<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:39:02 -0500 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:39:02 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Peyton Manning Explains Eli's Reaction]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508990438.jpg

One of the most talked about moments of Super Bowl 50 was when cameras captured the reaction of Eli Manning to his brother's team the Denver Broncos scoring a critical touchdown in the win over the Carolina Panthers.

Everyone has an opinion of what's behind Eli Manning's not-so-pleased expression. Not to mention the hilarious memes that have been created because of it.

But on television Monday morning, Peyton Manning put speculation to rest, explaining why his brother didn't appear to be celebrating along with the rest of the Manning family.

“Eli’s just like me. Eli is analyzing the game. He’s thinking about whether we were going to go for two. Whether it was going to be reviewed,” Manning told CBS News.

“Eli’s kinda like me,” Manning continued. “He wasn’t gonna to relax until that final second ticked off. I’ve had a great chance to celebrate with Eli. He’s very happy and proud of me just like I’ve always been of him.”

Peyton tied his younger brother Sunday for two Super Bowl rings apiece, leading many to wonder whether sibling rivalry had anything to do with Eli's emotionless face.

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<![CDATA[Wintry Storm Causes Flooding, Dumps More Snow on Tri-State]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:52:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flooding-nj-0207.jpg

A massive wintry coastal storm slid northward in the Atlantic Ocean Monday, glancing the tri-state with snow, rain and coastal flooding, rocking a cruise ship so badly it had to return to port in New Jersey, and playing a role in a bus crash that shut down Interstate 95 in Connecticut for several hours. 

Streets in several waterside communities -- from Queens to Montauk in New York and the Jersey Shore to Hoboken in New Jersey -- were inundated with water blown in amid storm-swollen high tides Monday morning, Storm Team 4 says.

Residents in Union Beach, Neptune Township and Belmar all saw roads close as floodwaters seeped in Monday morning. In Queens' beach communities, residents trudged through water-laden sidewalks as they attempted to make it to work.

In Broad Channel, residents were surprised when the roads were suddenly overwhelmed with water. 

"I didn't know it was coming," said Frank Bassetti. "I missed the weather alert or something."

And on the eastern edge of Suffolk County, residents got a double punch, having to combat blizzard-like conditions as high tides came too close for comfort. Parts of the area saw as much as 6 inches of snow in the storm.

In Riverhead, some residents had to scoop their own streets clear. Town plows are not required to scoop some 60 private roads in the community, so residents went out with shovels and snow blowers to clear the white stuff.

"We're left on our own," Barry Fox said. "It's a difficult situation."

The storm also wreaked havoc on vacation plans for more than 4,000 people, rocking a Royal Caribbean cruise liner with 25-foot waves in the Atlantic a day after it went on a tropical voyage. The ship sustained damage and had to return to its port in Bayonne.

And in Connecticut, the weather was blamed at least in part to a bus crash that injured more than 30 people. 

Closer to Manhattan, the storm's impact wasn't as severe; snow came down at a steady clip for about two hours Monday morning.

Across the Hudson River, in Hoboken, water swept in by strong winds found itself in a train terminal. The water didn't affect commuters, however. 

Most of the region saw conditions better as the day went on, but coastal communities could see at least one round of coastal flooding this evening, Storm Team 4 says. 

Once the system moves out, Storm Team 4 says it will be followed by a rush of arctic air.

Highs Tuesday will struggle to break past the freezing mark, and they won't recover much from there. Another wintry storm could dump more snow on the region Tuesday night into Friday. 

Wednesday, with a high of just 38, is expected to be warmest day of the week, and by Friday, temperatures won't climb out of the mid 20s.

Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 20s, Storm Team 4.

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<![CDATA[2nd Punch of Winter Weather Coming, NJ to See Most Snow]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_760291800762.jpg

As one storm moves out, a second is on its way into the tri-state and it will bring some rain, some snow and perhaps a little bit of ice to different parts of our area, Storm Team 4 says. 

There may be a few light snow showers on and off until the storm arrives, but it won't be until Tuesday night that snow will start sticking, mostly in New Jersey. There, residents should expect 2 to 4 inches of snow along the Jersey Shore, and even more than 4 inches in parts of southern Ocean County.

The city and areas north will only see a coating to an inch of snow. Then the storm moves out Wednesday morning. 

The coming storm shouldn't be too bad for residents of Suffolk County, which saw the brunt of Monday's storm, with as much as 6 inches of snow dumped on parts of the eastern Long Island.

Despite the forecast for little snow, New Yorkers in flood-prone areas are warned to brace for possible coastal flooding into Wednesday morning because of high tide cycles. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning from Monday night into early Tuesday morning for areas along the southern shores of Queens and Brooklyn. 

Residents in Broad Channel, Queens were already cleaning up from surprise flooding Monday morning. Many woke up to find their cars submerged on the streets. Jersey Shore communities also saw roads close as floodwaters seeped in. 

The New York City Department of Sanitation says it will collect trash and recycling on Friday, Feb.12, Lincoln's Birthday and normally a department-observed holiday. Residents who normally receive Friday collection service should put their trash out as normal. 

The department also said there may be a delay in collection this week as it deploys salt spreaders and responds to the storm systems.  

Temperatures will stay in the the 30s through the week, but will plunge over the weekend, with highs only in the low 20s expected on Saturday and Sunday. The low Saturday night will only be in the single digits and feel like it's below zero. 

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<![CDATA[Cruise Ship That Was Rocked By Tempest to Return to NJ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:41:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stormy+seas.jpg

The massive Royal Caribbean cruise ship that left New Jersey over the weekend only to hit a tempestuous wintry storm at sea Sunday will double back and return to port, the cruise line announced.

The massive Anthem of the Seas is turning around and will head back to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, according to Royal Caribbean. The more than 4,000 passengers aboard will receive a full refund for the cruise along with a voucher for 50 percent off a future voyage.

"#AnthemoftheSeas will turn around & sail back to Cape Liberty. This decision was made for guests' comfort due to weather forecasts," Royal Caribbean tweeted Monday.

The decision comes after the cruise liner sailed into a massive winter storm off the Carolina coast. The 1,183-foot ship was tossed about by massive, storm-swept waves amid blasting wind gusts. The ship sustained damage during the storm, and guests were ordered to take cover while crews attempted to ride out the rough weather. 

Video taken on board the ship shows big, blue waves tumbling alongside the vessel, along with overturned plant pots and chairs and other cosmetic damage.

Chris Carver, 43, of Salt Lake City, was on vacation with his family and mother aboard the ship during the storm.

The father of six said the captain told passengers around 11 a.m. the ship would try to "beat" a big storm out at sea. The captain later said in an update the storm got much worse than he had expected.

Conditions deteriorated quickly and the ship was forced to turn around and steer into the wind, Carver said.

"We were watching a musical put on by the crew in the theater and all the sudden they stopped the show. We went back to our rooms and then the cap came on and said, 'Stay in your rooms,'" Carver recalled.

"We listed way right. I was telling the kids we were fine, but I was scared," he explained. "Stuff was falling all over in the room and we had to sit. We were listed so far right that we couldn't stand."

Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Lairson says she and her father, Sam, could feel the ship Anthem of the Seas begin to sway by 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The captain directed passengers to their cabins. There, the Lairsons heard glasses shatter in the bathroom, and they put their belongings in drawers and closets to prevent them from flying across the room. They ventured to the balcony, where Sam Lairson shot video of wave after wave rising below.

"The winds were so strong that I thought the phone would blow from my hands," Sam Lairson, of Ocean City, New Jersey, said in an email. "After that we had to keep the doors to the balconies sealed."

Royal Caribbean released a statement Monday morning saying the ship had "encountered some high winds and seas during its transit" and that "out of an abundance of caution, the Captain asked all guests to stay in their stateroom until the weather improved."

There were no reports of injuries or damage to the ship, according to Royal Caribbean, although some passengers were scared enough to call relatives on land.

The ship took off from New Jersey and was expected to make stops in Port Canaveral, Florida, and the Bahamas, a passenger said.

The ship attempted to continue to Port Canaveral, but the decision was made to turn around in part because the storm would have impacted the cruise's original itinerary.

The Anthem of the Seas is one of three of Royal Caribbean's Quantam class cruise ships and is the third-largest such vessel in the world. It would dwarf the RMS Titanic and is nearly 100 feet longer than the largest aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy. 

The same storm that damaged the ship is the same one that slammed the tri-state with coastal flooding and blizzard-like conditions on the eastern end of Long Island.

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<![CDATA[Bloomberg Tells Newspaper He's Considering White House Bid]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-501810656.jpg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed that he is thinking about running for president as an independent candidate in 2016.

In a story published Monday in the Financial Times, Bloomberg said for the first time that he was considering a White House bid and that he was "looking at all the options" for the upcoming election.

“I’m listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing,” he told Financial Times.

The New York Times had reported last month that the billionaire former mayor was telling advisors to work on plans for an independent campaign with a March deadline.

NBC News later confirmed the mayor's plan, noting that Bloomberg would be most likely to run if either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz were nominated as the Republican candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders received the nod from Democrats.

Bloomberg told the Financial Times he would need to start the process of getting his name on ballots by the beginning of March. 

If he ran, the 73-year-old Bloomberg would be the second-oldest candidate in the field; Sanders is 74. If either won, they would eclipse Ronald Reagan as the oldest candidate to win the office. 

Rumors of Bloomberg's presidential aspirations have been swirling since 2007 when the then-NYC mayor left the Republican party and registered as an Independent.

The billionaire and former CEO of his financial services company was a life-long Democrat before switching to the GOP for his first mayoral run. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Robbed, Sexually Assaulted on UES: NYPD]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:47:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ues+sex+assault+suspect.jpg

Police are searching for a man who allegedly accosted a woman as she crossing a street on the Upper East Side, robbed and sexually assaulted her, then tried to stalk her inside a supermarket after she fled. 

Police say the 36-year-old woman was walking along East 94th Street when the man grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground after she crossed Second Avenue at about 5 a.m Saturday. 

The suspect forced the woman to walk further down the block, then took $40 and sexually assaulted her, police said. 

The woman fled to a nearby store, and the suspect followed her. Surveillance video from inside the store shows him trying to locate the victim and apparently arguing with a worker. 

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

<![CDATA[Giuliani Calls Beyonce Performance an 'Attack on Cops']]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BeyonceTour-AP_420754214842.jpg

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday that singer Beyonce used the Super Bowl halftime show as “a platform to attack police officers” by using the “black power” gesture during the show.

Speaking on Fox and Friends on Monday, Giuliani told host Anna Kooiman that he thought the entire show was “terrible,” but took particular umbrage with Beyonce’s portion of the spectacle.

"This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive," he said. "And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We'll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe."

The “Foundation” singer and her backup dancers wore black leather berets and Afro hairstyles reminiscent of the 1960s Black Power movement. At one point during the performance the backup dancers and Beyoncé gave a salute, and formed an X formation seen from the ground, and well as from above, which many observers on social media decided was a reference to Malcom X.

During a break in show, Beyonce’s backup dancers held up a sign that read "Justice 4 Mario Woods.” Woods, of San Francisco was shot and kililed on Dec. 2 by police who had ordered him to put down a knife after a stabbing.

Al Jazeera Plus tweeted out a short video clip of the dancers holding up the Woods sign, with the caption: "Beyoncé brought black culture center stage at the Super Bowl. But her backup dancers may have done something more powerful."

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<![CDATA[Local High School Seniors Road Trip to New Hampshire for the Primary]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+hampshire+candidates.jpg Some seniors from Mamaroneck High School are getting an up close and personal lesson in presidential politics. They're in New Hampshire for the first primary. Brian Thompson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Officials Call for Upgrades to NJ Water Infrastructure]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:13:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/menendez+booker+water.jpg

New Jersey's two U.S. senators and congressman Bill Pascrell have reintroduced a bill to make it easier to finance water infrastructure improvements. 

The elected officials say that frequent water main breaks in the state, like one in Newark on Sunday, are evidence of a crumbling system.

They say fixing the pipes would benefit everyone, "growing our economy, growing jobs, preserving our health and safety," said Democratic Sen. Cory Booker. 

The average age of water mains in northern New Jersey is 70 years old and some are around from before the Civil War, according to officials, who estimate that New Jersey will need $45 billion in water system upgrades in the next 20 years. 

Residents in Newark say they're concerned about aging pipes. 

Ana Ramos, who lives in a building close to 100 years old, is so cautious that she only uses tap water for cooking and bathing. 

"I use the bottled water because you never know what's in the water," she said. 

<![CDATA[Kangaroo That Hopped Around Staten Island Dies: Zoo]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/234*120/101715roo.jpg

The kangaroo that escaped from its owner on Staten Island late last year and hopped around the borough has died, officials say.

The 4-foot marsupial, named Buster, died last week at Popcorn Park in New Jersey, months after being brought to the zoo.

Zoo officials say that Buster -- who was later renamed Foster -- died from toxoplasmosis, a disease that is common in cats but can be deadly in marsupials like kangaroos and wallabies.

"He will be greatly missed; it was easy to become quickly attached to his gentle manor and loving personality," the zoo in Lacey Township said. "After just announcing his arrival, we are saddened to let you all know of his passing."

Buster gained notoriety after escaping from his owner in October. he hopped around Staten Island before being captured by police.

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<![CDATA[71-Year-Old NYC Man Beaten Unconscious]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bronx+assault.jpg

A 71-year-old man was beaten unconscious after an argument inside a Bronx grocery store, police said.

The man was in the Fine Fare Supermarket on East 163rd Street near Hoe Avenue in Hunts Point at about 12:30 p.m. when he got into an argument with another man, authorities said.

The suspect then punched the 71-year-old in the face, knocking him out cold, police said.

He was taken to St. Barnabus Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.

The suspect, last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and Yankees cap, is still at large.

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<![CDATA[Woman Tried to Lure 9-Year-Old Into Car With Puppies: Police ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crime-tape-1186359959.jpg

A woman tried to lure a 9-year-old Westchester girl into the back seat of her car by telling her she had puppies, authorities said.

The 9-year-old was in Greenburgh at about 3 p.m. on Saturday when she came across the woman in a dented beige four-door car, police said.

The woman told the girl that she had puppies in the back seat and tried to entice her to get in, authorities said.

The child refused to get in and the woman drove off, police said.

Police describe the woman as approximately 50 years old.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Greenburgh Special Victims Unit at (914)989-1736.

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<![CDATA[Journalism Students Allegedly Racially Profiled at Rubio Event]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:27:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/AP_858326258885-rubio.jpg

Two NYU journalism students say they were racially profiled at a Marco Rubio town hall while on a class trip to New Hampshire this weekend.

The students, who are black, were on a class assignment to cover a Rubio town hall ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Taisha Henry and Ugonma Ubani-Ebere say they were singled out by Rubio staffers and repeatedly told to put their cameras away while white students were allowed to film the event, NYU Professor Yvonne Latty tweeted Sunday.

The students did not have press credentials and agreed not to film the event, Latty tweeted. Nevertheless, they were gazed at by Rubio staffers and reminded multiple times they were not allowed to film the event.

Non-credentialed white students were able to film the event without being harassed by the staff. 

“We understood we couldn’t film,” Henry told Buzzfeed news. “We agreed to that.”

“The funny thing was, my white classmate was right behind us, and he didn’t say anything to him,” Ubani-Ebere told Buzzfeed.

When the students realized they were being profiled because of their race they broke down in tears, Latty tweeted.

They were eventually given press credentials after Latty pressured a Rubio staffer, but “damage was done,” she tweeted.

Asked by Wired why the students would have been hassled like they were at the event, Michael Zona, Rubio’s New Hampshire communications director said, ““I would have to gather more information about the situation.”


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<![CDATA[Long Island Woman Charged with Aggravated DWI: Police]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:14:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/225*120/2716agdwi.jpg

A Long Island woman faces charges accusing her of driving while intoxicated with her 5-year-old daughter in the car, police said Sunday.

A motorist who followed the woman as she pulled into the parking lot of a supermarket in Ronkonkoma at about 5 p.m. Saturday called police to report that she was driving intoxicated.

Suffolk County police responded to the scene and saw Justine Connors, 30, of Holtsville, exit the store and enter her car. They stopped her and determined that she had been drinking, investigators said.

Connors was charged with aggravated DWI because her daughter was in the car. She was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and violating a protection order prohibiting her from being under the influence of alcohol in the presence of her daughter.

Connors was also charged with petit larceny for allegedly shoplifting at the supermarket.

There was no indication she had retained a lawyer who could comment on the charges. 

<![CDATA[Facebook Video Leads Cops to Teen Sucker-Puncher]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:55:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2716punch.jpg

A video of a teenager sucker-punching a man crossing a street is helping police in New Jersey bring the young attacker to justice.

The video of the Dec. 7 attack, which was posted on Facebook, came to the attention of the Paterson Police Department last week, Paterson Police Commissioner Jerry Speziale said Sunday.

Following numerous tips and scouring reams of records, investigators identified the teen in the video and are prepared to charge him with aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim, he said.

The 17-year-old boy who punched the man plans to turn himself in to police on Tuesday, said attorney Harley Breite, who was hired by the boy's family.

"The reason for waiting until Tuesday is because there are things we need to do to safely and to properly prepare him to turn himself in," he told NBC 4 New York.

Breite said he spoke with investigators on Sunday

A 16-year-old boy, who videotaped the incident, can be heard urging the attacker to "knock him out." That teen turned himself in to police on Saturday.

Both teens are Paterson residents. Their names weren't being released by police because of their ages.

The video shows the man being punched in the face as he was about to cross Rosa Parks Boulevard from Van Houten Street.

"We're not going to tolerate that in our city," said Speziale.

<![CDATA[Super Bowl Ad Showing 9/11 Footage Causes Stir on Social Media]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:38:53 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_258898472286.jpg

A Super Bowl ad for Colonial Williamsburg disturbed some viewers Sunday night because it featured footage from the Sept. 11 terror attacks, showing the World Trade Center's North Tower collapsing in reverse.

The 1-minute ad narrated by NBC News' Tom Brokaw depicts iconic moments from American history, like the first flight and the civil rights movement. It also includes scenes of war and, to the shock of some, the World Trade Center being destroyed.

All of the footage in the ad plays in reverse, ultimately leading up to Colonial Williamsburg’s tagline: “It started here.” The north tower of the WTC is shown reforming upwards from a ball of smoke and debris. 

Colonial Williamsburg is a non-profit foundation in Virginia that operates what it calls the largest living history museum in the U.S.

It didn’t take long before viewers of the ad -- which only aired in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. -- took to social media to express their disapproval.

“Colonial Williamsburg ad evoking 9/11 has been biggest display of offense this whole Super Bowl,” Ethan Sacks tweeted.

“Using 9/11 for commercial purposes is as uncool as using Auschwitz,” Alex Polkhovsky said.

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Taran Killam also took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the ad. He received a couple of responses from Colonial Williamsburg’s official Twitter account. 

“Did Colonial Williamsburg just show 9/11 footage in reverse? Seems a bit unearned,” Killam tweeted.

Colonial Williamsburg responded to Killam: “It is painful. Without question. But what’s worse? Remembering, or forgetting?”

Killam tweeted back: “’Undoing it feels like a form of forgetting. I think that’s my issue. I don’t see the correlation with your establishment.”

To which Colonial Williamsburg tweeted: “Forgetting is not an option! Every generation has a defining moment. For us: 9/11. Knowledge of history = civic responsibility.”

Some tweeted in support of Colonial Williamsburg, saying they got the pro-history message that the tourist destination was trying to evoke. 

Others said that the ad didn't offend them but simply confused them. 

Either way, the ad is shaping up to be the talked-about ad of the year, following in the footsteps of Nationwide’s “dead kid” ad last year.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation said in a statement to the Washington Post that when the ad was released on social media in the days leading up to the Super Bowl it "garnered thousands of likes and shares alongside hundreds of positive comments within the hour."

"We understand and respect that some of the images depicted in the ad are jarring," the statement said. "However, the small data point of people who objected to some of the imagery in the ad does not represent the total viewership. Not even close."

The statement went on to say that the ad's message was "all that is past is prologue."

"We cannot forget our sacrifices or our tragedies even as we celebrate our accomplishments," the statement added. "Colonial Williamsburg does not shy away from these difficult moments in our history because they have made us who we are just as surely as our many triumphs."

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<![CDATA[Jogger Slashed in Queens: NYPD]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:30:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic-Ambulance-Cropped.jpg

A woman jogging in Queens Sunday morning was slashed in the thigh by a young man who then fled, police said.

The 19-year-old jogger was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for treatment.

The woman was jogging near the intersection of 79th Street and 25th Avenue in Jackson Heights at about 11:15 a.m. when the attack occurred, police said.

No arrest has been made. The suspect was wearing black shorts and a gray hoodie at the time.

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

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<![CDATA[Female Guard Offered Sex, Drugs to Rikers Inmate: Authorities]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/2716dope.jpg

A female guard at New York City's Rikers Island jail faces criminal charges accusing her of planning to provide marijuana to an inmate with whom she was having a sexual relationship, authorities said Sunday.

Nicole Bartley, 30, employed as a correction officer since May 2014, was reporting for her 5 a.m. shift at the jail when Gunner, a drug-sniffing dog, became alert as she entered the front gate, investigators said.

Investigators found no drugs on her, but later found about 70 grams of marijuana inside her Bronx home, authorities said.

Under state law, inmates cannot consent to sexual relationships inside the jail, so Bartley was charged Saturday with third-degree rape, a felony, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office. She was also charged with sexual misconduct, official misconduct, promoting prison contraband and possession of marijuana.

There was no indication that Bartley had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges. She was suspended from her job after her arrest.

Bartley is the 26th Rikers staff member arrested since 2014 when the city Department of Investigation began an operation focused on corruption at the facility, said Mark Peters, the agency's commissioner.

"This case involving sex for drugs puts on full display the dangers of corruption in our city's jails and the connection between the drugs, inappropriate relationships and violence that pervade the system," Peters said. 

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<![CDATA[Bronx Apartment Fire Sends 18 to Hospital for Smoke Inhalation]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:13:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2716fdny.jpg

A fire in a Bronx apartment building early Sunday morning sent 15 residents and three firefighters to the hospital with various degrees of smoke inhalation, authorities said.

The fire started at about 12:45 a.m. and was confined to a second-floor apartment at 920 Prospect Avenue in the South Bronx.

All of those suffering smoke inhalation were taken to Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Information about their conditions was unavailable.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Three people died in three seperate fires Saturday in the Bronx. 

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested After NJ Officer Hit by Vehicle: Authorities]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic_Handcuffs_Chris_Caesar_NECN_12416.jpg

Two people are facing charges after a New Jersey officer was hit by a vehicle while on the job, authorities said Sunday.

A Dover police officer was approaching a parked vehicle Saturday afternoon after receiving a report that people were sleeping in it, when the driver of the vehicle drove it onto the sidewalk and struck the officer, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. The officer was brought to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Michael Medici, 29, of Rockaway, New Jersey, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and assault by auto. Colleen McDonough, 32, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, throwing bodily fluids at a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest.

It wasn't immediately clear if the two had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.

<![CDATA[Cornell Frat Leader Accused of Sex Assault: Police ]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:46:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/200*120/2616cornell.jpg

A Cornell University student from New York City has been charged in connection with a reported sexual assault at a fraternity house.

Wolfgang Ballinger, 21, president of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, of the faces felony charges of attempted rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse. He was arraigned Thursday evening in Ithaca City Court and sent to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

A female student reported being assaulted at about 2 a.m. last Saturday, police said.

Ballinger turned himself in to Cornell police on Thursday. There was no  had retained a lawyer who could comment on the case.

Following the incident, the fraternity Psi Upsilon was placed on "interim suspension," meaning the organization mys cease activities, but can continue the operation of its residence. 

<![CDATA[3 Dead, 4 Hurt in Bronx Fires]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:52:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/020616fire.jpg

Three people died and four were hurt Saturday in three fires in different parts of the Bronx, officials said.

Two of the fires occurred almost simultaneously.

At 5:59 a.m., police responded to a home on Guion Place in Parkchester. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and discovered a badly burned 26-year-old man on the second floor. The victim was identified as Carlos Villafane, police said.

At 6 a.m., police arrived at a home on Beach Avenue in Soundview. Firefighters put the fire out and found a woman in her 60s unconscious in the basement. She was declared dead at the hospital, police said. A 59-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were hospitalized in critical condition, while two men, ages 68 and 80, were hospitalized in stable condition.

Police haven't disclosed the identity of the woman who died.

The third fire occurred at about 7:50 p.m. at house on East 228th Street in the Edenwald neighborhood, officials said. A 76-year-old man, whose name wasn't disclosed by police, died in the fire.

<![CDATA[Teenager Beat His Father to Death in Queens: NYPD]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police+Tape+Police+Generic+Trenton.jpg

A 19-year-old was arrested on charges that he beat and killed his father in Queens, police said Saturday.

Dimitrios Safetis is accused of leaving his father, 57-year-old Ioannis Safetis, with trauma to the left side of his head and scratches to his face, police said.

First responders called to the scene of the attack Friday evening at around 9:30 p.m. found the older man unconscious in front of a building on Utopia Parkway in Auburndale, police said. The spot was less than a mile away from the apartment where the two men lived on 190th Street.

The younger man was arrested on charges of manslaughter, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in Bronx Rape]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:38:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+crop.jpg

New York police are searching for a suspect in the robbery and rape of a woman in the stairwell of a building in the Bronx.

The victim entered a building on East 183rd Street in the Fordham neighborhood at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and was followed by a young man into an elevator. Wen the elevator door opened, the man grabbed her from behind and began to assault her, investigators said Saturday

The suspect took two cellphones and cash from the victim and then raped her in the stairwell, police said. The suspect fled and the victim was taken to a local hospital.

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

<![CDATA[Coastal Storm to Drop More Snow on the Tri-State Area]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_760291800762.jpg

A coastal storm is approaching and expected to deliver more snow to the tri-state region on Monday, according to Storm Team 4. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the five boroughs, as well as Nassau, Westchester, Fairfield, Middlesex and Monmouth counties from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect for Suffolk County during that time.

Expect a light, but steady, snowfall on Monday, with the snow starting sometime around dawn and picking up later in the morning, before tapering off ahead of the evening rush, Storm Team 4 says. The storm's center is far off in the Atlantic Ocean, so the storm will hit Long Island first and then make its way to the city and New Jersey. 

There is a potential for blizzard conditions on Long Island, where sustained winds of 30 mph are possible. The twin forks could see 3 to 6 inches of snow, maybe more, especially further west towards Montauk. Wind gusts were already at 40 mph in Montauk Monday morning. 

New York City and the surrounding suburbs can anticipate 1 to 2 inches of snow on Monday, as can the shores of New Jersey. Areas further inland in the Garden State will likely see less than an inch, Storm Team 4 says. Highs will be in the low to mid 30s for most of the area throughout the day. 

There’s also a risk of flooding along the coast Monday as the high tide rises anywhere from 2 to 2 ½ feet above normal in the morning and early afternoon. A coastal flood warning is in effect for Middlesex and Monmouth counties. A coastal flood advisory is in effect for NYC, Long Island, and Westchester and Fairfield counties. 

The storm is expected to move out of the area by the Monday evening rush and leave behind a cold breezy night.

However, the next snow-maker arrives on Tuesday, when the inner parts of New Jersey that were spared Monday could see 1 to 3 inches of snow. A dusting of the white stuff is expected in NYC and on Long Island Tuesday.

There will be some lingering flurries on Wednesday ahead of an arctic plunge on Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will drop from the 30s into the 20s — a chill that will persist throughout the weekend. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 20s. 

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<![CDATA[Another Man Slashed on the Subway in the Bronx: NYPD]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nyc-subway-generic.jpg

A man was slashed in the face at a Bronx subway station Saturday, the latest in a string of slashing attacks in the subway system this year, officials said.

The 32-year-old man was walking down the stairs at the West Farms Square - East Tremont Avenue stop on the 2 and 5 lines shortly before 4 a.m., when he got into a dispute with two men walking behind him, police said. One of the men slashed him on the cheek, and he was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

This is the latest in a string of slashings and stabbings in the MTA system. In January there were 10 slashings and stabbings on subway riders, one of which was a completely random attack, according to NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox. Other attacks have been reported this month.

<![CDATA[Man Charged in Stabbing Outside Bronx McDonald's]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:44:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg


A man is facing charges of murder and manslaughter after stabbing two men, one of them fatally, outside a Bronx McDonald's, police said Saturday.


The 40-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene of Friday night's attack, police said. Authorities announced the charges Saturday. It wasn't immediately clear if the man had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

Officers responding to a call outside the fast-food eatery in the Concourse section of the Bronx at about 7:15 p.m. found a 43-year-old man with stab wounds to his chest and arm and a 27-year-old man with a slash wound to his right hand, according to police.

Both men were taken to Lincoln Hospital, where the 43-year-old man was pronounced dead.

The men had an argument a day before the stabbing that eventually led to the violence, police said.

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<![CDATA[Pranksters Hijack Loudspeaker, Claim to Be ISIS]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:43:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/r+train+sandy+tunnel+subway.jpg

Police say they're searching for two pranksters who allegedly broke into a conductor's booth aboard an R train in Manhattan and announced over the public address system the train had been hijacked by ISIS, according to MTA sources. 

The incident happened on the Brooklyn-bound train between the 23rd Street and Union Square stations late Thursday night.

"This is ISIS and we're hijacking the train," the suspects said over the loudspeaker, then fled laughing at the next stop, the sources said. 

Police said they're searching for the suspects, believed to be in their 20s. 

A passenger told The New York Post that the riders first heard some low singing over the broadcast system.

"Then we heard, 'All hail ISIS! Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" Lauren Crozier of Sunset Park told the paper. 

"Everyone took their earbuds out and stared at each other," she said. "I'm not sure any of us thought it was a credible threat. Not after the first moment, anyway." 

When the train pulled into Union Square, the "whole train emptied out," Crozier told the Post. 

The train was taken out of service and brought to the Jamaica Yards in Queens, where an investigation was conducted, the Post reported, citing sources who called it a "hoax." 

<![CDATA[Watch: Dramatic Video Shows NYC Crane Collapse]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/grua-thumbnail-4.jpg

Dramatic cellphone video captured the moment a 15-story crane toppled over in lower Manhattan Friday morning, killing one man as he sat in a car on a nearby street.

The video was shot by Glenn Zito from the window of a high-rise office building in the Tribeca neighborhood where the crane collapsed.

“He’s moving fast now. He’s dropping it really quick,” Zito said as the boom of the crane begins to topple over.

“Oh s—t! It’s falling! It’s falling! Oh it broke!” Zito yells in disbelief as the boom falls and smashes into the street below.

The crane collapsed on Worth Street near Church Street at about 8:25 a.m., authorities said. One man was killed and three other were injured in the accident.

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