<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:05:16 -0500 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:05:16 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Hit, Killed as She Checks Flipped Car; Police Car Hit Too]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:55:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+hit+flipped+car.jpg

A woman who survived a rollover was killed after she was hit by a car as she went back to her flipped car on a Long Island highway. And as a trooper went to check on the struck woman, another vehicle hit the trooper’s car, police say.

The chaotic scene involving four vehicles in total unfolded after the woman’s car rolled over on the Southern State Parkway at the Straight Path exit in West Babylon sometime early Sunday. The woman survived the initial crash and walked over to the shoulder of the road. But she returned to her car, possibly to grab something, and was hit by a second car, which also struck her flipped-over car, police said.

As a state trooper went to check on the hit woman, his state vehicle was struck by another car from behind, according to police.

The woman who was hit died at the scene, according to police. Her name has not been released. The state trooper was described as “okay” by police.

The condition of the driver who hit the woman is unknown, as is the condition of the driver who struck the state trooper’s car.

The multi-vehicle accident is still under investigation. Lanes in the vicinity were closed Sunday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

<![CDATA[Selfie Offers Clue to Mobile Phone Theft: Cops]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:17:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/112915selfed.jpg

A young man provided police a helpful lead in the reported theft of a mobile phone: a selfie taken with the stolen item.

Police released the selfie of the suspect and are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The victim, a 36-year-old man, was texting on his phone while riding a southbound Q train at about 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 24, when the phone was snatched from his hand as the train entered the Beverley Road station in Brooklyn.

The suspect fled the train when the doors opened.

The suspect eventually used the phone to take a photo of himself, which turned up on the victim's Google account, police said. Some phone users set up their devices to back up photos automatically to their Google photo libraries.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Man Charged After Crash Kills Biker: Police]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:50:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Lights+bar.jpg

A 22-year-old Long Island man was charged with driving while impaired by drugs Saturday after being involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist.

Sabelo Ndala, of Port Jefferson Station, was attempting to turn onto Hyson Way in Coram at about 1:55 p.m. when his 2010 Volkswagon Jetta slammed into a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Suffolk County police said.

The motorcyclist, Heissen Buttel, 56, of South Setauket, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he died from his injuries, investigators said.

Ndala, who wasn't injured, was charged with driving while ability is impaired by drugs and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was being held overnight and was scheduled to be arraigned Sunday in Central Islip. There was no indication he had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges.  

<![CDATA[2 Sought in Violent Robbery in Queens: Police]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/203*120/112815violence.jpg

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with a robbery that left a 48-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition.

Investigators released surveillance photos of the suspects on Saturday.

The two suspects punched and kicked the victim multiple times and made off with a undetermined amount of cash, police said. The robbery occurred at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition. An update on his condition wasn't available.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Fiery Crash Kills 2, Knocks Out Power for Hundreds: Police]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:57:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CU51DhDVEAAd5iQ.jpg

At least two people were killed, one person was injured and hundreds were without power after a garbage truck T-boned a BMW on Long Island early Saturday morning, toppling power lines and causing the SUV to burst into flames, police said.

The accident happened around 4:15 a.m. in Inwood as the BMW was traveling south on Sheridan Boulevard and the private garbage truck was headed west down Bayview Avenue. Residents say they heard a loud boom as the garbage truck T-boned the BMW from the right, sparking a fire that consumed both vehicles.

At least two people were in the BMW at the time of the crash. They both died at the scene, police said. The driver of the garbage truck was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

About 300 people were without power after the accident, police said. Power was restored to all customers by early Saturday evening, utility officials said.

Both vehicles were visibly burned and mangled Saturday morning as police continued to investigate. One investigator said that the bodies of the victims in the BMW SUV were so badly charred that it would be hard to identify them.

“It’s going to be very difficult to identify the bodies right now,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said.

Police were still trying to determine if anyone else was in the BMW Saturday morning.

The intersection remained closed at 9:15 a.m. and was littered with twisted power lines and debris from the crash.

As of 9:45 a.m., Sheridan Boulevard is closed in both directions between Bays Water Boulevard and Nassau Avenue due to the accident. Bayview Avenue is also closed between Doughty Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue. Motorists should expect delays and should avoid the area.

<![CDATA[Suspect Charged with Rape of Jogger: NYPD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:50:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/112815suspect.jpg

A 28-year-old was charged Saturday with raping a woman who said she was attacked while jogging in a park on Manhattan's Lower East Side, police said.

Paul Niles, who was identified after investigators released a surveillance photo of the rape suspect and received numerous tips, faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree robbery and third-degree identity theft.

The woman told police she was jogging in East River Park at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man with dreadlocks approached her on a bicycle and grabbed her by the hair when she tried to run. The man dragged her into an amphitheater off the waterfront path.

She said the man then raped her and took her cellphone and credit cards, according to police. He rode off on the bike after the assault.

The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Niles was also charged with forcibly grabbing a 56-year-old woman three days earlier in the vicinity of FDR Drive and Grand Street. He fled on his bike after grabbing at her, police said.

There was no indication late Saturday night that Niles had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

<![CDATA[Father, Son Shot to Death in Brooklyn: Police]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:53:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/double+homicide+brooklyn.jpg

A father and his son were fatally shot at a public housing complex in Brooklyn Friday night, the NYPD said Saturday.

Police were called to the Langston Hughes Houses at 315 Sutter Ave. in Brownsville for a report of an assault just before 10:45 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found 25-year-old Dupris Moore, who had been shot in the head, and 47-year-old Dupree Dunbar, who sustained two gunshot wounds to his chest, on the 14th floor. Both men were declared dead at the scene.

They were later identified as father and son, investigators said.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene late into the night, with more than a dozen officers and investigators around the entrance. The building was put on lockdown for a period of time, according to police.

There have been no arrests, police said.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 88-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Teen Robbed by 4 Suspects After Visiting ATM in Queens: NYPD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/atm+victim+4+attack.jpg

Four suspects robbed an 18-year-old man after he withdrew money from an ATM in Queens, police said.

The robbery happened after the teen visited an ATM at A-Town deli at 24-20 Ditmars Blvd. on Nov. 8. Police say the suspects watched the victim at the ATM, followed him a short distance from the deli and then surrounded him shortly before 3 p.m. They then allegedly threw him to the ground and stole his wallet.

The suspects got away with a credit card, debit card and $1 in cash, according to police. The victim was able to retain the money that he withdrew from the ATM by hiding it in a pants pocket.

The four suspects ran away after the robbery.

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

<![CDATA[Body Found Inside Boarded up Home After Fire: PD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:00:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-48043370412.jpg

Homicide and arson detectives are investigating after a body was found inside a boarded up, burned residence on Long Island.

The body of the person, who has not been identified, was found at 119 Irving Ave. in Wyandanch, police said. The home was boarded up at the time of the house fire around 2 a.m.

The Wyandanch Fire Dept. found the body inside after extinguishing the blaze. The body was transported to the medical examiner to be identified and undergo an autopsy.

A preliminary investigation determined the fire to be non-criminal, police said.

<![CDATA[Man Hit, Seriously Injured in NJ; Driver Charged]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:45:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pedestrian+struck+new+jersey.jpg

A 37-year-old man was seriously injured after he was struck by an SUV on a New Jersey roadway Friday night, police said.

Shaun Nichols was on Route 37 near Douglas Street in Toms River when he was hit by a 2005 Chrysler driven by Jesus Leonor Hernandez, 27, who was traveling eastbound. The accident happened near the Aqua Blu Restaurant.

Nichols was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center with serious injuries. His condition was unknown Saturday.

Hernandez was charged with operating a motor vehicle while having a revoked driver's license. He could face other charges in the crash, police said.

Photo Credit: Toms River Police]]>
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<![CDATA[Man Robs Store After Being Denied Sneakers Refund: NYPD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:27:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bronx+variety+shop+robbery.jpg

A man wearing a hardhat robbed a store in the Bronx after he was denied a refund for shoes he had purchased there, police said.

The robbery happened at the Forever 99 variety store at 1560 Westchester Avenue in Soundview around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say the suspect demanded a refund for a pair of sneakers that he had purchased at the store. When he was told that he could only exchange the sneakers, he allegedly walked behind the counter and stole $600 in cash from the register.

A 36-year-old man tried to prevent the suspect from leaving the store by blocking an exit, but was shoved to the ground, police said. The suspect then got in a white Nissan Altima and took off down Westchester Avenue.

The man who was shoved to the ground was not injured.

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

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<![CDATA[Armed Men Tie up Clerk, Steal Cash at L.I. Store: PD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:41:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-cars-night-shutterstock_12324768412.jpg

Four armed men robbed a Long Island business Friday night, tying up a clerk and stealing cash before taking off, police said.

The four men went into the store at 1565 Montauk Highway in Mastic sometime before 7:45 p.m. They tied up the clerk and then stole money and other items from the location, according to Suffolk County police.

Police responded to a call of a robbery around 7:45 p.m.

The condition of the clerk is not known, nor is it known what weapon or weapons were used in the robbery.

Police were investigating the incident Saturday.

<![CDATA[The Death of Eric Garner]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:48:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/eric+garner+death+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Police Patrols Increase at NYC-Area Planned Parenthoods]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/planned+parenthood+long+island.jpg

Police in the New York metro area say they're stepping up patrols at Planned Parenthood locations as a precautionary measure after a gunman shot several people in Colorado, including three fatally. 

Police in Colorado Springs captured the shooter after an hours-long standoff, but the gunfire left two civilians and a police officer dead, and several others wounded, authorities there said. 

The NYPD deployed Critical Response Vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city as the active shooting situation was unfolding, and both Nassau and Suffolk County Police increased patrols to locations on Long Island. 

Two police cruisers could were seen patrolling a facility in Hempstead late Friday night.

The agencies say there are no specific threats to Planned Parenthood locations here, and are stepping up patrols as a precautionary measure. 

The shooting left about a dozen casualties, including five police officers, at a Planned Parenthood facility in a five-hour standoff on Friday, NBC News reported. The nine injured victims are in good condition, according to police. 

Armed with "some kind of a long gun," the suspect brought items inside with him, Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley said, but it was unclear what they were. "We don't have any information on this individual's mentality, or his ideas or ideology," she said, according to The Associated Press.

"My heart's broken. This is a really really tough situation for a lot of people in our community and the community at large," Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey said.

"This is a terrible, terrible tragedy that's occurred here in Colorado Springs," said Mayor John Suthers. "We mourn the loss of a very brave police officer. I just want to make sure that everybody knows that while this was a terrible, terrible tragedy, it could have been much worse but for the actions of the first responders."

The Planned Parenthood was open and active on Friday morning, with patients taking appointments, according to Buckley.

"At this time, our concern is for the safety of our patients, staff and law enforcement," Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said in a statement earlier Friday.

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<![CDATA[Plane Landing at JFK Hit by Laser: FAA]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:05:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/laser+plane+attack.jpg

The FAA is investigating after a crew on a flight landing at Kennedy Airport reported getting hit by a green laser shortly before landing.

The crew on Virgin America Flight 24 was about four miles northwest of JFK and about 6,000 feet in the air when the Airbus A320 was hit by a green laser at about 9:45 p.m., according to the FAA.

No one was hurt on the flight from San Francisco, and the plane landed safely. 

The FAA says it has also notified the NYPD. 

Pointing a laser at a plane is a federal crime.

<![CDATA[Nurse Honored For Saving 10-Year-Old Boy's Life]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:08:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/nurse+saves+boy.JPG A Long Island school nurse received a standing ovation at a special ceremony in her honor after she and a police officer helped a young boy who suddenly stopped breathing on a playground. Greg Cergol reports.]]> <![CDATA[Man Stabs Wife, Mother-in-Law With Hunting Knife: Officials]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+crop.jpg

A man stabbed his wife and his mother-in-law with a hunting knife in their Jersey City home and fled in a minivan before crashing on the New Jersey Turnpike, authorities say. 

The 53-year-old suspect allegedly stabbed his 48-year-old wife and his elderly mother-in-law in their Winfield Avenue home Friday afternoon, according to a Jersey City spokeswoman. 

He then took off in a Toyota minivan and crashed near exit 11 of the New Jersey Turnpike, where state troopers caught up with him and took him into custody, the spokeswoman said. 

He's expected to face homicide and aggravated assault charges when he's processed by Jersey City police. 

The suspect's identity is being withheld to protect the victims, both of whom suffered serious injuries and are listed in critical condition at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, officials said. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Kips Bay Stairwell Rape: NYPD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2909-15+13+SQD+11-26-15+Photo.jpg

Police are searching for a suspect in a rape attempt in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day. 

The suspect is known to the NYPD, who says he was arrested Nov. 9 for a robbery. He allegedly forced a 48-year-old woman into the 17th-floor stairwell inside a building in the Straus Houses public housing complex on East 28th Street, forced her to perform a sex act and then tried to rape her, police said. 

The victim fought back, and the suspect grabbed her handbag and ran down the stairs, according to police. 

She followed her attacker and with the help of a bystander, took her handbag bag from the suspect, police said. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Dominique Frazier, ran into an elevator in the lobby. 

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released. 

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

<![CDATA[Dash Cam Catches Terrifying Crash on Side of I-95]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:09:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/I95+fairfield+crash+crazy+video.jpg

State police dashboard camera footage captured a terrifying crash where a car plowed into a car on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Connecticut, narrowly missing two people standing alongside the highway.

Yoni Rojas, 21, of Bridgeport is facing multiple charges including reckless endangerment and reckless driving after the crash on I-95 South in Fairfield just after midnight on Thursday, according to Connecticut state troopers.

Authorities say Rojas plowed into a car that was pulled over following an earlier two-car crash near exit 19. The wreckage barely missed a pair of people who were standing on the passengers side of the vehicle. 

Video of the scary scene was posted to the State Police's Facebook page, with troopers reminding drivers to move over if emergency vehicles are parked on the side of the road. 

The footage from the dash camera of the first cruiser on scene shows a car appear to come out of nowhere at a high rate of speed, coming within inches of hitting two people standing behind a vehicle on the highway. They jumped back in what state police called a "hair-raising" moment to avoid being hit right as the barreling car takes out the vehicle they were standing next to and pushes it out of the camera's view.

Neither the two people nearly hit nor the state trooper at the scene from the original crash were injured.

Rojas did sustain minor injuries. He was expected to appear in court on Friday morning. Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available. 

<![CDATA[2 Dead After Boat Carrying 7 Overturns in NJ: Police]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:07:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/nypd+manasquan.JPG

Two men have died after a pontoon boat carrying seven people capsized in an inlet in New Jersey, officials say.

The boat was in the Manasquan Inlet, near Point Pleasant Beach, when it flipped into the water Friday afternoon, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Multiple agencies responded with choppers and boats in the search-and-rescue operation, including State Police Marine Service, State Police Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard and NYPD. All seven men on the boat were recovered. 

Alex Osadchy, 66, was pronounced dead on the scene, and Grigory Klokishner, 74, died at Jersey Shore Hospital in Neptune, state police said. Both were from Philadelphia.  

Four others were taken to Ocean Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, and one refused medical treatment, according to state police. 

Police said they're investigating but believe the strong currents were a contributing factor in the boat overturning. It's not clear if the men were wearing life vests. 

Another witness Dan Gallagher, 18, was getting ready to surf when he saw a wave come up from behind the boat and flip it over. 

"I saw the pontoon coming around the corner of the rocks, and one wave came up behind it and almost tipped it," he told Asbury Park Press. "As soon as it hit, the boat just kind of sat there. And the next wave came up right behind it and tipped it over the rest of the way." 

Gallagher said it looked like there were about seven people in the water.

"Luckily, none of them got pulled toward the rocks. They were all able to get out in the water, but we didn't really see everybody coming up," he said.

Nearby boats and surfers in the water rushed to help some of the victims from the water before emergency responders arrived, said Gallagher. 

"It's very, very heartbreaking that two people died, and it was so close to the beach," said another surfer, Keefer McKenna.

Witness Laura McGurk Stockel said she was fishing on her family's boat when they came across the rescue. She did not see what caused the boat to capsize but said there were very large swells Friday, and her own family had a hard time navigating their boat into the inlet. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Victim Blasts Arsonist on Loose in Queens: "This Is a Maniac" ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:55:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Suspect-Fires-Forest-Hills-Queens-1127.jpg

Police have released images of a suspect they think is responsible for at least four fires that have broken out amid a rash of blazes in an affluent Queens neighborhood over the last several weeks.

Surveillance footage from around the time of a fire that broke out late on Wednesday at a home under construction on 67th shows a man walking behind a fence while wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect was also seen near the scene of fires in the neighborhood on Nov. 8, 15 and 17. In each fire, authorities say the suspect went into the structure, ignited flammable materials and left. 

"This is a maniac and a psycho, and a mental and a killer and a houseburner," said neighbor Sam Joseph, whose home was affected in the Nov. 17 fire. "Destroys everything, families." 

Joseph, who's lived in his home for 42 years, recalled the flames soaring 30 feet into the air and the heavy smoke when flames spread next door. He said the blaze ripped holes into his home's roof, and his bedroom is now unrecognizable under sheetrock, so he's sleeping on a sofa in the middle of soot.

"What a mess," the 74-year-old told NBC 4 New York just after returning home from the hospital emergency room Friday. "My heart races."

Joseph, who lives in the home with his brother on a fixed income with no insurance, said his health has been affected. 

The neighborhood has been site to seven suspicious fires in the last month or so, but it's not clear if the suspect has been implicated in the other three blazes. 

The first fire broke out in late October, when a vacant home caught fire on 113th Street. On Nov. 8, there was another fire at a home under construction on 112th Street, and on Nov. 17, a large fire engulfed a home being built at 66th Avenue and 108th Street. 

Police said after the Nov. 17 fire that they were putting additional officers on the streets as they look for suspicious activity, and have teamed up with the FDNY's arson unit to investigate. 

When the NYPD's 112th Precinct station tweeted about that fire and asked residents to avoid the area, neighbors responded with concern: "Another one?" "Why so many fires in the neighborhood lately?"

The NYPD followed up in another tweet: "We're aware of the recent rash of residential fires in #ForestHills. We're coordinating with #FDNY and other investigative authorities." 

Even though no one has been injured in the fires, fire can be unpredictable, police say, and so authorities are asking for the public's help. 

Joseph is hoping for a quick arrest.

"Right away, they have to. Stop this. Disaster. People can die, too. I could have been dead," he said. 

The Red Cross says it will check on Joseph and assist in any way he needs. 

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

<![CDATA[Ex-NYPD Worker Killed in Brooklyn Hit-and-Run]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:00:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brooklyn-fatal-crash-inset-1127.jpg

A retired NYPD employee was run down and killed by an out-of-control driver who authorities say also hit several other people and cars in Brooklyn Thursday evening, then tried to run away as authorities responded to the wreckage.

The driver, 24-year-old Michael McBean, allegedly hit Yvette Molina at Linden Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York at about 7 p.m., then kept on driving, according to police.

He allegedly hit cars and several people along the way, then ran away, police said.

EMS workers chased the McBean, who somehow managed to run back to the scene. That's where he was detained by police.

Molina was taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition, then died, police said. Eight other people suffered minor injuries.

Molina's niece said that the 56-year-old was on her way to buy a newspaper when she was hit. It's not clear when she retired from the NYPD.

"My aunt was so loving, so caring," said niece Janna Bolt, sobbing. "I just can't believe it." 

A former colleague, Verna McLean, recalled Molina as a diligent worker and a "very loving person," a characterization echoed by neighbor Harry Smith, who said she was "a lovable person."

"She was very into her church, her spirituality," said Bolt. "She loved everybody. She was a cat lover. She just did all she could."

McBean faces charges of attempted robbery, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available. 

<![CDATA[2 Killed, 1 Hurt on Grand Central Parkway: NYPD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:52:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/queens-astoria-crash.jpg

Two people were killed and another was hurt when a car plowed into a box truck that had stopped on the side of the Grand Central Parkway Friday afternoon, according to the NYPD.

Authorities say that the sedan was headed east on the parkway near 31st Street in Astoria when it hit the box truck on the shoulder of the road at about 2 a.m., the NYPD says.

When authorities arrived, the two men in the car were unconscious; they were later pronounced dead. The box truck's driver had minor injuries.

The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Eran Felices of Ridgewood and 36-year-old David Garcia of East Harlem. 

The parkway's eastbound lanes were closed for several hours after the crash near 31st Street at about 2 a.m., but it reopened at about 9 a.m. 

It's not clear why the box truck was parked on the roadway.

Authorities are investigating the crash. 

<![CDATA[The Problem with Buying Drones as Holiday Gift]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/drones+sale.JPG Drones are a hot ticket for Black Friday sales. You can buy one, but they aren't even legal in some parts of the tri-state. Brynn Gingras reports.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Times Square Live Cam]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Times-Square-Snow0212.jpg

See live video streaming from Times Square. 

<![CDATA[1 Dead in Fiery AC Expressway Crash]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/image1172.JPG

One person was killed in a fiery crash at a toll plaza in New Jersey on Friday, State Police said.

The car plowed into at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza, off the Atlantic City Expressway after noon, The New Jersey State Police say. The car burst into flames after the impact, causing a portion of the toll plaza to go up in flames. 

One person was killed in the crash, police confirmed.

State Police said no toll employees were injured.

All traffic is being diverted through the E-ZPass express lanes.

The cause of the deadly crash remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: Christian Cazares]]>
<![CDATA[Impressive Art at NYC Nursing Home Museum]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:24:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/nursing+home+museum.JPG So many elderly residents are enjoying visiting the museum at Hebrew Home, a nursing home in the Bronx that boasts a curator's dream collection. John Chandler has more.]]> <![CDATA[Drone Spotted Over Parade, Operator Ticketed]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/parade+drone+operator.jpg

A man was issued a summons after he was accused of flying a drone over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

The drone was spotted flying near West 77th Street and Central Park West at about 10:30 a.m. Sources say that police tracked down an alleged operator, a Russian man who was with his son, a few blocks away at 81st Street and Central Park West.

The man's drone was confiscated as police spoke to him and his son, taking the two from the parade route to the 20th precinct stationhouse, sources say and video shows.

Sources said the man claimed he didn't know about the law forbidding the drone flight. 

The family did not want to comment on the incident, but the boy's mother told NBC 4 New York her son was terrified when police approached. 

Police issued a ticket to the man and released the two. The drone was returned to them. 

"I think he probably was a guy who thought it was cool to get some footage but you have to go through the right procedures," said parade spectator Zack Marleau of hte Upper East Side. 

Police "probably had the right idea" to be cautious, though, said April Wild, visiting from Columbia, Maryland. 

The drone flight was the only known notable security incident in the 89th edition of the annual parade. Security at the event was stepped up due to fears of terrorism following attacks in Paris that left 130 dead earlier this month. 

With 2,500 NYPD officers along the route, plus 500 members of the counterterrorism unit, the security made up the biggest police force at any Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

More than 3 million people attended the annual parade.

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<![CDATA[Jogger Raped in Lower East Side Park: NYPD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:40:23 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LES-Rape-NY-1126.jpg

Police are looking for a suspect in the rape of a woman who said she was attacked while jogging in a park on Manhattan's Lower East Side Wednesday evening. 

The woman told police she was jogging in East River Park near Jackson Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when a man with dreadlocks grabbed her and dragged her into an amphitheater off the waterfront path. 

Once there, the man raped the woman, hen took her cellphone and credit cards, according to police. He rode off on a bike after the assault.

Police say after the alleged attack, the woman walked over a footbridge out of the park and borrowed a stranger's cellphone to call 911.

She was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for evaluation and treatment. 

The NYPD's Special Victims Unit is investigating the case and have released surveillance video of the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Paul Niles. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Much Has Changed Since Giants-Redskins First Game]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:58:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Redskins+Giants+092415+GettyImages-489881684.jpg

The Giants travel to Washington this week in a bid to sweep the season series from their bitter divisional rival. A lot has changed both in the NFL and for these two teams since Week 3, when the Giants whipped Washington 32-21 at MetLife Stadium. Johnny Manziel was second string, then first string, then second string, then first string and now third string. And that’s basically just in the last week.

The quarterback position for the Giants and Washington has been comparatively static, with Eli Manning and Kirk Cousins both ensconced under center. But not everything has remained the same with these two teams since their earlier matchup on Sept. 24. Let’s take a look at Then and Now.

Then: The Giants beat Washington in a Thursday night game.
Now: Thursday games are still the worst.

Then: New York had lost its previous game because of some questionable fourth-quarter clock management.
Now: *Sigh*

Then: Washington fans were freshly digesting the news that the wife of their general manager, Scot McCloughan, had basically accused an ESPN reporter of servicing her husband in exchange for team news.
Now: We wonder how Thanksgiving went at the McCloughans’ house.

Then: We hadn't seen the full extent of the damage to the hand of Jason Pierre-Paul.
Now: Gah, look away!

Then: The Giants were 0-2 and in last place in the NFC East.
Now: The Giants are 5-5 and in first place.

Then: Washington had the league's best rushing attack.
Now: They’re 25th -- just ahead of the Giants -- averaging 95.3 ypg.

Then: Washington was 1-1 and feeling pretty good about themselves after beating the Rams 24-10 on the road.
Now: Washington is 4-6 and just got blown out 44-16 at home against the Panthers.

Then: Robert Griffin III was a potential distraction for Washington.
Now: RGIII seems resigned to being the third-string quarterback.

Then: It was a must-win game for the Giants.
Now: It’d still be a good idea to win this one.

Then: No players on Washington were claiming that referees were calling more penalties on them than other teams because of Washington’s racist team name.
Now: Defensive end Jason Hatcher said after last week’s blowout loss to Panthers that referees have it in for Washington because of their name.

Then: We were hoping Daniel Snyder would dress up as a pilgrim for Thanksgiving and invite some Native Americans over for dinner and announce the team was taking this opportunity to change the team name to the Thundering Turkeys.
Now: Snyder still has no vision.

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