<![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 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:43:55 -0400 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:43:55 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Truck Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Power in NJ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:53:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/truck+fire.jpg

Hundreds of people are without power after a truck accident downed power lines and sparked a large blaze in New Jersey Monday.

A spokeswoman for PSE&G said the truck struck a pole on Huyler Street in Teterboro around noon, causing wires to come down. The accident caused approximately 630 customers to lose power.

Firefighters responded to the scene after the accident caused the truck to catch on fire. It remains unclear what caused the accident or if there were injuries.

PSE&G crews are on the scene making repairs and power is expected to be restored in the next few hours, the utility company said.

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<![CDATA[Child Shot in the Leg in Brooklyn: Police]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brownsville+brooklyn+child+shot+sept+22.jpg

A child was shot in the leg in Brooklyn Monday afternoon, police say.

The child was shot on Lott Avenue in Brownsville shortly after 4 p.m.  

The child is about 12 to 14 years old, according to police, and is listed in serious but stable condition at Kings County Hospital. 

Police are still searching for a suspect. 

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<![CDATA[5 Children Stuck With Needle at School: NYPD]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:17:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg

Five students at a Bronx elementary school were allegedly stuck with a hypodermic needle by another student last week, parents and police say. 

According to a report filed with police by school officials Friday, a girl brought a hypodermic needle to PS 121 on Monday, Sept. 15, and another child, a boy, took the needle and stuck five other students. 

The parents of two of the children who were allegedly poked with the needle said they took their children to the emergency room, and the boys were put on anti-viral medication as a precaution.

The parents said the district did not notify the school community until days later and are also questioning the delay in reporting the incident to police. 

A spokeswoman for the school district said the Office of School Health and the principal at PS 121 are investigating, including how the girl got the needle in her possession and why she brought it to school. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Hit by Cyclist in Central Park Dies: Officials]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:30:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/central+park+bicyclist+hits+pedestrian.jpg

The 59-year-old Connecticut woman who was critically injured after she was hit by a bicyclist in Central Park last week has died, officials say.

Jill Tarlov, of Fairfield, died some time after she was hit by a bicyclist on West Drive and 63rd Street inside the park Thursday afternoon, according to a statement for CBS Television Stations, where her husband is a senior vice president.

Tarlov, who previously worked at CBS-owned radio station 1010 WINS, fell to the ground after being hit and suffered head trauma, police said. She was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she died.

"We are heartsick over the passing of our dear friend and former 1010 WINS Radio colleague Jill Tarlov," CBS said.

Police say the 31-year-old cyclist, who stayed at the scene, had minor shoulder and hand injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the cyclist was riding in the park's bike lane and hit the woman while swerving to avoid other pedestrians, according to the NYPD.

"We are committed to doing what we can to bring greater public awareness of the perils of unsafe and distracted driving by motorists and cyclists that endangers pedestrians," the company said. "Far too many people have been killed or seriously injured on our streets."

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<![CDATA[Little League Coach Hit in Head With Baseball, Dies]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/richard+becher.jpeg

A 50-year-old Little League coach died after he was hit in the head with a baseball during warm-ups before a game on Long Island over the weekend, authorities said.

Richard Becher, of Holbrook, was hit with the baseball while pitching batting practice to his 12-year-old son's team before a game Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, a baseball facility in Yaphank, Newsday reports.

According to police, bystanders were performing CPR on an unconscious Becher when officers and paramedics arrived.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.



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<![CDATA[1 Officer Dead, 8 Injured in NYPD Van Crash]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:21:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd+van+crash.jpg

One police officer died and eight others were injured after an NYPD vehicle crash early Sunday in the Bronx, authorities said.

Michael Williams, 25, was ejected from the rear of a police van when it crashed in Hunts Point, authorities said. Williams had been on the force for less than a year.

He and eight other officers from the 47th Precinct in the Bronx had been on their way into Manhattan to staff a demonstration at the United Nations and the People's Climate March. The van was not engaged in a pursuit, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, police said.

One witness, William Soto, said that in the aftermath of the crash he saw another officer's head bleeding. He looked "like he was trying to gasp for air," Soto said.

The eight officers who were injured are all expected to recover, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed, 48 Hurt After Bus From NYC Flips: Officials]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:34:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Bus-Crash-Twitter.jpg

Two women were killed and nearly 50 other people were injured after a bus on a three-day sightseeing tour from New York to Washington, D.C., overturned in Delaware Sunday, authorities say.

Fifty-four-year-old Hau’y Chen, of New York City, and 30-year-old Idil Bashi, of Istanbul, were both killed after the bus flipped off the roadway while trying to turn onto an off an exit ramp in New Castle at about 4:20 p.m., investigators say.

The bus, which had a driver and 49 passengers on board, was traveling southbound on Delaware Route 1 and exiting onto the off-ramp to US-13 northbound in New Castle around 4:20 p.m.

As the driver, identified as 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, Queens, tried to turn onto the ramp, the vehicle went off the roadway and overturned onto its roof, according to investigators.

The bus slid on its roof and traveled down a grassy embankment and rotated on its left side until it came to its  final resting place, according to police.

Chen, a passenger on the bus, was ejected and then pinned underneath it. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zhao and the other passengers were all taken to area hospitals with injuries of varying severity, officials say. At least three, including Bashi, had critical injuries, and at least two of the victims were children. Bashi died at a hospital about six hours after the crash.

"The injuries vary widely," said Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, an Emergency Room physician at Christiana Care. "Some patients have head injuries. Some have injuries to their torso, ribs, abdomen and fractures."

Officials say the bus is owned by Am USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus company in Chinatown. The passengers were part of a sightseeing group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City, according to police.

Investigators say their three-day trip began Friday and the bus was headed back to New York at the time of the crash.

Elvis D'cruz, a 19-year-old college student from New Castle, told NBC10 in Philadelphia he was driving home with a friend when he spotted the overturned bus. The two quickly got out of their vehicle to help the victims.

"It must've been within five minutes of the crash," D'cruz said. "There were about two to three other civilians there helping out. The bus had flipped over onto its side and some people were still underneath it. The bus was completely in a ditch. We tried to help them get out, as much as we could. We went to the car, got first aid equipment and passed out gauze and bandages, whatever we could to comfort people."

D'cruz described total chaos.

"It just made me feel how fragile life is at times," D'cruz said while in tears. "It was hard seeing that little boy in the middle of the crash scene. What I really can't forget is all of the screaming and the smell of blood in the air. People didn't know what to do. There was no one else at the scene. Within 15 minutes, state police arrived."

According to D'cruz, the Route 13 off-ramp has a history of accidents.

"There used to be a guard rail," he said. "People would go highway speeds on it even though you're supposed to slow down. People kept on slamming into the guard rail but it would stop them from flipping. They later on removed the guard rail and put flags up."

The ramp from Route 1 southbound to US-13 northbound was closed for about six hours Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Video of Live Insect in School Lunch Investigated]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wrom+school+lunch.jpg

A New Jersey high school's food vendor says it's investigating after several students began circulating video purporting to show a live insect squirming inside a taco salad school lunch.

Video taken by North Bergen High School students show what appears to be a small worm on the lunch plate. One girl posted the video on Instagram, and another boy sent video to NBC 4 New York.

The authenticity of the videos could not be immediately confirmed Friday, but the lunch vendor for the school, Nu-Way Concessionaires, said it's investigating and that the health department was immediately called in. 

"This is an isolated incident. We've taken steps to discuss this with our food producers. We are very concerned about what we feed children," said Sal Valenze of Nu-Way Concessionaires.

One student, Luis Godreau, said "I would think they would make sure nothing like that would get inside it. It's crazy to see that inside it." 

Another junior student who wanted to remain anonymous said a freshman made the gross discovery and brought the video to the school's main office.

Nu-Way officials say they believe the insect was a small worm, and though rare, insects can get into produce during the agricultural process. 

As a precaution, the product batch has been pulled from distribution. The USDA is also expected back at the school Monday to continues its investigation, Nu-Way said.

Calls to the school district and the North Bergen Health Department were not returned Friday night. 

(WARNING: Instagram video below contains some explicit language) 

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<![CDATA[Teacher Accused of 2 More Student Sex Assaults, 5 Total]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:47:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/teacher+arrest1.jpg

A northern New Jersey high school teacher who was accused of sexually assaulting three 15-year-old students is now being accused of assaulting two more students, authorities say.

Nicole Dufault,  35,of Caldwell, was arrested Wednesday night for the alleged assaults inside Columbia High School in Maplewood and in her car since last year, the Essex County prosecutor's office said. The students were allegedly assaulted during the summer months and the school year, authorities said.

Dufault pleaded not guilty to charges involving the initial three students Friday morning. It wasn't clear when she would be arraigned on the additional charges.

Authorities said the additional two students did not just come forward; rather, "we just reached the stage in the investigation where the charges involved these students could be added," according to the prosecutor's office. 

Dufault was being held on $500,000 bail at the Essex County Correctional Facility and police say they removed two children from her custody.

Information on Dufault's attorney wasn't immediately available.

The investigation began with school officials, who then flagged law enforcement, according to the prosecutor's office. 

Board of Education president Elizabeth Daugherty said in a statement Friday that the allegations "deeply disturbing," but declined to discuss how the investigation began, citing confidentiality rules. 

Daugherty said the board and the administration will cooperate with authorities in their investigation. 

Some parents were stunned by the news of the teacher's arrest Thursday and went to the school in search of information.

"We need to know what happened, when it happened and why it happened," said one mother who did not want to give her name. She said when she called the high school for answers, the person who picked up hung up on her. 

"That's not acceptable," she said. 

No one answered Dufault's home door Thursday, but neighbors said Friday they were shocked by the accusation. 

"I thought she was a responsible adult, taking care of the kids, raising the family, and then all of a sudden it's like, bam," said Donna Lee. "That's what's so shocking, and it's the kids who are suffering in all this." 

Nancy Ursitti said Dufault is a "sweet" woman and the "gentlest mother to her children."

"I'm shocked," she said. 

Prosecutors say Dufault is a language arts teacher and has worked at the school for nine years.

The school was offering counseling and other assistance.

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<![CDATA[People's Climate March]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:25:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/168*120/climate+march.jpg Thousands filled the streets of Manhattan Sunday to call for action on climate change, joining protesters around the world aiming to increase pressure on world leaders ahead of a United Nations summit on the issue.

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<![CDATA[4 Hurt in Motorcycle vs. School Bus Accident on FDR Drive: FDNY]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Four people were hurt in an accident involving a motorcycle and a school bus on the FDR Drive in the East Village, authorities say. 

It's not clear what caused the crash on the northbound FDR Drive near East 10th Street about 2:45 p.m., according to the FDNY.

One of the victims was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, the FDNY said. Three others had minor injuries.



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<![CDATA[United Nations General Assembly Street Closures]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:02:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/united+stations+security.jpg

The NYPD has announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to the United Nations General Assembly, which begins Monday. Below are the details.

The following streets will be completely closed to traffic beginning Tuesday, September 23rd at 10 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, September 25th:
• 49th Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
• 50th Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:
• Park Avenue from 48th Street to 52nd Street
• Lexington Avenue 48th Street to 52nd Street

The following streets will have managed closings beginning Monday, September 22nd until Saturday, September 27th:
• 50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
• 51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:
• Madison Avenue from 48th Street to 52nd Street


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2014

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2014

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

On Tuesday the FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:
• Southbound at 63rd Street
• Northbound at South Ferry

Additional intermittent closures to vehicular traffic for Tuesday include:
• 50th Street from Park Avenue to 1st Avenue
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 50th Street


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2014

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars but will be subject to intermittent closures. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session

Additional intermittent closures to vehicular traffic for Wednesday include:
• 50th Street from Park Avenue to 1st Avenue
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 50th Street

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2014

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 42nd Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• The 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
• These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session

On Wednesday the FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:
• Southbound at 63rd Street
• Northbound at South Ferry

Additional intermittent closures to vehicular traffic for Wednesday include:
• 50th Street from Park Avenue to 1st Avenue
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 50th Street

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2014

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• The 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
• These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2014

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
• 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access.
• 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
• 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
• 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
• 2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
• 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
• The 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
• These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session
 



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<![CDATA[Man, 47, Found Stabbed to Death in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_01generic_police_lights1.jpg

A 47-year-old man was found stabbed to death inside a building in Brooklyn Sunday afternoon, police say.

Officers found Richard Sanders unconscious after responding to call on Legion Street in Brownsville at about 4:30 p.m., according to the NYPD. Sanders had multiple stab wounds to his head and chest, and EMS crews pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police are investigating Sanders’ death as a homicide, police say. No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[PATH Service Resumes After Tunnel Fires]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/path+fire.jpg

PATH train service between New Jersey and midtown has resumed after a pair of fires broke out in a tunnel in Manhattan Sunday, forcing service to be suspended through Monday's morning commute.

The FDNY said the fires sparked just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 19th Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea. According to the Port Authority, at least one fire started in an electrical room.

No injuries were reported but the 23rd Street station was evacuated. The blazes also sent smoke billowing into the air above ground. 

Crews worked overnight to repair the damage and had to cut power to the lines.

World Trade Center-bound lines from both Hoboken and Newark were running Monday morning.

--Tracie Strahan contributed to this report. Follow Tracie Strahan on Twitter @tstrahan4NY



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<![CDATA[Dead Woman Found With Puncture Wounds: NYPD]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_handcuffs11.jpg

A 56-year-old man was arrested on murder charges after the Bronx woman with whom he lived was found unconscious with puncture wounds under her left armpit and on her shoulder blade Sunday.

Police found 57-year-old Cynthia Migliozzi unconscious at her home on Astor Avenue in Pelham Gardens at around noon. She was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

On Monday, police said they charged Martin Migliozzi with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. It’s not clear how or if the victim and suspect are related.

It’s not clear if Martin Migliozzi has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Grisly Crash on Long Island Parkway: Police]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:20:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Meadowbrook-Fatality-NY-Long-Island.jpg

Two men were killed in a grisly crash that shut down a section of a Long Island highway early Monday, police say.

The victims, ages 22 and 30, both died after something caused their car to leave the roadway and hit a tree on the Meadowbrook State Parkway near the Hempstead Turnpike exit in Uniondale, according to state police. The force of the impact knocked over the tree and badly damaged the majority of the car. 

It's not clear what caused the crash. 

The parkway’s southbound lanes were closed between the Hempstead Turnpike and the Southern State Parkway while crews investigated, but they reopened at around 7 a.m. Monday.

The crash contributed to a fender-bender on the road when a driver hit a state trooper's cruiser near an exit lane. The trooper was checked out by EMS workers at the scene.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Robber Punched 73-Year-Old Man in Face: NYPD]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:23:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Robbery-Brooklyn-Elevator-0922.jpg

Police are looking for the robber who punched a 73-year-old man in the face in Brooklyn before stealing his wallet last week.

The victim and robber were both inside an apartment building elevator on East 13th Street at around noon on Wednesday, police say. As the victim got off the elevator, the robber punched him and took the wallet.

The man was taken to a hospital after the robbery, where police say he was treated for cuts to his head.

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

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<![CDATA[Boy, 6, Lured to Empty Temple With Candy: Cops]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/luring+suspect+rockland.jpg

A 25-year-old Rockland County man has been arrested on an attempted sexual assault charge after he allegedly lured a 6-year-old boy to an empty synagogue by promising him candy.

Authorities say Abraham Widenbaum, of Wesley Hills, allegedly approached the boy near the boy's front yard Wednesday evening, promised him candy and walked with him to a nearby temple that was unlocked. Widenbaum allegedly took the boy to an empty room, then told him to go get his friend and bring him back to the synagogue.

The boy left the temple and ran into his father, who had been looking for him. When the child told his father what had happened, the father called police. The suspect was no longer in the temple by the time authorities arrived.

Two days later, the boy's family called police to say they had seen the suspect walking on a road in the neighborhood. Police responded and arrested the suspect. He was charged with luring and endangering the welfare of a child in addition to attempted sexual assault.

Widenbaum was remained in lieu of $75,000. Authorities said he had no known connection to the temple where allegedly lured the boy.

It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.
 

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<![CDATA[Man Lures Boy to Garage, Attempts Sex Assault: NYPD]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/greenwich+village+attempted+sex+assault.jpg

Police are searching for a man who they say lured a teenage boy to a parking garage in Greenwich Village, then attempted to sexually assault him.

The man lured the 17-year-old boy to the lower level of the Hilary Gardens Garage at 741 Broadway at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, then tried to sexually assault him, according to police.

The victim managed to run away, and the suspect fled. The boy wasn't hurt, police said.

The suspect is about 20 years old and 5 feet 6 inches. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Students Could Be Punished for "Rape" Shirt Photo: School]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rape+tshirts+commack.jpg

A Long Island school district says six students could face disciplinary or legal action after posting Twitter photos in which they wear T-shirts spelling out the word "rape."

Commack schools refused to identify the students, citing district policy. All are said to be seniors at Commack High School, and classmates said they all were in school Friday.

The photos were taken at the high school’s varsity field, moments after seniors had posed for their class photo, according to school officials.

The photos were removed from Twitter before the start of school Friday.

“They feel terrible. They apologized to everyone they hurt,” said friend Ryan Elgar, who said they were “athletes and good students” who made a mistake.

“They weren’t intentionally trying to promote rape," he said. "They just thought it might be funny at the time.”

Few were laughing.

"I don’t think it’s funny,” said Kelley DiFrancisco, a mother of four high school students.

On Twitter, the reaction was much the same, with tweets ranging from “absolutely disgusted” to “unbelievably embarrassed.” One student tweeted “I don’t even want to enter the doors of Commack High School.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Commack schools said, “these students showed an inexcusable lack of judgment.”

The high school's principal condemned the photos in a loudspeaker message, according to one student. But senior Ali Salam said some of his classmates believe this is much ado about nothing.

"Half think this shouldn’t be happening," he said. "They should be let go. They’re just kids."

According to Salam, the photos were meant to mimic an image from the popular book “The Fault In Our Stars.”

A counselor from the Islandia rape hotline and rape crisis center known as VIBS said the photos left her with a feeling of despair.

"About half of all rape victims are teen victims," said Clarice Murphy.

Murphy said she called Commack schools Friday, offering enhanced rape education classes for students.

"It is the responsibility of everyone to get out the message that sexual abuse is not acceptable," Murphy said.

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<![CDATA[Toddler Struck by Teen Driver Dies]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:54:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulancegeneric.jpg

An 18-month-old girl died Saturday, a day after a teenage driver backed into her on a road in a Rockland County village, police said.

The girl, Judy Danzinger, was on Becketts Court in Chestnut Ridge when she was struck Friday at around 1:30 p.m., according to the Ramapo Police Department.

The driver, a 19-year-old woman, stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Says Hello, Then Shoots 4 on Street: NYPD]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:55:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jackson+heights+shooting+sept+19.jpg

Police in Queens are searching for a gunman who shot four men outside a home in Corona Friday night, according to the NYPD.

The gunman and one other suspect walked up to the victims outside 32-14 106th St., near Northern Boulevard, at about 9:45 p.m. and said hello, police say. 

The gunman then fired at least one round at the victims, and the two suspects ran away, according to police. 

A 24-year-old man was shot in the arm, a 25-year-old man was shot in the torso and head, a 25-year-old man was shot in the torso and head, and a 34-year-old man was shot in the right side of his face, police said. 

They were all taken to Elmhurst Hospital. Two are in critical condition, and the other two are in serious but stable condition, the FDNY said. 

None of the injuries is life-threatening. 

There are no arrests, police say. 



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<![CDATA[Dog Found in Canal With Cinder Block Around Neck: SPCA]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/west+islip+canal+floating+dog.jpg

Officials are investigating after a dog was found floating in a canal with a chain and cinder block around its neck off Long Island. 

A homeowner in West Islip spotted the dog near Secatogue Lane East and Bay Fifth Street, according to the Suffolk County SPCA. The homeowner contacted the local animal shelter, who in turn contacted the SPCA.

The dog is a black and tan female Rottweiler mix, believed to be about 7 years old. 

There was no sign of trauma on the dog, the SPCA said. Investigators are looking into whether it was already dead before it was put in the water, perhaps for a burial at sea. 

Neighbors were skeptical.

"It's hard to believe someone would dump them in the canal like that," said Gerard Cereola. 

Cindy Sheehan said "there are ways to dispose of animals in a respectful way, and that's not it. It's very disturbing, and it's sad." 

A necropsy will be performed to determine if foul play was involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA. 

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream Entrepreneur Crushed by Security Gate: Cops]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bronx+gate+death.jpg

A 79-year-old ice cream entrepreneur was crushed when a security gate fell on him at his Bronx store Friday morning, police say.

Alfred Thiebaud, of Yonkers, was sweeping up outside his Delicioso Coco Helado on St. Anns Avenue in Melrose when he pushed a button for the gate to come down. He apparently collapsed and the gate fell on him, police said. He was found lying near the gate shortly before 6 a.m. and pronounced dead.

Witness Samuel Rosas said he rushed to help but it was too late.

"I called to him, 'Alfredo, you need me to help? Want to me to help you?' He was unresponsive," he said. 

It wasn't clear why Thiebaud collapsed. The medical examiner will determine how he died.

The Thiebaud family has run Delicioso Coco Helado for nearly three decades, according to the company's website, and sells tropical flavored-treats at stands across New York City.

A makeshift memorial was placed outside the gate where Thiebaud died Friday. Those who knew him said he was a fixture in the community and a humble man who helped many people get work.

"Every time you asked Alfredo to do something for the community, for the baseball league or some type of community organization or event, he never said no," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. as he wiped tears from his eyes. 

Rosas said Thiebaud was a "great man who gave a lot of people work, a lot of people jobs -- a humble guy, a respectable man." 

"It's sad," said another man who knew Thiebaud. "I wouldn't wish that type of death on anyone."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Manager of Famed NJ Diner Sentenced in Murder Plot]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tick+tock+diner+murder+for+hire+plot.jpg

The former manager of a famous northern New Jersey diner was sentenced to eight years in prison for plotting to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

Georgios Spyropoulos, 46, of Clifton plead guilty in July to conspiracy to murder his former boss. On Friday, he received the eight-year sentence, which included nearly seven years of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act.

Authorities have said an informant told them Spyropoulos was searching for a hitman to torture and kill his boss, Alexandros Sgourdos. They alleged that Spyropoulos believed Sgourdos was withholding profits and keeping a large amount of cash in a safe.

Sgourdos co-owns the Tick Tock diners in Clifton and Manhattan.

Spyropoulos was arrested in April 2013 and indicted on attempted murder and other charges.

"If vicious, vindictive men like Georgios Spyropoulos held sway, we would live in a much more violent world,” said New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman. “Fortunately, law and order – in the form of the New Jersey State Police – prevailed in this case, and his elaborate plot to have his uncle tortured and murdered has instead ended in a lengthy prison sentence for Spyropoulos.”
 

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<![CDATA[Hit-Run Driver Strikes Cop on Long Island: Police]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:11:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cop+shot+suffolk.jpg

Authorities are looking for a hit-run driver who allegedly struck a police officer making a traffic stop on Long Island Monday afternoon. 

Officials say two plainclothes officers pulled a vehicle over on Partridge Lane in Huntington shortly after 1:30 p.m. and were hit, one seriously. 

The driver of the car that hit the officer sped off. There apparently was at least one other passenger in the vehicle, a police source said.

The two abandoned the hit-run car a short time after allegedly hitting the officer, then allegedly carjacked a vehicle and were involved in another hit-and-run, this time in East Northport, the police source said. 

Both suspects were later arrested in Bay Shore.

The officer was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with serious injuries. The other officer was not badly hurt. 

A man who identified himself as a nephew of one of the suspects spoke to NBC 4 New York. 

"Since I was 17, he's been my best friend, but up until this last year, I don't even know who he is anymore," said Devin McAllister of Huntington, adding his uncle got into "some bad stuff." 

 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chopper 4 Captures Fighter Jet Flyover]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:19:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fighter+jets+teterboro+sept+19.jpg

Chopper 4 captured three fighter jets flying in formation in a practice exercise over Teterboro Airport in New Jersey Friday evening. 

The F/A-18 Hornet jets were going into Teterboro Airport at about 5:30 p.m.

Officials at Teterboro Airport said the jets were practicing maneuvers and will be in the area over the weekend.

Dignitaries attending the General Assembly at the United Nations have also landed planes at the airport.

The fighter jets may be part of an increased security presence in the area for the event. 



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<![CDATA[Central Perk Opens for "Friends" 20th Anniversary]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:30:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/central-perk-soho-cropped.jpg

Nearly 20 years after the premiere of the classic sitcom "Friends," fans of the show will be able to grab a cup of coffee at Central Perk and plop on the orange couch where Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe spent most of their time.

A pop-up recreation of the coffee shop opened in SoHo Wednesday in honor of the 20th anniversary of the sitcom, which aired the first of its 240 episodes on NBC Sept. 22, 1994. The shop, at Lafayette and Broome streets, will be open daily until Oct. 18.

On Central Perk's opening day, the line stretched down Broome St. and around the corner as fans eagerly waited to enter the famed cafe.

They were greeted by numerous images from the 10 seasons plastered on the walls and a plethora of memorabilia. Character costumes were on display, as well as Joey and Chandler's ceramic dog, Ross' "Science Boy" comic book, and Rachel's sonogram, the one where she couldn't see her baby. Fans can also see a replica of the iconic gold frame that hung over the peephole in Monica's apartment.

Announced last month by Warner Bros. and Eight O'Clock Coffee, the pop-up also comes complete with the actual orange couch used in the show's 10-year run. Fans are allowed to sit on the couch and have their picture taken by the cafe, which they can than access online for free.

Fans can also get free cups of coffee from the actor who portrayed the bright-haired barista Gunther on the show and will be treated to games and periodic performances of Phoebe's famous song "Smelly Cat."

There will also be several giveaways over the course of the month, Warner Bros. said, and an area is set up so fans can buy "Friends"-themed merchandise.

-Chelsea Narvaez contributed to this article



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<![CDATA[Classic Jag Stolen 46 Years Ago in NYC Found in California]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:00:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stolen+jag+recovered.jpg

A classic British roadster regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made that was stolen nearly five decades ago from outside a New York City apartment building has been found in a shipping container in California, and will soon be returned to its now 82-year-old owner.

The 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible was seized by authorities last month at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. Referred to the XKE in the United States, the car has captured hearts of auto enthusiasts, including Ivan Schneider, since it roared onto the scene in the 1960s with its sporting pedigree, graceful long hood, sleek profile and other timeless design elements. The New York Museum of Modern Art added an XKE to its permanent design collection in the 1990s.

This particular car's story is not all about looks —although, most of it is.

The car was stolen from outside Schneider's Manhattan apartment one night in 1968. He said he walked downstairs on his way to work and realized the car wasn't where he parked.

"I walked up and down Madison Avenue, then up and down Fifth Avenue, and it wasn't there," said Schneider, a former city lawyer now living in Miami Beach. "I was heartbroken."

He filed a police report. Holding out hope that the Jag would be found, he did not buy another car for about four weeks. But his optimism quickly soured. He remained so enamored with the Jaguar that when he bought new cars over the years, he regaled dealers with tales of his lost E-type, which the trial lawyer then in his mid-30s bought for $15,000 after winning a big case. Hagerty's classic car price guide now values the convertible 4.2-liter engine model at more than $112,000.

"I've had a lot of great cars since then, but none of them as pretty," Schneider, a car collector, said Wednesday. "I've had every car you can think of. That was, in looks, my favorite car."

Forty-six years after his prize was stolen, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official called Schneider and told him the car had been located in a shipping container at the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles that was bound for Europe.

"When I got the call, I thought they were kidding me," Schneider said.

The break in the decades-old vehicle theft case came when Customs and Border Protection was notified by the National Insurance Crime Bureau of a vehicle reported stolen. CBP typically cross-references documentation provided by exporters with information, including vehicle identification numbers, in the Crime Bureau's active stolen vehicle reports.

"When we located the vehicle, it was in a container bound for the Netherlands," said Javier Larios, of the CBP.

The agency notified the carrier that the container should be returned to the Southern California port complex. When agents opened the container, they found Schneider's Jag, painted white over its original gray color.

"The outside looks great, the inside looks terrible," Schneider said. "This is just a miracle, a miracle."

Schneider plans to have the car restored in New York before it is shipped to his Florida home. He said he is "very excited" to take it for another ride after only putting 6,000 miles on the car before it disappeared. 



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<![CDATA[Dirty Delis and Markets Exposed]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:20:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dirty-delis-markets.jpg

Of nearly 28,000 supermarkets inspected by the Department of Agriculture & Markets statewide, about 1,000 delis and markets had deficiencies that were classified as critical at their last inspection. Critical violations include unfit food, including food infested by insects or defiled by rodents. 

You can find a map a showing which local markets got critical violations during their last inspection below. If you don't find your local deli, it means it passed its last inspection. Scroll down for a list of the establishments evaluated.

Two Key Food stores are among the worst 20 offenders in the city since 2011 with eight violations each; one of the markets is on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, the other on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Owners of those stores, both of which passed their most recent inspections, did not return calls.

An NBC 4 New York investigation found that inspectors have issued more than 2,300 violations for evidence of insects, rodents, or domestic animals, and 1,300 violations for workers displaying poor hygiene over the last 18 months. Though those cases aren't considered critical violations, they're enough to give some patrons pause.


Sean Perkins stopped by his favorite Washington Heights market the other day at lunchtime and got some unfortunate news along with his sandwich.

 

Perkins learned that the market he frequents, Presbyterian Deli II, has the dubious distinction of having the most failed food safety inspections of any market in New York City since 2011.

“Rat droppings. Ewwww,” said Perkins, reading one recent report. “I’m about to cancel my sandwich. That’s what I’m about to do.”

Presbyterian Deli II failed 12 food safety inspections by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets since 2011. Its violations included mouse droppings under the deli service display, old, dried pieces of meat on the cold cut slicer and live cockroaches throughout the store.

The store owner did not respond to NBC 4 New York's requests for comment. But a cashier there said workers had made an effort to clean up after their last failed inspection. The store passed its latest inspection May 22.

“These are really basic kinds of food safety procedures that supermarkets need to follow to be sure that their fresh foods aren’t being contaminated with pathogenic bacteria,” said New York University Food Studies Professor Marion Nestle.”

Nestle wrote the book on smart supermarket shopping. "In What to Eat," she explained how shoppers can protect themselves against unsafe food conditions at supermarkets. She said buyers should be concerned about the violations uncovered in the NBC 4 New York investigation.

“I think all of these are signs of not being focused enough on making sure that something that’s preventable is actually prevented,” she said.

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture declined to be interviewed. But he explained that it usually takes four consecutive failed inspections for his agency to pull a market’s license to sell food.
Last year, the department revoked 11 markets’ licenses, and issued four injunctions or temporary restraining orders, effectively shutting down a store’s food service.

Experts say there are plenty of common sense ways you can check out your local market yourself:

  • Look at the market’s latest inspection, which should be visible at the front of the store.
  • Look around. Does it look clean? Is there dust on the shelves? Does the produce look fresh?
  • Check the prepared foods. Are they refrigerated? Are they covered?
  • Give refrigerated and frozen foods the feel test. Do they feel as cold as they should?

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