<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 12:45:52 -0400Tue, 31 May 2016 12:45:52 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Husband Beats Would-Be Rapist to Death: NYPD]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:20:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rapist-attacked-inset-0531.jpg

A Bronx man allegedly beat an attacker to death with what appeared to be a tire iron after the attacker tried to rape the man's wife, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York. 

The woman's 61-year-old husband was arrested on manslaughter charges Tuesday, hours after police say he fatally beat the would-be rapist in the elevator of the couple's Washington Avenue apartment building. 

The alleged rapist, 43-year-old Earl Nash, forced his way into the building shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said.

Nash allegedly knocked at the victim's door, pushed his way in when she answered and exposed himself and tried to tear off the woman's clothes, according to sources. Amid the struggle, the woman called for her husband and one of the woman's cousins tried to fight off Nash.

Sources said that Nash left the apartment and got into the elevator as the woman's husband was coming to her aid. The woman pointed out Nash to her husband, and sources said the husband swung what appeared to be a tire iron at Nash. 

The pair then scuffled, sources said. Nash allegedly whipped the woman's husband with a belt, and the husband in turn bashed Nash in the head and body with the tire iron. 

One of the blows appeared to fracture the left side of Nash's skull, and the man was pronounced dead on arrival to Lincoln Hospital

The couple's son said he saw his mother and aunt being attacked. 

"He started beating on my mother and my aunt, and they started fighting back," the son said. "He tried to rip their clothes off and he tried to sexually harass them."

He added, "I ran upstairs and saw the guy was in the elevator and he was bleeding, and my mother was sweating, her clothes were off. I didn't know what to think."

The husband's family defended him Tuesday morning, claiming he was trying to protect his wife. 

Sources said that Nash has 19 prior arrests, and had served at least four years in a state prison. 

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Car Hits Hydrant in Midtown: Police]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:12:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/6th+avenue+fatal+accident.jpeg

One man is dead and another man is fighting for his life after an out-of-control car slammed into a fire hydrant on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan early Tuesday morning.

A stretch of Sixth Avenue between 54th and 55th streets was still closed to traffic Tuesday morning as police investigated the horrific crash.

Two men were trapped inside the crippled car and had to be removed by rescuers.

The 33-year-old passenger was taken to Saint Luke Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 31-year-old driver was in critical but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Tuesday morning.

The impact of the crash was so intense that the fire hydrant ended up in the back seat of the car. Detectives were working Tuesday morning to figure out if speed was a factor. 

Witnesses say the sedan was moving fast moments before it crashed into the hydrant outside the Warwick Hotel at 4 a.m.

“The light here at 54th was red, and it looked like he tried to stop for the light and lost control. And that’s what made him run into the fire hydrant,” said one woman, who witnessed the crash while out on a smoke break. 

Another man said he heard the tires make a noise like the driver was trying to stop right before the impact. 

The crash left the car crunched against two short poles on either side of the hydrant. The car was still there as the sun came up Tuesday. 

It's unclear when the block of Sixth Avenue will reopen to traffic. 

Photo Credit: Adam Warner
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<![CDATA[Repairs Continue After Tractor-Trailer Overturns on NYC Highway]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 23:14:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/truck+overturn+final.jpg

A tractor-trailer truck was left dangling from on overpass on the Cross Bronx Expressway after it overturned Monday afternoon, snarling traffic for hours on drivers began hitting the road to return home from the holiday weekend. 

The truck overturned soon after 12 p.m. near the intersection of the Sheridan Expressway, authorities said.

The driver, Pablo Lopez of Florida, was traveling south on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he lost control and hit the car in front of him, fire officials said. Two other cars were also hit in the accident. 

Lopez told NBC 4 New York he was driving in the middle lane when a small sedan clipped him in the front, and that's when he lost control, careening through the concrete barrier and toppling down. 

Lopez said he clung to the steering wheel as he shimmied out of the cab of the truck, then jumped onto the Sheridan Expressway and landed on his feet. 

He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said. He left holding a bag of clothing soaked in fuel that rained down on him as he hung from the cabin, which he showed to NBC 4 New York. 

He told NBC 4 New York outside the hospital he split his head on the visor when his cab flipped, and he showed the seven stitches he received. He said he had some neck pain, but was otherwise OK. 

Two other people also had minor injuries in the crash, police said. 

Lopez said he was driving from Connecticut to New Jersey after delivering tomatoes Sunday. He said he's been driving trucks for 18 years. 

Fire officials say the crash could have been more devastating. 

"I think it helped that there was no cargo inside the tractor trailer -- it's not as heavy as it could have been, so the weight of that might have done more damage and possibly could have flipped over onto the Sheridan Expressway," said FDNY Chief Vincent Masco. 

Traffic on both roads was snarled for hours because of the overturned truck. The Cross Bronx Expressway was reopened in both directions by Monday evening, and the northbound Sheridan Expressway ramp to the Cross Bronx was back open. 

Photo Credit: Ida Siegal]]>
<![CDATA[Large Truck Overturns on New Jersey Highway]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:16:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tractor+trailer+overturns+feuerherd.jpg

A large truck overturned on a New Jersey highway Tuesday morning, police said. 

The 8-wheel truck was traveling westbound on I-280 near exit one in Parsipanny at about 11:20 a.m. when it overturned, authorities said. 

Traffic was delayed for about a mile as crews worked to clear the wreck from the roadway. 

It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured in the crash, authorities said. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot on Brooklyn Street Corner: NYPD]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043316.jpg

A man was shot and killed on a Brooklyn street corner Tuesday morning, police said. 

The 46-year-old victim was shot once in the chest at about 1:45 a.m. near the corner of Schenectady Avenue and St. Johns Place in Crown Heights, authorities said. 

First responders rushed the man to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. 

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said. 

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<![CDATA[WWII Airman Still Seeks Challenges at 94]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 23:11:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/roscoe+brown.jpg

Roscoe Brown hustles across the room to greet a reporter at the door. He is 94 years old and still recovering from surgery to insert a pacemaker, but he prefers to keep moving.

That explains those bright blue sneakers with neon green laces.

On a shelf in Brown's home sit World War II-era model fighter planes and a black-and-white photo of a young pilot emerging from the cockpit. A feathered newspaper clipping reads: "Son of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown First to Shoot Down Nazi Jet Plane."

Brown flew 68 combat missions for the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in U.S. history. 

"Fighter pilots are like athletes," says Brown, a Mets fan and Jets season ticket holder whose display shelves are filled with team collectibles. "And I was a pretty good pilot."

He was also a pretty good athlete. Brown ran in nine New York City marathons and still looks for that thrill of racing when he steps onto the treadmill that sits in front of his 13th-floor bedroom window. The problem is, his appetite for exercise never changed as his body aged.

"As I got older, I tried to do a lot more than my body would accept," admits Brown, who treats being on the treadmill like it’s a competition.

His body nearly failed him this winter, when he became critically ill. His heart rate slowed to a dangerously low point and doctors at Montefiore Medical Center put in a pacemaker in the middle of the night to support his life.

"If he wasn’t as healthy and in such great shape, he probably wouldn’t have made it through this," said his physician, Dr. Daniel Sims.

"Most 94-year-olds are not this active, but Dr. Brown is just remarkable," he said. 

That's right: Brown also holds a Ph.D. in education. 

Brown arrived for his first follow-up visit on a mission: He complained that his heart rate wasn’t going up enough. Sims was incredulous – "I have not had a patient tell me that before" – but dutifully checked. Sure enough, the pacemaker settings needed an adjustment.

Now he is easing back into daily workouts by lightly working out on his treadmill with the aid of a fitness trainer and the advice of Sims, who suggests even nonagenarians find some way to stay moving.

But with sights set on getting back to MetLife Stadium to watch his Jets, Roscoe Brown will try to pace himself.

"You can’t run too fast in the beginning because you won’t be around at the end," he says.

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<![CDATA[Gas Station Owner Shot to Death in Newark: Authorities]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:06:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+tape+3.jpg

Police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a gas station owner in Newark.

Davinder Singh, 47, was shot at the Power Gas Station on West Market Street sometime before 4:25 p.m. Monday.

Police said Singh was found unresponsive at the gas station and taken to a University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 4:45 p.m.

Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the shooting.

Police have not said what led to the shooting or if anything was stolen from the business.

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<![CDATA[Men Put Gun to Woman's Head as She Came Home: NYPD]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 01:10:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GUN+TO+HEAD+ROBBERY+BX.jpg

Police are searching for the men who put a gun to a woman’s head as she was coming home to her Bronx apartment.

The 41-year-old woman was about to open her apartment door last Wednesday morning in Kingsbridge Heights when the men approached her.

One of the suspects put a handgun to the woman’s head and demanded her valuables, police said.

The woman yelled for help and all of the suspects took off running.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[NYPD Arrests Brother of Boy Who Allegedly Took Gun to School]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 03:38:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gun-in-school-0528.jpg

Police arrested the 13-year-old brother of an 8-year-old boy who allegedly brought a loaded handgun to his Brooklyn school last week.

The older brother was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Because he is 13, he was charged as a juvenile and the case against him will be heard in family court.

Police believe the teen gave the firearm to his younger brother, who then took it to P.S. 91 in East Flatbush last Friday. 

The principal of the school called police after a teacher said she found the Taurus handgun in the 8-year-old boy’s bag. The gun had four bullets inside, police said.

On Friday, the head of the city's school security guards union again called for more metal detectors and scanners at schools. The union has been vocal about installing the machines after a rash of similar incidents in the spring in which students were caught with guns.

<![CDATA[1st Look at New Hudson Yards Skyscraper]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 03:49:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Andrew+Siff+Hudson+Yards+1.jpg Reporter Andrew Siff gets an exclusive tour of 10 Hudson Yards, the first skyscraper in Manhattan’s new West Side skyline. The 52-story tower, which opens May 31, is part of a $25 billion project that is putting this long-overlooked neighborhood on the map. Five other towers are now under construction at the site and the entire Hudson Yards project is slated for completion in 2024. “We will have created a city within the city,” said Related Hudson Yards President Jay Cross. "It's going to be the future of New York."]]> <![CDATA[Injured Teen Hiker Rescued from NJ Waterfall: Police]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:47:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hike+rescue+teen.jpg

Police and EMS rescued a teenage hiker who fell down Peanut Leap Falls in New Jersey, a popular attraction along a hiking trail inside Palisades Interstate Park, officials say. 

The 17-year-old boy from Elmwood Park was hiking with friends when he fell shortly after 4 p.m. and got hurt, police said. He was swinging from a tree and landed on a rock, and the rock gave way, causing him to plunge down the waterfall.

He sustained internal injuries and became trapped 70 feet up the waterfall, police said. He was found kneeling on a rock formation, unable to move.  

Police marine units had to bring paramedics and EMS workers in rappel gear to the area because of the remote location and shallow depth. Rappel crews lowered themselves to the boy, secured him, and brought him down.

Chopper 4 followed the rescue as the teen was loaded into a boat waiting in the Hudson River at the base of the cliffside, then transported over water to nearby Alpine Boat Basin Marina, then to Hackensack University Medical Center by ambulance. 

Officials would not offer a condition on the hiker, but he appeared to be conscious and moving during the transport. 

Hikers say the it's about an hour-and-a-half hike to reach Peanut Falls, which is described online as difficult and strenuous. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY/Palisades Parkway Police]]>
<![CDATA['Melting' Sandy House Puts Neighbors at Risk]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zombie+house+staten+island+neighbor1.jpg

A home that's been sitting abandoned on a Staten Island block three and a half years after Sandy is collapsing, and neighbors say their complaints about it have been ignored for years. 

The home has been the eyesore of Mason Avenue in Midland Beach for years, its walls cracking and roof rippling. Rats have made a home there, and there's likely mold still growing inside. Neighbors say they have had enough. 

"We're desperate. We need action now," said Thea Friscia. "Look at it, it's melting. The house is melting." 

Maureen Childs, who lives next door to the home, said, "The fire department told me if I hear creaks, run. They say get out of the way." 

Keri Mullen, whose yard sits right behind the abandoned house, says she feels punished after years of complaining to the city: building inspectors have placed a vacate order on her backyard, saying it is too close to a potential collapse zone. 

"I was told verbally that it would be a $5,000 fine if anyone is in that backyard, whether it's us or anyone coming in," she said.

Records show a number of complaints were made to the Department of Buildings in the last four years: in November 2012, someone complained that parts of the house were collapsing; in July 2014, another caller told 311 that the roof was collapsing. In December 2014, the department issued an unsafe building violation but two months later, the violation was dismissed. Then, this past month, there were complaints that the walls were leaning in. 

For Mullen, there was no pool and no barbecue this Memorial Day. All she wants is to wake up from the nightmare after Sandy.

"It's not about a barbecue, it's about quality of life. It's about safety. And it's about fairness," she said. 

The house was bought out through a Sandy relief program, and now the city owns it, and it's up to them if they want to demolish it, according to neighbors. 

The Department of Buildings said it's aware of the inconvenience to neighbors but safety has to come first. It will issue an emergency declaration for demolition. 

Messages were left with the home's former owner. 

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said in a statement: "During the months immediately following the storm, we tried warning the city about the inevitable end result of abandoned and mold infested homes. This is obviously a dangerous condition, and all relevant government agencies must take all appropriate steps to correct it." 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Robbing Another at Knifepoint: NYPD]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/east+harlem+knifepoint+robbery.jpg

Police have released clear, close-up video of a man allegedly robbing another man at knifepoint inside an East Harlem building last week. 

The video shows the alleged robber confronting the 62-year-old victim in what appears to be a lobby in the area of East 106th Street and Second Avenue after 11 p.m. Friday, May 27, police said.

The suspect in the white shirt pats the victim's pocket several times as the victim tries to move away from him, the video shows. He then encircles his arms around the victim's body and wrestles away a wallet, then runs out the door. 

Police said the suspect showed a knife and he took off the wallet, which contained about $300 and other items.

The victim wasn't hurt.

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

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Body Found on New Jersey Street: Police]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:37:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/maplewood+hit+run.jpg

An unidentified body was found on a street in Maplewood, New Jersey, Monday morning, authorities said. 

Authorities discovered the body of a man on Wyoming Avenue near Hickory Drive at about 4 a.m., police said. 

The victim has not been identified, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's office. 

It was not immediately clear if the victim was hit by a car or died from other causes, authorities said. 

Police officers knocked on neighbors' doors as they investigated. 

"They asked us if we knew about a hit-and-run outside the house," said a resident named Nat Francis.

"We heard four guys in a car stopped and they thought it was a deer, then saw the guy who was unconscious," he added. 

The prosecutor's office couldn't confirm it was a hit-and-run and said it's waiting on an autopsy. 

The body was found feet from Dave Pressel's home but he said he didn't hear anything. 

"I have absolutely no idea what happened, how it happened, really when it happened," he said. "All I know is someone unfortunately died from it." 

Pressel said the street was a "very typical residential, suburban neighborhood," with many joggers, dogwalkers and bikers around. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Remembering the Fallen on the Intrepid]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:26:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/memorial+day+intrepid1.jpg A Memorial Day ceremony at the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum honors the nation's fallen, as Mayor de Blasio says the city has ended chronic homelessness for its veterans. Andrew Siff reports.]]> <![CDATA[Storm Team 4]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StormTeam4_1B.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Crime and Courts]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel.jpg

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<![CDATA[Inferno Roars Through Long Island Condo Building]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:37:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/port+jefferson+condo+fire.jpg

A building inside a Long Island condominium complex went up in flames early Monday, the heat of the inferno so intense it melted the siding on a neighboring building. 

The fire ripped through the complex on Leeward Court in Port Jefferson at about 2:30 a.m. 

Resident Joe Subbiondo heard the alarms: "I look to my right and there's a huge ball of flame next to me. I just ran. I just got out as quick as I could."

"These flames were shooting out of the roof," said another neighbor named Eleanor McGuire. "I had to get dressed in a hurry... Someone's pounding on my door, telling me, 'Fire, fire, get out.'"

"I couldn't believe it. I thought I was dreaming. I don't know. I just couldn't -- it was wild," said Subbinodo, who grabbed his cellphone but left behind his wallet and keys.

"I have no clothes, I have nothing. Everything is gone," he said. 

Six families were displaced in the blaze, including Subbiondo. No one was hurt, which Port Jefferson Fire Chief Charles Russo called "lucky."

"The fire could have spread down the entire line of the building," he said. 

Subbiondo says he has friends and neighbors he can turn to for help.

"I'll be OK," he said.

McGuire echoed the sentiment.

"I'm just so lucky I'm alive and that no one was injured in this," she said. "That's all that really matters." 

The blaze started where a deck once stood. The fire department is still searching for a cause.

At this point, it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Streets Close as Bricks Fall From Upper West Side Building]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:27:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bricks+fall+from+UWS+building.jpg

Streets were cordoned off Monday morning after bricks from the facade of an Upper West Side building jostled loose and crashed onto the pavement below, authorities said.

The bricks fell from a building that is apparently under construction near the intersection of 94th Street and West End Avenue at about 10:45 a.m., authorities said.

West End Avenue was closed from 93rd to 95th streets as police investigated. 

No injuries were reported.  

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor de Blasio: NYC Has Ended Chronic Veteran Homelessness ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:37:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-bill-de-blasio-generico.jpg

Mayor de Blasio on Monday claimed the city has won the fight against chronic veteran homelessness after vowing last Memorial Day to put an end to the problem.

"We ended the scourge of chronic homelessness for our veterans," de Blasio said Monday.   

"Chronic homelessness" is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on how long an individual remains homeless. 

A city hall spokesperson told NBC 4 New York that from Thanksgiving 2015 through May 27, 1,091 homeless veterans were moved to permanent housing.

But, 421 veterans remain in shelters in New York City, the spokesperson said.

The administration is working with HUD to move every homeless veteran into permanent housing, the spokesperson said.   

De Blasio said Monday that if a New York veteran is looking for a home, "We guarantee...we will find them one because they deserve that." 

<![CDATA[Violent Night in New York City; At Least 8 Shot: Police]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:51:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYC+shootings+multiple.jpg

Gunfire erupted across a muggy New York City Sunday night in a series of shootings that spanned from upper Manhattan down to Staten Island, police said.

At least eight people were shot in four of the city’s five boroughs in a span of only a couple hours. The wave of violence came just hours after a young man was shot at a Brooklyn playground. 

The 20-year-old man was shot three times shortly before 2:45 p.m. as he played basketball at El Shabazz Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to police. He was taken to Kings County Hospital and is expected to survive.

A 19-year-old man was shot in his neck around 8:30 p.m. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, police said. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital and is expected to survive.

About an hour later, shots rang out at the Thomas Jefferson Houses in East Harlem. Police said a man was shot in his stomach after a fight near East 111th Street and First Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. He was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition.

Two women and one man were shot near 118th Avenue and 155th Street in South Jamaica, Queens, shortly before 10:45 p.m. The FDNY said that all three victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital with gunshot wounds. Their conditions weren’t immediately known.

Minutes later, two more people were shot in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, police said. The men were shot near 110th Street and Atlantic Avenue shortly before 11:15 p.m. One of the men was shot in his leg and the other man was shot in his torso. Both of them were taken to Jamaica Hospital and are in stable condition.

Around the same time as the shooting in Richmond Hill, a man was shot as he sat in a parked car on Staten Island. Police said the 25-year-old man was parked on Prince Avenue in Fox Hills shortly before 11:15 p.m. when an unknown man came up and shot at him. It’s unclear how many times the shooter fired, but one bullet hit the man in his head. He was taken to Richmond University in critical condition. 

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings, police said.

Early Sunday morning, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed on a Bronx street. And three men were shot during barbecues at a Bronx park late Saturday night. 

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<![CDATA[Dozens Displaced in Suspicious Mount Vernon Fire]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:18:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/firefirefirwe.png

Dozens of residents were staying in a Westchester County shelter Sunday after a fire that officials are calling suspicious destroyed two homes and damaged a third.

The blaze began around 11:20 p.m. Saturday at a home on South Terrace Avenue in Mount Vernon, according to the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

Firefighters managed to get control of the fire at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, but only after two homes were destroyed and a third was damaged, fire officials said.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Several homes in the neighborhood lost power as a result of the blaze, ComEd officials said.

All the residents escaped unharmed, firefighters said.

A total of 32 adults and 12 children were displaced by the blaze, according to Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas. The American Red Cross is aiding those families. 

"The city is at present taking everybody in at our armory facility and we're going to hold on to them to make sure they have a place to stay," Thomas said.

Mount Vernon Fire Chief Tom Duffy said the fire is suspicious and is still being investigated. Additionally, the mayor's office said "arson has not been ruled out."

Nastassia Edwards, who was displaced by the fire, said she had no time to think when she realized the fire next door had spread to her house.

"I was in the living room when I saw fire and I opened my front door and the fire was already coming in," she said. "I have a 1-year-old and a 6-year-old so I had to get them out. The baby was screaming and screaming, so I just ran out the house."

Edwards was able to enter her house Sunday morning, but she could only get essentials.

Hortense Jenkins and her relatives will not even be able to do that. They will be staying at a shelter, along with 10 other families left without homes.

Jenkins said she lost everything but is thankful her kids are safe.

<![CDATA[Nice Weather Had Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore Beaches]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:56:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nj+beaches+1.jpg Thousands packed beaches along the Jersey Shore to enjoy the 70-degree temperatures. On the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk, 10-year-old Zamir Weems said he had an "awesome" day hanging out with friends. Michael George reports.]]> <![CDATA[Rainy Forecast Forces Parade Cancellations]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 05:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/memorial+day2.jpg

A rainy forecast for Memorial Day in the tri-state area has prompted many communities in the tri-state region to cancel parades.

On Long Island:


  • BOHEMIA: The parade is canceled, but the Memorial Day ceremony is moved inside the fire department headquarters.
  • MERRICK: The parade will begin as planned, weather permitting.
  • ROCKVILLE CENTRE: The parade is canceled.


In New Jersey:

  • BRANCHBURG: The parade scheduled in Neshanic is canceled.
  • BRICK: The parade is canceled, but a Memorial Day ceremony is planned at 10 a.m. in Town Hall.
  • DUMONT: The parade is canceled.
  • FLEMINGTON: The borough's parade is canceled.
  • HIGHLAND PARK: The parade is canceled.
  • LAKEWOOD: The parade is canceled.
  • LIVINGSTON: The parade is canceled.
  • LYNDHURST: The parade is canceled, but the Veterans Alliance plans a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Building.
  • MAPLEWOOD: The parade is canceled, but a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in Town Hall.
  • MIDDLE TOWNSHIP: The parade is canceled.
  • MILLBURN: The parade is canceled.
  • NEW BRUNSWICK: The parade is canceled.
  • NORWOOD: The parade is canceled.
  • ROCHELLE PARK: The parade is canceled, but Memorial Day services areea planned at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion.
  • ROSELLE: The parade is canceled.
  • ROXBURY: The Parade canceled.
  • RUTHERFORD: The parade is canceled, but a wreath toss and rifle salute ceremony is planned at 8 a.m. at the Union Avenue bridge and a rifle salute is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Park.
  • SADDLE RIVER: The parade is canceled.
  • SAYREVILLE: The parade is canceled.
  • UNION: The parade is canceled.
  • VERONA: The parade is canceled, but the mayor and council will conduct a wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Civic Center.

In Connecticut:


  • Berlin Memorial Day Parade canceled. There will be an indoor service at the American Legion at 9 a.m.
  • Bethany Memorial Day Parade cancelled. A ceremonial service will take place in the Town Hall gym at 10 a.m.
  • Clinton Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • East Hampton Memorial Day Parade cancelled. A ceremony will be held at the High School at 9 a.m.
  • East Hartford Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • East Haven will hold ceremonies indoors at the East Haven Senior Center at 91 Taylor Avenue. Program begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Granby Memorial Day Parade scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
  • Guilford Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies canceled.
  • Hamden Memorial Day Parade canceled. There will be an indoor ceremony at Hamden Middle School at 11 a.m.
  • Madison Memorial Day Parade cancelled. There will be a ceremony at the American Legion Hall at 43 Bradley Road at 10:30 a.m.
  • Manchester Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • New Britain memorial services postponed until Tuesday at Central Park at 11 a.m. Memorial Day Parade is still scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
  • Noank Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • North Stonington Memorial Day Parade canceled. Services will be held at 10 a.m. at The Grange
  • Norwalk Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • South Windsor Memorial Day Parade is canceled. There will also be a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
  • Trumbull Memorial Day Parade cancelled. There will be a service at the Vietnam Memorial at 7:30 a.m. and a service at the All Wars Memorial at 8:30 a.m.
  • Vernon Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • Wallingford Memorial Day Parade scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
  • Watertown Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • West Hartford Memorial Day Parade canceled.
  • West Haven Memorial Day Parade postponed to Sunday, June 5
  • This is a running list. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Woman Tries to Lure Girl, 3, Away from Mom in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 01:05:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/198*120/52916abduct.jpg

Authorities are searching for a woman accused of trying to lure a 3-year-old girl away from her mother on a Brooklyn street Saturday morning.

The mother, a 28-year-old woman who doesn't want to be identified, told NBC 4 New York that her daughters, 3 and 6, were talking to the woman at about 10 a.m. in Bensonhurst. She said she initially felt no reason to be alarmed.

But the woman suddenly touched the shoulder of the 3-year-old girl and gently guided the child away from her mom. 

The mother, who didn't want her face shown, said: "She has her hand and she walked a few steps. I told her, 'Hold on, where are you going?' And when I said that, she grabbed my daughter and she started to run. When I told her to stop, she was going faster." 

The mother said she yelled at the woman, caught up to her and was able to pull her child away from the woman.

The mother called 911 and the suspect briefly waited, but left before police arrived.

The attempted abduction occurred on 80th Street.

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<![CDATA[Tri-State Region Faces Soggy Memorial Day, Storm Team 4 Says]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:09:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/gr2.jpg

Avoid the beach and consider moving your Memorial Day cookout indoors, Storm Team 4 says.

The hot, sunny weather enjoyed by throngs of beach-goers during the weekend came to a close after midnight when rain clouds move into the area from the southwest.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the New York City area until 7:30 a.m. Monday. 

More than an inch of rain had already fallen at Central Park by 6 a.m. Monday, and more than 1.5 inches of rain had fallen at Newark Airport. 

The messy weather has led to a number of Memorial Day parade cancellations. 

Expect the heavy rain to continue Monday morning, with lightning and thunder in some areas. 

The rains should subside by lunchtime, but showers and storms are possible in the early evening and scattered storms will persist. 

The skies will clear Monday night and the sun is expected to return Tuesday and deliver more 80-degree temperatures. Expect more of the same on Wednesday.

As for Tropical Storm Bonnie, Storm Team 4 says slow-moving remnants of the storm will ease northward, but remain mostly offshore. But it could bring a bit of rain or a storm to the region on Thursday or Friday.

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<![CDATA[Railroad Bridge Struck by Boat Causes Amtrak Delays]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 01:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/52916bridge.jpg

Amtrak briefly suspended service on its Empire line after a railroad bridge was struck by a boat at the northern tip of Manhattan.

The vessel hit the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, said Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods.

The structure is a railroad swing bridge that spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek between Manhattan and the Bronx — where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet.

There were no injuries, but the rail line suspended service until the bridge was inspected for structural damage.

Lines formed at Penn Station as hundreds of travelers were forced to figure out how to get where they need to go.

"It's extremely frustrating. We've been here for four hours. Like that guy said, no one's been telling us anything. We've had to ask questions and get vague answers. It's been really annoying," passenger Annie Reilly said. 

Alvin Shatkin, who lives in the Bronx, sees boats go through all the time. He said he wasn't surprised that a boat clipped the bridge. He said boat traffic sometimes builds up and the water can be choppy." 

"It must be the Circle Liners. They have some difficulty negotiating sometimes. The currents are pretty treacherous." 

Amtrak reported at about 8:30 p.m. that train service had resumed along the line with minor delays. 

People waiting in line started to cheer when the announcement was made, but there were still plenty of residual delays. 

And while some passengers were able to take Metro-North. Other passengers said Amtrak could have done a better job keeping them informed.

"Terrible service. They really need to address this. They've left a lot of people hanging for hours. It's been very frustrating," passenger Donald James said. 

It's unclear if the delays will persist through Memorial Day, when plenty of people will be traveling home on the line. 

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<![CDATA[University Says No to NYPD Gunfire Sensors on Campus]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 17:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/Columbia4.jpg

Columbia University has balked at an NYPD request to use rooftops on campus as locations for sensors capable of detecting gunfire in the city.

The Ivy League school gave no reason why it declined to allow the police department to install the ShotSpotter technology on campus, sources told NBC 4 New York.

University administrators will continue to review the proposal, however.

Police officials say ShotSpotter often picks up gunfire that is never reported in a 911 call. They add that the technology enables officers to respond to gunfire faster than a 911 call.

Installing the sensors on campus would help the department combat gang violence in the public housing complexes near the university, officials say.

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<![CDATA[3 Shot After Argument Escalates Between Frat, Group: Police]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/courtland.png

Three men were shot inside a Bronx park Saturday after an argument escalated between members of a fraternity and another group as they held separate barbecues, police said.

The shooting in Van Cortlandt Park at West 242 Street and Broadway began at 10:25 p.m., police said.

A 19-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, a 23-year-old man suffered three gunshot wounds to the abdomen, and a 20-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said.

All three men were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Police confirmed that two barbecues were taking place inside the park at the time of the shooting, one of which was being hosted by a fraternity. An argument broke out between the two groups and an unknown person started firing shots.

Police do not have a description of the shooter.

Nobody is in custody over the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Gunman at Large After L.I.E. Road Rage Shooting: Police]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:46:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/LIE-Shooting.png

A motorcyclist shot a man in a car three times while on the Long Island Expressway in what police are calling a case of road rage.

The 25-year-old man was travelling eastbound on the expressway when an unknown man on a motorcyclist pulled up next to the vehicle and opened fire around 11 p.m., police said.

The victim sustained three gunshot wounds to the arm, though he is expected to survive, according to police.

The gunman abandoned his motorcycle near exit 21 and fled the scene on foot, police said.

No one is in custody over the shooting. 

The roadway was shut down as police investigated.

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<![CDATA[Driver Stopped for Traffic Violation Found with Counterfeit Bills: Cops]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:03:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/200*120/52916counterfeit.jpg

A Long Island man pulled over for a traffic infraction faces a slate of charges accusing him of having fraudulent credit cards and counterfeit twenty-dollar bills, police said Sunday.

Kevin Patrick, 38, of Hempstead, was stopped for failing to signal a turn Saturday afternoon in Baldwin, investigators said.

During the stop, a officer found that Patrick had a fraudulent North Carolina driver license, three fraudulent credit cards and $540 in counterfeit bills, investigators said.

The officer also found that Patrick's New York State driver license had been revoked.

In addition to the traffic infraction, Patrick was charged with several counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

There was no indication he had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

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<![CDATA[Man Sexually Abused Woman in Manhattan Elevator: Police]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:05:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/elevator-guy.png

Authorities are searching for a man accused of sexually abusing a woman in a Manhattan elevator.

The man followed the 23-year-old woman into a Washington Heights elevator at a building near Saint Nicholas Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, police said.

The elevator stopped at the sixth floor and as the man was leaving, he held the doors open and threw bodily fluids at the woman, police said. The man then left the scene.

The suspect was described as man with black hair between 25 and 30 years old, 5’8”, and 150 pounds, police said. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.

The NYPD asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Officials Recover Small Vintage Plane From Hudson]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 21:06:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/AP_16149568884659_edited-1.jpg

A salvage team has recovered a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed into the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard.

The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the aircraft out of the river Saturday. The plane was taken to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport near Wall Street.

The P-47 Thunderbolt, a single-seat propeller plane, was on a flight to shoot promotional material for the Bethpage Air Show in Jones Beach when it went down in the water about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, according to officials.

Police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarmed the area as they searched for the pilot, later identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida.

Scuba divers recovered the 56-year-old pilot’s body about three hours after the crash, according to NYPD Det. Michael Debonis.

The plane suffered some sort of mechanical problem and the pilot tried to ditch in the Hudson, said Gari Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane. It's not clear what the source of the problem was.

Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, told NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first.

Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

Bethpage Air Show organizers said in a statement posted online they will proceed with the event "with heavy hearts."

"The pilot was a friend to us all and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and our friends at the American Air Power Museum," the statement read.

Gordon was a veteran air show pilot and had more than 25 years of experience, the AP reported, citing promotional material on a website for a Key West air show last month. Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified pilots to perform low-level aerobatics, according to the site.

The P47-Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter plane used by Allied forces in World War II. The aircraft first went into service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

Lewi said the museum was going to honor the plane’s 75th anniversary of coming into service this weekend at the air show. The plane that crashed was supposed to fly in this weekend’s airshow.

It has flown periodically, including to other air shows, Lewi said.

The site where the plane crashed Friday, near the Edgewater Marina, is less than five miles upriver from where U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the river in 2009 in what is now commonly referred to as “The Miracle on the Hudson”

Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 48, Fatally Stabbed at Brooklyn YWCA]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/image-bk-stabbing.png

A woman living in a Brooklyn YWCA was fatally stabbed by another resident Saturday morning, according to police and the nonprofit organization.

Liza Millet, 48, was repeatedly stabbed in her back and torso at about 7 a.m. inside the Boerum Hill complex, police said. She was taken to New York Methodist Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dorothy Curry, 56, who police described as emotionally disturbed, barricaded herself in a room before being taken into custody. She was taken to Kings County Hospital to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Later in the day, Curry was charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Authorities recovered a kitchen knife at the scene, according to police.

YWCA USA said in an emailed statement the organization is "deeply saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss of life."

"We express our condolences to the family and friends of the victim, and we will work with YWCA Brooklyn as it offers support and counseling services to its residents," the statement added.

The Brooklyn YWCA offers housing to 285 low-income and homeless women, according to the organization's website.

"Since our founding in 1888, the organization has never experienced a violent event within its community of residents," the statement continued.

Neither Millet nor Curry had a history of violence, YWCA administrators said.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>