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Past articles by Samantha:

Search is on for shooter who killed 23-year-old in Bay Ridge

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn -- The search is on for a shooter who killed a young man in Brooklyn. The shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 7 near 93rd Street and Fourth Avenue, less than half a mile from the victim's home. Police were called to the scene about an assault and when they arrived, officers found Grei Frasheri, 23, of Brooklyn, with a gunshot wound to his neck, NYPD said. → Read More

Student allegedly stabs classmate with metal comb pick at Brooklyn high school

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A student allegedly stabbed his classmate with a metal comb pick at a Brooklyn high school Wednesday, just as the first day of classes was getting underway, officials said. The stabbing happened about 8:30 a.m. at Automotive High School. Both boys involved are 17 years old, according to a spokesperson for the union representing New York City school safety agents. → Read More

New photos released of 5 men wanted in gropings at Splish Splash

CALVERTON, N.Y. — Police have released new images of men they say are wanted in connection with gropings at Splish Splash Water Park. Officials in Suffolk County earlier this week put out surveillance images of men they considered persons of interest but on Friday said those men were not involved in the assaults. → Read More

Man confesses to killing woman who went missing in 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A man has been arrested in connection with the 2014 disappearance of a woman in Brooklyn after he walked into a police precinct and confessed to killing her, dismembering her and dumping her body on the curb in garbage bags, police said. The remains of the victim -- identified as Maria Quinones, 58 -- have not been found, police said. → Read More

Patient from NY dead in multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken: CDC

NEW YORK -- A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken has killed a patient in New York and sickened more than a dozen others, federal officials said Wednesday. The outbreak has sickened 17 people in New York (11), Pennsylvania (4), Maryland (1) and Virginia (1) as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight patients have been hospitalized. → Read More

Search is on for hit-and-driver who broke teen’s leg

WEST HEMPSTEAD, Long Island — A 14-year-old was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Long Island, police said Tuesday as they asked for the public’s help to find the motorist who broke the teen’s leg. The crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. on July 23. → Read More

Doctor accused of sexually abusing patient during breast cancer treatment may have more victims: DA

MANHATTAN -- A doctor is accused of sexually abusing a patient during a breast cancer screening and investigators believe there may be other victims, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Dr. → Read More

Serial thieves who robbed 13-year-old and 2 others sought

NEW YORK — A 13-year-old boy is among the victims targeted by a pair of alleged thieves who during their robberies suggest they’re armed with a gun and demand cash from their victims. Police released photos of the suspected thieves on Wednesday. They said the pair has been linked to at least three robberies in the Bronx and Manhattan on Aug. 12. → Read More

Bodies of father, 9-year-old son found after pair is swept away by NY river

NEW YORK — The bodies of a father and his 9-year-old son have been found after the pair vanished into the water while rafting on a river in Orange County, state police said Monday. Marco Avila, 46, and Marcos Avila, 9, both of Queens, were last seen about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. → Read More

4 shot, 2 stabbed in the Bronx

ALLERTON, the Bronx -- Four people were shot, including a woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and two others were stabbed in the Bronx early Saturday, police said. It happened about 4:20 a.m. on the sidewalk outside 925 Allerton Ave., the location of a small strip of businesses. → Read More

Beach closed after hypodermic needles wash ashore

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island -- Hypodermic needles washed up on a Long Island beach, which is now closed until further notice, authorities said Saturday. The needles were found along the shore of East Atlantic Beach from Ohio to Clayton avenues in Hempstead, police said. → Read More

Flash flood warning that covered most of NYC cancelled

NEW YORK -- A flash flood warning has been lifted for Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens Tuesday, officials said. The warning was issued at 4 p.m. as thunderstorms rolled through the area. It was set to last until 5:30 p.m. but was cancelled shortly before 5 p.m. "as heavy rain has ended and is no longer expected to pose a threat," the National Weather Center said. → Read More

Deadly Legionnaires’ cluster in Washington Heights is ‘over’: official

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan -- An investigation into a cluster of Legionnaires' disease in Manhattan that killed a patient is over, the city health department said Tuesday, revealing that there have been no new cases of the illness in three weeks and the likely source of the cluster has been identified. → Read More

Inmate charged with murder in Rikers Island killing

NEW YORK -- An inmate at Rikers Island has been arrested on suspicion of killing another inmate inside the jail complex, police said Tuesday. Artemio Rosa, 27, of Manhattan, faces a charge of murder in the killing of a 35-year-old Rikers inmate. → Read More

Two MTA employees diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

NEW YORK — Two MTA employees have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to a MTA spokesperson. One of the employees, a highway patrol officer, went to a doctor who told him to go to the emergency room after determining his symptoms similar to those caused by Legionnaires’ dis... → Read More

Cause of death released for Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz

BELMONT, the Bronx -- The city's medical examiner released the cause of death Wednesday for Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old from the Bronx whose death at the hands of reputed gang members sparked widespread community outrage. "Stab wound of neck" was the cause and the manner was homicide, the medical examiner said. → Read More

Panorama music festival evacuated due to severe weather

NEW YORK -- Panorama music festival was evacuated Friday afternoon as severe thunderstorms hit the area. "We are evacuating the venue due to severe weather. → Read More

1 dead, 1 hospitalized after being struck by train in Brooklyn

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn -- Two people were struck by a train in Brooklyn Thursday and one of them has died, according to the FDNY. The pair was struck at Broadway Junction. → Read More

Beyoncé posts new photo of twins

A year after she debuted a look at her newborn twins, Beyoncé has shared a new photo of the toddlers. The picture shows the superstar holding Sir and Rumi Carter on her lap during their European vacation. It was posted on her site Wednesday. Of course, the photo was widely shared by the Beyhive (as her fan base is known) on social media. → Read More

Dead humpback whale washes ashore in East Hampton

NAPEAGUE, East Hampton — A dead humpback whale washed ashore in East Hampton Thursday morning, authorities said. The animal was reported by the U.S. Coast Guard Montauk Station to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) at about 8:30 a.m., the group said. → Read More