<![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-usWed, 23 Aug 2017 19:27:41 -0400Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:27:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Track Trash Causes Epic Subway Chaos, MTA Vows Discipline]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:23:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+delays+update.jpg

The MTA has promised appropriate discipline after poorly secured trash on a southbound refuse train at 14th Street fell on the tracks, causing a single train to get stuck twice -- once in Manhattan and once in Brooklyn -- and a series of sweeping subway disruptions during Wednesday's morning rush. 

The agency blamed "operator error" for the ensuing nightmare that stranded thousands upon thousands of riders, left others in what customers described as "knee-deep" crowds on platforms and caused hours worth of delays.

It started when a southbound Q train got stuck north of the Canal Street station around 6 a.m. because of the trash issue. Forty five minutes later, it got stuck again, this time at DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. The latter breakdown at DeKalb, a major crossroads where any problem can immediately impact multiple train lines, caused major disruptions on the B, D, E, F, M, N, Q and R trains for hours.

It wasn't immediately clear how many workers were responsible for the trash fiasco, and the nature of any disciplinary action wasn't specified.

"New York City Transit and the MTA have zero tolerance for worker errors that cause service problems," the MTA said in a statement. "Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as necessary pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation."

The MTA said the major impacts were mostly in Brooklyn, and as of noon, B and D train service were running normally but with delays and M train service, which had been partially suspended for a time, was restored. Service on the N and Q lines continued to run over the R from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue. Later, the MTA said the same issue forced a suspension on the W line between Astoria-Ditmas Boulevard and Whitehall Street.

By about 5 p.m., the trash issue had been resolved but the affected subway lines were still experiencing residual delays. 

Separately, a report of a smoke condition in the Steinway Tunnel, which shuttles 7 trains under the East River between 42nd Street in Manhattan and 51st Avenue in Long Island City, shut down service on the line at the height of the morning rush. No. 7 train service was held in both directions as the FDNY investigated around 9 a.m. It was restored within about 20 minutes.

The disruptions caused major overcrowding on platforms from Queens to Manhattan to Brooklyn. Photos posted to social media showed throngs of riders stuck on the platform at Delancey Street while at least one Twitter user described "knee-deep" crowds after being transferred from a No. 7 train because of the smoke condition. Frustrated straphangers blasted the MTA on Twitter.

Rail customers didn't escape their own headaches Wednesday. Long Island Rail Road customers on the Ronkonkoma line were stuck at stations or delayed during the evening rush hour because of signal problems near Deer Park. It comes on the same day a new poll found that a considerable majority of LIRR riders are dissatisfied with service. 

Earlier in the morning, a non-passenger New Jersey Transit train derailed inside New York Penn Station, but no one was hurt and service was running on or close to schedule by the time the peak morning commute got underway, officials said. An NJ Transit spokesperson said an Amtrak crew was operating the train out of the yard around 4:25 a.m. when the engine came off the tracks at Track 4. The train cars were blocking tracks 1 through 5, which are not the ones already subject to closure for Amtrak's summer-long infrastructure overhaul.

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Service on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines was subject to about 20-minute delays for a time. Officials had cautioned delays and cancellations were possible for the morning rush, but NJ Transit said around 6:30 a.m. that the engine had been re-railed and service in and out of Penn was operating on or close to schedule. Get real-time transit updates here. 

The Long Island Railroad said it was not affected by the derailment. 

Trains have been operating under revised schedules since July while Amtrak conducts extensive repairs at the aging Manhattan transit hub. At least three tracks have been subject to closure at any given time; work is focusing on six. Before the work began, Gov. Cuomo warned that commuters could be in for a "summer of hell," but his ominous prediction has fallen short of expectations.

Amtrak's repair work is expected to be completed by Labor Day. 

Amtrak said in a statement the derailment was "not in the renewal area and will not impact this work." 

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<![CDATA[Police in NY Town Condemn Cop's 'Appalling' Instagram Post]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:24:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/confederateflag1.jpg

A New York town’s police department and the unions that represent its officers are denouncing a racially charged Instagram post made by one of its members.

The incendiary post was made on the account of the City of Newburgh Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), a police union.

According to the Times Herald-Record, the Instagram post shows a Confederate flag with the words, “This does not offend me.” Below the image of the flag is a photo of two men with sagging pants along with the words, “This bulls--- does!”

The post was denounced by the city’s black Council members and by City Manager Michael Ciaravino on Tuesday, the Times Herald-Record reported.

And on Wednesday, two police unions that represent officers in Newburgh — the PBA and the City of Newburgh Police Superior Officers Association (PSOA) — condemned the post in separate statements, while emphasizing efforts police have made to bridge the gap with communities they serve.

“We, as a union, in NO WAY support or condone the recent post made by an individual member,” PBA President Joseph Palermo said in a statement. “We will not allow an individual member’s lapse in judgment define us.”

Palermo said that the person who shared the image took full responsibility for the post and “has been dealt with accordingly.”

The PSOA was equally unequivocal in its condemnation.

“The actions put forth by one individual that posted to the PBA’s social media account is appalling and in no way reflects the views of the PSOA or its members,” part of the PSOA's statement read.

The Newburgh Police Department also released a statement distancing itself from the post. In the statement, Lt-in-Command Aaron Weaver said, "We sincerely regret any damage caused by one person's thoughtless and inflammatory posting." 

“With all of the recent events that have arisen around the country regarding racism and the confederate flag, the City of Newburgh Police Department wishes to convey its deepest apologies to the community regarding the recent posting on Instagram by one of its members,” Weaver said. 

There's been renewed focus on symbols of the Confederacy in recent weeks after one woman was killed and more than a dozen people were injured when a man who'd shown support for a Confederate statue allegedly plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. 

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<![CDATA[Mom, 2 Young Kids Safe After Getting Lost in Woods Overnight]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Family+missing+in+woods+in+Naugatuck+found+safe.JPG

An Oxford mother, her two young children and their dog, who were missing after going for a walk in the Naugatuck State Forest, are safe at home after finding their way out of the forest.

Police said the woman’s husband reported his wife, their 8-year-old daughter, 4-year-old son and the family dog missing after they went for a walk Tuesday evening and did not return. Crews began searching for them around 11:45 p.m. when the husband reported them missing. It was raining heavily at that time.

According to Sgt. Tate Begley State Environmental Police, Wednesday morning the woman, children and dog made it out of the forest and flagged down a driver on Chestnut Tree Hill Road for help. Everyone was in good condition, with just minor cuts and scrapes.

“It just happened we got lucky that she had a good sense of direction - heading in the direction of Chestnut Hill Tree Road, and you know, came out to a passerby,” Begley said.

The woman told authorities they took shelter in the woods overnight after they got lost and her cell phone died. At one point the family could hear the search crews looking for them, but because of the dense forest, they could not hear the woman’s calls for help.

Search crews were out for about seven hours searching.

Begley said crews were "very relieved" with the happy ending.

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<![CDATA[Top New Jersey High School Drops Varsity Football Team]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:27:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-16-15h24m55s61.jpg

One of the top-ranked high schools in New Jersey has disbanded its varsity football team as the sport continues to grapple with growing concerns from parents about safety. 

The decision by West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools comes as youth football teams across the country deal with declining participation rates fueled by such safety concerns, as did funding cuts and demographic changes.

The North High School Knights will play on a junior varsity schedule this year, and the South High School Pirates may follow suit next year, according to David Aderhold, the superintendent of West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools.

"We're the leading edge of a much larger iceberg when it comes to what's coming in youth athletics," Aderhold told the Washington Post, which examined the changing demographics of students in West Windsor.

Of High School North’s 1,500 students, 61 percent are Indian and Asian American. The demographic shift has resulted in less interest overall for the sport of football; “We didn’t grow up with football being part of the culture,” the school’s booster club president, who is Chinese-American, told the Post.

Enrollment in high school football is down 4.5 percent, according to the Post report, which cited the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Recent news reports about the long-term brain injuries associated with football have made parents more cautious about enrolling their teenage sons in the sport.

And in New Jersey, budget cuts to schools have led to the elimination of middle school and subvarsity sports, according to the Post, which reported that North High School was left with only five varsity players this fall. South High School had only 11 players.

Aderhold appealed to three of the state’s high school athletics governing bodies — the West Jersey Football League, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the New Jersey Department of Education — to merge the teams of High School North and High School South, but to no avail.

Aderhold criticized the West Jersey Football League and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association in a letter announcing the decision to drop the varsity team this week. 

“Despite the significant disappointment that this decision will bring, the HSN Varsity football team continues to face significant participation numbers and cannot risk entering the fall 2017 season undermanned and undersized.” Aderhold said in the letter. 

A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute and released this month shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke.

And most of the brains of deceased football players analyzed in a study of professional and non-professional athletes released last month found the existence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease was even found in some high school players.

CTE is linked to repeated blows to the head, resulting in irreversible changes to the brain, including memory loss, depression and dementia. As of now, the disease has no known treatment.

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

Over 1 million high school students played football in the 2015-16 season, according to an annual participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations. But participation has steadily decreased since the 2008-09 season. 

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<![CDATA[NYC Mayoral Candidate: Christopher Columbus ‘Under Attack’]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:33:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/COLUMBUS+CIRCLE+STATUE+REMOVED.jpg

A candidate for New York mayor defended a statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan as she took aim at Mayor de Blasio’s plan to remove “symbols of hate” across the city.

Nicole Malliotakis, the mayor’s presumptive Republican challenger, said she thinks the statue of Columbus, which sits at the center of Columbus Circle, should stay put.

“Even Christopher Columbus, the founder of our nation, is under attack,” she said Wednesday.

Malliotakis later tweeted she misspoke by referring to the 15th century Italian explorer as the founder of the U.S.

De Blasio has not commented on Malliotakis’ remarks.

The century-old Columbus Circle statue is one of the potential “symbols of hate” that's being looked at under a 90-day review. De Blasio ordered the review after the removal of Confederate monuments sparked violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Malliotakis called the review divisive and poorly planned. "That's the problem with this mayor — he's quick to send off a press release," she said. 

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is among those who want the statue of Columbus removed due to his treatment of Native Americans.

The NYPD Columbia Association, a 6,000-member organization of officers who promotes awareness of contributions made to the U.S. by Italians and Italian-Americans, says it "strongly condemns" Mark-Viverito's call to remove the statue of Columbus, which was gifted to the city by Italian Americans in 1892.

<![CDATA[The Statue of Liberty Is Going Dark Tonight]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:43:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_768309574907.jpg

Some of the lights on the Statue of Liberty will be temporarily turned off Wednesday night as crews finish installing an emergency backup generator.

The lighting system that illuminates the exterior of the statue will be turned off from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., according to the National Park Service. The lights on Lady Liberty’s torch and crown will remain illuminated using power from a small back-up generator.

Officials say the new backup generator, which will be able to power all of Liberty Island, will be placed in a structure specifically made to house it above projected flood elevations.

The work is being done at night so potential electrical outages don’t impact visitors, of which there were more than 4.5 million last year.

Earlier this year, the lights on the Statue of Liberty abruptly went out, leading to speculation on social media that it was a protest against President Trump, who had been inaugurated just weeks before.

In that case, someone forgot to turn a breaker back on after fixing a short in the electrical system.

"While this was an unplanned outage, there will be some planned outages related to the installation of a new emergency backup generator for Liberty Island," the National Park Service said at the time.

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<![CDATA[NY Man Gives Up Pet Wolf for Being Aggressive]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:14:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/long+island+pet+wolf.jpg

A pet wolf has been turned over to state wildlife authorities on Long Island after it became aggressive with its owner, officials say. 

A Ronkonkoma man bought the wolf named Nakita from an out-of-state breeder years ago, according to officials. Then the wild animal turned, well, wild.

Her owner turned her over last week, and the 6-and-a-half-year-old wolf is now being kept at the Holtsville Ecology Center. 

"These animals are by nature wild animals," said Lt. Tom Gadomski of the state Department of Environment Conservation. "They might be friendly for a while, but at some point in time they are going to turn on you." 

Nakita is actually 75 percent wolf and 25 percent dog, according to the Holtsville Ecology Center. 

It's not the first time Suffolk County officials have come across a case like this. Just last year, the Suffolk SPCA found a wild monkey and several alligators, all on Long Island. The SPCA says these animals will bite, scratch, kill or spread disease.

Anyone who has a wild animal is encouraged to turn it in, no questions asked.

"If you do dump or abandon an animal, in Suffolk County, you will face criminal charges and you could go to jail," said SPCA Chief Roy Gross. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Threatened People at Port Authority With Knife: Police]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:52:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PORT+AUTHORITY+BUS+TERMINAL2.jpg

A 28-year-old homeless woman was arrested at Port Authority Bus Terminal Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly followed and threatened a bus passenger with a 13-inch kitchen knife, police say.

The woman asked a man for money and began stalking and threatening him with a knife when he refused, according to Port Authority police.

Port Authority police then spotted the woman harassing other people at the bus terminal as she asked for money, police said. 

Police disarmed and arrested the woman, identified as Dejanay L. Canteen. She faces charges of attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. 

No one was hurt, police said. 

<![CDATA[NYC Building Manager Plasters Nazi Posters in Lobby]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SETUP+TO+VILLEDA+-+00003102_WNBC_000000017543037.jpg

A property manager in a Queens building has been plastering hateful posters and political propaganda all over the lobby, amounting to what residents call tenant harassment.

Posters paying homage to the Confederate Army and to World War II dictators like Mussolini and Hitler line the walls of the lobby in the 39th Place condo building in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Sunnyside. Political posters for the National Rifle Association and supporting President Donald Trump cover the stairwell. 

"I actually cried when I saw the Trump mural because it says 'build the wall' on it, and this building is full of people from all over different places, and that statement is loaded with hatred," said one neighbor.

Residents spoke to News 4 anonymously, terrified of retribution. They say the posters and propaganda started small and now has grown to the entire lobby. The building directory even lists infamous Nazis Rudolf Hess and Josef Mengele as residents.

Tenants called 311 but it doesn't seem there's much they can do. 

But councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is calling for an investigation into the property manager.

"You cannot do this, and we will make sure the NYPD and the city of New York comes full force against this man and his campaign of harassment and intimidation," he said.

Van Bramer led a rally at the building Wednesday morning, saying the man has created a "house of horrors" for tenants there. Local lawmakers and leaders from the Anti-Defamation League of New York, the Sunnyside Jewish Cetner and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York were by his side. 

"After seeing this lobby first-hand and spending several days with these tenants, I can say without a doubt that they are rightly terrified of a property manager who posts images of hate and racism, boasts of guns in his apartment while hanging posters celebrating guns and the NRA, and who retaliates against anyone who speaks out," he said. "There is nothing patriotic about having the names of infamous Nazis in the building directory or having a large swastika above an apartment door." 

An attempt to reach the property manager, Neil Milano, was not immediately successful Tuesday. Messages left with the board of managers were not immediately returned. 

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<![CDATA[Majority of LIRR Riders Dissatisfied With Service: Survey]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Crowded+LIRR+Subway+change.jpg

A newly released poll of Long Island Rail Road commuters found that a considerable majority are dissatisfied not only with overall service, but with on-time train performance, overcrowded conditions and the cleanliness of train cars.

In results released Wednesday by the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office, only 35 percent of riders said they were satisfied with LIRR service. The results vary significantly from the LIRR’s own internal survey released last year, which found 84 percent of commuters were satisfied with overall service.

Comptroller George Maragos announced he will delay the county’s $28 million station maintenance payment to the MTA, which runs the LIRR, until the agency provides a plan for improvement.

“Management is only deceiving itself with their internal polling which appears to be as unreliable as the service being provided,” Maragos said in a statement. (Maragos is currently running in a Democratic primary for county executive.)

LIRR riders have faced delays, sometimes hours long, caused by track issues, power problems and derailments in Penn Station and in the tunnels leading to it.

MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan defended its service in a statement provided to NBC 4 New York, saying the agency has made "an unprecedented investment of billions of dollars to transform the LIRR into a 21st Century railroad." 

Donovan also said that in July the LIRR had its best month of on-time performance all year, a feat it credited to "the robust and successful measures taken to mitigate the impacts of Amtrak’s summer repair work at Penn Station."

"Comptroller Maragos should set aside his grandstanding," Donovan said, adding that Nassau County can't by law withhold funds to the MTA. 

"[Maragos] would be hurting his own constituents and be a part of the problem, not the solution, if he withheld critically needed funding from the LIRR," Donovan said. 

The new poll surveyed LIRR riders in Nassau County and found: 65 percent of riders are unsatisfied; 64 percent think on-time train performance is poor; 55 percent think trains are overcrowded; 54 percent find the announcements on platforms to be poor; and 54 percent say that trains are unclean.

The survey was conducted between July 17 and August 6 of this year by interviewing LIRR riders online and in-person at stations in Floral Park, Garden City, Great Neck, Merrick, Mineola, Stewart Manor and Rockville Centre. It had a sample size of 380 and a margin of error of ±5 percent. Riders ranked LIRR service on the basis of “very satisfied,” “satisfied,” “average,” “unsatisfied” or “very unsatisfied.”

Among the specific complaints riders had were that older stations are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that ticket prices are high compared to the service provided.

Earlier this summer, some LIRR riders said they were filing a class action lawsuit alleging emotional distress and negligence. The plaintiffs said they're seeking unspecified damages along with reimbursement of monthly LIRR passes for the month of May.

Speaking to a meeting of the Long Island Association last month, Gov. Cuomo said $5.6 billion in upgrades will transform the LIRR and help make up for decades of neglect. The work will involve laying 10 miles of new track to ease congestion along the busiest part of the rail road, along with the replacement of 20 miles of aging track. Stations will be renovated, parking will be added and signal switches and other equipment will be upgraded.

Transit in and around New York City has been plagued by a series of recent derailments, delays and breakdowns, prompting Cuomo to warn of a "summer of hell" for commuters. He has since eased off of that prediction, with repairs at Penn Station ahead of schedule and set to be completed by Sept. 5.

More than a half million people pass through Penn Station daily on New York City subways and trains run by Amtrak, NJ Transit and the LIRR.

The station, which is owned by Amtrak, is undergoing accelerated repair work to replace several thousand feet of track, switches and other aging infrastructure. The speedup was prompted by two derailments in the station during the spring that wreaked havoc on rail service.

On Wednesday morning, a non-passenger New Jersey Transit train derailed at Penn Station. No one was hurt and service was running on or close to schedule for the morning rush.

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<![CDATA[Girl Attacked by Dogs Reunites With Man Who Saved Her Life]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:00:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/girl+mauled+dog+yonkers.jpg

The good Samaritan who swooped in and rescued an 11-year-old girl as two large dogs viciously mauled her on her way to her Yonkers bus stop two months ago was united Wednesday with the child whose life he is credited with saving.

"I don't feel like a hero -- I did what I had to do," said Jose Jimenez as he accepted the City of Yonkers 2017 Good Samaritan Award for his heroism Wednesday. 

The girl's mother tearfully told him at the ceremony, "I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And so does she." 

On June 22, Jiminez had just completed his night shift at Domino's Sugar Factory when he came upon the Bullmastiff-type dogs attacking and biting Jaelyn Rodriguez on Yonkers Avenue, authorities have said. 

Bystanders had been trying to help to no avail before Jimenez got there.

"Cars pulled over and started throwing bottles, whatever they could find. That dog would not let her go. She was screaming for dear life, 'Help me, help me,'" witness Marilyn Garcia said at the time. 

When Jimenez arrived, he grabbed Rodriguez from the dogs' mouths and brought her to a hospital.

"At that moment, you don't have time to think -- you have to do anything," he said. 

The child's mother, Teresa Rolon, said the girl was bitten everywhere from her neck to the feet. 

"If it wasn't for him, she would be dead. She would be dead," Rolon said. 

Rodriguez spent some time at a hospital being treated for her wounds. The girl told News 4 Wednesday she felt "safe" as Jiminez drove her to the hospital.  

The two dogs, which were unleashed with no owner present at the time of the attack, were euthanized after animal control officers' efforts to sedate them with health sticks and darts failed. Their 49-year-old owner was arrested a day after the attack on a charge of reckless endangerment. Police said the dogs escaped from a fenced-in yard on Prescott Avenue just before the attack.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Dragging NYPD Officer With Car: Police]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:24:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/COP+DRAGGED+IN+QNS++-+17494621_WNBC_000000017502991.jpg

Police say they've arrested the man who dragged a police officer while driving away from a traffic stop in Queens last weekend. 

Donzel Ray-Whyte was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and false personation. He was being processed at the 113th Precinct on Wednesday. 

It wasn't immediately known if Ray-Whyte had an attorney who could comment on the charges. 

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, the officer and a sergeant pulled over a 20-something-year-old man after he drove his white Nissan Altima through a traffic light, according to police. A man and woman, both in their 20s, were passengers in the vehicle.

The two officers ordered the driver to put his vehicle in park and turn off the ignition because he was providing inconsistent information, police said.

That’s when the man reached for something in his vehicle and tried to drive away, according to police. One of the officers had his arm in the car — it was possibly tangled in a seatbelt — as the vehicle accelerated.

The car traveled 150 to 200 feet before the officer was able to free himself.

Police said the 35-year-old officer suffered scrapes and bruises to his arms and hands but is expected to be okay. He was treated and released from Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

The driver's Nissan was found abandoned at 177th Place and 145th Drive in Springfield Gardens, police said.

Surveillance video from the area shows the car moments before the officer was able to free himself, police said.

<![CDATA[Woman Carried From NJ Preserve After Hiking Accident]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:11:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hiker+rescue+nj.jpg

A woman hiking in New Jersey mountains broke her ankle in an accident Wednesday, authorities said. 

The woman's identity has not been released. She was hiking at Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Township in the morning when she was hurt. 

The circumstances surrounding the accident, which happened about a mile into the preserve, weren't immediately clear. Firefighters had to carry her out. 

She was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. 

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<![CDATA[Parts of New York in the Path of Totality for 2024 Eclipse]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-836335286.jpg

Hang on to those eclipse glasses.

New Yorkers may have only seen a partial eclipse Monday, but their chance to catch the real thing is coming soon -- seven years to be exact.

Another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024, and this time New York will be in the path of totality.

The eclipse will travel from Texas to Maine, passing through the Empire State along the way. Cities in upstate New York, especially Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Niagara Falls, will get the best view of the eclipse, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be impressive in NYC.

The city will see about a 90 percent eclipse in 2024 and experts say the skies will be visibly darker. This year, NYC only saw a 70 percent eclipse.

And if 90 percent is still not enough for you, at least the journey to the path of totality will be much shorter this time around.

With that being said, you may want to start stocking up on eclipse glasses and making travel plans sooner than later given the frenzy that surrounded this year’s eclipse.

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<![CDATA[Personal Tragedy Sets NJ Parents on a Mission]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:03:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Personal_Tragedy_Sets_NJ_Parents_on_a_Mission.jpg

A mother and father who lost their son to heart problems have set up an organization in their boy's name to help save other children. Pat Battle reports.

<![CDATA[Former NJ Senator Jim Whelan Dies at 68]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:17:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_258325661849.jpg

The former mayor of Atlantic City, Jim Whelan, who also served as a state legislator representing South Jersey for years, died of a heart attack at his home Tuesday night as he prepared to give an interview, according to the Atlantic County Democratic Committee chairman.

Whelan, 68, died at his Atlantic City house prior to sitting down with a documentary crew from Netflix, the county committee chair, Mike Suleiman, told NBC10.

The interview was going to be about Donald Trump and his casino-owning years in Atlantic City, according to Suleiman, who once worked as an aide to Whelan.

The well-respected South Jersey politician had a history of heart problems, and had a pacemaker put in last year, Suleiman said.

Whelan "was very passionate about Atlantic City and proud to be a lifelong public servant," his former aide said.

Born in Philadelphia on November 8, 1948, Whelan attended Temple University where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education.

Whelan first served in the Atlantic City School District in the late 1970s before entering politics. He became a member of the Atlantic City Council in the early 1980s before becoming the Mayor of Atlantic City, serving from 1990 to 2001.

Whelan returned to education in 2002, working as a teacher in the Atlantic City School District until 2014. He also served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Senate, representing the 2nd district. He announced he would retire as a senator earlier this year. 

Whelan’s family initially announced his death on his Facebook page Tuesday night. 

On July 11, he underwent surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to remove a cancerous growth from his kidney. On July 31, Whelan announced he was readmitted to the hospital due to complications from blood thinners he was prescribed.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie all released statements on Whelan's death.

"My prayers go out to Kathy and Jim's family," Guardian wrote. "I will always appreciate Jim's guidance when I first became Mayor and showing me the ropes my first few months.  He took me under his wing like a big brother. Jim dedicated his whole life to public service to Atlantic City, whether he was serving as a lifeguard, a coach and teacher, Councilman, Mayor, or State Senator. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. May he rest in peace."

“Jim was a true friend, a confidant and champion for the people of South Jersey and the entire state,” Sweeney wrote. “He gave so much of his life to public service, serving as a teacher, a councilman, as mayor, and for more than a decade in the Legislature fighting for policies to help improve the lives of the residents of the state. He was a man of integrity and honor, and he was a friend to all of us.”

"The sudden and unexpected passing of Senator Jim Whelan is an enormous loss to the people of Atlantic City, his district and all of the State of New Jersey,” Christie wrote. “During my nearly eight years in Trenton, I came to know Jim as a forthright and honest leader who's word was his bond. While we did not always agree on policy, he was always willing to listen and reason together. The current comeback of Atlantic City is due in no small part to the efforts and passion of Jim Whelan.”

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Mausoleum Break-In at Famed NYC Cemetery]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:23:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ALIYU+PHOTOS+2+CEMETERY+VANDALISM+-+01011602_WNBC_0000000175586.jpg

Police are investigating a mausoleum break-in at a Bronx cemetery where some of New York's most famous figures are buried. 

Police say six caskets were removed from their slots inside a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Woodlawn Heights Tuesday afternoon.

One of the caskets was moved to the center of mausoleum and pried open. It's possible some of the bones may be missing, police say, but they won't know for sure until the medical examiner inspects it Wednesday.

Photos show some of the damaged caskets, including a rusty one with its top pried off. A photo inside the mausoleums shows a ravaged shelf where one of the caskets had been. 

It's not yet clear if anything else was taken. 

One of the caskets that was moved predates the 1940s; another was placed there as recently as a few years ago. 

A woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told News 4 her grandparents' and great grandparents' graves were among those smashed open. She said she believes the vandals didn't break into her parents' caskets because they were newer and better secured. 

She said her family heard the break-in may be related to a cult ritual surrounding the recent solar eclipse; the NYPD has mentioned no link to a cult. 

Security personnel noticed the mausoleum door was ajar Tuesday morning — hours before the rare eclipse — but the timing as to when it was tampered with remains unclear. 

A message has been left with the cemetery. 

Woodlawn Cemetery is a designated National Historic Landmark, and has over 1,300 mausoleums over 400 acres. Over 300,000 people are buried there, including notable people like Robert Moses, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis. 

Last week, dozens of headstones were overturned and vandalized at the Cypress Hill Cemetery along the Brooklyn-Queens border. Police are still looking for the three teen vandals in the case. 

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<![CDATA[Missing Kids Found Safe After Mom Drops Them at School]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:28:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/missing+kids+school.jpg

Two young brothers who went missing after their mother dropped them off to sign in at their Manhattan charter school Wednesday have been found safe at a park near their home, authorities said. 

The names of the missing kids, who are 13 and 10, have not been released. Officials say their mother dropped them off in the sign-in line at Kipp Infinity Charter School on West 133rd Street in the morning, but the school later called and said they were not there. 

The kids were found unharmed a few hours later at a park at 138th Street and Lexington, not far from their home, after police tracked a phone.

It's not clear what exactly the boys were supposed to be doing at the school, but it appears some or new students come two weeks early to get acclimated and the rest of the students join when regular classes start early next month. 

Messages have been left with the school seeking comment.

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<![CDATA[Man Left Bloodied at NYC Spa]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:50:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SPA+FIGHT+QNS+-+01001118_WNBC_000000017544846.jpg

An argument between two "off the books" employees at a spa in Queens last month turned violent after one of the men began beating up the other to the point where he was left bloodied, police sources say.

Sources told News 4 it was the suspect's turn to perform a massage, but the victim skipped him, angering the suspect and triggering the bloody fight at the Roosevelt Avenue spa in Flushing. 

On July 19, the suspect known only as “Charlie” punched the victim several times and beat him with a metal travel cup, leaving the man with a cut to the head, according to police. 

After suffering the cut, the 30-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital to be treated, officials said. 

Video from the scene shows the suspect, seen in a white shirt, attack the other man sitting down and hitting him several times on the head while a third person tries to stop the violent encounter.

Witnesses are urged to call Crime Stoppers with tips that could lead to the suspect’s arrest.

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<![CDATA[US State Dept. Expands Travel Warning for Mexico]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:07:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_17018082066642-news.jpg

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for citizens traveling to Mexico, expanding a Dec. 8 warning to include the state of Quintana Roo, home to several resorts popular with American tourists. 

The advisory issued Tuesday hits at the heart of Mexico's tourism industry. Quintana Roo, which includes resort towns of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum, has seen a rise in homicide rates, according to the State Department.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred," the advisory warned.

In a state-by-state assessment, the department reiterated the dangers of traveling in the northern state of Baja California, which includes Cabo San Lucas, Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate and Mexicali, and advised citizens to exercise caution.

"Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state," according to the State Department. Homicides rates this year have increased compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Secretary of Public Security for the State of Baja Calif.

The State Department noted there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality. However, shooting incidents involving criminal organization assassinations and turf battles between criminal groups, have occurred during daylight hours in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. 

Innocent bystanders have been injured in the ongoing public acts of violence between rival criminal organizations, officials said. 

Mexico City, Hidalgo, Guanajuato (includes San Miguel de Allende and Leon), Campeche, Puebla, Queretaro, Tabasco (includes Villahermosa), Tlaxcala and Yucatan (includes Merida and Chichen Itza) do not have advisories in effect.

U.S. citizens can contact the nearest U.S. embassy or Consulate in Mexico at +52-55-5080- 2000 x4440, (5080-2000 for calls in Mexico City, 01-55-5080-2000 for long distance calls in Mexico) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. In case of an emergency, the after-hours number for U.S. citizens is +52-55-5080-2000.

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<![CDATA[NYC Father-Son Duo Charged With Selling Drugs on Dark Web]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fentanyl+Generic.jpg

A father and son from Staten Island face charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute after allegedly selling fentanyl and oxycodone on the dark web for over a year, according to officials.

Michael Luciano, 58, and Philip Luciano, 29, are accused of selling the deadly drugs on dark web marketplace AlphaBay under the username “Zane61.”

Officials from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York say the sales date back until at least February of 2016.

The father and son were arrested last month after Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at the Staten Island home where authorities say shipments of Fentanyl were received.

During the search, Michael Luciano allegedly admitted to buying and selling drugs on AlphaBay along with his son.

According to investigators, the father said his son handled the technological side of the operation, including accessing the site and purchasing online currency Bitcoin. Michael Luciano would then allegedly package the drugs and take them to a local post office using a false return address.

One user praised the pair in a review on the site, saying “Great stealth, fast shipping, legit product. Perfect 10/10,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The practice of selling fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin, on the dark web has become increasingly common among buyers and sellers looking to remain anonymous, according to the DEA.

But officials say they hope the father and son's arrests serve as a warning to those who think they can get away with it.

“Today's arrest of this father and son should serve as a strong reminder the anonymity of the 'Dark Web' can't always protect you from the long arm of the law,” HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said in a statement.

The father and son face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the top count. It wasn't immediately clear if the two had retained attorneys who could comment on the allegations.

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<![CDATA[Tinder Date Swipes Woman's Dog, Laptop]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:41:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tinder-Generic.jpg

A Tinder meeting turned into a nightmare when a man snatched a pooch and valuables from inside the New Jersey home where the 18-year-old victim was dog-sitting Sunday night, police say. 

Police in Leonia say the woman invited a man she had met on the Tinder dating app, and he came over with a friend. The woman was watching a 2-year-old Maltese named Maggie for the homeowner, who was out of state. 

One of the men distracted the victim, leaving the other alone in the house.

When they left, the victim found the the dog missing, along with a package from Amazon and a laptop belonging to the dog-sitter. 

Police initially said they were looking for the dog, but the owner told News 4 Tuesday evening Maggie had been found, though it remains unclear how the Maltese was recovered. Authorities later said Maggie was found Monday night in Garfield, a town about 20 minutes away. 

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<![CDATA[Former NJ Senator Jim Whelan Dies at 68]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:00:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_258325661849.jpg

New Jersey Democratic Senator and former Atlantic City mayor Jim Whelan has died at the age of 68. Whelan’s family made the announcement on his Facebook page Tuesday night. 

Born in Philadelphia on November 8, 1948, Whelan attended Temple University where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education.

Whelan first served in the Atlantic City School District in the late 1970s before entering politics. He became a member of the Atlantic City Council in the early 1980s before becoming the Mayor of Atlantic City, serving from 1990 to 2001.

Whelan returned to education in 2002, working as a teacher in the Atlantic City School District until 2014. He also served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Senate, representing the 2nd district. He announced he would retire as a senator earlier this year. 

Family members haven’t revealed how Whelan died. On July 11, he underwent surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to remove a cancerous growth from his kidney. It was announced on his Facebook page that the operation was successful. However, on July 31, Whelan announced he was readmitted to the hospital due to complications from blood thinners he was prescribed.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie all released statements on Whelan's death.

"My prayers go out to Kathy and Jim's family," Guardian wrote. "I will always appreciate Jim's guidance when I first became Mayor and showing me the ropes my first few months.  He took me under his wing like a big brother. Jim dedicated his whole life to public service to Atlantic City, whether he was serving as a lifeguard, a coach and teacher, Councilman, Mayor, or State Senator. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. May he rest in peace."

“Jim was a true friend, a confidant and champion for the people of South Jersey and the entire state,” Sweeney wrote. “He gave so much of his life to public service, serving as a teacher, a councilman, as mayor, and for more than a decade in the Legislature fighting for policies to help improve the lives of the residents of the state. He was a man of integrity and honor, and he was a friend to all of us.”

"The sudden and unexpected passing of Senator Jim Whelan is an enormous loss to the people of Atlantic City, his district and all of the State of New Jersey,” Christie wrote. “During my nearly eight years in Trenton, I came to know Jim as a forthright and honest leader who's word was his bond. While we did not always agree on policy, he was always willing to listen and reason together. The current comeback of Atlantic City is due in no small part to the efforts and passion of Jim Whelan.”

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<![CDATA[Fumes Prompt Delta Flight Emergency Landing at JFK]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DELTA+EMERGENCY+LANDING+JFK+-+00002006_WNBC_000000017542118.jpg

A Delta flight made an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport Tuesday when a passenger complained of a headache from fumes coming from the cockpit. 

Delta flight 981 was headed to Atlanta from Boston when there was a report of fumes on board, according to Port Authority. 

The plane landed at JFK just after 3:30 p.m. 

There was no report of any further injuries or illness. The plane resumed its flight just after 5 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[ 'I'm Going to Push You': Man Shoves Woman on Subway Tracks]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:06:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/POSSIBLE+FEMALE+PUSHED+IN+SUBWAY+-+22330411_WNBC_00000001754314.jpg

A woman was pushed onto the tracks at a subway station in the East Village Tuesday night, police say. 

The 49-year-old victim, Kamala Shrestha, was standing on the northbound platform at the F train station around 9 p.m. when a man in his 20s approached her from behind and shoved her unprovoked, police said.

The stranger told her, "'I'm going to push you,' maybe 'I'm going to kill you,'" Shrestha recounted from her home Wednesday morning, still in shock and recovering from an injury to the head. "He just had a very angry face."  

Several bystanders rushed to her aid and pulled her off the tracks, seating her on a nearby bench. No train was approaching at the time, authorities say. 

"Two guys, they were young guys, they said, 'Come on, come on, come on!' And they gave me a hand," said Shrestha.

Shrestha was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a cut to her head. She was home recovering with a bandage to the head Wednesday. 

The suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark pants. Police are still searching for him as they interview witnesses and scour surveillance video. Shrestha's husband wants police to catch him quickly.

"This thing that happened to my wife yesterday, that can happen to anybody else," said Namlal Shrestha. 

Commuters know the chance of being pushed onto the tracks is a real possibility for anyone. 

“There’s always a chance when you’re in the city," Dan Derosa of Brooklyn said. "I’ve taken the subway my whole life so you’re always looking.”

The Shresthas now want to find the good Samaritans who helped Kamala.

"They saved my wiffe's life," said Namlal Shrestha. 

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<![CDATA[Mom, 2 Kids Injured in Crash on Long Island]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:47:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CERGOL+CAR+CRASH+PKG+5PM+-+00002114_WNBC_000000017541855.jpg

Four people, including a mother and her two young children, were injured in a car collision on Long Island Tuesday, police say.

Sandra Padilla, 40, of Brentwood, was driving a Honda CR-V northbound on Motor Parkway at about 11 a.m. when the SUV collided with a Nissan Sentra going westbound on Express Drive North in Islandia, Suffolk police said. 

The SUV overturned, and Padilla and her two kids, ages 10 and 6, were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the Nissan, 68-year-old Luis Moralessono of Ronkonkoma, was transported to Southside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police are investigating what caused the crash. 

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorms Hit Tri-State Amid Stifling Heat]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:25:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/credit+jay+gorman.jpg

Widespread showers and thunderstorms hit the tri-state area again Tuesday as oppressive heat and humidity returned to the region, according to Storm Team 4. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for parts of northern New Jersey, including Somerset, Middlesex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren, as well as the Hudson Valley, into the night. A flash flood warning was in effect through 3:45 Wednesday morning for Middlesex and Somerset. An earlier tornado warning for Warren County expired by 8:45 p.m. See the latest weather alerts here.

Scattered strong thunderstorms were possible mainly to the north of west of the city, and areas across extreme northwestern New Jersey, the Catskills and upper Hudson Valley had the best potential for damaging winds, hail, lightning strikes and heavy downpours. 

There were reports of trees and wires down in Hunterdon by 10 p.m. as storms moved through the area. There were additional reports of a tree down in Ronkonkoma on Long Island and wires down in Mt. Sinai in Suffolk County. A spokeswoman said less than five PSEG customers were affected and that the power would be restored around 5:45 a.m. 

The storms weakened in strength when they made their way into the city, Storm Team 4 says. However, Tropical humidity continued through the night, with scattered heavy thunderstorms. 

A heat advisory was in effect for the five boroughs, southern Westchester County and much of northern New Jersey through the afternoon, and an air quality alert was in effect for northern Fairfield County in Connecticut. Temperatures hit the low 90s in spots by early afternoon, but forecasters say the suffocating humidity made it feel more like 100 degrees. 

Wednesday will be a transition day: the morning starts off a touch humid, breezy and warm. A stray shower is possible but clouds should start to thin out late morning into the afternoon. By late afternoon,  the humidity plunges and the air will feel delightful.

The stretch of great weather will continue into early next week -- ideal weather to spend outside in comfort. 

Photo Credit: Jay Gorman
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<![CDATA[Case of Bones Found 13 Below NYC Surface Takes Unusual Turn]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:59:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bones+found1.jpg

Human remains found 13 feet below the surface during an excavation for construction in Brooklyn were likely buried some time ago, possibly in a graveyard, and appear to have been disinterred, police said Tuesday. 

The skull, arm and leg bones were found Monday by construction workers doing sewer repair work on Clarkson Avenue in East Flatbush, according to police. 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says there's no evidence of foul play and the case is likely not a crime. The remains belonged to a single person, though it's not clear when the individual was buried or by whom. The site is about a mile away from Holy Cross Cemetery, but it's not clear if there's any connection. 

Authorities haven't released any information about a possible identity. The medical examiner's office is investigation. 

The scene is near a psychiatric hospital, which is close to Kings County Hospital. Messages have been left with the psychiatric hospital.

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<![CDATA[NYC Students Doing Better on Tests, City Hall Says]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%288%29.jpg

City Hall says New York City elementary and middle school kids are doing better on state tests for math and reading. But as Andrew Siff reports, some parents remain concerned that the tests are an unfair barometer pitting schools against one another.

<![CDATA[Happening Today: Kim Wall, 7th Fleet, Salmonella, ESPN]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:43:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms917.jpg

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Clashes Follow President’s Rally in Arizona

President Trump blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with a call for unity, saying, "What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America and tonight, this entire arena stands united in forceful condemnation of the thugs that perpetrated hatred and violence." After the rally, a day of noisy but largely peaceful protests outside the Phoenix convention center turned unruly after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers. Officers responded with pepper spray to break up the crowd, Phoenix police spokesman Jonathan Howard said. Three people were arrested on charges related to the protest, and one person was arrested on an unrelated warrant, Police Chief Jeri Williams said. Two officers were treated for heat exhaustion, she said. Meanwhile, Trump said Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be "just fine" despite being found guilty of criminal contempt for violating a court order as the president strongly hinted that he might pardon the man known as "America's toughest sheriff."

DNA of Headless Torso Matches Swedish Journalist, Police Say

Danish police said a DNA test from a headless torso found in the Baltic Sea matches with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine that sank. Wall, 30, was last seen alive on Aug. 10 on Danish inventor Peter Madsen's submarine, which sank off Denmark's eastern coast the day after. Madsen, who was arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges, denies having anything to do with Wall's disappearance. He initially told police that she disembarked from the submarine to a Copenhagen island several hours into their trip and that he did not know what happened to her afterward, but later told authorities "an accident occurred onboard that led to her death" and he "buried" her at sea. The headless torso was found by a member of the public near where she was believed to have died. Copenhagen police said the arms and legs had been "deliberately been cut off" the body. In a brief statement, police said tests found the torso matched with Wall.

7th Fleet Commander to Be Relieved After Deadly Ship Collisions

The commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet will be dismissed after a series of warship accidents in the Pacific this year, two U.S. officials said. One official said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was being removed because of the leadership's loss of confidence in his ability to command. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision. The move follows four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors dead and missing. "While each of these four incidents is unique, they cannot be viewed in isolation," Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift said . He said the Navy would carry out a "deliberate re-set" of all its ships in the Pacific, focused on navigation, mechanical systems and bridge resource management. It would include training and an expert assessment of each ship. Seven sailors died in June after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan. On Monday, the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided off Singapore, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 others missing.

White Nationalist Accused of UVa. Attack Says He'll Turn Himself in

A white nationalist wanted for crimes authorities say were committed on the campus of the University of Virginia a day before a deadly rally has said he will turn himself in to authorities. University of Virginia police say Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, is wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a "caustic substance," explosive or fire. Contacted by The Associated Press, Cantwell acknowledged he had pepper-sprayed a counter demonstrator during an Aug. 11 protest but insisted he was defending himself, saying he did it "because my only other option was knocking out his teeth." Cantwell also said he had been trying for days to find out about whether he had outstanding warrants. When the police issued a statement, Cantwell said he was "convinced" that he is wanted and would turn himself in.

Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Cases, CDC Says

Recent salmonella outbreaks may be linked to backyard poultry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an outbreak advisory, the CDC said there have been 961 cases in 48 states and Washington, D.C., so far this year. Of the nearly 1,000 cases, 215 resulted in hospitalization and one in death. In tracking the illnesses, the CDC said 74 percent of those who got sick reported that they'd had contact with live poultry in the week before the illness started. The federal agency and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections in people who had contact with backyard flocks. The CDC said chickens, ducks and their young can be carrying the salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean with no signs of illness. The agency recommends always washing hands thoroughly with soup and water right after touching live poultry

ESPN Broadcaster Robert Lee Taken Off UVA Game Due to Name

ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia's season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A spokeswoman for ESPN says Lee has been moved to Youngstown State's game at Pittsburgh on the ACC Network on Sept. 2. The network says the decision was made "as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name." Plans to remove a statue of Lee led to a protest in Charlottesville earlier this month that attracted what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. Violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters. ESPN says the decision to put Lee on another game was made "collectively." It also says it's "a shame that this is even a topic of conversation."

George and Amal Clooney Donate $1 Million to Fight Hate Groups

George and Amal Clooney are donating $1 million to fight hate groups. The couple announced their Clooney Foundation for Justice is supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center with a $1 million grant to combat hate groups in the United States. George Clooney says in a statement they wanted to add their voices and financial assistance to the fight for equality. Clooney said, "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate." The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors the activities of more than 1,600 extremist groups in the U.S. and has used litigation to win judgments against white supremacist organizations.

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<![CDATA[Some Eclipse Gazers Report Ill Effects]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:51:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Some_Eclipse_Gazers_Report_Ill_Effects.jpg

Despite warnings not to watch the solar eclipse without glasses, doctors say they're now getting post-eclipse calls. Roseanne Colletti reports.