Friday, September 28, 2012

Suspected Drunk Driver Slams Into S.I. Home, Seriously Injures Two

A Staten Island woman and her 5-year-old daughter were seriously injured this morning after a car slammed into their home.

Police say it happened just after 4 a.m. at the intersection of Arthur Kill Road and Lee Avenue in Tottenville.

Sources say the 40-year-old woman and her daughter were sleeping at the time.

They were rushed to Staten Island North University Hospital in serious condition.

Police say the 22-year-old driver lost control of the white four-door Hyundai Elantra.

Sources say he is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He has been taken into custody as the investigation continues.

Tzvi Stolzenberg, Seventeen-Year-Old Missing in Flatbush

A 17-year- old boy from Flatbush has gone missing, and family and friends are concerned for his whereabouts.

The NYPD along with numerous volunteers from Flatbush and Boro Park Shomrim, as well as Misaskimand Hatzolah have launched a search for the missing teen.

They are looking for Tzvi Stolzenberg. He is 5'7″ 120 lbs. – thin build, and was last seen wearing a brown and white striped T-Shirt, blue pants, and black crocs. He has braces on his teeth, and was not wearing his Yarmulka when he was last seen on Motzei Yom Kippur, at 10:45PM in the Kensington area of Flatbush.

A command center has been set up on Coney Island Ave and Ave J.

He may be suicidal, so if seen do NOT approach him. Follow him from a distance and call 911. Then call Flatbush Shomrim at 718-338-9797, and also Hatzolah at 718-230-1000.

Monday, September 24, 2012

East Harlem Fire Leaves Toddler In Serious Condition

A 2-month-old boy is recovering from smoke inhalation after a fire engulfed a Manhattan building Sunday night.

The New York City Fire Department says flames broke out around 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of an apartment building located at 426 East 118th Street in East Harlem.

The child was taken to Harlem Hospital in serious condition.

Four firefighters and another tenant suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By: NY1 News

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Man mauled at Bronx Zoo to be arrested for trespassing

The 25-year-old man who was mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo will be arrested for trespassing, according to police.

David Villalobos told police the reason he jumped into the tiger's den was to be "one with the tiger."

Villalobos is in stable condition at Jacobi Hospital with bites and punctures to his arms, legs, shoulder and back. He also has a broken arm and leg, police said.

"We anticipate arresting David Villalobos on a trespassing complaint by Bronx Zoo authorities later today or early next week," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne Saturday afternoon.

According to Browne, Villalobos told police detectives that he voluntarily jumped Friday from the monorail into the tiger den at the Bronx Zoo and that his leap was definitely not a suicide attempt.

An NYPD sergeant asked Villalobos why he jumped into the den and he replied that "everybody in life makes choices," according to Browne.

Villalobos told police he sustained most of his injuries when he landed on all fours inside the predator's den after he jumped from the monorail. When he landed, he awoke the 400-pound Siberian tiger and spent 10 minutes alone with the animal before being rescued.

Villalobos told police he recalled being dragged by the tiger by the foot, and afterwards being able to "pet" the tiger.

Coast Guard rescues six from capsized boat in Queens

The Coast Guard rescued six people after their boat capsized south of Rockaway Beach Saturday morning.

According to the Coast Guard, they received a mayday call around 10:45 a.m. that six people were in the water after their vessel capsized.

NYPD and Nassau County police assisted the Coast Guard with the rescue.

The bouncing boat was upside-down and 80 percent submerged when police arrived at the scene. Authorities said the vessel's bow was sticking up because of an air pocket in the cabin.

NYPD authorities said the rescuers could feel the boat sinking and were about to leave the scene when they saw two feet sticking out of the cabin.

One man was found unconscious and was taken by helicopter to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition. Five other passengers were transported by the Nassau County police to nearby hospitals with minor injuries.

Police say the incident is under investigation.


Friday, September 21, 2012

NYPD Offering Smartphone Registration for iPhone 5 Launch

The NYPD will be out in force Friday to help the droves of New Yorkers who are buying the newly released iPhone 5 register their devices in order to help combat a rash of thefts and locate them if they are stolen.

The department's Community Affairs Bureau will be stationed at all six Apple stores in New York, as well as eight AT&T stores and seven Verizon locations around the five boroughs.

New owners of the pricey gadgets — retail prices run between $650 and $850 without a contract — can also have their phones engraved with serial numbers beginning with "N.Y.C." under the free program.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said smartphone and other hand-held devices were responsible for a spike in robberies and larcenies this year.

"Individuals alert to their surroundings are less likely to become victims, and Operation ID will help those whose property is lost or stolen to get it back," Kelly said in a statement.

Android and other smartphone owners can tap into the free registration service, which is available at all police precincts.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Suspect Shot Dead by Cop in Brooklyn

A suspect was fatally shot in the head in Brooklyn by an on-duty police officer Thursday night, authorities said.

It happened near West 9th Street and Hamilton Avenue in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood. It wasn't immediately clear what let to the shooting. 

The suspect's gun was recovered at the scene.

No police officers were injured. Investigation is ongoing. 

High School Student Stabbed To Death After Fight

A teen is dead after being stabbed outside a high school in Manhattan.

Police say 19-year-old Theodore Beckles was involved in a fight outside of a building on West 56th Street in Hell's Kitchen, which houses both the High School for Environmental Studies and Independence High School.

The Department of Education tells NY1 that Beckles, who was a student at Independence, was arguing with a student from Environmental when he was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to Cornell Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police say they are questioning witnesses but have made no arrests so far.

By NY1

Woman Struck by Truck on 58th Street

MIDTOWN — A woman was struck by a truck and seriously hurt on West 58th Street Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The victim was hit just after 2 p.m. in front of 225 W. 58th St. between Seventh Avenue and Broadway, an FDNY spokesman said.

The woman was taken to New York Hospital in serious condition, the FDNY spokesman said.

By DNAinfo

NYPD Officer Knocked Out During Subway Track Scuffle

A city police officer is recovering after being knocked unconscious while trying to subdue an emotionally disturbed person in the subway system Thursday morning.

Officials say the 41-year-old Emergency Services Unit officer hit his head on the rail of the southbound N tracks during the struggle in Times Square.

He was trying to pull the man on the tracks to safety at the time of the incident.

Fellow officers were able to subdue the man and rescue their colleague.

The officer, an 18-year veteran of the force, later regained consciousness at Bellevue Hospital and remains in stable condition.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the officer where he is said to be in good spirits.

By: NY1 News

Four Hurt After School Bus Rear-Ended on Church Avenue

BROOKLYN — A school bus rear-ended by a car that blew through a red light crashed into a store in Flatbush early Thursday, leaving four people injured, officials said.

The school bus, which was not carrying any children, was at Church Avenue and East 21st  when a car crashed into the back of it, education and FDNY officials said.

The blast caused the bus to careen into Fisherman's Cove, which is at the northwest corner of the intersection.

"It was really loud," said Kamel Chehbin, 33, who lives on East 21st Street. "It felt like an earthquake.

"Everyone in my house woke up," he added. "All my kids were screaming."

Emergency responders raced to the scene to treat the bus driver and a matron, officials said.

"The driver was...on the ground. His eyes were open, he was talking," Chehbin said. "He was saying another driver ran a red light.

"There was a lot of damage," he added. "The whole front of the bus was damaged. The windshield was smashed."

The four victims sustained minor injuries, officials said. They were taken to Kings County Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center in stable condition, the fire spokesman added.

It was unclear if the driver of the car was charged for running the red light.

No one in the store was injured.

"It could be worse," said Christopher Brown, 50, a worker at Fisherman's Cove who wasn't there at the time of the crash. "It won't affect business. People will come in. You can't stop them.

"It's good nobody got too badly injured," he added.

The school bus is contracted by theDepartment of Education and used by a private yeshiva, said Marge Feinberg, an education spokeswoman.

By DNAinfo

Monday, September 10, 2012

BREAKING: 2 Hurt in BK Construction Site Collapse

Two construction workers are in critical condition after falling three stories from the roof of a residential building when it collapsed in Brooklyn Monday morning, emergency personnel said.

Five workers were on top of the building, at 227 Carlton Ave. in Fort Greene, when I-beams gave way and the structure collapsed around 9:30 a.m., authorities said.

The two workers who fell about 30 feet were taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center and Kings County Hospital in critical condition, officials said.

There were no violations and permits were issued for the four-story, two-family building, officials said. 

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collapse. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Man Charged With Knocking Female Police Officer Down Stairs

Police arrested a man they say knocked a female officer down a flight of stairs while officers tried to arrest him in Brooklyn.

Michael Ellison, 25, was charged with second-degree assault and theft of service.

Investigators say shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, members of an anti-crime team saw 25-year-old Michael Ellison using a student MetroCard at the Gates Avenue subway station on the J line in Bushwick.

They say Ellison fought back violently as police tried to arrest him, knocking the female officer down the stairs.

She was taken to Wyckoff Hospital with two broken ankles and a cut to her head that required 10 stitches to close.

By: NY1 News

Bronx Livery Cab Robbery Suspects At Large

Police are searching for two men in connection with three livery cab robberies in the Bronx last week.

Surveillance video caught the first robbery near 181st Street and University Avenue on Tuesday night.

The second robbery happened Thursday morning near Fordham Road and Park Avenue.

The most recent took place Saturday morning near East 183rd Street and Grand Concourse.

In all three cases, a man threatened the driver with a gun, before running away with cash.

The first suspect is said to be between 18 and 25 years old, 6-feet tall and 130 pounds.

Police are also looking for a second man who they say is about 20 years old, 5-feet-10-inches tall and 175 pounds.

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

By: NY1 News

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Knife-Wielding Man Dies After Being Shot By Police

The NYPD is investigating a shooting death by police Friday afternoon in Queens.

Police got a call about an emotionally disturbed man holding a knife to his own neck in a home on 144th Terrace in Springfield Gardens just before 5 p.m.

Investigators say the officers told 27-year-old Walwyn Jackson several times to drop the seven-inch knife, but he refused. Police say Jackson then lunged at them.

An officer used a taser but it did not hit Jackson, who police say kept coming at them.

An officer then fired one shot, hitting Jackson in the shoulder.

He later died at the hospital.

The officer who fired the weapon was treated at another hospital for tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.

Police say Jackson also threatened a family friend with the same knife.

By: NY1 News

Sent from my iPhone

Man Dead After Gas Station Fight

A man is dead after getting into a fight with a gas station attendant in Queens. NY1's Vanessa Yurkevich filed the following report.

A heated discussion over a broken ATM machine at a gas station in Long Island City turned to blows early Thursday morning. Police say 28-year-old Oscar Arzeno threw the first punch and gas attendant Jasjeet Walia returned blows. Arzeno died later that morning at Elmhurst Hospital.

"The deceased was trying to get money out of the ATM machine, couldn't get money out, or if was not functioning for him," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "He started to kick the machine, the attendant intervenes, talks to him."

Arzeno was found unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. Walia, who was questioned and released, says he was defending himself and claims Arzeno appeared to be intoxicated.

"He was attacking me violently," Walia said. "I had to do whatever I had to do to defend myself. I didn't want to get hurt. I was scared."

Arzeno's family says Walia went too far.

"My brother tried to run across the street and the pursuer went after him and started beating him on the street," said Chris Polanco, the victim's brother.

Earlier this week, a gas attendant was shot in the Bronx. Walia, who is trained in martial arts, said he didn't want this incident to be a repeat.

"I wanted to find a way to keep him down and keep him on the floor. I finally got my chance. I kept him on a hold until the cops showed up," he said. "I didn't want to give him enough space that he could reach for something in his pocket."

Arzeno's mother and fiance say they want Walia put in jail. Arzeno was scheduled to return home to Florida the day he died. The investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.

The family says they will hold a viewing for Arzeno on Tuesday in Corona. They plan to burry him in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

By: Vanessa Yurkevich

Thursday, September 6, 2012

BREAKING: 16 Hurt in Queens Bus Accident

An accident involving an MTA bus and an SUV in Queens has injured 16, four seriously, according to authorities.

Officials said the accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. at 108th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway in Corona.
Police confirmed the bus collided with a black SUV, causing the accident.
Four people are in serious but stable condition, and 12 other passengers suffered minor injuries. They are being treated at Forest Hills Hospital.
Other passengers were treated at the scene and released. 
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. Traffic is backed up around the scene, and delays have been reported on the Q23, Q58, Q88, QM10 and QM11 buses.

By-NBC 4 New York 

Queens: Police Car Accident LIE at Maurice Ave 1 vehicle is overturned. ESU & EMS being requested to the scene 

UPDATE 3:40:23 PM 
1 civilian vehicle is overturned. 2 MOS transported by Ems with minor injurers. PHOTO & Tweets by @NYCityAlerts 

Driver In Custody After Bronx Chase Injures Three Officers

Three city police officers are being treated for injuries and an 18-year-old driver in custody following a car chase this morning that allegedly involved a stolen car on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx.

The New York City Police Department says the chase began just before 10 a.m. in the expressway's southbound lanes where it crosses over Third Avenue.

Witnesses say a silver Nissan Altima could be seen driving on the lefthand shoulder followed by several police cars.

At one point, witnesses say the driver turned around and began driving the wrong way.

Police say an unknown number of cars were hit or sideswiped before officers were able to stop the driver and place him under arrest.

One driver who spoke with NY1 at the scene says she was afraid her car would be hit head on.

"He cut me off completely, I broad-sided him. So then, I started pulling over to the shoulder. He was on the shoulder as well. Then he started backing up; I hit him again. Then he started backing up in reverse all the way down the freeway. Yeah it was pretty intense. A couple of minutes later he started heading straight for us and was just praying he'd swerve away in time," said the driver.

One witness says the car appeared to have been stolen from a sales lot because it still had a dealer sticker on it.

The three officers were taken to Cornell Medical Center for treatment.

The fire department says one other person was taken to Lincoln Hospital for treatment

By: NY1 News

NYPD Offers $12K Reward in Killing of Gas Station Attendant

BELMONT — The NYPD is offering a $12,000 reward in hopes of tracking down the suspects wanted in the shooting of a gas station attendant.

Lamin Sillah was shot several times at the gas station at East 182nd Street and Southern Boulevard Tuesday night.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kellysaid the gunman went through Sillah's pockets and dragged his body out of the office he was working in.

The Gambian immigrant, who was on the job for just over a week, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died, cops said.

The suspects fled the scene on bicycles, police said.

Now cops are searching for a man described as being between 20 to 25 years old and weighing about 190 pounds. Cops added that the gunman had a stocky build and wearing a blue New York Giants sweatshirt.

The NYPD is offering the reward for anyone who provides information that leads to arrests and convictions.

Tipsters are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577 (TIPS), log ontoWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or text 274637, then enter TIP577.

12 People Arrested in Red Hook Drug Sweep

RED HOOK — Cops busted six alleged drug dealers and arrested six others in a joint sweep at the Red Hook HousesWednesday, wrapping up a six-month investigation titled "Operation Red Dawn" by the NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, prosecutors announced in a press release.

Rodney Brown, Jurmain Cecilia, Lydia Livingston, Rashime DeVaughn, Jenine Tunstall and Karen Vaughn allegedly sold heroin, cocaine and marijuana out of public housing apartments in a half-block area centered at Dwight and Lorraine streets, the DA's office said. They were hit with drug-sale and fourth-degree conspiracy charges.

Clarence Gilliam, Sonae Ketter, Jenette Mays, Jonathan Morris, Michael Singletary and Calvin Williams were also arrested on possession charges, during a sweep that led to the seizure of "substantial quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana," the DA's office said.

"With this drug-dealing dozen behind bars, Red Hook Houses is cleaner and safer today," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.

District Attorney Charles J. Hynespraised the NYPD, which "quickly mobilized to address the situation," he said. "Recent organized drug activity in the Red Hook housing developments created a risk to all."

By DNAinfo

Man Shoots Brother Before Killing Self in Borough Park, Sources Say

BOROUGH PARK — A dispute between two brothers ended in one being shot by the other who then apparently killed himself, police and neighbors said.

Police said they were called to 1449 43rd Street near 14th Avenue just after midnight on Wednesday after a 63-year-old man was shot in the back and struck in the head.

Several hours later, they discovered the body of another man inside that address, the victim of an apparent suicide. Neighbors said the two men were brothers.

Neighbors and news reports identified the dead man as Tom Athanasatos, 74, who had lived in and maintained the building since his mother's death years ago.

His brother, James, works in real estate, according to several people who live on the block. The two were known to have fought over selling the house, which their mother had owned, with neighbors saying Tom was reluctant to do so.

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, Malky Goldberg, 40, said she heard two people arguing. About an hour later, she came out onto the street and saw a man slumped over on the sidewalk, surrounded by emergency crews.

"He was bent over and bloody," Goldberg said. "He was pouring blood from his back and his head."

Police said he was taken to Lutheran Hospital in stable condition.

Several hours later, Tom's body was discovered inside 1449 43rd Street, the victim of an apparent suicide.

Angel Roldan Jr., 54, who has lived on the block since 1977, called Tom "great, generous, quiet" and said the man diligently maintained his home after his mother died several years ago.

"He left it just the way it was," Roldan Jr. said. "Where's he going to go? He's been living there for 40 years."

By DNAinfo

Motorcycle Theft Ring's Bikes Vanish From NYPD Lot

THE BRONX — Seven luxury motorcycles seized by the NYPD when it smashed a massive international bike theft ring this summer have vanished from a police facility where they were stored, New York has learned.

The stunning "Gone In 60 Seconds" heist from the NYPD's Auto Crime and Narcotics Division location at 500 Abbott St. on a dead end block on the Bronx and Mt. Vernon border was discovered Monday.

"On The Inside" sources say the flashy red, green and orange bikes worth tens of thousands of dollars had been stored in a box truck in the police facility's parking lot.

The lot is not heavily protected, but does have a security guard booth near the entrance. It is apparently not manned by NYPD personnel.

The embarassing theft immediately triggered an NYPD Internal Affairs investigation amid fears of an inside job.

One source speculated that remnants of the international bike trafficking ring tracked their bikes via GPS devices on them to the Bronx site where they were vulnerable to be stolen again. The box truck was left behind.

It was unclear how the thieves broke into the box truck and how they took off without being spotted.

"How they off-load that many motorcycles without ...being seen is insane," the source said.

The missing motorcycles were part of a compliment of 63 vehicles worth $500,000 that were seized during a 17-month, multi-agency investigation spearheaded by the NYPD Auto Crime Division and theManhattan District Attorney's Rackets Bureau which included several federal agencies.

The probe culminated in the arrests of 33 suspects who authorities said were responsible for virtually all the motorcycle thefts in the Big Apple.

"These criminals have a magic act," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a press conference July 25 announcing the bust at Police Headquarters where more than a dozen of the bikes were on display, along with an array of confiscated firearms.

"They would make motorcycles disappear and guns appear on the streets of our city," Kelly said.

It was unclear whether any of the bikes shown off by Kelly that day wound up in the Bronx lot.

Kelly explained that some of the bikes were sold intact to dealers in the U.S., while others were dismantled and sold in Caribbean countries and in Africa.

"The streets served as an outdoor showroom where the crews went shopping," he said.

All the bikes seized by the NYPD were supposed to end up in their Auto Crime Division facility in Queens, sources said.

It was not clear why this group of motorcycles wound up stashed in the box truck.

The stolen motorcycle probe began in Lower Manhattan with the theft of a single Yamaha motorcycle in TriBeca in the Spring of 2011.

Investigators soon found a link to an organized network of criminals who were also stealing motorcycles in Brooklyn and Queens.

They also discovered that the ring was peddling guns in the city that they had purchased in the south, and embarked on a full-scale probe that included undercover cops, visual surveillance and electronic eavesdropping.

The well-organized criminal ring sometimes photographed unmarked police cars in neighborhoods where they were eyeing bikes they wanted to steal.

They even dispatched what Kelly described as "blocker cars" to divert the attention of the police by driving erratically if officers were seen in the vicinity where they were stealing a motorcycle.

The ring — with suspects from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island with nicknames like "Moron," "Jersey Dred" and "Jackie Legs" — also were involved in car insurance fraud.  One of the suspects even used his grandmother as a lookout.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

L.I. Teen Charged in HS Bomb Threat

A Long Island teenager is facing charges he made threats against his high school.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Bernhardt pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in a Hempstead courtroom. Bail was set at $30,000.

Police say he was overheard making threats inside a bagel store near Massapequa High School on Tuesday.

Witnesses told police he said he "wanted to bomb the school and be a terrorist," as well as other threatening comments. He also said he had a list of people he wished had been at the movie theater shootings in July in Aurora, Colo., prosecutors said,according to Newsday.

He was charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a felony. Attorney Richard Stafford said his client was an honor student and "a good kid."

Bernhardt had no weapons in his possession, nor were any found in his home.

The teen's father, Bob Bernhardt, told Newsday that after the school said the threats would be reported to police, he thought, "I didn't know it'd turn into all this," he said.

"In this day and age they have to take it so seriously, but it's my kid," he said."

Massapequa principal Barbara Williams says all threats are taken very seriously. She added Bernhardt also faces school sanctions.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Parks Worker Fatally Stabbed by Co-Worker

A New York City Parks Department employee was stabbed to death Tuesday by a co-worker at the recreation center where they worked, police say.

Police say Ezra Black,31, a seasonal employee from Brooklyn, was stabbed in the chest by his 51-year-old co-worker, Robert Swann, at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
Black was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where he later died.
Police say there was an ongoing dispute between the two workers.
"Someone was saying, 'he got a knife, he got a knife. Everybody watch out he's gonna stab him,'" said Ashley Montez, who was watching her sister's soccer practice on the nearby fields when she heard the fighting.
Montez said it was "very rare" for an act of violence like this to happen at the park.
Police retrieved what they believe to be the murder weapon -- a kitchen knife -- and arrested Swann nearby.
He was charged with murder and criminal posession of a weapon.
The Al Oerter Recreation Center is a gathering place for families and children around Queens. Mayor Bloomberg visited the center earlier Tuesday for a news conference, just hours before the chaotic scene.

By-NBC 4 New York 

Cab crashes into scaffold

A cab crashed into scaffolding surrounding a building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened at the corner of 106th and Amsterdam Ave. according to a Fox 5 news viewer who sent in a photo through the MyFoxNY smartphone app.

Megan Schley said the cab crashed onto the sidewalk and took out and entire section of the scaffolding.

Their photo showed debris in the street after the accident.

The NYPD and FDNY were on the scene. There was only one minor injury according to rescue personnel.

Monday, September 3, 2012

West Indian Day Parade Violence: At Least One Person Stabbed to Death

The West Indies Day Parade went off well, with no reports of major violence. However that wasn't the case once the parade was over.

NYPD responded to numerous shootings and stabbings once the parade was over and crowds were heading home or to after parties.

Unfortunately a Male was stabbed in the neck at 1394 St Johns Place, blocks away from the parade route.  The victim, a Hispanic 26 year-old male was transported by paramedics in cardiac arrest to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to police a suspect is under arrest.

22 Hurt in 4-Alarm Fire Near BK Parade Route

Twenty-two people were hurt -- including 11 firefighters -- in a four-alarm fire in Crown Heights early Monday, fire officials said, just blocks from where revelers would soon march in the West Indian Day Parade.

The blaze, on Carroll Street., started around 2:30 a.m. on the second floor of the renovated building before spreading, said Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Jack Mooney.

Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.

Everyone got out of the building safely. Of the 22 people injured, the 11 civilians were treated at the scene. One firefighter was being treated for burns on his neck, another for chest pains, and eight for exhaustion at Kings County Hospital, Mooney said.

By NBC 4 New York 

One Dead in Suspicious L.I. Fire

One person was killed in a fire early Monday in Freeport, and detectives are investigating whether the fire was set intentionally, officials said.

The fire, at 117 Craig Ave., started around 6 a.m., Nassau County Police said.

A witness said a volunteer firefighter told him the victim was a woman.

"It's horrible, it's terrible," said the witness, Paul Martin, who did not know the family. "This is really a big surprise to the neighborhood and it's really a true tragedy."

By NBC 4 New York 

Man Struck by Train at Times Square Station

TIMES SQUARE — A man was struck and injured by a northbound 3 train on Sunday at the Times Square subway station, fire officials said.

The victim, who was only identified as a male, suffered multiple injuries at 3:50 p.m., after he was hit by a 3 train inside the subway station at Seventh Avenue and West 42nd Street, fire and police sources said.

The man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but his condition was not immediately known, officials said.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Small plane in L.I. crash flew 'slow'

The national Transportation and Safety Board says a small plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood on Long Island was "slow" and "anemic" on takeoff.

The NTSB preliminary report posted Saturday said witnesses noticed an unusually long and slow takeoff by the Socata TB10 plane. The pilot and a passenger were killed and third person was severely injured in the August 19 crash.

Witnesses claim that after the single-engine plane departed and disappeared a large smoke plume appeared out of the trees near the airport.

The plane crashed with trees and a large trash bin in the residential area of North Shirley. Neighbors attempted to put out the flames with a garden hose.

Fatal shooting in the Bronx

Police say a 30-year-old man was shot and killed in front of a Bronx Apartment early Saturday morning.

Officers arrived to 1030 Boynton Avenue in the Soundview section around 1:25 a.m. and found Yusef Middleton with a gunshot wound to the chest. Middleton was a resident of the apartment building.

EMS took Middleton to Jacobi Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have made no arrests and their investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Fire Breaks Out in Upper West Side High-Rise

UPPER WEST SIDE — A fire broke out in a 14-story residential building shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, fire officials said.
The fire started on the 12th floor at 120 West 97th Street in apartment 12B, an FDNY spokesman said, and was an all-hands effort, requiring over 20 units responding to the scene, and more than 70 firefighters.
The fire was brought under control by 2:37 p.m., the spokesman said.
It was unclear immediately how the blaze began, but no injuries were reported initially.

by Jess Wisloski, Jesse Lent

Man Stabbed Outside Park Slope Diner

PARK SLOPE — A 41-year-old restaurant worker was stabbed several times in the stomach and chest outside a popular Brooklyn diner early Saturday, officials said.

The victim, who was not identified immediately by police, was found unconscious outside Dizzy's at Eighth Avenue and 9th Street with multiple stab and slashing wounds in his arms, chest, stomach and back at 2:19 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

Workers who gathered outside the shuttered Park Slope diner on Saturday morning, said the man had worked at the restaurant.

"He's a nice guy," said one worker, who would not offer his name. He said the victim had worked at the restaurant for two years. The restaurant would reopen for Sunday's brunch service, the man said.

The victim was transported in critical condition to Kings County Hospital, and an investigation was ongoing, police said.

Regular customer Alexis Arkus-Duntov, 40, the director of operations at a tech company, found the attack worrisome.

"It's very distressing. I'm familiar with many of the employees since I come here every day," said Arkus-Duntov, who has lived in the neighborhood over a year, and eats at Dizzy's every day.

"It's a very safe neighborhood," he said. "It's a family-oriented restaurant. They're very loyal to their regulars and they have many regulars."

"It's just so out of character for the block, for the restaurant," he added. "This is a place where people come to feed their kids."

by Jess Wisloski

16-Year-Old Killed In Bus Accident Near George Washington Bridge

A teenager is dead after police say he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a party bus and hit an overpass on I-95.
According to the Associated Press, 16-year-old Daniel Fernandez lived in Queens and attended Saint Francis Prep High School.
Parents of kids on the bus said it was carrying about 65 students from Holy Cross and Saint Francis Prep High Schools in Queens to a Sweet 16 party in New Jersey Friday night.
Port Authority police said Fernandez put his head through the hatch and was struck while the bus went under the Fletcher Avenue Overpass in Fort Lee.
He was pronounced dead at Hackensack Hospital.

By: NY1 News

Man Had Extensive Weapons Arsenal In Apartment,

A Queens man is under arrest after police say they found an arsenal of weapons in his apartment.
Police say they got a report of someone firing shots into the air in front of 20-11 Shore Boulevard in Astoria last Sunday.
Investigators say they later identified 53-year-old Michael Millazzo from surveillance video and got a search warrant for his home.
During the search, police say they found a cache of guns, tasers, machetes and knives of different sizes.
They also found more than 10,500 rounds of ammunition.
Neighbors say Millazzo lived in the apartment for 11 years and was known for unusual behavior.
"Sometimes I would look at him at the supermarket where I would wash my clothes next door," said one neighbor. "And I'd be afraid of him. But I know that he lived here. But he's a very strange person."
"Between us, he had a lot of conflicts with them," said another. "He would be belligerent to them. He would spray mace under their door at one point. He swept dead roaches from his apartment under their door into their apartment."
"I'm afraid for my neighbors," said a third. "I can take care of myself but my neighbor's in a wheelchair and if this guy went on a kill-crazy rampage, innocent people are gonna get killed. So it's a lot better not having someone like that in your neighborhood at all."
Millazzo faces dozens of charges, including criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment and weapons possession.

By: NY1 News