Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Members Of Jewish Faith Prepare For Rosh Hashanah

Jews across the nation and world are preparing for their New Year.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.

It's followed by a 10 day period of reflection and repentance that ends on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

Rosh Hashanah is also a celebration of new beginnings and a time to set goals for the new year.

NYPD to Investigate Pepper Spraying

Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the NYPD will look at a complaint that an officer wrongly used pepper spray at a demonstration last week.

Kelly says internal affairs will look into the claim made by a 25-year-old woman and others.

Video from Saturday's Union Square incident shows an officer blasting a cluster of women with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain. One screams. The officer's white shirt indicates a rank of lieutenant or above.

Kelly says the video leaves out tumultuous conduct by protesters who illegally tried to block streets.

About 80 people were arrested as the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators marched through lower Manhattan.

The women have also filed a complaint with the civilian complaint review board.

Brooklyn NYPD is searching for a group Who broke in to 4 cars this night at avenue J between 31st and 32nd st took air bags & other stuff...

Brooklyn: FDNY & EMS Where On Scene At 14th Ave & 44th Street, for A Motor Vehicle Accident..

Monday, September 26, 2011

Brooklyn A person fell out of the 6th floor of a building at 555 Flushing ave in is DOA NYPD On scene invasthegating ..

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brooklyn: 42 Street And Ft Hamilton pky BSSP & NYPD where On Scene for an Assault EMS TXP 1 For miner Injurys & 1 Treating On scene
PD Has 1 Under in Regards..

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Photo: of car vs store..

Brooklyn: East 17 And Ave U Car into a store Minor injuries..

Police Investigate Double Bronx Shooting

A double shooting in the Bronx early Saturday morning left one man dead and another person wounded.

It happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar and Sedgwick Avenues in Morris Heights.

Police say they responded to a 911 call and found a 20-year-old and a 56-year-old with gunshot wounds.

The 20-year-old, identified as John Vasquez of the Bronx, was pronounced dead.

The older victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital.

He is listed in stable condition.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going

Man Arrested At JFK After Weapons Discovered In Luggage

A man was arrested and accused of traveling with a barrage of weapons at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday.

Transportation Security officers found a stun gun, three stun batons, a stun pen and a can of pepper spray during a routine baggage check on Thursday.

Mohamed Hefni, 54, told officials he was taking them home to Saudi Arabia to protect his family.

The screeners didn't buy his story and called the Port Authority Police.

Hefni now faces weapons possession charges.

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Airport Delays

A Staten Island neighborhood hit hard by Irene got a case of déjà vu Friday.

Dongan Hills between Haven and Hunter Avenues turned into a small pond.

Residents said most of the houses in the area were built over the past six years, but no one ever expanded the drainage system, so there is no place for the water to go.

"They say that the pipe is small to handle all the water, and it's really the only drain pipe available. If you look at the pipe over there, it doesn't work," said one resident.

"Everything is sinking. Cars come through here, they wash the soil away. Everything is getting rotten over here from the waters," said another.

Residents say they have been petitioning the city to widen the area's catch basins and improve the drainage system, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

The heavy rains also caused travel delays at area airports.

Travelers heading to Newark, LaGuardia or John F. Kennedy Airports were advised to call their carriers ahead of time. As some rain is also expected this weekend, further delays might be possible.

The weather also led to a postponement of Friday's Yankees versus Red Sox game. It will be made up as the second game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

Brooklyn Man Arrested Following Police Shootout

A Brooklyn man was arrested Friday after a police-involved shooting in Brooklyn.

The incident happened on Linden Boulevard and East 49th Street in East Flatbush early in the morning.

Plainclothes officers say they approached Jerry Benoit, 30, who appeared to have a gun.

Police say Benoit fired his weapon, leading to a shootout and a chase.

Benoit was hit several times and rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

He is facing charges of attempted murder and assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon.

Benoit was also wearing a bullet-proof vest.

The officers were not seriously hurt.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Police Commissioner Calls on NYPD to Stop Improper Marijuana Arrests

Kelly's Operations Order landed on the desk of police supervisors this week, and a copy of it was provided to WNYC. 

In the order, Kelly stated at the outset: "Questions have been raised about the processing of certain marihuana arrests.  At issue is whether the circumstances under which uniformed members of the service recover small amounts of marihuana ... from subjects in a public place support the charge of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree."

NYPD sources tell WNYC it's the first time Kelly internally addressed the issue of improper marijuana arrests to the entire department since a WNYC investigation in April found police officers may have been recovering marijuana on people through illegal searches.  

In New York, possession of small amounts of marijuana is only a criminal offense if it is displayed in public. Kelly's order reminds officers that if marijuana comes into public view at the direction of an officer — either when an officer pulls the drug out of a person's clothes or a person is ordered by an officer to empty out his pockets — it's not a misdemeanor, and instead should only be treated as a violation, which is a ticketable offense.

More than 85 percent of those arrested for marijuana in New York City are blacks and Latinos in the poorest neighborhoods where the highest rates of stop-and-frisk occur.  National studies show young whites smoke pot more than blacks and Latinos of the same age.

Kelly's directive arrives just as City Council members and legislators in Albany are calling for an end to improper marijuana arrests.  A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in public view.  Bill sponsors Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Mark Grisanti said they hope the proposed law will reduce incentives for police to improperly recover marijuana from people to make misdemeanor arrests.

photo's of the 4rd alarm fire in brooklyn

FDNY Where on scene in brooklyn at a 4rd alarm fire at 169 4th ave fire was in a commercial building..

Thursday, September 22, 2011

photos: Truck Fire On Verrazano Bridge

Staten island on the Verrazano Bridge Construction truck was on fire with acetylene tanks on board. FDNY NYPD & HAZMAT Units Where on scene..

Brooklyn: KCSP Where on scene at clymer st and wythe ave for an Hit & run and the driver took off by foot pd canvassing the area ..

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shootout involving police leaves 1 hurt in the Bronx

A police-involved shooting in the Bronx is under investigation Wednesday.

The incident happened at East 187th Street and Prospect Avenue in Belmont just after midnight.
Police say two groups of men with guns got into a shootout with each other, before officers got involved and also opened fire.

One person suffered a graze wound to the leg and fled the scene.
Later, a man showed up at St. Barnabas Hospital with that same kind of injury.
No arrests have been made, and no officers were hurt.

Driver leads cops on chase through Brooklyn,



New York police are looking for the car thief who led cops on a wild chase through downtown Brooklyn.

It then crashed into two production trailers shooting the new ABC show "Pan Am."
The chase ended on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.During the chase, the man driving a stolen gold 2011 Nissan SUV sideswiped two trailers and a delivery truck.

The man then aimed the car right at cops, and one of the officers accidentally fired a shot.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

brooklyn; 45 street and ft hamilton pky mva with 1 injury EMS now txp.

MANHATTAN: A 2 Story Building collapsed on top of A city Bus 13 injuries on the bus, 1 injured worker. reported to be 2 NYPD Officers with non-life threatening injuries.Building collapse at West 125 & 8 Ave,
emergency personnel is searching the sidewalk for additional victims...

Monday, September 19, 2011

NYPD-ESU-BOMB SQUAD. Are On Scene in Manhattan at 8th Avenue & West 42nd Street. investigating a suspicious package..(( 3:35:22PM))

Brooklyn: Ocean Avenue and Avenue J NYPD where on scene with a female shot and pronounced DOA no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

Several L.I. Schools Locked Down

Four people are in custody following a home invasion robbery in Bellmore, on Long Island.
Six people were taken to a hospital after the incdient. Two dozen area schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution during the incident.
Police officers fired shots at some of the fleeing suspects, Newsday reported. One of the suspects was reportedly hit in the leg.
Chatterton Elementary School was one of the schools under lockdown. School officials posted a note on the front door of the school stating that no one was allowed to enter the building.
A Nassau University Medical Center spokeswoman said the six patients were transported there, including residents of the home of two of the suspects. Another was a police officer who injured an ankle.

Man Pulled From Central Park Reservoir

Emergency personnel pulled a man from the Central Park Reservoir Monday morning.
when the man, covered in a white sheet, was pulled out of the reservoir at 97th Street.
He appeared alert as he was brought down from a ladder used to pull him out of the water at around 7 a.m.
A steel fence about four-feet high surrounds the reseroir named for Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
It's not clear why the man ended up in the reseroir.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

3 Killed, 2 Injured In NYC Shootings

Three men have been killed and two other injured in separate shooting incidents in New York City.

A 27-year-old man was found just after 11 p.m. Saturday on Batchelder Street in Brooklyn, with several gunshots to his torso. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Police said another man was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting on Rockaway Avenue in Brooklyn shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The injured men were hospitalized in stable condition.

In Queens, a man was killed after being shot multiple times on 107 Avenue around 4 a.m. Sunday.

No names for the victims have been released.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Brooklyn: FDNY & EMS Where on scene at Franklin ave & Myrtle ave for an MVA..

Crime Rate Rises In NYC

According to a report there was an increase in crime last year in six of the nine major crime categories.

The report also stated that response times to crimes in progress increased by a minute.

Murder, forcible rape, robbery and felonious assault went up in the 2011 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. Major felony crimes increased in both the transit system and the NYC Housing Authority.

Response times rose from an average 7.5 to 8.4 minutes, continuing the pattern since 2007, when cops rushed to emergencies in just 6.9 minutes.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne however disputes some of the findings in the report and says the newspaper accounts reflect outdated information.

Browne said murder is currently down 7% and says the increase in felony assault is attributed primarily to a new definition of what defines a felony assault. According to Browne, that definition became effective last November which also made choking a felony assault for the first time.

Browne says if the definition remained the same, assaults would be down. As for rapes, Browne said 90% of the victims knew their assailants as either acquaintances or relatives and added that led to a welcome willingness by victims to report assailants even when they were acquaintances or relatives.

The report stated forcible rapes had showed the steepest increase of any major crime, from 860 to 1,138.

Overall, officials downplayed the numbers for individual categories stating the long-term overall trend was "strongly positive" and that the total number of felonies was down slightly, from 105,702 to 105,496.

"Even as New York City is emerging from the most difficult fiscal crisis in a generation, the data show that city agencies continue to provide the high-quality services that New Yorkers have rightly come to expect," said Mayor Bloomberg in a statement.

Browne added that response times are still 20 percent faster than they were in 2000, when it took an average 10.7 minutes to get to a crime at a time when the NYPD had 6,000 more officers than it does today.

NYPD response times 
2011: 8.4 
2010: 7.5 
2009: 7.3 
2008: 7.3 
2007: 6.9 
2003: 7.1*

* Mayor Bloomberg's 1st year 
Source: Mayor's Management Report


Kid In Backseat Of A Stolen Car

A New York City couple got a terrific scare when a thief drove off in their SUV with their 2-year-old son still in the back seat.

The theft happened in the Bronx on Saturday morning. Police say the child's mother was loading groceries into the vehicle outside a supermarket when a man jumped into the driver's seat and hit the gas.

Police say the thief apparently realized what happened right away, stopped the car, took the boy out of his car seat and left him in the street.

The boy's father ran up the block to retrieve him as the SUV sped off.

Police were still looking for the SUV Saturday afternoon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Report: NYPD Cops Took Drug Money

NEW YORK—The massive NYPD ticket-fixing investigation -- which has already driven a veteran New York cop to attempt suicide -- has uncovered evidence of dirty officers lining their pockets with drug cash, the New York Post reported Friday.

The NYPD, already on edge about likely indictments over fixed tickets, will be blown away by the more serious drug-profit charges, which could signal widespread corruption and even more scandal, sources said.

"Some of the officers will face charges related only to ticket fixing," one source with knowledge of the investigation said. "But there will be other officers who will be charged with serious crimes that grew out of the ticket- fixing investigation."

"I think people are going to be shocked by the seriousness of these crimes," the source added. The offenses may include "cops dealing with drug dealers and proceeds from drug sales."

What started out three years ago as an internal investigation to catch Bronx cops involved in minor drug crimes quickly grew into a widespread investigation with ticket fixing as its focus after wiretaps allegedly caught officers quashing traffic and parking tickets.

The investigation has already pushed one witness to the breaking point.

Robert McGee, 62, a 30-year department veteran, was in stable condition Thursday at North Central Bronx Hospital after he tried to electrocute himself on the third rail of a subway line at the 238th Street station.

Last week, after being granted immunity, McGee testified before a Bronx grand jury about 10 tickets. But sources said he became despondent upon learning he might have to testify at trial against fellow cops.

"Everybody up here is sick about it," a law-enforcement source said of the McGee incident. "Thirty years and he never did anything but this. Everybody's just sick over it."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Police: Staten Island Toddler Shot In Face


Police say a two-year-old girl is in stable condition after being shot in the face on a Staten Island playground this afternoon.

The little girl, named Samiya Bailey, was sitting in a gray stroller with her father, Michael Bailey, and his friend, Anthony Mahoney, outside a housing complex located at 55 Holland Avenue in Arlington, when she was hit by a stray bullet around 1:45 p.m.

The shooter fired from 20 yards away and intended to hit one of the men seated by the baby, according to police.

Bailey drove his daughter to Richmond University Medical Center, where she currently is in critical but stable condition, according to sources.

Police say the shooter fled the scene, and NYPD helicopters searched for him.

Authorities pulled over a suspect was pulled over while driving on West Shore Expressway near Bloomingdale Road with three other men. They were all brought to the 120th Police Precinct for questioning.

Michael Bailey is also being questioned by police to aid the investigation.

Neighbors said Samiya is a talkative little girl who enjoyed spending her days in the playground. They said she is an innocent victim of unnecessary gun violence.

"I don't know how that could actually even happen. I feel bad because I really knew the little girl. We had a close relationship with her," said an eyewitness.

"It's very scary. I have a grandson that lives in these buildings. And when you hear it's the baby, the first thing that happens is your heart falls. You think it's yours," said a local. "I wanted to cry. I started to cry, even though I don't know the child."

Residents also said more needs to be done to make their community safer and to end gunfights.

"I think they need to do something about the shootouts out here. It's fricking crazy," said a local.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A police chase came to a deadly end in Lower Manhattan late Tuesday night.

A suspect attempting to flee from police was struck by at least one car while crossing the FDR Drive at East 6th Street just after 11:30 p.m.
Police were chasing the 22-year-old suspect when he ran across the highway. He dashed onto the road and was struck by a livery cab.

The driver of that vehicle immediately stopped.
EMS responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His devastated family and friends rushed to the area, but were quickly held back by police while they investigated.
Authorities have not said why they were chasing the man.