<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:13:33 -0400 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:13:33 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Boy, 3, Drowns in Staten Island Day Care Pool: Police]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:47:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/161*120/IMG-20140724-12257.jpg

A 3-year-old boy drowned in a pool at a Staten Island day care center Thursday, police say.

The boy somehow got into the above-ground pool in the backyard at 51 Maple Pkwy. in Mariners Harbor at about 5:30 p.m., according to police. The Mothers Byrd Day Care Center there appears to be run out of a home.

Police sources said the gate leading to the pool was locked, and the child accessed the pool by climbing on top of boxes.

Emergency responders rushed the child, identified as Edward Harris of Staten Island, to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors said they were heartbroken by what appeared to be a tragic accident.

"It's summertime and everything, and for a kid to drown, it's scary," said Eduardo Tapia.

John Blanchard said, "You gotta watch your kids, especially these days. Anything can happen." 

State records show the day care center was first licensed in November 2007, and is currently registered to run through November 2015. It can hold up to 12 children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old.

It was last inspected in December 2013, and there are currently no uncorrected violations, records show. The day care is registered to Sherrie M. Byrd. No one answered at the phone number listed for Byrd, and the home was blocked off by police Thursday night.

-- Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[SUV Slams Boy on Bike Through Bronx Storefront]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/boy+on+bike+hit+suv.jpg

Surveillance video capturing a horrifying crash that sent a boy on his bicycle flying through a Bronx storefront has bolstered neighbors' calls for increased traffic safety measures in the area, and the city is promising changes.

Video of the May 10 crash obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows a black SUV veering across a median near White Plains Road and Watson Avenue, slamming up onto the sidewalk and plowing the boy through the plate glass of a barber shop. (Warning: Video above may be shocking to some.)

The boy, 12-year-old Abraham Al-Saidi, recalled: "I got hit hard."

Abraham said he was in such shock and that "it didn't hurt that much because I didn't feel it, because it came right away."

It's not clear what caused the driver to go across the road so suddenly, whether she was going too fast or trying to make a U-turn.

Crossing guard Glady Valdez, who's worked at the nearby intersection for 20 years, says traffic in the area has always been "very dangerous." 

"Sometimes I fear for my life," she said. 

Mark Solomon, the barbershop owner who witnessed the crash, thinks the road is so dangerous because "everybody is trying to beat the light."

The city acknowledges that White Plains and Watson, just yards from where Abraham was hit, was identified as a "high-crash corridor with the amount of severe crashes and fatalities ranking in the top of 10 percent of all Bronx corridors." 

The city sent the local community board a poster highlighting eight fatalities, 27 severe injuries per mile and 230 total injuries on that stretch of road since 2007.

Under Mayor de Blasio's new Vision Zero traffic safety plan, the city has lowered the speed limit to 25 miles per hour and will add turning lanes this fall.

Abraham's lawyer said the changes, while set in motion some time ago, didn't come in time to protect the boy.

"It's always good to improve safety for the lives of the people in the neighborhood and the lives of the people in the city," said Micah Kwasnik. "Unfortunately, it's a little late." 

The boy's family has filed a notice of claim against the city.

<![CDATA[Taxi Jumps Curb in Harlem, 2 Hurt: Police]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/harlem+cab+jumps+curb.JPG

A livery cab SUV jumped a curb in Harlem and injured two people, police say.

The livery cab went onto the sidewalk at the corner of 134th Street and Lenox Avenue at about 7:15 p.m.

The cab was parking when it lost control, jumped the curb and barreled into a mother and her two small children, who were approximately 1 and 5 years old, police said.

Witnesses said other pedestrians were hit by the out-of-control cab.

"It was like a movie," said Lamont Dore. "It was so calm, cool and collected out here, and out of nowhere you hear screeching and tires and brakes." 

The mother sustained injuries to her leg. She and another woman hit by the cab were taken to Harlem Hospital with serious injuries but are expected to be OK. 

It's not clear what caused the driver to lose control or whether he will face charges. Witnesses said he told them that he could not get his foot off the gas pedal.

-- Checkey Beckford contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[No Bail for Woman Accused in Dismembered Mom Case]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:59:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Body-Found-Bay-Shore-LI-0724.jpg

A 42-year-old Brooklyn woman has been charged in the killing of a missing mother of four whose partially dismembered body was found in a parking lot on Long Island earlier this month, police say.

Leah Cuevas is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Chinelle Latoya Browne, who lived at the same Brooklyn address as the 42-year-old suspect. At her arraignment in Islip Thursday, the judge said Cuevas was "charged with the worst conduct a human can be charged with" and remanded her without bail. 

Cuevas, who has no criminal history, did not enter a plea and didn't speak to reporters as she was led to court.

Prosecutors say Cuevas and Browne had an argument about rent and utilities on July 4, and police were called to the Brownsville building. The following day, the women again got into an argument in the basement after Browne went down to do laundry, according to prosecutors. Browne was heard by neighbors yelling "No, Leah!" and "I'm sorry," and that was the last time she was seen or heard. 

Her mutilated torso was discovered in a weedy, vacant parking lot in Bay Shore early on July 8 by people going to the nearby Fire Island ferry. Prosecutors said the clothing on the torso matched the ones last seen worn by Browne when she had gone to the wash her clothing. 

A search warrant was executed at the Brownsville building on July 10, and investigators found blood splatter in Cuevas' apartment and hallway that belonged to Browne. 

A medical examiner has determined that Browne died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Prosecutors say she was killed in Brooklyn, and her dismembered remains were scattered on Long Island.

On July 17, a severed head was found on Boylston Street in Hempstead. On July 9, a homeowner found an arm with women's clothing attached to it in his front yard on Webb Avenue. The next day, someone else discovered another arm in their yard about a half-mile away, near Stewart Avenue and Cornell Street. 

Investigators are looking to see if a second person played a role in disposing the victim's body and planned to question Cuevas' husband about the case. 

Cuevas was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Bay Shore, where was believed to be staying with her sister in a basement of a home.

Browne's family were in court Thursday during Cuevas' appearance. Her husband Dale Browne, who flew to New York from Guyana, said his wife had set out to the U.S. to try get citizenship and make a better life for their family. She had kissed their four young children goodbye when she left, and now he was facing the difficult task of explaining to them their mother was gone. 

"She wanted her family with her, and she did all that it took to do that," he said.

Browne's aunt Pauline Claxton said, "We love her. It's very difficult for us at this time. She means the world to us and her children and husband." 


<![CDATA[Single-Engine Plane Crashes in Danbury]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/danbury+plane+crash.jpg

Police and fire officials are responding to a small plane crash on Miry Brook Road near Danbury Airport, according to Norwalk police spokesman Lt. Paul Resnick.

Resnick tweeted that a single-engine plane ended up in a swamp. Only the pilot was inside, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said that person appears to be all right.

According to Resnick, a Danbury fire boat is being used to access the plane.

No additional information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton]]>
<![CDATA[De Blasio Cheered as He Vacations in Italy]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:43:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BtT31duCEAAAttB.jpg

Mayor Bill de Blasio is digging into his family history in Italy. 

On vacation with his family, de Blasio visited the home of his maternal grandmother in the small town of Grassano Thursday. He was greeted with fanfare, and even generated his own hashtag as small newspapers tweeted about him with #WelcomeHomeBill.

He told the crowd there: "For our family, this is an incredible moment to experience the love and support of our ancestral hometown."

Earlier, he and he family were welcomed in Santa'Agata near Naples, where his grandfather was born. A large crowd met him outside town hall, and the local mayor and a cousin who lives in a nearby city also greeted him. 

De Blasio was given honorary citizenship of Sant'Agata during a ceremony in the town's main square. 

His next stop will be Venice. 

Photo Credit: il guotidiano della basilicata]]>
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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Health and Fitness Expo Saturday July 19th]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:59:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/NBC+Day+1-146.jpg NBC New York fans pose for the camera during the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, July 19, at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.]]> <![CDATA[Outraged Staten Island Residents Demand Cash for Sandy Repairs]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:55:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/staten+island+sandy+relief+funds.jpg Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, outraged residents and business owners on Staten Island are demanding cash to finish repairs. They say they're angry after learning that $37 million in recovery funds was spent for tourism ads. Lori Bordonaro reports.]]> <![CDATA[Kitten Tossed From Moving Car: Officials]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Kitten-Tossed-From-Car.jpg

Authorities are looking for the person who a witness says tossed a 4-week-old kitten out of a moving car on Long Island.

A passerby saw someone throw the cat from a green Honda on Merrick Road in Freeport on July 17, authorities say. The passerby scooped the kitten up and took it to an animal hospital in Farmingdale.

Miraculously, the tiny animal hadn't been seriously injured.

“He has no broken bones, which is very amazing,” said Teena Toro, a spokeswoman with the hospital. 

The kitten only had a few minor scrapes and seems to be in good spirits, veterinarians say.

“I can’t even fathom why someone would do this,” Toro said.

SPCA officials and police are trying to track down the driver and are checking surveillance tapes from businesses along Merrick Road to see if they can get an image of the car or a person inside.

It's not clear when the kitten will be up for adoption. 

<![CDATA[Fire Rips Through Long Island Businesses]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fire-Nassau-County-NY.jpg

Five businesses were destroyed when a raging fire ripped through a row of buildings on a Long Island street early Thursday, fire officials say. No injuries have been reported.

The fire broke out at a bar at Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park at about 2:45 a.m., fire officials say. The blaze spread quickly, jumping to four neighboring businesses and causing the bar's roof to collapse.

Shortly after crews arrived, fire officials say there was a small explosion inside one of the buildings.

Crews from 13 towns responded to the fire, which sent billows of heavy, black smoke into the sky.

Firefighters worked for several hours in a mostly defensive operation before the five-alarm blaze was brought under control.

Crews were still dousing hot spots Thursday morning, and heavy equipment was being brought in to knock down walls so firefighters could get better access to the flames.

All of the buildings were unoccupied when the blaze broke out, officials say. No firefighters were injured.

The Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.




<![CDATA[1 Killed, 1 Hurt When Gunman Shoots at Crowd: Police]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:24:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape-car-2.jpg

A 25-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old was injured after a gunman fired into a crowd outside a house on Long Island Wednesday night, police say.

Daniel Carbajal was shot in the head outside the home in Huntington Station at about 9:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, police say. The second man was shot in the leg and was taken to Huntington Hospital.

No one else was injured in the gunfire, police say. The suspect fired two more shots at the house after hitting Carbajal and the other victim and then ran away.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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<![CDATA[Blistering Report on Cuomo's Anti-Corruption Commission]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:26:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cuomo+ethics.jpg Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to comment on a New York Times investigation that offers unprecedented detail on how he created a panel to tackle corruption -- then systematically blocked it from probing anything related to himself. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo looked into that report.]]> <![CDATA[NY Takes Stronger Stance Against Petnappers]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:13:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stolen+pets+bill.jpg For the first time in 44 years, New York has increased fines for stealing pets. Roseanne Colletti reports]]> <![CDATA[3 Hurt When Truck Plows Into Grocery Store: FDNY]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:08:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sunnyside+truck+crash+david+vasquez.jpg

At least three people were hurt when a truck plowed through the front of a grocery store in Queens Wednesday afternoon. 

The white box truck slammed into the store at 48th Avenue and 48th Street in Sunnyside at about 1 p.m., according to the FDNY. 

Three people were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, two with serious injuries and a third with minor injuries, the FDNY and NYPD said. 

It's not clear what caused the truck, which appeared to be owned by moving company Lift NYC, to crash into the building. The company declined to comment.

<![CDATA[Psychiatric Patient With Violent Past Missing: NYPD]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Vadim-Babyrev-NY.jpg

Authorities are looking for a psychiatric patient with a history of violence who they say didn't return from a day's leave from a mental health center on Staten Island over the weekend.

Vadim Babyrev hasn’t been seen since getting a day pass to leave South Beach Psychiatric Center on Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

Police say the 44-year-old has been in psychiatric care since 1999, when he allegedly tried to kill his mother with an iron. In 2006, he allegedly attacked two guards at another psychiatric center during an escape attempt.

Authorities released a photo of Babyrev (above) and ask anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Infants Get Herpes After Ritual Jewish Circumcisions: Officials]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:10:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg

Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says.

In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with full-term pregnancies and normal deliveries. They were circumcised using the direct oral suction technique practiced by some Orthodox Jews eight days after their birth, and developed lesions on their genitals shortly thereafter, the Health Department said.

Their conditions Wednesday weren't immediately clear.

NYC to Require Consent for Oral Suction Ritual

There have been 16 confirmed cases of herpes since 2000 in newborn boys after circumcisions that likely involved direct oral suction, including three in 2014, according to the Health Department. 

Two of the infants died and at least two others suffered brain damage.

During the ancient ritual, the person performing the circumcision attempts to cleanse the wound by sucking blood from the cut and spitting it aside. Authorities say the saliva contact could give the infant herpes, which is harmless in adults but could kill newborns.

In 2012, the Board of Health voted unanimously to require anyone performing circumcisions that involve oral suction to obtain written consent from a parent or guardian. The consent form delineates the potential health risks outlined by the Health Department. 

A group of Orthodox rabbis sued in an attempt to block the regulation, but a judge sided with the city.

The parents have to sign a form acknowledging that the city Health Department advises against the practice because of risks of herpes and other infections.

<![CDATA[Superheroes Surprise Children at NY Hospital]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/superhero+nypres.jpg
Window washers disguised as superheroes surprised children at a New York hospital Wednesday, scrubbing the windows of their rooms in Batman and Spider-man costumes as the wide-eyed kids waved.
Two Power Rangers stopped cleaning for a moment to give a window pane fist bump to a young child in a hospital gown at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. 
Another child's infectious giggles were caught on video as Spider-Man made faces at him through the glass. 

NewYork-Presbyterian staff also donned superhero costumers and cheered on the window washers from the sidewalks.  

Photo Credit: NY-Presbyterian Hospital]]>
<![CDATA[Kid's Store Robber Stabs Guards With Ice Pick: NYPD]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:30:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1482-14+Robbery+7-21-14+103+sqd.png

A robber slashed two security guards with an ice pick as he tried to get away with stolen merchandise at a Queens children's uniform department store, police say.

The suspect was trying to leave the Cookie's Kids school uniform store in Jamaica with the stolen items Monday evening when the security alarm rang, according to police.

A security guard approached the suspect and tried to restrain him when the suspect pulled out an ice pick and hit him in the lip with it, police said. A second guard ran over to help, and the suspect stabbed in the left arm.

The robber then ran away.

Neither of the guards were hospitalized, and both are expected to be OK, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Abandoned Dog Couldn't Walk Under Matted Fur: SPCA]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:05:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/suffolk+dog+ziggy+1.jpg

A dog found in an abandoned Long Island home was brought in to an animal shelter with fur so thick and matted that the dog was barely able to walk, and authorities are searching for the person responsible for the animal's neglect.

The Shih Tzu-type dog, weighing about 11 pounds and estimated to be about 5 or 6 years old, was turned in to the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter on July 17, SPCA officials say. 

The man who brought the dog in said he found it in a house he knew to be abandoned, on South 7th Street in Lindenhurst. Neighbors in the area told authorities that the last tenants had moved out nearly a year ago. 

Shelter officials said it was the worst case of matting they'd ever seen on a dog, which has been nicknamed Ziggy. Nearly 4 pounds of knotted fur were shaved off, and the dog's overgrown nails were clipped. 

Ziggy will also have to go through extensive physical therapy to learn how to walk correctly again, officials say. The NY Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Farmingdale is providing the service pro bono. 

Anyone with information on the neglect of the dog is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. 


<![CDATA[New Video Shows NYPD Chokehold Arrest in Subway]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/nypd+chokehold+subway.JPG

A new video showing the arrest of an alleged Manhattan subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a prohibited police tactic that's sparked outrage since a Staten Island man died after being put in a similar position last week.

The suspect was arrested at the 125th Street subway station on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem on July 14, just three days before Eric Garner of Staten Island died while in police custody.

Autopsy results are pending in Garner's death, which has sparked protests, a criminal probe and a warning by the Rev. Al Sharpton that Garner's family would explore asking for a federal civil rights investigation.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has since promised that the police department would retrain its officers on the use of force. Department policy prohibits chokeholds during arrests.

In the video of the subway arrest, witnesses are heard shouting at the officers, "Why do you have to hit him?" as one cop punches the alleged fare evader, 23-year-old Ronald Johns, as he wraps his arm around Johns' neck.

The video was posted online by the Rev. Kelmy Rodriquez, who said he received it in an anonymous email. After posting that video, another witness sent him another video of the arrest.

Rodriquez told NBC 4 New York he believes the chokehold should not have been used but noted that the suspect was resisting arrest and said he understood if the officer felt threatened.

The NYPD said its internal affairs department is looking into the video. Johns has been charged with fare-dodging, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

A funeral for Garner, who was 43, was held in Brooklyn Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Tot Found Locked in Car as Mom Shopped: Police]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:01:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sylvia+harden.jpg

A 35-year-old New York City woman has been arrested, accused of leaving her toddler in a locked car while she shopped at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets over the weekend, police say. 

A passerby in the parking lot of the Central Valley shopping center saw the child sitting in a car seat in the locked car at about 4 p.m. Saturday and flagged nearby patrol officers, police said.

The windows in the car were partially open, and it was about 80 degrees. 

Emergency responders removed the child from the car, and the mother, Sylvia Harden, returned to the vehicle about 15 minutes later. She told officers she had been shopping.

Harden was charged with child endangerment and released on $300 bail. She's due in court Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear whether she had an attorney.

The child was taken to Orange County Child Protective Services.

<![CDATA[Woman Found Dead in Brooklyn Apartment: NYPD]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:07:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/031011+crime+scene+generic.jpg

Police are investigating after a 25-year-old woman was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment with apparent head trauma on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers found Shawntel Davis dead in an apartment at the Roosevelt Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 2 p.m., police say.

The medical examiner will determine how she died.

No arrests have been made.

<![CDATA[Man Knocked Over 65-Year-Old in Subway Station: NYPD]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bronx-Subway-Attack-Suspect.jpg

Police are looking for a suspect they say knocked a 65-year-old man to the ground and threw an unknown liquid at him in a subway station in the Bronx last week.

Police say the suspect demanded cash from the rider in the mezzanine of the D train station at 205th Street in Norwood on July 14. When the victim said he didn't have any money, the suspect punched the victim in the back of the head and threw him to the ground.

Then, police say, the suspect tossed the liquid on the 65-year-old victim and left. 

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: AP]]>