<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usWed, 04 May 2016 23:07:58 -0400Wed, 04 May 2016 23:07:58 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Race Car Driver ID'd Among 3 Dead in Plane Crash: Report]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:45:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/syosset+plane+crash+latest.jpg

A Connecticut race car driver was among the three people killed in the small plane crash on Long Island Tuesday afternoon, NBC Connecticut reports, citing multiple friends of the man. 

David Berube was one of three people on board the single-engine Beech BE35 plane when it broke apart in the air and crashed onto the ground in Syosset, friends told the Connecticut news station. The bodies of Berube, another man and a woman were recovered from the scene. 

Berube is also the registered owner of the plane.

The Hartford Courant reports Berube, 66, raced at numerous tracks in New England between 1990 and 2013. He was also a small business owner in Bristol. 

Berube drove in the Valenti Modified Racing Series from 2004 to 2013, the Courant reported. The organization mourned his death in a Facebook posting, calling him a "true gentleman." 

Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki said police tentatively identified the three victims in the crash, but that they were not yet releasing their identities. The families have been notified. 

Skrynecki said that the bodies of the three victims were found near a school. One was found in a school parking lot, a second was discovered in the woods nearby, while the third was located about 50 yards from that.

The revelation comes less than an hour after National Transportation Safety Board senior investigator Robert Gretz said Wednesday that the nose, tail and wings from the plane, and that they'd been able to clean up enough of the wreckage from the one-third-mile debris field to reopen roadways.

But he added that they still don't know what caused the plane come apart and crash. That determination could take six to 12 months as investigators look into the mechanical, weather and human factors that may have played a part. 

"This is day two of an investigation that will take six to 12 months," he said. 

Gretz said that most of the debris from the plane -- which was traveling from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Plainville, Connecticut -- collected around five sites over the 1/3 mile site, making cleanup and preliminary investigation difficult.

He said there was no evidence that there was an explosion midair, and that the spread of the wreckage suggested the plane came apart while it was flying. 

Gretz said that while it's not unheard of for a plane to come apart midair, it's not a routine investigation. 

"It's not a common investigation for us," Gretz said. "It does happen. In 18 years, I've probably worked five or 10 of them."

Gretz said that they're looking into the failure of instruments in the plane's instrument panel -- similar to a car dashboard -- before the plane broke apart. In mayday calls, the pilot of the craft mentioned the plane's vacuum pump, which controls pressure to several parts of the instrument panel, failing.

Police said that there was only minor property damage at one house that was hit by a falling wing in Tuesday's crash. No other damage or injuries were reported. 

They also asked anyone who found small pieces of debris over the next several days to call police or turn the wreckage into local police precincts.

The NTSB confirmed the Beech plane was 43 years old but said that wasn't unusual for a general aviation plane. NTSB records show the typat of plane has been involved in two prior fatal crashes in the past decade, and in one of those cases, the plane broke apart when the pilot lost control.

<![CDATA[Construction Crews Race to Launch Citywide Ferry Service]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:03:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+citywide+ferry+service.jpg

Construction crews have been working nearly nonstop to write a new chapter in New York City's transportation story: the Citywide Ferry Service.

"We have worked day and night to make sure we will launch by 2017," said Maria Springer-Torres of the city's Economic Development Corporation.

Springer-Torres told NBC 4 New York that the first batch of barges, which double as docks, are nearly finished.

"It's real. It's happening," she said Wednesday at a construction site on Staten Island.

The citywide ferry service is set to launch next summer, and by 2018 will be operating from 21 landings across the city for the price of single subway ride.

When fully operational by 2018, Citywide Ferry Service will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes, providing new transportation to fast-growing communities, including some in so-called "transit deserts," officials say.

The service will also fully integrate the East River Ferry, resulting in lower fares for its 4,000 daily riders -- from $4 to $2.75 per ride -- but there will be no free MTA transfers to trains or buses.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Citywide Ferry Service will be operated by Hornblower, Inc., which has already been operating in the New York Harbor for a decade.

The Staten Island Ferry will continue to operate separately and remain free.

<![CDATA[Top Tri-State News Photos]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:25:44 -0400 Read more here. ]]> Read more here. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/166*120/AP_16125638159629.jpg The best news images of the week from around the tri-state.

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<![CDATA[New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/160504-robot-surgery-mn-1506_64766b4b95b687114fdd1811d9967469.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A new type of robot can perform tricky surgery as well as — and in some cases better than — human surgeons, NBC News reported. 

Researchers with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington said the new robot — called Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or STAR — could be operated with minimal human supervision. That means it frees up surgeons for work that requires more thought. 

The team, led by Dr. Peter Kim of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, compared the robot to some existing systems and to human surgeons. It was reported to be slow, but accurate, and managed to sew together two ends of a tiny pig intestine.

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<![CDATA[Attacking Dog Shot, Killed by NYPD Cops: Sources]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 22:50:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pit+bull+shot+inwood.jpg

Two NYPD officers shot and killed a dog when they came across it attacking a small dog in upper Manhattan Wednesday evening, the dog's owner and law enforcement sources say.

The officers on patrol were walking out of the subway by Dyckman and Nagle avenues in Inwood at about 7 p.m. when they heard a woman screaming, according to sources. 

The officers ran to the intersection to find a pit bull attacking a small shih tzu, the sources said. After several attempts to pull the pit bull off the other dog, one of the officers drew his weapon and fired it, killing the pit bull.

"I just heard a shot, like four, three shots," a witness named Ahmed said. 

The 10-pound Shih Tzu that was attacked, named Jada, succumbed to its injuries from the attack and also died, according to police and Jada's owner, Joselin Delacruz. 

"I'm very upset, I've had her since she was two years old," Delacruz said. 

Delacruz said her friend had been walking Jada when the pit bull attacked. She said her friend unsuccessfully tried to pry the larger dog off, and the cops were also unable to physically get the dog off Jada. 

"He was trying to get the dog off from the little one and he couldn't," she said. "I came running so I could take her to a clinic but he called again and she was already dead." 

Delacruz was emotional as she spoke to reporters. She said she believes the police "of course" were justified and that it was "the only way" to stop the attack. 

No people were injured, but Delacruz said it could have ended differently on a busy city street. 

"It could have been a human being, it could have been a child and they could've been in a very bad condition right now," she said. 

A large number of police investigated the scene — standard practice anytime an officer fires his weapon. 

<![CDATA[Infected Mosquitoes Can't Transmit Zika Virus: Study]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:22:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Zika-GettyImages-506977656%281%29.jpg

Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, according to Brazilian researchers, NBC News reported.

Mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria have been released in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam to help control dengue — and new findings are showing success with Zika. This raises hopes that it might block transmission of the virus.

The new study, by researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and published in Cell Host & Microbe, takes advantage of the naturally occurring strain of Wolbachia, which live in insect cells and are found in 60 percent of common insects. The method involves inserting the bacteria into mosquito eggs, which pass the bacteria along to their offspring. 

After two weeks in the Zika study, mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia had fewer particles of the virus in their bodies and saliva - making them less able to infect humans with the virus. 

Researchers caution this strategy isn’t 100 percent effective and will not eliminate the virus. But it can be used as part of a control strategy.

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<![CDATA[Flint Official Takes Deal, Pledges to Cooperate in Probe]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:01:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FLINT_AP_16103603277244.jpg

A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.

Utilities administrator Mike Glasgow entered a plea to one count of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor, in exchange for dismissal of a felony charge of tampering with evidence. The state attorney general's office said the deal will take effect in one year. 

The neglect of duty count is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. But the attorney general's office said both charges will be dropped if Glasgow keeps his promise to assist and testify during future court proceedings.

Reached at his home, Glasgow declined to comment on the case but said he might make some public statements in the next few weeks. 

Two officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality also have been charged. 

Meanwhile, Michigan senators voted to spend $128 million more this fiscal year in Flint, where the lead pollution has led residents to use faucet filters or bottled water. 

The emergency aid bill, passed 34-3, was sent to the House for consideration. A Senate committee also approved a fund transfer to expand government-provided health insurance coverage to 15,000 children and pregnant women in the Flint area starting next week.

Glasgow, 40, is one of three officials charged with criminal offenses in connection with the disaster. He oversaw day-to-day operations of the water plant when the city changed its water source from Detroit, which draws from Lake Huron, to the Flint River in April 2014. At the time, government operations in the city of nearly 100,000 were controlled by a state-appointed emergency manager. 

Shortly before the switchover, Glasgow complained in an email to a state official that things were moving too quickly and the water plant staff was not ready. Still, prosecutors said he failed to perform duties required of a certified water plant operator. 

Also facing charges of evidence tampering, misconduct in office and safe drinking water violations are Michael Prysby, a former district engineer with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Stephen Busch, a supervisor in the department's drinking water office. Both pleaded guilty last month. A probable cause hearing scheduled for Wednesday in their cases was delayed. 

Glasgow has said Prysby instructed him not to add anti-corrosive chemicals to the water in what the state department later acknowledged was a misreading of federal regulations. The omission enabled the corrosive river water to scrape lead from aging pipes and reach some homes and schools. 

The funding under consideration by the Legislature would be the fourth round since the health disaster was confirmed seven months ago. Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators previously authorized $67 million for the emergency. 

The latest bill includes $25 million to replace lead pipes that connect water mains to customers and more than $48 million to create a reserve fund for future costs. 

Unlike when the Republican-led Legislature unanimously approved the earlier three aid requests from the GOP governor — who has apologized for regulatory and other failures that created and prolonged the crisis — three Republican senators voted against the new funding. 

"There's a lot of other communities that have similar infrastructure issues that we have with Flint," said Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck, who contended that the $67 million already allocated is enough to address the actual emergency response and has not been fully spent. "You're setting up community-specific bailouts when a lot of other communities would benefit from that same sort of treatment as well." 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said legislators fatigued with Flint budget bills should keep in mind that the spending would help residents. 

The state Senate also approved a spending bill that includes about $39 million for the Flint emergency in the budget year that begins in October. 

Associated Press writer Ed White reported from Otisville. Flesher reported from Traverse City.

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<![CDATA[SUNY Student Dies After Being Taken from Frat Party]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:11:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic3.jpg

Suffolk Police are investigating the death of a Stony Brook University student following a party at an off-campus fraternity house last week. 

The school says the student died at Mather Hospital on April 30, several days after he was taken there from the party. 

The national Alpha Phi Delta fraternity identified the student as sophomore Nicholas Holt, a member of the campus fraternity. It said in a separate statement that Holt was at a party at the house of the local chapter and that it's investigating reports that he had been consuming alcohol the evening of April 24.

The fraternity's statement said it has a longstanding policy that forbids underage drinking, and that it has suspended the Stony Brook chapter as the police investigation continues. 

"The university community deeply mourns this loss, and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the student's family and friends," a statement from Stony Brook University says. 

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Killing of 11-Year-Old Girl in NM]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:29:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TomBegaye-AP_61100808711.jpg

A man accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl from Navajo Nation land in New Mexico on Monday intended to sexually assault her, according to court documents, NBC News reported.

Tom Begaye, 27, of Waterflow, New Mexico, was arrested Tuesday and faces federal charges including murder and kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Begaye allegedly told investigators that he drove the girl and her 9-year-old brother to a dirt road and took the girl away from the van. He said he struck her with a tire iron because she was crying, the criminal complaint said. The boy was told to get out, and was later taken to police by a passing motorist.

The man said little as he appeared before a judge in Farmington Wednesday, according to station KOB. Begaye is being held in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing.

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<![CDATA[What Trump Should Consider in a Running Mate]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:25:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_AP_16125071253980.jpg

Donald Trump says he will go by the playbook when choosing a running mate, which is an unconventional move that’s unexpected for him, NBC News reports. 

There is a range of criteria — and names — that Trump must consider in filling the position, according to observers. 

Certain names, including John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry may help Trump with with particular states, while others like Chris Christie and Keith Kellogg may give the real estate mogul an edge over a perceived weakness. 

Trump may consider tea party darlings like Sarah Palin, who has already been tested on the campaign trail during her time with presidential hopeful John McCain. Palin has also stumped for Trump during the primaries. 

Check out some of the other criteria Trump may need to consider to fill the position.

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<![CDATA[TSA Announces Plans to Handle Crush of Summer Air Travelers ]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:19:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TSA-Uniform.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it is reallocating funds to handle the crush of travelers coming into major airports, just as one airline said as many as 6,800 passengers missed flights during one week in March due to mounting delays at airport checkpoints.

The TSA said it is planning to increase staffing and plans to add canine teams to major air hubs like LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports as the summer travel season ramps up.

The agency said it is redoubling efforts to enroll travelers in its PreCheck pre-screening program and is asking airline workers to pitch in with non-screening jobs – like returning bins to the front of security lines.

Still, TSA Director Peter Neffinger told NBC News that travelers should be prepared for lines at checkpoints in the upcoming months.

“If you haven’t signed up for a trusted travel program like pre-check or global entry, this is the time to do it,” Neffinger said. “It will dramatically improve through put and increase efficiency of the system.”

Still, passengers who are per-screened have complained to the I-Team about nearly missing flights at Newark Airport. 

TSA's move comes after weeks of increased screening lines at airports across the country due to other policy changes at the federal agency – in some cases spiking as high as 90 minutes as lines wrap around terminals.

American Airlines, which has been critical of the wait times, said that during the popular college spring break week of March 14 to 20, more than 6,800 passengers missed flights due to delays at checkpoints. It also blamed the lines for flight delays.

“Lines grew exponentially in January, February, March and April, a low-season for air travel,” the airline said. “As we approach the spring and summer, we are concerned that

At LaGuardia, passengers were preparing for the worst on Thursday.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to be, so we'll see,” said John Reisch of Kansas.

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<![CDATA[Medical Errors No. 3 Cause of Death in US: Experts]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:16:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SurgicalInstruments-GettyImages-511163598.jpg

Two medical experts said Wednesday that medical mistakes — from surgical disasters to accidental drug overdoses — are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., NBC News reported.

Dr. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel from Johns Hopkins University said a count of all preventable deaths reveals that between 200,000 and 400,000 people a year die from these mistakes. 

Many health policy experts have been trying to call attention to the problem of medical errors for more than a decade. One problem is that mistakes are not usually put on death certificates. 

Cancer and heart disease are neck and neck as the top cause of death in the United States. In 2012, 24 percent of all deaths were from heart disease — 599,711 to be precise. And 582,623 deaths, or 23 percent, were from cancer.

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<![CDATA[NJ Community Suspends Police Chief Over Email on Racial Profiling]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:21:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel+10.22.15.jpg

A small community in New Jersey suspended its police chief in light of a state investigation into a email he allegedly sent in 2014 that appears to condone racial profiling.

The Wycoff Township Committee voted Tuesday to suspend Chief Benjamin Fox, Mayor Kevin Rooney announced in a written statement on Wednesday.

The email at issue was sent to the police department in December 2014 and was released earlier this year by the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

"Profiling, racial of otherwise, has its place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly," the email states.

"Black gang members from Teaneck commit burglaries in Wycoff," it continues. "That's why we check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods."

The email has prompted an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

<![CDATA[Body Found on NYC Waterfront in 'Cement Shoes' Is ID'd ]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/waterfront+and+mug+shot.jpg

The man whose body was found in a plastic bag along the Brooklyn shoreline with his feet coated in concrete and hands bound behind his back has been identified, police said Wednesday. 

Peter Martinez, 28, was a known gang member with at least 24 prior arrests going back to 2007, police sources said. 

His cause of death is to be determined by the medical examiner.   

The man was "obviously" the victim of a homicide, police said on Tuesday. 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the body was found wrapped in plastic bags near Sheepshead Bay at Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach on Monday morning.

The man had several tattoos on his back, including the image of the Virgin Mary and a rose. 

A student at nearby Kingsborough College discovered the body. 

"It's a little crazy, especially in this area, for something like that to happen,"  former student Daniel D'Angelo said. "Especially near a college campus and everything. It's crazy."

No arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information about the killing should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Prisoner Gives Guard False Name, Walks Out of Courthouse: NYPD]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-new.jpg

A man accused in a shooting about five months ago walked out of a courtroom in Brooklyn Tuesday night after allegedly giving a city Correction Department worker a false name, authorities say.

Police say that the suspect was making an appearance for a hearing connected to the shooting at about 10:15 p.m. and lied to a guard about his name in an attempt to leave. 

The correction officer apparently bought the lie, and police said he walked out of the courthouse. He's been on the lam since.

The Department of Correction said in a statement that "any erroneous release is unacceptable" and that Tuesday's incident was under investigation. 

The correction officer involved in the release has also been suspended, officials said. 

Anyone who knows anything about the escapee's whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Cops and Docs Team Up to Save Meat Cutter's Hand]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/surgery-688380_1920.jpg

Three police officers donned hospital scrubs and joined a plastic surgeon in the operating room to to help save a Long Island man's hand after it was caught in an industrial meat grinder.

Bilal Hussein, 24, of Bay Shore, was recovering Wednesday at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Hussein was working at Halal Meat and Grocery in Bay Shore Tuesday afternoon when his right hand became lodged in the machine.

Suffolk County police officers Walter Justincic and Carmine Pellegrino of the Emergency Service Section detached the machine from a table and rushed Hussein and the device to the hospital.

They and officer Danny Coan then scrubbed and helped doctors sterilize and dismantle the machine.

“They brought it specialized tools that we’ve never seen before," said Dr. James Vosswinkel, chief of trauma surgery. "They dismantled the device and reversed the gears.”

Once Hussein's mangled hand was free, Dr. Alex Dagum, chief of plastic surgery, went to work.

Dagum reattached Hussein's thumb and managed to save all but one of the digits - his index finger.

Without the extraordinary assistance of the police officers, Hussein likely would have lost more than a finger, Vosswinkel said.

“For the most part, he’s very lucky,” he said.

<![CDATA[Donald Trump Faces GOP Backlash in NJ]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:03:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_AP_16125071253980.jpg

As the Republican party scrambles now to figure out what to do with Donald Trump as its likely presidential nominee, party leaders in New Jersey say they may either vote Hillary Clinton or not vote at all. 

Outside the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, where Trump says he wants to be buried when he dies, some Republicans are holding out hope that there is a way to politically bury him this summer -- with a surprise third-party candidate. 

"His desire to to demean and diminsh people is just appalling," said former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. 

The former Republican governor says she can't stand Trump and that he's left her party in disarray. Whitman was state chair for John Kasich, who threw in the towel Wednesday. 

Alan Steinberg was regional EPA administrator under George W. Bush and was a delegate for Ted Cruz -- his hope for the conservative cause. Steinberg said he's actually voting for Hillary Clinton, with whom he worked when she was U.S. senator for New York. 

"She can work with people on the opposite side of the political aisle," he said. 

Steve Lonegan, who once ran against Chris Christie for governor, was state chair for Cruz. Now he's packing up what's left of the campaign, buttons, stickers and all. 

"I'm not going to say I'm voting for Hillary. I'm also not voting for Donald Trump," he said. "I may not vote." 

Lonegan said Trump has to earn his vote, starting by making up with Cruz over what Lonegan calls character assassination. 

A third Cruz delegate, Chris Schiavone, told NBC 4 New York by email, "What good is a lesser of evils when one must choose between being bit by a car or by a train?"

Trump's hopes of uniting the party count on support from Christie to many in the tea party, like Bayshore's Barbara Gonzalez. 

Still, a March Monmouth University poll shows 12 percent of Republicans would vote for Clinton. Nine percent more would simply not vote. 

Whitman says there may be an alternative.

"I'm ruling out a vote for Trump and I'll wait to see how the campaign moves forward," she said. "I'd rather write in. I'm looking for that third party." 

Whitman herself ruled out running. But she'll be seeing former Secretary of State Colin Powell soon and says she'll ask him if he would run. 

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<![CDATA[Boy Stabbed Near School in Westchester County: Police]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new-rochelle-shooting-0504.jpg

A middle school student was stabbed while walking to school in Westchester County Wednesday morning, police said. 

The 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the abdomen by another student during a fight near Isaac E. Young Middle School on Centre Street in New Rochelle, police said. 

He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where authorities said he was being treated for minor injuries to his abdomen.

Shaketta Johnson was dropping her child off at school when she saw the 14-year-old hunched over. She and crossing guard Veronica Brown rushed over to help as the child fell down.

Brown radioed for police, as Johnson aided the child. 

"We lifted up his shirt and saw that he had a stab wound," Johnson said. 

She added that it was "a nasty wound."

The other student, a 13-year-old boy, was taken into custody at the scene and will be charged as a juvenile, police said. He was released into his mother's custody Wednesday. 

Both students are eighth graders at the school, the principal told NBC 4 New York. 

Parents of Isaac E. Young students have been notified of the stabbing and were allowed to take their children home Wednesday. 

One dad, Derek Dunston, went to check on his son after hearing about the stabbing.

"I'm a single dad," Dunston said. "My son means the world to me and I just wanted to know if he was all right."

The school was placed on lockdown after the stabbing.

Anyone who might've witnessed the stabbing should call the New Rochelle Police Department at 914-654-2318.

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<![CDATA[Escaped Prisoner Prompts Lockdown at Schools in NJ Town: Source]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:20:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

Schools in several New Jersey town were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning because of reports about an escaped prisoner in the area, a law enforcement source told NBC 4 New York.

Barnegat Township police announced that schools in the Ocean County town were being placed on lockdown at about 11 a.m. but said there was no threat to the schools. 

Police were also urging motorists and pedestrians to avoid West Bay Avenue while the looked for the escapee, identified as Arthur Buckel.

Surf City police also said that schools there were placed on lockdown. 

Corrections Department spokesman Matt Schuman said the 38-year-old inmate was missing when guards at the Ancora unit of Bayside State Prison in Winslow Township did a count at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Schuman said Buckel, whose last known address was Clifton, was serving a sentence at the minimum security lockup for aggravated assault. He was scheduled to be paroled on May 21.

It wasn't clear how -- or if -- Buckel could have made the more than 40 miles journey from the Camden County prison to the Ocean City township.

Schuman said Buckel could face an addition 3 to 5 years in prison for escaping once he's recaptured.

Anyone with information should call the Barnegat Township Police Department at 609-698-5000.

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<![CDATA[Clinton May Need to be Deposed: Judge]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:06:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ClintonAbedin-AP_11061119061.jpg

A federal judge said it "may be necessary" to depose Hillary Clinton about her personal e-mail server, in a freedom-of-information lawsuit over the employment of aide Huma Abedin, NBC News reported. 

Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan made the observation about the arrangement that allowed Abedin to do outside work while she was working for Clinton at the State Department. 

The question in the lawsuit is a narrow one: did the State Department do everything legally required when it searched for documents, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, about the Abedin employment arrangement?

Sullivan said, "questions surrounding the creation, purpose, and use of the clintonemail.com server must be explored through limited discovery," the legal term for gathering evidence in a civil lawsuit. 

State Department lawyers said when the existence of the private email account was revealed, they conducted a new search for relevant documents among the thousands of pages turned over by Clinton.

<![CDATA[Artist Transforms Manhole Steam into Tiny House Chimney Smoke]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:02:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Smokers_Installation-%2834-of-43%29.jpg

Bright orange steam tubes rising from manholes are a common sight on New York City streets, and as much as nuisance for drivers trying to avoid them as they are an eyesore for residents -- but one artist is attempting to transform the image with a little "whimsy." 

Brooklyn-based artist Mark A. Reigelman II has built a roving tiny house to install over steaming manholes on city streets, and the result is the appearance of steam pouring from the chimney of a small cabin. 

The 350-pound house, made out of steel and three types of wood, has made appearances on Broadway Avenue and Grand Street, First Avenue and 12th Street, and Park Avenue and 27th Street, according to Slate

Reigelman told NBC 4 New York he's been installing the house over steam tubes since last December and has been trying to make it a monthly event, but "because steaming manholes change regularly," he's only been able to install it successfully three times.

The installations have lasted anywhere from 30 seconds to three hours. Reigelman hopes to continue installing the cabin in Manhattan throughout the year.  

Reigelman acknowledged there were some safety and traffic risks with the rolling house, but tries to limit them. He told Slate there are four people on site at all times to help direct traffic, and that while there is "always a chance of unforeseen problems,” he “weighed these chances against the awesomeness of the installation and decided that it was worth the risk.”

Reigelman drew inspiration for the project called Smökers from Rauchermann, German wooden incense smokers that take the form of cottages, animals and chimney sweeps, according to his website. The final cabin structure took approximately four weeks to be built.

Smökers has not gone unnoticed by the NYPD. According to Reigelman, the police as well as the city’s residents have responded positively to his project, as long as it does not cause any traffic issues.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Pays $10K Reward to Boy for Reporting Glitch]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 16:22:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_351548094733.jpg

Facebook has given a $10,000 reward to a 10-year-old Finnish boy for finding a glitch in its photo-sharing app, Instagram, according to Reuters. 

"I wanted to see if Instagram's comment field could stand malicious code. Turns out it couldn't," Jani, whose last name was not released for privacy reasons, told Finland's Iltalehti newspaper. 

The boy is the youngest ever recipient of Facebook’s “bug bounty,” which is paid to users who find bugs or weaknesses in its platforms. 

"I could have deleted anyone's comments from there. Even Justin Bieber's," he told Iltalehti. 

Facebook said the glitch was fixed in February and the reward paid in March.

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<![CDATA[RedState Calls on Confirmation of Garland to SCOTUS]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:28:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/garland-GettyImages-515910394.jpg

A conservative website is calling on Republicans to confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination Merrick Garland, NBC News reports.

"Republicans must know that there is absolutely no chance that we will win the White House in 2016 now. They must also know that we are likely to lose the Senate as well. So the choices, essentially, are to confirm Garland and have another bite at the apple in a decade, or watch as President Clinton nominates someone who is radically more leftist and 10-15 years younger, and we are in no position to stop it," Leon Wolf wrote on RedState hours after Donald Trump became the GOP’s likely nominee. 

But not all conservatives agree. Erick Erickson, the former editor of RedState, who is against Trump, doesn’t support the immediate confirmation of Garland, saying Republicans risk taking away "arguments that can persuade independent voters to go with a Republican Senate."

Republican leaders in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, vow to block Garland’s confirmation, saying the next president should be the one to make the nomination.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Holds 2-to-1 Edge Over Sanders in NJ: Poll]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 13:54:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sanders-Clinton-feb2016.jpg

Hillary Clinton holds a nearly two-to-one advantage over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders more than a month away from the New Jersey presidential primary, a Monmouth University poll has found.

Pollsters said that 60 percent of surveyed likely Democratic voters in the Garden State preferred the former secretary of state, compared with 32 percent who said they'd be voting for the Vermont senator on June 7.

The poll, which included 301 likely voters and had a margin of error of 5.7 percent, was released one day after Sanders won the Indiana primary and cut into Clinton's lead.

"Despite her loss in Indiana, it looks like Clinton is on target to corral the delegates she needs for the nomination," said Patrick Murray, the director of the university's polling institute. "New Jersey is shaping up to make a significant contribution to her final total."

Clinton holds an advantage over Sanders in nearly every demographic, the poll found. Sanders did hold a four-point edge with likely male voters, though that figure is within an 8.5 point margin of error among male respondents. 

Pollsters asked likely voters if they thought Sen. Corey Booker, the former mayor of Newark and the state's junior representative in the U.S. Senate, would make a good running mate for Clinton, should she win the Democratic party's nomination. 

About half of surveyed voters said that they didn't think Clinton making Booker her running make would help or hurt her chances of winning the presidency, while 33 percent through he would help her chances. Another 10 percent of polled voters said they thought adding Booker to the ticket would hurt Clinton's chances.

"New Jersey Democrats don’t have anything against Booker," said Murray. "They just think Clinton might want to look elsewhere for a running mate who could give her a strategic edge."

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<![CDATA[NYC Woman Given 25-to-Life For Murder of Boyfriend]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 17:22:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs+hand+cuffs.jpg

The Brooklyn woman convicted of stabbing her former boyfriend to death in his Queens home has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, the Queens District Attorney announced Wednesday.

Anna Adams, 42, was convicted of second-degree murder in March for allegedly stabbing her former boyfriend multiple times and wrapping his body in bed sheets, then dousing them in bleach in September 2012.

It was revealed in court that a blood trail was found in the Jamaica home of Jeffrey Perkins and his body was discovered with stab wounds to the neck, back and head.

A shoe matching the one Adams was wearing when she was taken into custody was also found at the scene, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

“This was a particularly brutal killing. There were blood trails throughout the house and even outside the residence. The 46-year-old victim was stabbed numerous times and his bleeding remains partially wrapped in bed sheets and then doused with bleach," Brown said in a statement. "Under the circumstances, the sentence imposed by the Court was more than warranted."

<![CDATA[How Trump's Rise Is Playing in China]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 13:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_AP_16122772500150.jpg

China urged people in the United States to take a rational and objective view of the relationship between the two countries as Republican front-runner Donald Trump all but clinched the party's presidential nomination on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Over the course of his campaign, Trump has repeatedly attacked China, saying its trade policies are "killing" America, its currency devaluations will "suck the blood out" of the U.S. and accusing the country of "raping" the States.

Though China's state media has largely avoided responding to Trump's attacks, it seems the rest of the country may have missed the memo. The South China Morning Post referred to Trump Wednesday as a "brash man with no political experience" while the Global Times called him a "rich narcissist" and a "racist."

The criticism is unlikely to dent Trump's celebrity status in China or deter the legions of fans on social media.

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Wanted in Attack on Hybrid Car Driver in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:59:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brooklyn-bike-0504.jpg

Police are looking for a man they say erupted into a bout of bicyclist road rage against a Prius driver in Brooklyn.

The bicyclist got into a traffic dispute with a 59-year-old man at about 7:45 p.m. Monday in Greenpoint, police said Wednesday.

The bicyclist struck the man's 2014 Prius with a bike lock and broke the car's mirror, investigators said. He then opened the car door and slugged the driver in the face.

The driver fought back until the bicyclist clubbed him in the head with the lock.

The driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center for treatment of cuts to his head and hand.

The bicyclist pedaled away.

Investigators released photos of the bicyclist on Wednesday and anyone with information about him is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[NJ School District Faces More Teacher, Staff Layoffs: Superintendent]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:22:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/194*120/5416mcentee.jpg

New Jersey's third-largest school district faces the potential loss of more than 500 teachers and other school staff members because of budget restraints, warns the state appointed superintendent.

Paterson Schools Superintendent Donnie Evans sent an email to nearly 4,000 teachers and other school employees saying 517 jobs are in jeopardy unless their labor union agree to a change in their health insurance as it pertains to prescription drugs.

The union has responded that the current contract is not open to renegotiation.

Another layoff of teachers would be hard to accept, say parents and students. The district laid off more than 300 teachers last year, they said.

"A third of the staff has already been cut. Any more would be devastating," said Rosie Grant, executive director of the Paterson Education Fund, a not-for-profit group that encourages community involvement to improve local schools.

An undisclosed number of secretaries in the school district’s central offices were notified last Friday that they are being laid off.

John McEntee, president of the union that represents city teachers and secretaries, said the layoffs are “outrageous” as the school system continues contracts with what he said were high-priced consultants.

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<![CDATA[Distraught Man Is Pulled Away From Blaze at Historic Cathedral]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/church+fire+video+feuerherd.jpg

As the fire that gutted a historic Manhattan cathedral began to rage Sunday, a man seemingly in disbelief of the blaze had to be pulled across the street from the flames by a police officer, video shows.

The video -- taken before fire crews first started to extinguish the blaze -- shows the man standing in front of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava as flames engulf the front doors.

The man buries his face in his hands, then throws them in the air in apparent disbelief as the fire crackles.

A police officer then yells to him and forcibly pulls him across the street to safety.

More than 700 parishioners had celebrated Easter earlier in the day and enjoyed a luncheon, but the cathedral was empty when the fire started.

A building caretaker attempted to rush inside when he noticed the fire, but was turned back by the flames, fire officials said. He suffered from minor smoke inhalation.

Fire officials are looking into whether candles used in Easter services might be to blame for the fire.

Fire officials said Tuesday they were looking into whether caretakers might have accidentally placed candles that hadn't been snuffed out in a cardboard box Sunday, sparking the blaze that destroyed the cathedral.

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