<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 27 Feb 2017 04:44:55 -0500Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:44:55 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Drone Crashes Through NYC Apartment Window: Police]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:10:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kips-bay-window-drone.jpg

A drone smashed through the window of a Manhattan apartment and landed just feet away from the woman who lives there, police said. 

The 66-year-old resident wasn't injured when the drone came crashing through the window of her 27th floor apartment on the East River, the New York Post first reported. She lives at 20 Waterside Plaza in Kips Bay.

The NYPD is investigating who owns the 1-foot by 1-foot drone, a GoPro Karma with 10-inch propellers and a camera. 

Drones are banned in Manhattan. 



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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed NYC Mom to Death During Burglary: NYPD]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:43:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ham-heights-stab-crop.jpg

A man has been charged with second-degree murder and burglary in the stabbing death of a woman in her Manhattan apartment, police said Sunday. 

Alexander Felix, 34, of Brooklyn, was arrested at a hospital where he was being treated for a cut to his hand, police said. 

Eloise Liz, 48, was stabbed as many as 10 times in her home on 153th Street in Hamilton Heights, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said there was no known relationship between Felix and Liz. 

A neighbor heard a loud argument and called 911 at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday, police said. 

"I have to come in and out this building every day," neighbor Randy Romero said. "I have to go to work and to know that a stranger can just come in the building and just murder somebody that lives on my floor that I used to see on a regular basis, say hello to, have conversations with — its the scariest thing in the world."



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Brutal Killing of Woman in Her NYC Home]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:39:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+11PM+AIRCHECK+SUNDAY+AND+SPORTS+FINAL+-+23051100_WNBC_0000+copy.jpg

The stranger suspected of brutally stabbing a woman to death in her Manhattan apartment over the weekend was expected to face a judge on Monday. 

Alexander Felix, 34, of Brooklyn, was arrested at a hospital where he was being treated for a cut to his hand, police said. He has been charged with second-degree murder and burglary. 

Felix said nothing as he was taken out of a precinct Sunday night. He had bandages on his arm as he left the station house, and authorities said he was injured during a struggle with the victim. 

Police said Eloise Liz, 48, was stabbed as many as 10 times in her home on 153th Street in Hamilton Heights early Saturday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no known relationship between Felix and Liz, according to police, who believe Felix was trying to burglarize the apartment when he got into a violent struggle with Liz. 

A neighbor heard a loud argument and called 911 at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday, police said. 

Neighbor Randy Romero said it's terrifying that a neighbor he used to know in his building was murdered. 

"To know that a stranger can just come in the building and just murder somebody that lives on my floor that I used to see on a regular basis, say hello to, have conversations with — its the scariest thing in the world."

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Giraffe in Live Stream Doing Well as Birth Nears]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:14:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/april+giraffe+update.jpg

The 15-year-old giraffe named "April," who has captivated millions of people across the world as they watch a live stream in anxious anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo, is still pregnant and doing well. 

Veterinarians with the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, outside Binghamton, said April is experiencing increased belly movement. The happy and healthy mother-to-be has also started to produce milk and shed a few droplets during a Saturday evening examination.

The spotted beauty was up early Monday morning eating a late night snack and circling her pen. On Sunday morning, she had gazed into the camera, wiggling her ears as she chewed her breakfast. The zoo said the giraffes will stay inside due to the extreme temperature drop and wet or frozen conditions. 

"Rest assured, they receive extra enrichment and extra attention on days they do not venture out," the zoo said. "A little extra bonding time!"

April has been slinking gracefully around her hay-laden home in no apparent distress. Once she goes into active labor, zoo officials say the keepers will go in to help her mate, 5-year-old Oliver, will be held out of the pen. 

She and the first-time father had to be separated from each other while they frolicked outside Saturday afternoon because he got aggressive and wanted to rough house. According to vets, bullish behavior is common for male giraffes during the final stages of pregnancy.

"He does not want to play house -- he wants to ROUGH house," the park wrote in a Facebook post Saturday morning. "That is natural behavior as males take no part in rearing their young, nor have a need for a female once she is pregnant. Sad but true."

Viewers were concerned about the long-necked lovers' separation and questioned the vet's intentions until the zoo offered reassurance and told animal lovers to trust them.

Not much changed over the weekend: April alternated between standing still, swinging her tail, drinking water and slowly circling her pen. At one point Saturday afternoon, the calf could be seen kicking around in her belly.

Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines earlier Thursday after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

More than 30 million people across the globe have tuned in over the last few days to watch it. You can check out the live stream above.



Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park/Mazuri
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<![CDATA[Woman Rescued, Man Dies When Car Plunges into River: Police]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:28:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/westport-pd-water-rescue-cr.jpg

A woman was rescued from the Saugatuck River after people in a waterside restaurant heard her screaming for help and police boarded a civilian boat to reach her, officials said. 

The woman was in a car that plunged into the river from the State Boat Launch in Westport. A man who was in the car with her, 76-year-old Richard Lamendola, of Syosset, died, police said. 

Diners at the Whelk Restaurant heard the woman's screams Saturday night and called 911, police said. 

Emergency responders found the woman in the middle of the river and heading north in the current. 

Firefighters and police officers boarded a civilian boat to rescue her, police said. 

The man was found about a half hour later near the Bridge Street bridge, police said. 



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<![CDATA[5 Kids Among 9 Hurt in Blaze at NYC Building: FDNY]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BxFireInjuries.jpg

Nine people, including five children, were injured Sunday in a fire at a Bronx apartment building.

Two kids and two adults were seriously injured, but are in stable condition, fire officials said. The others suffered minor injuries. 

A dog died in the blaze, fire officials said. 

Two apartments at 1F 1100 Teller Avenue in the Concourse Village neighborhood were damaged by smoke and water, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Rocco said.

About 25 residents fled through fire escapes and were sheltered on the roof or in stairwells, Rocco said. 

FDNY officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. 

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<![CDATA[Subway Surfer Falls Off Train, Dies: Police]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:49:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+generic+fast.jpg

A 27-year-old man who was riding on top of a subway car died Sunday when he fell off and was struck by an oncoming train, police said. 

The man was riding a D train near the Tremont Avenue station in the Bronx when he died, police said. 

He fell between the cars, landed on the third rail and hurt his head, police said. 

Then he was struck by a southbound D train, police said. 

The man's identity wasn't released pending notification of his family. 


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<![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Killed in Mount Vernon Fire: Officials]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:20:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FatalHouseFireWC.jpg

A 17-month-old girl and mother were killed in a house fire Sunday in Mount Vernon, officials said. 

Firefighters saw the entire second floor of the house on 13th Avenue engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading quickly when they arrived at 3:40 a.m.

The bodies of Nina Bryant, who was in her early 30s, and her daughter, Nadia, were found just before 5 a.m., officials said.

Another person was taken to Montefiore Hospital-Mount Vernon but was expected to survive.

"I rushed over to my neighbor and get the two kids out and asked if anyone else was in the house and they told me the lady and her baby is upstairs," neighbor Barovier Anderson told NBC New York. "But when I go to the front door my fire extinguisher couldn't manage so I had to go back."

Authorities said eight other people lived in the home -- four generations of a family. No others were injured. 

"The devastating loss of a young mother and child is something no one should ever have to bear," Mayor Richard Thomas said. "Our prayers are with the survivors and we extend them our deepest condolences and commitment to assist during this difficult moment."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More than 35 firefighters from the New Rochelle, Pelham and Eastchester fire departments were battling the blaze, officials said.

The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church are assisting the displaced residents.

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<![CDATA[Buildings, Trees Destroyed: Images of the Storm Damage]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:51:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/space-farms-1-crop.jpg Fierce thunderstorms swept through New York and New Jersey on Saturday. Here's a look at the damage: ]]> <![CDATA[2 Men Arrested in Fatal Long Island Expressway Crash: Police]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lie-crash-suspect-inset.jpg

Two men from New York were arrested and charged in a crash on the Long Island Expressway that killed a person, police said.

Jonathan Santos, 20, was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired, Nassau County police said.

The victim was a passenger in Santos' 2015 BMW when he was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and speeding, according to a criminal complaint. 

Santos crashed into another vehicle, hit a gaurd rail and the victim was ejected, dismembered, and died at the scene, authorities said.

Areefeen Hiriji, 19, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death, police said. He is accused of driving a Honda Accord that crashed with the BMW.

It's not clear whether Santos or Hiriji have attorneys that could speak on their behalf.

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<![CDATA[Families Hold Tribute for Victims on WTC Bombing Anniversary]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:38:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WTCBombingAnniversary.jpg

Families gathered in lower Manhattan Sunday for a tribute to the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

NYPD officers, family members and friends of the six victims gathered at the 9/11 Memorial on the crisp afternoon and went silent at 12:18 p.m. to mark the time of the attack that happened nearly a quarter of a century ago and remember the lives lost that day.

Several people lined up along the cascading waterfall to lay colorful roses against the names etched into the memorial's granite structure. Members of the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society played bagpipes as they marched along the waterfall in red or navy jackets adorned with golden buttons.

"It's important that we continue to gather to celebrate lives well lived, to commemorate the public service and private service of those who died today," said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye. "Most important is that we continue together today to remember the six people and child who were murdered that day."

The 1993 bombing killed six people — and an unborn child — and injured more than 1,000. A truck bomb exploded below the trade center's north tower on Feb. 26.

It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. History at the time. The attack was overshadowed by the events of Sept. 1, 2001, when terrorists used hijacked airplanes to destroy the towers and kill nearly 3,000 people.

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<![CDATA[Bears Out of Hibernation in February, Play in NJ Yard]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:09:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bears-Out-of-Hibernation-in.jpg

A family of bears woke up from hibernating and visited a New Jersey family's front yard on Saturday. 

Arne Bruhns said it's not unusual to see bears in his Vernon yard in the summer, but this is the first time he's seen them in February. 

Bruhns said his kids were playing outside on Saturday when they saw the bears from a distance. They came inside and 10 minutes later, five bears were in his yard. 

The bears pawed against a tree and several of them used the trunk to scratch their backs before running off. 

The weather has been unseasonably warm this week, with temperatures reaching the high 60s. 



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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Murder in Case of Body Found in NJ Park]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:23:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was discovered in a New Jersey park, prosecutors said Saturday. 

Joseph C. Villani, 20, of Ocean Township, faces several charges in the death of Trupal Patel, 29, of Brick, Monmouth County prosecutors said. 

Patel's body was found Wednesday in Shark River Park by a ranger who was collecting litter, prosecutors said. 

He had been reported missing by a friend on Feb. 9. Investigators believe he was killed in an Ocean Township residence, prosecutors said. 

Patel's vehicle was found abandoned on a street in Asbury Park, prosecutors said. 

Prosecutor's didn't say how Patel was killed or give a motive. 

Villani is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, robbery and possession of a firearm. If convicted of first-degree murder or felony murder, he would face a minimum sentence of 30 years and a possible life sentence.

It wasn't clear if Villani had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.  He was held pending a detention hearing March 2. 

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<![CDATA[2 World War II-Era Grenades Found in NY Nursing Home]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:57:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NURSING+HOME+BOMB+THREAT+VO++-+00003207_WNBC_000000015208729.jpg

A Rockland nursing home was evacuated after two World War II-era grenades were found in a 91-year-old resident's refrigerator.

The Journal News reports that the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home was evacuated shortly before 3 p.m. Friday while police searched the facility and the 91-year-old man's car for any additional explosives.

Clarkstown police said no other devices were found during the search, and the two grenades were removed by the Rockland County sheriff's bomb squad.

The bomb squad will X-ray the devices to see if they're live grenades.

Residents were allowed to return within two hours.

Authorities say the man who owned the grenades was out of the nursing home for medical treatment at the time of the evacuation.

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<![CDATA[Workers Relocate Osprey Nest Found on Electric Pole in NJ]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:37:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OspreyRelocationNJ.jpg

Workers from Jersey Central Power and Light very carefully moved an osprey nest atop an electric line pole in Monmouth beach Saturday morning.

JCP&L crews performed the delicate operation as part of a new environmental program in Monmouth and Ocean counties to relocate osprey nests that post a danger to the birds as well as to power supplies should they accidentally trip a line.

The utility company also plans to build platforms to encourage nesting away from power lines and add deterrents in areas where nests are removed.

Saturday's move had an extra twist — all of the linemen involved relocated the birds for free. The linemen volunteered their time for one of their sons, Michael Hornung, who took it on as part of one of his Eagle Scout projects.

Hornung tells News 4 that pat of that experience is respect for the environment.

Once it was removed from the electric pole, the Scouts were given a chance to examine the nest, where they found remains of recent meals including shrimp and crab shells.

The nest got a new home on a pole the utility company erected across the street. The hope is that when the ospreys return in the spring, they won't mind the relocation and they'll get back to business making eggs.



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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorms Knock Down Trees, Building]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/timelapse.gif

Severe thunderstorms ripped through New York and New Jersey on Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and destroying at least one building. 

A blacksmith museum building and two empty animal enclosures were destroyed at Space Farms Zoo & Museum in Wantage, New Jersey.

The zoo wrote on it's Facebook page that the storm ripped the siding off buildings and damaged roofs. 

No animals were hurt, the zoo said. 

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Video showed a tree down on South Street in Middletown, New York. In Wallkill, downed power lines were on Route 211 outside a Walmart. 

About 7,000 people were without power in Orange County, Orange Rockland Utility reported. 

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Colder weather is expected to move in after the storm, Storm Team 4 says. 

The unseasonably warm temperatures felt across the tri-state will drop sharply, with temps expected to drop to 37 degrees. 

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Sunday will be blustery, with winds gusting to around 30 mph, Storm Team 4 said. It will feel cold in comparison to our recent warm stretch, with temperatures close to seasonal levels.

Monday is expected to be milder, with highs in the low 50s. 

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<![CDATA[Status Check: 'April' the Giraffe Still Pregnant, Calf Moves]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:48:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/april+giraffe+update.jpg

The 15-year-old giraffe named "April," who has captivated millions of people across the world as they watch a live stream in anxious anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo, is still pregnant and doing well. 

Veterinarians with the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, outside Binghamton, said April is experiencing increased belly movement. The happy and healthy mother-to-be has also started to produce milk and shed a few droplets during a Saturday evening examination.

The spotted beauty gazed into the camera, wiggling her ears as she chewed her breakfast Sunday morning. The zoo said the giraffes will stay inside due to the extreme temperature drop and wet or frozen conditions. 

"Rest assured, they receive extra enrichment and extra attention on days they do not venture out," the zoo said. "A little extra bonding time!"

She and her mate, 5-year-old Oliver, had to be separated from each other while they frolicked outside Saturday afternoon because he got aggressive and wanted to rough house. According to vets, bullish behavior is common for male giraffes during the final stages of pregnancy.

"He does not want to play house -- he wants to ROUGH house," the park wrote in a Facebook post Saturday morning. "That is natural behavior as males take no part in rearing their young, nor have a need for a female once she is pregnant. Sad but true."

Viewers were concerned about the long-necked lovers' separation and questioned the vet's intentions until the zoo offered reassurance and told animal lovers to trust them.

Not much changed as the day came to a close: April alternated between standing still, swinging her tail, drinking water and slowly circling her pen. At one point during the afternoon, the calf could be seen kicking around in her belly.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines earlier Thursday after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

More than 30 million people across the globe have tuned in over the last few days to watch it. You can check out the live stream above.

April was seen slinking gracefully around her hay-laden home Friday morning in no apparent distress. Once she goes into active labor, zoo officials say the keepers will go in to help her but the first-time dad will be held out of the pen. Active labo

Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour. The zoo says it will hold a contest to name it.



Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park/Mazuri
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<![CDATA[US Marine From NJ Missing Since Vietnam War Identified]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:25:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/VietnamMemorialAustralia.jpg

A U.S. Marine from a New Jersey town who had been missing since the Vietnam War has been accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Saturday.

DNA found at the scene of a military plane crash helped officials to identify Marine Corps Reserve First Lieutenant William C. Ryan, who hailed from Bogota, a borough in Bergen County.

Ryan was the radar intercept officer of an F-4B aircraft for the Marine Aircraft Group 13 during a combat mission in Laos in 1969. As his plane pulled out of a bombing pass, it was hit by enemy fire. The pilot ejected before the plane crashed, and other flight members allegedly witnessed only one parachute leave the aircraft.

The lieutenant from Bogota was declared deceased May 11, 1969.

Officials from the U.S., Lao People's Democratic Republic and Vietnamese Officer for Research and Investigative Teams interviewed a number of witnesses to the crash and gathered information about where Ryan may have died from January 1990 to May 2012.

Six excavations were performed at the crash site during the investigation that spanned two decades.

Life support items, aircraft wreckage and human remains that were found were analyzed at the DPAA lab, where they ultimately determined Ryan's identity.

Internment services for the late Bogota resident are pending.



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist, 14, Killed in Car Crash on Long Island: Police]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+lights13.jpg

A 14-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car and killed on Long Island, police said.

Nicolo Signore was biking across Route 25 A near Miller Place Road, Suffolk County police said. 

Jessica Doyen, 52, struck the teen with her 2015 Honda Pilot as she was making a left turn onto the highway around 5:05 p.m., police said.

Signore was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Doyen stayed at the scene and was uninjured. Police said her vehicle was impounded for a safety check. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Woman Stabbed to Death in Queens Knife Attack: Police]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FarRockawayStabbing.jpg

A woman was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Queens on Sunday and her mother was injured in the attack, police sources said. 

Monet Franklin, 51, had stab wounds to her neck and chest when officers found her unconscious and unresponsive in an apartment on 32nd Street in Far Rockaway, the NYPD said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 74-year-old woman had a cut on her left hand. She was the mother of the victim, police sources told NBC 4 New York. She was taken to Jamaica Medical Center in stable condition. 

Jonnie Jones, 42, was charged with second-degree murder and a weapons charge, police said. A knife was recovered at the scene, police said.

The attack stemmed form a domestic dispute between Jones and Franklin, police said. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Chopper Goes Down at New Jersey Apartment Complex]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:52:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+HELICOPTER+AND+AIRPLANE+CRASH+-+19034208_WNBC_000000015.jpg

A helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing behind an apartment complex in Chatham, New Jersey, Friday evening, and its tail hit a garage on the way down, authorities say. 

The Robinson R44 helicopter was going from Richmond, Virginia to Lincoln Park, New Jersey when something went wrong, and the chopper was forced to make an emergency landing just after 6:30 p.m.

The FAA says the helicopter, a Robinson R44, is registered to a Delaware address.

Resident Kathryn Hill said she heard a big pop and ran outside to find a small helicopter with its rotor clipped and tail bent over the roof of a garage.

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the chopper's passenger on the ground as people tried to help. 

The FAA called it an off-site airport landing; neighbors say it sounded much worse.

"It was like a giant car crash, when you hear the big pop of a giant truck," said Hill. 

"Cop cars, ambulances, fire trucks," said witness Stephanie Krauss. "It was just, looked like a horrible scene when I pulled up." 

Local leaders say the pilot picked a lucky spot, considering what's around there. 

"We've got New Jersey Transit rail lines right behind us, we've got Jersey Central and PSE&G power lines just two blocks away," said Assistant Borough Administrator Steve Williams. 

The 54-year-old pilot walked away without injuries, local officials said. His passenger was taken to the hospital complaining of neck pains. 

The FAA will investigate what caused the helicopter to go down. Authorities are expected to remove the aircraft over the weekend. 



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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:56:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WburgBreadHitandRun.JPG

A 68-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn on Saturday, authorities said.

Franklin Goodman, lost control of his 2004 Suzuki and dropped his bike near the intersection of Bushwick and Montrose Avenues around 4:53 a.m., police said. 

Officers found him on the road with trauma to his body. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police initially thought it was a hit-and-run, but surveillance video showed that Goodman wasn't struck. 

An investigation is being conducted by the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad.

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<![CDATA[Wild Chair-Throwing Brawl at City Island Eatery Investigated]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:41:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BECKFORD+TSE+AND+B+ROLL+-+20571206_WNBC_000000015209509.jpg

Authorities are investigating a chair-throwing brawl that broke out at a City Island restaurant Thursday night. 

It's not clear what sparked the wild fight inside Seafood City. Chairs were picked up and thrown at least a dozen times as patrons shouted and scattered, cellphone video shows. 

"They were swinging chairs left to right, people on the floor," said witness Samantha Daniels. "People had their kids, running." 

John Doyle of the City Island Civic Association says the State Liquor Authority is investigating the fight and the establishment, but adds it takes significant evidence to revoke a liquor license. 

Marjorie Velazquez of Community Board 10 says the SLA should consider doing it. 

"This is a restaurant where many families come with small children," she said.

Neighbor Joseph Fitzroy, who lives across the street, worries about his own children's safety. 

"Anytime a lot of people here, always incidents. Fights, a lot of drinking," he said. 

Police patrolled the parking lot Friday night, and while the establishment was open for business, a sign on the door said alcohol has been capped at 6 p.m., at least for now. 

Doyle says an off-duty police detail at the cafeteria-style restaurants in the area might be all that will curb the violence. 

"We've been pushing for a paid detail for a year now," said Doyle. "The paid detail will allow for NYPD officers to be here to walk around."

Messages left with the restaurant's management were not immediately returned Friday. 

City Island is a small island and neighborhood part of the Bronx, at the very western end of the Long Island Sound. Its seafood eateries have become a popular attraction. 



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<![CDATA[Subway Fight Ends in Stabbing, Cops Search for Suspect: NYPD]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:58:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/145StSubwayStabbing.jpg

A fight on a subway train at the start of the evening rush Friday ended with one man getting stabbed in the back and his attacker fleeing in Hamilton Heights, police say.

Two men reportedly clashed on the 1 train as it was approaching 145th Street and Broadway just before 5 p.m., and when the train pulled into the station, the fight carried over to the platform, where the 30-year-old victim was stabbed in the back, police said. 

The victim's screams caught the attention of bystanders.

"I saw two ambulances there... it looked like the man was injured," said Joe Yanza.

The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital to be treated for a serious stab wound.

Police are searching for the suspect, described only as a man with a green jacket, hat and glasses. 

Investigators were at the 145th Street subway station for hours; at one point, 1 trains were bypassing the station but service has since resumed. 

Sources say a police camera steps from the subway may have caught the suspect running away.

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<![CDATA[Popular NYC Eatery Shuttered by Fast-Moving Blaze: FDNY]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:58:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4TH+ALARM+FIRE+MN+VO+SOT++-+21452402_WNBC_000000015209613.jpg

An elderly woman was injured in a quick-moving fire Friday night that spread across two buildings on the Upper West Side, including one that houses a popular restaurant.

The fire started on the third floor of 509 Amsterdam Ave., then got into a shaft and shot up through the fifth floor, then spread to the building next door, no. 511, FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard said. 

With a firehouse around the corner, firefighters were able to get there in three minutes. At the height of the blaze, 170 firefighters were on the scene, Leonard said. 

Cellphone video taken by a neighbor across the street showed flames engulfing an entire apartment on the upper floor and shooting straight through the roof. Leonard said several rooms were burning when firefighters got there. 

Fires inside aging buildings like those -- over 100 years old, by Leonard's estimate -- can be difficult to fight, but the firefighters' speedy response and familiarity with the structure of the buildings helped. 

The elderly woman was not seriously injured. The FDNY said four firefighters were also injured, but they're expected to be OK.

Jacob's Pickles, the restaurant housed at 509 Amsterdam Ave., wasn't burned but it was affected by the fire in other ways.

"They're gonna get water damage, they're gonna be out of business for a little while," said Leonard. "They're gonna need to shut down the gas and power, until Con Ed can deem it safe." 

The restaurant said in a Facebook post: "The JP team is fine! We are thinking of our friends next door and sending all our positive vibes their way. We apologize for how this has affected your evenings and hope we have your understanding. We will do anything required by the NYPD and NYFD [sic] to ensure all measures taken to subdue the fire go as smoothly as possible." 

The restaurant said Jacob's Pickles' menu was being offered at Maison Pickle, a sister restaurant. 

FDNY officials said Saturday that the accidental fire was caused by an electrical extension cord.

"Fire Marshals: Cause of 2/24 4-alarm, 511 Amsterdam Avenue MN was accidental, electrical extension cord. Smoke alarm present, operational," fire officials tweeted.



Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY
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<![CDATA[Woman Stabbed to Death in Manhattan Apartment, Police Say]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:00:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ham-heights-stab-crop.jpg

A woman was stabbed to death inside a Manhattan apartment early Saturday, police said.

It was the second stabbing in New York City in 24 hours, police said. 

Eloise Liz, 48, was stabbed multiple times in her home on 153th Street in Hamilton Heights, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She's a good woman," her friend Abby Ramos told NBC New York. "She has a good heart and she was my friend."

A neighbor heard a loud argument and called 911 at about 3:50 a.m., police said. 

No weapon was recovered. 

The day before, a straphanger was stabbed on the subway, police said. 

A 30-year-old man was stabbed in the back during a fight on the 1 train near 145th Street and Broadway just before 5 p.m. He was taken to Harlem Hospital to be treated for a serious stab wound.



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<![CDATA[7 Places in New York City To Watch the 2017 Oscars ]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:08:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oscars-edited.jpg

Hollywood’s big night is just around the corner. Just because you can't make it to the Academy Awards doesn't mean have to watch the show from the couch.

These New York City bars and restaurants are hosting Oscars viewing parties across the city. Take your pick of red carpets, trivia, giveaways and food and drink specials.

Northern Territory (12 Franlin St.)

TasteofStreep, an Instagram account dedicated to Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep, is hosting an Oscar party at Northern Territory, an Austrian bar and restaurant located in Brooklyn. Admission is free and there will be giveaways. The red carpet starts at 7 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 8 p.m.

Boulton & Watt (5 Avenue A.) 

The East Village restaurant will be offering complimentary popcorn and drink specials on Oscar night. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m and will be accepting reservations via OpenTable.

Village Pourhouse (64 3rd Ave.)

Village Pourhouse ‘s Oscar viewing party will have a $40 open bar from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Guests can make predictions on the night’s big winners and the person with the most correct predictions will receive a free hour of open bar. Guests who RSVP online will receive a free drink upon arrival.

Bagatelle (1 Little W 12th St.)

Bagatelle, a Meatpacking District favorite, will be hosting an Oscar event at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to those who correctly determine award winners.

Shay & Ivy (39 W 24th St.)

Guests of Shay & Ivy will be treated to a red carpet, complimentary popcorn and speciality drinks. The show will play in the restaurant's private garden room.There will be giveways for correct winner predictions.

Stonewall Inn (53rd Christopher St.)

The historic landmark will once against be hosting their annual Oscar party. The event will start at 6 p.m and there will be a happy hour until 8 p.m.

230 FIFTH Rooftop Garden Bar and Restaurant (230th 5th Ave.)

Guests of the 21+ event will be treated to a two-hour open bar and hor d'oeuvres for $25. The Manhattan skyline will be the backdrop for this viewing party, which starts at 7.pm.




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<![CDATA[Suspect in Killing, Amber Alert Was Previously Deported: ICE]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:10:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AmberAlertChase.jpg

The missing 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday morning was safely located after an eight-hour multi-state manhunt, Pennsylvania police said. 

Police had been looking for Aylin Sofia Hernandez and her father Oscar Hernandez since the 39-year-old Hernandez fled his Bridgeport home after allegedly stabbing her mother, 26-year-old Nidia Gonzalez, to death.

A neighbor placed a 911 call to police around 2:45 a.m. Friday about a disturbance at 69 Greenwood St., Bridgeport Police Captain Brian Fitzgerald said at a press conference.

When officers arrived, they found a small, cramped one-story basement apartment that was described by police earlier as a blood-soaked, gruesome scene that characterized the "ugly side of domestic violence."

Authorities weren't sure if Gonzalez and Hernandez were still together at the time of her attack.

Law enforcement officials also found evidence of people drinking in the apartment.

Another woman, possibly the mother's friend, was stabbed 14 times but survived. She underwent surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center and is in critical, but stable condition, Fitzgerald said. She is expected to survive.

The hunt for Oscar Hernandez -- an El Salvador national who had previously been deported -- led police from Connecticut to New York City, where he had been spotted at some point in the Bronx, to Pennsylvania, where a Pennsylvania state trooper spotted his vehicle at around 11:15 a.m.

Hernandez led police on a pursuit on Interstate 99 until he hit multiple cars and crashed his vehicle with his daughter inside. He was taken into custody and brought to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Two state troopers sustained minor injuries.

Little Aylin suffered minor head and leg injuries from the crash. Authorities say she's fine and will be returned to her family.

"It's all good," said Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim. "Because of the efforts of so many, the fact that she's going to be safe and returned... it's a great moment."

"This doesn't just happen by accident, they delivered this little girl home," said Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez. "She lost her mom and her father, her life has changed forever. We will embrace her and do whatever we have to do to take care of her."

Neighbors and family members were in disbelief.

"He should not have done this, any woman don't deserve this," his cousin said. "If you're not happy with your wife, just go away. But no heart, you leave a child with no father and no mother, that's sad."

"I really don't understand how a man just look at a woman and stabs her," said Delores Witter.

Hernandez was deported from Hartford, Connecticut in the fall of 2013, according to Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has prior felony convctions from 2002 for assault and threatening, as well as several misdemeanor convictions. 

Hernandez had not been encountered by ICE since he was deported, and authorities had no information about him being back in the U.S. since then. 

ICE has placed an immigration detainer with the Bridgeport Police Department, which means if Hernandez is released for any reason -- including on bond -- he will be released to ICE, said Neudauer. 

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<![CDATA[Mindboggling Bust Sculptures Stretch, Twist at NYC Gallery]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:52:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/li+hongbo+bust.jpg

A New York City gallery is featuring the mind-bending works of an artist who trades plaster for paper to recreate classic sculptures.

Artist Li Hongbo designed dozens of bust sculptures made entirely out of small pieces of paper for a 2014 exhibit at the Klein Sun Gallery, though the works are still housed there today. The sculptures were recently featured by BuzzFeed

The unique materials are still attracting attention and acclaim nearly three years later. 

All of the sculptures are flexible and can be stretched, twisted, and elongated before returning to their original shape. The demonstrations are typically done by gallery staff but occasionally visitors can test out the sculptures themselves, owner Eli Klein tells NBC 4 New York. 

The majority of the pieces are bust sculptures created by gluing thousands of pieces of paper together, according to the Klein Sun website. Hongbo uses honeycomb-like structures to create the works, a technique inspired by traditional Chinese decorations. 

"His reinvention of the material's form challenges viewers' expectations of the medium as an artistic vehicle," according to Hongbo's biography on the Klein Sun gallery website.

The unique art comes at a hefty price, however: the white busts range from $18,000 to $60,000 each. 

Li Hongbo's artwork has been featured around the world, including Australia, Germany, and Italy.



Photo Credit: Klein Sun Gallery]]>
<![CDATA[Dozens of Dirt Bikes, ATVs Seized in NJ After Massive Ride]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ThompsonDirtbikes.jpg

Police confiscated Dozens of dirt bikes and ATVs after hundreds of bikers flooded a busy New Jersey highway for an afternoon joyride.

Newark police officers seized the vehicles after as many as 200 dirt bikes and ATVs sped up the bustling McCarter Highway. The daredevils ran stop lights, nearly caused accidents and scared drivers like Robert Safar, who managed to catch it all on video with his cellphone.

"Honestly I'm surprised somebody wasn't hit," he said. "There were just too many moving pieces."

Dirt bike and ATV rides on city streets can be as dangerous as long as the NYPD has known. The department is cracking down on illegal terrain vehicles: seizures are up 52 percent over the last year, with 1,817 off-road bikes and ATVs confiscated around the city as of October 2015, according to police officials.

There were no serious injuries reported. However, police say two squad cars were damaged deliberately by bikers as officers moved in to make arrests. Most of the bikers were from out of state, including New York, Pennsylvania and one as far south as Florida.

Police told News 4 they are looking into some sort of network activated by code that gets riders together like this. Safar was a dirt biker as a teen; he says he never did anything similar to the hundreds of bikers he filmed.

"I guess they were feeling a false sense of security at the end of the day...or they just didn't care," he said.

While the NYPD has been crushing some of the bikes they've confiscated, Newark doesn't go that far. But it does ticket the riders who claim their bikes, make them get a vehicle registration and pay the towing charge — in all, a cost of several hundred dollars to joyride the streets.



Photo Credit: Robert Safar]]>
<![CDATA[Man Driving 90 MPH in Dramatic Takedown Hit With 11 Charges]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:37:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dramatic+belt+parkway+chase.jpg

A 35-year-old Brooklyn man faces nearly a dozen charges in connection with a dramatic police chase that ended with him tackled by a civilian just as he was about to jump off an overpass on the Belt Parkway Thursday.

Chopper 4 was over the scene as the saga unfolded and captured exclusive video of the takedown. Authorities said Friday Charles Moore, whose license was suspended, was driving a motorcycle 90 mph on the highway Thursday afternoon; he was weaving in and out of lanes and police tried to pull him over. He wouldn't stop, and kept going west on the parkway, then moved onto the shoulder and crashed.

Moore was thrown off the vehicle and took off on foot, running 100,000 feet toward the Bay Ridge Avenue overpass, video shows, likely a 30-foot drop. A man ran out of his stopped car, swiftly tackled the biker and brought him to the ground before he could jump. Officers immediately swarmed the suspect.

Moore was arrested on a litany of charges, including reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, aggravated unlicensed operator and reckless driving, among other offenses. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. 

Prosecutors asked bail to be set at $7,500, pointing to his suspended license and five misdemeanor convictions. Moore's attorney asked for release on recognizance, saying his last arrest was nearly a decade ago, in 2008. Moore also has three children and cares for his mother, the attorney said. 

Moore is next expected to appear in court March 1. Bond was set at $3,500. 



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<![CDATA[Daring Rescue of Potential Jumper Closes GW Bridge]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:55:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gwb+jumper+rescue.jpg

A man threatening to jump off the George Washington Bridge blocked upper-level traffic Friday morning, and police were forced to make a high-risk rescue to snatch the squirming man before he fell. 

Port Authority police received information around 10:15 a.m. about a man who planned to harm himself near the George Washington Bridge, authorities said. Officials halted traffic after hearing reports about a weapon.

At 10:17, officers found Douglas Peck hanging over the bridge rail, where he was apprehended by cops, authorties said. Police disarmed the 37-year-old ten minutes later.

"Today shows the great restraint that the Port Authority police officers have in these types of situations," said Port Authority Superintendent Michael Fedorko at a Friday afternoon press conference. "Not a shot was fired."

Law enforcement sources told News 4 New York Peck had a pellet gun, which he turned over to police at some point during the standoff. 

Despite turning over the gun, though, he did not surrender easily. Live Chopper 4 video showed him twisting out of the arms of rescuers and fighting until the last moments that he was saved.

"Port Authority Police and the department's Emergency Services Unite have taken a would-be jumper into custody at the George Washington Bridge, after negotiating and convincing him to surrender," the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement to NBC New York. "The individual earlier surrendered a weapon to authorities."

The transit agency added that the upper level of the bridge was reopened, but drivers should avoid the bridge because of lingering delays. Some traffic began moving just after the rescue, though heavy restrictions remained. 

Peck was taken to Bergen Hospital, where he's been evaluated. He was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault of a police officer.



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<![CDATA[NJ is Home to the Second-Best 24-Hour Diner in the Nation]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:33:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-86182526.jpg

The Tick Tock Diner in Clifton has been named America’s second-best 24-hour diner.

The Daily Mail has released its list of America’s 10 Best 24-Hour Diners and the popular Clifton eatery almost claimed the top spot.

The diner's location on Route 3 is a short distance to New York City and is “really, really good,” according to the site.

The Garden State boasts a ton of great diners, but Tick Tock has become a North Jersey staple with its nearly endless menu.

The Daily Meal described Tick Tock as "a quintessential New Jersey hangout."

The diner upholds its “Eat Heavy” slogan by serving up diner classics like burgers and fully loaded nachos. 

But if you have to get only one thing from the diner, The Daily Meal says it should be the disco fries.

Did your favorite diner make The Daily Meal’s list?



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<![CDATA[New York City Eatery Among Top 3 24-Hour Diners in America]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/Veselka1.jpg

New York City’s Veselka has been named has been named America’s third-best 24-hour diner.

Veselka landed the third spot on The Daily Meal’s list of America’s 10 Best 24-Hour Diners.

The diner has been settled in the East Village since 1954, offering a mixture of both Ukrainian dishes and traditional American diner food.

According to The Daily Meal they been serving food for decades to a diverse crowd including “NYU kids and graveyard-shift workers.”

The offers breakfast staples like short stacks, muffins and eggs.

But it's the Ukrainian comfort foods, including handmade pierogis, beef stroganoff and stuffed cabbage, that has The Daily Meal raving.

Did your favorite diner make The Daily Meal's list?



Photo Credit: Veselka/Facebook]]>