<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 17 Jul 2018 15:48:09 -0400Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:48:09 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[This Is What It Looks Like in Times Square Right Now]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:47:24 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/228*120/TIMES+SQUAE+cam.JPG

Aside from the cars, the Crossroads of the World looked like a virtual ghost town as severe weather rolled through the city on Tuesday afternoon.

News 4's cameras showed pedestrians running for cover as a powerful summer storm began pushing through the region about 2:30 p.m. Winds were even so powerful during the storm that the camera could be shaking on its mount.

See live footage from the camera above. 

<![CDATA[Cops in 7-Hour Standoff With Person Barricaded in NJ Home]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:53:24 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_5628043314.jpg

Cops have been involved in an hours-long standoff with a person barricaded inside a home in New Jersey, authorities say. 

The Monmouth County prosecutor's office could confirm only that the "subject is barricaded" in the home on Route 537 in Colts Neck. The road has been shut down in the area, along with Laird Road, since before 8 a.m., officials say.

Nearby Dorbrook Park has also been shut down to the public "for safety concerns," spokesman Chris Swendeman said. 

It's not clear why the individual is barricaded in the home, and Swendeman said the prosecutor's office doesn't know "the state of the person at the time." 

<![CDATA[Lightning, Thunder and Fierce Storms Rage Across Tri-State]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:47:23 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*153/Lightening+NY.JPG Captivating photos show the fierce thunderstorms raging across the tri-state.

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<![CDATA[These Are the 9 Best Date Night Spots in NYC, Singles Say]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:12:01 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pink+Over+Head+Shot.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Shoeless Toddler Found Wandering NJ Streets in Diaper, Dress]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:49:57 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/newark+police+reforms.jpg

A 2-year-old girl wearing only a diaper and a dress was found wandering the streets of Newark Tuesday morning, authorities say. 

Someone in the area called cops after finding the shoeless girl on Stuyvesant Avenue shortly before 8 a.m. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation but appeared to be otherwise unhurt, authorities say. 

Police say a parent responded to the hospital. The parent is expected to be questioned.  

Child Protective Services has been notified. 

<![CDATA[These 8 NYC Bike Paths Are Perfect for Beginners: Report]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:26:29 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/places+to+bike+ride+nyc-8+cropped.jpg Bike riding in New York can be intimidating even for seasoned riders. Here are the eight best places to scope out the city while on a bike for beginners, according to Curbed New York:

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<![CDATA[17-Year-Old Girl Dies 'Tragically' at NY School Function]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:23:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hs+student+killed.png

An incoming senior at a Long Island high school somehow became stricken at a "school function" and died in front of about 90 of her fellow students Monday night, authorities say.

The student, a 17-year-old girl, at Sachem North High School "tragically passed away last night," a statement on the district's website from Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham read. "We are currently not aware of the cause of death." 

Police confirmed officers were called to Sachem East High School Monday night around 9:15 p.m. for a call of a "sick or injured person." They say it appears she had "a medical incident." No criminality is suspected.

Graham offered condolences to the individual's family and friends, and said support services would be available at both Sachem North and Sachem East Tuesday. 

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<![CDATA[5th Child, a Little Girl, Dies in New Jersey House Inferno]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:45:20 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fatal+fire+union+city+nj.jpg

The inferno that devoured a multi-family home in New Jersey last week, killing two young brothers, their cousin and another boy, has now claimed the life of another child, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday. 

Shamira Lopez died of the injuries she sustained in the blaze Friday in Union City. She was only 4 years old, the prosecutor's office said. 

Four other children were killed in the fire; they've been identified as brothers Jason Gonzalez, 2, and Christian Josue Mendez, 7; their cousin, Mayli Wood, 5; and 13-year-old Jose Felipe Tejada.

Prosecutors said Monday the fire appears to have started on the first floor of the three-story home at 416 25th St. They're still looking into a cause and origin. 

Witnesses described a horrifying scene. 

"They were all unconscious, one child's face was burned," said Eddei Miranda. 

Eudes Hernandez, a friend of a family that lost a child, was at the corner of the street when he says he saw smoke and fire. He ran to the flaming building and tried desperately to help get everyone out. He said he tried to knock on the doors, but he couldn't even see anything because of all the smoke. 

"I feel so bad for them. I knock on the door, try to get out everybody," he said. 

Chopper 4 footage showed an entire side of the multi-story building charred black from heavy fire. The windows looked like smoldering panels of charcoal as smoke billowed from the roof and sides of the house. People were seen gathering on the roofs of neighboring buildings to watch the response unfold. 

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<![CDATA[Nation's 2nd Most Stressed City Is in New Jersey, Study Says]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:47:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/stress+cities.jpg Out of 182 cities listed, a New Jersey city comes in No. 2.

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<![CDATA[99 Cent Store Soap Thief Stabs Worker With Screwdriver: Cops]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:48:27 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/soap+thief+bk.jpg

Authorities are looking for a man in a red baseball cap they say stabbed a Brooklyn 99 cent store worker with a screwdriver when the employee tried to stop him from stealing two bars of soap. 

Cops say the thief put two bars of soap in a plastic bag and tried to leave the 99 Cent Lots shop on New Lots Avenue in East New York June 28. Three store employees confronted him, saying he hadn't paid, and the man whipped out a screwdriver and stabbed one of them in the left arm, authorities say. 

The thief then ran off -- with the soap. The victim was treated at a hospital and released. 

Police released surveillance images of the suspect (above). Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call authorities. 

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<![CDATA[Hour-by-Hour Expectations for Severe Weather Threat Tuesday]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:23:52 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/severe+impact+potential.png

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<![CDATA[New Pay-to-Nap Experience Opens for Sleepy Workers in NYC]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:24:43 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/The+Dreamery+2.jpg

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<![CDATA[21 Children Hurt in Crash Involving 5 School Buses]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:32:56 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bus+Crash+Medford+Lakes+_29512031.jpg

Nearly two dozen children suffered minor injuries following a chain-reaction crash involving five school buses in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

Officials say five buses rear-ended each other on Tuckerton Road and Lenape Trail Monday around 4 p.m. The buses were dropping off children who attended the JCC Medford Day Camp.

First responders say 21 children, two bus drivers and one staff member suffered injuries in the crash, though none were life-threatening. They were taken to Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Mount Holly hospitals for treatment. The other 67 campers and 10 staff members were taken back to the JCC Camp on additional buses and reunited with their families.

"He was definitely crying and upset about it," Stephanie Riviello said about her 6-year-old son who called her after the wreck.

The buses involved in the crash are owned and operated by the Safety Bus Company based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The company had no comment Monday night.

The Medford Township Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[Inferno Levels Strip of NJ Businesses, Hurts 6 Firefighters]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:44 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ+FIRE+AFTERMATH.jpg

An inferno raged out of control as it chewed its way through a half-dozen businesses in New Jersey late Tuesday, while also injuring six firefighters, officials say.

The blaze broke out around 10:30 p.m. at the El Chèvere restaurant at a strip mall on Lexington Avenue, between Monroe and Quincy streets in Passaic, the Passaic Fire Department said. At least six businesses are completely destroyed, Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost said. 

The injuries to the firefighters are considered to be minor, Trentacost said. They have all been treated and released.

Firefighters said the fire started in the restaurant's kitchen and quickly spread to the other businesses, sending the flames shooting through the roof of the strip mall.

Video from the scene shows a Chifa Wing Wah restaurant, two salons and a travel agency among some of the damaged businesses. At least four of the businesses caved in as the fire raged, Chopper4 video shows.

The fire quickly went up to six-alarms, according to a nearly 30-minute Facebook Live with Mayor Hector Carlos Lora. Officials said the fire was under control around 3 a.m., but it was that it was still smoldering. 

Gas and grease in the kitchen helped fuel the blaze. Trentacost said it's not considered suspicious, but the exact cause it still under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Funnel Cloud Forms Over NYC As Severe Storms Push Through]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:42:52 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gwb+bridge+cloud.png

Powerful storms battered the tri-state area over a series of hours Tuesday, first tearing down trees and power lines on the Jersey Shore and in parts of the Hudson Valley, then suddenly emerging in midtown Manhattan, as hazy blue skies turned to a dramatic blanket of rain with frequent lightning and thunder and at least one funnel cloud over the New York Harbor. 

Hail was reported in the West Village as menacing storm clouds moved over the George Washington Bridge. Lightning has been fierce and frequent, starting a fire in a substation that knocked out power in Ulster County's Kingston.

Rain poured down inside subway stations, inundated highways in the five boroughs. At least one funnel cloud was spotted in the harbor as the storm rolled in, according to the National Weather Service.

Storm Team 4 says the threat of damaging winds has wound down, but the threat for flash floods remains. And indeed, roadways in and around the five boroughs were inundated with water as the storm cranked up over the city. 

Air travel was also impacted by the weather; flight tracking site FlightAware reported that more than 150 flights were delayed or canceled because of the wet weather. 

Forecasters warned the evening rush may be particularly perilous. Flash flood watches went into effect at noon and last through the evening for much of the tri-state. Click here for all weather alerts.  

Newark, JFK and LaGuardia were all at a ground stop by 3 p.m., with JFK and Newark reporting average arrival delays of more than five hours. 

Ample moisture and daytime heating only added more fuel to the storm threat, Storm Team 4 says. Highs rose into the upper 80s, but it still felt like it was in the 90s as the smothering humidity refused to dissippate. 

The rough weather will begin to taper off before midnight and the situation improves after that, with highs expected in the mid-80s and sunny skies through the remainder of the workweek, according to Storm Team 4.

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<![CDATA[16-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead Day After His Birthday: NYPD]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:43:42 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/justin+richey.png

A popular teenage honors student who had just celebrated 16th his birthday on Saturday died after he was shot on a Brooklyn street in front of a bodega, authorities say.

The boy, later identified by cops as Justin Richey of Brooklyn, was found unconscious near Blake Avenue and Pine Street in East New York shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, police said. 

Officials said the boy was shot after getting into an argument outside a nearby bodega with someone who opened fire, police said. Surveillance video showed him being punched before someone pulled a gun and shot him several times. 

He had several gunshot wounds to his chest, back, abdomen and ribs, the NYPD said. 

The teen, an honors student called "Chuck," tried to get help but by the time emergency officers arrived, he was in cardiac arrest. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, and pronounced dead a short time later. 

Richey, who wanted to be a doctor, was a pillar in the community, neighbors and friends said. 

"He cared about his family," said friend Keith Watkins. "He wanted to take care of his family, and his family to be all right." 

Another friend said, "All he wanted to do was make people laugh, take care of his mother and his siblings." 

Tyana Hale was emotional as she described her friend. 

"Chuck was amazing," she said. "He would do anything to make someone laugh. He would do anything for anyone." 

Bodega owner Rubel Uddin showed a photo he took of Richey on his graduation day a few weeks ago. He was so impressed by the teen.

"That day he graduated, he has a nice dress. I said, 'Can I take a picture,'" said Uddin. "He's a really good kid." 

Uddin gave Richey a free soda on his birthday; less than 24 hours later, the teen was dead.

It's not clear why Richey was targeted. Police said he had no criminal history and was not known to be affiliated with any gang. Instead, he was known to help neighbors, shoveling their snow and carrying their groceries. 

"He was a really good kid, man," said Mike Blake. "He was probably the least deserving kid in this neighborhood for something like this." 

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. 

A rally for Richey and another recently slain Brooklyn teen, Latrell Brown, was held Monday evening. Brown, 16, was killed last Wednesday in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

"He lived on the basketball court. When he wasn't there, he was at the rec center, or on the basketball court with one of his coaches," his mother said.

Brown's mother clutched and prayed with Richey's aunt at Monday's march to end gun violence killing young people in the community. 

"I'm not going to stop until justice is done. It's not fair, he was just coming home. That's it. Just coming home," Brown's mother said.

The suspect in Brown's death, 17-year-old Justin Delapara, is due in court Tuesday. 

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<![CDATA[Happening Today: Putin Summit, FDA Recall, Sacha Baron Cohen]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:35:38 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms1251.jpg

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Trump Embraces Longtime U.S. Foe Putin, Doubting Own Intel

In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean. The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among fellow Republicans as well as usual Trump critics. "Shameful," ''disgraceful," ''weak," were a few of the comments. Makes the U.S. "look like a pushover," said GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the international stage with a man he has described as an important U.S. competitor — but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader. His remarks, siding with a foe on foreign soil over his own government, was a stark illustration of Trump's willingness to upend decades of U.S. foreign policy and rattle Western allies in service of his political concerns.

Amazon Prime Day Brings Deals, But Also an Outage

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has started, although an outage brought error messages to some shoppers. Today.com has done a round-up of good deals and will keep updating this page as new top deals come in. Some early deals on Monday were Echo Dots for $30 (normally $50) and a Toshiba 50-inch 4K HD Smart LED TV for $290 (normally $400).

FDA Recalls Blood Pressure, Heart Drugs Over Cancer Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall of several medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure over concerns that an active ingredient in the drugs could be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent. The agency reported that traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine, a "probable human carcinogen," was found in the active ingredient valsartan in the recalled products. The FDA noted not all products containing valsartan are contaminated and being recalled. The valsartan contained in the recall was supplied by a third-party. Companies that have recalled valsartan products are: Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals are also recalling valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide medicines. Patients are urged to look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle to determine whether a specific product has been recalled. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine to find out the company name.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime Push Back Against Sarah Palin

Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against allegations the comedian duped guests on his new show by posing as a disabled veteran. The network says in a statement that Baron Cohen "did not present himself as a disabled veteran" or wear any military apparel when he met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin on Facebook complained that Baron Cohen "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair when she was "duped" into an interview. She challenged Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans' charity. In the new show "Who Is America?," Baron Cohen dons various prosthetics and accents in an attempt to embarrass those on the right and left.

Johnny Depp Settles Lawsuits Involving Former Managers

Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business managers that put a spotlight on the actor's lavish lifestyle. Depp's representatives said the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star had settled litigation filed against The Management Group, which he accused in January 2017 seeking more than $25 million over alleged financial abuse and negligence. No details of the settlement were released. Depp had accused the firm of filing his taxes late, costing him $7.5 million in penalties. The firm denied filing the returns late, and said Depp's taxes were paid when the star had money available to pay them. The firm also countersued and argued that Depp was solely to blame for his money troubles, spending more than $2 million a month. That lawsuit said Depp paid more than $75 million to buy and maintain 14 homes, including a French chateau and a chain of islands in the Bahamas, as well as a 150-foot yacht, private jet travel and expensive art collection.

Cardi B Leads MTV VMA Nods With 10; Beyonce, Jay-Z Nab 8

The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations. MTV announced the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. Five of Cardi B's nominations are thanks to her collaboration with Bruno Mars on the upbeat anthem, "Finesse (Remix)." The song's video, inspired by '90s sketch comedy series "In Living Color," will compete for video of the year along with Childish Gambino's "This Is America," Drake's "God's Plan," Beyonce and Jay-Z's "Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t," Camila Cabello's "Havana" and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry." Beyonce and Jay-Z — who recently released a collaborative album as The Carters — are nominated for eight awards with "Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t," which was filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris.

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<![CDATA['Zombie' Rat Climbs Out of NYC Bathroom Sink]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:52:47 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rat-diptych.jpg

A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing.

Bari Finkel said a rat crawled out of the sink drain in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone Friday night.

“It looked like a zombie coming out of the grave,” she recalled.

Finkel said it was actually her boyfriend who discovered something amiss with the sink -- which had no stopper because of a slow drain -- while using the restroom.

When he looked over at let out a yelp, Finkel went over to the bathroom thinking that he had somehow hurt himself. She said she let out her own horrified scream when she saw the critter for herself.

“I looked over and saw this small creature just emerging from the drain,” she said.

She added, “It was just so insane I couldn’t not laugh.”

Finkel said she went back to the living room to keep her dogs out of the bathroom while her boyfriend tried to handle the situation with a grocery bag. But she said she went back into the bathroom to document what had happened.

“After a couple minutes, (the rat) was making sounds and was clearly also freaked out,” she said. “I said ‘we should probably take a couple of pictures, because this is insane.’”

She said that when she lifted the bag to get pictures, the rat escaped the only way it could: it climbed back down the drain.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to figure out what to do with it, but I did not love the idea of it being in the pipes,” she said.

Finkel said she’d never seen rodents in her apartment building before, and even members of her block association had never heard of anything like that happening.

She told her landlord, whose only response was, “that’s a first.”

They were a little wary of using the bathroom for a few hours after the critter’s visit, Finkel said, but they don’t have any plans to change their routine -- other than replacing their sink stopper.

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<![CDATA['I Will Kill You on This Train,' Kid-Hitting Rider Tells Dad]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:45:20 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Knife+Stroller+Threatening.jpg

Authorities reissued their call Monday for help finding the enraged subway rider law enforcement sources say pulled a knife on another man and threatened to kill him after the man admonished him for hitting his child last month.

The 45-year-old victim was riding an uptown E train in Manhattan with his wife and 4-year-old daughter mid-afternoon on June 24 when he saw the other rider hit his own child, who was riding in a stroller, the law enforcement sources said.

After the 45-year-old father expressed disapproval, the passenger started to threaten him, police said.

“It’s my kid — worry about your f---ing kid,” the passenger told the man at some point during the dispute, according to law enforcement sources. "I will kill you on this train." 

“I promise you I will change your life," the rider added. 

Video taken inside the subway car shows the rider with the stroller pull out a knife and shout as he holds open the train doors.

The passenger spits at the 45-year-old man just before exiting the train, the video shows.

On Sunday, the man told News 4 he and his family were on an outing to get ice cream when the squabble happened. 

"We made eye contact and he says, 'Why are you looking at me?' And used f-words. And I said, 'You shouldn't hit your kid. It's unnecessary,'" the man said. 

The knife-wielding passenger was last seen wearing a red shirt. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call police. 

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<![CDATA[Man Spotted Slipping Into NYC Subway Grate]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:49:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gratre_person_1280x720_1278644803953.jpg

Are there really people living in New York City's underground systems? A video taken in Brooklyn last Thursday shows it's not so hard to hide out in the city -- as long as you know where to go. 

Jeunesse Awad was locked out of her apartment in Greenpoint last Thursday when she witnessed a man climbing into a subway grate.

"Yesterday morning I locked myself out of my apartment and because Greenpoint and it was 6:00 am-nothing was open," Awad said.

"So I walked around looking for coffee spots. We were passing each other on the sidewalk on Manhattan Avenue when he stopped at the subway grate and casually lifted it up."

Awad was surprised by the situation and immediately whipped out her phone.

"I had always had my doubts about the New York myth that people live in the subway [mole people], but he didn't look or act as I expected one would. He wasn't too tattered and seemed well aware of me," she said.

It isn't clear why the man was entering the subway grate that morning.

"Him and I were the only ones up that early. We actually passed each other twice more that morning as I waited for my roommate to wake up. I hope I see him around again," Awad said.

<![CDATA[Woman Found Dead of Blow to Head in Newark Apartment: Pros.]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:26:38 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/newark+homicide+Nellie+Marquez.png

A woman popular in the gated building community where she lived in Newark was found dead of a blow to the head over the weekend, authorities say. 

The body of 55-year-old Nellie Marquez was discovered in her apartment in the 100 block of Dayton Street in Newark Saturday afternoon, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Monday.

Neighbors said Marquez had been living at the Seth Boyden Houses for three years. She was in charge of the social committee and had many friends there, and they didn't know who would do that and how they got into the gated complex. 

"She was a beautiful woman and it's sad," said Michele Leverett. "We are hurting."

"I loved her, I would visit her and spend time with her," said Kevin Newton, another neighbor. 

The last time friends saw Marquez, she had just come home from dialysis. 

"Friday, she came back, and was outside. She was laughing with everyone," said Leverett.

An autopsy is set to take place, but preliminary investigation indicates she died from blunt force trauma, officials said.

Security officers with the Newark Hosuing Authority said it was an "isolated incident" and assured there are cameras everywhere and security around the clock. Still, worried residents said too many "guests" are buzzed in and some even sleep in the hallways.  

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the incident as a homicide.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

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<![CDATA[2 NYC Fried Chicken Spots Land Among 10 Best in U.S.: Report]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:13:50 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*160/piesthighs.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[4th Child Dies After Last Week's Blaze at New Jersey Home]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:56:21 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fatal+fire+union+city+nj.jpg

The inferno that devoured a multi-family home in New Jersey last week, killing two young brothers and their 5-year-old cousin, has claimed the life of a fourth child -- a 13-year-old boy, the prosecutor's office said Monday. 

The four children killed in the Union City blaze have been identified as brothers Jason Gonzalez, 2, and Christian Josue Mendez, 7; their cousin, Mayli Wood, 5; and 13-year-old Jose Felipe Tejada.

Three others injured in the fire remain hospitalized: a 4-year-old girl who's in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a woman and a man who are in stable condition. 

Prosecutors said Monday the fire appears to have started on the first floor of the three-story home at 416 25th St. They're still looking into a cause and origin. 

Witnesses described a horrifying scene. 

"They were all unconscious, one child's face was burned," said Eddei Miranda. 

Eudes Hernandez, a friend of a family that lost a child, was at the corner of the street when he says he saw smoke and fire. He ran to the flaming building and tried desperately to help get everyone out. He said he tried to knock on the doors, but he couldn't even see anything because of all the smoke. 

"I feel so bad for them. I knock on the door, try to get out everybody," he said. 

Chopper 4 footage showed an entire side of the multi-story building charred black from heavy fire. The windows looked like smoldering panels of charcoal as smoke billowed from the roof and sides of the house. People were seen gathering on the roofs of neighboring buildings to watch the response unfold. 

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<![CDATA[Listen Up: A Closer Look at Top Stories for Tuesday, July 17]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:56:48 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/READ+UP.png

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Happy Tuesday! Be sure to grab your umbrella this morning, you're going to need it this afternoon as storms with powerful rain and possibly hail push in to the tri-state. As always, get the latest forecast at nbcnewyork.com/weather.

1.'Zombie' Rat Climbs Out of Bathroom Sink in NYC Couple's Apartment

A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing.

Bari Finkel said a rat crawled out of the sink drain in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone Friday night.

Finkel said it was actually her boyfriend who discovered something amiss with the sink -- which had no stopper because of a slow drain -- while using the restroom. 

They were a little wary of using the bathroom for a few hours after the critter’s visit, Finkel said, but they don’t have any plans to change their routine -- other than replacing their sink stopper.

Read more here.

2. Boy Who Loves Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Gets Surprise of His Life

A boy who's been fascinated with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for years got the shock of his life when his parents surprised him on his birthday with a special announcement.

Alex Harris has been obsessed with the parade since watching it for the first time as a 4-year-old boy back in 2012. His mother says she had no idea her son was about to become the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s biggest fan.

For months, they saved up enough money for plane tickets to get to New York City and waited for the perfect time to surprise their son.

During his 10th birthday party, his parents presented the surprise to him -- and his sweet, shocked reaction was captured in a touching video.

Read more here.

3. NYC Library Cards Are Now Your Free Ticket to Some Museums

Who's got a New York City library card?

Well if you don't, you may want to get one because it's now your free ticket to 33 museums and attractions around the city. 

That even includes some popular spots like the Whitney and the Guggenheim. 

Read more here.

For the latest entertainment news and things to do, tune in to New York Live, Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NBC 4 New York. 

<![CDATA[NJ Police Department ‘Arrests’ Runaway Dog, Takes 'Pug'shot]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:55:39 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/capemaypug.jpg

You can take the pug out of the the streets, but you can’t take the streets out of the pug.

Sunday afternoon, the Cape May Police Department took to Facebook after finding a pug wandering through yards along New Jersey Avenue.

Police first announced finding the dog by posting a “pugmug” on the department's official facebook page and giving a phone number for people to contact if they knew the owner.

Shortly after, the pug was photographed in a jail cell with an update that mentioned the owner had been identified and the runaway pooch would be “released on bail.”

Still no word on charges or the bail amount. The owner will likely be be keeping this pug on a tight leash from now on.

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<![CDATA[Insta-Friendly Soft Serve-in-a-Watermelon Returns to NYC]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:12:51 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WatermelonInsta.PNG

With this summer being one of the most hot and humid we've seen so far, ice cream and nice cold fruit is a welcome relief. Dominique Ansel Kitchen has got you covered with the perfect combination -- and it looks good, too.

The Insta-famous soft-serve in a watermelon was available for just one week last summer.

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Due to high popularity, the What-a-Melon has returned to NYC ready to be served all summer long.

The hollowed out slice of juicy ripe watermelon is filled with the bakery’s homemade refreshing watermelon serve, topped with tiny hand-cut dark chocolate "seeds”.

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The What-a-Melon Soft Serve, priced at $10, is exclusively available at Dominique Ansel Kitchen at 137 7th Ave S (not to be confused with its other location on Spring Street) at the ice cream window on the side of the shop.

The ice cream window hours are:

Wednesday - Thursday 3 - 9 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 12 - 10 p.m.

Sunday 12 - 9 p.m.

Photo Credit: @Desserted_in_Paris]]>
<![CDATA[Renovations Keep Long Island Pool Closed]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:38:24 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Renovations_Keep_Long_Island_Pool_Closed.jpg

A Long Island pool will stay closed as hot residents try to find a new place to cool off. Greg Cergol reports.

<![CDATA[Lawmakers Blast Trump After Summit With Putin]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:11:36 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Lawmakers_Blast_Trump_After_Summit_With_Putin.jpg

President Donald Trump stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday and called the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election a "disaster" for the United States and its relationship with Russia. Andrew Siff reports.

<![CDATA[Refund Snarled in Google Service]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:55:32 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Refund_Snarled_in_Google_Service.jpg

A man who tried to get a startup off the ground with a Google AdWords account and was befuddled when he tried to get a refund. Lynda Baquero reports.

<![CDATA[Ex-Camp Counselor in NJ Admits to Producing Child Porn]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:38:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141810855+edited.jpg

A former New Jersey teacher and camp counselor admitted his role in producing child pornography, authorities announced Monday.

Colin M. Skeele, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography, the New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office say.

Skeele, of Florham Park, was arrested and charged on Aug. 4, 2016.

The charge of producing child pornography to which Skeele pleaded guilty is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.

Skeele’s attorney, Jay Surgent, says that his client has accepted the consequences of his conduct.

“My client today has accepted the responsibility for his conduct and will accept this sentence and that is why he has voluntarily plead guilty,” Surgent said, adding that Skeele “is sorry for his conduct.”

According to court documents, Skeele previously worked as a counselor at a boys’ summer camp in Hardwick, New Jersey, and as a teacher at a parochial schools in Boontown and Stirling.

In 2011, Skeele became Facebook friends with a boy that Skeele met while working as a counselor at the summer camp, authorities say, adding that in Facebook messages with the minor, Skeele allegedly offered to pay money for the minor to take sexually explicit photographs to send to Skeele.

Authorities say that in one instance, Skeele paid the boy about $100 to send nude images of himself and Skeele later sent at least one pornographic image of that minor to another minor who also attended the camp.

Additionally, in February 2012, Skeele allegedly communicated online with individuals in the Phillippines to purchase live child sexual abuse shows. Instant messages gathered during the investigation showed that Skeele used an online fund transfer service to buy the videos, prosecutors say.

Authorities urge anyone with information regarding possible victims to contact the Department of Homeland Security in Newark, New Jersey, 973-776-5500.

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<![CDATA[Woman Who Fatally Stabbed Romantic Rival Sentenced: DA]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:54:07 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84611044+%282%29+edited.jpg

A woman who stabbed her alleged romantic rival to death in 2016 as the victim’s child sat in a stroller nearby was sentenced to prison, authorities announced.

Shenia Williams, 22, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and five years post-release supervision Friday after she pleaded guilty in June 2018 to first-degree manslaughter.

According to prosecutors, on Sept. 13, 2016, shortly before 1 a.m., 22-year-old Joanna Beauzier arrived at the home of her ex-boyfriend on Lott Avenue in Brownsville to confront Williams. Beauzier brought her 9-month-old son with her.

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The two women allegedly had a physical altercation outside the house and were separated a few times, before Williams pulled put a knife and stabbed Beauzier multiple times, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

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The victim, an employee of the city's Parks Department, according to officials, sustained three stab wounds to her stab wounds. She was subsequently pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.

“The defendant needlessly and senselessly escalated a fight by using a knife with fatal and tragic consequences. She ended a young woman’s life and ruined her own future because of the terrible choice that she made,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[NJ Seeks 6 Dispensaries to Expand Medical Marijuana Access]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:43:54 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-99037601+edited.jpg

New Jersey hopes to add six new dispensaries to expand access to medicinal marijuana, doubling the state’s medical marijuana program.

The Murphy Administration is looking to add two new dispensaries each in the northern, central and southern regions of the state.

“We look forward to the opening of six new dispensaries so we can ensure that all qualifying patients who want access to medicinal marijuana can have it,’’ said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement.

Currently, more than 25,000 patients, 1,000 caregivers and 700 physicians are participating in the medicinal marijuana program of the state.

“As we strive to make the program more responsive to the needs of patients, caregivers and Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs), we recognize the need to grow the industry and create more options for patients,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a statement.

A Request for Applications shows that the six new medical marijuana providers would follow the formula of the existing six. They are expected to grow, process and sell cannabis.

The business can be either nonprofit or for profit and applicants are also required to submit a business plan including a budget detailing revenues and expenses over a five-year period.

While applicants can submit applications for more than one region of the state, but must submit a separate application for each region.

The fee for applying is $20,000. However, $18,000 of that fee will be returned to unsuccessful applicants.

Currently, there are six dispensaries operating in the state. These six are not eligible to participate in the application process, officials say.

A mandatory pre-application conference is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the headquarters of the Department of Health in Trenton.

In March, Murphy announced a medical marijuana program overhaul in the state, which included a long list of reforms such as lowering fees for patients and caregivers, adding five approved medical conditions and proposing legislation to increase monthly product limit for patients. Patients receiving hospice care would also be eligible for an unlimited supply of cannabis.

The latest expansion comes at a time when the state is considering legalizing recreational marijuana.

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<![CDATA[51-Year-Old Dies in Collision With Drunk Driver, Police Say]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:30:39 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Long+Island+Minivan+Crash+Death.jpg

A 51-year-old died after a drunk driver in a pickup truck collided with the 51-year-old’s minivan on Long Island, authorities said.

The 51-year-old, You Feng Yang, was driving westbound on Route 48 in Greenport with six passengers on Sunday morning when the group collided with a pickup truck driven by Glenn Zaleski, 36, the Southold Town Police Department said.

Yang, a resident of Flushing, Queens, was pronounced dead at Stony Brook Hospital around 10:30 a.m., police said.

Yang’s six passengers — who ranged in age from 44 to 54 and were also from Flushing — suffered injuries including broken bones and severe bleeding, according to police.

Zaleski, of Greenport, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police didn’t immediately release additional details about the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Giant 'Trump Baby' Blimp Could Be Heading to New Jersey]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:07:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trumpblimpAP_18194329046140.jpg

A “Trump baby” blimp that floated over London during President Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. last week could be heading to New Jersey.

Activist Didier Jiminez-Castro, of Hillsborough, launched a GoFundMe page on Friday that aims to bring the 20-foot, diaper-clad blimp to Bedminster, where Trump has a golf course.

As of Sunday evening, the page had raised $5,815 — surpassing its original $4,500 goal.

“While watching the news, I made the amazing discovery of Baby Trump blimp at the London protests,” Jiminez-Castro wrote on the page. “I got together with local organizers and we agreed we need to bring Baby Trump to Bedminster where he plays golf on the regular.”

The activist told NJ Advance Media he is in the process of ordering the blimp and expects it to arrive by mid-August.

“The baby Trump is not just a piece of humor, but it is also a symbol of the administration,” he told the outlet. “It’s symbolic of the children that are in cages, it’s a symbol of racism, and we know that he hates to be ridiculed.”

Trump visited his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[FDA Recalls Common Heart Medications Over Cancer Concern]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:05:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-151262781+edited+doc.jpg

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of several medicines containing an ingredient used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

The FDA issued an alert Friday regarding various drug products containing valsartan due to an impurity. However, not all products containing the active ingredient are being recalled.

The impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, is classified as a possible human carcinogen based on laboratory tests.

“We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we’ve asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

The FDA says that the presence of NDMA was unexpected and a probable result of changes in the way the substance was manufactured.

The agency’s review of NDMA is ongoing and has included investigating the levels of NDMA in the recalled products and the possible effect on patients who have been taking them.

Additionally, the FDA is investigating what measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate the impurity in future batches.

The FDA also alerts that since valsartan is used in medicines used to treat serious conditions, patients should continue to take the medicine until they have a replacement product.

The recalled products are:

  • Medicine: Valsartan Company: Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicine: Valsartan Company: Solco Healthcare
  • Medicine: Valsartan Company: Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
  • Medicine: Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Company: Solco Healthcare
  • Medicine: Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Company: Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

The FDA urges those who have been taking the recalled medicines to follow the recall instructions provided by the specific company, which are posted on the FDA’s website.

Patients should also contact their health care professional.

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<![CDATA[New Video Shows Group Fleeing Scene of Downtown BK Shooting]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:28:57 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bk-shooting-combo-7-15.png

Authorities released new surveillance video over the weekend in connection with Friday's shooting in downtown Brooklyn that wounded three people, including two innocent bystanders, at the Fulton Mall. 

The surveillance video shows five people cops are looking to identify who had been arguing with a 28-year-old man; someone in that group pulled out a gun and shot that man in the hand, authorities say. It's not clear what they had been fighting about.

A 27-year-old woman who had just left a job interview and a 31-year-old man who was walking with a coworker in the bustling intersection at the time were both shot in the fray. She had two graze wounds -- one to each arm -- and he had a gunshot wound to the right leg, authorities say. 

All three victims, who are from different areas of Brooklyn, are expected to fully recover. The broad daylight shooting was jarring for both people who live and work in the area and for police, who described it as rare for that location and time. 

"We're in area of Brooklyn, it's broad daylight... it's beautiful out, it's sunny, very active, as you can see, with thousands of people walking up and down the streets," NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said Friday.

Witness James Rice was manning his sunglasses stand nearby, and quickly realized that what he first thought were firecrackers were actually bullets when he saw the victims scream and drop to the ground in front of the Gap Factory store.

"It's very crazy, this time of day, that someone would have the nerve to shoot people," he said.

Police say they've recovered three 9-millimeter shell casings from the scene, and are interviewing witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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<![CDATA[Thief Robs Women at NYC Hospital: Police ]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:45:58 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hospital+theif+7-15.png

A woman walked into a Queens hospital and robbed two workers there, police said. 

The woman came through an employee entrance of New York Presbyterian Hospital on Main Street in Queens on July 10, the NYPD said. 

She stole a knapsack belonging to a 38-year-old employee of the hospital, police said. The knapsack held a debit and credit card. 

She also took a wallet with four credit cards that belonged to a 31-year-old employee, police said. 

The thief is described as having a long ponytail, stocky build and wearing a back tank top and gray pants. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Independent Turtle Makes a Run From Cops]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:20:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CaptureTurtle.PNG

If our parents have tortoise anything, it's that we shouldn't talk to strangers.

So when this turtle was approached by an officer on the road, he showed him he was in no need of offi-shell assistance.

The turtle was found appearing motionless in the middle of the road in Williamson County, Texas.

But as an officer approached the turtle, offering help, the turtle turned around and quickly scuttled off across the road.

The Williamson County Sheriff posted the hilarious video online and said in his caption, “I was trying to help this little guy out. I don't think he appreciated my efforts. My heroic act for the day”.

Watch the snub in the video above.

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<![CDATA[150 Tap Dancers Take Over Times Square]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:47:47 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tapdancetimessquare.jpg

300 tap shoes clicked and clacked Friday afternoon in the middle of Times Square, marking a rhythmic conclusion to the NYC Tap Festival.

The NYC Tap Festival is an annual weeklong celebration presented by the American Tap Dance Association of the art of tap dancing, which originated in New York City. This year was the festival’s 18th year of commemorating the dance.

“Tap it Out” dancers consisting of adult and pre-professional students presented their tap dancing skills at Father Duffy Square, in the middle of Times Square, to thousands of passersby.

The thunderous chorus of tapping shoes performed a contemporary percussion and movement “soundscape” that promotes tap dance as pure music. Each performance exhibited unison rhythms, individual riffs, and sequences that each had their own tone and personality.

Dancers of the group hope to inspire the next generation of tappers, building new audiences and educating the general public about this exciting rhythmic American art style.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the dance group or its Association, you can register on their website.

Photo Credit: Sarah Kolodny]]>