An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley. More>>
The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds. More>>
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport. More>>
The New York City Department of Health has issued an alert after two babies were diagnosed with neonatal herpes this month after undergoing a ritual Jewish circumcision called metzitzah b'peh. In this type of circumcision the mohel sucks blood directly from the infant's cut penis. The infants need to be hospitalized and treated with intravenous acyclovir. More>>
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is discussing a new main bus terminal. The 64-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan has come under criticism from New Jersey lawmakers who say their constituents have to deal with long delays, substandard conditions and a lack of communication.
A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask. More>>
The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed. More>>
Former NY Knicks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Last winter, after Felton's law student wife filed for divorce, her attorney brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was Felton's and she wanted it out of the house, authorities said. Felton's attorney said he never threatened anyone with the gun.
North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several... More>>
A two-alarm fire broke out in a commercial building in New Jersey on Tuesday. The fire erupted on Bergen Boulevard and 12th Street in Palisades Park. SkyFoxHD was over the scene as heavy smoke poured out from the building. It is not clear what sparked the fire. No injuries were reported.
When researchers in Canada and Harvard University examined the results of a survey that asked “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” they found that New York City is the unhappiest city in the country. The data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milwaukee and Detroit round out the list. More>>
Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip. More>>
The recent death of a man from Staten Island while he was being arrested by NYPD officers is calling into question a police crackdown on petty offenses to discourage more serious crime. Critics say policing based on the so-called "broken windows" theory can needlessly put people at risk and fuel tensions in the city's minority communities.
Three middle school students got permission from a Manhattan judge to sign a multi-year recording contract with Sony. The court's approval allows the heavy metal band, Unlocking the Truth, to record their first single Wednesday for The Cherry Group, a division of Sony. The Brooklyn boys had to get court approval because they are minors.
A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
Meet one fitness class that's spreading positivity and shedding pounds by skipping in a skipping club. Michelle Joni is the group's founder. She came up with the idea when she was heading to get a manicure and it was so cold she started skipping to stay warm. More>>
A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said. More>>
Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city. The report is the culmination of a three-year investigation begun months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint.
The Manhattan West Project is a $4.5 billion development that will change the skyline on the West Side. The five-acre site that will consist of office towers, a residential building, retail, a 5-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens, restaurants, cafes, and a park is being built on top of active rail yards. Fox 5 got a look at the progress of the project. More>>
Boaters in Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey are keeping an eye out for an unwanted visitor lurking underwater: a 14- or 15-foot-ong snake, possibly a green anaconda. Several people have seen the reptile, which has probably holed up in a drain pipe. Reptile specialists are also searching the lake for signs of the snake. So far no more sightings have been reported. More>>
A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store. Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy. More>>
The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation. More>>
A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly. More>>
Workers have closed two upper level eastbound lanes on the George Washington Bridge for emergency repairs. The closures affect New York City bound motorists. Officials expect the lanes will remain closed until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists heading into New York City should use the lower level or consider alternate Hudson River crossings.
A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road. More>>
Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
The NYPD says several structures in Central Park were damaged by vandals over the weekend. A gazebo at Wagner Cove near park lake was pushed off its foundation. A handrail at the Bow Bridge boating landing was broken and a bench was thrown in the water nearby. Vandals also threw a rock through the window of a kiosk near West 72nd St. Among other damage, irrigation hoses were torn up at Strawberry Fields and trash cans were toppled near Central Park West.
Authorities say a 2-year-old girl is safe after the stroller she was in rolled off a Queens subway platform onto the tracks. Fire Department officials say it happened at the Jamaica Center-Parsons Boulevard stop in Jamaica at 11:26 a.m. Monday. Witnesses say the mother had turned away briefly to put something in the trash when the strolled fell onto the empty tracks. More>>
A new Marist College poll finds most Americans say it doesn't take a lot of money to be stylish. The nationwide poll by the Hudson Valley college found 86 percent of respondents said it was possible to be stylish on a limited budget. The other 14 percent agreed with the statement that it's only possible to have good style with a lot of money. The poll also found that 68 percent of Americans think we focus too much on fashion.
New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012. New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children.
The owner of a popular Brooklyn restaurant that closed abruptly and left dozen of couples without a wedding venue has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Jason Stevens pleaded guilty last month to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud charges. He closed his restaurant, reBar, without warning in May. More>>
Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
Crews have begun repaving along the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The last time such work was done on the road, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge, was the mid-1990s. More>>
Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home. More>>
A suspect has been arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in Upper Manhattan. Police say the assault happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at The Clinton Houses at East 104th Street. They say the officer and her partner were patrolling the area when they came upon four people smoking marijuana.
The 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy and a devastating fire, but it may not survive changing economics. The company that owns the carousel is selling it to make room for new attractions. An auction is planned for fall, with the hope that a buyer will take the entire ride and prevent it from being broken up and sold off piecemeal.
A bicycle rental war is being waged in Central Park by Columbus Circle. Bike and Roll is a Parks Department-sanctioned bike rental with rental booths in the park complete with helmets and bouncer-size security guards. Bike and Roll's president says his employees are being threatened and harassed by non-licensed illegal vendors in the park while they hawk to tourists. The individual vendors, who appeared to be trying to rent out bicycles using pedicab licenses, were not friendly to us, either. More>>
A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. The group, known as "New Yorkers Against Bratton," held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody. More>>
Wawa plans to close the first convenience store opened by the chain in the Philadelphia suburbs a half-century ago. Susan Bratton, Wawa's regional real estate manager, says the old store is just too small.
New York State police say a passenger in a car pulled over for speeding was found to be carrying 85 pills of the painkiller Oxycodone. After stopping the car on Interstate 684, police say a search revealed the passenger, Johannie Cruz of Waterbury, Connecticut, had marijuana and painkillers on her. More>>
A gravestone has been dedicated at the previously unmarked burial plot of one of New York's original state troopers. Retired state police Sgt. Kevin Kailbourne of Wellsville has been leading an effort to mark the graves of every state trooper, including the originals. They were known as "campmen" because they were trained at a National Guard camp outside Syracuse after the law enforcement agency was created in 1917. More>>
A central New Jersey physician who officials say engaged in a "grossly negligent pattern" of prescribing painkillers has had his medical license revoked. State officials announced the action Monday. Ali Mansour, whose practice was based in Somerset, is accused of prescribing excessive amounts of potentially addictive drugs, putting his patients at risk. They say he also continued to prescribe increasing dosages to patients, despite clear evidence that they were abusing drugs. More>>
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary pharmacies. The Democrat says Sunday that he's working with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on legislation that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions to allow owners to buy the medication at a pharmacy or online. More>>
State police say they've arrested four people in connection with a rash of burglaries at churches in two rural western New York counties.
Troopers and the sheriff's offices in neighboring Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties received reports of at least eight burglaries starting late last week. Police say the items stolen included cash, two safes and musical equipment. Most of the stolen items have been recovered.
For one New Jersey lawmaker, a bill requiring mounted video cameras in new police cars is personal. More>>
The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened. The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him. More>>
The NYPD is on the hunt for the man responsible for punching a female officer so hard he knocked her teeth out. The officer and her partner were patrolling the area around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they stopped what appeared to be a normal pedestrian. The man suddenly turned around, punched the officer then fled the scene. More>>
An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead. More>>
A physician from central New York has been cleared of federal charges that he improperly billed federal benefit programs and private insurers $12 million for patient services. More>>
Police have arrested a New York man they say fatally struck a teenager in the neck with a machete during an argument. More>>
Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground in upstate New York that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of an infamous massacre and the location of the era's... More>>
This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.
This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.More>>
A former farmhouse that is about 200 years old, located in Greenwich Village, could be moved again to make way for luxury condos. In the 1940s, Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon," lived in the house. In 1967, it was moved to Greenwich Village from East 71st Street and York Avenue to make way for a nursing home and to preserve this part of New York history. Now the owners want to sell it. More>>
For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day. Mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak said de Blasio moved the nine-day trip's departure date from Friday to Saturday "to attend to city business." The mayor's announcement came shortly after he addressed the Thursday death of a Staten Island man in police custody. More>>
The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II. More>>
Officials say a Canadian tour bus carrying more than 50 people has rolled over on the Northway in the Adirondacks, killing one and injuring others. New York state police spokeswoman Darcy Wells says the bus rolled over Friday morning between exits 29 and 30 in Essex County.The tour operator says the bus traveling from Quebec City to New York City. More>>
Fox 5's Dari Alexander had always wanted to take a sailing lesson but didn't know you can do that right in Manhattan. She went to Manhattan Sailing School, based in North Cove. She learned the basics: hoisting, tacking, jibing, and boat safety. More>>
An unidentified human head was found in the same Long Island neighborhood where severed arms were found just a week ago. More>>
More than a thousand police officers gathered in New Jersey's second-largest city to bury a police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty. Gov. Chris Christie was among the mourners who attended Friday's funeral in Jersey City for Officer Melvin Santiago. The 23-year-old rookie was killed Sunday in what authorities have called an ambush. His assailant was killed during a subsequent shootout. More>>
A Connecticut medical practice says a storage problem may have reduced the effectiveness of 5,000 doses of vaccines that were given to more than 3,800 patients in the state since last year and those people may have to get revaccinated.
A teacher and former councilman in Camden County faces prison after admitting he engaged in inappropriate sexual communications with 17 male students. More>>
A Stamford High School English teacher is accused of threatening to fail a student if he broke off their sexual relationship. Danielle Watkins of Norwalk turned herself in to police. She is charged with sexual assault, sale of marijuana and risk of injury to a minor. Police say the 18-year-old student came to them in June and described how the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex since last September. More>>
A Connecticut man reported missing six years ago has been reunited with his family after a police officer found him wandering on Long Island's East End. Police said Thursday that the officer bought Euripides Cruz lunch after finding him in Southampton on July 10. They say then, acting "on a hunch," the officer searched his name on the Internet. He found Cruz was reported missing from Waterbury, Connecticut, July 8, 2008.
Dozens of emergency responders were on the scene of a bus into a construction scaffold in midtown Manhattan. It is not clear why the bus slammed into the scaffold at W. 41 st. between 9th and 10th Avenues. SkyFoxHD was overhead where firefighters could be seen on top of the bus. W. 41st Street was closed between 9th and 10th Avenues. There was only one confirmed injury and it was believed to be minor. More>>
18 years ago, TWA flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. An official investigation blamed it on an explosion in a fuel tank
A ceremony was held at LaGuardia Airport to honor Lieutenant David Lim, who is retiring after 34 years on the job. Lieutenant Lim was on duty in the north tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed on September 11th.
Twenty year-old Brandon Ragnot is in college and has been an honors student since elementary school. But he has scars that are a daily reminder of a violent shooting that almost cost him his life. However, he is determined not to let this trauma slow him or anyone else down. Meanwhile, Brooklyn born NBA star Sebastian Telfair, an NBA point guard from public housing in Coney Island, donates his time so kids from his neighborhood can get scholarships. He's hands on and loves it. More>>
Brooklyn has become a dumping ground for many of the city's missing or stolen Citi-bikes. Cops have discovered more than 67 of the bright blue cruisers abandoned on the boroughs streets and sidewalks. More>>
You've heard of food trucks, but what about a fashion truck? Two young women with dreams of making it big in retail, just couldn't afford to open up a brick and mortar shop. So they took their boutique on the road. More>>
Gay rights advocates are calling a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling a step forward for same-sex couples seeking rights and benefits for which they weren't legally entitled before state laws allowed them to marry. More>>
The mayor of Syracuse is asking President Barack Obama to speed along the approval process to provide a local shelter for young Central American migrants surging across the border. More>>
New York regulators have proposed establishing a framework for commerce in virtual currency that would apply to firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing it, as well as retail conversions. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called "BitLicense." Merchants and consumers who use the virtual currency Bitcoin and others solely to buy and sell goods and services wouldn't need a license. More>>
A Brooklyn jury has awarded $510,000 to a man who sued the city for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting. The jury awarded Kevin Jarman $510,000 on Wednesday for the injury. Jarman had filed the suit after pleading guilty to shoplifting at a Queens Pathmark in 2011.
The Muldowney twins will share plenty of things in life, but the same birthday isn't one of them. More>>
The son of tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal has been charged with criminal possession of drugs. Authorities say Kevin McEnroe was arrested Tuesday night during an alleged drug sale in New York's East Village. He didn't enter a plea at his arraignment Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. Police say the 27 year old was in possession of cocaine and more than 30 pills. More>>
Three Brooklyn men were arrested on Monday after police discovered weapons and fourteen ATVs and dirt bikes in a storage locker in Brooklyn.
The 2015 FDNY Calendar of Heroes has something no prior calendar has had: a woman among the firefighter-models. Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran of the department, appears for March. She joins a dozen of her male colleagues posing for the annual souvenir. More>>
The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway. More>>