<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.com en-usMon, 22 Oct 2018 13:02:24 -0400Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:02:24 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NYPD: Woman Kills Husband, Brother Kills Brother in 30 Hours]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:28:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-generic-cc.jpg

A woman allegedly killed her husband and a brother allegedly killed his own brother in separate incidents in two boroughs within 30 hours, police said Monday. 

The killings -- one on Staten Island, another in the Bronx -- were not related. 

In the first, early Thursday, police say 43-year-old Fidel Velazquez was found bleeding outside his Staten Island home; he had wounds to the torso and forearm. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police arrested his 39-year-old wife, Rachel Velazquez, on charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. It's not clear if the charges against her would be upgraded given her husband's death. Police say the two had a history of domestic violence.

In the second case, about 30 hours later, cops say 19-year-old Matthew Parko was found dead inside his Bronx home on Franklin Avenue. He too had been stabbed in the torso. Parko was pronounced dead at a hospital. 

His 28-year-old brother, Michael, was arrested that night on charges of murder and criminal possession. Police say they had some sort of argument, but the nature of that fight wasn't immediately clear. 

It also wasn't immediately clear if Rachel Velazquez or Michael Parko had attorneys who could comment on their respective behalfs.

<![CDATA[Worried About the Looming L Train Shutdown? Read This]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:02:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-803536304+edited.jpg

One thousand new roundtrips each week will be implemented during the looming L train shutdown, according to the MTA.

Members of the Transit Committee will be presented Monday with details on the service increases for specific train lines, which are set to take place in April 2019.

The temporary route changes are proposed for weekdays and include two additional A roundtrips would be operated between approximately 10 p.m. and midnight; 26 additional E roundtrips; and 12 more F roundtrips.

Additionally, 66 more G roundtrips would operate with some peak period trips operating only between Court Square-23 Street and Bedford-Nostrand avenues, as well as some peak periods trips terminating at 18 Avenue because of terminal capacity constraints at Church Avenue.

Sixteen additional J and Z roundtrips, with one trip during each peak hour being cut and 18 trips would be added in other hours. J and Z trains would also make all stops along the Broadway Junction and Marcy Avenue segment at all times due to demand. Peak hour J and Z skip-stop service would operate between Jamaica Center and Broadway Junction only.

Additionally, there will be 88 fewer L roundtrips operated on weekdays, with service between Bedford Avenue and Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway.

Furthermore, 62 additional M roundtrips on weekdays will also be implemented. To accommodate late night maintenance on Queens Boulevard, M service would operate between Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue and 96 Street – 2 Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Another change that will take place during the L train shutdown is that three fewer R roundtrips would operate on weekdays: two during morning peak hours and one during afternoon peak hours. This change would be to accommodate additional M service along Queens Boulevard, which is needed to accommodate riders who transfer from the G train. However, morning and afternoon peak R service to and from the 4th Avenue line in Brooklyn would not be impacted.

For 15 months starting in April 2019, L train service will be suspended across the East River and within Manhattan to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. However, the line will still run in Brooklyn, servicing all stops.

The temporary closure will directly affect 275,000 of the L Train's 400,000 daily riders, and indirectly affect many more throughout the city, according to the city’s Department of Transportation.

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<![CDATA['Look at Me!' Victim, Mom Shred Drunk in Near-Death Van Drag]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:56:27 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/van+drag+li.jpg

The man who admitted driving drunk and mowing down a young boy on his skateboard in a Long Island mall parking lot, trapping him under the van and leaving him with ghastly injuries, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in jail. 

Luis DeJesus, 43, pleaded guilty last month to charges of first-degree assault and aggravated driving while intoxicated in the crash last October that put then 14-year-old Nicholas Suarez in the hospital with serious head and internal injuries. He did not speak at Monday's sentencing. 

The victim, who had been in the West Hempstead strip mall lot on Cherry Valley Avenue with some friends that day, a group outing for burgers, wanted his voice heard, though.

"Look at me!" said Suarez, now 15, as he addressed DeJesus.

The boy held up his shirt, revealing a long scar across his stomach. 

"I want you to see that scar," he told DeJesus. "I want you to remember this forever." 

Six other friends were with Suarez when DeJesus drive his minivan into them. Suarez was the only one seriously hurt; he was caught under the van and dragged along the pavement. 

Suarez's mother, a school nurse, called her son's survival a miracle. But she said he has permanent eye damage and rods in his legs and hips from the medical procedures he had to undergo. And he still has nightmares, she says.

"His humanity was taken away from him," mom Emily Rivera said of her son at the sentencing. "He couldn't speak, eat, walk or breathe normally for months."

As for DeJesus, Rivera had few words, calling him "so heartless with no respect for human life." 

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<![CDATA[NYPD Pulls Nearly 3K Body Cameras After One Smokes, Explodes]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:05:16 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police_Bodycams_Recalled_After_Explosion.jpg

The NYPD has suspended the use of a certain kind of body camera “effective immediately” after one of them exploded.

A police officer was wearing a Vievu model LE-5 body-worn camera on a “midnight tour” on Saturday night when he noticed that it was smoking and took it off, the NYPD said.

Not long after, the camera exploded, according to the NYPD. No one was injured by the explosion, the department said.

“The incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The cause and scope of the defect are currently being investigated.”

Axon, the parent company of Vievu, said it was working closely with the NYPD to investigate. 

"Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon," the company said in a statement. "We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation.”

Of the 15,500 body-worn cameras deployed around the city, 2,990 are LE-5 cameras, the NYPD said.

The department has asked any officers who have been using LE-5 cameras to bring them back to their commands.

Those officers will not be wearing body cameras in the interim, the NYPD said.

<![CDATA[Mystery Swirls Around 10-Month-Old Boy's Death in NYC Home]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:48:40 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/POLICE+SIREN+GENERIC.jpg

Authorities are investigating the death of a 10-month-old boy who was found unconscious in his Bronx apartment after cops responded to a 911 call Sunday. 

Police say they were called to the apartment on East 143th Street around 7:30 a.m. They found baby Kiyree Walton unresponsive; he was pronounced dead at a hospital. 

The medical examiner will determine how the child died. It wasn't immediately clear if he had any obvious signs of trauma to his body. 

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<![CDATA[Ex-Met Pleads Not Guilty in Uber Mess, Gets Weird on Twitter]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:18:30 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dykstra11.jpg

Ex-Met legend Lenny Dykstra, a three-time All-Star who has faced repeated legal troubles over the last decade, pleaded not guilty Monday to drug and threat-making charges stemming from an Uber altercation earlier this year.

Dykstra was indicted on the charges -- cocaine possession, meth possession and making terroristic threats -- less than two weeks ago in connection with the late May ride-share fight. At the time, an Uber driver alleged Dykstra put a gun to his head when the driver declined his request to go somewhere other than his original destination. Dykstra, 55, was taken into custody at the scene.

Dykstra, who waived formal arraignment at Monday's hearing in Union County, and his lawyer made brief comments to reporters after court. The attorney reiterated previous statements -- that Dykstra is a nonviolent man and the evidence will support his contentions. Dykstra, asked about the emotional toll the court case has taken on him, mumbled so much in his brief response that his words were barely audible. 

Dykstra has been active on Twitter, though, teasing in the overnight hours ahead of his court appearance, "Anything interesting going on in any Elizabeth, NJ courtrooms during the next day or so?"

After court, he went on a bizarre nonsensical Tweetstorm, writing a series of postss with various tags like #NationalNutDay, #DoublePlusGood, #NobodyWantsToHear and #NailsNation" that didn't appear to have anything to do with Monday's court hearing. He's due back in court in December.

Dykstra has said he was in fear for his life because the Uber driver wouldn't stop the car; his lawyer has said the driver took Dykstra on the wrong route to his destination and engaged the child locks to keep him from getting out. 

For his part, the Uber driver told authorities of an expletive-laden tirade that involved threats to "blow off" his head. At the time of the altercation, the driver stopped outside police headquarters in Linden, New Jersey, and ran out of the car. Police said they found cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among Dykstra's belongings but didn't find a weapon.

Dykstra's attorney has denied the threat had ever happened.

Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets. He was named to the National League All-Star team three times.

Dykstra's life after baseball has been troubled. He has served prison time after pleading guilty to crimes including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering, and he declared bankruptcy in 2009, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

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<![CDATA[See It: Witches Put Hex on Kavanaugh Amid Christian Protests]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:14:47 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/melissa+hex+cropped.png Modern day witches held a public hex on the Supreme Court's newly appointed associate justice in Brooklyn this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Listen Up: Frat Party Accident, NYPD Recall, April the Giraffe's Baby]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:01:42 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LISTEN+UP+GIRAFFE+NOT+MOVING+VO.00_00_26_05.Still001.jpg

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<![CDATA[Jets Get Torched, Hot Coals Set Cars Ablaze at MetLife ]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:10:25 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car-fires-metlife.jpg A word of warning to tailgaters and drivers. Several cars were set on fire Sunday afternoon at the MetLife Stadium parking lot when they parked over hot coals, New Jersey State Police said. ]]> <![CDATA[At Least 15 People Homeless After Jersey City Fire: Official ]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 22:00:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jersey-city-fire-1021.png

A fire raced through two Jersey City buildings on Saturday afternoon, leaving more than a dozen people homeless, officials said. 

The fire broke out just around 1 p.m. this afternoon on Summit Avenue and spread to an adjacent building.

At least 15 people were displaced by the fire, said city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione. No injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

<![CDATA[Schumer: Charter Co. in Fatal Chopper Crash Offers Discounts]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:30:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/5_Dead_as_Tour_Helicopter_Plunges_Into_East_River.jpg

The company that chartered the “doors-off” helicopter that crashed into the East River in March, killing its five passengers, is still offering similar flights at a discount despite the fact that it’s under federal investigation, Sen. Chuck Schumer said.

The five passengers drowned when they were unable to free themselves from their harnesses after the chopper, owned and operated by Liberty Helicopters but chartered by FlyNYON for the day, crashed into the water on March 11.

Schumer said Sunday that FlyNYON is now offering a 40 percent “October sale” discount on “the exact same doors-off flights.” 

FlyNYON says it now uses its own fleet of helicopters for doors-off flights in New York and does not rely on a charter. In addition, a FlyNYON spokesperson said in a statement that, “We have continued to operate in compliance with FAA regulations, and have made numerous safety improvements since March to ensure our customers have the best possible experience with FlyNYON. We await the results of the NTSB investigation.”

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating these flights.

Schumer said FlyNYON should not be offering a discount on similar flights with those investigations still pending. 

“For FlyNYON to offer a 40 percent discount on a doors-off flight when we still don’t know 100 percent of what went wrong during the East River chopper crash should be alarming to the feds and fliers alike,” Schumer said in a statement.

“Moreover, the aggressive marketing campaign that uses social media and geo-tracking to hype up the flights and court consumers doesn’t seem to alert potential customers to the current investigation or the risks involved,” he added.

A month after the deadly crash, the New York Times reported that pilots for FlyNYON had expressed concerns about the choppers’ harnesses, among other safety concerns, to management.

Schumer on Sunday called on FlyNYON to suspend the flights until the investigations are complete.

“I’ve asked for this before, and to their credit and the FAA’s, the company did the right thing and suspended those flights, but it would appear that months later an aggressive marketing campaign to sell the same doors-off flights could fly under the radar, and that should not happen,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Happening Today: Nuke Pact, Khashoggi, Taquitos, Selma Blair]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:30:03 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms1339.jpg

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US Will Pull Out of Intermediate-Range Nuke Pact, Trump Says

President Trump says his intention to scrap a landmark arms control agreement Russia follows years of violations by Moscow in developing prohibited weapons, and "we're not going to be the only one to adhere to it." The Kremlin said the pullout "would be a very dangerous step." Britain said it stood "absolutely resolute" with the U.S., while Germany called Trump's move "regrettable." Heiko Maas said in a statement that the three-decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is "an important pillar of our European security architecture" and Trump's announcement "raises difficult questions for us and Europe." The 1987 pact prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles.

Saudi King, Crown Prince Call Slain Writer Khashoggi's Son

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage. King Salman similarly made a condolence call as international pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged the Washington Post journalist was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said details of Khashoggi's killing "will be revealed in all its nakedness" in a speech in parliament, the same day a glitzy investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by Prince Mohammed is to take place.

Growing Caravan of Migrants Pushes Deeper Into Mexico

Thousands of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. stretched out on rain-soaked sidewalks, benches and public plazas in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula, worn down by another day's march under a blazing sun. Keeping together for strength and safety in numbers, some huddled under a metal roof in the city's main plaza. Others lay exhausted in the open air, with only thin sheets of plastic to protect them from ground soggy from an intense evening shower. Some didn't even have a bit of plastic yet. "We are going to sleep here in the street, because we have nothing else," said Jose Mejia, 42, a father of four from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. "We have to sleep on the sidewalk, and tomorrow wake up and keep walking. We'll get a piece of plastic to cover ourselves if it rains again." The group's advance has drawn strong criticism from President Trump, who lashed out again at the Democratic Party over what he apparently sees as a winning issue for Republicans a little over two weeks ahead of midterm elections.

2.4M Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella Concern

More than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat taquitos have been recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and listeria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The recall includes meat and poultry taquitos produced between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, by Ruiz Food Products, according to a Friday press release from the FSIS. The affected products are 4.5-pound cases of Go-Go Taquitos in “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos," “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos" and “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla." The items were shipped nationwide. There have been no confirmed reports of illness from customers eating the food. But the FSIS said people should not eat taquitos already purchased and to throw them away. The agency encouraged people to contact their healthcare providers if they are concerned.

Actress Selma Blair Reveals She Has Multiple Sclerosis

In a candid Instagram post, actress Selma Blair revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after experiencing symptoms for years. The "Cruel Intentions" and "Legally Blonde" star said she received her diagnosis on Aug. 16 after a friend encouraged her to see a doctor. "I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve," Blair wrote. "I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share." Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system and interferes with the communication between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Symptoms vary but can include difficulty walking, numbness, muscle spasms, weakness, vision impairment and fatigue.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Career Achievement Award for Comedy

After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television characters to her name — Elaine Benes of "Seinfeld" and foul-mouthed Vice-President Selina Meyer — Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been honored with the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in comedy. The 57-year-old actress received a stream of testimonials from celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert and 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey--touching on the multiple aspects of her career. Fey paid tribute to Louis-Dreyfus at the award ceremony by tracking the similarities between their lives. Louis-Dreyfus is the 21st Mark Twain recipient, joining a list that includes Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Carol Burnett. Bill Cosby, the winner in 2009, had his award rescinded earlier this year after he was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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<![CDATA[NYC Bodega Owner Shoots Counter Jumper in Head: Cops]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:27:56 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BODEGA+SHOOTING+BX1.jpg

A Bronx bodega owner was being questioned after police say he shot and killed a would-be robber who barged into his store and demanded money.

A 32-year-old man stormed into the J Supermarket on Morrison Avenue in Soundview late Sunday and ordered the 43-year-old owner to hand over cash, according to the NYPD. When the worker refused, the suspect tried to jump over the counter when the owner shot him in the head, police said.

Cops rushed to the store and found the suspect unconscious with a gunshot wound to his head, officials said. He was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as Daniel Meeks of the Bronx. 

The store owner was taken to an NYPD station house to be questioned about the robbery, but authorities later said he would not be charged. Police said the suspect was not armed during the attempted robbery.

Police said Meeks has a criminal history, including criminal mischief and attempted robbery.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Jewelry Bought From Vending Machine With Stolen Credit Card]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:11:30 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2673-18+GL+94+pct+10-20-18+PHOTO+3.png

A man used a fraudulent credit card to buy $13,000 of jewelry from a vending machine in Brooklyn, police said. 

That's right, a luxury jewelry vending machine. 

The machine is outside the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. It sells jewelry designed by Marla Aaron, who also has a jewelry vending machine outside the Brooklyn Museum. 

Police say a man used a fraudulent credit card to buy jewelry from the machine on the afternoon of Sept. 20. It's not clear how he got the credit card. 

Police are looking for a man in his 20s or 30s who is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. 

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

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<![CDATA[Hot Tailgating Coals Set Half-Dozen Cars Ablaze at MetLife]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:19:21 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car-fires-metlife.jpg

A word of warning to tailgaters and drivers. 

Several cars were set on fire Sunday afternoon at the MetLife Stadium parking lot when they parked over hot coals, New Jersey State Police said. 

Two separate fires started because of coals, police said. The Meadowlands Fire Department said six cars were ablaze. 

No one was in the vehicles at the time, police said. No one was injured. 

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in NJ Home Ambush, Sex Attack: Officials]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:40:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-inset-muhammed-sharif.jpg

A suspect was arrested in the home ambush and sex attack of a young woman that shook residents of a tight-knit New Jersey suburb, prosecutors said Sunday. 

Muhammad Sharif, 40, of Irvington, was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and burglary, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. 

Police say the woman young apparently encountered the man around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Maplewood and he followed her home. 

Then he sexually attacked her. 

It's not clear how much time elapsed between the first encounter and the home invasion, nor was it clear if any words were exchanged in that encounter. 

Sharif was being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending a court appearance. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney. 

The investigation was ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Found Dead With Throat Slashed in Upper West Side Home]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:21:55 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Susan+Trott.jpg

A 70-year-old woman was found dead inside her Upper West Side home with a cut to her neck, police said.

Police responding to a 911 call found Susan Trott unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on West End Avenue, near West 95th Street, just before 5 a.m. Sunday, the NYPD said.

Trott, who had a laceration to her neck, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detectives say it is likely she had been there for some time. A co-worker hadn't seen her for a few days and called police to check on her. 

Neighbors said Trott lived in the building for more than a decade. 

"She was generous and she was eccentric and she had strong opinions and I think she could relate very well to animals," neighbor Helen Stein said. 

No one has been arrested in connection with Trott’s death, but police are investigating the incident as a homicide, the NYPD said.

There was no forced entry, nothing appeared to be stolen and no notes were left behind, police said. 

<![CDATA[2 Men Die After Being Found Unconscious in NJ Home: Police]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:42:26 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/foto+generica+de+police+line+tape+2422a2.jpg

Two men died and one woman was in critical condition after they were found unconscious in a home in Newark on Sunday, police said.

Police responding to a 911 call found the three people unconscious inside a home on Montclair Avenue around 7:55 a.m., Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said.

The men were pronounced dead, and the woman was taken to University Hospital, where she was in critical condition, police said.

Police didn’t immediately provide any details about what happened to the three, but the two men’s deaths are being considered accidental.

An investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[83-Year-Old Woman Dies in New Jersey Crash, Authorities Say]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:25:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-generic-3-cc.png

An 83-year-old woman died after she was involved in a car crash in New Jersey, authorities said.

Marcelina Carino, of Totowa, was driving a Honda Civic near Valley Road and Birchwood Terrace in Wayne around 5:44 p.m. on Saturday when she was involved in a crash with two other vehicles, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said on Sunday.

Carino was pronounced dead not long after police arrived at the scene.

The occupants of the two other vehicles sustained minor injuries, the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office didn’t immediately provide details about the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Another Malfunction in Newark After Transformer Blows: PSE&G]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 22:20:58 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/manhole-smoke-newark-1020.png

Another piece of electrical equipment malfunctioned in Newark on Sunday, just as crews were making repairs to an underground cable failure the day before, the utility said. 

PSE&G crews had restored power to most of the 1,500 customers in downtown Newark that lost it the day before when another piece of equipment malfunctioned, the utility said. 

That caused smoke to come out of a manhole on University Avenue. 

Power was restored to all but two customers in the downtown area by about 10 p.m., PSE&G said. 

Officials urged drivers to allow more time for Monday morning's commute in the area. 

Saturday's power outage was centered around Park Place and Rector Street, outside the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. A concert by Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson on Saturday night was canceled. 

No injuries were reported as a result of the manhole fires.

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<![CDATA[Teen in Custody in Stabbing at Tanger Outlets: Police]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:21:03 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-generic-3-cc.png

Three people were injured in a stabbing at Tanger Outlet mall on Saturday afternoon and police said they have a suspect in custody. 

The suspect was 15 years old, said Capt. George Potts of the Mashantucket Tribal Police Department. 

The three people who were hurt were taken to a local hospital, Potts said. They were expected to survive their injuries. 

The mall at Foxwoods Casino wasn't locked down, Potts said. 

The investigation was ongoing. 

A spokesperson for the casino thanked first responders in a statement. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved with or affected by this incident," the statement said, "and we continue to work closely with Mashantucket Tribal Police throughout this investigation."

<![CDATA[Check Your Tickets: 4 NYers Win $1M in Mega Millions ]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 23:42:56 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mega_Millions.jpg

Although no one won the big Mega Millions jackpot, four New Yorkers still have a million reasons to celebrate. 

Four tickets matching five numbers -- but not the Mega Ball -- each won a $1 million prize. 

They were sold in the Bronx, Yonkers, Middletown and Niagara Falls. All were Quick Pick tickets. 

The tickets were sold at: 

  • Jardy Wines Liquors, 486 E. 169th St., the Bronx
  • Shoprite/Wakefern, 278 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers 
  • Chestnut Mart, 176 West Main Street, Middletown, 
  • Tops Markets, 4235 Military Road, Niagara Falls 

The winning numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

Because no one won the big jackpot, it swelled to $1.6 billion

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot grew to $470 million. The winning numbers drawn Saturday night were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2.

<![CDATA[Bill's Books for Oct. 21]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 09:08:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bills+books.jpg

Greetings, readers! Here's a sneak peek of what to expect on the Oct. 21 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.

<![CDATA[Person Struck by Subway in East Harlem; Trains Disrupted]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:43:52 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+MTA+photo+vg.jpg

A person was struck by a subway train in East Harlem on Saturday night, officials said. 

The person was struck by a southbound 6 train at the 125th Street station shortly before 10 p.m., officials said. 

Subway service has been changed: northbound 6 trains were running express and southbound 4, 5 and 6 trains were skipping the 125th Street station. 

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<![CDATA[NJ Gov. Murphy's Father-in-Law, Edward Snyder, Dies at 90]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:39:17 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/phil-murphy-ed-snyder-crop.jpg

Edward Brown Snyder, founder of Checkered Flag Motor Car Company and father-in-law to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, has died, the governor said. He was 90.

Snyder, the father of first lady Tammy Murphy, died Friday. 

Snyder, who lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, founded Checkered Flag Motor Car in 1964, according to his obituary. It's one of the larges import dealers in Virginia, with 11 franchises and nearly 700 employees. 

Murphy, who was on a trade mission to Israel with his wife, said he dedicated their "presence in this holy hand to his memory."

"We consider ourselves lucky and blessed to have been able to speak with him one last time, only twelve hours before his passing," Murphy said in a statement. "He taught our family so much through his example and we will cherish his every lesson on a life well-lived."

Snyder, who was Jewish, asked that they continue their trip to Israel, Murphy said. 

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<![CDATA[Power Out at NJPAC, Concert Canceled Amid Manhole Fires]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:11:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/manhole-smoke-newark-1020.png

An underground electric transformer blew on Saturday in Newark, causing smoke to billow from several manhole covers and knocking out power to about 1,500 customers including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 

A concert by Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson, scheduled Saturday night at NJPAC, was canceled, the venue tweeted. 

Power to the venue had been restored as of Sunday morning, NJPAC tweeted. The Dodge Poetry Festival, which was canceled on Saturday, was slated to continue Sunday. 

The neighborhood-wide blackout was centered around Park Place and Rector Street, right outside the performing arts center, PSE&G said. Traffic lights in the area were also out. 

Others without power included the Rutgers University residence hall at Washington place, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Robert Treat Hotel, the Hahne building and the IDT headquarters. 

There were reports of four manhole fires starting around 2:45 p.m. A popping sound could be heard under the street hours later. 

No injuries have been reported. 

PSE&G said crews were on site. 

It didn't appear to be gas related, PSE&G said.

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<![CDATA[Patients Detail Alleged Abuse by Renowned NYC Pediatrician]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:13:46 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/other+abuse.jpg

Former patients of a well-known Upper East Side pediatrician are detailing decades-old allegations of abuse. 

The late Dr. Reginald Archibald worked at Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s until his retirement in 1982. Archibald studied childhood growth and many alleged victims, mostly boys, said they participated in a free growth study. He died in 2007. 

Two attorneys represent more than 100 alleged victims and said they believe there are hundreds of victims in total. 

Two of the alleged victims talked to NsBC 4 New York. They said their visits to Archibald started with the doctor asking them to get naked, then he would lock the door. 

Mitchell Scher, who took part in a growth study in the 1960s, said the doctor would have him sit in his lap. 

"He fondled me," Scher said. "He would play with genitals and stuff."

Another man, who asked to remain anonymous, described a secretary knocking on the door while he was sitting on Archibald's lap. The doctor quickly had him stand up and unlock the door, then whispered to the secretary. 

Both men said the doctor took photos of them naked. The attorneys for both men said they want to know where those photos are, but the hospital hasn't provided information. 

The hospital said it learned of allegations in 2004. In the last two weeks, it sent a letter to patients to inform them. 

"We are appalled to hear those accounts of Dr. Archibald's behavior," the hospital said in a statement. "We deeply regret pain and suffering caused to any of Dr. Archibald's former patients."

But an attorney for dozens of the victims said the hospital should have done more. 

"I think they had enough information they could've stopped it in its course," attorney Jennifer Freeman said. 

The hospital didn't respond to questions about why it took so long to inform former patients about the allegations against Archibald. 

Rockefeller University Hospital has offered to pay for counseling and started a victim therapy fund. 

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<![CDATA[Sorry, It's Getting Even Colder Overnight ]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:27:04 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cold+weather+30+rock+1021.png

It’s time to pull out that heavy coat.

Freeze warnings were issued for parts of Long Island and New Jersey overnight. Southern Suffolk County was expected to dip into the 20s and 30s from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m., the National Weather Service said. 

A freeze warning was also issued for parts of the Jersey Shore including western Monmouth County from midnight until 9 a.m. 

In suburbs of the city, frost advisories have been issued. They include the following counties: Hudson, eastern Essex, eastern Union, southern Westchester, most of Suffolk and Nassau counties. Click here to check all weather alerts for your neighborhood. 

Storm Team 4 says it should warm up into the low 50s during the day on Monday, with some clouds moving in.

On Tuesday, a weak cold front moves through, bringing some more clouds and a slight chance of showers. Expect temperatures in the tri-state area to reach near 60 degrees.

The rest of the work week looks dry and sunny, with temperatures hovering around the 50s through Friday.

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<![CDATA[The $500M School Funding Question Facing NJ Voters]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:41:18 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/Generic+School+Crossing+Sign.jpg

New Jersey voters, in addition to deciding competitive Senate and House races, will also decide the fate of $500 million in bonds that would be used for a host of school-related initiatives.

At the top of the ticket is the Senate race, with Republican Bob Hugin as Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez' top opponent. There are six other candidates running on third-party slogans, including Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman and Libertarian Murray Sabrin.

All 12 of the state's House seats are on the ballot. Democrats currently control seven and Republicans occupy five. State offices are not on the ballot this year.

The only question on the ballot on Nov. 6 asks voters whether to approve the $500 million in new debt for school security, county colleges, vocational schools and water infrastructure. The constitution requires that new debts obtain voter approval.

Specifically, $350 million would be used to provide grants to county vocational school districts and school security projects. Also, $50 million would go to county college projects and $100 million would go to support water infrastructure projects across the state's more than 600 school districts.

The Democrat-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy approved the bipartisan measure to get the question on the ballot, but not without a disagreement over how much the bonds should be.

Murphy halved the legislative proposal from $1 billion to $500 million, citing the state's already heavy debt load. Debt service in the current fiscal year tops $4 billion, and New Jersey ranks in the Top 5 states for tax-supported debt.

Murphy estimated the total debt payments on the initial proposal would range from $1.7 billion to $2.2 billion over 30 years, depending on interest and other factors.

Republicans have consistently called for steeper spending cuts to help the state's strained budget, but expressed frustration that Murphy halved the bond proposal, which nearly all supported.

Republican state Sen. Steve Oroho said in a statement that the smaller bond issuance won't go far enough to address schools' needs. To rein in the state's finances, he suggested overhauling the state's public worker pension and health benefits.

Murphy has shown little interest in pursuing such reforms, which would be likely to entail cuts. Instead he's called for working with organized labor to lower costs.

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<![CDATA[Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Oct. 22]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:11:37 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/READ+UP.png

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 

Happy Monday! Bundle up this morning, but you may not need it come the afternoon. It will be less chilly with highs reaching the mid-50s. As always, get the latest forecast at nbcnewyork.com/weather.

1. 'Chaos': 30 Injured After Floor Collapses During Party in SC

A party turned to "chaos" when the floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed and left 30 people injured, police said.

Authorities were called to The Woodlands Apartments clubhouse in South Carolina after the building's first story floor gave way during a private party with Clemson University students and others. Chief of Police Jimmy Dixon described the scene as "chaos."

Video posted to social media showed people dancing before the floor caved in and crashed to the next level of the structure, leaving a large hole in the middle of the room. Dozens of people fell through while many still standing looked on or recorded the incident with their phones. People could be heard shouting and screaming in the footage.

Read more here.

2. Thousands of Body Cameras Pulled After One Explodes: NYPD

The NYPD has suspended the use of a certain kind of body camera “effective immediately” after one of them exploded.

A police officer was wearing a Vievu model LE-5 body-worn camera on a “midnight tour” on Saturday night when he noticed that it was smoking and took it off, the NYPD said.

Not long after, the camera exploded, according to the NYPD. No one was injured by the explosion, the department said.

Read more here.

3. Schumer: Operator in Deadly Chopper Crash Offering Discounts

The company that operated the “doors-off” helicopter that crashed into the East River in March, killing its five passengers, is still offering the same kind of flights at a discount despite the fact that it’s under federal investigation, Sen. Chuck Schumer said.

The five passengers drowned when they were unable to free themselves from their harnesses after a chopper operated by FlyNYON crashed into the water and rolled over on March 11.

FlyNYON is now offering a 40 percent “October sale” discount on “the exact same doors-off flights,” Schumer said.

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[Pedestrian Struck, Killed By SUV in New Jersey: Police]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 15:51:53 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Siren+resize.jpg

An SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in New Jersey on Friday night, authorities said.

The man in his 40s was struck by a 2014 Ford Explorer traveling east on Broadway, near Orange Avenue, in Elmwood Park around 10 p.m., police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver remained at the scene and isn’t yet facing any charges, police said.

<![CDATA[Bouncer Shoots Teen in the Leg Outside NYC Nightclub: Police]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:05:18 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

A nightclub bouncer was taken into custody after he allegedly shot a teen in the leg, police said.

The bouncer shot the 19-year-old in the leg during a fight outside Jouvay Night Club in Jamaica, Queens, around 2:33 a.m. on Saturday, the NYPD said.

The teen was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, and is expected to survive, police said.

Police took the 39-year-old bouncer into custody, but no charges had been filed against him yet.

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<![CDATA[Son Dead, Father Wounded in NYC Stabbing: Police]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 15:55:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/siren-generic-3-cc.png

A father was wounded and his son was killed in a stabbing after they got into an argument with another man, police said.

The 56-year-old father and his 35-year-old son, identified by police as Hason Correa, of the Bronx, allegedly beat up another man after getting into an argument with him on 152nd Street, near Frederick Douglass Boulevard, in Harlem on Friday night, the NYPD said.

The man left the location, then returned with a group of friends, according to police.

Police responding to a 911 call found Correa and his father with stab wounds to their chests around 10:51 p.m., the NYPD said.

Both of the men were taken to the hospital, where Correa was pronounced dead, according to police.

His father remains in stable condition, the NYPD said. 

No one has been arrested in connection with the stabbings, and an investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Thief Swipes $1.7K Belt Bag From Gucci in Trump Tower: NYPD]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 08:21:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trump_Tower_Gucci_Theft.jpg

A thief swiped a belt bag worth around $1,690 from the Gucci inside Trump Tower, police said.

The man went into the store on Fifth Avenue and lifted the belt bag around 5:20 p.m. on Oct. 2, the NYPD said.

He was wearing glasses during the theft, and has a bowl cut, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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