<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:37:54 -0400 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:37:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Throws Firework Into Cop Car, Torching Cruiser: NYPD]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:53:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks-in-car-new-york-0707.jpg

Police are looking for a man they say threw a firework into a marked police car early Sunday in Brooklyn, igniting the inside of the cruiser and causing extensive damage.

The man threw the consumer-grade aerial shell firework inside the patrol car, which was parked on Carlton Avenue in Flatbush, around 3:30 a.m., the NYPD said.

It wasn't clear if any officers were inside the patrol car when the man threw the firework. No injuries were reported.

According to The New York Post, police were dispersing a crowd of people who had gotten together for illegal fireworks near Carlton and Lafayette avenues when the man threw the firework into the cruiser.

Police released a photo of the suspect.

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

<![CDATA[Video Captures Dozens of Horses on the Loose in NJ]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/horses+on+the+loose+nj.jpg

Cellphone video captured dozens of loose horses trotting through a New Jersey township and being corralled by officials.

The horses escaped from the Watchung Stables in Union around 8:45 p.m., according to witnesses.

Springfield Police helped round up the horses and return them to the stables unharmed.

It still wasn’t clear how the horses escaped and police are investigating.

<![CDATA[Man Stabs Mother of His Child to Death in NYC Park: Police]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/man+stabs+mother+of+child.jpg

A 25-year-old Brooklyn man was held without bail Monday after his arraignment on murder and other charges in the death of the mother of his child, who was found with multiple stab wounds in a Bronx park over the weekend, authorities say.

It wasn't clear if Khiry Borden entered a plea Monday afternoon; he is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 22-year-old Jasmine Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was found in Bronx River Park, near the corner of East 226th Street and Bronx Boulevard in Wakefield, just before 6 a.m. Sunday. She had been stabbed multiple times in the torso and was unconscious when police arrived, investigators said.

Emergency responders pronounced the woman dead at the scene. The age of the child she shared with Borden wasn't known.

Borden's attorney, Mitchell Golub, said his client pleaded not guilty Monday. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the top charge against him.

Borden is due back in court later Friday. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[FDR Drive to Get Smoother in $11 Million Makeover]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:21:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fdr+repaving.jpg

The notoriously bumpy FDR Drive is getting an $11 million makeover.

The city's transportation commissioner announced Monday the first end-to-end resurfacing of the FDR Drive in its nearly 50-year history.

In past years, the city has patched up the crumbling FDR Drive one pothole at a time. But now the green light has come from City Hall, and crews will mill and pave from South Street heading north to 125th Street on weeknights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next four months. Then they'll turn around and do the southbound side, with two lanes closed during the work.

For drivers frequently on the highway, the work can't come soon enough.

"In the extreme right lane, it's a roller coaster ride," said Bertram Duke. "If you're doing more than 30, you're going to bounce." 

Patricia Favale of Gramercy said the highway even has its own soundtrack: "Bumpity, bumpity, bumpity, bumpity." 

DOT crew member John Rodriguez said, "Believe me, we understand. The car insurance, the potholes, we know what you go through." 

Transportation officials asked for patience through the duration of the repaving project. 

<![CDATA[Terrorizing Cat Attacks People, Pets in NY Town]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:17:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/feral+cat+orangetown.jpg

A sickly feral cat has been terrorizing a suburban New York town, attacking unsuspecting residents and small pets, authorities and neighbors say.

Police in Orangetown say a black cat has been on the attack since the weekend and are asking residents to be on the lookout. 

Chris McKiernan was one of the cat's victims. He told NBC 4 New York Monday he and his family had just returned home from watching the Fourth of July fireworks in town when "out of nowhere, out of the darkness, came this black cat that just jumped and attached itself to me."

"I looked down and it was all over me," he said. "It was a little surreal." 

The cat started scratching and biting him, and when McKiernan manged to pry the ferocious feline off him, the cat simply sat there and looked at him, growling and hissing. 

"It was wobbling around and it was looking at me and had blood in his mouth. It wasn't a pretty scene," he said 

The cat then "jumped back on me, tried to climb up me. And then I finally ripped it off again, and I was able to get the garbage can over it, and it was making all sorts of strange noises," he said. 

McKiernan said he tried to keep the garbage can lid over the cat to hold it for rabies testing, but the lid kept moving with the cat inside it. When he lifted the lid for a brief moment, the cat shot out and beelined straight for the woods. 

McKiernan received a series of rabies shots after the encounter. 

The same night, the cat attacked resident Joe Soldano.

"All of a sudden, I turned and he was right in front of me," he told NBC 4 New York. 

"He leaped at me, and I kicked him. And he came again, I couldn't believe it. I kicked him again, like 10 feet," he said. "Then again he came. I kicked him across the patio three times." 

Soldano snapped a photo of the cat sitting on the welcome mat at his door once he was safely inside his home. He said the cat waited there for 10 minutes. 

On Sunday morning, neighbor Patricia McGowan's family was on the deck for breakfast when they heard "this commotion of cats screaming at each other."

McGowan saw the feral cat attacking her own pet cat. 

"We started yelling for it to stop, and our cat ran under the deck and the other cat just followed her," she said. 

McGowan said her daughter had seen the feral cat in the driveway and it appeared very thin and was wobbling. 

McGown took her cat to the vet, and it appeared to be fine but was administered extra medication as a precaution. 

Incidents have been reported in the areas of Edsall Terrace, Lark Street, Bocket Road and Hawk Street in Pearl River.

Animal control and local police are searching the area for the animal. Officials say residents should avoid the animal if they see it and contact Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700.

Photo Credit: Joe Soldano]]>
<![CDATA[Wheelie-Popping Bikers Worry Residents in Harlem]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:18:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wheelie+popping+worries.jpg

With summer in full swing, motorcyclists are hitting the streets more than ever and neighbors are worried about the way some people are operating off-road vehicles and motorcycles in highly trafficked and densely populated areas. 

Over the weekend, the NYPD confiscated two off-road motor bikes. And neighbors are still worried about bike riders doing wheelies in the middle of traffic in neighborhoods like Harlem. 

"They pass around both sides of cars weaving in and out of lanes -- someone's going to get hurt," said resident Michael Whitfield Jones. 

A cellphone video taken by Jones captured bikers recently doing wheelies on 135th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. 

"It's a safety issue, for them and for drivers and pedestrians crossing the street," said Whitfield. "They pass through lights like they don't exist." 

Similar video was sent to NBC 4 New York of one biker in Queens riding an ATV near Nassau. 

Michaelangelo Pinto runs the Ferarri Driving School in Queens, and among its lessons is motorycle safety.

"You're putting everyone at risk. There's kids, there's other cars. You can't see what's going on when you're up in the air like that," he said. 

"A dangerous action like that, you're going to get your bike impounded which no motorcycle driver wants to see," said Pinto. 

Harlem resident Kaydian Lindo said she's not worried about the wheelie-popping bikers. 

"I think they're safe and they know what they're doing, so it doesn't bother me at all," she said. 

But Jones thinks it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt and he's hoping bikers learn their lesson the safe way. 

"I just think it's wrong to ignore the problem." he said. "It's just going to get worse. Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get killed." 

The NYPD said 42 people were killed on their motorcycles in New York City in 2013. They said if motorcycle operators are seen doing wheelies in high-traffic areas, they could be charged with reckless driving and given other fines for speeding or driving through a red light, depending on the situation. 

The tension between drivers and motorcyclists on city streets and highways was especially apparent in the high-profile case of a family in an SUV who crossed paths with a pack of motorcycle riders on a Manhattan highway two years ago. A biker was run over, and the SUV driver was dragged from his car and beaten. 

<![CDATA[Ex-Principal Sues, Claims Racial Discrimination]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rodney+wilkins+amityville.jpg

An associate principal at Amityville High School on Long Island has filed a complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights, claiming white school administrators stripped him of his responsibilities because he is black.

Rodney Wilkins alleges that he was "set up for failure and given no support" after being hired by Amityville schools in 2014.

According to Wilkins, this past March, he was ordered to spend his days in a school kitchen, away from his staff, with no specific duties. He remained there for two months.

"He was displayed like a piece of furniture," said Wilkins' lawyer, Fred Brewington.

Wilkins believes white Amityville administrators saw him as a "threat" to their jobs in the predominantly black school district.

When asked if he believes the district is "racist," Wilkins alleged that the district's leadership was racist.

In a statement, Amityville's superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly said in part, "the district intends to vigorously defend against this claim. The Amityville district is committed to providing a professional work environment for all staff and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind."

Hired to address racial concerns in Amityville schools raised by the New York Department of Education, Wilkins claims his bosses blocked him from pursuing many initiatives, including an open discussion of the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri.

Based on the complaint, the Division of Human Rights will now investigate Wilkins' claims, said Brewington, leading to a possible lawsuit against the school district.

<![CDATA[Nearly Half a Dozen Man-of-Wars Spotted on NJ Beaches in 2 Days: Officials]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:49:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/more+manofwars.jpg

More Portuguese man-of-wars turned up at a Jersey Shore beach Monday amid a spate of disturbing sightings along the coast and a day after another one of the potentially deadly purple jellyfish-like creatures washed up at a different New Jersey beach 20 or so miles up the coastline.

Derek Goss was at Strathmere Beach on Prescott Avenue in Cape May County Monday afternoon when a surfer noticed one of the floating terrors in the water. It was safely brought to shore, Goss said, and lifeguards buried it in the sand. He said no one was hurt.

Goss' photos showed a moon-shaped creature that appeared like it may have been partially eaten by other marine life. Authorities with Upper Township Beach Patrol confirmed Goss' sighting, and said it marked the third or fourth sighting this week alone. All were dead, officials said.

The finding comes a day after another Portuguese man-of-war was found on 26th Street Beach in North Wildwood, another Jersey Shore town. In that case, the man-of-war was also removed and authorities said no one was injured.  

Man-of-wars were also spotted in Ocean City and Long Beach Island last month. 

The first recent sighting of a man-of-war was June 21 in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island. 

Officials say the northeast wind brings warm water from the Gulf Stream to shore, and along with it, seaweed and sea animals.

Portuguese man-of-wars have tentacles that grow from 10 to 30 feet long and marine biologists say their potentially deadly sting is far worse than what one would get from jellyfish normally found at the Jersey Shore.

Stings from man-of-wars can cause abdominal pain, changes in pulse, chest pain, collapse, headache, muscle pain and spasms, numbness and weakness, pain in the arms or legs, a raised red spot on the skin, runny nose and watery eyes, difficulty swallowing and sweating.

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<![CDATA[2 Stabbed in Bronx: FDNY]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:04:33 -0400

Two men were stabbed during a dispute in the Bronx Monday night, authorities say.

The FDNY said it transported two men with stab or slash wounds from Longwood Avenue and Kelly Street in Longwood at about 8:15 p.m.

They remain in serious but stable condition at the hospital. Police are investigating. 

<![CDATA[Free Clinic Closed After Boy, 2, Gets 'Excessive Dose' of Cervical Cancer Vaccine: Officials]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg

An audit found at least five New Jersey children were given the wrong immunizations, including a 2-year-old boy who likely got an excessive dose of a cervical cancer drug, during a Salem County-sponsored "Shots for Tots" clinic, officials said.

The free clinic was operated by the Salem County Health Department at Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Mannington Township, officials said. It has since been shut down and the nurse who allegedly gave the 2-year-old boy an "excessive dose" of Gardisil, the cervical cancer drug, was fired. 

The child's mother and pediatrician were notified late last month, officials said. Health officials said they were not sure whether the boy would suffer negative effects from the Gardisil dose, but said he may be at risk for neurological damage.

Shots of the HPV vaccine are given to boys and girls starting at age 9.

The wrong immunizations were discovered during an annual audit in which 22 patient records were reviewed.

The audit also found $20,000 worth of vaccines were not properly refrigerated. The drugs were thrown away.

The Administration Committee of Board of Chosen Freeholders in Salem County agreed to pay for medical monitoring costs of all the children who may have been given wrong shots for the foreseeable future. Operation of the clinic will remain suspended "subject to further action" by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, officials said, though it wasn't clear what additional action was required. 

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<![CDATA[Men Use Pepper Spray in Robbery Attempt: NYPD]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pepper+spray+attempted+robbery.jpg

Police are searching for two men who allegedly used pepper spray as they tried to rob a man in his Brooklyn home. 

Surveillance video shows the suspects walking down a hallway inside an apartment building in Bushwick, then knocking on a door the morning of Tuesday, June 30, according to police.

When the 39-year-old man opened the door, the suspects used pepper spray on him and then entered the apartment and assaulted the victim, police said.

The suspects fled empty-handed when they realized other people were inside. 

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

<![CDATA[Woman, 81, Dies When Car Plows Into Fence Near Her Home: Cops]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car+into+fence+si.jpg

An 81-year-old woman died and an 80-year-old man was injured when their car veered out of control and slammed into a fence, coming to rest partially on the lawn of a Staten Island home Monday, authorities said.

Police say Mary Pannese, of Staten Island was in the passenger front seat when the 80-year-old driver lost control of the car they were in and plowed into the fence of the home, just one house away from where Pannese lived.

Pannese had trauma to her body and was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital. The 80-year-old man was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The relationship between the two wasn't clear.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Abducted at Knifepoint Near Rutgers Found Safe]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/New-Brunswick-Amber-Alert.jpg

An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 9-month-old boy who authorities say was abducted by his father at knifepoint near Rutgers University was found safe, authorities say. 

State Police say that William Merino was snatched from a home on South Talmadge Street in New Brunswick, by his father sometime Monday morning.

The home is blocks from the edge of the university's George H. Cook campus.

He was found safe at about noon, New Brunswick police say.

The boy's father, also named William Merino, is in police custody.

<![CDATA[Boston Marathon Bomber Files Preliminary Motion for New Trial]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:47:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP8930819036281.jpg

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion for a new trial, despite personally admitting his guilt in court as he was formally sentenced to death for his role in the bombings and manhunt that left four people dead.

The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

"A new trial is required in the interests of justice and judgments notwithstanding the verdict are required as a matter of evidentiary insufficiency," the motion reads.

Tsarnaev's lawyers said the motion was filed following the court's suggestion at a status conference, as a placeholder to address the court's concerns about ensuring compliance with time and preservation requirements.

Necn legal analyst and Massachusetts School of Law Associate Dean Michael Coyne says it's not unusual that this initial filing does not give specific grounds for the request for a new trial.

"I don't think they're suggesting there's newly discovered evidence, but they are suggesting that justice requires a new trial because of the insufficiency of the evidence as they see it with respect to the charges that the defendant was convicted of," Coyne said.

The court had given Tsarnaev until Aug. 17 to submit any post-trial motions and supporting material. Additional filings are expected before that date.

Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death on June 24.

In May, a federal jury condemned Tsarnaev to die for bombing the 2013 marathon with his brother, Tamerlan. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when the brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Swimmers Called Ashore After 2nd Shark Sighting in Week]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/overlook+beach.jpg

For the second time in less than a week, lifeguards called bathers out of the water after spotting sharks near tri-state beaches.

A lifeguard says he saw what appeared to be a shark fin off the shore of Margate, New Jersey, Monday morning. He said he called swimmers out of the water after seeing the fin -- which appeared to be chasing fish -- and other lifeguards went out to investigate.

It’s unclear if more signs of the aquatic predator were found.

The sighting comes less than a week after a shark was spotted 60 yards off the shore of Overlook Beach on Long Island.

The sighting prompted officials to close down three beaches for about an hour Wednesday. Those beaches were deemed safe, but some beachgoers told NBC 4 New York they were still on edge.

The sightings come in the wake of a rash of shark attacks off the coasts of the Carolinas. At least eight attacks have been reported along the popular beaches in the last several weeks.

<![CDATA[Naked Woman Walks Into NJ Wawa]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:50:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Delran+Naked+Woman+Wawa.jpg

The workweek after the long holiday weekend began in a strange way for some people stopping by a South Jersey Wawa Monday morning after a naked woman walked into the busy convenience store.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. at the store along U. S. 130 in Delran. NBC10 cameras covering Delran native Carli Lloyd’s Women’s World Cup hat-trick accidentally captured the unidentified women — with no clothing at all — walk into the Wawa.

About two minutes later, the woman left the Wawa — apparently empty-handed — got into a car packed with clothes and belongings and drove off.

All the while, some customers went about their mornings, grabbing coffees and other items — pulling up and leaving the store. One man watched the woman enter the store before turning away, getting into his car and driving off as if nothing had happened. Others stopped and watched the incident play out.

It’s unclear what happened inside the store, but employees asked the woman to leave and threatened to call police, according to witnesses. Wawa had no comment.

The woman didn’t appear to purchase or take anything from the store.

Delran Police told NBC10 that they weren’t aware of the incident.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Dad of 3 Dies After Leap From Window to Escape NYC Blaze: Relative]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fire+death+nyc.jpg

A 64-year-old father of three who jumped from a third-floor window to escape an early morning apartment fire in Brooklyn that injured five people, including a second man who leaped out the window, has died, a family member tells NBC 4 New York.

Tony Celestine died at Staten Island University Hospital Monday, hours after being taken there with critical injuries from the fall, the relative said. The female relative said a nurse told family Celestine had suffered internal bleeding; he was the father of three children, ages 27, 29 and 23.

Celestine and another man had to leap from the window after the blaze broke out at the building on Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush around 2 a.m., authorities said.

Celestine, flames on his back, dove onto a mattress that neighbors placed on the sidewalk under the window; the other man, Jean-B Maurice, jumped onto an awning of a Caribbean restaurant.

Maurice told NBC 4 New York he was scared, but "I don't have any choice. I have to jump." He was taken to a hospital and released later Monday.

Cellphone video captured the chaotic moments as flames ripped through the building. Neighbors tried to warn residents when they saw flames shooting out of the windows by knocking on several doors.

Taliq Thomas said he was walking home when he saw the fire and tried to help.

“I went upstairs first and two other guys came behind me,” Thomas said. “We were like banging on doors, telling people to come out.”

Fire officials ruled the blaze accidental, caused by overloaded power strips and extension cords. 

It wasn't immediately clear how many people were displaced.  

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Intern for Tri-State Congressman Killed on Subway Platform]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20150705+Kevin+Sutherland.jpg

The former intern of a Connecticut congressman was stabbed to death on a subway platform in Washington, D.C., Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

Kevin Joseph Sutherland, 24, was stabbed to death at the Metro station in the the northeastern portion of the nation's capital, authorities say. A warrant for Jasper Spires, the man suspected of stabbing Sutherland, has been issued, and authorities say Spires is considered armed and dangerous.

Sutherland, originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, was an intern for Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents portions of Fairfield County including Stamford and Bridgeport.

Hines mourned Sutherland on Twitter Sunday.

Am absolutely heartbroken by the tragic loss of intern, staffer & wonderful friend, Kevin Sutherland. I've known few as selfless & decent.

Sutherland was a recent graduate of American University and worked as a digital strategist at New Blue Interactive.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our dear employee and friend Kevin Sutherland," said a statement from New Blue Interactive on their Facebook page. "We are heartbroken to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time." 

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Falling From Manhattan Balcony]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:20:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Untitled-272.jpg

A 28-year-old man was killed after he fell off an apartment balcony in Manhattan early Sunday morning.

The man had been sitting on the railing of a sixth floor balcony at 38 Delancey St. in the Lower East Side around 2:33 a.m., police said. He apparently lost his balance and fell two stories to the fourth floor below.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name hasn't been released.

<![CDATA[2 Girls, Mom Saved After Being Caught by Rip Current: Police]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+beach+resized.jpg

Two girls and their mother were rescued after being caught in the rip current at a Long Island beach Sunday where a 48-year-old man drowned last month, police said.

The three were about 75 to 100 yards out in the water around 8 p.m. at Smith Point County Park when they started struggling to stay afloat, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Marine Bureau officers Chris DeFeo and Ray Harkins rushed to the scene when a bystander told them he heard people screaming in the water in front of the TWA Flight 800 Memorial, police said.

A male family member was able to reach 15-year-old Adreina Collado and carry her safely to shore. Officer DeFeo jumped into the water and rescued 11-year-old Jairiamy Collado.

As the girls were being carried out of the water, their mother, 42-year-old Nancy Collado, became unconscious while she was waist-deep in water. A male beachgoer rescued her and brought her to shore.

The three were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

In June, 48-year-old Kerry Agosto, of Ronkonkoma, drowned at Smith Point County Park. Beachgoers found him floating near the shore and tried to perform CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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<![CDATA[Conn. 7-Month-Old Still Missing]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:35:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AAden+Moreno+Middletown.jpg

Police are continuing to search for the body of a 7-month-old boy who they believe went into the Connecticut River when his suicidal father jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown late Sunday night.

The recovery mission resumed Tuesday morning.

Police said the baby's father, Tony Moreno, 22, of Middletown, called someone threatening suicide before jumping into the river around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. That person dialed 911 and told officers Moreno's baby boy, Aaden, was crying in the background.

Officers rushed to the scene and saw Moreno jump. Middletown firefighters pulled him to shore and a LifeStar medical helicopter airlifted Moreno to the hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition. Police said he was alert and conscious in the hospital as of Tuesday morning.

Police did not see Aaden with his father and searched the water for nearly 24 hours before calling that initial operation off.

"I’m hoping against hope that somebody will find that poor child," Tom Moreno, a relative, said.

State police issued a Silver Alert for the boy on Monday morning, but later said the chances of finding him alive are slim.

"The Middletown police department has been able to confirm that a 7-month-old listed as missing did enter the Connecticut River last night. The search for the 7-month-old boy is now classified as a recovery," Middletown police spokesman Lt. Heather Desmond said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Moreno's condition, meanwhile, improved in the hospital. While he's conscious and alert, it's not clear if he told investigators what might have happened to his young son.

Police are still investigating but said they expect to file charges.

Community members gathered at the Middletown green on Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil for Aaden and a Facebook group entitled "Help Find Aaden Moreno!!" has garnered the support of more than 1,500 people.

"Whatever condition he’s in. I hope he’s found and that the family can get peace within their hearts," Kiana Beamon, a family friend, said.

Aaden is 2 feet tall and weighs 23 pounds, according to the Silver Alert issued Monday. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black-and-white striped shirt with a picture of Mickey Mouse on the front.

"I’m praying for a miracle that Aaden will be found alive but also praying for the family and comfort for them however this tragedy turns out," Djuana Beamont, a family friend, said.

In Connecticut, police will issue a Silver Alert for any child who is missing, along with missing people over the age of 65 and any other missing people who might have a medical condition requiring treatment.

Connecticut State Police will issue an Amber Alert when there is an "absolute emergency" in which the life of a child is in danger.

Middletown police ask anyone with information on the baby's whereabouts to call the police department at 860-638-4000.

Photo Credit: Silver Alert and NBCConnecticut.com
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<![CDATA['Oreo Thins': Cookies Get Slimmer, 'Sophisticated' Look]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:56:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP88321729079oreothins7615.jpg

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins" to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. The cookies look like regular Oreos and have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio, except that they're slimmer. That means four of the cookies contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos.

And since they're for adults, Oreo says they weren't designed to be twisted open or dunked. That's even though about half of customers pull apart regular Oreos before eating them, according to the company.

"If people want to do that, it's clearly up to them," said Janda Lukin, senior director of Oreo for North America at parent company Mondelez International.

In explaining what exactly made them more grown-up, she said that if regular Oreos are like pancakes, then Oreo Thins would be like crepes.

Despite having fewer calories per serving, Mondelez says the new cookies aren't meant to be a diet snack. Still, the "Thins" name could be a stealth way to appeal to people who want to watch their weight, without the stigma of being seen as a diet food.

Although the original Oreos started in the U.S. in 1912, Americans won't be the first to taste the Thins. The slimmer cookies were rolled out last year in China to address the company's tumbling cookie sales in the country.

Lukin said the slimmer cookies helped win back "lapsed users" in China, or younger women who wanted something that wasn't quite as rich. In the first eight months, she said Oreo Thins generated $40 million in sales.

During a conference call in April, Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld had noted the success of the Thins in China and said the company would make them available "around the world."

The Thins could help the company's North American cookie business, which declined in the first three months of this year. Mondelez said the Thins will be available starting July 13, and that they'll cost the same as regular Oreos.

Lukin noted that it took months for the company to perfect manufacturing for the Thins. Early on, she said 60 percent of the cookies were breaking, but that the rate eventually came down to 3 percent. 

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<![CDATA[Cafe Employee Stabbed Man With Kitchen Knife: Police]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:18:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/224*120/7515cafestab.jpg

A Nassau County cafe worker was accused of stabbing a man with a kitchen knife Sunday at a Hempstead eatery, police said.

Elsa Marina Saravia-Martinez, 34, an employee of Miranda's River Cafe, allegedly stabbed the victim in the abdomen at about 3:30 a.m. at the Fulton Avenue restaurant, police said.

The victim, whose identity wasn't disclosed by police, was taken by a private vehicle to a hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

Nassau County detectives arrested Saravia-Martinez at her residence and charged her with attempted murder, first-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon, officials said. 

<![CDATA[N, Q, R Stations Closed Overnight in Manhattan]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:14:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fasttrack+changes.jpg

Trains on the N, Q and R lines will not stop at Manhattan subway stations overnight on weeknights for the next two weeks.

FASTRACK, the subway maintenance, cleaning and repair program, will shut down Manhattan N/Q/R stations between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights between July 6 to 10 and July 13 to 17.

The following service changes will be in effect:

  • N trains will only run in Queens and Brooklyn
    • Queens service: Between Ditmars Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza
    • Brooklyn service: Between Stillwell Avenue and the Court Street R station
  • Q trains will run on the D line in Manhattan to and from the 57th Street F stop
    • Manhattan-bound: After DeKalb Avenue, Q trains will run via the D to 47-50th Streets, then to the 57th Street F station, the last stop
    • Coney Island-bound: Trains originate at the 57th Street F station then run via the D to Brooklyn. Regular Coney Island-bound Q service resumes at DeKalb Avenue.
  • R service will end early each night
    • In Brooklyn, overnight R shuttle service between 36th Street and 95th Street starts early

For a full list of affected stations and travel alternatives, click here.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Woman Officially Named World's Oldest Ahead of 116th Birthday]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:44:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/world%27s+oldest+person+brooklyn+1.jpg

A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. 

Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her the world's oldest person on Friday, three days ahead of her birthday. Jones takes the title for oldest woman from Jerlean Talley, a Michigan woman who died in June at 116.

The recordkeeping organization said that Jones is celebrating her milestone Monday with family and again on Tuesday with members of her housing community. 

Jones was born July 6, 1899. At that time, the Spanish-American War had just ended, William McKinley was president and "automobile" was still a new term.

Jones was the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers and the third of 11 children, all of whom she has outlived. She moved to New York City during the Roaring Twenties and has more than 100 nieces and nephews.

"Are you an old lady or a young lady?" asked her niece Lois Judge during an interview earlier this year with NBC 4 New York's Roseanne Colletti.

"I'm old," Jones said.

Judge said Jones credits her longevity to not drinking, smoking or partying.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Stolen Squad Car Rams Pursuing Patrol Cars]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/172*120/7515chase.jpg

A carjacker managed to steal a police cruiser in New Jersey Sunday and ram several patrol cars during a chase that ended when he crashed the vehicle at a car dealership, authorities said.

The afternoon chase began when a woman stopped her car to help a man lying on the ground in an intersection in Englewood Cliffs, borough Mayor Joseph Parisi Jr. told NBC 4 New York. When she got out of her car, the man ran to the driver's seat, he said.

The women's two children were in the back seat, but quickly bolted from the car when their mother frantically shouted at them to run, Parisi said. The children weren't injured, he said.

The carjacker drove off followed by police.

At some point, the suspect, whose identity hasn't been disclosed, abandoned the stolen vehicle and snatched a squad car from an Englewood Cliffs police officer who had exited the cruiser to confront the suspect.

The suspect drove off in the stolen squad car and headed north toward Alpine, police said. The suspect rammed other patrol cars during the pursuit and attempted to run down a police officer, officials said.

An Alpine police officer was injured when his patrol car was rammed, officials said.

Officers pursued the stolen squad car through nine communities in Bergen County.

The suspect crashed the cruiser near a Dodge dealership in Paramus and was captured after a brief foot chase, police said.

The two injured officers were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

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