Sunday, July 31, 2011

1 Dead, 7 Firemen Injured In N.J. Fire

A fast-moving house fire has left an elderly New Jersey woman dead and seven firefighters injured.

Jersey City authorities say 81-year-old Elsa Ewida was found early Sunday in a hallway near the front door of her two-story home. She was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

It's not yet clear what sparked the fire, which broke out around 5 a.m. But investigators say there were lots of papers and other clutter inside the home that apparently helped fuel the blaze.

Details on the injuries sustained by the firefighters were not disclosed, but none were considered serious.

Authorities also briefly evacuated three nearby homes that were slightly damaged by the fire, but no other injuries were reported

N.J. Corrections Officer Shot Dead

Authorities in New Jersey say an off-duty Essex County corrections officer has been shot dead in her car, shortly after she left a social club.

Acting County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says 32-year-old Debora Ferreira of Irvington was shot just before 3 a.m. Sunday on Halsey Street in downtown Newark. She was unresponsive when found and was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Murray says a motive for the shooting is unknown. She declined to provide further details on the incident, which is under investigation by her office and Newark police.

The mother of a 1-year-old daughter, Ferreira had been with the county corrections department since July 2007.

The Essex County Crime Stoppers have offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

Corrections Officer Shot Dead In Car

Authorities in New Jersey say an off-duty Essex County corrections officer has been shot dead in her car.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the 32-year-old female was shot on Halsey Street in downtown Newark at 3 a.m. Sunday. The officer's name is being withheld until her family can be notified.

Authorities say a motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is continuing.

Brooklyn Bridge Swim

450 swimmers jumped into the East River on Saturday for the 6th annual "Brooklyn Bridge Swim".

The race began in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with participants swimming under the Brooklyn Bridge, and finished on the Manhattan side of the East River.

The one-kilometer race also features the Battle of the Bridge, a race-within-a-race where a team of Brooklyn swimmers compete against a team of Manhattan swimmers.

The winner takes home the Roebling Cup which is named in honor of the bridge's designer, John Roebling.

Katherine O'Connor of Mount Vernon, NJ won the race with a time of 13 minutes and 30 seconds.

Queens Man Accused Of Former Policeman's Murder

A man has being charged with shooting and the murder of a former city police officer in South Jamaica, Queens.

Devante Seabrook, 19, is accused of shooting Colin Bowlin, 28, in the back near the corner of 113th Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard.

Bowlin was pronounced dead early Saturday at a Queens hospital.

Sources say the shooting was over a dice game.

South Jamaica residents told NY1 the area is a safe place.

"It had to be somebody that did not live in this neighborhood, because this neighborhood, mostly, everybody looks out for one another," said Jill Mattocks, an area pastor.

"It's not like he walked around here as an officer, you know? He walked as a neighbor, your next-door neighbor, friendly person, you know?" said neighbor Jacqueline Skyers. "But my whole family, we're so hurt by this tragedy."

Bowlin served on the force for three years and then left the force for unclear reasons in 2008.

Queen Toddler Struck, Killed By Van

A toddler died after being struck by a van in Elmhurst, Queens yesterday evening.

Police say two-year-old Andrew Ramirez wandered into traffic at 82nd Street and Broadway in Elmhurst shortly after 6:30 p.m. and was hit by a red van.

The boy died at Elmhurst Hospital.

Police say the driver, who stayed on the scene, is not expected to be charged.

FBI Offers Reward For "One Glove Bandit"

A search for the so-called "one glove bandit" continues this weekend following a successful robbery attempt Friday in Queens.

Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation say the man, pictured above, robbed a Chase Bank on Main Street in Flushing just before 9 a.m.

They say he threatened bank staff with a gun he held in his gloved hand and made off with a large amount of cash.

The man is accused of robbing a Signature Bank in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn back in May, and again on July 1.

He is described as being a black Hispanic male, 5'8" tall and weighing around 190 pounds.

A reward is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000.

No Injuries Reported After Manhole Fire Leads To Evacuations

Manhattan residents have returned to their homes after being evacuated because of a construction fire Friday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

Crews were working below ground on East 59th Street between First and Second Avenues to replace a water main when feeder cables short circuited Friday, causing a small explosion and fire.

The electrical fire disrupted service, knocking out power and forcing people out of their homes. Officials from the fire department said the explosion was dangerously close to a gas line.

"We had to evacuate the buildings behind the trench site, had the gas shut off on both ends of the block," said FDNY Chief Tom McKavanaugh.

A hole had been dug to replace a water main, and according to the City's Department of Design and Construction, Con Edison decided to use the open street to shore up some electrical wiring.

That's when two feeder cables short-circuited. A series of small explosions followed.

"I was on the phone and the phone went off. Then the light went off, only for a second," said one resident. "Then there was a big noise, like an explosion, but because of the construction I didn't pay attention because the noise is constant. But after 10 to 15 minutes, a fireman walks in and says 'get out, get out, you need to evacuate."

"I work at the Humane Society of New York, and basically all of our lights were flickering, so I came outside and there was a giant smoke plume in the air and they said to back up because there was an electrical fire," said one onlooker. "We were just hoping all of our animals were going to be okay."

All of those animals were okay, as were all the people who live along 59th street between First and Second Avenues who lost power and gas.

Police Seek Gunman Who Injured Young Bronx Boy

Authorities in the Bronx are searching for whomever fired the shot that sent a five-year-old boy to the hospital last night.

It happened at around 10:30 p.m. near Holland and Astor Avenues in Bronxdale.

Adonte Peartree was walking down the street with his mother when the shots were fired.

He was hit in the leg.

Police say they do not believe the pair was the target.

"Me and my friend was just like in front of the building," said one witness. "All we hear is pow, pow, pow, couple of gunshots and we knew something was going down. And soon as we turned the corner we just see a lot of people scattering, people running everywhere."

Adonte has been released from Jacobi Medical Center.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A massive water main break in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx is now under control as crews inspect the cause.

It happened just before 6 a.m. on Jerome Avenue near 177th Street.

At one point, water levels in some sections were waist deep as it flooded the avenue as far south as 174th Street.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it took crews about three hours to stop the flow.

The water main is said to be 103 years old, one of the oldest in the system, and is a feeder into other pipelines.

Local residents are not experiencing water problems, but the rushing water did damage some gas mains, leaving about 600 customers without gas.

"There are a number of factors that could potentially play into a break, pipes are under different pressures, happened to be a main that was taking a tremendous amount of pressure its entire life, so that's not an issue. But we are going to be looking into both at the site of the break, and the forensic evidence is going to tell us something when we're able to get in there," said DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway.

Firefighters remained on scene to make sure no one got stuck in their cars or surrounding buildings.

No major injuries have been reported, but local business owners are not sure what kind of damage the water will bring.

"I can't express what I feel, it's painful, it's painful," said one business owner.

"The whole day, I have to tell my employees to stay home, so I don't know what's going to happen now. We have insurance, but I don't know if they're going to pay for the water," said another.

Meantime, the water main break is causing problems for fans headed to this afternoon's Yankees game.

There is no 4 train service between the 167th Street Station and the Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College Station.

That means the train is not stopping at Yankee Stadium.

Fans can take the D or B train to the game.

Some bus routes in the area are also experiencing delays or detours.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brooklyn Girl Dies From Heat

The New York City Health Department is blaming the death of a 10-year old Brooklyn girl on the recent heat wave.

The unidentified girl died on Saturday.

The medical examiner says the death is blamed on hyperthermia due to exposure to high temperatures. The girl also had an underlying medical condition that was not identified.

The girl was the second death that has been certified as hyperthermia during the record heat. A 94-year-old Brooklyn woman also died on Saturday during the 100-degree weather.

Cops Rescue Dog 2 Miles From Shore

New York City harbor police rescued a young dog seen swimming two miles off of the shore of New York City.

It happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the waters of Jamaica Bay.

The eight-month old German shepherd named Charlie was struggling to stay afloat when the harbor boat came to his aid.

The rescuers, NYPD officers Benjamin Reiver and Edward Carr, used a special "dog noose" to haul the dog into the boat. When they got back to shore, a canvass was conducted to find the dog's owners. Police were successful in finding the worried family.

The shepherd, who was recently acquired from Germany, had jumped from their vehicle and ran into the water on Rockaway Inlet and was apparently swept by the currents far from shore. The dog was in the water for 40 minutes.

Cops said that Charlie showed signs of exhaustion but was in good condition.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Three Shot At Brooklyn Hoops Game

Three men were shot during intermission at a Brooklyn summer basketball tournament Friday night.

Police say a gunman fired his weapon at a non-profit Bunkers Delight tournament held at Wingate Park on Kingston Avenue in Flatbush.

The three men were shot in the leg, foot and buttocks and were taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition according to police.

Organizers of the tournament, which is held every year, believe alcohol may have been the reason for the shooting.

Police are still investigating the shooting and have no suspects.

High Rise Fire At East Side Hotel

A fire began on the ninth floor of the Affinia Hotel early Saturday afternoon.

The FDNY said the fire started just before 5p.m. and the department has no word what caused the blaze.

An FDNY investigation is ongoing.

Woman Found Dead In Truck Fire

A woman was found dead inside a truck fire in Queens early Saturday morning according to police.

Police responded to a call about a truck fire on South Road and 157th Street in the Jamaica section of Queens and saw a tractor trailer container inside a lot in flames.

The FDNY responded to the call to put out the fire. According to police, the FDNY found a 47-year old woman inside container of the vehicle when the fire was extinguished.

Police say that the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Friday, July 15, 2011

DWI Fatality Involved Town Vehicle

A Long Island public safety officer is charged with fatally striking a pedestrian while driving drunk in a marked Town of Hempstead Public Safety Patrol car.

Nassau County police say Robert Core, 42, was on duty at the time of the accident. It happened at 11:24 p.m. on Thursday in East Meadow as Core was responding to a call in Levittown.

The accident occurred on Hempstead Turnpike, in front of the Nassau University Medical Center.

A volunteer Levittown ambulance crew was leaving NUMC when they heard the crash and immediately responded to the scene. The 50-year-old man who was struck died at the hospital at 11:43 p.m. The victim's name was not released.

Core was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and with driving while intoxicated.

Core also was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Suspects Sought In Deadly Shooting Over Parking Spot

A fight over a parking spot apparently sparked a deadly shooting in Kew Gardens, Queens.

Investigators say two men were shot following an argument over a space on Austin Street near 84th Drive.

Police say the suspects drove off in a commercial van with plumbing supplies on the roof rack.

Both victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where one of them died.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Undercover Detective Shoots Drug Suspect

An undercover narcotics detective fatally shot a drug suspect in the Bronx during a police operation gone awry.

Police say the detective agreed to buy crack cocaine from the 17-year-old suspect on Thursday in what's known as a "buy and bust." It happened inside an apartment building near Crotona Park.

After handing over the drugs, police say the suspect pulled a .25-caliber gun and demanded more money.

Police say the suspect fired once at the detective at close range. The detective let off four rounds, striking the suspect in the torso. He was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital. The detective was not injured.

The suspect's name was not immediately released.

Crash Sends Car Into River

A four-car crash on the Garden State Parkway sent one of the cars off of the road and into the Raritan River.

It happened in the northbound lanes between exits 135 and 136 in Winfield, N.J.

Initial reports claim that the victim was removed from the car. They were reportedly doing ok after the accident.

The crash was causing delays on the parkway.

Murder Suspect Caught In Cemetery

Police arrested a murder suspect in a Queens cemetery after a car crash at Vermont Pl. off of the Inter-borough Parkway.

Police say the events started unfolding in Brooklyn. They say an 18-year-old was killed after being smashed over the head with some unidentified object at 1457 E. 102 St.

The man accused of killing her jumped into a Mercedes and took off.

After the crash, the man jumped out of the car and ran into Cypress Cemetery. That's were police arrested him.

The suspect and victim have not been identified by police.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DEA Arrests 37 People In Connection To International Drug Bust

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 37 people Wednesday who are alleged to be part of an international drug ring led by Albanians.

Most of the arrests were made in the city, New Jersey, Colorado and Florida.

One of the alleged ringleaders was arrested in Albania.

They're accused of distributing tens of thousands of kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medications.

DEA officials say the organization is also responsible for laundering tens of millions of dollars.

They say they also recovered 18 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during Wednesday's raid.

"This seizure is symbiotic proof that there's a relationship between narcotics trafficking and violence," said Keith Kruskall of the DEA. "This organization last month was involved in a drug-related shooting in which the organized crime drug enforcement task force made arrests in conjunction with the NYPD of these individuals."

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "This criminal syndicate injected illegal drugs, including highly addictive oxycodone painkillers, into thousands of lives and subjected neighborhoods to violence ranging from kidnappings to attempted murder. With these arrests, we say good riddance."



Who Is Levi Aron?

"A monster among us" is how neighbors of the suspected child killer are reacting to the shocking discovery of a mutilated body of an eight-year-old being found in Levi Aron's home.

Some referred to Aron as "slightly weird" but did not suspect he was capable of committing the crime he is accused of committing.

Levi Aron, 35, lived on East 2nd Street in Brooklyn.

A mother of four says she saw Aron around the neighborhood and thought he was strange, but harmless. Now she's upset she and her kids were so close to what she called "pure evil."

Neighbors say Aron lived on the top floor of his parents' house for the past two years.

He worked a few blocks from home at the Empire Supply Company.

Police say the only previous criminal act in Aron's background was for public lewdness.

Arun had returned to Brooklyn from Memphis. Aron's ex-wife, 34-year-old Debbie Aron, lives there. She says they met on a Jewish dating website in November 2005. They were married in March of 2006.

The pair didn't have any kids together but he did help raise her two kids, from another relationship.

Says she was in "utter disbelief" when she found out about the crime.

Says he was quiet, loved karaoke and was good with her kids. She says she never saw any red flags.

Records show a request for an order of protection was filed against Aron in 2006 in Shelby County General Sessions Court. The request, filed by his wife, was dismissed. They were granted a divorce in 2007.

Levi Aron worked for Metropolitan Protective from March 2007 to September 2009 on a part time basis. He passed a background check and he passed a state background check and was issued a Tennessee state security guard license. Company records show that he quit to move back to New York.

One Man Drowns, Another Nearly Drowns In S.I. Public Pool

One man died and another man was left critically injured after they were found face-down in a public pool in Tompkinsville, Staten Island this morning.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says the two men, both in their 20s, were found in the Lyons Pool in Tompkinsville around 8:30 a.m.

They were taken to Richmond University Medical hospital, where one of them died about an hour later.

The pool is only about three-and-a-half feet deep, leading to speculation that they may have been participating in training drills that involved swimming underwater.

The man who is listed in critical condition is a Parks Department lifeguard at another pool.

The body of a missing Brooklyn boy was found in a dumpster early Wednesday morning, and police have made one arrest in his murder.
A New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Missing Child Alert had been issued for 8-year-old Leibby Kleztky, who didn't return to his Borough Park home after a day at a nearby camp.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind tells Eyewitness News that surveillance video released by police of Kleztky near a gold sedan on 18th Avenue between 45th Street and 46th Street led to the arrest.

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"It was a very brutal murder," Hikind said. "We're all very, very sad. This is the worst possible conclusion imaginable."

The 35-year-old suspect was taken into custody after police and FBI agents went into a house in the Kensington section of Brooklyn just after 4 a.m. Police tracked the man down using the surveillance video and tracing credit-card purchases.

That person, described as a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, reportedly told them to go to the dumpster, on 20th Street off Fourth Avenue in Greenwood Heights. Police found the dumpster's lid open and a suitcase inside that contained portions of the boy's dismembered body. Other parts of the body were reportedly found at the man's home, possibly in a refrigerator.

Police also taped off the house where they found the man, at the intersection of East 2nd Street and Avenue C. At least two other people were also taken out of the house, and a gold car was parked out front.

Kleztky left the Boyan Day Camp at 1205 44th Street Monday evening, but never showed up to meet his mother three blocks away.

On Tuesday night, thousands of neighbors, investigators and detectives helped Leibby's parents search for him.

Leibby was last seen walking by himself wearing black glasses, a gray and light blue striped shirt, navy pants, black sneakers and carrying a blue knapsack saying "Nechmod Day Camp."

Hikind and two anonymous community leaders were offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to his safe return.

Monday, July 11, 2011

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2 NYPD Officers Arrested

Two NYPD were arrested Monday morning in connection to an incident that took place on February 18, 2011.
Joseph Murphy, 26, and Jose Ocasio, 28,were arrested on assault, official misconduct, and harassment charges after an internal affairs investigation.
The officers are accused of assaulting a citizen after giving him a summons for an unknown offense in the 46th precinct.
Both officers were suspended after their arrest.
Police would not release any more information on the incident.


Crane Collapses, Causes Minor Oil Spill

A crane collapsed on a barge in Brooklyn Monday, causing a small oil spill.

Coast Guard officials say that just before 2:00 p.m. they received a report that a 70-foot crane tipped over into the water in the Gerritsen Inlet south of Marine Park.

About 10 gallons of vegetable oil and diesel fuel leaked into the water.

A company was called in to clean it up.

Coast Guard officials say there's currently no oil sheen on the water.

It's not clear why the crane was there.

There are no reports of injuries.

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Correction Officials Investigate Rikers Island Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire on Rikers Island that forced more than 240 inmates from their cells Sunday night.

Flames broke out just after 8 p.m. in an air conditioning room.

It took firefighters three hours to bring the two-alarm fire under control.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The Department of Correction said the inmates were moved to other cells in other jails on Rikers and all were accounted for.

None of the inmates or staff were injured.

Midtown Theater's Alleged Vandal Arraigned

A Manhattan man was arraigned on charges in connection with Sunday's break-in and vandalism at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown.

James Whittemore, 22, was charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon and his bail was set at $6,000 bond or $3,500 cash.

He is due back in court on Friday.

Police say Whittemore was drunk when he kicked in one of the theater's front door windows around 7 a.m. Sunday.

They say he then crawled inside the lobby and went on a rampage, breaking all of the front door windows and trashing an office.

However, Whittemore's lawyer told the Associated Press that his client did not remember how he entered the theater and that he "certainly didn't plan" the break-in.

The studio for "The Late Show With David Letterman" was locked and not damaged.

Monday night's taping will go on as planned.

A joint statement from CBS and Letterman's production company thanked the New York City Police Department for its quick response.

BQE Tractor Trailer Overturns

A tractor-trailer has overturned in Queens on the northbound BQE.

Debris litters the off-ramp to the Long Island Expressway.

There is no access to the LIE in either direction on the northbound BQE.

SkyFoxHD was over the scene where traffic was backed up for several miles.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Stun Gun found On Board Jet Blue Plane

According to federal law enforcement source, the FBI is investigating how the stun gun got aboard a Jet Blue flight.There are security concerns after a stun gun was found aboard a flight that landed at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday.

A Striker 1800 stun gun was obtained by FOX 5 News and according to sources was found by a cleaning crew inside the back pocket of a seat on board Jet Blue flight 1179.

The plane had just arrived from Boston and all of the passengers were of the plane.

Jet Blue and the Port Authority say the cleaning crew called the PA Police and the Transportation Safety Administration was also notified.

Sources say they suspect that the stun gun got through screening at Logan Airport in Boston.

FOX 5 News contacted Jet Blue who confirmed the information and said it is cooperating with the investigation.

Investigators are trying to find the identity everyone who had access to the seat pocket where the stun gun was found.

Double Shooting In Brooklyn, 1 Man Dead

Two people were shot in Brooklyn leaving one man dead and another in critical condition early Sunday morning according to police.

Police say a 22-old unidentified male was shot in front of 1800 Albermarle Road in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn near the 70th precinct.

The 22-year old victim was shot in the chest and was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police say a 23-year old man was also shot in the stomach and was taken to King County Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Police have made no arrests and the incident is under investigation.

3 Injured As Boats Collide Off L.I.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Jetta Disco says the accident occurred in the vicinity of Fire Island about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.Authorities say three people are injured after a water taxi collided with a private boat off Long Island.

She says the three were taken to an Islip hospital with injuries that weren't life threatening.

The four people on the water taxi and the two others on the pleasure craft were not hurt.

Jetta says the two boats were escorted to shore by Suffolk County authorities, but she had no details on how the collision occurred or damage to the water craft.

The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.

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Car Strikes Tree On L.I., Killing 2

Police say a 43-year-old man apparently lost control of his car and struck a tree on Bowdoin Road just before 8 p.m. Saturday.Police on Long Island say two men have been killed in an auto accident in Centereach.

The driver and a 45-year-old passenger were taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. Their names have not yet been released.

There were no other injuries. Police are continuing to investigate.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

2 People Shot In Their Car On L.I.

Suffolk County Police say that two people were shot while sitting in their car on Long Island Friday night.

Police say Stanley Baldwin, 42, of Uniondale, and Danielle Tucker, 30, of Wyandanch, were sitting in a 1992 Honda Prelude in front of 27 Venedia Drive in Wyandanch when the suspect walked up to their car and fired his shotgun into the car three times.

Baldwin, who was sitting in the driver's seat, suffered a wound to his right leg and Tucker suffered a wound to her left thigh.

Both victims were taken by EMS to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Baldwin underwent emergency surgery and there is no word yet on his condition.

Police say the suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the First Squad at 631-854-8178 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477).

NY Teen Dies In Pa. Pool

Police in eastern Pennsylvania say a teenager died in a backyard swimming pool after he swam to the deep end intending to hold his breath.

Officials said 12-year-old Daekwon White of New York City was pulled from the pool in Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County at 3:20 p.m. Friday by relatives who gave him CPR.

He was later taken to Pocono Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said White and a cousin were swimming in the pool and the teen swam to the deep end and indicated he was going to hold his breath before going under.

An autopsy is scheduled Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Police said foul play is not suspected.

Police Officer In Critical Condition After Fight Over Water Balloon

A Bronx man has been arraigned on charges that he assaulted a police officer during an argument over a water balloon.

Keith McNeil, 20, is charged with third degree assault.

Police officials say Ernest Rodrigz, 43, confronted a group of people in Bathgate on Wednesday after his car was hit by a water balloon.

They say McNeil "sucker punched" Rodrigz, who fell and hit his head on the sidewalk.

Rodrigz underwent brain surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital and is in critical condition.

He is a police academy instructor and has been with the NYPD since 1995.

McNeil is due back in court Tuesday.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brooklyn Fire Critically Injures Two; Cause Unknown

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire Thursday in Brooklyn.

It happened around 5:40 a.m. inside a six-story apartment building located at 111 East 21 Street in Prospect Heights.

Fire officials say the flames were contained to one apartment on the fifth floor.

Two people were injured, both are in critical condition.

The cause remains under investigation.