<![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-usSun, 25 Feb 2018 22:53:19 -0500Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:53:19 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thousands Join Florida Shooting Survivors at Rally in NJ]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:36:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/florida+shooting+suvivors+rally+new+jersey.jpg

Three survivors of the school shooting in Florida joined a rally in New Jersey on Sunday with Sen. Bob Menendez to push for "common sense gun legislation." 

David Hogg, Matthew Deitsch and Ryan Deitsch survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14 that killed 17 people. Hogg and other students have emerged as leading voices in the gun control debate. 

"I'm here. I'm alive. We have to change something," Hogg said after taking the stage. "If I was going to die there and our souls were left behind on that classroom floor, hopefully our voices [...] would carry on to the halls of Congress and echo across the nation." 

An estimated 2,500 people packed the Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston for the event. Organizers had to change venues because they worried the original venue would be too small, and even the synagogue was at max-capacity.

The survivors have a connection to Livingston through Parkland student Harris Jaffe, who was born in the town outside Newark.

Menendez, a Democrat, has been a vocal supporter of stricter gun control laws and has sponsored legislation to ban high-capacity magazines. 

"While I've always aspired to get a good grade, I am very proud of my lifetime F from the NRA," the senator said. 

Hogg and other survivors are set to speak at other rallies around the country and are also spreading the word about a student walkout they've planned for March 14, as well as a sizable rally in Washington, D.C. called "March For Our Lives" set for March 24.

The Florida shooting has reignited a national debate over gun laws. President Donald Trump has discussed banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to guns. Others have advocated arming teachers.  

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island have announced the formation of the "States for Gun Safety" coalition, a new multi-state partnership to combat gun violence.

The governors said states will be able to tackle issues related gun violence – including stopping the flow of black market guns, sharing information among law enforcement on individuals who may pose a violent threat, and working on parallel tracks on gun safety legislation — while they wait for Congress and the President to take federal action.

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<![CDATA[NY Man Who Helped Hurricane Effort Found Dead in Puerto Rico]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:28:09 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NEW+YORKER+FOUND+DEAD+IN+PUERTO+RICO+VO++-+00000000_WNBC_000000.jpg

A Staten Island man was found dead about a week after he went missing in Puerto Rico, officials said.

Sean Collins, 29, was a lineman for Northline Utilities who went to Puerto Rico as a contractor to help restore power after Hurricane Maria in September.

He came home to New York City in January, but had returned to the island last weekend to visit friends, according to officials.

A missing person’s report was filed when he didn’t catch his flight back to New York, officials said. His body was later found inside his rental car.

It’s not clear how he died, but authorities don’t believe foul play was involved.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 and destroyed two-thirds of the power distribution system on the island. Nearly 250,000 customers remain without power more than five months after the Category 4 storm.

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<![CDATA[Feds in Florida Nab Suspected Gunman in Killing of NJ Boy]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:46:47 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Karon+Council+and+Yovanni+Banos-Merino.jpg

An 18-year-old man who police believe sprayed a New Jersey house with bullets last week, killing a boy inside, has been arrested more than 1,000 miles away in Florida, authorities said.

It's unclear what drew Karon Council, aka "Boogie," to Pompano Beach, where he was arrested by the U.S. Marshals on Sunday. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said he would be extradited to New Jersey to face charges. 

Council faces murder, aggravated assault, and other charges in the deadly shooting. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said federal, state and local law enforcement agencies had been working together to find him.

"Council was a very dangerous fugitive with no sense of value for life and could of easily continued his violent behavior in South Florida," Asst. Chief U.S. Marshal Manny Puri said.

Council is believed to be the gunman in Wednesday night's shooting in Asbury Park that left 10-year-old Yovanni Banos-Merino dead. The boy was at home with his 38-year-old mother, Lilia Merino, when shots were fired at the house, police said.

Banos-Merino died of a single gunshot wound. His mother, who was hit in the leg, was hospitalized and later released.

Monmouth County prosecutors, who are leading the investigation, believe the shooter was targeting the mother's boyfriend, who was not injured.

The U.S. Marshals said Council is a suspected Bloods gang member who had been in an altercation with another man in New Jersey. When he couldn't find that man, he allegedly shot at the home where his girlfriend and family lived. 

A 16-year-old Neptune Township boy was arrested Thursday and charged with numerous counts, including murder and aggravated assault. Authorities believe he was Council's accomplice. 

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<![CDATA[Men Looking for Love Robbed in Online Dating Scheme: NYPD]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:48:57 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/509-18+Robbery+Pattern+6097+-+POI+%283%29.jpg

Six men who thought they were going to meet a woman from an online dating site were instead robbed by men with knives and other weapons, police said Sunday.

Five of the men were lured to a building on Park Avenue in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, the NYPD said, while the sixth was lured to another building nearby.

Instead of finding 20-year-old "Nessa Love," the victims were confronted by two to three men who robbed them, according to police. 

The men were robbed between Dec. 7 and Jan. 23. In some cases, the victims were threatened with knives, a baseball bat, or simulated guns. They lost phones, wallets, thousands of dollars, and in one case, an electric scooter.

Two of the suspects have since been arrested, but one of the attackers remains at large, police said.

Nathaniel Baptiste, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with robbery, false impersonation and other charges. George Livermoore, 32, of Queens, was charged with robbery.

Baptiste and Livermoore were arrested by officers who pursued them after the sixth robbery, police said. It wasn't clear if the two men had attorneys. 

Police said they're looking for a man between 25 and 30 years old who's about 6 feet tall with short, curly hair and a heavy beard. 

Police were also looking for 16-year-old Janessia Roberts, whose online dating accounts were used to lure five of the victims.

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<![CDATA[Au Pair Struck, Killed While Getting off Bus in NJ: Pros]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:48:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_18_ASI_HR_131640736229680000.jpg

A 26-year-old au pair was struck and killed by the bus she was exiting in New Jersey, prosecutors said. 

Maya Moar, from Holon, Israel, was struck in Montclair at Grove Street and Mount Hebron Road at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Essex County prosecutors said. She worked for a family in Montclair. 

Moar was getting off a DeCamp bus when it struck her, police said. The bus didn't stop, according to police.

DeCamp Bus Lines is a family-owned charter and commuter bus company based in northern New Jersey, according to its website.

In a statement Sunday, the company's attorney Heather Raggone said they were cooperating with authorities as the investigation continues.

"We at DeCamp are deeply saddened by this tragedy," Raggone said. "Our thoughts & prayers are with the family." 

In 2016, a DeCamp bus struck and killed an 82-year-old woman in West Orange.

Police have asked anyone with information on the crash in Montclair to call the Essex County Prosecutor's tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC.

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<![CDATA[Man Asked 4-Year-Old Girl to Watch Porn: Police ]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:40:49 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car-dealership-porn-inset.jpg

A man who was watching porn on a computer at a Long Island car dealership tried to get a 4-year-old girl to look at the explicit material, police said. 

Fei Du, 53, of Glen Cove, was charged with public display of offensive sexual material, Nassau County police said. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney. 

Police said he was at the service center of a car dealership in Roslyn when he started watching sexually explicit material on a computer owned by the dealership. 

He then motioned for a 4-year-old girl to come watch the video. Her mother removed the girl from the waiting room and called 911. 

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<![CDATA[Hard Rock Casino to Flood Atlantic City With Live Music ]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:53:15 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hard-Rock-Casino-Hotel.jpg

Atlantic City's newest casino promises to flood the city with live music.

The music-themed Hard Rock casino opening this summer promises to become an East Coast musical mecca, with over 200 nights of live music in its first year.

The global gambling, entertainment and resort company is also enlarging the concert venue at the former Trump Taj Mahal to fit 7,000 seats, up from the 5,200 it formerly held.

Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International and a veteran Atlantic City casino executive, promised an audience last week at a local church that the new casino will offer more live music than Atlantic City has ever seen.

"When's the first time someone has done 200 shows in Atlantic City?" he asked. "When's the last time you saw entertainment on a night other than Saturday in Atlantic City? We're going to make that commitment."

By comparison, the nearly 15,000-seat Boardwalk Hall hosted 11 big-name concerts last year, in addition to stage shows and non-musical events. The musical offerings of individual casinos - and their frequency - vary widely, with most restricted to weekends.

Rummy Pandit, executive director of the Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at New Jersey's Stockton University, said Hard Rock's entertainment schedule will expand Atlantic City's appeal.

"Bringing entertainment into the city mid-week at off-peak times will be a particularly persuasive reason for visitors to consider extending their stay," he said. "Turning a two-night weekend stay into a long weekend or mid-week getaway can make a huge difference for Atlantic City's lodging, food and beverage, retail, gaming and tourism businesses."

The director of the Center for gaming Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas said having a diverse lineup will lure more people.

"If people get into the habit of visiting Atlantic City for live music, they may continue to do so," David Schwartz said.

Hard Rock boasts the world's largest collection of music memorabilia, some of which has already made its way into the still unfinished Atlantic City facility. Items include a dress worn by Mariah Carey, a jumpsuit worn by Whitney Houston and an acoustic guitar autographed by Jon Bon Jovi.

Even the casino's business cards have a musical theme. At the top of each one is the phrase, "Please allow me to introduce myself," the opening line from the Rolling Stones' classic "Sympathy For The Devil." Employee name tags are in the shape of guitar picks.

Allen said the live shows will range from top A-list performers in the Mark Etess Arena (Hard Rock is keeping the name of the venue in honor of the former Trump executive who died in a helicopter crash before it opened) to clubs or smaller performance spaces inside the casino.

And despite the ubiquitous guitars, it won't be only rock 'n' roll. Allen promises a diverse musical mix for every taste.

"You're looking at the person who just signed Jay-Z and Beyoncé to play Hard Rock Stadium" in Miami, he told an audience at the New Shiloh Baptist Church last week.

<![CDATA[Bill's Books for Feb. 25]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:19:08 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bills+books.jpg

Greetings, readers! Here's a sneak peek of what to expect on the Feb. 25 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[Chef Ricardo Cardona’s Quinoa Paella]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:06:25 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chef_Ricardo_Cardona_s_Quinoa_Paella.jpg

Quinoa Paella

  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup asparagus
  • 1/2 cup French green beans
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1 cup green lentil
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup scallions
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweet coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and chopped

In a hot pan, put all vegetables except baby kale first and sautéed until stir-fry with coconut oil. On a separate pot, place 4 cups of water with salt to taste until boiling point. rinse and wash quinoa before placing in boiling water. add quinoa to boiling water and wait 5 mins until quinoa pops. drain and chill quinoa. add to sautéed vegetables and mix all together. add baby kale last. Serve on a plate.

<![CDATA[Man Sexually Assaulted 6 Kids Swimming at YMCA: Police]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:40:19 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/timothy-smith-inset.jpg

A man sexually assaulted six children during a swim class at the New Jersey YMCA where he lived, police said. 

Timothy Smith, 42, was charged with six counts of child endangerment and six counts of sexual assault. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Saturday. 

All six victims were between the ages of 6 and 9, police said. 

Smith lived at the Hackensack YMCA where the children were assaulted on Feb. 16, according to police, who allege Smith touched the kids' intimate parts during a public swim program. 

In a statement, the YMCA said that it has suspended Smith's membership and that he no longer has access to the membership areas of the facility in Hackensack. 

"We have & will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities with their investigation," the YMCA said.

It wasn't clear whether Smith, who works at a deli counter in a grocery store in Paramus, had an attorney. 

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<![CDATA[Better Get Baquero: Erasing $2 Million of Your Medical Debt]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:23:57 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/286*120/AdobeStock_137665327-sm.jpg

If you’ve ever been to the emergency room, you know the cost of a single visit can leave you feeling worse than before you got there. Medical debt is a huge problem -- one in five Americans have it.

Simply put, it’s the biggest cause of bankruptcy in the United States. That’s why News 4 has decided to do something to help address it.


If you challenge a hospital bill for $10,000, the hospital might sell that debt to a collector at a discount, leaving the collector to come after you for the money.

But over time collectors sell on debt to other collectors, paying less and less each time. Eventually, the debt can be bought for pennies on the dollar.

That's where a unique not-for-profit steps in. RIP Medical Debt, which is based in Rye, uses charitable donations to buy batches of medical debt for a fraction of face value and then cancel it. 

Now, the NBC Universal Owned Television Stations Group, which owns WNBC, is making a $150,000 donation to RIP Medical Debt, which will let them retire $15 million in debt. That includes $2 million in the tri-state.

RIP does have some criteria -- they look for people who are at double the federal poverty level or below, or who owe more than they own, or who are otherwise in some kind of hardship. (As RIP buys the debt without knowing who the debtors are, it's not possible to sign up or to request your specific debt be relieved.)

Those who get their debt relieved will receive a yellow envelope from RIP Medical Debt in the mail letting them know that the specified debt (but not necessarily all of their debt) is gone.


NBC is not collecting or receiving any information provided in the fields below. This goes directly to the charity.

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<![CDATA[Tourist With Measles Traveled All Over Tri-State: Officials]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:14:30 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tourist_With_Measles_Was_All_Over_NYC__Officials.jpg

Health officials are sounding the alarm after a tourist infected with measles visited popular sites around New York City, among other places in the tri-state. Wale Aliyu reports.

<![CDATA[Man With 46 License Suspensions Pulled Over 2x in 24 Hours]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:29:04 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RALPH+KNOWLES.jpg

A Long Island man who has had his license suspended dozens of times before it was revoked back when Ronald Reagan was president was pulled over twice in 24 hours this weekend, police say.

Ralph Knowles, who was pulled over Friday evening and Saturday morning, had his license suspended 46 times before it expired in 1986 and was then revoked in 1987, according to Suffolk County police.

Knowles, 55, was pulled over in Wyandanch on Friday for failing to signal while changing lanes, police said. That’s when the officer discovered Knowles wasn’t the registered owner of the Dodge Caravan he was driving, according to police.

Then, on Saturday morning, another officer pulled Knowles over in West Babylon – it’s unclear for exactly what. Knowles told the officer he had been pulled over the day before, according to police.

He was taken into custody and was to be held in jail overnight ahead of his arraignment scheduled for Sunday.

Knowles faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Missing Teen With Autism Found in New Jersey]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:07:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IMG-2591.JPG

A New Jersey teen who went missing after he was separated from his mother on Saturday afternoon has been found, police said.

Justin Uribe went missing around 1:30 p.m. in Bloomfield, according to police. 

The 19-year-old from Rockaway walked into the Wayne Police Department around 9 p.m. Saturday and has been reunited with his family, police said. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands at NYC Rally: SCOTUS Decision Will Threaten Unions]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:38:33 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Thousands_at_NYC_Rally_Say_Unions_Under_Threat.jpg

Thousands of workers rallied in Lower Manhattan on Saturday in protest of an upcoming Supreme Court decision that they say aims to rip away union strengths and give power to corporations. Ken Buffa reports.

<![CDATA[Teen Charged Over 'Joke' of Gun in Backpack: Police ]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:40:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gun_Runner_Web_Clip.jpg

A teenager who said that he had a gun in his backpack has been charged with creating false public alarm, police said Saturday. 

The 14-year-old boy told detectives that he was just joking. Detectives found no evidence of a gun the middle school or at his home,  New Brunswick police said. 

Teachers became aware of the threat at the end of the school day on Friday and notified police. 

Police warned that they take threats very seriously. "Even if the students perceive them as jokes, the consequences can be serious," police said in a statement. 

<![CDATA[Car Goes Airborne in Traffic Circle, Crashes Down Ravine: Troopers]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:21:05 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/POLICE+SIREN6.jpg

A car speeding around a traffic circle on Saturday went airborne and flew 110 feet into the woods and down a ravine, killing the driver, state police said. 

The Honda Accord wasn't visible from the roadway and was only discovered after a bicyclist reported the crash, New York state police said. 

Tal Itzhack Levy, 24, of Jerico, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

He was driving north on the Bethpage Parkway and crashed on the traffic circle at the northern end of the road, troopers said. 

An investigation found that unsafe speed was a contributing factor, police said. 

<![CDATA[Firefighters Have Unmet Emotional, Mental Health Need: Study]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:39:05 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fdny1234.jpg

In his more than 25 years as a firefighter in Stamford, Connecticut, Capt. Jacques Roy thought he could handle anything – until the smoke cleared from a devastating fire that killed three children and their grandparents.

“I was the guy who couldn't hack it. I was the guy who needed help. I never thought it would be me. But it was me,” says Roy.

Roy and his team were among those who pulled bodies from the ashes of the fire on Christmas Day 2011 at the home of fashion executive Madonna Badger.

“When we respond to a call, we always have to suppress our emotions and use our logic and our past experiences to perform our job,” he explains. “If they’re very strong emotions, sometimes we never get to process them. So we wind up with fragments of an incident left over.”

For Roy, the fragments of that day sent him into a spiral of anger and sleepless nights, an experience NBC New York discovered is common among firefighters – and can often be worse.

In partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), NBC New York and NBC Bay Area sent a confidential online survey to thousands of firefighters to hear directly from them about the impact of post-traumatic stress on their lives, and to learn what services are available when they need help.

From across North America, 7,000 firefighters responded, overwhelmingly reporting that stressful or traumatic experiences on the job have impacted their mental health. Among the struggles they say are directly connected to the job: 19 percent have had thoughts of suicide, 27 percent have struggled with substance abuse, 59 percent have experienced family and relationship problems and 65 percent are haunted by memories of bad calls.

The IAFF says the survey is unprecedented and highlights a critical need.

“What this study does is really bring home the numbers that we already knew were out there, that fire fighters are suffering from PTSD and other behavioral health disorders,” says Jim Brinkley, director of Health and Safety for the IAFF. “And more importantly, there’s a stigma attached to seeking help." 

“It may seem contrary to everything you think of yourself, or want to believe,” says Roy, who recovered from his trauma through intensive therapy. “But we're human. We're not superheroes."

"We suffer from the same challenges the general public does -- financial issues, marital issues. Now you compound that with the horror that we see every day, day in and day out. It adds up and eventually takes a toll," he said. 

But firefighters say getting mental health assistance can be tricky. Of those who responded to the survey, 81 percent said they feared being seen as weak or unfit for duty if they asked for help. Additionally, 71 percent say they have not used services provided by their department’s employee assistance program (EAP) for mental health issues related to their job. Of those who did use their EAP, 63 percent did not find it helpful.

“We’re going to take a hard look at this survey to determine what is it we’re doing right and more importantly, where are the gaps. What programming do we need to provide to make sure our members get the help they need?” says Brinkley.

The IAFF provides a vast array of services, the centerpiece of which is its Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery. The residential facility near Washington, D.C. treats union members struggling with substance abuse and related issues like PTSD.

“We don’t typically trust outsiders,” says Brinkley, explaining that the facility is staffed by firefighters and professionals who’ve received intensive training. “Having someone there who understands what we’ve been through is incredibly powerful.”

Another powerful tool are the teams the IAFF dispatches to disasters and tragedies like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Our intent is to get out and reach the members that have been affected, let them know what some of the signs and symptoms are that they are going to be experiencing and what services are available to them,” says Brinkley.

Members of the New York City Fire Department Counseling Services Unit, which has evolved and grown since 9/11, are often called to join IAFF teams in the field.

“The phone's ringing off the hook at the [Counseling Services Unit] because they know that we're here and that we want to be helpful,” says FDNY Capt. Frank Leto. “So it’s small departments from all over the country that are asking if they can have our protocols, can they have what we've developed. And the answer is always yes.”

But the goal is to get firefighters help where they live. That’s why the FDNY Counseling Services Unit also travels the country, training departments on what to look for and how to handle firefighters who are struggling.

“It's when the media goes away, it’s when everything quiets down that our members start to struggle,” explains FDNY Lt. Angelo Sacco. “We operate well in emergencies. It's when everything quiets down that things get difficult.”

Please visit the IAFF Recovery Center for mental health resources for firefighters. 

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<![CDATA[Third Suspect Cuffed in NYC Break-In Left Man, 91, Dead]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:19:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/villeda-home-invasion-2-1011.jpg

The third suspect in a violent home invasion that left a 91-year-old Brooklyn man dead and his 100-year-old wife running for her life has been arrested, authorities said. 

Howard Morris was arrested on murder, assault and burglary charges Friday in the break-in at Waldiman and Ethlin Brumley Thompson's home in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Oct. 11. Dwayne Blackwood, 27, and the alleged mastermind of the attack that caused Waldiman Thompson to have a fatal heart attack, Suzette Troutman, were arrested last year. 

Authorities said two masked suspects broke into the home of Thompson and his wife Ethlin Brumley Thompson, pulled pillowcases over their heads and tied them up, police said. The men then threatened to kill Ethlin if she wasn't quiet, according to court documents. 

Ethlin Thompson was able to break free, escape and call 911 but when police arrived they found Waldiman Thompson unresponsive on the floor with a cord and sheet over his head, court documents say. He was pronounced dead after he arrived at Interfaith Medical Center.

Sources have said that Troutman knew the couple and had bought them a lockbox that was stolen from the home in the break-in.

Attorney information for Morris wasn't immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Barber Attacked With Baseball Bat Over 'Messed up' Haircut]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:00:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/barbershopbeating-suspect-combo.jpg

A barber was punched and pummeled with a baseball bat after one of his clients refused to pay for a haircut he didn't like, according to police, but people who work at the Bronx barbershop say the barber may be to blame. 

The client has been coming to the Diamond Cuts barbershop on East Tremont Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood since he was 5 years old, according to employees, but a fight broke out after he refused to pay the barber and hit him with a brush, police said. 

The NYPD wants to question the client and his two alleged accomplices; they include the client's wife, who allegedly hit the barber twice, and his friend, who allegedly struck the barber twice with a baseball bat. 

The fight started over a "messed up haircut," the shop's manager said. The client refused to pay the $15, hit the barber with a brush and then ran from the shop, he said. 

The manager said others in the shop offered to pay for the haircut, but the barber wanted it from the client and wouldn't let him leave, even holding his car door as he tried to get away. 

The barber, who had only been working at the shop a few weeks, then swung at the client and "rouged him up," the manager said. 

During the fight, the client's wife and friend got out of the car and attacked the barber, police said. 

The 53-year-old barber suffered a broken elbow and needed 15 stitches to his face near his left eye after the Feb. 16 attack, police said. 

Cops now want to question the client and his two friends before deciding whether or not to charge them. 

The three attackers fled in a 2014 Nissan Altima with the New Jersey license plate number E24-FZX, according to police.

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<![CDATA[These NYC Eateries Are 2018's James Beard Semi-Finalists]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:48:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*160/Momofuku+Ko+223.JPG

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<![CDATA[The Best Things to Do in NYC for Spring 2018]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:24:14 -0500 Bloody Mary Festival in Brooklyn in early April. The event will feature live music, local food vendors and a variety of beverages, of course.]]> Bloody Mary Festival in Brooklyn in early April. The event will feature live music, local food vendors and a variety of beverages, of course.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/Bloody+Mary+Festival+221.JPG From April showers to May flowers, riverside biking and Central Park hiking, check out some of the best activities to try this spring:]]> <![CDATA[Tourist With Measles Went to Met Museum, Hotels: Officials]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:14:14 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/measles-generic.jpg

An Australian tourist who had a confirmed case of the measles visited several New York hotels and medical centers, and participated in a biblical tour of the Met, health officials said.

The tourist visited Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as Putnam and Orange counties between Feb. 16 and Wednesday, according to the state Health Department. The Australian was in the Oasis Bible Tours group at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Health officials said anyone who had been vaccinated has a low risk of contracting the virus. Still, they’re warning that anyone who these locations at the following times could have been exposed:

  • La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York, NY, between Feb. 16 and Monday morning.
  • Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., on Feb. 16 and the evening of Feb. 17.
  • Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, New York, between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
  • Best Western Hotel, 1324 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, from Monday until noon on Tuesday.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen – Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, New York, from 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • Orange Regional Medical Center, Emergency Department, 707 E. Main St., Middletown, NY, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Health officials said that anyone who isn’t sure whether they’ve been vaccinated and may have been exposed should call a doctor. Anyone with symptoms should contact health care providers before going for an exam.

Symptoms of measles usually develop within 10 to 12 days of exposure and include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis and runny nose

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<![CDATA[Instant Pot Sparks Security Scare at Subway Station: NYPD]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:15:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway-instant-pot.jpg

An unattended Instant Pot caused a brief security scare to bubble up in a Manhattan subway station on Friday night. 

F, J and M trains bypassed the Delancey Street - Essex Street station on the Lower East Side just about 7:30 p.m. as an NYPD bomb squad responded to the cooking gizmo that had been left on the F train platform, according to authorities.

The pot was deemed safe just before 9 p.m. but was destroyed by police in the process. 

No charges have been filed in the case.

<![CDATA[NY, NJ Among the Most Vain States, Study Reveals]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:50:25 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-506264894.jpg

No one is perfect. No state is perfect. Vices are found throughout the United States.

A recently released study by WalletHub looked into these vices to determine 2018’s most sinful states in the country.

The report compared our country’s 50 states across seven key dimensions: anger and hatred; jealousy; excesses and vices; greed; lust; vanity; and laziness. WalletHub then looked at those dimensions using 38 key metrics to determine the level of sinfulness.

The study found that particular vices are more prevalent in certain states. For example, according to the study, Vermont has the worst drug use problem and, unsurprisingly, Nevada came as the most gambling-addicted state.

Though New Jersey and New York came in at number 15 and 20 as the most sinful states, both rank high when it comes to vanity.

The Garden State is the third most vain state, while the Empire State was crowned as the most vain. The study determined these rankings by assessing the number of beauty salons per capita.

Both states also make an appearance in the jealousy category — although in a good way. New York and New Jersey are among the states with the fewest thefts per capita — coming in at No. 47 and No. 48, respectively.

However, the study found a great difference between the two neighboring states when it comes the gambling category. On a scale from 1 to 50 where No. 1 is the state with the lowest percentage of its population with gambling disorders, the Garden State comes in at No. 3 —tied with Kansas.

New York was on the opposite end of the spectrum in this category. It is tied at No. 43 with New Mexico as one of the states with the highest percentage of its population with gambling disorders. Connecticut ranks worse, coming in at No. 47 — just three spots ahead of Michigan, the state with the highest percentage of gambling disorders among its population.

However, New Jersey doesn’t fare too well when it came to laziness. It is ranked as the state with the third highest percentage of inactive adults.

Though Connecticut had a bad ranking when it comes to gambling, the study found that it is among the states where residents spend the lowest amount of time on adult entertainment sites.

When it comes to the anger and hate category, Connecticut also ranks as one the states with the fewest violent crimes per capita.

So what state is the most sinful? Florida ranks atop the list as the most sinful state. It also ranks No. 1 in the jealousy category, No. 8 when it comes to lust and No. 4 in vanity.

California come in at No. 2 as the overall most sinful state.

Nevada, the home state of Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the country aptly dubbed “Sin City,” comes in as the overall third most sinful state, with No. 1 rankings in both the greed and laziness categories. It also ranks as the fifth most jealous state.

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<![CDATA[New Mexico School Shooter Threat Sparks Hysteria in NJ]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:55:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+6PM+AIRCHECK+M-Sun+-+18002413_WNBC_000000020016209.jpg

Panicked parents rushed to a New Jersey high school Friday after word of a shooting threat spread “like wildfire” through the community.

The false threat at first believed to be targeted at Bayonne High School was actually directed at Belen High School in New Mexico, where a student was arrested last week.

But the two schools share the same “BHS” acronym and screenshots of the threat made their way to New Jersey, where the message quickly spread on social media.

“It went through the school like wildfire at 8:24 this morning,” Bayonne Mayor James Davis said.

The profanity-laden threat read, in part (sic): “ATTENTION all bhs students prepare too see my wrath tomorrow […] I’m going to be the next to go down in history.”

Police descended on the school as frantic parents raced to meet their children. Some of them were seen clutching their sons and daughters on the sidewalk outside.

Roughly 500 kids were pulled out of school, officials said.

“I feel safer if I have him home with me,” Maria Cruz said of her son, Alan.

Bayonne wasn’t the only New Jersey school rattled by threats of violence Friday.

In Berkeley Heights, Governor Livingston High School was placed on lock down after a false social media threat. And in Nutley, Abundant Life Academy closed over a separate threat.

Meanwhile, students at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in Mahwah were met by extra security after police revealed that a threat to “shoot up” the school on Feb. 23 was made several months ago.

Davis said the hysteric reaction was “the nature of the beast. It’s the world we live in today.” Parents agreed, saying they needed to be at the school to know their children were safe.

Communities across the country are dealing with the fallout of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The massacre killed 17 people and has renewed nationwide debates on gun violence and school safety.

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<![CDATA[8-Year-Old Girl Concussed, Bloodied as Wood Falls From Sky]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:50:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GIRL+HIT+BY+WOOD+QUEENS.jpg

A falling piece of wood plummeted onto a young girl in Queens on Friday morning, leaving her with a large gash on her head and a concussion, authorities and witnesses said.

The 8-year-old girl, named Tatiana, needed three staples to her head but is expected to be OK, according to her family. 

She was being treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan after being hit by the falling wood at the apartment building near 35th Avenue and 83rd Street in Jackson Heights. 

The large piece of plywood slipped from a rope as construction workers were lowering it from a fourth-floor fire escape around 9:30 a.m., authorities said.

The family was leaving the building and heading to a park when the wood fell from the third floor and landed on the girl's head.

"We were going to go have a family day at the park and we ended up at the hospital," Olga Piedrahita, the girl's mother, said.

Moments before, her father, Diego Devia, says a construction worker ignored his request that the workers stop while the family passed. Neighbors said the furious dad had to be restrained after the wood came crashing down on his daughter. 

"As a father, he went ballistic," Piedrahita said. "As a mother, I just wanted to run to my daughter. She was on the floor gushing blood."

Video taken from a nearby apartment window shows emergency responders and residents surrounding the girl on a walkway in the building's courtyard. Neighbors said they heard the girl screaming and her 3-year-old brother crying. 

The Department of Buildings told NBC 4 it is investigating the incident. The agency said the building, 83-09 35th Ave., has active permits for interior renovation work but that it has issued a full stop-work order at the property. 

The DOB also said it has issued three violations at the property for failing to safeguard a construction site, performing construction work that does not conform to permitted plans, and for performing unpermitted construction work. 

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<![CDATA[Cortlandt Street Subway Station Finally Returning]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:25:43 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP02011606646.jpg

It's one of the last unhealed wounds in the city's concrete and steel flesh inflicted on 9/11: the Cortlandt Street no. 1 train station. The station was obliterated that day, but it's finally on track to open this year. Andrew Siff gets an early look.

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<![CDATA[Families Remember 1993 WTC Bombing]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:10:59 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Families_Remember_1993_WTC_Bombing.jpg

It's been nearly 25 years since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and for victims' family members the pain is still apparent. Jonathan Dienst reports.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Planned Parenthood Crash Appears in Court]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:09:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*130/c.jpg

The man who was accused of driving a truck through a Planned Parenthood clinic last week in New Jersey appeared in court on Friday. Ken Buffa reports.

<![CDATA[False Threat Causes Bayonne HS Parents to Panic]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:27:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/school-generic-cc.jpg

Students were met by extra security at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in New Jersey Friday morning after police revealed that several months ago, a student had threatened to "shoot up" the school on Friday, Feb. 23. Brian Thompson reports.

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<![CDATA[Popular Hoboken Bars With Rowdy Reputation Face Crackdown]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:02:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+6PM+AIRCHECK+M-Sun+-+18072204_WNBC_000000020016000.jpg

After years of avoiding tough penalties, several Hoboken bars are being ordered to close temporarily – or permanently - as punishment for playing host to a series of dangerous, drunken bar fights.

Some of the penalties stem from incidents during last year’s “SantaCon” pub crawl, a sometimes unruly, annual event that attracts thousands of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes to Hoboken’s busiest bars.

At a meeting of the Hoboken Board of Alcohol Beverage Control on Thursday, five bars were issued license suspensions that ranged from two to 30 days. 1 Republik, a bar accused of serving intoxicated patrons and playing host to several violent fights, was ordered to permanently close and transfer its license to new ownership.

Oliver Caulfield, who owns 1 Republik, said he would not contest the order to close his bar. He did dispute the notion that his staff was responsible for fights that caused injury to patrons.

“Fights happen on Black Friday going into Macy’s,” Caulfield told the I-Team. “Some of these allegations are only allegations of assault.”

The I-Team reached out to the Hoboken Hospitality Association and the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce, two organizations that represent the interests of bars and restaurants. Neither organization responded by the deadline for this story.

In recent years, Hoboken bars facing license suspensions have had considerable success getting those suspensions reversed by appealing to the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control.

The I-Team used a public records request to obtain outcomes of every ABC appeal since 2015. Nine times out of eleven, bars accused of serious liquor law violations were able to convince state regulators to squash their suspensions in favor of relatively small monetary fines.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said the appeals allowed too many bars to get away with bad behavior. He is now working with the New Jersey Attorney General, who oversees the state ABC, to reduce the number of liquor license suspensions that are reversed in Trenton.

“The vast majority of bar owners are responsible license holders, but a very small number of establishments have failed to adequately control their patrons and the activities within their premises, leading to severe public safety issues,” Bhalla said.

The tougher penalties announced this week, come just days before Hoboken is set to see another influx of young drinkers on the day-long pub crawl known as “LepreCon.” Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante says drink-fest, to be held on March 3rd, will be an all-hands-on-deck event.

“These themed events - trying to bring mass drinking. It’s leading to brawls. It’s leading to officer assaults. It’s leading to sexual assaults,” Ferrante said. “As a police chief, those items cannot be tolerated.”

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<![CDATA[Florist Divorce Causes Complications for Bride]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:01:24 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Florist_Divorce_Causes_Complications_for_Bride.jpg

A bride-to-be was surprised to find her florist's divorce caused complications for her own wedding. So she called Lynda Baquero and the Better Get Baquero team.

<![CDATA[NY Students Reach out to Lawmaker About Gun Violence]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:26:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-921635780.jpg

A pair of students in White Plains wrote to their congresswoman about guns after last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Erica Byfield reports.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Shop Made Team USA Jackets]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:56:33 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/New_Jersey_Shop_Made_Team_USA_Jackets.jpg

A clothing maker in Passaic, New Jersey, is behind the jackets Team USA wore at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Gus Rosendale reports.

<![CDATA[Supermarkets Adding Dietitians to Help Shoppers]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:55:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Supermarkets_Adding_Dietitians_to_Help_Shoppers.jpg

Shoprite is among the grocery chains adding registered dietitians to the staff to help shoppers make better food decisions. Roseanne Colletti reports.

<![CDATA[Rogue NYC Mover Scams Woman During Cross-Country Move: Cops]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:14:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-119586743.jpg

A New York City moving man has been arrested for scamming a woman who’d hired him to move her belongings from Connecticut to California, police said.

Kirk Gillums was charged with second-degree larceny on Tuesday and held on $25,000 bond.

Westport Police say detectives began investigating the 54-year-old Queens man back in August after the woman reported her belongings never arrived in California.

Gillums had posed as the owner of the company and taken an initial payment from the woman for the move, according to police. On the day of the move, she also paid the balance of the contract.

When the woman was later asked to pay more money to have her belongings released and delivered, she caught on that she was being scammed, police said.

The woman created a GoFundMe page last summer titled, “Robbed Trying to Move to LA.” She says the moving company told her Gillums had been fired and that he apparently was using his old company email address to correspond with her.

The woman eventually hired another mover to haul her belongings across the country.

On Tuesday, Gillums was extradited from New York to Connecticut, where he was arraigned.

It’s not his first run in with the law. He was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property in 2008, according to government records.

It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Baby Found With Bleeding Nose Dies at Hospital: NYPD]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:41:22 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BABY+FOUND+DOA+MN+STRINGRDOTCOM+-+00003110_WNBC_000000020015201.jpg

Police are investigating how an infant girl died after being found bleeding from the nose and unresponsive in her East Harlem home Friday morning, police sources say. 

Five-month-old Tamiyah Davis's mother called 911 after returning home shortly after 11 a.m. to find the baby unresponsive and bleeding, the sources say. The child's father and two siblings were also home at the time. 

The baby was taken by EMS to Harlem Hosptial, where she was declared dead. 

Police sources say all family members are being interviewed but it's not clear if the cause of the death is suspicious. A medical examiner will determine a cause and manner of death. 

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<![CDATA[NJ is Home to the Second-Best 24-Hour Diner in the Nation]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:19:30 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-86182526.jpg

The Tick Tock Diner in Clifton has been named America’s second-best 24-hour diner.

The Daily Meal has released its list of America’s 10 Best 24-Hour Diners for 2018 and the popular Clifton eatery almost claimed the top spot.

The diner's location on Route 3 is a short distance to New York City and is “really, really good,” according to the site.

The Garden State boasts a ton of great diners, but Tick Tock has become a North Jersey staple with its nearly endless menu.

The Daily Meal described Tick Tock as "a quintessential New Jersey hangout."

The diner upholds its “Eat Heavy” slogan by serving up diner classics like burgers and fully-loaded nachos. 

But if you have to get only one thing from the diner, The Daily Meal says it should be the disco fries.

Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire came in at No. 1.

Did your favorite diner make The Daily Meal’s list?

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<![CDATA[Popular Hoboken Bars Banned From Participating in LepreCon]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:21:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-187774436+beer.jpg

Those looking to celebrate in Hoboken the annual bar crawl known as LepreCon may find some of their favorite watering holes closed.

As part of the city’s new efforts to curtail public nuisance, 11 establishments have received penalties that will prevent many from opening their doors to patrons during the popular bar crawl scheduled for March 3.

According to the city, 1Republic, a popular establishment located on Washington Street, will be closed during LepreCon on March 3. It will begin serving a 30-day suspension on May 21 and will then close permanently pending the transfer of its liquor license to a new owner.

Starting Friday Hoboken Bar and Grill will serve a 30-day suspension, while Green Rock Tap and Grill was issued a 20-day suspension that will start March 3.

Mill’s Tavern was penalized with a 24-day suspension that will include being closed during LepreCon, while the Shannon received a two-day suspension that will be served on March 3 and 4.

According to city officials, six other establishments agreed to settlements as well.

"The vast majority of bar owners are responsible license holders, but a very small number of establishments have failed to adequately control their patrons and the activities within their premises, leading to severe public safety issues. The discipline agreed to by the owners is appropriate and I hope will lead to an understanding that public safety is a top priority," the city's new mayor, Ravi Bhalla, said in a statement.

Oliver Caulfield, who owns 1Republik, said he would not contest the order to close his bar, but he did dispute the notion that his staff was responsible for fights that ended up causing injury to patrons, according to NBC 4's I-Team.

The I-Team also reached out to the Hoboken Hospitality Association and the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce, two organizations that represent the interests of bars and restaurants, but did not hear back by deadline.

The State of New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control has agreed to send 12 to 14 State ABC detectives to Hoboken during LepreCon, Bhalla said. The agents will assist Hoboken Police ABC detectives in monitoring establishments to ensure they are in compliance with all ABC, health and security regulations, including not admitting underage guests, not overserving patrons and not exceeding capacity.

Last month, Bhalla unveiled a public safety committee to curtail unruly bar crawls in the city, without negatively impacting responsible business.

According to the Hudson County View, some bar owners expressed frustration with the new task force and possible changes in regulation.

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