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Recent articles by James:

‘Kids killing kids’: Who are the suspects in Bronx shooting death of 11-year-old Khyara Tay?

Matthew Godwin, a 15-year-old boy, is accused of fatally shooting Khyara Tay, 11, in the Bronx on May 16, 2022. Another suspect, Omar Bojang, remains at large, police said. → Read More

Parents of 11-year-old shooting victim make emotional plea for justice

FOXHURST, the Bronx (PIX11) — For the first time since their 11-year-old daughter was gunned down by a stray bullet on Monday, the parents of Kyhara Tay spoke out about their loss, and the grief they are living with. Meanwhile, the gunman and at least two other people involved in the shooting remain at large. […] → Read More

‘Someone’s after me’: Gilgo Beach 911 calls released 12 years after Shannan Gilbert disappeared

Shannan Gilbert's 911 call lasted more than 21 minutes, but portions of the call had what Police Commissioner Harrison called "dead audio," or silence. → Read More

6 robberies in 80 minutes; the hunt for 2 purse-stealing suspects

PELHAM BAY, The Bronx — A pair of suspects on a motor scooter carried out a half-dozen robberies in less than an hour and a half, according to police. They’re now trying to track down the two people who carried out the crimes, but surveillance video from one of the incidents shows that it may […] → Read More

Survivors of fire that killed firefighter, resident give firsthand account

CANARSIE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — The fire scene in Canarsie, Brooklyn remains under investigation in the wake of the deaths of 31-year-old firefighter Timothy Klein and 21-year-old resident Carlos Richards. The intensity of the tragedy was recounted by people who lived it firsthand — the family that lived in the other half of the duplex that […] → Read More

MS-13 case: Woman lured men to their deaths, jury says

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (PIX11) — She went by the nickname “Diablita,” or “Little Devil.” Now, Leniz Escobar, 22, faces life in prison for her role in the killing of four men exactly five years to the day after their brutal execution at the hand of MS-13 gang members. The jury handed down the verdict shortly […] → Read More

Heavy flooding in North Jersey results in all-day evacuations

NEW MILFORD, New Jersey (PIX11) — Rain all day Thursday and into Friday morning resulted in flooding that was so severe in some North Jersey communities that rescue crews were actively evacuating people from just after sunrise to just before sunset. The floodwaters still had not receded after nightfall. Bel Habib, a longtime resident of […] → Read More

20 suspected gang members, 18 guns now in custody: Bronx DA

FORDHAM HEIGHTS, The Bronx (PIX11) — Twenty suspected gang members, who used “drill rap” videos as part of their methods to carry out gun violence, are now in custody, prosecutors and cops said on Thursday. Detectives also seized 18 guns from the alleged gang members, which had been used to commit dozens of violent crimes, […] → Read More

NY, NJ, CT are each significantly less diverse than the other, survey shows

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Empire State is the home to the most ethnically diverse county in the country. However, when it comes to a variety of other factors, New York and the tri-state area are less inclusive and diverse than some other states, according to the latest annual survey of inclusiveness from the University […] → Read More

New subway and bus chief introduced in middle of crime spike underground

LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) — New York City Transit is the MTA agency that operates subways and buses. Its new president made his first public appearance on Tuesday, in a question and answer session with media. But just as important were questions from subway and bus riders for Richard Davey, the new NYCT president. “Is he […] → Read More

Gilgo Beach 911 tapes, other evidence set to be released very soon

OAK BEACH, NY (PIX11) — Vital evidence, including 911 recordings, related to the Gilgo Beach murders appear to be ready to be released to the public, in a move that would mark a sharp contrast to how the serial killing case has been handled for many years since the case opened in 2010. Suffolk County […] → Read More

After dismantling homeless encampments, Adams opens new type of shelter

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Eric Adams defended his policy of clearing out homeless encampments on the same day he opened a new kind of shelter for unhoused New Yorkers. He said that the city will do its utmost to get people into the new facilities from destroyed encampments, but homeless advocates said that his […] → Read More

Efforts intensify to get street named after KKK leader renamed, thanks to students

MALVERNE, Long Island (PIX11) — From statues of Confederate generals being taken down, to plans to change the names of military bases, significant efforts to promote racial equity have made national headlines. Now, the efforts are being focused on a small, neighborhood thoroughfare in Malverne, a Long Island village of 8,500. A growing group of residents […] → Read More

NY will issue first marijuana sales licenses to people with overturned drug convictions

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (PIX11) — The first licenses to legally sell marijuana in New York State will go to people who have had marijuana-related convictions in the past, or have had a close relative who’s been involved in a marijuana case. That’s what the state’s Cannabis Control Board concluded on Thursday, at the urging of […] → Read More

Police arrest hammer attack suspect while more questions arise about subway safety

CHELSEA, Manhattan — Police arrested a suspect who allegedly used a hammer to attack a man at a busy subway stop, officials said Wednesday. The suspect’s distinctive appearance at the time of the attack may have led to his quick arrest. Still, though, the attack has sparked concern among some subway riders that the subway […] → Read More

NYC’s COVID mandates lift, but people acknowledge they could eventually return

NEW YORK — Monday was the first day that no proof of vaccination was required to gain admission to restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues in five boroughs of the city. It’s intended to be a step closer to normalcy, as evidenced by Mayor Eric Adams’s tweet on Monday afternoon declaring that […] → Read More

More rats and trash: protest against mayor’s proposed sanitation cuts

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, Brooklyn (PIX11) — More trash on the streets, and more rats everywhere — those are what critics of Mayor Eric Adams’s proposed cuts to the city’s sanitation budget predicted on Thursday. They held a protest on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, calling for the mayor to increase, rather than decrease, what the […] → Read More

On the 2nd anniversary of COVID in NYC, a look back, and ahead

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Tuesday marked exactly two years since New York saw its first coronavirus case. In the 24 months since, a lot has happened in the fight against the virus, and some doctors who have worked on the front lines said that where the tri-state region is now, with high vaccination rates and […] → Read More

New York City ends school outdoor mask mandate; is indoor next?

NEW YORK — On the last weekday of the mid-winter break for New York City Public Schools, Mayor Eric Adams very publicly showcased a relaxing of masking rules for the more than 1 million students in the DOE system. “Today, the chancellor announced that we are lifting the mask mandate for children when they play […] → Read More

As deadline looms, NYC workers protest controversial benefits change they say could ruin their health

LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) — It’s a proposed change in a key benefit that some 250,000 retired municipal workers receive, and on Monday, a crowd of them pushed back against the city’s plan to privatize their healthcare coverage, with a protest at City Hall. Sarah Shapiro, a city work force retiree, summed up what she and so […] → Read More