<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.com en-usWed, 20 Feb 2019 10:50:23 -0500Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:50:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Latest Radar: Watch StormTracker 4 as Next Winter Storm Hits]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/radar+weds+753.jpg

Storm Team 4 is tracking yet another complex weather system that is expected to dump a combination of snow and rain on a large swath of the tri-state Wednesday that could make for a particularly rough evening commute. 

Watch StormTracker 4 live above to stay on top of the weather and get updated information on local airport delays. Get the latest forecast details from Storm Team 4 right here.



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<![CDATA[Possible Serial Cat Killer Sought by Authorities in NJ]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:22:59 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police+lights+generic7.jpg

Authorities in New Jersey are asking the public's help in identifying a possible serial cat killer.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office SPCA Division and the Asbury Park Police Department began a joint investigation on Feb. 18 after the SPCA received a call from the police department concerning the death of two young male cats.

According to prosecutors, the two black and white-colored cats, approximately both a year old, were found dead on a garbage can near the 1200 block of Grand Avenue in Asbury Park.

Both cats suffered significant trauma, prosecutors say, adding that evidence collected at the scene suggests that this may not be an isolated incident.

Authorities urge anyyone with information on who harmed or owned the animals is asked to contact either the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at (877) 898-7297 or the Asbury Park Police Department at (732) 774-1300.

Additionally, anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers' confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.

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<![CDATA[Listen Up: Royal Baby Shower, NY Lotto Winners, The Lodge by STK]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:48:53 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/listen+up+markle+1.14_04_59_18.Still001.jpg

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<![CDATA[Man Exposes Self to Girl, 9, on NYC Subway, Rubs Her: Cops]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:01:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+child+sex+abuse.jpg

Cops are looking for a man they say exposed himself to a 9-year-old girl on a subway in Queens on Valentine's Day, then pressed his body against her before running off the train. 

Authorities say the girl was on a 7 train headed toward 52nd Street shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday when the man, described as being about 200 pounds with dreadlocks, walked up to her and exposed himself. The girl wasn't hurt. 

Police released surveillance footage that shows the suspect heading up out of a subway station and walking down the street (above). Anyone with information about him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Suggests Trump Using Train Tube as Bargaining Chip]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:18:59 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hudson+river+tunnel+deteriorate.jpg

From the perch of an Acela train engineer's chair, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz points out the crumbling concrete plaguing the Hudson River train tunnel. It's hard to see the damage as the locomotive whizzes by, but still photography shows the deterioration.

During Superstorm Sandy, portions of the tunnel’s bench walls were submerged by corrosive salt water. Ever since, chunks of concrete have been crackling off – sometimes landing on the tracks themselves. 

"That’s why we call this the most urgent project in the country," Schulz said, referring to a $13 billion plan to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. "This is an area where 10 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product is created." 

Because it is impossible to know how long the 108-year-old tunnel walls can last before a catastrophic failure, New York and New Jersey lawmakers have joined Amtrak, imploring the Trump administration to greenlight the new tunnel.

But for months, the project has been stalled. 

Now the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group in favor of the tunnel project, is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation, seeking reasons for the delay. 

NRDC officials say they were stonewalled last year after filing a records request for emails in which the tunnel project is discussed. The lawsuit demands the USDOT comply with the Freedom of Information Act and produce those emails. The suit also cites insider information suggesting Trump administration officials may have used the codename "mushroom" to refer to the project, possibly to "stymie Freedom of Information requests."

Scott Slesinger, the NRDC’s senior advisor for federal affairs, says he believes Trump is actively throttling the project so he can use the tunnel as a political bargaining chip. 

"There are some reports that because it’s so important to the senators of New York and New Jersey, particularly the leader of the Democrats, Sen. Schumer, that the [resident wants to trade it for a wall," said Slesinger.

In response to questions from the I-Team, Dave Longo, a spokesman for the USDOT sent an email insisting the Federal Transportation Administration, a USDOT sub-agency, "is unaware of the term 'mushroom' to refer to this or any other transit project." The statement made no mention of whether USDOT personnel in other sub-agencies may or may not have used the alleged code name.

The USDOT statement also blamed project delays not on political reasons, but on the inability of New York and New Jersey to find "workable local financing" for the tunnel.

"It is false to say that DOT is blocking the Hudson Tunnels project, when in fact the project as it stands is actually ineligible to proceed," the statement read.

In 2017, the governors of New York and New Jersey committed to finance $5.5 billion toward the cost of the new tunnel. But the USDOT is still evaluating that financing plan.

The email from Longo said the Environmental Impact Statement is also still under evaluation and "was expected to require significant additional work."

That response was particularly befuddling to the NRDC because, on most other projects, the nonprofit says President Trump looks to fast-track environmental reviews.

"He wants every project to be approved in two years, no matter how complicated. But in this instance it seems they are putting the brakes on the environmental review," Slesinger said. "We found it ironic." 



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<![CDATA[Get Real-Time Transit Updates Here as Winter Storm Strikes]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+subway+delays.jpg

Storm Team 4 is tracking yet another complex weather system that is expected to dump a combination of snow and rain on a large swath of the tri-state Wednesday that could make for a particularly rough evening commute.

Get real-time updates from all your key transit sources below as the storm socks the area. And get the latest forecast details from Storm Team 4 here. 

(Remember to scroll down to find the latest update from your relevant agency, as transit situations can evolve quickly.)



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<![CDATA[Snow Timeline Creeps Up; Worst Weather Expected for PM Rush]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:32:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*160/G16_sector_ne_band12_24fr_20190220-0727.gif

A powerful winter storm is expected to dump snow and rain on virtually the entire tri-state over an hours-long onslaught Wednesday that could make the evening commute an ugly, frozen mess for tens of thousands of people. 

Flakes are expected to begin falling early afternoon, around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., but the steadiest, heaviest snow is expected to move in as the evening commute gets underway, leading to slow and potentially hazardous travel conditions.

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By mid-morning, all major NYC-area airports had delays of at least two hours -- and the snow hadn't even started. With fears of November's disastrous storm still fresh in travelers' minds, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey beginning at 5 a.m. The NYC Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert and said it would begin plowing as soon as 2 inches had fallen.

Get real-time commute updates from all your key transit sources here; and stay on top of the weather with live radar from StormTracker 4 here.

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The snow should transition to rain after sunset as temps rise above freezing. Rain should continue Wednesday overnight into Thursday, potentially making for slippery roads Thursday morning, Storm Team 4 says. Most places will begin to dry out early though as temperatures soar into the 50s.

By the time the system moves out, New York City should see 1 to 3 inches of snow, with a similar amount expected for suburbs north and east. Western New Jersey may see 3 to 5 inches, Storm Team 4 says.

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A winter weather advisory has been issued for the entire region. See the latest weather alerts active for your neighborhood here. Nearly 100 school districts announced early dismissals and closings ahead of the storm. Check the latest school closings and dismissals here.

The pattern follows other storms this season of snow changing over to rain; the temperatures just haven't gotten cold enough to favor a big snowstorm track, Storm Team 4 says.

Temperatures on Thursday are expected to soar into the low-to-mid 50s, which should melt any lingering accumulation. Then they drop back into the 40s on Friday and Saturday, but could rise to the 60-degree mark on Sunday. 

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<![CDATA[Alleged High Driver in NJ Crash That Killed 3 Is Identified]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:13:34 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wayne+arrest.jpg

The 29-year-old man who was allegedly high on drugs when he barreled into a gas station in New Jersey Tuesday, killing three people, has been identified.

Jason Vanderee, of Glenwood, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by auto while driving intoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and other crimes in the devastating crash that obliterated three lives.

Vanderee, who was administered Narcan at the scene, hit a guardrail and smashed into a Delta gas station on Route 23; the impact was so violent it tore the roof off a vehicle at the scene, killing the father and 17-year-old son inside. 

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The dead father and son were identified as Jon Warbeck, a 50-year-old from Fair Lawn, and Luke Warbeck, a 17-year-old from Lincoln Park. Two other people in separate cars were also treated for various injuries. A 22-year-old gas station attendant who had recently moved to the U.S. from India to pursue a better life also died. Relatives identified him as Lovedeep Fatra, of Pequannock. 

"His parents are devastated overseas," said Fatra's cousin, Novdeep Singh. "He speaks to them every day. Day and night. I don't know what to make of it." 

Vanderee is expected to have an initial court hearing Wednesday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[NYC Subway Rider Dies in Clothing Snag at Grand Central]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:14:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/7+train+death+grand+central.jpg

A subway rider was killed at Grand Central Terminal when a piece of clothing got caught on a moving train, dragging him underneath the train, law enforcement sources said. 

The 39-year-old victim was found in the East River tunnel of the 7 train on the Queens-bound side just outside the station, the MTA said. Service on the 7 was suspended for hours Tuesday night during the emergency response. 

Sources didn't immediately have any further details on how or what clothing got caught on the train. The victim has not been identified. 

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<![CDATA[Knife-Wielding Man Tries to Rape Woman at NYC Hotel: Police]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:48:56 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Attempted_Rape_Midtown_Feb_19.jpg

A knife-wielding man allegedly tried to rape a woman he met on a dating app inside a Midtown hotel, police said.

The man met up with the 21-year-old woman near East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue around 8 p.m. on Sunday and went into a hotel with her, according to police. 

At some point after the two went inside, the man pulled out a knife and tried to sexually assault the woman, police said.

The woman managed to fight the man off, but was left with minor injuries, the NYPD said. The alleged attacker fled the scene.

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



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<![CDATA[Check Latest School Closings, Delayed Openings Here]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:00:03 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/school+closings2.png See the latest school closings, delays and cancellations in our area.
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<![CDATA[City in NJ Named Most Culturally Diverse in the US: Report]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:06:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/busy-street-crowd-crowded-1687093+resized.jpg

The United States is known as a great melting pot of cultures with increasing diversity.

With this in mind, the financial website WalletHub analyzed the top 500 largest cities in the country to determine 2019's most and least diverse places across the United States.

In order to compile the list, WalletHub used three key indicators: ethnoracial diversity rank, linguistic diversity rank and birthplace diversity rank. These individual ranks helped to name a city in New Jersey as the most diverse in the country.

Jersey City was crowned as the most diverse thanks to it placing in second and first place when it comes to the ethnoracial diversity and linguistic diversity ranks, respectively. The city came in at No. 155 in the birthplace diversity rank.

Another tri-state city also came in the top 10 as one of the most diverse in the nation.

New York City placed sixth overall given that came in at No. 6 in the ethnoracial diversity rank, fifth in the linguistic diversity rank and 256th in the birthplace diversity rank.

To see the complete ranking and learn more about the methodology used to compile the list, click here.



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<![CDATA[Driver Sought in Hell's Kitchen Hit-and-Run: NYPD]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:21:16 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hells+kitchen+hit+and+run.png

Police are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run that injured a pedestrian in Hell's Kitchen, leaving him in critical condition at a hospital. 

The 28-year-old pedestrian had just left a bar and was crossing 47th Street at 10th Avenue at around midnight when he was hit by a dark-colored vehicle, police said. 

He was taken to the hospital with fractures to his leg and shoulder, and a cut to the head. 

Surveillance video obtained by News 4 New York shows the man trying to dart through the crosswalk against flowing traffic when the car hits him, sending him flying into the air and crashing back down on the ground.

The car, which police believe had livery cab license plates, kept going.

Witness Bruno Robinson said people started screaming, and when he turned around, saw the bloodied man on the ground. 

"He was trying to say words but was more like moaning, because I don't think he could breathe properly," he said. 

Another neighbor, Miriam Galarza, said, "It was like a very loud noise, and I knew it was an accident because I heard people screaming." 

Robinson said he tried to calm the victim.

"His head was bleeding, and his face was facing the street," he said. "I told him not to move his neck because it was dangerous. Like, 'Don't move, just wait, help is on the way.'" 

Police were still trying to identify the driver Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[Federal Administrator Gets Stuck in NYCHA Elevator]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:25:18 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/patton+elevator+3.jpg

During her second week of living in public housing in New York City, federal administrator Lynne Patton got stuck in an elevator. 

Patton, an administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was touring the Douglas Houses Tuesday, and first checked out tenant Thomas Gilbert's home on the 18th floor. 

"The shower doesn't work, they got a big hole, the air comes in here," he said, saying he hasn't been able to take a shower in two years. "I gotta close the door." 

The plan was to check out another apartment in another building, but that proved challenging. Patton got stuck on a packed elevator, sitting on the 12th floor for 20 minutes, until the FDNY got them all out.

They emerged to cheers of relief. 

"I don't want to blame NYCHA entirely. I think we overloaded the elevator," said Patton. "But according to some of the residents who live here, overloading the elevator is something that happens all the time. And the elevators get stuck all the time." 

NYCHA said in a statement later Tuesday, "The alarm switch was accidentally hit in the crowded elevator, causing it to stop working for a short period. There was no mechanical failure, and staff were on site immediately to help everyone out after a few minutes. We thank FDNY for their fast response as well." 

The tour of leaks, damage and disrepair continued. Ten-year-old Wynter Domeneck showed how NYCHA fixed her toilet -- with duct tape and cardboard. 

"It's horrible because I'm 10. There's other people here that are kids," said Domeneck. "I don't think that little babies and the little kids should go through this, because they can die. Because all of this plastering issues and chemical stuff and leakage."

Resident Carmen Quinones said her building is down to three maintenance workers.

"Three," she said. "Each one has seven buildings. These are 20 floors. Mayor de Blasio, you need to be checked! And I'm checking you." 

Earlier this month, Patton's direct boss, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, announced a deal with de Blasio that will install an independent monitor charged with reforming NYCHA so that tenants of the troubled housing agency get comprehensive repairs and long overdue infrastructure upgrades.

Patton, who often clashes with Mayor de Blasio on social media, was appointed by Trump despite having no experience managing public housing. Before her appointment as New York's top HUD official, she was best known for being a Trump family event planner.

But Patton has pushed back on the narrative of inexperience, stressing that her close ties to the president allow her to be an effective advocate for public housing residents. She said her overnight stays have gotten Trump's attention, and said Trump is scheduling a meeting to discuss NYCHA with her, possibly as soon as next week. 

"He's furious," Patton said of Trump. "He might be president, but he's a New Yorker first. He wants to know why these conditions persist." 

Patton is chronicling her time living with NYCHA tenants on her Facebook page. 



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<![CDATA[Officials in NY Take Precautions After Snow Truck Sabotage ]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:07:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mount+Vernon+DPW+vehicles.jpg

After the chaos that followed due to an overnight sabotage that temporarily disabled the City of Mount Vernon's entire DPW truck fleet a week ago, including snow plow trucks and salting truck, officials are taking precautions as another wintry mess approaches the region.

Getting ready for the storm in Mount Vernon not only means making sure the plows are ready but it also means a security guard, security cameras, and employees on heightened alert after latex gloves were stuffed into the fuel tanks of all DPW trucks Feb. 12.

This act prompted the vehicles to break down when they went out at 6 a.m. last Tuesday to clear and salt the streets following a winter storm, the city’s spokesperson said. There was no permanent damage as all the gloves were removed and all but two trucks were fixed, but police are investigating the incident as an act of vandalism.

“We need to focus on protecting the people,” City of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said. “And we have a storm coming and most of the equipment is ready and we just have to make sure we push through it.”

During the latex glove sabotage a total of 13 plows and 16 sanitation trucks were vandalized, officials say.

"They started going truck by truck and low and behold rubber gloves were found inside all the tanks,” Edgar Torres, the garage superintendent, said following the act of vandalism.

Following the alleged act of vandalism, Mount Vernon officials said they believed that one or more people entered the garage at 20 Canal St. between 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 5 a.m. Feb. 12 and stuffed the latex gloves in the gas tanks of the city’s municipal trucks.

Thomas tells News 4 New York, the investigation into the vandals is progressing and they didn’t stop the snow plow operation because city workers rallied together to take care of residents.

However, the mayor has a message for the suspect or suspects in case they’re thinking about repeating their crime for this storm: “Knock it off. It’s a shame that a city has to be set back because of some people’s hurt feelings, whatever their hurt feelings are, be it an attack on me — it’s not an attack on me it’s an attack on the people of Mount Vernon.”



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<![CDATA[Winners of Biggest-Ever NY Lotto Prize ($437M) Come Forward]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:36:33 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mega+Millions+Jackpot+Winner+Long+Island.jpg

A group of 23 co-workers in Long Island claimed the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history — one totaling $437 million!

The group claimed the prize Tuesday for the Jan. 1 Mega Millions drawing through the New Life 2019, LLC, opting to take the cash value of the annuitized prize, a single lump sum payment totaling $262,213,914, according to the New York Lottery. The group will receive a net check of $176,155,308 after required state and federal withholding.

Representatives of New Life 2019, LLC said the group plays the lottery on a weekly basis with each member putting a dollar in an envelope that one member takes to purchase the group’s tickets.

The winning ticket was purchased at Brookville Auto Service on Route 25A in Glen Head. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus from the New York Lottery for selling the jackpot winning ticket.

As they started showing up for work two days after the drawing, word spread that they won the Mega Millions jackpot.

The representatives of the LLC said that most of the employees will continue working because they view themselves as a family and not just co-workers.

Plans among the New Life group for the winnings include new houses, college funds for their children, and travel.

Before New Life 2019 LLC’s incredible $437 million win, the biggest jackpot in state history was won by retired elementary school principal Harold Diamond of Wurtsboro who was the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2014.

The winning Mega Millions numbers for the Jan. 1 drawing were 34-44-57-62-70, with Mega Ball 14.



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<![CDATA[Random Black Cat on Subway Terrifies 1 Rider, Amuses Others]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:20:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/black+cat+subway.png

A random black cat somehow made its way -- apparently alone -- onto a subway in Manhattan, slinking quietly through a train car and seriously freaking out at least one rider, video posted to social media shows.

Twitter user NewYorkNeek said he noticed the cat when he got on a southbound 1 train at Dyckman Street around 2 p.m. Monday. Naturally, he captured the moment on video.

That footage shows the cat creeping -- as only cats do -- out from underneath some seats, emerging in the center of the car and then trotting past the doors to the next row of seats. Several amused riders turn their heads to watch. 

One woman, though, appears absolutely terrified. When the cat gets near here, she flings her feet out across from her body so no part of her is touching the ground. She keeps close watch on the cat as it slinks under the seat. Then it shows up again, next to her, and sidles up to another rider's jeans pants leg.

The woman jumps in her seat in the opposite direction, desperate to get away. She then moves down a single seat away from the cat, which, unbothered, keeps moving through the subway car to the next row of seating.   

Maybe she's just not a cat person.

@NewYorkNeek said the cat got off the train at 125th Street, with no sign of an owner. He captioned his Twitter video simply: "Only in New York City you see a random cat bullying passengers."

More than 25,000 people watched the video in the first 24 hours it was posted.



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<![CDATA[NJ Transit Engineer Saves Small Dog From Train Tracks]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:54:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ+Transit+Dog+Rescue.jpg

A quick-thinking NJ Transit engineer saved a small dog after it ended up on the train tracks, the agency said.

The Morris & Essex Line train was traveling east near Newark Tuesday morning when the engineer spotted the pooch on the tracks, NJ Transit said in a tweet.

The engineer brought the train to a halt, rescued the dog from the tracks and took it to a station in Secaucus, according to the agency.

The agency is in the process of trying to find the dog's owners, it said.



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<![CDATA[NYC Man Who Faked Being Lost Arrested in Rape of Young Woman]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:57 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woodside-rape-news-nyc-0218.jpg

A man who allegedly followed a woman off a bus in Queens, then pretended to need subway directions and raped her against a car has been arrested. 

Authorities said early Tuesday that Matthew Luna, 27, of Queens was taken into custody on charges of rape, stalking, criminal sex act and assault in connection with the Friday attack near 54th Street and Skillman Avenue in Woodside. 

Police say Luna walked up to the 20-year-old victim after she got off the bus and asked her for directions to the 7 train, then pushed her up against a vehicle and raped her. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Cops say Luna was spotted on another city bus not long after the attack. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

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<![CDATA[Retired EMT Mom Returns for Second Round]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:37:21 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Retired_EMT_Mom_Returns_for_Second_Round.jpg

A retired EMT and mother of three who worked at ground zero is back in the FDNY trenches. This time around, not only did she train with cadets half her age, she excelled and graduated at the top of her class. Gaby Acevedo reports.

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<![CDATA[Frazier Joins 1st Full Squad Workout for Yankees]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:00:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Frazier_Joins_1st_Full_Squad_Workout_for_Yankees.jpg

The Yankees held their first full squad training in Tampa Tuesday, and one player in particular was especially excited. Bruce Beck reports.

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<![CDATA[3 Dead as High Driver Crashes Into NJ Gas Station: Sources]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:45:54 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fatal+gas+station+crash+victims+2.jpg

UPDATE: Alleged High Driver in NJ Crash That Killed 3 Is Identified

Three people, including a father and his teenage son, died when a driver allegedly high on drugs hit a guardrail and crashed into a gas station in New Jersey Tuesday, law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell News 4.

The crash on Route 23 in Wayne was so violent it tore the roof off the vehicle of the father and his 17-year-old son, the sources said. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. A gas station attendant also died. 

The father has been identified as Jon Warbeck, and his son Luke Warbeck. The employee who was killed was identified by relatives as Lovedeep Fatra. 

Gas station worker Tito Krishnamurthy had just stepped away from the gas pumps when the car barreled into the station.

"We've never had anything like this before," he said, stunned. 

Fatra was in his early 20s and had moved to the U.S. from India a year ago to pursue a better life, according to relatives. 

"His parents are devastated overseas," said cousin Novdeep Singh. "He speaks to them every day. Day and night. I don't know what to make of it." 

The driver survived after being administered Narcan at the scene, the sources said. The driver's identity has not been released.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said more information would be released as it becomes available.

The crash happened around 8:45 a.m., prosecutors said.



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<![CDATA[NY Lawmakers Get Earful From Commuters During 'Ride-Along']]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:55:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Politicians+Subway+Ride+Along.jpg

Legislators rode the rails with commuters on a listening tour Tuesday morning that many hope will improve the transit system.

New York Sen. Mike Gianaris went on a the ride-along with the Riders Alliance  — a group that" fights for fights for reliable, affordable, world-class public transit" — to find out what needs fixing in the subway system and how the state can go about getting the work done.

Gianaris, a Democrat who represents Queens, boarded the N train from Queensboro Plaza and talked with commuters along the way to highlight how the subway system needs help.

The big complaint they often received was how the trains are often delayed.

“They are always late," commuter Daniel Aharonov told NBC 4 New York. "I don’t know why its late but its always late and its annoying for me because I am always late to work and I am tired of giving excuses."

With the state budget deadline approaching in the coming weeks, lawmakers want to push for proper funding of the MTA and they want to hear to as many commuters as possible.

Gianaris and other support congestion pricing. Some lawmakers estimate drivers could be charged as much as $11 if they drive in Midtown during weekdays.

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state either has to approve congestion pricing or raise fares by 30 percent. He said those were the only two options for raising the funds needed to repair the subways.

Tuesday’s transit ride-along is the first of several that will be taking place on trains and buses to bring attention to what commuters endure every day.

“This is the most important thing we can do because the subway system and the transit system are the life blood of New York and we can’t do anything without it functioning properly,” Gianaris said.



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<![CDATA[NY Woman Kicked Off Flight Over Seat-Near-Tot Tantrum: Cops]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:10:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+kicked+off+plane+021519.jpg

A woman was kicked off a JetBlue flight out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after being disruptive on the plane and was later arrested for battery for allegedly hitting an airline worker.

Cellphone video captured the moments 32-year-old Valerie Gonzalez of New York exited the Las Vegas-bound flight on Thursday after causing disruption over being seated next to a child.

"I'm not sitting next to a f-----g 3-year-old, I've been drinking all day," Gonzalez allegedly said loudly on the plane, an arrest report stated. She then tried to go to another seat that was not assigned to her.

Gonzalez continued with the cursing and the loud outbursts and even spit at the seat in front of her. She is seen in the video loudly and constantly denying that she did anything wrong as she gathers her things.

"Vegas, baby, Vegas, I'll be there in an hour," she proclaims to the rest of the passengers as she walks off the plane.

The arrest report said Gonzalez tried to reenter the aircraft as soon as she got off and hit a JetBlue agent on the side of her head.

A woman who was seated in the same row told authorities Gonzalez got upset and hit her in the arm after she denied Gonzalez' request to switch seats with her.

Gonzalez was booked at the Broward County Main Jail on $1,000 bond, online records show. Attorney information was not available.



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<![CDATA[Mammography Van Rolls Into NYC]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:55:16 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mammography_Van_Rolls_Into_NYC.jpg

A new van aims to make breast cancer screens more accessible to all women, by traveling to low-income neighborhoods. Roseanne Colletti reports.

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<![CDATA[NJ Family Loses Life Insurance Check]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:53:10 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ_Family_Loses_Life_Insurance_Check.jpg

What do you do if you misplace a $6,500 check? Lynda Baquero reports.

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<![CDATA[NYU Announces New Medical School on Long Island ]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:03:00 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/New+NYU+Medical+School.jpg

New York University has announced Tuesday it is creating a new, three-year medical school on Long Island.

The university plans open its new school on the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus in Mineola.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine will have a curricular focus on training and producing primary care physicians. Additionally, full-tuition scholarships will be offered to all students in its MD program regardless of merit or financial need — following the steps of NYU School of Medicine, which announced Aug. 16 free tuition for all current and future students.

The new program received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for educational programs at medical schools in the United States and Canada, on Feb. 12.

The approval indicates confidence in NYU’s plans for the proposed medical school, and paves the way for recruiting the first class of students for July 2019.

The proposed medical school at NYU Winthrop would accept 24 students for its first class in the summer of 2019, with additional slots opening up in subsequent years, eventually accommodating 40 students in each of its three classes.

Final approval from the New York State Education Department is still pending and is expected later this spring.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine will serve as NYU’s second medical school and will be the only accelerated three-year MD program focused on primary care, including internal and community medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and surgery, according to school officials.

Additionally, NYU Long Island School of Medicine will offer students a conditional acceptance to an NYU Winthrop residency slot through the National Resident Matching Program (NMRP) upon matriculation.

“What distinguishes NYU is its capacity for boldness and innovation. This new medical school is emblematic of that. By offering an exceptional educational experience, it will enable us to develop a new generation of medical leaders in primary care, an area of medicine where there is a pressing need,” said Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University.

“The launch of this program adds not just breadth but real strength to our healthcare enterprise. NYU-trained physicians are among the world’s most highly respected; this new cohort will expand the good that can be done by our medical graduates,” Hamilton added.

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<![CDATA[MTA Pushes for Congestion Pricing]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MTA_Pushes_for_Congestion_Pricing.jpg

The MTA met with a state Senate panel to push for congestion pricing, saying without it, MetroCard prices would skyrocket. Andrew Siff reports.

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<![CDATA[Listen Up: Henny Rat, Jussie Smollett Update, Bobby Flay's Gato]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:42:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/listen+up+henny+rat.00_00_05_22.Still001.jpg

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot in Car After Fight Breaks Out: NYPD, Video]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:30:10 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+shot+in+car+bronx+2+18.jpg

A woman was shot in the back while sitting inside her car in the Bronx Monday evening, a casualty in an apparent fight between two groups of people in two cars, police say.

Officers responded to Monticello and Strang avenues in Edenwald around 6:15 p.m. for a report of a woman shot inside a black BMW, according to the NYPD. The victim was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she's in stable condition. 

Surveillance video from the scene shows a car pulling up behind an SUV on the side of the street, and someone from the SUV dragging a person from the car. A fight broke out among the group from both vehicles, video shows -- and then a flash of what appeared to be gunfire is seen directed toward the back of the SUV. 

That car fled the scene, and not too long after, so did the SUV, parking about a half-block away. 

Neighbors said they didn't know what to make of the violence that played out on their tree-lined residential street. A school is located right across from where the shooting happened; a parked school bus is even visible in the surveillance video.  

Police were investigating the crime scene in to the night. It's not clear if they have a suspect. 

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Killings of Mom, Boy Found Dead in Train Strike]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:40:57 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bronx+boy+killed.jpg

A mother and her 14-year-old son were found dead inside a Bronx apartment on Sunday, and the man suspected of killing them was found dead of an apparent suicide by train at a Metro-North station in Westchester, police said. 

Marisol Ortiz, 51, and her son, Alanche Delorbe, were found in their home on 185th Street in the Belmont neighborhood shortly after 5:30 p.m., the NYPD said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Ortiz owned a business and didn't show up for work on Sunday, police said. A person from the store called police to check on her. 

Authorities said that Ortiz was hit multiple times with a gym weight and stabbed in the head. When police arrived on scene, they also found torn up cash on her body. 

Delorbe, meanwhile, was found strangled in bed, according to police.

A neighbor told NBC 4 New York that he heard screaming around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. but thought it was from a party.  

Detectives had been searching for the woman's boyfriend in what are believed to be domestic violence homicides. By Monday, they confirmed that a man struck and killed by a Metro-North train at the Hartsdale station Sunday morning was the suspect, 51-year-old Hector Cruz. 

Sources told News 4 that Cruz had previous convictions for assault.

Delorbe's 15th birthday was supposed to be on Monday, and grieving classmates came to his apartment building to pay their respects. A baseball fan, Delorbe dreamed of play for the New York Yankees. His father, in his native Dominican Republic, has been informed of his son's death. 

Neighbor Mari Rosa described him as a well-mannered young man, sweet and always respectful.

"He didn't even get to learn how to drive," she said in Spanish. "It breaks my heart." 

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 



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<![CDATA[Growing Retail Blight on Upper West Side Worries Neighbors]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:13:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/store+for+rent+uws.jpg

As empty storefronts increasingly litter the landscape on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, neighbors are growing distressed about the retail blight in their community.

Residents Ann Meyerson, Susan Eley and Beth Krieger launched a Facebook group called Upper West Side Save Our Stores after noticing "For Rent" signs popping up all over the area. It instantly took off online and caught the eye of city councilwoman Helen Rosenthal. 

Rosenthal, who represents District 6, said store vacancies are up over the last 10 years because rents and e-commerce are on the rise. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently revived a proposal to tax landlords who leave storefronts vacant for long periods of time, holding out for higher paying tenants -- but Rosenthal believes the real solution is more complicated because each location is different. 

"An effort we're starting in our office is to identify the locations that are persistently vacant and try to communicate with those landlords and building owners and say, 'What's going on there? What can we do to help you rent this space out?'" she said. 

The councilwoman has also written legislation that would have the city track vacancies and store them in a database so that local officials could analyze trends. 

Mike Mishkin, the founder and editor of the blog ilovetheupperwestside.com, has been writing weekly about the neighborhood for six years.

"In the last year, I've written more about places closing than ever before," he said. 

Save Our Stores plans to conduct its own research in the neighborhood. 

"We're going door to door to empty storefronts, and then we want to figure out how to help the elected officials," said Kreiger. 



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<![CDATA[NYPD: Fetus, Bloody Clothes Found Near School in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:22:29 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fetus+found+bk+2+18.jpg

Police are investigating after a human fetus was found near a school in Brooklyn on Monday morning. 

Authorities say a person walking their dog at Bradford Street and Linden Boulevard in East New York around 7 a.m. discovered the fetus alongside a white grocery bag of bloody clothing. 

“You could see the blood inside of the bag from the clothes," said Veronica Sexton, another witness who only saw the bag. "The clothes were drenched in blood. It was a horrific sight to see.”

The location is near P.S. 36; New York City schools are closed this week for midwinter recess.

The fetus appeared to be around 20 weeks, according to authorities.

The NYPD is investigating the discovery, and detectives could be seen going door to door to see if anyone had surveillance footage showing someone leaving the fetus.

The identity of the mother is also unknown. 

"Anything's possible," said Orlando Reid of East New York. "I'm pretty sure the way it looked, it wasn't going to survive anyway, but I just hope she got help, whoever it was." 

"It's sad. I'm not here to judge," he said. 

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Window of Brooklyn Synagogue Smashed on Sabbath: Rabbi ]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:07:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chabad+of+Bushwick.jpg

A window of a Brooklyn synagogue was smashed on the Sabbath while the rabbi and his family, including young children, were inside. 

A large plate glass window was shattered in front of Chabad of Bushwick on Flushing Avenue early on Saturday, Rabbi Menachem Heller said. 

Heller said his family, including nine children, stays at the center on the Sabbath. 

They saw two people walking away from the scene.

Heller said they walked across the street and asked people to call 911 because, as observant Jews, they don't use their phones on the Sabbath. They also flagged down police officers. 

"If they have issues there are other ways of dealing with it than letting out their hatred onto others," he said.

NYPD Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, met with Heller Monday for a roundtable discussion about stepping up patrols at the synagogue.

"We are going to work to stomp out this hate in our community," he said. 

Capt. Timothy Skretch, the commanding officer of Precinct 90, said, "The relationship doesn't end today. It's only going to increase." 

Governor Andrew Cuomo called the vandalism an "act of hate;" Mayor de Blasio called the rabbi and also tweeted his support for the synagogue.

"I felt really good hearing from him that he was taking it so seriously," said Heller. 

The city has seen a sharp increase in reported hate crimes so far in 2019, the NYPD said. Police had investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year. Most of those were anti-semitic.



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<![CDATA[NYPD Reviews Alleged Threat By Cop Against 50 Cent]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:29:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/50-cent-GettyImages.jpg

The NYPD said Sunday it was reviewing allegations by 50 Cent that a police officer told other cops to shoot the rapper and actor on sight. 

The Grammy-winner, whose given name is Curtis Jackson, tweeted that he took the threat seriously and was consulting his lawyer. Jackson called Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez a "dirty cop abusing his POWER."

"The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun," Jackson tweeted. 

The NYPD told NBC 4 New York that the incident was under internal review. 

The allegations stem from a report in The Daily News that Gonzalez told officers at a roll call last summer to "shoot him on sight," referring to Jackson's expected appearance at an NYPD boxing match. The report was based on an anonymous source. 

Gonzalez and Jackson apparently had an ongoing feud involving one of Jackson's favorite bars in Sunset Park, The Daily News reported. Jackson accused Gonzalez of shaking down the bar in a since-deleted Instagram post. Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint accusing Jackson of threatening him in a comment on that post.  No charges were filed.



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<![CDATA[NYPD: Man Followed Woman, Asked for Directions & Raped Her]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:02:24 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woodside-rape-news-nyc-0218.jpg

Police are looking for a man they say followed a woman off a bus, pretended to ask for directions to the subway and then raped her.

NYPD officials said the attacker approached the woman after she got off the bus at 54th Street and Skillman Avenue in Woodside, Queens, around 10:40 p.m on Friday.

He asked her for directions to the 7 train before pushing her against a vehicle and raping her, according to authorities.

After the attack, police say the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The attacker ran offf, but police say he was spotted not long after aboard a Q32 bus. 

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Roof Collapses on Burning Brooklyn Home: FDNY]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:31:41 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brooklyn+fire+2-17.png

A fire broke out at a home in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, causing the roof of the two-story building to collapse, firefighters said. 

No one was home and no one was injured in the fire on Essex Street in East New York, said Deputy Assistant Chief Joseph Jardin. 

Firefighters had to force their way through a locked gate only to find significant clutter throughout the entire building, Jardin said. 

The clutter forced them to fight the fire from outside the building, he said. 

About 140 firefighters responded to the blaze, Jardin said. 

The fire marshall will investigate the cause. 



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