Saturday, November 26, 2011

Early Morning Collision On FDR Injures Two

Two people are recovering in the hospital following an early morning collision in Manhattan.

Investigators say a car collided with a minivan around 4:30 a.m. under the FDR Drive near Clinton Street.

One of the vehicles caught fire, although it's unclear which one.

The victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

One of them is listed in critical condition.

Hate Crimes Unit Probes Series Of Brooklyn Swastikas

The New York City Police Department has launched an investigation after swastikas were found inside a Brooklyn building.

The swastikas were found scratched into the metal of an elevator Friday at 70 Ross Street in Williamsburg.

They have since been removed.

An elevator in the same building was also targeted last Wednesday.

The NYPD says its hate crimes unit is looking into both cases.

It comes just a few weeks after cars were set on fire and anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray painted in Midwood.

Swastikas were also found earlier this month painted on a sidewalk near the corner of Berry and 10th Streets in Williamsburg.

So far, no arrests have been made in any of the incidents.

NYPD: Woman Who Escaped Police Custody Received Help

Brooklyn woman escaped from custody on Thanksgiving Day and the man they believe helped her get away.

Investigators say Janine Power, 28, jumped out of a police car at the intersection of Stillwell and Neptune Avenues in Coney Island early Thursday evening.

She was arrested earlier in the day on charges she robbed a cab driver.

Power is described as being 5'4" tall and weighing around 140 pounds.

The man has been identified as Anthony D'Angelo, 41, of Staten Island.

He is wanted for harboring a prisoner.

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Five Hospitalized With Serious Injuries Following Brooklyn Apartment Fire

Five people, including an infant, were injured in a fast-moving fire in Brooklyn Thursday.

Flames broke out at around 12:20 p.m. on the third floor of a brownstone on President Street in Park Slope.

An adult and the infant were found in cardiac arrest. Both were transferred to Methodist Hospital.

Three other victims were also taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause for the fire.

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling 22 Pounds Of Cocaine Into JFK

A woman has been arrested on charges of smuggling $700,000 worth of cocaine into John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Investigators say Dayanet Rodriguez, 32, arrived Tuesday morning from the Dominican Republic with 22 pounds of cocaine.

Trained dogs found the drugs in the lining of three checked bags.

Rodriguez was placed under arrest and turned over to Homeland Security.

She now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Six cops suffererd minor injuries today when two police cars smashed into each other in Brooklyn.

Around 3 p.m., a marked NYPD vehicle was heading south on Milford Street in East New York when it collided with an unmarked car headed east on Belmont Avenue.

The impact pushed the unmarked car into the front door of a laundromat as the marked car swung around 180 degrees.

"They crashed in the middle of the street and went up on to the sidewalk," said a 12-year-old girl who witnessed the crash as she was headed home from school.

"Lots of people came running to help," the girl said.

Two injured officers were taken to Kings County Hospital, and four were taken to Jamaica Hospital.

Fire crews responded to the scene of a school bus fire in Midtown this morning after it burst into flames near Macy's.

Firefighters say they responded quickly to the scene on Seventh Avenue and 35th Street around 8:25 a.m.

At one point, flames were seen shooting out of the bus.

There were also reports of a small explosion.

A Department of Education spokesperson says the bus, operated by MV Transit, initially had eight students onboard when it broke down.

They were later transferred onto another bus and brought to school.

The DOE says the fire broke out as the driver was attempting to drive it to the repair depot.

The driver was not injured.

Witnesses say it was a very dramatic scene, as smoke could be seen for several blocks in Midtown.

"There was fire all over, all over the smoke, people were coughing, it was crazy, it was crazy, it was really crazy," said one witness.

"There was a lot of explosions. I guess it must have reached the battery of the bus and it looked like white phosphorous, and the firefighters were right there, and it's amazing how those guys are never scared. I mean everybody was just running for cover after the explosions started happening," said another.

The upper half of the bus was completely charred and all of its windows were eventually blown out.

The fire remains under investigation.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The NYPD and Manhattan DA's office have arrested a terror suspect who was planning to bomb city police facilities and US military sites, where he plotted to target returning war personnel and the families who gathered to welcome them home, The Post has learned.

The suspect, who lives in Manhattan, was arrested after he actually purchased bomb-making materials, sources said. He'd been on the authorities' radar for about a year, the sources said.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly where he planned to attack.

One Injured In East Side High-Rise Fire

Investigators are working to determine the cause of this morning's residential high-rise fire in Manhattan that injured one person.

The fire broke out just after 5 a.m. on the eighth floor of a building on East 76th Street near First Avenue.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the flames under control.

A building resident who did not evacuate said there was no cause for alarm.

"This building was built very well. No, I didn't think it was going to come to me. If it was, they would've told me to get out," said the resident. "We have 360 tenants."

One person was hospitalized in serious condition.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Brooklyn family is hoping a $5,000 reward will help them find a missing man.

Police say Joshua Rubin, 30, was last seen leaving his Lawrence Avenue apartment on Halloween.

The man's sister, Hilarie Rubin, said he's a diabetic and left without his insulin. She's concerned that his health and safety could be at risk.

"The emotional toll of not knowing where he is, not knowing if he is safe or cold or sick or hungry or worse, is simply unbearable. It has been 19 days. We have not been able to find him," said Rubin.

Joshua is the owner of Whisk Bakery Café in Ditmas Park.

He's said to be about 6-feet 2-inches tall, 180 pounds with a thin build, brown eyes, and brown hair.

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

Police Investigate Violent Death Of Adult Video Store Worker

Police are investigating a deadly attack at an X-rated video store in Brooklyn.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the Video Xcitement store on Third Avenue in Sunset Park.

That's where Nimala Randunu, 54, was found dead early Saturday morning. He suffered from severe head trauma.

Police say Randunu, who was a store worker, had some sort of struggle with the suspect.

The suspect allegedly removed DVD containers and tried to steal money. While no conclusions have been drawn, police said they're exploring robbery as a possible motive.

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

Two Teens Injured, One Killed In Shooting Near Brooklyn High School

Police are looking for whoever shot three teenagers in Brooklyn, killing one of them.

Investigators say the three teens got into an argument with two other men shortly after 3 p.m. Friday at East 76th Street and Flatlands Avenue in Canarsie, a block from South Shore High School.

They say one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting all three teens.

A 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder and a 19-year-old was shot in the leg.

The third victim, Shaquille Jones, 17, was shot in the head and died in a nearby alley.

"Somebody came in and say somebody got shot. I run over there, and I saw the little guy lying over there, and he was face down with his backpack on his back. That's all I saw," said one witness.

"Before I knew it, I saw the cops and the ambulance running around. I went outside and I saw them trying to block the whole roadway," said another.

The shooter and the other man fled the scene.

The two surviving teens were taken to the hospital, where they are expected to recover.

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, November 16, 2011

NYPD: OWS Man Threatened to 'Burn' NYC

The NYPD arrested an Occupy Wall Street protester on Wednesday and is investigating him for allegedly threatening to firebomb Macy's, the New York Stock Exchange, and other targets.

The suspect, Nkrumah Tinsley, is familiar to cops: In October he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in connection with the ongoing protests.

A video posted on YouTube shows a man -- allegedly Tinsley -- saying "we going to burn New York City to the [expletive] ground" on Nov. 17. They got guns, we got bottles," the man says on the video. "In a few days they're going to see what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy's."

Fire marshals saw the video and launched a joint investigation with police because of how specific the rant was.

"There was specificity as to the date, location and method of firebombing," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement. "That level of specificity and that level of anger raised concern for both us and the Fire Department. This is an individual we are concerned about and we wanted to make sure we apprehended him before tomorrow."

Authorities charged Tinsley with making a terroristic threat, police said. He was being held at the 7th Precinct Wednesday night.

Tinsley was among more than a dozen protesters arrested for disorderly conduct on Oct. 26 on Barclay Street between Broadway and Church Street, the NYPD said. He is accused of punching an officer in the face and kicking the cop to the ground during that clash with cops, police said.

Occupy Wall Street protesters have vowed to carry out massive rallies and protests around the city on Thursday, including a march on Wall Street.

Police Investigate Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found On Brooklyn Subway Sign

Vandals have struck again in Brooklyn by spraying anti-Semitic graffiti on a subway sign.

A resident took the above picture of the sign on Avenue J in Midwood, where the letters 'E' and 'W' were spray-painted.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said transit police removed the sign and are investigating the incident as a bias crime.

The graffiti comes less than a week after three cars were torched on Ocean Parkway and more anti-Semitic graffiti was found on and around the cars.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in Friday's incident is up to $56,000.

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

Harlem Apartment Fire Injures Two; Cause Unknown

Investigators are trying to determine what caused an early morning fire that injured two people in Harlem.

It broke out on the third floor of a brownstone on West 147th Street just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 100 firefighters responded and brought the flames under control.

Two people were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

A search is underway for a Brooklyn restaurant owner who disappeared about two weeks ago.

Police say Joshua Rubin, 30, was last seen leaving his home on Lawrence Avenue on October 31.

Relatives say he is a Type 1 diabetic and without his medicine, he could suffer memory loss or death.

He is described as being a little over six feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds with a thin build.

He also has brown hair and brown eyes.

Rubin is the owner of Whisk Bakery Cafe on Newkirk Avenue, which has since been closed.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Screwdriver-Armed Passenger Demanded Different Route On Brooklyn Bus, Police Say

Police are investigating an attack on a bus driver in Brooklyn.

Investigators say a passenger on the B57 bus threatened the driver with a screwdriver, demanded the bus take a certain route, and then punched the driver in the face.

It happened near Smith and 9th Streets in Gowanus Friday morning.

Transit Union Local 100 representatives said another passenger stepped in to stop the confrontation and later pushed the angry passenger off the bus.

According to the union, the driver was treated for a cut on his nose.

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

PD Investigating a Hit & Run on taylor & Lee ave by a black ford. Elderly woman struck in serious condition. Hotzolah ems on scene

Thursday, November 10, 2011

FDNY Are on scene transmitted a 2 Alarm fire in Brooklyn at 1745 East 14 St with Heavy fire in a private dwelling fire Spreading to 5th house. 

Monroe NY (orange) Millpond Pkway Near RT 17m, FD Report A Car Submerged into the water , all occupants are out, Dive team SuIting up

Shots were fired at an armored car robbery in the Bronx Thursday morning, and police are pursuing two suspects.

Sources tell NBC New York that a bag of money was taken from the truck, carrying a large sum.  It's not clear if anyone was hit by gunfire.

The robbers struck the armored car as it was parked outside a check-cashing facility on Third Avenue and 154th Street in the South Bronx.

Jorge Gonzalez, who was around the corner, said through an interpreter that he heard "like seven shots" and saw a gun-wielding suspect who appeared to be hit by gunfire.

He said he was scared when he saw the guns and feared he would be shot.

The FBI has joined the investigation. There have been no arrests.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at the Bronx's Montefiore Medical Center this afternoon.

Authorities got a call about a smoking generator at the hospital at about 1:30 p.m. By 2:15 p.m., all visible fire was extinguished, but authorities said there's a heavy smoke condition in the basement and they are trying to prevent it from infiltrating other floors.

About 100 firefighters are at the scene.

The hospital has declared an in-hospital emergency and the emergency room is closed.

Some areas are being evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

Sources: Father Of 4-Year-Old Wounded In Robbery Attempt Chased Down, Shot Suspect

A 4-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot in the Bronx last night during an attempted robbery.

The New York City Police Department says the shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. on Grand Avenue in University Heights.

Police sources say the boy's father, identified as Bobby Baltazar, was dropping him off to stay with his mother at the University Heights Shelter when three suspects approached them and tried to rob the father.

The boy, who sources identify as Cincere, was shot in the torso and there was a struggle for the gun.

Sources say Baltazar grabbed the gun and chased the suspects around the corner, shooting one of them, identified as Jose Marte, 17, in the head.

Both Marte and the 4-year-old were taken to St. Barnabus Hospital in critical condition.

The child was later transferred to Columbia Presbyterian.

Residents nearby say the incident has them afraid for their own children.

"I just hear two gunshots and then I look at the window and hear a baby drop and then I hear the mother screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God, please open the eyes!'" said one witness.

Sources say Baltazar ran from the scene but later came to the hospital.

It's not clear if he will be charged with any crime.

Police are still searching for the other two suspects.

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

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Crews are on scene at a building collapse in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where several construction workers were trapped.
The three-story building is on Brighton Fifth Street.
Rescuers have pulled two people from the rubble. One worker was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The city buildings department said engineers are responding.

A landlord beat his tenant to death and then killed himself after a vicious dispute at a Jamaica, Queens home Tuesday.

Police said the 62-year-old landlord bludgeoned the 48-year-old woman about the head. A second-floor tenant is said to have witnessed the fight.

The landlord then stabbed himself in the neck and slit his wrists. A machete was found nearby.

The identities of the landlord and tenant have not been released.

One Dead, Two Injured In Bronx House Fire

One person is dead and two others are recovering in the hospital after a fire spread through their Bronx home early Tuesday.

The New York City Fire Department says crews were called to the building located at 3304 Bronxwood Avenue just after 12:30 a.m.

When they arrived they found a man and two women suffering from smoke inhalation.

All three were taken to the hospital where the man was pronounced dead.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A school bus careened into the front of a house in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn.
The out of control bus drove onto the house's front yard on Rockaway Parkway and caught fire just before 8:30 a.m.
The bus driver was rescued from the burning bus and was being treated at the scene.

The building may house a day care center, but no injuries were immediately reported inside.