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Recent articles by Kristine:

Brooklyn man lured underage girls into filming sexually explicit videos: officials

BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn man is accused of luring young girls into filming sexually explicit videos by promising them modeling jobs. Rigoberto Garcia, 33, faces multiple charges, including several counts of coercion and enticement and sexual exploitation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Between 2014 and 2021, Garcia, […] → Read More

Burglary suspect pleads guilty in 2019 death of NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen

RICHMOND HILL, Queens — A man pleaded guilty in connection to the 2019 friendly fire death of an NYPD detective, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday. Christopher Ransom, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and robbery charges related to the Feb. 12, 2019 shooting that killed NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen. Ransom and an accomplice, […] → Read More

In-person early voting in NJ begins this weekend. What you need to know

NEW JERSEY — In less than two weeks, voters in New Jersey will be heading to the polls to pick a governor. The most recent poll shows Democratic Incumbent Phil Murphy leading Republican Challenger Jack Ciattarelli 50% to 41%. This election, however, is different from any other in the Garden State as registered voters can […] → Read More

Death of man found wrapped in bag on Brooklyn sidewalk ruled homicide: police

CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn — The death of a man who was found wrapped in a black bag on a Brooklyn sidewalk has been deemed a homicide, police said Wednesday. Authorities received the call at about 12:35 p.m. Saturday near Van Sinderen and Herkimer streets in Cypress Hills for a body found on the sidewalk in […] → Read More

New Jersey Burger King employee attacked at drive-thru window over delayed order

Bayonne, N.J. — An employee at a New Jersey Burger King was attacked my a customer who got upset over a delayed order, authorities said. It happened just before 7:30 p.m. at the Burger King along Broadway and East 53rd Street in Bayonne, authorities said. The 27-year-old employee reported that a man pulled his vehicle […] → Read More

New Jersey woman gets 35-year sentence for filming, sexually assaulting toddler

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A New Jersey woman was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of todder several years ago, authorities said Monday. Olga Diaz, 35, was sentenced to 35 years and must serve at least 33.5 years of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Investigation […] → Read More

7-foot tall Harambe statue appears opposite of Charging Bull covered in bananas

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — A statue of Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla whose death sparked international outcry, went face-to-face with the Charging Bull statue in Manhattan Monday. The seven-foot statue of the silverback gorilla appeared opposite of the Charging Bull in Bowling Green Park. In addition to the Harambe statue, 10,000 bananas surrounded the iconic bull […] → Read More

Schumer urges TSA to plan for holiday travel as 40% of employees remain unvaccinated

NEW YORK — As the deadline for federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 falls around the holiday season, New York Sen. Charles Schumer has urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to come up with a plan to avoid a holiday travel mess. The plan includes the deployment of additional TSA canine dog teams across […] → Read More

Man who chased woman to Bronx apartment has 37 prior arrests: NYPD

THE BRONX, N.Y. — Police arrested a man with over three dozen prior arrests after they say he was caught on video following a woman to her Bronx apartment and trying to break in. Orisha Luckey, 41, was charged with attempted burglary, harassment in the first and second degree, and criminal trespass, police told PIX11 […] → Read More

Bronx woman guilty of robbing Westchester homes while families were at funerals

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — A Bronx woman was found guilty of using obituaries to target homes of families she knew were attending funerals in Westchester County, authorities said Friday. The jury found Latonia Stewart, 30, guilty on six counts of burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, Westchester County District Attorney Miraim Rocah said. Between […] → Read More

Tessa Majors case: Teen sentenced 9 years to life in murder, robbery of college student in NYC park

MANHATTAN — A judge sentenced a teenage boy in the 2019 stabbing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors to nine years to life in prison on Thursday. Luchiano Lewis, who was 14 at the time, was accused of holding Majors in a headlock and preventing her from escaping while another 14-year-old knifed her in Manhattan’s Morningside Park in […] → Read More

NJ couple arrested for trying to flee to Canada with child dad is accused of sexually assaulting

NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey couple was arrested after they tried to enter Canada with their child the father is accused of sexually assaulting, authorities said. The couple, whose names were not released to protect the child’s identity, face charges of endangering the welfare of a child, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said. The father, […] → Read More

NJ police opens inquiry into allegations teacher forcibly removed student’s hijab

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey police department has opened an inquiry into allegations that a teacher removed a hijab off a student’s head at school. The South Orange and Maplewood School District has paused their internal investigation into the discrimination allegations as Maplewood Police Department leads their own inquiry, according to a letter sent […] → Read More

‘Vax to the Movies’: NYC launches pop-up vaccine sites at theaters

NEW YORK — In an effort to get more COVID-19 vaccines into New Yorkers’ arms, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “Vax to the Movies” campaign Wednesday. Beginning this weekend, pop-up mobile vaccine sites will be stationed by several movie theaters so people can get vaccinated before going to see a movie. “We have found […] → Read More

Officer struck by stolen vehicle in Newark: authorities

NEWARK, N.J. — An officer in Newark was struck and injured by a stolen vehicle Tuesday night, authorities said. It happened just before 11 p.m. in the vicinity of Quitman and Spruce streets, officials said. The officer observed a white Mercedes Benz that fitted the description of a vehicle stolen out of Elizabeth, authorities said. […] → Read More

NY sanitation employee discharges weapon during dispute with ex-girlfriend

STATEN ISLAND — A Department of Sanitation employee was arrested Tuesday during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend in Staten Island, police said. Jason John, 33, faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal obstruction of breathing and assault, police said. John, who was off duty, got into a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. […] → Read More

NJ deadline to register to vote is Tuesday: What you need to know

NEW JERSEY — If New Jersey residents want to participate in the November election, they have until Tuesday, Oct. 12 to register to vote. This year’s election includes the gubernatorial race between Gov. Phil Murphy and his challenger, Republican Jack Ciattarelli. Hoping to have your say in this election? Time is running out if you’re […] → Read More

‘Brilliant NYC’ to replace gifted and talented exam; expand advanced instruction to more students

NEW YORK — As New York City phases out its gifted and talented program for students, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined its Brilliant NYC plan that will take its place. The mayor said the change will help tens of thousands of students get advanced instruction, instead of just a select few. Starting in the next […] → Read More

Woman in car hurt in Bronx drive-by shooting: police

CROTONA, the Bronx — A woman was hurt after shots were fired into her car window in the Bronx Monday night, police said. It happened around 10:30 p.m. in the vicinity of East 179th Street and Crotona Avenue in the Crotona neighborhood, cops said. The 24-year-old woman was sitting in her car when a dark-colored […] → Read More

Man who exits vehicle in Belt Parkway crash fatally struck by suspected drunk driver

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — A man was killed during a crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Monday, police said. It happened just after 1 a.m. on the Belt Parkway near the Pennsylvania Avenue exit, authorities said. A man driving a BMW rear-ended another vehicle, authorities said. The two drivers pulled over, and […] → Read More