<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:08:04 -0500 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:08:04 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Death of Man in NYPD Stairwell Shooting Ruled Homicide: ME]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:02:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gurley+stairwell+shooting.jpg

The death of the unarmed man shot by a probationary NYPD officer in a Brooklyn stairwell last week has been ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Akai Gurley was shot and killed in a stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York late Thursday by officer Peter Liang, who was assigned to the public housing complex as part of a violence reduction overtime detail. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has called the shooting an accident.

Liang and his partner, both of whom have less than 18 months on the force, were conducting a floor-by-floor sweep of the building and had gone to the roof when they noticed there were no lights in the stairwell leading up to it. Given the location and lack of light, Liang drew his weapon and a flashlight for safety reasons, police have said. The other officer kept his service weapon holstered.

As the officers were entering the eighth-floor landing, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. Then Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below him, according to Bratton.

Gurley was shot in the chest. He stumbled down to his girlfriend, who was by that point on the fifth floor, and she tried to administer first aid, authorities said. Liang and his partner found the couple on the fifth floor; 911 had already been called. Gurley was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner's ruling came shortly after Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced he would launch an investigation into Gurley's death. Thompson met with community leaders on Sunday, a day after more than 250 people marched in protest outside Liang's 75th Precinct, chanting and holding signs calling for justice.

The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating along with the district attorney's office. Liang has been placed on modified duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

The police union has called for a thorough investigation. Neither the union nor the NYPD could immediately be reached for comment on the medical examiner's ruling. 
 



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<![CDATA[Dog Abandoned in Park Bathroom Too Matted to Relieve Itself: SPCA]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:41:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/abandoned+dog+park.jpg

Authorities are searching for the person who left a small white dog in the women's bathroom at a New York state park over the weekend.

The Putnam County SPCA says the pooch, possibly a Maltese mix, was found in a plastic crate in the ladies' restroom at Pelton Pond off Route 301 in Kent's Fahnestock State Park Saturday morning.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, where it was found to be in a severe state of neglect. Both of its ears were infected and its fur was so heavily matted that it couldn't relieve itself, the SPCA said.

The pup, believed to be 3 or 4 years old, was also underweight.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call the Putnam County SPCA at 845-520-6915. 



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<![CDATA[Wintry Weather Forecast to Muck Up Thanksgiving Travel]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:56:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Wintry-Weather-NY.jpg

Enjoy the balmy weather while you can, because Storm Team 4 says a wintry storm is set to wallop the tri-state later this week with enough snow and rain to make a mess of one of the year’s busiest travel days.

Showers Monday morning gave way to above-seasonal temperatures across the tri-state. Highs in New York City and parts of New Jersey are forecast to soar into the 70s, with most of the rest of the region seeing temperatures in the 60s. Some areas could post record high temperatures for Nov. 24.

The weather should again be temperate Tuesday, but Storm Team 4 says things will then take a turn. A coastal storm will blow in Wednesday morning, dropping rain along the shore and a wintry mix inland. In areas north and west of Interstate 287, it should be cold enough for the precipitation to be entirely snow.

Rain and snow are forecast to fall steadily throughout the day, making for hazardous conditions on the roads and creating the possibility of delays at the region’s airports.

The roads should be sloppier the further travelers head inland, with parts of northern New Jersey and the mid-Hudson Valley forecast to see more than 8 inches of snow. New York City, Long Island and coastal New Jersey should see less than an inch of snow, with areas in between seeing anywhere between 1 and 5 inches.

The wintry storm is forecast to leave the area late Wednesday night or early Thursday, Storm Team 4 says.

The skies should be clear when the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off from West 77th Street, and the winds are expected to die down enough for the iconic giant cartoon baloons to float through the midtown route.

Highs Thursday are forecast to be in the low 40s before dropping into the 30s Friday. The weekend is forecast to be partly sunny with highs in the 40s.
 


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<![CDATA[NJ Mother Who Shot, Killed Kids Dies: Police ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:52:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Tabernacle+NJ+shooting-3.jpg

A New Jersey mother accused of shooting her three kids in her bedroom before turning the gun on herself has died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Jeaninne LePage, 44, died at Cooper Hospital in Camden Sunday morning, police confirmed. She and her three children were found shot last Thursday in the bed neighbors say the four shared.

Police say LePage, who was hospitalized since the shooting, killed two of her kids before turning the gun on herself inside their Holly Park Drive home in Tabernacle. The weapon was found near her.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas Harriman, died, according to the state police.

Alexander Harriman, 11, remained in severely critical condition at Cooper University Hospital Sunday, officials said.

Neighbors identified the victims Thursday, but authorities waited to confirm their names until family members, including the children's father, who was located in Maryland, were informed of the deaths.

Another relative who lives in the house found the victims at around 9 a.m. and called for help. Investigators believe the mother shot herself and the children between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.

"When police got there, they found a really horrific scene," said Stephen Jones, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police. The victims were found in the same room and police believe they were shot with the same handgun, which was found at the scene."

Police say LePage used a pillow to muffle the sound of the gunshots.

A motive remains under investigation, but neighbors said LePage had financial troubles.

At a community vigil Thursday night, friends of the children remembered their classmates.

Students and staff at Seneca High School -- where Nicholas Harriman was a student -- had a moment of silence for the family Friday morning. Grief counselors were also on hand at local schools Friday to talk with students and staff.

A trust fund has been set up at PNC Bank under the name LePage-Harriman Memorial Fund.  



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<![CDATA[Hero, Nero, Zero From Giants' Loss to Cowboys]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4594822461.jpg

Hero: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants’ 2014 season is not going to end in Arizona on the first Sunday in February. With Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, New York’s sixth straight loss, the 3-8 Giants can at best finish 8-8, which might have been good enough to win the division -- ya know, if the Giants played in the NFC South.

Are the Giants officially eliminated from postseason contention? No. But no fan in his or her right mind is clinging to the hopes of making the playoffs. And given the chorus of cheers that went up at MetLife Stadium Sunday night when the referees ruled the Giants had come up short on fourth down to essentially end the game, most Giants fans had already thrown in the towel and sold their tickets to Cowboys fans.

But at least the Giants have something to look forward to, and that’s watching Odell Beckham Jr. play for their team, hopefully for a long time.

By now you’ve likely seen the catch that Beckham made, which ranks roughly No. 1 in the history of the world. We saw the flags come in, and we saw Beckham hit the ground, but the camera angle was so far away that we couldn’t see what happened to the ball. Only when he stood up did I turn to my nephew and ask, “Did he just catch that?”

Replays and additional camera angles confirmed the sublime. It was unreal.

That’s why we watch sports, to see and experience a moment of transcendent play like that. Here’s to many more from Beckham in the coming years.

Nero: NFL rules

Every major sport has its shortcomings involving the rulebook. Baseball has the “neighborhood rule,” which allows middle infielders to be within shouting distance of second base on force plays and is designed to protect them from baser runners barreling down the baseline; basketball often allows its players to take more than two steps after picking up their dribble; soccer has no effective way to protect against flopping; and hockey still allows people to commit felonies that would get an average person sent to prison.

Football? It has numerous rules that defy common sense. For example, the rule that doesn’t allow referees to infer the obvious, as displayed last night when Giants running back Andre Williams obviously fumbled the ball near the goal line before he hit the ground. Because the play was not ruled a fumble on the field, referees needed incontrovertible evidence that Williams had fumbled in order to turn over the call.

Williams was tackled in a scrum and it wasn’t immediately clear that he had coughed it up before he was down, but anyone with a modicum of common sense could deduce that he had in fact fumbled. But the referees didn’t feel they were 100 percent certain, so they hid behind the safe, incorrect call. On the next play, Williams scored a touchdown and the Giants were ahead 21-10.

So yeah, the Giants lost by three points, but it should have been by more.

Zero: Giants’ pass rush on final Cowboys drive.

If you can’t get to a quarterback with the front four (and the Giants couldn’t, especially on the last drive), then it makes sense to send extra rushers. Instead Perry Fewell’s defense sat back and didn’t blitz on the deciding pass play, even though Tony Romo has broken bones in his back and is limited in his mobility.

Romo had seven-and-a-half seconds to throw on one play on the last drive, which should have been the clue that the Giants’ pass rush wasn’t getting it done. 



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<![CDATA[Parents Charged After Infant Daughter Accidentally Shot]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:12:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112214babyshot.jpg

 

The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was accidentally shot in her Brooklyn home are being criminally charged, investigators said Sunday.

 

The baby's father, Pedro Rosales, 47, faces a slate of charges, including second-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a court document.

Rosales was cleaning an illegally owned Colt .45 handgun at their home in East New York at about 4 p.m. Saturday when it discharged, police said. His daughter Jessica was hit in the hip. She underwent surgery at the Bellevue Hospital and was recovering in stable condition.

Rosales and Jessica Aguilar, the baby's mother, flagged down a police car outside their home on Sutter Avenue after the shooting and officers escorted parents and child to the hospital.

Police charged Aguilar with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Rosales is being held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 bail. Aguilar is being held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[4 Stabbed After Bronx Restaurant Argument]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:59:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112314bamboo.jpg

An argument at a Bronx restaurant turned violent Sunday when someone stabbed four people, police said.

The argument took place at the Bamboo Restaurant and Lounge on Morris Avenue, police said.

Things got out of hand at around 3 a.m. when a person stabbed four men ranging in age from 22 to 31, police said.

A 28-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition, while the others were in stable condition at Lincoln Medical Center, fire officials said.

There were no immediate arrests.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn DA to Launch Probe Into Gurley Death]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:06:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112314Hakeem.jpg

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is launching an investigation into the death of Akai Gurley, the young man shot by a rookie NYPD officer in an East New York public housing complex.

The move was commended by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who met Sunday with the D.A. to discuss the shooting.

"His death appears to be unprovoked, unnecessary and unjust," Jeffries said after meeting with the D.A. "And the community, of course, is sick and tired of being sick and tired of these types of instances of police violence."

Gurley, 28, was unarmed when probationary officer Peter Liang accidentally discharged his weapon in the stairwell Thursday night, according to the NYPD.

Liang has been placed on modified duty. He and another officer, both with less than 18 months on the force, were part of a violence reduction overtime detail on vertical patrol, conducting floor-by-floor sweeps of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York at around 11 p.m.

As the officers entered the eighth-floor landing on the day of the shooting, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. That's when Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 1 Missing in NJ House Fire]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:06:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112314fire2.JPG

Two people are dead and a third is missing after an intense fire overtook a New Jersey home early Sunday, a fire official said.

Firefighters arriving at the home on Union Avenue in Paterson Sunday morning were pushed back by the heavy flames, said Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino.

One person was discovered dead on the first floor, and a second was found on the stairs, Postorino said. The house - home to three people and a dog, according to a neighbor - was left with the windows burned out and the facade blackened by the blaze.

Officials were still working to identify the victims. One person remains unaccounted for, Postorino said.

The flames also damaged a neighboring building, and seven people who lived there were displaced, Postorino said.

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<![CDATA[NJ Teacher Arrested in Sex Attack on Student]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:26:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112214teacher.jpg

A New Jersey substitute teacher has been arrested after sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student in her car, prosecutors say.

Linda Hardan, 21, was arrested Friday on charges of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday.

Hardan is accused of assaulting a student from Manchester Regional High School, where she worked as a substitute teacher, prosecutors said. The attack occurred Thursday in Hardan's parked car in Wayne, prosecutors said.

It wasn't clear if Hardan had a lawyer. Calls to a phone number at her address in Prospect Park, New Jersey, went unanswered.



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<![CDATA[Marion Barry Dies at 78]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP070613024655.jpg

Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics good and bad for more than 40 years, has died at age 78.

"It is with deep regret that the family of former four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed," read a statement early Sunday from Barry's family.

Barry had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital Thursday after complaining of a urinary tract infection. He was released Saturday, and family members said he seemed to feel well. "In his own words, he was 'fantabulous' -- his words, not mine," said Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster at an early-morning press conference at United Medical Center.

After he was released from the hospital, Barry visited with his son, Christopher, and then stopped to eat. On his way back into his home from the car, Barry collapsed. His driver brought him inside the home, unresponsive.

Barry was taken to United Medical Center at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, and was pronounced dead at about 1:45 a.m. The District of Columbia's medical examiner said Sunday that Barry died of natural causes due to heart problems. A contributing factor was chronic kidney disease that complicated Barry's diabetes.

Reaction poured in as news of Barry's death spread early Sunday morning. "He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most."

Barry had recently taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her show, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" The Barry family statement indicated that the interview — which featured his new book, "Mayor For Life: the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." — still would air Sunday at 9 p.m.

Barry served four terms as mayor and had a lock on the D.C. Council’s Ward 8 seat. But along with that huge political success, many personal failures marked his turbulent life.

Early on in his career, the Washington City Paper dubbed him “Mayor for Life.” He confounded critics who railed against his melodramatic life, even as he basked in the admiration of forgiving citizens who looked to him as their champion.

The son of a Mississippi sharecropper, Barry emerged from the student and civil rights activism of the 1960s to serve on the elected D.C. school board and D.C. Council.

In 1979, Barry began serving the first of three consecutive terms as D.C.’s second elected mayor. His pro-business policies helped spur economic development. He built civic programs for youth and senior citizens, and opened the city government to many African-American professionals, who previously had been shut out.

But lackluster city services, like slow snow removal and lost city ambulances, dogged Barry's administration. He battled a soaring homicide rate among the worst in the nation, and vowed a war on illegal drugs even as rumors about his own drug addiction swirled around Washington.

Barry's stature crumbled spectacularly in 1990, when an FBI sting videotaped Barry smoking crack cocaine in Washington’s Vista Hotel.

Barry famously complained that he had been set up by former girlfriend Rasheeda Moore, an FBI informant.

Barry’s federal trial turned into a drama of prosecution charges and persecution complaints. Out of 14 drug charges, a jury convicted Barry of a single misdemeanor possession charge. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson sentenced him to six months in prison, the maximum punishment.

Many thought the scandal would finish Barry's political career.

But in 1992, Barry emerged from prison and began his comeback right at the prison gate. Just months later he won the Ward 8 council seat from longtime ally and four-term incumbent Wilhelmina Rolark.

In 1994, he swept back into the mayor’s office for a fourth term, trouncing failed reform Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Congress reacted sharply to concerns over another term for Barry and Kelly’s massive debt by creating a five-member federal control board to run the city over Barry.

Barry appointed then-obscure Anthony Williams as his chief financial officer. Acerbic and shy compared to Barry, Williams won the mayor’s office in 1998 when Barry chose not to seek re-election.

Barry returned to the political limelight in 2004, winning Ward 8 over another former ally, Sandy Allen. Waving off criticism of disloyalty, Barry said it wasn’t personal — it was politics.

In recent years, Barry easily won re-election in Ward 8. But he suffered from declining health, and received a kidney transplant.

Other controversies endured: failing to file income taxes, being censured for steering a city contract to a girlfriend, and making insensitive remarks about Asian storeowners and Filipina nurses, to whom he later apologized after stinging public criticism.

In August, Barry was involved in a wrong-way accident on Pennsylvania Avenue. Barry blamed low blood sugar that had made him disoriented.

But of the six mayors who’ve served the city since home rule began in the 1970s, it was Barry’s Mayor for Life personality and rollercoaster career that helped define D.C. politics for decades.

Barry first came to D.C. with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He later helped establish and run Pride, an inner-city help group. When Congress granted limited home rule to D.C., Barry won a first seat on the D.C. Council in 1974.

Shot in the chest by Hanafi Muslims when they overran at the Wilson Building in 1977, Barry used the publicity to help launch his 1978 campaign for mayor. He was a brash reformer, equally eloquent on the streets and in boardrooms. He narrowly won a three-way battle after The Washington Post editorial page heavily and repeatedly endorsed him.

But his terms in office were marred by investigations into cronyism, those drug abuse allegations and his image as a self-professed night owl.

Despite his faults, Barry is also credited with creating a massive summer jobs program that, while wasteful in many cases, offered a job or paid internship to any city youth who wanted one; and for treating senior citizens as a top priority with homes and programs for those in the twilight of life.

He completed the city’s first convention center on time and on budget. In his last term as mayor, Barry landed the deal to get the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) built downtown.

Still, his national reputation is one of a promising politician undone or diminished by his personal failings; a politician who rose against seemingly hopeless odds to win and stay in the life of politics, often in spite of himself.


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<![CDATA[Protest After Man Shot and Killed By Police]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:23:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pink-Houses-Accidental-Shooting-NY-Gurley-Inset.jpg

More than 250 people marched Saturday to protest the death of an unarmed man who police say was accidentally shot by a rookie officer in a dimly lit stairwell at a public housing project.

"Bratton must go! Bratton must go!" chanted protestors, calling for the removal of NYPD Chief William Bratton.

The family of the victim, Akai Gurley, including his 2-year-old daughter and mother, joined the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem rally. His girlfriend, present during the shooting, also attended the rally.

"The killer of Akai is still around," said protestor Charles Barron. "We want him arrested."

Gurley, 28, was unarmed when probationary officer Peter Liang accidentally discharged his weapon in the stairwell Thursday night, according to Bratton.

Liang has been placed on modified duty. He and another officer, both with less than 18 months on the force, were part of a violence reduction overtime detail on vertical patrol, conducting floor-by-floor sweeps of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York at around 11 p.m.

As the officers entered the eighth-floor landing on the day of the shooting, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. That's when Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below.

City leaders have promised an investigation. But angry residents argue that the shooting cannot be written off as an accident.

"How is having your gun out with no provocation and your finger on the trigger, your safety off, an accident," said City Council Member Jumaane Williams. "At minimum, that sounds like criminal negligence."

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Gurley's death a "tragic mistake."

The Brooklyn district attorney's office and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating. The New York City Housing Authority said it was cooperating.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson called the shooting "deeply troubling."

"Many questions must be answered, including whether, as reported, the lights in the hallway were out for a number of days, and how this tragedy actually occurred," Thompson said in a statement.

Authorities have interviewed the second officer and Gurley's girlfriend, but have not yet spoken to Liang. The district attorney's office will determine whether it will file criminal charges after interviewing Liang. Then internal affairs officers can question him, a standard policy.

Both officers were taken to the hospital for ringing in their ears, according to the NYPD. The housing project they were assigned to patrol has seen several serious crimes over the last month, including two robberies and two assaults. Two people were killed there this year, Bratton said.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said in a statement that the Pink Houses are among the city's most dangerous projects.

"Dimly lit stairways and dilapidated conditions create fertile ground for violent crime while the constant presence of illegal firearms creates a dangerous and highly volatile environment for police officers and residents alike," Lynch said. "Only time and a thorough investigation will tell us what transpired in this case."

Neighbors expressed concern during a candlelight vigil held for Gurley Friday night, chanting "Bratton must go."

Seventh-floor resident Dashwan Lopez said the lights in the hallway had been out for days before they were finally repaired Friday, prompting questions over whether Liang would have even drawn his gun if the lights had been on.

In Lopez's mind, "it could be better managed by housing, but it's still not an excuse to discharge your weapon without knowing what's going on," he said.

The shooting comes as the department is changing how rookie cops are used fresh out of the academy to give them more training and time with more senior officers.

Bratton is implementing a program that pairs less experienced officers with veteran officers on vertical and other patrols, but the program has had to be rolled out over time due to staffing constraints, law enforcement officials said.

Sharpton runs the National Action Network and is a talk-show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.

--Lori Bordonaro and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rapper Who Shot Cop to Be Executed]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cool-C.jpg

A Philadelphia hip hop artist convicted of shooting and killing a female police officer will be executed next year.

Christopher Roney was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird Jan. 2, 1996. Governor Tom Corbett signed an execution warrant for Roney on Friday. He is scheduled to be executed Jan. 8, 2015. Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection.

Roney, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder and other offenses Oct. 30, 1996. The jury also returned a death verdict Nov. 1, 1996 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

On Jan. 2, 1996, around 8:20 a.m., Roney, Ernest Canty and Warren McGlone tried to rob a PNC Bank at 4710 Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia. As the assistant manager arrived at the bank, Canty grabbed her as well as the bank manager and forced them inside at gunpoint. Roney then grabbed the head bank teller as she arrived.

A nearby business contacted police. Officer Lauretha Vaird, a nine-year veteran with the 25th District, was the first officer to arrive at the scene. As she entered the bank, Roney opened fire, striking her in the abdomen, according to officials. He and the other two men then fled the scene as other officers arrived.

Vaird, a 43-year-old single mother of two boys, died from her injuries. She was the first Philadelphia female police officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Roney and his two accomplices were arrested after police received statements from eyewitnesses.

Prior to his arrest, Roney was a hip hop artist who released two solo albums under the stage name “Cool C” in 1989 and 1990 as well as an album with the hip hop group C.E.B. in 1993.

Roney was recording a comeback EP at the time of Vaird's death. McGlone, who performed under the stage name "Steady B" was another member of C.E.B. while Canty was also a local hip hop artist.

Aside from Roney, Governor Corbett also signed execution warrants for Mark Duane Edwards, who was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of a husband, wife and their pregnant teen daughter in 2002 as well as Dennis Reed, who was convicted in the shooting death of his girlfriend and mother of his son in 2001.

The three execution warrants signed Friday were Corbett’s 41st, 42nd and 43rd warrants signed since he took office.



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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot, 2 Wounded in New Jersey]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paterson+police+state+of+emergency.jpg

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two others wounded early Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Paterson, New Jersey, police said.

Officers found a wounded Kashan Sumpter at about 4 a.m. on a sidewalk at the corner of 12 Avenue and East 23rd Street, investigators said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died, police said.

Two 22-year-old males were shot in the same incident and went to a hospital in a private vehicle. Their identities were not released by police, who said that one was treated and released and the other was undergoing surgery.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the shootings contact the Major Crime Division at 973-321-1120 or call 973-523-TIPS. 



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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 30 Hurt in Calif. Bus Crash]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/141123-norcal-bus-crash.jpg

California Highway Patrol officials have identified the driver of a charter bus that rolled off the 5 Freeway in Northern California on Sunday, killing a passenger and sending 30 more to hospitals.

The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington when it ran off the highway in northern Shasta County about 7:40 a.m. and overturned on an embankment, landing wheels up on a side street, CHP officials said.

The driver was identified as 67-year-old Jose Victor Garcilazo Palencia of Los Angeles. He voluntarily went into CHP headquarters for questioning, according to NBC affiliate KNVN. CHP officers say the driver showed signs of fatigue.

All but one of the other 32 people aboard were taken to hospitals in Redding and Mount Shasta, investigators said.

Most had minor injuries and were treated and released. Two patients were in critical condition and three more were in serious condition at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where most of the patients were taken, hospital spokeswoman Heather Nichols told the Associated Press.

The 33-year-old man who died has not been identified. Investigators said he was a resident of Parlier, a small community in Fresno County.

Earlier Sunday morning during the same trip, the bus had been involved in a minor crash when it struck a Denny's in Red Bluff, CHP officials said. No injuries were reported in the collision, but the building's roof was damaged.

Photos of the all-white bus, a 1996 Vanhool, showed no large logos, but a sign on the door said the bus belonged to a company called Transporters Yellow Arrow.

The bus departed from Huntington Park on Saturday night.

The bus operator, Yellow Arrow LLC, is based in Othello, Washington. It has a current license and before Sunday had no reported accidents in the past two years, according to federal records. It appears to be related to a Mexican bus line.

Families of victims in the crash said they had never heard of Yellow Arrow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Man Steals Airport Vehicle: Police]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:05:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Zaragoza.jpg

San Jose police are investigating a security breach at San Jose airport Sunday - the third since April at this airport - and have arrested a suspect on charges of trespassing and stealing a maintenance worker's vehicle.

San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol said Miguel Zaragoza, 39, breached the airport on Sunday about 10:15 a.m. along the Coleman Avenue side of the airport. Employees of Atlantic Aviation captured him as he entered the property, escorted him to a lobby, and alerted police.

While waiting for police to arrive, he ran from the company's lobby to the public side of the airport and asked an employee driving a maintenance truck for a ride, police said. When the airport worker said no, the suspect stole it, according to police.

Police caught up with  Zaragoza, and arrested him at Terminal B. He never made it to the runway area, Randol said.

He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and trespassing, Randol said.

No one was injured in the incident and no further details were immediately available. And no flights were affected because of the incident.

Still, the breach had some passengers concerned.

"If a guy can come in and steal a maintenance vehicle, who knows what else they could do? " asked Sky Windsor of Santa Clara.

"It just makes you wonder about security," added Regina King.

And U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell commended San Jose police in this case for stopping the suspect so quickly, but overall, he said that security should be notified immediately after a breach occurs.

In August, Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested for taking a Southwest Airlines flight from the San Jose airport to Los Angeles, sneaking by a security screener without a ticket. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway.

In April, a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy hopped the fence at the San Jose wheel well before hiding in the wheel well of a plane  and flying to Hawaii, miraculously landing safe in Maui.



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<![CDATA[NYPD Seeks Livery Cab Stabbing Suspect]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:11:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112314cabstab.jpg

Police on Sunday released images of a man they say stabbed a livery cab driver who refused to give him money.

The NYPD images show the suspect inside the livery cab in Brooklyn. They are asking anyone who recognizes him to call 800-577-TIPS.

The suspect entered the livery cab in Bushwick at about 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. He asked for money, then stabbed the driver multiple times, causing the car to crash into a fence, police said.

According to the NYPD, the man - who was wearing a red track suit at the time - stole the driver's cell phone and cash and then ran off. The livery cab driver was hospitalized.

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<![CDATA[Woman Seeks Owner of Vintage Photo Found During Sandy]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:59:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sandy+wedding+photo+copy.jpg

When Hurricane Sandy hit Massapequa two years ago, so much was lost but at least one special thing survived all the destruction.

Inside a pile of debris on her front lawn, homeowner Leah Welsh found a vintage black-and-white photo showing a woman in a dress pinning a flower onto a man's tuxedo.

"I called my husband over and I said, 'Can you believe that I just found a picture? And look at the condition of it, it's perfect,'" said Welsh.

The picture is from a different time. Welsh does not know who the two people pictured are, but it's clear the photo captured a special moment.

"I think this is a photo of daughter putting a boutonniere on her father on her wedding day," she said.

She noted how apparent it was the two were happy.

"Just the smiles on their faces and the love you can see between them," she said.

"It actually brought tears to my eyes because... I couldn't believe that I found it," she added.

Welsh tried her best to find the owners but had no luck. Two years later, she dug up the photo again in another effort to locate the owners.

"Sandy was a huge devastation for a lot of people, and you can replace materialistic items and personal belongings, but a picture is really special," she said.

There was a promising development after her interview with NBC 4 New York late Friday: Welsh said she got an email from someone saying they were related to the people in the photo. She's hoping this may finally be her chance to return the photo to its rightful owners.

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<![CDATA[Marion Barry Remembered]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/marion+barry+flag+half+staff.jpg

Friends and colleagues remembered former four-time D.C. Mayor Marion Barry who died early Sunday morning at age 78.

President Barack Obama added his thoughts to the many reactions on the passing of Barry.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper's son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advanced the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion's family, friends and constituents today."

Barry collapsed early Sunday morning and was taken to United Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. ET.

"He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most. I – along with all Washingtonians – am shocked and deeply saddened by his passing, and we send out condolences to Cora Masters Barry, Chris Barry and the entire Barry family. He has been a part of my family for decades, and he will continue to be an example to me and so many others.”

While speaking on News4, Ward 1 DC Councilmember Jim Graham lamented Barry's passing and its impact on the city he loved.

"The city has lost a huge chunk of its soul today with the passing of Marion Barry," Graham said.

Radio station host Donnie Simpson added his thoughts as well.

"Marion Barry was always about the people of DC from day one, long before he got that Mayor's seat."

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered condolences to Barry's family.

“From my earliest encounter with Marion Barry, when he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee until I came back home and found him mayor of my home town, I have seen Marion take hold and write his signature boldly on his own life and times and on the life of the nation’s capital. Many took his struggle to personify in some way their own, endearing him and making him a larger-than-life figure as he became a creator of post-home-rule D.C.”

Councilmember David Grosso issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor Marion Barry:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my D.C. Council colleague. Marion Barry was a strong advocate for Ward 8 and devoted his life to the residents of Washington, D.C. His strong passion for making our city a great city was only surpassed in effort by his incredible commitment to ensuring that the poorest of our residents were never forgotten. It has been an honor for me to sit next to Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry on the dais and serve with him on the education committee for the past two years. I learned a lot about my beloved city from him and a lot about him. I will forever respect what he has done for this city in spite of his many challenges over a 40-year career."

Barry's annual turkey giveaway will go on despite his death.

Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster said Sunday at an early morning press conference at United Medical Center, where Barry died, that the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for needy residents would continue because ``that's what he would have wanted.''

The giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday at Union Temple Baptist Church in southeast Washington.

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<![CDATA[Bombing Victim Out of Hospital]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/218*120/141109-rebekah-gregory-boston-marathon-245p_dcc82314c6be1ae7336460e9b55c0ca7.nbcnews-fp-1360-600.jpg

A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year.

Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg.

"The prognosis is great. I chopped off what was holding me back," DiMartino said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as she packed up to leave. "The prognosis, is you'll see me running the Boston Marathon next year."

DiMartino had more than a dozen operations but still dealt with lingering pain. She had surgery Nov. 10 at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital to remove her left leg below the knee. She entered rehab Nov. 14 and was going home Saturday to nearby Richmond.

Rebekah Gregory was watching last year's Boston Marathon when bombs exploded. Her son, now 7, and her then-boyfriend, Peter DiMartino, were also hurt. The couple wed last spring in Asheville, North Carolina.

Their Houston-area home still needs some modifications for accessibility, she said.

"I have been wheelchair bound for the last 18 months basically, so when we built our house we built it with wider doors," said DiMartino, 27.

She does not expect her loss of a limb to adversely affect the rest of her life.

"This is about to be Rebekah unleashed. They haven't seen anything yet. This is the good part of the story," DiMartino said. "Not only am I moving on, I am trying to do my part in changing the world while doing it."

A suspect charged in the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, awaits trial. His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.



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<![CDATA[Mom Who Killed Kids, Dies: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:28:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/Tabernacle+NJ+shooting-2.jpg

A Burlington County, New Jersey, mother accused of shooting her three kids in her bedroom before turning the gun on herself has died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Jeaninne LePage, 44, died at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Sunday morning, police confirmed to NBC10.

LePage, who was hospitalized since she and her three children were found shot in her bed last Thursday, is the responsible for killing two of her kids before turning the gun on herself inside their Holly Park Drive home in Tabernacle, said New Jersey State Police.

Police found the weapon — which has been in the family for a long time — close to LePage.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas Harriman, died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Alexander Harriman, 11, remained in severely critical condition at Cooper University Hospital Sunday, officials said.

Neighbors identified the victims Thursday, but authorities waited to confirm their names until they family members, including the children's father who was located in Maryland, were informed of the deaths.

Another relative who lives in the house found the victims around 9 a.m. and called for help.

"When police got there, they found a really horrific scene,’ said Jones. The victims were found in the same room and police believe they were shot with the same handgun, which was found at the scene."

Neighbors said that LePage shared the bed with her children and was in financial troubles.

Investigators believe the shootings occurred sometime between 5 and 9 a.m.

Nine people live in the house. They have all been accounted for and were interviewed by police, who assured neighbors early in the investigation that there was no manhunt and no reason for anyone to feel threatened or alarmed.

LePage tried to hide the shootings, according to police.

"A pillow was used to muffle the gunshot sounds, which we believe is why the other members of the house didn't hear the gunshots," said Noble.

The shootings shock the quiet community.

Members of the community organized a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Tabernacle's Town Hall, located at 163 Carranza Rd. At the vigil, children remembered their classmates.

Students and staff at Seneca High School — where Nicholas attended — had a moment of silence for the family Friday morning. Grief counselors were also on hand at local schools Friday to talk with grieving students and staff.

A trust fund was set up at PNC Bank under LePage-Harriman Memorial Fund.



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<![CDATA[Boy Awakens From Coma After Fall]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:40:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-23+at+11.37.01+AM.jpg

After nearly 10 days, a 4-year-old boy who fell off a cliff in Bodega Bay, Northern California, has woken up from his coma Friday.

Sebastion Johnson fell more than 200 feet down a seaside cliff nearly two weeks ago, as he was throwing rocks into the ocean with his family when he slipped over the edge.

"I wanted to jump off and and grab him and make sure he's alive," Sebastion's father, Daryl Johnson, told NBC's "Today" show of the ordeal.

Rescuers rappelled down the cliff to save him. They slowly lifted him to safety. Sebastion ended up with a broken leg, arm and jaw.

But, on Friday morning, Johnson's father said his son was breathing on his own and had his neck brace removed.

"We're amazed he's pulled through," Sebastion's mom Jamie Guglielmino told "Today." "We've given him a nickname,'miracle monkey.' Everyone in our family has a monkey nickname."

Sebastion was still recovering on Sunday and a GoFundMe Hope Fund has been set up for him.



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<![CDATA[Jogging Mom Was Stabbed: Official]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:08:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Melissa+Millan+Iron+Horse+Boulevard+in+Simsbury+daylight.jpg

Police have increased patrols near Iron Horse Boulevard in the center of Simsbury after the death of a woman found injured on the side of the road Thursday was ruled a homicide.

The state's medical examiner ruled the cause of death of Melissa Millan, 54, as "stab wound of chest," an employee in the medical examiner's office told NBC Connecticut on Saturday.

Millan, a Simsbury mother who was a senior vice president at MassMutual and who was also active in the community, was found lying on Iron Horse Boulevard between Phelps Lane and Pent Road around 8 p.m. Thursday. An ambulance rushed her to Saint Francis Hospital, where she died a short time later.

She was jogging on the boulevard at the time of the incident, according to Simsbury Police Capt. Nick Boulter. It's unclear if the homicide was random, he said.

Iron Horse Boulevard is in the center of Simsbury near a highly frequented bike trail, numerous restaurants and the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Police initially considered the possibility that Millan was injured in a hit-and-run, but found no evidence to prove that theory.

Simsbury police have leads they are following and continue to investigate. No weapon has been found at this time and no suspect has been identified.

The Simsbury Police Department will increase patrols and police presence on the road "for an undetermined amount of time."

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 860-658-3145.

The last homicide in Simsbury was a murder-suicide in 2012.

There will be a vigil for Millan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. near the area where she was found injured on Iron Horse Boulevard.


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<![CDATA[Man Killed While Hunting ]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/West-Windsor-Hunting-Accide.jpg

A man was shot and killed during a hunting trip with his father in West Windsor, New Jersey, according to police.

The accidental shooting occurred Saturday afternoon on the 1200 block of Old Trenton Road. Officials have released little information on the incident so far but said a man in his 70's and his 45-year-old son were hunting Canada geese on a large property they owned. The father and son were properly licensed to hunt the birds, according to investigators.

Police initially told NBC10 the elderly man accidentally shot his son in the back of the head. However, they later told NBC10 the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head and neck from his own firearm.

Responding police officers and medics found the victim in a patch of woods on the property. After several life saving attempts were made he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The initial call was for a hunting accident out here at the farm," said West Windsor Township Police lieutenant Matthew Kemp. "Medics and police officers were immediately dispatched and came across a person who was obviously deceased. Everything appears to be an accident. We're just dotting the "I's" and crossing the "T's" to be sure that's what it is." 

Police also said the father and son were the only two people in the hunting party.

West Windsor Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident. They have not yet released the victim’s identity. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.



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<![CDATA[Sheep Escapes Zoo, Hit by Driver]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:37:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/141122-escaped-bighorn-sheep-los-feliz.jpg

A bighorn sheep that escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a Los Feliz neighborhood Saturday, police said.

The adult female sheep went missing from an exhibit about noon and  traversed the Santa Monica Mountains from the area in Griffith Park where the zoo is located, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said.

It was struck by a car near the Greek Theatre about two hours later.

Los Angeles park rangers and police found the sheep on a home driveway in the 2200 block of North Commonwealth Avenue.

When zoo personnel and veterinarians got to the sheep, they tranquilized the animal with a dart to bring it back to its habitat but it died at the scene about 3 p.m., Spurlock said.

The sheep is believed to have died from its injuries, but the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, Spurlock said.

The sheep was one of five bighorns at the zoo. Officials are trying to figure out how it escaped.

The desert bighorn sheep has been listed as endangered since 1998 due to loss of habitat, disease brought by domestic sheep and cattle and predation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Fire Races Through 4 Brooklyn Houses]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112214blaze.jpg

Fire ripped through a row of four houses in Brooklyn Saturday, leaving residents homeless just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nine families have been provided with housing for the weekend, American Red Cross responders said. Food, clothing, medications and emotional support were also being provided to the 21 adults and 10 children left homeless.

Five firefighters sustained minor injuries battling the blaze, said FDNY Chief James Leonard, who was at the scene. No residents were injured.

"We did not need to rescue anybody," he told NBC 4 New York. "It was a good time of day. A lot of people were awake, so people were able to get out."

The 2:30 p.m. fire apparently started in a house at 85 Hemlock St. and quickly spread to adjoining houses. Four structures were "heavily damaged," the chief said, adding that the roof of one house collapsed into the second floor.

About 200 firefighters fought the four-alarm fire and brought it under control in about two hours, Leonard said.

The fire, in the Cypress Hill neighborhood, spread quickly because the structures were largely constructed with wood. 

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<![CDATA[NYPD Seeks Help in Solving Chokehold Robbery in Central Park]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:39:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112214choked.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man and a woman suspected of choking and robbing a woman Wednesday in Central Park.

The 24-year-old victim, Lisa Karanz, told NBC 4 New York she was taking her normal route home along the northernmost path of the park after getting off the subway at 110th Street near Lenox Avenue just before midnight.

"I was grabbed, put in a chokehold, brought to my knees, brought to the ground," she said.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspects on Saturday. Anyone with information about the pair are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. 

The suspects took off with Karanz's handbag. Police released grainy surveillance video of the suspects Thursday. Karanz said police told her the man and the woman had been following her along the well-lit path before ambushing her.

The purse was found along a subway platform later in the night, with everything intact, but the traumatic event has left Karanz shaken, and she said it's difficult to feel safe.

"It's nerve-wracking to be here," she said at the park Thursday night. "Today I was walking in broad daylight and constantly looking over my shoulder." 

Karanz said it was a difficult lesson for her.

"Don't let your guard down for a second because when you do, you never know what can happen in a city like this," she said. 



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<![CDATA[911 Call Not Enough to Save 17-Month-Old Girl on UWS]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:05:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Generic-Ambulance-Cropped.jpg

A 911 call to authorities from a Manhattan home early Saturday was not enough to save a 17-month-old girl, police said.

Officials responded to the Upper West Side home on West 100th Street at around 4:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a child having difficulty breathing.

The girl, Rose Sanders, was brought to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was declared dead at around 5:20 a.m.

Police are investigating.



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<![CDATA[Salmonella Outbreak Affecting 10 States]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/salmonella-dfw-generic.jpg

Federal officials are warning residents of 10 states of a salmonella outbreak that appears to be related to bean sprouts produced in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont have been infected with salmonella as of Nov. 21.

The CDC said 78 percent of those people reported eating bean sprouts in the week leading up their diagnoses. Officials believe Brooklyn's Wonton Foods, Inc. has been producing the contaminated sprouts and said the company agreed to stop selling them Friday.

Twenty-six percent of the patients diagnosed with salmonella have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. No deaths have been reported.

Three of the 63 salmonella patients hail from Vermont, according to the Associated Press.

More information on the outbreak is available on the CDC website.



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<![CDATA[Police Nab Robbery Suspect Fleeing in Cab: NYPD]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:21:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/112214flipped.jpg

A man who said he was robbed at gunpoint at his Brooklyn home helped police catch up with one of the suspects who stole his car, crashed it at a nearby intersection and then took a cab to try to get away.

The 22-year-old robbery victim called 911 Friday afternoon to report that two gunmen took his money and car keys and fled in his red Nissan Maxima, according to the NYPD. He provided police the license number of his car and officers responding to the report saw the vehicle speeding away, but lost sight of it. A second team of officers spotted the car overturned at the intersection of Linden Boulevard and Hinsdale Street.

Firefighters at the scene told the officers that one person in the car had run off and hopped a fence, while the other flagged down a livery cab.

Police found the cab and arrested the 21-year-old Mathew Moses, of Brooklyn, on robbery, grand larceny and other charges, the NYPD said

Officers were unable to locate the second suspect, but found a .38 caliber handgun he apparently tossed while fleeing, investigators said. A silver automatic handgun was found in the overturned vehicle, police said. 



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Arrested at Airport]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:00:23 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Logan+Women%27s+Room.jpg

A Boston man has been arrested after police say he ran naked from a women's restroom at Logan International Airport and attacked an 84-year-old man late Saturday morning.

According to police, 26-year-old Cameron Shenk went into the restroom, removed his clothes and climbed into the drop ceiling. Then, police say, he fell through the ceiling and ran from the restroom "naked and bleeding."

After he left the restroom, police say Shenk attacked the victim, who was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper was injured while Shenk was being taken into custody.

"It's terrifying and sickening that somebody would do that," said Keenan Woods of Washington. "I'm just thankful I don't have my children with me to see something like that, I feel bad for families that were around to witness something like that."

"I can't really imagine being in there and having a man fall through the ceiling," said Emily Watts of Australia. "Glad we are going home, where it will be a little bit quieter."

Shenk faces charges including attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction of property and a lewd and lascivious act.

The suspect will be arraigned at East Boston District Court.

In an unrelated incident about 30 minutes earlier, troopers said they responded to an assault in a BMW outside the airport.

According to police, the driver of the BMW, 52-year-old Anton Hilton of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, attacked a 21-year-old female passenger.

Hilton was arrested and charged with assault and battery and kidnapping. The woman refused medical treatment.

In a statement, Massachusetts Port Authority, the airport's operator, thanked Massachusetts State Police for its response to the incidents.

Earlier in the day, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling tweeted about a bomb squad responding after his son brought a fake plastic grenade to the airport.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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