by name, described a boisterous locker room environment that took a dark turn over a 10-day period in September, when all four alleged hazing incidents occurred.

The freshmen who spoke to the Times said that during the attacks, older players would come into the locker room shouting “hootie hoo” before flicking the lights on and off and tripping one of the them over. In one case, two older players held a boy down by his arms while players punched, kicked and groped him, according to the report.

The three victims who spoke to the Times varied slightly on their accounts of the hazing. All three said they were wearing football pants, and accounts of the gropings ranged from poking or grabbing of the buttocks to penetration. Of the three victims, two said the hazing wasn't a big deal -- and that what happened was part of team bonding.

Several other freshmen who witnessed the attacks told the Times that they saw the hazing differently. Some said they rushed to change after practice or avoided showering to make it out of the locker room before the varsity team finished practice.

“They think they’re joking around, but I don’t think it was a joke,” a witness to the first attack told the newspaper. “I said, ‘This is nasty.' ”

Several of the freshmen also told the Times that they have become the targets of backlash on social media and in school from other students upset that the football season was canceled.

The backlash “made me want to shoot myself,” one player told the Times.

The case has put a spotlight on the town, known for its successful football program and for being the hometown of singer Jon Bon Jovi, and the way that school districts handle hazing and bullying allegations. 

Other schools have taken similar measures in the wake of the allegations in Sayreville. Last week, Wyandanch High School on Long Island suspended five players in a bullying investigation. That team continued its season.

Over the weekend, an Orange County, New York, school canceled its junior varsity football team's season over bullying allegations.

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<![CDATA[Rape Attempt Suspect Linked to 2nd Assault: NYPD]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:16:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elevator+attempted+rape+stuy+town.jpg

A 26-year-old Manhattan man accused of trying to rape a 20-year-old woman inside a building elevator in Stuyvesant Town after following her home last week has been charged with attempting to rape another woman over the summer, police said.

Juan Scott was arrested Sunday on an attempted rape charge in Friday's 4 a.m. assault; he was later charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, stalking and other crimes in connection with a June 2 attack not far from the one reported last week. 

In the most recent attack, the suspect is allegedly seen on surveillance video following the woman into an elevator and trying to rape her. The victim yells and struggles with the suspect, who eventually runs away.

Police released surveillance video showing the suspect shimmy down a tree outside the building and run off down the sidewalk. 

It's not clear if Scott has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Woman Punched, Dragged in Brazen Robbery on NYC Street]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crown+heights+robbery.jpg

Police are looking for three suspects who attacked a 21-year-old woman on a Brooklyn street earlier this month, breaking her nose and dragging her on the sidewalk before robbing her and running off.

Surveillance video shows three suspects walking on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights Oct. 2 as the victim comes into the camera view from the opposite direction. As she walks past them, one suspect turns his head while another appears to grab her around the neck and slam her against the wall of a building.

That suspect repeatedly punches the woman in the face and stomach, then the other two suspects sidle up and start pawing at the woman, possibly looking for more valuables, before dragging her on the cement by her feet, her hood, and finally, her purse.

Eventually, one of the suspects pulls the woman's purse away and the three run off, leaving her lying on the street. Police said her cellphone was also stolen.

The woman was taken to the hospital with a broken nose and facial lacerations.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call police. 

<![CDATA[Special-Needs Boy in Coma After Falling Off Bus: Report]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:54:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_bus_generic1.jpg

A Bronx special-needs student is in a coma after he opened his school bus’ emergency exit door and fell out of the moving vehicle, his family told the Daily News.

Ajene Pediford, 12, fell out of the moving bus as it was traveling on East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx on Friday afternoon, his grandmother Nyahali Pediford told the News.

The bus was heading from the boy’s school, Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center, to his foster home in the Bronx.

According to Pediford’s grandmother, the bus driver was the only adult aboard the vehicle. She said she has asked for someone else to supervise the boy, who has a history of acting out on buses.

“I plead with them to get him a one-on-one para(professional) to be with him on the bus,” Pediford told the newspaper. “And they never did it.”

The News reached out to the school, Department of Education and the organization that placed Pediford in a foster home but didn’t immediately receive responses.

<![CDATA[Subway Punch Suspect Sought: NYPD]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:25:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/103pct+assault+photo.jpg

Police are looking for a man who allegedly punched a fellow subway rider in Queens, then sprayed some kind of substance in his face, they say. 

The assault happened on the J train platform at Parsons-Archer station in Jamaica the morning of Sunday, Sept. 14, according to police. The suspect punched the 23-year-old victim in the face, then sprayed the substance. 

The suspect fled on a southbound J train. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. 

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

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<![CDATA[6 Cops Hurt in Rooftop Chase After Break-in: Officials]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Six police officers were injured on a rooftop-to-rooftop foot chase in pursuit of two men who allegedly broke into a Yonkers sneaker store early Monday, authorities say.

Two men, ages 19 and 43, were arrested. Police on patrol spotted the two men hanging a ladder through the roof of Sneaker World on New Main Street at about 1 a.m. while responding to the sound of the store’s alarm, according to the Yonkers Police Department.

The responding officers set up a perimeter, called in backup and then went up to the roof to detain the suspects.

When the men ran away, the officers chased them from roof to roof on the row of connected buildings, police say. They caught them on top of a building on the corner of Palisades Avenue and New Main Street.

The men allegedly assaulted the officers while they were being arrested, police say.

Authorities later used a fire truck ladder to get the suspects and officers down. The officers were taken to a hospital and are expected to be OK.

Nothing was taken from the store, but police say someone tried to get into the store's cash register. Investigators are looking into whether other people were involved in the burglary.

The two men, both of whom work in construction, are charged with burglary, assault, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

One of the suspects has several priors, including a felony.

<![CDATA[Nassau Hospital Workers Get Guidance on Ebola Protective Wear]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:15:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ebola+medical+worker+suits.jpg Nassau County Medical Center is working to comply with the new guidelines the CDC will soon release about the type of protective clothing medical workers are required to wear while treating patients with Ebola. They may never have to treat an Ebola patient, but in case they do, Pei-Sze Cheng explains how they are preparing.]]> <![CDATA[Build It Back Progress Touted in Queens]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/build+it+back+queens.jpg Mayor De Blasio said the city's much criticized Build it Back program is finally working to healp Sandy victims. Marc Santia checks the numbers.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Cops Chase Horse Through Hell's Kitchen]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/runaway+horse+nyc.jpg

A runaway carriage horse is back at work after leading police on a chase through Hell's Kitchen over the weekend.

Stephen Malone, carriage driver and industry spokesperson, told NBC 4 New York the horse returned to work Monday after escaping from the stables on 37th Street Sunday morning.

NBC 4 New York obtained video that shows the horse cantering down 11th Avenue, opposite taxis and a bus, as police cars, lights flashing, follow behind.

Eventually, one of the squad cars pulls in front of the horse. The horse's owner, with the help of the NYPD, corralled the animal a few blocks away and brought it back to the stables.  

<![CDATA[EV-D68 Case Confirmed in Yonkers: Mayor]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:45:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cedar+place+elementary+school+yonkers.jpg

Yonkers has confirmed a case of enterovirus D68, the unusual strain that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide this year and been linked to several deaths, including one in New Jersey, authorities say. 

A student at Cedar Place Elementary School was diagnosed with EV-D68 over the weekend, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Spano's office.

The student is being kept at home while she recovers, and her parents have met with the school, the spokeswoman said. The school was cleaned Monday morning as a precaution. 

The student is doing well and recovering, officials said. No other information was immediately available.

The Yonkers school district website urges parents to keep their children home if they are sick with a fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, mouth blisters, a skin rash and body aches, all signs of an upper respiratory infection. 

Last month, 4-year-old Eli Waller of Mercer County in New Jersey died of the virus.

Enteroviruses, which usually cause mild cold-like symptoms that last about a week, are common, afflicting up to 15 million people in the U.S. each year, but the CDC says this particular strain of the virus is unusually severe.

Infants and children are at particular risk, and though most affected people recover on their own and have no future problems, those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions such as asthma may need to be hospitalized. 

<![CDATA[Another School Cancels Football Season Over Bullying]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:18:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/moroe+woodbury+hs.jpg

Another high school football team in the tri-state area has had its season canceled over allegations of bullying.

School leaders at Monroe-Woodbury High School have canceled the remainder of the season for the junior varsity team.

The decision comes after some players at the Orange County school came forward with complaints about verbal abuse between teammates.

The school district says it is investigating and has contacted the parents of the players allegedly involved.

Seven high school football players in Sayreville, New Jersey, were arrested on sexual assault charges amid allegations of locker-room hazing. Officials there decided to cancel that school's football season after the allegations surfaced.

<![CDATA[City Outlines Protection for Workers Against Ebola]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:26:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ebola+specialized+training+nyc.jpg What's the city's strategy to keep workers safe from possible Ebola? Tracie Strahan has more from a meeting on the topic at City Hall.]]> <![CDATA[38-Year-Old Woman Stabbed to Death in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:37:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman-shot-death-ny.jpg

A 38-year-old woman died after she was stabbed several times in Brooklyn Sunday evening, police said.

Officers responded to a home on East 43rd Street in Flatlands just before 6:30 p.m. and found Iman Thomas with multiple stab wounds to her torso in the backyard, officials said.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

One person was taken into custody at the scene, and charges are pending, police said. Authorities would not confirm that person's relationship to Thomas.

Thomas' grief-stricken family gathered outside the home Sunday night.

"She was a good girl," said Thomas' cousin, Alice Williams. "I'm hurt that she's gone right now."

<![CDATA[NJ City Official Arrested After Taking Boy to Motel: Authorities]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:22:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/10-19-14+Daniel+Vergara.jpg

A New Jersey City official was arrested Sunday after he stayed at a local motel with a 12-year-old boy without the consent of the boy's guardian, authorities say. 

Daniel Vergara, 53, of Paterson, was stopped and questioned by South Hackensack Police after he stayed at a motel there with the boy, according to the Bergen County prosecutor's office.

Detectives from the Special Victims Unit at the prosecutor's office spoke to the boy, and the boy "provided specific details regarding his relationship with Vergara" that resulted in Vergara's arrest, authorities said. 

Airport Motel owner Ken Gandhi recalled Vergara checking in, though he didn't remember seeing the boy. 

"The guy came to me for the room and he asked me for the room, and I just gave him the room for one night," he said. "The next day, police came to us and they were looking for the guy." 

Vergara, a deputy chief inspector with the Paterson sanitation department, was charged with child endangerment and remanded to jail on $75,000 bail. Attorney information wasn't immediately available.

City officials say they are aware of the charges against Vergara and are tracking the criminal investigation against him. 

An official in the city of Paterson who asked not to be identified said Vergara is a well-known public servant who has previously served as a school board member and led the Paterson Puerto Rican Day Parade. 

He was heavily involved with the local Boy Scouts and created his own Boy Scouts troop, the official said. 

The prosecutor's office would not say whether Vergara is a person of interest in any other case. 

-- Roseanne Colletti contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[4 Teenagers Open Fire on Brooklyn Street, Injuring 4: Police]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:05:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1019144shot.jpg

Four teenagers opened fire on a Brooklyn street, spraying bullets that hit four different men, police said Sunday.

The four attackers, all believed to be between the ages of 14 and 16, were wearing black hoodies when they began shooting Saturday at around 10:30 p.m., police said.

Police said their bullets injured four men on Lenox Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens: a 50-year-old who was shot in the chest; a 46-year-old who was shot in the leg; a 19-year-old who was shot in the foot; and a 19-year-old who was shot in the leg.

All four were hospitalized in stable condition and were expected to survive, police said.

<![CDATA[Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on Long Island]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:14:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic-Ambulance-Cropped.jpg

A 40-year-old woman has been killed in a hit-and-run crash on Long Island, police said Sunday.

Tracy Mangino, of Miller Place, was walking on North Country Road shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday when she was hit by a truck that then fled the scene, according to Suffolk County police. She died at a hospital.

Police say they're working to find the driver who fled. They're asking anyone with information to call 800-220-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Vandalism of Brooklyn 9/11 Memorial: Police]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/101814sept11.JPG

A man was arrested Saturday in connection with the vandalism of a 9/11 memorial in Brooklyn, police said.

The 58-year-old homeless man was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

The arrest came after police released surveillance video they say recorded the man walking near the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance at the MCU Park stadium in Coney Island early Friday. The video was taken shortly after the man smeared white paint on the memorial, according to the NYPD. Police initially identified the suspect in the video as a woman.  

The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance is made up of three granite slabs bearing the laser-engraved images of first responders who died in the 9/11 attacks.