Sunday, August 21, 2011

Senior Fatally Stabbed In Bushwick

Police are looking for the person who stabbed a 69-year-old man to death in Bushwick, Brooklyn early this morning.

Police say they found the wounded man at a home on Evergreen Avenue.

He later died at the hospital.

Investigators believe he was killed during a robbery.

N.J. Man Found Murdered

Police found a man shot to death in New Jersey early Saturday morning.

According to police, 24-year old Jesefy Keita of Newark was shot multiple times in the chest. The victim was found at 362 South Orange Ave and 10th Street in Newark.

Keita was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead according to the prosecutor's office.

Police do not have any suspects at this time.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident are asked to call the Homicide Task Force hotline at (877) 847-7432.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1 Dead in N.J. Midair Crash

Two small planes performing aerobatic maneuvers over a southern New Jersey airport have collided in midair, killing one of the pilots and injuring another.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said two general aviation planes hit each other over Hammonton Municipal Airport shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. The aircraft were in space designated for aerobatic maneuvers.

Salac said one pilot was killed, and the other ejected from the plane. Their names were not released.

Authorities say the injured pilot ended up about a mile from the airport and walked to it. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

There were no passengers in the planes.

FAA investigators and Hammonton police were still at the scene Saturday evening. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.

Second Accident At N.J. Amusement Park

Five people were injured when an amusement park ride partially collapsed Friday night in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Officials say the center mast snapped on the "Pirate Ship" ride located at Morey's Mariners's Landing Pier. No one was seriously hurt on the ride.

Coincidentally, Morey's is the same amusement park where an 11-year old girl fell to her death off a Ferris wheel back in June.

A park spokeswoman declined to comment on whether it would revisit park safety and inspection procedures.

Police Chase Leaves 2 Dead In N.J.

Two men were killed in a collision in New Jersey early Saturday morning after they were being chased by the N.J. State Police.

The two men died after their car collided with another vehicle at 15th Avenue and Bergen Street in Newark. The two men killed were 24-year old Zafir Abdul Rahman of East Orange and 29-year-old Qaadir King of Newark.

According to police the two men were driving in a 1996 Acura and were traveling at a high speed headed east on 15th Avenue. The car them hit another vehicle that was traveling north on Bergen Street.

The Acura hit three parked cars, burst into flames and flipped over at the intersection of 15th Avenue and Hunterdon Street. Police say Rahman was ejected from the vehicle.

Both Rahman and the King were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two men in the Acura were pursued on the Garden State Parkway for speeding by the state police. Police say the vehicle exited the parkway at exit 144 Irvington and the police chased the vehicle on 15th Avenue before breaking off the pursuit near South 8th Street.

According to witnesses, the state police they were not pursuing the vehicle at the time of the collision.

The driver in the other car, who was an unidentified female, was taken to University hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free FBI iPhone App Could Help Parents Keep Kids Safe

Every parent knows the panic. 

When a child is missing, every minute counts when it comes to getting out the most accurate information and description. The FBI hopes its free new "FBI Child ID" iPhone app -- the first mobile app created by the agency -- will provide instant and vital information for parents to share with police in the event of an emergency.

An FBI spokesman told Fox News this information will not be collected by the agency. But privacy advocates wonder if it's another example of the government overstepping its bounds.

"There are very profound privacy problems that are presented by mobile applications," Ginger McCall with the Electronic Privacy Information Center warned parents. Child tracking technology can be helpful, she explained, but any app that can access personal data needs to be thoroughly checked out.

"Look at the access that that application has on that phone. If it's accessing GPS data, personal data, then do research on those companies."

And there are quite a few companies in the field of child safety mobile apps. Some do use GPS, such as the "Nearparent" app, which sets up a virtual neighborhood of pre-arranged helpers for a child to call upon if they are in distress. It lets those helpers pinpoint the child with their location. And "iHound" lets children alert parents via smartphone when they have arrived at a location. Conversely, "Family Tracker" informs parents of a child's whereabouts.

The "FBI Child ID" app relies upon parents to build a full database on a child that they keep stored in their iPhones, said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson. That information can be shown on the spot to a security guard at a mall, or emailed directly to the FBI.

Parents can use the Child ID app to upload a current picture of their child, their physical descriptions, and distinguishing characteristics.

"It's very critical in the first few minutes and hours in these cases where there is missing children to seek the help of authorities to help locate your child -- and obviously you want to arm them with the most information that you can to get the best chances to locate your child quickly," Bresson said. 

Parents say they are cautiously embracing the technology. "I think the benefits would outweigh the negatives," Jodi Perrin from New Hampshire told Fox News. "If someone gets ahold of your phone, it's probably a negative. But if you can get information to the FBI as soon as possible, the sooner the better." 

Patricia Merrill, a mother from Long Island agreed, in principle. "If it's something maintained on my phone, I think I would be interested in it. If it was going to a database where you always have the concern that someone's going to be hacking, I don't know if I'd be that willing to do it."

"But if it's something that resides on the phone with apps and you can access it easily enough, then it probably sounds like a good idea," she told Fox News.

Security experts say technology doesn't replace good parenting, of course -- but these devices could help when you need it the most.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brooklyn: 60ST & 9AVE. Ambulance & Shomrim Member Involved In a MVA no major injures....

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BORO PARK: A mini bus is completely damaged after being engulfed in flames in front of its School on 14 & 43rd.

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NYPD arrested a male that worked in a Cashier of Supermarket on Myrtle Ave that was stealing money from Customers Credit Cards#'s

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Monday, August 8, 2011

5 Stabbed Inside Brooklyn Bar

Aug 8, 2011 11:44 a.m.

Five people were stabbed inside a karaoke bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, according to police.

The stabbings occurred at Crown K TV on 64th Street just after 3 a.m.

One person was being questioned by police early Monday.

The injured were expected to recover, added police.

It's not clear why the they were stabbed.

Astoria Crash Kills Girl, Injures Nine Others

A ten-year-old girl is dead following a two-car Sunday accident in Astoria, Queens.

Witnesses say a van rolled over at the corner of 31st Street and 34th Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

The van was carrying a family on vacation from Australia.

The young girl was pinned in the crash.

Nine others were hurt.

No charges have been filed.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Man Shot 15 Times By Police Files Suit Against NYPD

Angel Alvarez, who was shot multiple times by city police officers during a conflict last year, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the New York City Police Department.

Police were called in after Alvarez got into a fistfight with Luis Soto during a block party in Harlem last August.

Officials from the NYPD said the officers opened fire after Alvarez shot at them.

Alvarez said he wrestled a gun away from Soto during the fight, but denies firing at anyone.

Police fired 46 shots, killing Soto and hitting Alvarez at least 15 times.

Earlier this year, a Manhattan grand jury decided not to charge the four police officers involved.

Alvarez spent 200 days in jail but was not indicted.

The NYPD is still reviewing the shooting.

The city has not commented on the lawsuit.

Man Drives Van Into Central Park Lake, Suffers Minor Injuries

A city man suffered minor injuries Saturday after police say he drove his van into 
a lake in Central Park.

It happened just before 12:30 p.m. at the Harlem Meer near 110th Street.

Investigators say the man, who is said to be in his 20s, escaped before help arrived.

Witnesses at the scene tell NY1 they believe the man intentionally drove the van into the lake.

"He said he's tired of his father, the way he treats him and what not. I guess that was his revenge," said one witness.

Both the driver and a city firefighter who responded to the scene were taken to nearby 
hospitals with minor injuries.

Police say the incident does not appear criminal.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Basement Fire

A transformer fire broke out in the basement of New York's famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel, injuring three people and forcing some guests to leave the building.

The fire was reported just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Manhattan hotel's sub-basement, the FDNY said. The fire was brought under control about an hour later. Two people suffered minor injuries and another person was hospitalized with smoke inhalation. No word on the cause of the fire.

The landmark Waldorf-Astoria is a favorite destination of notables including heads of state from around the world. U.S. presidents traditionally stay there when they are in New York.

BREAKING: Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith Resigns

One of Mayor Bloomberg's top aides -- and the man many held responsible for the city's botched response to the December blizzard -- announced his resignation Thursday after just more than a year on the job.

Our Einhorn, Blau and Lemire report from City Hall:

Stephen Goldsmith, the city's Deputy Mayor of Operations and a former mayor of Indianapolis, is leaving city government after 15 controversial months to pursue a job in finance.

He will be replaced by Cas Holloway, the city's Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Goldsmith was in Washington when he infamously tweeted "GOOD SNOW WORK" when the paralyzing blizzard descended on the city just after Christmas.

Critics blasted his seemingly unaware tone, claiming it stood in stark contrast to the images of unplowed streets and stranded ambulances across the five boroughs.

"He was brought here a year ago to reinvent government and the only thing he's put his stamp on is two snowstorms," said one high-ranking City Hall source.

Though Goldsmith's handling of the blizzard - and the allegedly pushy demeanor of some of his aides - rubbed some government insiders the wrong way, the deputy mayor defended his track record.

"I am proud of the work we have done over the last year to pass an aggressive budget," Goldsmith said in a statement, "and put in place the foundation and plans for dozens of initiatives and best practices that will dramatically further customer service and cost savings in the city."

Goldsmith, who also taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was recruited by Bloomberg to help re-invent and streamline city government, but he often grew frustrated in dealing with collective bargaining and arcane contract rules.

Bloomberg said the city was "extraordinarily lucky" for his service, but not all of Goldsmith's decisions were popular or proved immediately effective.

He oversaw the demotion of dozens of sanitation supervisors - which may have affected the city's response to the blizzard - and struggled with fixing the city's scandal-scarred City Time and emergency communication programs.
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Explosion At Staten Island Strip Mall

There are unconfirmed reports that a transformer explosion inside a Dunkin Donuts on Staten Island caused extensive damage to several stores in a strip mall

 Thursday where dozens of firefighters battled the flames along Hylan Boulevard and Old Town Road.

The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m.

There were no injuries reported.

Brooklyn Boy's Accused Killer Fit To Stand Trial; Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing and dismembering an eight-year-old Brooklyn boy last month entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment this morning, where lawyers also confirmed he will stand trial.

Levi Aron, 35, appeared briefly in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

He's charged with kidnapping and murdering Leiby Kletzky.

Prosecutors say the boy asked him for directions after getting lost while walking home from camp on July 11th in Borough Park.

Defense lawyers say Aron has been found competent of standing trial after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

"He's been found by the evaluators to be competent to stand trial and fit to proceed," said Defense Attorney Pierre Bazile.

"Fitness to proceed only includes that he understands the nature and charges against him, that is he able to understand he's being criminally prosecuted, he knows what those charges are, and is able to participate in his own defense. It is not a rendering on sanity or insanity, it is only on competency," said Defense Attorney Jennifer McCann.

Attorneys say Aron told them he hears voices.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind was among those present for today's arraignment.

He is urging members of the community to join him in support of the Kletzky family.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shomrim Busted Air-Bag Thief: This Morning Williamsburg Shomrim Member Saw A Suspicious Male With Tools & A Ski Mask Looking Into Cars. While Following, The Suspect Met Up With A BMW, Shomrim Followed The Suspicious Male & The BMW, Perp Broke Into A Car & Took Out The Air Bag & Tried To Get Away With The BMW But Shomrim Caught The Thief at Harrison & Penn, & The BMW Took Off, Shomrim Found The BMW Parked Unoccupied at Throop & Bartlett, Police Towed The Car To The Williamsburg 90th Pct, After Checking Out The Car Police Found Tools To Break Windows Of Cars Without Making Noise & Police Also Found A "Police Scanner" Which Was Set On The Williamsburg 90th Pct. A lot Of Air Bags Were Also Stolen Last Night Near Williamsburg In The 79th Pct.. Let's Hope That This Air Bag Group Were Busted & The Credit Again Goes For The Great Williamsburg Shomrim
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Brooklyn: 39 st x Ft Hamilton pkwy FDNY Is on scene of an heavy fire in an auto body shop 2 injured firefighter
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