<![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-usMon, 23 Apr 2018 23:17:24 -0400Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:17:24 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[FedEx Delivery Worker Stabs Man on Midtown Sidewalk: Police]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:54:17 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PERSON+STABBED+MIDTOWN+VO+-+15123620_WNBC_000000020825121.jpg

A FedEx delivery driver has been arrested, accused of stabbing a man in the back near the Empire State Building Monday afternoon, officials say.

The stabbing near West 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. apparently stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two men, who know each other, officials said.

The shocking scene in front of the tourist-packed Empire State Building unnerved witnesses.

"I saw somebody on the floor full of blood," said David Markovich. "I didn't know what it was at that point but there was a tremendous amount of police." 

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Tyquan Bailey; the victim has not been identified by name but is 28 years old. 

Bailey didn't speak to reporters as he was led out of a police station Monday. 

A FedEx spokesperson said in a statement to News 4, "We were shocked to learn about the incident in Manhattan today, and our thoughts go out to the individual who was injured. We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time." 

Police have taped off the crime scene as they collect evidence; blood could be seen on the sidewalk. 

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<![CDATA[Neighbor Dropping Off Boy Accidentally Hits, Kills Him: NYPD]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:49:46 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BECKFORD+FATAL+PEDESTRIAN+STRUCK+BX+BROLL+PT2+-+21282010_WNBC_0.jpg

An 8-year-old boy was struck and killed by a driver trying to park her minivan just after dropping him off in the Bronx Monday evening, police say.

Police said a woman had just dropped off the boy on 215th Street in Olinville and was trying to parallel park when she somehow lost control, hitting the boy on the sidewalk and pinning him under the front wheel. 

"I saw the little boy, he was just standing there and the car was parking, and it just hit him, it just hit him out of nowhere," said a witness. 

"I heard the lady saying, 'I just killed my neighbor child,'" the witness said.

The boy was pronounced dead by paramedics. The driver, the child's neighbor, remained on the scene.

Police say at this point there does not appear to be any criminality in the accident. 

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<![CDATA[NBC 4, T47, Stop & Shop Team Up for Food Drive This Saturday]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:23:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/memphis+food+drive+2.jpg

Coming together for a second consecutive year to help local families and food banks replenish non-perishable supplies to sustain important anti-hunger efforts, NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47/WNJU will join with Stop & Shop and eight regional food banks on Saturday, April 28 for the Feeding Our Families (or Alimentando a Nuestras Familias) second annual food drive, one of the largest single day multi-state food drives in the Northeast. 

The food collection drive will take place at more than 250 local Stop & Shop locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Click here for a map of food donation locations. 

“Feeding our Families is one of WNBC’s most successful community events. Our anchors, reporters and employees are committed to fighting hunger and making a difference. This is why WNBC has worked with our partners to expand our 2018 campaign and collect more non-perishable goods for local families in need,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.

NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will deliver live reports and broadcast cut-ins from several tri-state Stop & Shop locations on Saturday, April 28, including on NBC 4 New York’s "Weekend Today in New York" at 8:30 a.m. and "News 4 New York at 6 PM," as well as on Telemundo 47’s "Noticiero 47 Telemundo at 6 PM." Stations’ news anchors and reporters will also visit numerous Stop & Shop collection locations that day to support the on-site efforts.

“At Telemundo 47 we believe that no one should go hungry and this is why our partnership with NBC 4 New York and Stop & Shop is so important. Working together with our local food banks, our Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive will again bring our community together to help those who need our help the most,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.

Stop & Shop is the tri-state’s largest supermarket and has been a strong partner of area food banks and hunger relief organizations for many years. Stop & Shop shares in our food bank partner’s mission to feed our neighbors in need and help put an end to hunger. Each year, Stop & Shop donates millions of meals to communities with food insecurity throughout the region.

“We are proud to host the 'Feeding our Families' food drive in our stores and partner with NBC 4, Telemundo 47 and our food bank partners on this important cause," said Phil Tracey, Stop & Shop's director of community relations. "Chronic hunger is a problem in every community, and as a grocery retailer, we have an opportunity to make a difference. Together with our customers, we look forward to helping our local food banks restock their shelves and deliver hundreds of thousands of meals to those who need them the most."

Food bank operations face periods of greatest need between January and August, a time outside of traditional periods of giving and volunteering coinciding with the holiday season. Non-perishable items are requested by families daily, but the most frequently-requested items are those not covered by public assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP. These requests range from baby diapers to personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, tampons and more.

Unique to NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s Feeding our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive is the “Give 4” recruitment initiative. Those who register to volunteer four hours of their time every four months at local food banks can aid in more ways than stocking shelves, packing supplies and making local deliveries.

“Give 4” donors can also assist local food banks and rescue operations through non-physical, customized tasks including accounting, social media, digital marketing and advertising, among others.

For more information on the April 28 Feeding Our Families/Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive, please visit NBCNewYork.com, Telemundo47.com, StopandShop.com or any participating food bank or food rescue organization. 

Eight regional food banks have agreed to join WNBC and WNJU on Saturday, April 28:

    <![CDATA[Woman Awakes to Gunman on Fire Escape Breaking In: NYPD]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:02:50 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FIRE+ESCAPE+BURGLARY+SUSPECT+BX+-+00000509_WNBC_000000020827469.jpg

    A woman sleeping in her Bronx apartment awoke one morning last month to find a gun-toting man on her fire escape, who then smashed her window and broke into her apartment, police say.

    The 57-year-old woman told police she awoke at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, inside her Noble Avenue apartment in Soundview and saw the man on her fire escape.

    When he broke into her apartment, the woman screamed for help, prompting the suspect to run out the front door of her apartment, police said.

    Nothing was taken from inside the home, and the woman wasn't hurt.

    The suspect is described as being in his mid to late 20s, about 6 feet tall and last seen wearing a black coat, red hoodie and black sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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    <![CDATA[New York Isn't Nation's Worst City for Renters (It's Close)]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:40:38 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/architecture-bridge-brooklyn-bridge-421927.jpg When it comes to choosing a city to live in, most prospective renters factor in the cost with lifestyle and economic opportunity. Sometimes it all evens out; sometimes not so much.

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    <![CDATA[NYPD 'Monitoring' Van Strike in Toronto That Left 9 Dead]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:36:51 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Toronto-Van-Incident.jpg

    The NYPD said it is monitoring the situation in Toronto after local police there reported a white van hit a number of pedestrians on a suburban street Monday.

    Police said 9 people were killed and another 16 were injured after the rented van jumped a curb Monday afternoon, according to authorities in Toronto. The van's driver left the scene and was later arrested in a confrontation. 

    The NYPD's verified counter-terrorism account tweeted Monday afternoon it was monitoring the incident, which is standard messaging in such situations and does not indicate an elevated threat for New York City.  

    “At this point in time, there is no known nexus to New York City," the NYPD said.

    Several U.S. law enforcement officials, from different agencies, said the man arrested is Alek Minassian, 25.

    Yuen said police were still interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance video of the incident as part of what he called a "complex" investigation.

    "I can assure the public all our available resources have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation," he said.

    Multiple U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told NBC News that mental illness was the leading theory based on the preliminary investigation into the incident.

    The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

    Video shown on several Canadian outlets showed police arresting the driver, dressed in dark clothes, after officers surrounded him several blocks from where the incident occurred in north Toronto.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies for those involved. "Our hearts go out to everyone affected," Trudeau said in Ottawa. "We are going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours."

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    <![CDATA[New Jersey Man, 71, Shoots, Kills Son, Then Himself: Police]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:12:19 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_4.jpg

    Police are investigating after a New Jersey man apparently shot and killed his son, and then killed himself, in their home Sunday, authorities say. 

    Police found 39-year-old Jeremy Larence and his father, 71-year-old Gerald Larence, dead inside of their family home at around 4:45 p.m

    Authorities believe that Gerald Larence shot and killed his son before shooting himself. The handgun was recovered from inside the home.

    Autopsies conducted Monday confirmed both men died of gunshot wounds to the head, son Jeremy in a homicide and father Gerald in a suicide. 

    Police had initially been responding to the home after receiving a call from a concerned family member.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    <![CDATA[Homeless Girl Scouts Sell 32,000 Boxes of Cookies]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:14:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GSGNY+Troop+6000+423.jpg

    The first-ever homeless Girl Scouts troop of New York City has broken yet another barrier, smashing their goal of selling 6,000 boxes of cookies nearly six times over. 

    Girl Scout Troop 6000's initial goal was to sell 6,000 boxes of cookies at their first stand sale at Kellogg's NYC Café in Union Square, but by the end of the six-day sale, the troop sold more than 32,500 boxes. 

    Customers not only stood in hour-long lines to purchase multiple boxes of cookies, but many also made financial donations to the troop, totaling more than $15,000 in donations, according to the Girl Scouts organization.

    “I’m so excited that I got a chance to sell cookies, just like any other Girl Scout," said Sanaa, a 10-year-old from the troop.

    The Girl Scouts aso partnered with Kellogg to create six specialty cereals, which were all on the cafe's menu during the cookie sale week. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the specialty cereals went to the troop.

    Meridith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts Greater New York, said the sale was a "resounding success," and gave girls in Troop 6000 the opportunity to be "cookie business bosses." 

    Proceeds from cookie sales go to fund troop activities selected by the girls, including trips, camp experiences, and other programs and events.

    Troop 6000 was created in 2016 by Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio and the city Department of Homeless Services. It was specially designed to serve girls living in the New York City shelter system. 

    <![CDATA[Mom Who Lost Newborn Makes 'Comfort Boxes' for Other Parents]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:50:54 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Colletti+4pm+Omphalocele+Baby+pkg++-+00000023_WNBC_000000020826.jpg

    One week after Elizabeth Ortiz gave birth to son Ellisander, he died from a rare pre-natal defect.

    Ellisander had omphalocele, which causes the intestines, liver and occasionally other organs to grow outside the body. 

    "It's hard because he was fighting inside me the whole 33 weeks," said Ortiz, who lives in Corona, Queens. "He was kicking and moving." 

    The loss inspired her to reach out to other suffering families. She began assembling comfort boxes -- small tokens of comfort to a mother or family grieving over the death of an infant. 

    Ortiz chooses items like a small teddy bear, a notebook for journaling, a beaded bracelet for personalizing. 

    "I just wanted to share love with other families to let them know there are other people out there who care about them," she said.

    Her husband, a New York City firefighter, had just started the academy when Ellisander died.

    "It brings me comfort," Elvis Valerio said of the comfort boxes. "It can never bring me closure, I will always miss my son. But comfort it does." 

    Six-year-old son Elias Valerio said, "I'm starting to feel good again since we're starting to do stuff for Ellisander." 

    Support for Elizabeth's effort have grown: Friends of Firefighters and the FDNY Hispanic Society are helping with a fundraiser for June in the Friends of Firefighters quarters in Red Hook.

    "To lose an infant is devastating," said Nancy Carbone of Friends of Firefighters. "To have someone to talk to is everything."

    And even as Ortiz excitedly awaits the expected arrival of twin girls in just a few days, the boxes remain a tangible connection between a grieving family and another. 

    <![CDATA[10 Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs for Income Growth Potential]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:42:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/189*120/adult-blur-business-630839.jpg WalletHub looked at 109 entry-level jobs based on 13 key metrics, including median starting salary, projected job growth and median tenure.

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    <![CDATA[Double-Decker MTA Buses Could Return to NYC Streets]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:33:26 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/double+decker+2+edited.jpg

    New York City bus riders are about to experience what London riders do: the double-decker bus. 

    It's part of the MTA's Bus Action Plan announced on Monday to improve deteriorating service, and MTA President Andy Byford says there will be several initiatives to address issues with speed, reliability and modernization.

    In addition to double-decker buses, the MTA is looking into a “tap and go” fare payment, new all-door boarding procedures, as well as new routes and schedules, including more for off peak service. 

    The double-decker pilot program will be tested on express buses from Staten Island. These bus routes known for their “X” designation in their names, will now be known as “SIM” routes, or Staten Island-Manhattan Express routes.

    The city has long been dealing with transit issues, including a bus travel time of about 5.7 mph — the slowest travel rate in the nation, according to transit executives. These buses only exceed 2 mph about half the time.

    Early this year an advocacy group known as the Bus Turnaround Coalition published a report that said that nearly 75 percent of the city’s 246 bus routes got failing or barely passing grades because they were painfully slow and unreliable.

    The group said transit officials need to rethink the city's bus routes and redesign buses and city streets to make service more efficient.

    Byford says if the new bus plan doesn't work, New Yorkers can blame him: 
    "I and my management team will expect to be held accountable." 

    But he also preached patience. While the double-decker is expected to hit Staten Island next month, many of the other changes, including the tap-and-go payment system, are still two years away. 

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    <![CDATA[Movie-Goers Terrorized by 5 Young Kids in Cap Gun 'Holdup']]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:09:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/movie+theater+cap.jpg

    Five Connecticut kids, some as young as 10 years old, are facing charges they terrorized patrons at a movie theater with cap guns Sunday night.

    Stamford police said they got a call just before 8 p.m. for people entering the Majestic theater on Summer Steet with guns and making threats. Witnesses said several ran into the theater, yelled "everyone get their hands up!" and then fired off what turned out to be cap guns.

    Police treated the prank like an active shooter scenario, and parents say it could have made the scene that much worse. 

    "It could have got ugly. Somebody carrying a concealed weapon could have shot the kids down and then come to find out if it's a fake weapon -- that would be a life taken for no reason," said Abram Gonzalez of Norwalk. 

    Officers ultimately found four suspects up the street, two of whom had the toy guns in their clothes. A fifth was found nearby, and near him another cap gun was found. The one girl and four boys range in ages from 10 to 16. 

    Stamford Police Capt. Diedrich Hohn said police learned the boys bought the fake guns at a Target store.

    "The investigation also revealed they were going to do it at the movie theater and several other downtown restaurants, so we are glad they only did one and we were able to stop them to prevent more hysteria," said Hohn. "It was a very poor idea." 

    All five are charged with breach of peace and conspiracy; the three who fired also face reckless endangerment charges. 

    "That's not funny, that's not a joke," said local parent Dahlia Saeed.

    Police said some of the children have been arrested in the past, including the 10-year-old boy. Parents may also have to answer to a judge when the kids go to court. 

    A Stamford public schools official also says the kids will likely face classroom discipline on top of having to see a judge. 

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    <![CDATA[Partial Facade Collapse in New York City; 1 Minor Injury]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:14:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

    A large section of a building's brick facade collapsed in the Bronx  early afternoon Monday.

    A 25 feet section of the building's facade came tumbling down to the ground shortly after 1 p.m., FDNY says.

    Officials responded to the scene on 849 Sound View Ave. in Soundview and evacuated the surrounding businesses, including a hair salon, deli, check cashing store, post office and a pharmacy.

    Though initially there were no injuries reported, officials now say there was one minor injury.

    FDNY Deputy Chief Gary Rocco said that officials were "evaluating the rest of the stability of the building," adding that "a lot repair work" would have to take place before stores could reopen.

    The Department of Buildings is investigating the collapse.

    There is no time table as to when the stores will reopen.

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    <![CDATA[Boy Dies After Suspected Drunken Driver Strikes Motorbike]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:14:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/6+Year+Old+Killed.jpg

    A suspected drunken driver hit and killed a 6-year-old boy riding a mini motorbike with his mother's boyfriend in West Philadelphia late Sunday night, Philadelphia police said.

    The boy, who family identified as Sekhan Malik, and the 27-year-old driver of the motorbike were riding south along 63rd Street near Callowhill Street when a Jeep SUV traveling north turned into their path around 11:10 p.m., according to chief inspector Scott Small.

    Neither wore a helmet, and the bike did not have lights or reflectors, according to investigators. 

    Malik died about an hour later at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The motorbike driver, who police originally identified as the boy's father, was taken to Lankenau Hospital where he underwent surgery overnight. He lost his left leg, police said.

    The 28-year-old driver of the 2014 Jeep Compass was examined at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. He appeared to be intoxicated, Small said. 

    “He had alcohol smell on his breath. He was staggering when he was standing and he was slurring when he was talking," Small said. 

    Police found a can and bottle of beer inside the man’s Jeep, he added. The man also had a suspended driver’s license and could face driving under the influence charges pending a toxicology report, according to Capt. Mark Overwise, commanding officer of the accident investigation division. 

    The motorbike driver could face child endangerment and reckless endangerment charges, Overwise said.

    Sunday's accident marks the first death this year involving a motorbike, which is illegal to operate on city streets. Two people died in 2017, according to police.

    "It’s a dangerous thing to drive these things on the street," Overwise added.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy Malik Family]]>
    <![CDATA[LI Birdwatchers Cause Flap Over Bald Eagles]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:35:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LI_Birdwatchers_Cause_Flap_Over_Bald_Eagles.jpg

    Bald eagles nesting on Long Island has property owners squawking over trespassers trying to catch a look at the raptors. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    <![CDATA[Pregnant NJ Woman Struggles to Get Travel Refund]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:19:12 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pregnant_NJ_Woman_Struggles_to_Get_Travel_Refund.jpg

    If you plan a trip to a visit the U.S. government warns against visiting and you're worried about your health are you entitled to money back? A New Jersey woman tells her story. Lynda Baquero reports.

    <![CDATA[Cuomo Announces Plan to Ban Plastic Bags in New York ]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:47:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-80061423+edited.jpg

    New York introduced a bill that would ban all single-use, plastic carryout bags at any point of sale in the state.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Monday.

    "The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment," Cuomo said in a statement.

    The new program bill would also provide the Department of Environmental Conservation with exclusive jurisdiction over all matters related to plastic bags and film plastic recycling.

    The bill would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, but will exempt garment bags, trash bags and any bags used to wrap or contain certain foods, such as fruits and sliced meats.

    The program bill comes after the New York State Plastic Bags Task Force report was released in January. The report outlined the environmental impact of plastic bags and single-use bag reductions. It also proposed actions that the state could take to reduce pollution and protect the state’s natural resources.

    The Plastic Bags Task Force was created in 2017 by Cuomo to study and develop a solution to use and dispose of plastic bags and how to stop the negative impact these bags have on the environment.

    “Plastic pollution has become a serious threat to our lakes, rivers and marine environment as well as public health," Adrienne Esposito, executive director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said in a statement, adding that “giving up plastic bags and using reusable bags is one easy, reasonable step each member of the public can take to help combat the plastic pollution epidemic.”

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 80 percent of plastic pollution in the ocean originated on land.

    New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags annually, which contributes to this pollution, state officials say. These bags do not biodegrade and they persist for years.

    New York City alone estimates a savings of $12.5 million in disposal costs by reducing the number of single-use plastic bags.

    Currently, 10 cities, towns, and villages in the state of New York have enacted plastic bag bans. One municipality has a plastic bag ban with a fee on single-use paper bags and bags that qualify as reusable, including 2.25 million flexible plastic bags, according to state officials.

    The City of Long Beach has a single-use plastic bag fee in place and Suffolk County's single-use plastic bag fee took effect on Jan. 1.

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    <![CDATA[Your Complete Guide to the 2018 Tribeca Festival]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:22:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tribeca+film+festival+13.jpg Here's everything you need to know about the Tribeca Film Festival.
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    <![CDATA[Southwest Begins Inspections After Engine Catastrophe]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:31:14 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Southwest_Begins_Inspections_After_Engine_Catastrophe.jpg

    Southwest Airlines canceled dozens of flights Sunday so the company can inspect engine fan blades, and more cancellations are expected this week. Gus Rosendale reports.

    <![CDATA[Dead Toddler Found Near PATH Tracks ID'd; Dad Arrested]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:47:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/temyah+travis+plummer+path+tracks.jpg

    The father of the missing 2-year-old Virginia girl found dead in a suitcase near the PATH tracks in Jersey City almost two weeks ago has been arrested in Puerto Rico, authorities say.

    It's still not clear how the toddler, identified as Te'Myah Plummer, died but the Hudson County prosecutor's office said Monday they believe she died outside of New Jersey. 

    The child's father, 37-year-old Travis Lamont Plummer, was located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 19, according to the prosecutor's office. He's been arrested and is awaiting extradition proceedings back to New Jersey, where he's facing a charge of desecrating human remains. 

    Te'Myah Plummer had not been seen by family in Richmond since last August, NBC affiliate WWBT reported last month, and on March 21, Richmond police sent a news release about the missing child, saying, "We would like to hear from whomever may be caring for Te'Myah Plummer, probably a family member. We need to confirm she is safe." 

    Police believed at the time "they may have relocated to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, North Carolina area or perhaps Jersey City, New Jersey." 

    Authorities believe the toddler had been dead for several days before her body was found wrapped in a blanket in a suitcase on the tracks underneath the Tonnelle Avenue overpass near Newark Avenue April 11. There were no visible signs of trauma on the girl, who was carefully placed, fully clothed, in the case.

    The disturbing discovery on the Newark-bound side of the Jersey City-Journal Square station "rattled" even the most veteran homicide detectives, sources said.

    There were two suitcases where the baby was found -- one dark, one pink. She was found in the pink one.

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    <![CDATA[Cops Probe NYC Sidewalk Ambush as Possible Hate Crime]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:28:48 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JEWISH+MAN+BK+ATTACKED.jpg

    Police in Brooklyn say they are investigating a possible bias attack after a Jewish man claims he was ambushed by an attacker who allegedly told the victim he hates Jews.

    Menachem Moskowitz suffered a black eye and broken rib after he was beaten by a man on a sidealk near Rutland Road and Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights as he was walking home from a prayer service. Moskowitz said he told the attacker hello, but the greeting apparently set the man off and the suspect began hitting Moskowitz.

    “He was punching me, tried to put me into a hold and tried to choke me,” Moskowitz said.

    Moskowitz added that the attacker told him “you deserve to die. I am going to kill you.” Surveillance video shows the attacker run up from behind Moskowitz and start hitting up while pushing him up against a white fence. 

    Two good Samaritans were able to pull the attacker away from Moskowitz.

    Police say another Jewish man was also attacked in the same neighborhood last week, but they haven’t said if the beatings are connected. They say they are investigating both as possible bias crimes.

    No arrests have been made.

    <![CDATA[COMMUTER ALERT: Amtrak Wire Problems Make Penn Mess]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:56:45 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ_Transit_Having_One_of_Its_Worst_Years_Ever.jpg

    NJ Transit trains in and out of New York Penn Station faced massive delays due to Amtrak overhead wire problems for most of the day Monday.

    Delays were dwindling by 2 p.m., but had been as much as 90 minutes earlier in the day. 

    PATH cross-honored at 33rd Street, Hoboken and Newark Penn, as did NJT buses and private carriers.

    Frustrated riders took to social media to report being held at stations along the way to New York, in some cases for more than an hour, as the delays mounted. An Amtrak spokesman told News 4 there was a power issue causing congestion delays. 

    NJT initially reported delays around 9 a.m.

    <![CDATA[Small Plane Totally Submerged in NJ Lake Crash; 1 Hurt]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:07:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/plane+down+nj.jpg

    A small plane crashed into Lake Aeroflex in Newton, New Jersey, on Monday, leaving one passenger with serious injuries, Andover Township police said.  

    The crash was reported just before noon. Aeroflex-Andover Airport is just a few hundred feet south of the lake, which is the deepest glacial lake in the state. 

    It was not immediately clear if the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash. 

    The FAA said it would investigate; it had no other immediate details about the accident.

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    <![CDATA[NJ Food Pantry Focuses on Healthy Foods]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:26:56 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ_Food_Pantry_Focuses_on_Healthy_Foods.jpg

    Touch, a New Jersey pantry that only stocks healthy foods, is among the locations teaming up with NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and Stop & Shop for Feeding our Families. Jen Maxfield reports.

    <![CDATA[7 of America's Top Indian Restaurants Are in the Tri-State]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:57:01 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/best+indian.jpg Like any cuisine, not all Indian food is created equal.

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    <![CDATA[Police Confiscate 5 Assault Weapons, AK47 in NJ Apartment]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:55:41 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-generic-cc.jpg

    Police confiscated a cache of loaded weapons, including an AK-47, from a Newark apartment, officials said. 

    Officers also seized nine loaded weapons, five assault weapons and a 50 round-capacity drum, said Anthony F. Ambrose, the Newark public safety director. 

    The guns were found in an apartment on First Street, Ambrose said. The weapons included a CAI Romanian AK-47 7.62, a Ruger .223 ranch rifle and a .22 caliber revolver. 

    “It is utterly pathetic how these guns make it to our inner cities,” Ambrose said. “Newark police seized 60 more guns so far this year than last year, with over 200 guns confiscated to date. And we have 35 fewer shooting victims this year versus the same period last year.”

    No one has been arrested in connection with the weapons. 

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    <![CDATA[Need a Cheap Slice? Here Are 10 Tasty Options Just for You]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:08:18 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PIZZA+PEXELS.jpg

    Going out in New York City can sometimes put a hole in your pocket, but it doesn’t have to.

    A recent Time Out report reveals some tasty choices for cheap pizza around the five boroughs.

    Speedy Romeo

    With one location on the Lower East Side and one in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, this pizzeria has several “menu staples” and a $20 pie will easily fill you and friend up.

    Prince Street Pizza

    The line may look intimidating, but Time Out says it’s quick-moving. For less than $4 you can get your hands on a plain Neapolitan-style slice or throw an extra buck down for a thick slice of Sicilian-style with spicy pepperoni and yummy mozzarella.

    Corner Hill at Gotham Market

    Grab a delicious slice with a light crust from a stand at Hell Kitchen’s Gotham West Market. With slices less than $5, Time Out reports you can’t go wrong the Margherita slice.

    Table 87

    These Sicilian-style squares in Brooklyn Heights are served with tasty toppings and fresh basil. The extra large slice still sits at under $5, do we need to say more?

    Best Pizza

    Open for business in Williamsburg’s former Brooklyn Star space and offers $3 slices. They come topped with seasonal vegetables and local goods, but Time Out reports the special is the Grandma Pizza.

    Di Fara Pizza

    This Italian-based, cash-only pizzeria in Midwood are reported to be one of the city’s best. The dough is made fresh several time a day with super thin crust. A pie may ring in at $28, but a delicious slice is only $5.


    Although cash-only, Giuseppina is a cozy, brick-oven pizzeria serving ample toppings along with calzones. Need a drink? They serve beer and wine.

    Joe’s Pizza

    Grab a quick slice over the counter at this well-crafted pizzeria in the Greenwich Village. Thin-crust slices go for just $2.75, according to Time Out.

    Kesté Pizza & Vino

    In the same neighborhood as Joe’s Pizza is this Neapolitan wood-fired pizzeria that is also serving up vegan and gluten-free options.

    Lee’s Tavern

    Jump on a ferry to get to this Staten-Island based pizzeria. Grab a bite of the sausage and zesty red sauce slice or plain for under $8.

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    <![CDATA[Waffle House Victims Identified; Manhunt Underway for Gunman]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:40:16 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Waffle-House-Shooting-Suspect-Split.jpg

    A manhunt is underway for the gunman that opened fire with an AR-15 at a Nashville-area Waffle House early Sunday, killing four people, before his gun was wrestled away by a restaurant patron.

    Police are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking from Illinois, who had previously been arrested and had his firearms seized by law enforcement after breaching the White House grounds. Reinking was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to call 911. Reinking is 6 feet 4 inches, weighs 180 pounds and is considered armed and dangerous.

    Six people were shot at the Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, Metro Nashville Police said. Four died; the two others are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    Police identified the people slain as 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, a Waffle House employee; 20-year-old Joe Perez of Nashville; 21-year-old Deebony Groves of Gallatin and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Antioch, who was critically wounded and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    The two wounded by gunfire are being treated at Vanderbilt, and police identified them as 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner of Nashville and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson of Antioch. Police did not specify their condition.

    A motive has not yet been determined, and the investigation is ongoing with assistance from the FBI. But police did say that four of Reinking's weapons were seized after he was arrested in 2017 for crossing an exterior security barrier at the White House. At the request of the FBI, Reinking's license to possess firearms was revoked and the weapons, including the AR-15 used in the shooting, were taken away.

    The weapons were turned over to Reinking's father, who acknowledged that he had given them back to his son. 

    Police said Reinking arrived at the Waffle House Sunday at 3:19 a.m. and sat in his pick-up truck for about four minutes before getting out. Nude except for a green jacket, he got out of his truck and started shooting, hitting and killing two people, police said. He then allegedly walked into the Waffle House and continued firing.

    James Shaw, Jr, a 29-year-old patron at the restaurant, spoke at a news conference Sunday and said he was able to wrestle the firearm from the gunman.

    Shaw said he was with a friend at the Waffle House when the shots rang out. As gunfire erupted, he slid on the floor to an entryway door. Bullets pierced the door and one grazed Shaw's arm before he sprang into action.

    "I made up my mind that if it was gonna come down to it he was gonna have to work to kill me," he told reporters.

    When the gunfire paused, Shaw said he pushed the door into the gunman and the two wrestled over the rifle. Shaw tossed the gun over the dining room countertop and shoved the gunman outside with him. Shaw ran around the restaurant while he said the gunman trotted away.

    "Something was with me to run through that door and get the gun from him," Shaw said during his emotional remarks.

    "No doubt he saved many lives by wresting the gun away and tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave," police spokesman Don Aaron said.

    "I knew I had it in me," said Shaw, who has a 4-year-old daughter. However, he said he does not want to be thought of as "the Terminator or Superman" for his quick action.

    "I want people to know I did that completely out of a selfish act: I was doing it to save myself. I did save people, but ... if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it. It actually worked out to my favor."

    Still, Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer honored Shaw as a hero for "taking care of your fellow man."

    "You don't get to meet too many heroes in life, but you are a hero. You're my hero," Ehmer said at the press conference. "You saved people's lives. ... They will think of you for the rest of their days. We are forever in your debt."

    Police said Reinking left the restaurant and shed his jacket — which had additional ammunition in it — and walked nude to a nearby apartment he lived in to put on a pair of pants. He then retreated to a wooded area behind his complex, and a helicopter and several police dogs were tracking him.

    TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center spokeswoman Katie Radel in Nashville said two people were treated for minor injuries and released after the incident. Police said that because the glass of the restaurant's front window was shot out, some people had cuts on their faces.

    Nashville Mayor David Briley spoke at the conference as well, calling for increased gun control: "If we can all just come together for this and for the greater good we can take these weapons of war off the streets of our country."

    He added: "Last night, innocent Nashvillians were terrorized by a man with an AR-15. It's happening too much. Enough is enough."

    Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said authorities suspect Reinking had "some mental issues" and that this is an area of gun law that needs particular focus.

    "We have a crisis," he said. "You have people's rights to own weapons, but we got to look closely at people with mental issues ... and make sure weapons do not legally fall into their hands. That's what we’ve got to work on."

    Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Ill., responded to the shooting on Twitter Sunday and also called for a change in gun laws.

    "Many will say now is not the time to discuss change. But now IS the time," Cooper wrote. "We can and must do everything possible to prevent these tragedies and keep Americans safe. That starts with restricting widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons."

    Cooper mourned the "innocent victims" and thanking first responders as well.

    Photo Credit: AP/Metro Nashville PD]]>
    <![CDATA[Happening Today: Waffle House, Royal Baby, Measles]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:22:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms1166.jpg

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    4 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at Waffle House and Flees Scene

    A manhunt is underway for the gunman that opened fire with an AR-15 at a Nashville-area Waffle House, killing four people, before his gun was wrestled away by a restaurant patron. Police are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking from Illinois, who had previously been arrested and had his firearms seized by law enforcement after breaching the White House grounds. Reinking was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to call 911. Reinking is considered armed and dangerous. Six people were shot at the Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, cops claim. Four died and two others were hurt. Police have identified the shooting victims from the Waffle House as 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, an Waffle House employee; 20-year-old Joe Perez of Nashville, 21-year-old Deebony Groves of Gallatin, 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Antioch, who was critically wounded and later died. A motive has not yet been determined, and the investigation is ongoing.

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge in Labor With 3rd Child

    Kensington Palace says Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered a London hospital to give birth to the couple's third child. The former Kate Middleton traveled by car to the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in central London. The palace says she was in "the early stages of labor." The gender of the baby hasn't been announced. The couple, who married in 2011, has two other children: Prince George, 4, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte. Both were born at the same hospital, as were William and his younger brother Harry. The baby, whose gender has not been announced, will be Queen Elizabeth II's sixth great-grandchild and fifth in line to the throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and the two older siblings. The new arrival bumps Prince Harry to sixth place in the line of succession.

    Trump Says North Korea Agreed to Denuclearize. It Hasn't.

    President Trump claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that's not the case. North Korea said it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S. and South Korea. Kim also said a nuclear test site would be closed and "dismantled" now that the country has learned how to make nuclear weapons and mount warheads on ballistic rockets. But the North has stopped short of saying it has any intention of abandoning its nuclear arsenal, with Kim making clear that nukes remain a "treasured sword." Trump nonetheless tweeted Sunday that the North has "agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!" Being committed to the concept of denuclearization, however, is not the same as agreeing to it, as Trump claims.

    NY Health Officials Warn of Jehovah's Witness Measles Exposure

    Two European tourists with measles potentially exposed others at three Jehovah's Witness facilities in the greater New York City area, health officials say. The two tourists visited the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on New Jersey Avenue in Brooklyn between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 15. They also visited Watchtower World Headquarters on Kings Drive in Tuxedo Park between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on April 16 and the Watchtower Educational Center on Watchtower Drive in Patterson between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on April 17. Officials urged anyone who was exposed and is suffering symptoms to contact a health care provider before seeking treatment in order to minimize exposure. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure, the state said.

    “A Quiet Place,” '”Rampage” Lead Newcomers at Box Office

    It's another weekend of buzz versus pure star power at the box office as the word of mouth sensation "A Quiet Place" finds itself neck-and-neck again with Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage." This time buzz had the slight advantage. Studio estimates have placed "A Quiet Place," with $22 million, in first, and "Rampage" in second with $21 million, but it's possible those numbers may shift when final results are tallied. Still, John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" continues to be a mini phenomenon. With a $17 million production budget, "A Quiet Place" has grossed $132.4 million from North American theaters in three weeks. "Rampage," too, is down only 41 percent domestically in its second weekend and continues to rake in the dollars globally. The film boasts a worldwide tally of $283 million, and Johnson has continued using his social media accounts to hype the film and thank audiences. The staying power of both somewhat overshadowed the newcomers, like Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" and the sequel to the 2001 cult comedy "Super Troopers."

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    <![CDATA[NYPD Cop Seriously Injured in LIE Multi-Car Crash]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:56:58 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Serious+Ax+LIE.jpg

    An off-duty NYPD officer was seriously injured in a multi-car accident on the Long Island Expressway early Sunday morning, authorities and law enforcement sources said.

    Anthony Robitaille's Honda sedan and a BMW sedan were on the right shoulder of the LIE around exit 53 at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when a passing Ford sedan struck the Honda, pushing into both Robitaille and the BMW.

    (It was not immediately clear why Robitaille and the BMW driver were pulled over; both were out of their cars at the time of the accident.)

    A Suffolk County Police helicopter took Robitaille, an officer assigned to the NYPD's 75th Precinct, to Stony Brook Hospital with serious injuries.

    The driver of the Ford was taken to another hospital for minor injuries and the driver of the BMW was uninjured. 

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    <![CDATA[Man in 'MAGA' Hat Sought for Racially Charged Subway Push]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:30:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/254*120/MAGA+Hat+Subway+Push.png

    Police are looking for a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and shirt who allegedly shouted racial comments at another man and then pushed him onto the subway tracks Friday night. 

    The suspect got into a verbal fight with a 24-year-old man at around 8 p.m. Friday while on a northbound 4 train approaching Union Square Station.

    Police say the suspect made derogatory statements about the Latino victim's ethnicity in the course of the fight. Specifically, he is thought to have accused "Mexicans" of coming to the country to bring drugs and take jobs. 

    The two men got off the train at 14th Street, where the suspect punched the other man repeatedly before shoving him onto the subway tracks and fleeing to the L train platform, police said.

    The victim's friend and a bystander helped him off the tracks; he was treated at a hospital for a head laceration. 

    The NYPD described the suspect as a heavyset black man in blue overalls with a red hat and shirt displaying the slogan first popularized by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail. 

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    <![CDATA[NBC 4 Volunteers for Comcast Cares Day ]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:32:40 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/comcastcares2018-cc-thumb.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Grasshoppers to Flamethrowers: Try the Best Ballpark Food]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:41:44 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866037720.jpg

    Baseball stadium food has come a long way from peanuts and cracker jacks. 

    A Major League Baseball food festival in Manhattan this weekend features popular dishes from all 30 ballparks, the league.

    The MLB FoodFest includes everything from the Red Sox’s New England lobster rolls to the Texas Rangers’ chicken and donuts and the Seattle Mariners’ toasted grasshoppers.

    There’s also Cleveland’s “flamethrower” a (pulled-pork sandwich) and the Angels’ “cheeto-lote” (roasted corn on the cob rolled in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos).

    The Yankees’ adobo bao (pork on a bun) and the Mets’ deli pastrami sandwich will be among the New York foods available.

    Tickets are $25 for food and $40 for food and beer. The tickets include a tasting of all 30 ballpark dishes, MLB says. 

    The festival is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held at 415 Fifth Ave., just south of West 38th Street.

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    <![CDATA[NJ Police Officer Crashes Into Parked Car, Dies: Prosecutor]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:30:18 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paterson-officer-killed-inset.jpg

    A police officer crashed into a parked car in New Jersey on Sunday and died, officials said. 

    Paterson police officer Tamby Yagan was on-duty in a marked patrol car when he crashed into a parked vehicle, the Passaic County prosecutor's office said. The crash was on Getty Avenue just before 11 a.m.

    Yagan was taken to Saint Joseph's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, prosecutors said. 

    Paterson Councilman Luis Velez said losing Yagan is a heavy "loss for the city."

    "In uniform he was the type of officer that would always orient people how to conduct themselves out there," Velez said "Without uniform he was a kind man."

    No one else was injured. Yagan leaves behind a young son. 

    State police and prosecutors were investigating. Officials said it's unclear whether the officer died as a result of the accident or from a medical emergency.

    The Passaic County Sheriff's Office and the New Jersey state police union tweeted condolences to the Paterson Police Department and the officer's family. 

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    <![CDATA[Listen Up: A Closer Look at Top Stories for Monday, April 23]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:40:14 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/READ+UP.png

    Monday, April 23, 2018 

    Ugh, Monday again? We're looking at a high of 65 degrees in the city. The sun will also be shining all day long. As always, get the latest forecast at nbcnewyork.com/weather.

    1. NYC Is 'Dirtiest' City in America and No. 2 Doesn't Come Close

    New York City has been named the "Dirtiest" City in America, according to a recent report. 

    But here's the catch: The second dirtiest city doesn't even come close to New York. 

    The second dirtiest city? Los Angeles. New York outranked every other city in the little and pests category by a long shot. 

    Read more here.

    2. MTA Conductors Spill Secrets of the NYC Subway System

    Attention, subway riders. 

    The I-Team got MTA conductors to spill secrets about what's really going on underground. 

    They say they won't even touch the poles because of the nasty things they have witnessed. They also tell straphangers to avoid those corner seats. 

    You've been warned.

    Read more here.

    3. NYC Women Are The Nation’s Most Stressed: Study

    It turns out women in the tri-state are more stressed than women anywhere else in the country. 

    According to a recent study, New York City Healthcare Network says work-life balance, health and income are to blame. 

    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[Jehovah's Witnesses in NYC Area Exposed to Measles]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:03:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/measles38.jpg

    Two European tourists with measles potentially exposed others at three Jehovah's Witness facilities in the greater New York City area, health officials said Saturday night.

    The two tourists visited the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on New Jersey Avenue in Brooklyn between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 15.

    They also visited Watchtower World Headquarters on Kings Drive in Tuxedo Park between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on April 16 and the  Watchtower Educational Center on Watchtower Drive in Patterson between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on April 17.

    Officials urged anyone who was exposed and is suffering symptoms to contact a health care provider before seeking treatment in order to minimize exposure.

    Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure, the state said. 

    This most recent incident marks the fourth month in a row that European tourists with confirmed cases of measles have traveled through the tri-state area. Officials previously warned of one incident in Manhattan and two at Newark Liberty International Airport. 

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    <![CDATA[NYPD Officers Save Tourist in Cardiac Arrest ]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:16:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd-officers-save-man-midtown.jpg

    These NYPD officers were in the right place at just the right time for one tourist. 

    The 83-year-old went into cardiac arrest while walking with his family in midtown on Thursday, police said. He was visiting to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary. 

    The officers were driving by when they saw the commotion and leaped into action, the NYPD said. Two began chest compressions while the others brought a defibrillator. A fifth officer then took over the compressions and the man stabilized. 

    The elderly man was taken to the hospital by EMS, police said. 

    "They acted so quickly that he didn't even have any damage to his heart," said his daughter, Christine Yoken.

    Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
    <![CDATA[13 People at Sleepover Party Hurt in NJ House Fire: Police ]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:59:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HOUSE+FIRE+WOODBRIDGE+NJ++-+13485313_WNBC_000000020802967.jpg

    A house erupted in flames early Saturday, destroying the structure and hurting 13 people, including two critically, police said. 

    The home on Vernon Way in Port Reading was engulfed in flames by 10 a.m., Woodbridge police said. The house is a total loss. 

    There had been a family party at the house Friday night and some people had slept over, police said. The people in the house ranged in age from 2 to 60.

    "It came from the basement, the first thing that went is the boiler blew through the floor," said Marcos Mercado, 23, who was still in his pajamas after getting checked out from the hospital. "It was a big hole in the floor right next to my niece and her hair was on fire. She put it out while she was running out the house."

    Mercado says two of his uncles were flown to the hospital. Police said they had severe burns. 

    Neighbors described hearing a loud boom and seeing the house immediately engulfed in flames. 

    "Within 2 minutes, the whole house was gone," neighbor Al Audenis said. "Everything was in flames. Every part of the house was on fire."

    Audenis said he was mowing the grass nearby when the fire began. 

    "Unbelievable," he said. "It's so scary to watch this."

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    <![CDATA[Bill's Books for April 22 ]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:08:04 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bills+books.jpg

    Greetings, readers! Here's a sneak peek of what to expect on the April 22 edition of Bill's Books:

    To learn more about this week's recommendations, tune into Bill's Books Sunday morning, or email him at BillsBooks@nbcuni.com. And for more on #OneBookNY, click here