<![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-usTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:25:15 -0500Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:25:15 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[American Airlines Plane Bumps Another Flight at LaGuardia]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:38:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/laguardia+wings+clip.jpg

An American Airlines plane hit another American aircraft while pushing back from its gate at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, Port Authority officials said.

No one was hurt when Flight No. 1365, bound for Miami with 97 passengers aboard, was involved in the bump with Flight No. 4548, headed to Detroit with 56 passengers, in the early afternoon.

Both flights were delayed and passengers were put on other aircrafts.

It wasn't clear if either aircraft sustained significant damage.

American Airlines couldn't immediately be reached for comment.  

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<![CDATA[Sensational Sweaters: Man’s Amazing Viral Knitting Project]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/profile+pic+sweater.jpg A Baltimore man’s fabulous knitted sweaters have become famous after news of his hobby went viral. ]]> <![CDATA[Pregnant Woman, Beau Among 3 Killed by Masked Gunmen in NJ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:09:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jersey+city+shooting4.jpg

A pregnant woman and her boyfriend were among three people killed when masked gunmen jumped out of a U-Haul rental truck in a Jersey City neighborhood and ambushed them in an apartment, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York. 

According to the sources, one of the masked men stole a gold chain from the boyfriend that the boyfriend had previously stolen from someone else. The masked man taunted the boyfriend over the theft on social media, and, perhaps fearing the boyfriend would retaliate, got two people to go with him to the boyfriend's apartment to kill him preemptively, the sources said. 

The masked crew pulled up to the boyfriend's Fulton Avenue apartment in a U-Haul around 10 p.m. Monday and shot him and his girlfriend. A third person, a member of the masked group, died in the shooting, and authorities believe he was inadvertently shot by a member of his own crew, the sources say. 

The two surviving suspects fled on foot after the shooting; the U-Haul they had used was recovered. 

The victims have been identified as 25-year-old Janaya Lee, 26-year-old Ishear Bailey and 31-year-old Quadel Chisolm. Lee and Bailey had been shot multiple times; Chisolm was found shot once in the entrance hallway. A law enforcement source says the two men who died were known to police.

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<![CDATA[The Jamaican Bobsled Team Is Back - and It Needs a Coach]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jamaican+Bobsled+Team.jpg

The Jamaican bobsled team is back for the Olympics. A little strapped for cash, sure, but back nonetheless.

The climatologically challenged team is attempting to crowdfund a salary for a head coach for the next Olympic games in 2018 in PyeongChang, according to a GoFundMe page posted by the team's social media director.

(Correct - the team does not have a coach but does have someone to run its social presence. Kathleen Pulito, a volunteer from upstate New York, reports to Devon Harris, a member of the original team portrayed in the movie "Cool Runnings.")

"We have a really good shot at our women's team bringing home some hardware to Jamaica," Pulito told NBC 4 New York. "People don't quite see value in our brand just yet."

The perennial underdogs' biggest hope is Jazmine Fenlator, who competed for the United States in the 2014 Games before switching to her father's home country. 

Even so, the crowdfunding campaign is off to a slow start, having raised $1,100 of a $60,000 goal. But Pulito said her goal is to get a brand or two interested in the underdog story and go from there.

"Once one good sponsor hops on board they kind of all jump on board," she said.

Photo Credit: Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation]]>
<![CDATA[Going Once ... Trump's Childhood Home Up for Auction]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/preview+image+trump+house.jpg Bidding on the 1940 Tudor-style home in Jamaica Estates in Queens ends Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST, three days before Trump takes the oath of office on inauguration day.]]> <![CDATA[Group Rallies to Save 'Dumbo,' Last of LaGuardia Coyotes]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:33:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dumbo+coyote.jpg

Animal rights activists are announcing a nationwide search for a wildlife sanctuary to take in Dumbo, the last of the remaining coyotes from a family recently euthanized after taking up residence near LaGuardia Airport.

Members of the Wild Dog Foundation planned a news briefing for Tuesday afternoon on Park Avenue on the fate of the 11-month-old Dumbo, named by activists for its large round ears.

The Port Authority has been capturing and euthanizing the animals, which took over a vacant lot at the Queens airport that has since been converted to a parking lot.  

"The coyotes pose a threat to our employees and members of the community, including children who use nearby baseball fields," the Port Authority told NBC 4 New York in November. "Repeated efforts to force the coyotes to leave the area have not succeeded." 

The agency said it developed the cull plan with approval from the Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Coyotes have been spotted periodically in New York City since the 1990s. Experts estimated in 2015 that the population was probably at least in the teens. They say New Yorkers should expect to see more of them as they become more comfortable adapting to city streets and parks. 

Wildlife experts say people can reduce the risk of coyote conflicts by not feeding them and securing trash and pets, among other steps.

Photo Credit: Wild Dog Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Manhunt for BMW Driver Who Fled NJ Police, Crashed in SoHo]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/soho+crash+nj+pursuit.jpg

Police were searching for a man on the run Tuesday morning, hours after he allegedly fled police in a stolen vehicle, sped through the Holland Tunnel and crashed into another car in SoHo, authorities said.

The two cars collided just minutes after a New Jersey State trooper tried to stop a cream-colored BMW X5, which authorities later learned had been stolen, for speeding in Newark. The BMW was traveling on I-78 at about 1:53 a.m. and sped away eastbound as the trooper followed with lights and sirens on, according to police. 

The BMW dashed into the Holland Tunnel and the New Jersey trooper called off the pursuit. Police later said that the BMW was stolen from Long Hill Township, New Jersey. 

After exiting the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan, the BMW crashed into a white Corvette near Broome and Greene streets around 2 a.m. The force of the crash sent the BMW flying into 470 Broome Street, where it slammed into the front of an art museum. 

The BMW was left mutilated — its front completely mangled and its hood wrapped around a pillar. The Corvette was down the street, its top sheared off.

Police said the driver of the BMW broke the windshield and fled the area after the crash. He was last seen running westbound on Broome Street towards Wooster Street.

A task force is being assembled to search for the driver, who is believed to be injured, police said.

The 28-year-old driver of the Corvette was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene just before 5 a.m. as a search for the man and an investigation into the crash continued. 

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<![CDATA[Concert, Food and Drink Specials to Snag on Inauguration Day]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/inaugurationcrop.jpg

There are a few days until the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.You can simply watch the inauguration from home or get in the political spirit at one of these events in NYC. Check out some ways to celebrate inauguration day.

Inauguration Day Sneak Peek, 33 35th Street 6A, at Brooklyn’s Industry City is the perfect opportunity to do a good deed. Industry City Distillery is offering an opportunity to "take the edge off" by purchasing beers from two of Brooklyn’s newest breweries, Wartega and Lineup. The $35 ticket includes four beers and a shot. All proceeds will go to the charity of the brewery's choice.

E's BAR, 511 Amsterdam, will celebrate Inauguration Day with a burger and beer special for $10 all day long. If you find yourself bored by the festivities on TV, there are more than 100 board games to choose from to keep yourself entertained and bring everyone together.

United Palace Cathedral, 4140 Broadway, is hosting "Inaugurate Love: Dreaming Our Nation United." This free event will be a day full of group meditation, indigenous ceremonies, sound healing, drumming circles, spoken word, short-play readings, poetry, dance and movement, live art, vocalists and instrumentalists. Special guest performances will include Ellen Burstyn, Gary Jules, United Palace Band and Ensemble Choir and more. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Bagatelle, 1 Little West 12th St., is one of many restaurants in the Meatpacking District donating $1 from every specialty Sangria Rose sold in January to the American Civil Liberties Union. There isn’t a better day to support that cause than on Inauguration Day. 

Gold Sounds Bar, 44 Wilson Ave., is inviting everyone for a night of positive vibes. Come at 7:30 and jam out to some musical tunes. The proceeds from the $10 admission fee will be donated to Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ youth. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a coat for the New York Cares' annual coat drive. 

Mundo, 37-06 36th Street, is serving up food specials from 5-11 p.m. to sooth your appetite. Guzzle some “Get Trumped” well shots for $4.50 or try the "America is Great" beer and burger combo.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, will showcase "United: A Concert for the People" at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to American Civil Liberties Union. The grand production will feature Marisa del Campo, Angela Novy along with many other performers.

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<![CDATA[$11K in Checks Stolen From USPS Mailbox in East Harlem]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:13:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

Authorities say someone stole $11,000 in checks from a USPS mailbox in East Harlem over the last few months. 

The checks were put into the mailbox between October and December by staff at the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center on Third Avenue, police say. Staff at the social services organization realized they had been stolen when vendors said they never received the funds. 

A police report was filed Jan. 11. 

According to DNAInfo.com, police have received multiple reports of checks stolen from mailboxes in the 25th Precinct since mid-August. The total value of the pilfered checks is nearly $100,000, the website says. 

The New York City branch of the United States Postal Inspection Service said it wasn't aware of the $11,000 heist. A spokeswoman said USPS is still swapping out mailboxes in the Bronx and has plans to make changes in Harlem, though she declined to give a timeframe for the transition to be completed.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Thief Targeting NYC Gym-Locker Users: NYPD]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:26:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nysc+gym+locker+thefts.jpg

Police are looking for a man who's been breaking into gym lockers at New York Sports Club locations across Manhattan since last fall. 

The suspect has stolen valuables in the 15 times he broke into the gym lockers, including three times at an NYSC gym on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, according to police. He went twice to the gym on West 14th Street, making off with an iPad, MacBook and credit card.

Police say it's not clear if the suspect is a member of the gym. 

In some cases, police believe the thief has used a tool to cut through metal locks. In other cases, it's still a mystery how he's managed to break in.

But police say in a small number of cases, he doesn't have to work very hard -- he grabs shoes and credit cards from lockers left unlocked. 

In a statement, the company said, "The safety and security of our members and guests is our top priority, and NYSC stands ready to assist authorities in every way possible in any investigation." 

Police say the following thefts at NYSC locations have been linked to the suspect:


  • Friday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at 1221 Sixth Ave.
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. at 113 East 23rd St.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:45 p.m. at 225 Varick St.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m., at 1372 Broadway
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at 200 Park Ave.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 6:15 p.m. at 128 8th Ave.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at 128 8th Ave. 
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. at 34 West 14th St.
  • Monday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m at 225 Varick St.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m. at 230 West 41st St.
  • Friday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at 34A West 14th St.
  • Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at 230 West 41st St. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at 34 West 14th St.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at 1221 Avenue of the Americas
  • Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:15 p.m. at 128 8th Ave.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stopper at nypdcrimestoppers.com. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4/NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Police Step up Fight Against Gang Violence in Brentwood]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:09:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BRENTWOOD+STILL_WNBC_000000014668327+copy.jpg

Suffolk County Police Lt. Thomas Zagajeski hits the streets with a clear mission: “We want to know everybody who’s a gang member in this community.”

It’s been nearly four months since the murders of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, and Zagajeski, the commanding officer of the Suffolk County gang unit, is patrolling the streets.

“So right over here we see a marked car. They’re keeping an eye on this area. This is a known MS-13 hangout,” Zagajeski said.

Police believe the deaths of five teens are connected to the MS-13 gang. Along with Mickens and Cuevas, the bodies of Jose Pena-Hernandez , 18, Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were also found throughout Brentwood over a six-week period in September and October of last year. 

Zagajeski says increased patrols around gang hot-spots have been crucial as police work to curb the gang's influence.

If police see a young teen out during the school day and suspect he has gang ties based on clothing or tattoos, they will interview him to see who he associates with and to gather any intelligence.

The increased presence is most visible outside Brentwood High School, where Zagajeski says gang members prey on students.

“There’s a lot of MS-13 that try to weave their way into the mix of dismissal, to try to approach kids and try to recruit them,” Zagajeski said.

One woman who was nearly roped into a gang talked about the violence she witnessed.

"The worst thing is probably when they have a problem with someone and they automatically don’t even think of much,” she said. “(They) just go for their weapons and go shoot the closest place they could find to where this person can be.”

Zagajeski said his team has been focused on individual gang members. Officers are assigned to a few members to track. Each day, they see where they are and who they’re talking with.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said 90 MS-13 gang members have been arrested since the death of Mickens and Cuevas. Seven of them are facing federal RICO charges. There’s been no announcement of murder charges yet.

Sini said that the investigation into the teens’ deaths is still very active and that he’s optimistic that police will be successful in finding those responsible.

“It would be impossible for them not to feel the pressure, we have so much on them right now,” he said.

<![CDATA[Hairstylist Faints Outside Midtown Shop, Hit by Fleeing Van]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:32:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/VILLEDA+HIT+AND+RUN+MN+BROLL+SOUND+-+15135623_WNBC_000000014664+copy.jpg

A hairstylist on a cigarette break fainted and fell into traffic outside the midtown hair salon where he works Monday morning, and was hit by a van that fled the scene, police say.

The 51-year-old hairstylist, Luis Melendez, had stepped out of the salon on West 35th Street near 7th Avenue at about 11:30 a.m., co-workers told NBC 4 New York. He was having a cigarette with a customer when he got dizzy and passed out. 

A black van hit the man and took off, police said. Witnesses described a bloody scene.

"When I saw the guy on the ground, he looked like he smashed his face on the ground," said Jimmy King. "He looked like he was in bad shape. There was a lot of blood." 

Melendez was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

King said the victim apparently stumbled into the street as he fainted, and it's possible the van driver didn't realize what happened: "Maybe he doesn't even know he hit him." 

Melendez's co-workers described him as bubbly and an energetic, hard worker, and say he had been working there for less than a year. 

His ex-wife, who was visiting him at the hospital Monday night, told NBC 4 New York in Spanish that Melendez will have to undergo reconstructive surgery, having broken every bone in his face.

Police are looking for the driver of the van, described as a black Ford Econoline conversion van. 

<![CDATA[Bobcat Put Down After Attacking 3 People in Conn.]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Colchester+bobcat+1200.jpg

A sickly looking bobcat attacked three women at a Connecticut farm run by a social service organization in Colchester late Tuesday morning and has been put down, according to officials at the scene.

Colchester fire officials said the bobcat bit one person and scratched two others in the greenhouse on the property of the Caring Community, a residential and day program on Waterhole Road in Colchester.

The bobcat jumped on one women and scratched the other two when they came to her aid.

The bobcat was gone from the greenhouse by the time police arrived and went into the woods, but the bobcat charged at the officer instead of running away. 

All women are clients of the Caring Community and were brought to the Marlborough Medical Center, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP says it's unusual for bobcats to attack humans.

The bobcat was shot and killed at the scene and the state Department of Health will test it for rabies. 

Photo Credit: Colchester Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Brother Killed in Newark Shooting, Sister in Hospital: Pros.]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:57:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+tape.PNG

A man and his sister were shot while walking in Newark Monday afternoon, and the brother was killed on the scene, authorities say. 

The 25-year-old man, Tony Branch, and his 23-year-old sister were walking on the 100 block of Seymour Avenue when they were shot at about 4 p.m., Essex County prosecutors say. 

Branch was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. His sister, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital where she was admitted in stable condition.

Prosecutors and Newark police detectives are investigating. 

<![CDATA[4th Pedestrian Killed on NJ Roadway in 5 Months]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:32:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MAXFIELD+FATAL+PEDESTRIAN+STRUCK+NJ+5P+PKG+-+16361902_WNBC_0000.jpg

A young man was struck and killed while crossing Route 22 in Bridgewater, New Jersey Sunday night, police say, marking the fourth pedestrian death on the stretch of road in the last five months.

The victim in Sunday's incident has not been identified, but police say he was between 20 and 30 years old. He was in the center lane of traffic when he was struck, police said. The driver in the crash has not been charged. 

The three other young people recently killed on the same roadway were also struck while walking on a one-mile stretch of Route 22 West. 

"It's a horrible road," said Dylan Ahlert, who frequently drives there. He noted the speed limit says 55 mph, but he knows people are going faster than that, especially when they've just exited I-287, a larger highway with a 65 mph speed limit. 

"I own a business in town, we go down here constantly, the traffic is horrible," he said. 

Making matters worse, there are restaurants, car dealers and gas stations on both sides of the highway, people complain. On the three-lane highway, drivers are constantly merging and exiting on the left and right. 

"It's a lot of traffic, and people aren't paying attention," said Mike Anastasi, the owner of Bridgewater Diner, near where three of the people were killed. "It's been happening, and it's going to happen again if they don't do anything about it." 

Despite the string of pedestrian deaths, the owner of a nearby gas station says he still sees people continue to walk across the highway. 

"It's very dangerous," said Bakshish Kumar of Valero gas station. "It takes 20 to 30 minutes to cross the highway. You have to cross three lanes of busy traffic. And they run."

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has promised to make the section of Route 22 safer for both drivers and pedestrians, with better lighting and wider shoulders for cars getting on and off the highway. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Cops Look for Person Who Shattered NYPD Patrol Car Window]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/188-17+75+SQd+Crim+Mis+1-16-17+photo+3+copy.jpg

Police are looking for whoever shattered the window of a marked NYPD patrol car in Brooklyn Monday. 

Police say the patrol car was parked on the side of 215 Wortman Ave. in East New York when someone threw an object at the front passenger window, shattering it, at about 3 a.m.

No one was inside the car, police said. 

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

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band Ditches Trump Inauguration ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:46:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Bruce_Springsteen1.jpg

The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, has announced it is withdrawing from performing at Donald Trump's inauguration gala.

The band announced its withdrawal from the event on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, citing its respect for Bruce himself.

"With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year's inauguration Gala," it said.

"Our decision is based solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

"The Boss" is a high profile Democrat who appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

In a recent interview he questioned whether the president-elect was ready to take office.

During the interview on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, Springsteen said he questioned whether Trump "is simply competent enough to do this particular job."

The B Street Band said it would not exist without the talents of Springsteen and his primary backing band the E Street Band, and it looked forward to performing their music for years to come.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images ]]>
<![CDATA[Vandals Target Home of Pastor Who Opposes Mosque in NJ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/THOMPSON+PASTOR+HOME+VANDALIZED+NJ+PKG+500+-+00001605_WNBC_0000.jpg Some speculate the vandalism may have stemmed from Pastor John Brasile's opposition to a proposed mosque. Brian Thompson reports]]> <![CDATA[Masked Gunman Attacks Woman Waiting in Car: Police]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:48:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ALIYU+WOMEN+ATTCKED+WC++-+15263209_WNBC_000000014663395.jpg

A masked gunman entered a woman's car as she was waiting for a friend in Westchester, and pulled her into the backseat before her friend showed up and scared him off, police say. 

Police say it happened Thursday night outside a home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Yonkers. The 19-year-old victim told police a man wearing all black and a ski mask hopped into her car, pulled out a gun and pulled her into the back, authorities say.

"The girl, 19 years old, was screaming and yelling, the other girl as well," said Gloria Aramayo, who lives with the victim and ran out when she heard the commotion. "He tried to rape her and [said] to 'pull out your pants.'"

People living in nearby Scarsdale fear the attacker may be the same man who tried to rob a woman in her driveway just 30 minutes earlier on the same night. The victim in that case told NBC 4 New York the attacker tried to rip off her wedding ring. She yelled to her husband inside the home, and the attacker took off. 

Neighbor Nan Winson said, "My neighbor called me to tell me I should be careful, that something happened and there are police all over the place nad a helicopter." 

Wendy Majdanski was still worried Monday.

"We are so close to the traion, we are close to the parkway, so things like that worry me, that people could just zoom off -- do something and is back off on the parkway," she said. "But it's a quiet neighborhood, nothing like this has happened, and I lived here over 20 years. It's shocking, really." 

Police are looking into the similarities of the attacks but have not yet linked the two. In the meantime, police have increased patrols in both Yonkers and Scarsdale. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Police Activity Causes Major PATH Train Delays]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:10:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/path+train+cuts.jpg

Police activity caused PATH train delays on the Newark-World Trade Center line Tuesday morning, leaving hundreds of commuters standing on packed platforms.

NJ Transit was cross-honoring PATH tickets at Newark and New York Penn stations for a time, but the problem was cleared up by about 9 a.m. and the cross-honoring was no longer in effect. 

The nature of the police activity that caused the delays wasn't immediately clear. 

Photos posted to social media showed packed trains and waiting areas. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Meets King's Son on MLK Day ]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TRUMP+TOWER+MONDAY+FEED+PT5+-+13541928_WNBC_000000014662364.jpg

The son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says he had a "very constructive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on the holiday marking King's life.

Martin Luther King III played down Trump's recent claim that Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, was "all talk." He told reporters at Trump Tower on Monday that in the heat of emotion, "a lot of things get said on both sides."

King says the focus of his meeting with Trump was to improve voter participation and stress the need to bring America together.

He says Trump assured him it's his intent to reach out to all Americans, even those who did not support him.

Trump briefly appeared with King after their nearly hour-long meeting but ignored reporters' questions.

<![CDATA[Happening Today: Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump, MH370, Pulse]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PLANE_AP_16133124056126.jpg

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Trump’s Education Pick Gets Hearing

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary, prompting pushback from teachers unions. But Democrats and activists are also raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs and advocacy for family values might impact minority and LGBT students. DeVos’ financial and political clout will be on display on Tuesday as she goes before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which has members who have benefited from her largesse.

Trump Meets With MLK’s Son

Donald Trump met with one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s sons on the holiday marking the life of the slain American icon just days after the president-elect attacked Rep. John Lewis on Twitter. Lewis and the elder King were among the Big Six leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Trump accused Lewis, D-Ga., for being "all talk" after Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election. Martin Luther King III downplayed the slight, saying that "in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides." But the timing of the attack was particularly unfortunate for Trump. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin played Trump again on “Saturday Night Live” after the show’s holiday hiatus. Watch it here.

Turkish Officials: Gunman Captured

Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that the man was being questioned by police. Istanbul’s governor said the man, captured late Monday, confessed to carrying out the massacre and that his fingerprints matched those of the attacker.

Search for Flight MH370 Ends

After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane. The reason the aircraft vanished from radar in the early hours of March 8, 2014, remains a mystery. Last year, Australia, Malaysia and China — which have each helped fund the search — agreed that the hunt would be suspended once the search zone was exhausted unless new evidence emerges.

Wife of Pulse Gunman Arrested

The wife of Orlando mass shooting gunman Omar Mateen was arrested on Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area months after her now-dead husband committed what's believed to be the country's deadliest gun massacre at Pulse nightclub. Noor Salman, 30, was arrested at her family's home outside San Francisco on charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. In June, a source close to the family told NBC News that Mateen sent his wife a text message during the rampage, asking her, "Do you see what's happening?"

Last Man to Walk on Moon Dies

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," has died. He was 82. NASA announced that Cernan died Monday surrounded by his family. Cernan, commander of NASA's Apollo 17 mission, set foot on the lunar surface in December 1972 during his third space flight. "Those steps up that ladder, they were tough to make," Cernan recalled in a 2007 oral history. "I didn't want to go up. I wanted to stay a while."

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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots, Injures Man Resisting DWI Arrest: NY Police]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:03:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SuffolkPoliceInvShooting.jpg

A police officer shot and wounded a suspected drunk driver after he resisted arrest and dragged a police officer early Sunday, Suffolk County Police said.

Michael Shear, 34, of Holtsville, was first stopped in the parking lot of the Sunwave Shopping Center, police said.

At some point, he dragged an officer with his vehicle until the officer was able to free his arm, police said. Police didn't say how far the officer was dragged or whether the officer was hurt. 

Shear stopped again on North Ocean Avenue in Medford at around 2:45 a.m., police said. 

When apprehended, Shear refused to comply with the officer's commands and resisted arrest, police said. The officer then fired one shot, which hit Shear in his shoulder, authorities said.

Shear was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. Authorities said he is expected to make a full recovery.

He is charged with DWI with a prior conviction within 10 years, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. It's not clear whether Shear has an attorney.

Officials said there is an investigation underway. 

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<![CDATA[Transport Workers Union and MTA Reach 11th Hour Deal]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:21:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578053016_edited-1.jpg

The MTA has reached a "tentative" deal with the Transport Workers Union after the deadline for contract negotiations expired overnight. 

Sources told NBC 4 New York that negotiations for the contracts of the employees who work on the MTA trains and subway lines went until 3 a.m. Monday.

They resumed later in the morning, and by midday the two had found enough common ground to announce a deal.

President of the Transport Worker's Union John Samuelsen said the tentative contract covered 36,000 workers, and sources tell NBC 4 New York raises are 2.5 percent.

The raises were a point of contention with the MTA not wanting to budge above the 2 percent pay rise mark.

Samuelsen said it was a two-and-a-half year deal that included cash bonuses for some, bigger raises for drivers of articulated buses and new protections for the 5,000 female employees of the company.

The protections include new changing rooms and breastfeeding stations.

The contract is set to go to the executive board meeting Tuesday morning. Employees would then vote on the contract within two weeks. 

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<![CDATA[Child Suffers Broken Leg in School Bus v. NJT Bus Crash]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:43:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+FEED+930A+bus+accident+nj+-+09453423_WNBC_0000000146579.jpg

A school bus rear-ended a NJ Transit bus in East Brunswick Monday morning, injuring a child on the school bus and four passengers on the NJ Transit bus, officials say. 

The NJ Transit commuter bus was stopped on Route 18 near Eggers Street, picking up passengers just before 9 a.m., when the Kensington Company school bus hit it, East Brunswick police say. 

A child on the school bus suffered a broken leg and cuts as a result of the crash, police said. Four passengers on the NJ Transit bus were treated for minor injuries and pain.

Police are investigating. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 732-390-6969.

<![CDATA[2 Men Wanted in Queens Stabbing: NYPD]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

Police are searching for two men wanted in the stabbing and robbery of a woman in Queens on Sunday.

The woman was walking on 104th Street and 212 Place in Queens Village when she got into a fight with the men, the NYPD said. Then one took out a knife and stabbed her, police said.

One of the men who fled also robbed her, police said.

The woman was recovering at Jamaica Hospital. 

<![CDATA['Little Nicky' Scarfo Dies at 87]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:46:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Nicodemo-Scarfo.jpg

Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo died in prison at the age of 87, according to his attorney.

Scarfo’s attorney told NBC10 his client passed away Friday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. He was serving a 55-year prison sentence at the center. His attorney believes he died from cancer.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Scarfo was an amateur boxer before joining the Bruno crime family in Philly in the 1950s. He spent years as a soldier in the family and also helped run operations in Atlantic City.

Scarfo became the head of the Philadelphia crime family in the 1980s following the deaths of crime bosses Angelo Bruno and Philip Testa.

Scarfo was arrested in 1987 and later convicted on extortion and conspiracy charges and sentenced to 14 years in prison. In 1988, while serving the extortion sentence, he and 16 associates were tried on federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) charges. Scarfo was found guilty on 32 counts that included eight murders. He received a 55 year prison sentence and was serving that sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Butner at the time of his death. Scarfo's attorney David Bahuriak told NBC10 he was trying to get his client released on parole before he died.

"Mr. Scarfo was definitely an infamous character. No doubt about that," Bahuriak said. "You know when we first met he said to me, 'Dave, it's a pleasure to meet you. I've heard a lot of nice things about you.' And I said, 'Mr. Scarfo, it's a pleasure to meet you too. I wish I could say the same.'"

Scarfo had three children, including Nicky Scarfo Jr., who was sentenced to 30 years in jail on racketeering charges.

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<![CDATA[Robber Crawls Through Window, Steals $4,700 in Phones: Cops]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BxCellphoneThief.jpg

Police are searching for a man who allegedly broke into a Boost Mobile store and stole $4,700 worth of smartphones in the Bronx.

The suspect entered the store at 639 E. 169th Street near Clinton Street by breaking the window to gain entry just before 4:40 a.m. Jan. 3, police said.

Surveillance cameras show him climbing through the shattered window, then hurriedly grabbing two iPhone 6s, two iPhone 7s and three Samsung Galaxy 7 phone from behind the counter. Authorities said the phones are worth $4,650.

The suspect then fled the scene. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweater, light-colored pants and light-colored sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this crime should call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Top New Jersey Lawmakers Join Rally to Save 'Obamacare' ]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:13:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/booker-menendez-crop.jpg

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at a raucous rally in Newark to oppose Republican efforts to dismantle and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

Several high-ranking Democrats — including New Jersey's two U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and several members of its Congressional delegation — were among those taking part in the rally staged at the Robert Treat Hotel. It was one of several rallies staged around the country by Democrats ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Trump has promised a speedy repeal and replacement of the law that was one of Obama's proudest achievements.

But speakers at the Newark rally stressed that many people may lose their coverage or face other issues if the law is repealed, especially if adopting a replacement plan is not done in tandem with any repeal effort.

"We are here to save the Affordable Care Act, to save lives," Menendez said, noting that nearly 400,000 New Jerseyans now have health care coverage who didn't have it before, meaning they have access to doctors and medical testing. "This is a fight for our lives, the lives of our family, friends and neighbors."

Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told the crowd that the GOP "has no intention" of replacing the law and that they "don't have the votes" for a replacement plan.

"The right wing (of the Republican Party) does not believe we should provide health care, does not believe we should help people pay for their health premiums, does not believe we should regulate the insurance companies because they don't believe in regulating any type of private industry," Pallone said.

The lone Republican member of the state's Congressional delegation to vote against the GOP proposal on Friday was Rep. Tom MacArthur, a leader of centrists in the House Tuesday Group. He said he opposed it because there was too little information about the replacement, including whether people receiving expanded Medicaid coverage or health care subsidies under the existing law would be protected.

The health law has provided health care subsidies and Medicaid coverage for millions who don't get insurance at work. It has required insurers to cover certain services such as family planning and people who are already ill, and has placed limits on the amount that the sick and elderly can be billed for health care.

Republicans want to end the fines that enforce the requirement that many individuals buy coverage and that larger companies provide it to workers — mandates that experts say were needed to stabilize insurers' rates. They'd like to expand health savings accounts, erase the taxes Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and the health care industry, eliminate the subsidies that help people buy policies and pare back its Medicaid expansion for the poor.

But they face internal disagreements over policy, such as how to pay for any replacement and how to protect consumers and insurers during what could be a two- or three-year phase-out of the existing health program.

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