Entries in Brooklyn (14)


Four-Year-Old Dead After Being Mauled by Dog

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Cane Corso mastiff that fatally mauled a Brooklyn, N.Y., boy was a vicious dog, trained to kill, according to some neighbors, but the dog's owner described it as "like a big Scooby-Doo."

Police investigating the mauling, which happened Friday evening just after the boy, his mother, and three of his siblings had returned to the apartment, said they do not know what set off the dog, which reportedly belonged to his mother's boyfriend, Damian Jones.

Until the investigation is complete, the three surviving children were removed from the apartment by the city Administration for Children Services.

The Cane Corso mastiff bit Jayelin Graham all over his head, neck and body before family and neighbors could get him off the child.

It was already too late. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Within a split second it happened," Calandra Jubeark, the boy's aunt, told ABC station WABC-TV in New York. "[Saquina Jubeark, the boy's mother] said, 'The dog wouldn't let go.' It's painful."

"What a horrible way to die. I've got a lot of frustrations, a lot of emotions, a lot of anger," the boy's grandfather told WABC-TV.

When police arrived, they tranquilized the dog and took him to the city's department of Animal Care & Control, where he was to be observed for 10 days so officials can decide what to do with him.

For some of the boy's neighbors, that would seem to be a foregone conclusion.

"Those dogs were vicious," Kenny Risher, the superintendent of the building, told the New York Daily News. "They stink and they are nasty. The same dog ate their (pet) rabbit."

No charges had been filed in the case as of late Saturday.

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New York Juror's Racist Remarks Outrages Judge

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge in Brooklyn became infuriated with a potential juror this week after she made racist comments about blacks and Latinos and called New York City police lazy, in what some in the courtroom viewed as an attempt to evade jury duty.  But instead, the judge ordered her to keep coming to court indefinitely.

The judge later relented, releasing the woman after a day of duty in which she sat alone in a holding tank.  He allowed her to sneak out the back door to avoid the media.

The potential juror's responses on the jury questionnaire raised the ire of U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

After reading through her questionnaire and seeing the disparaging remarks, Garaufis told the woman, "This is an outrage, and so are you!"

The identity of Juror No. 799 has not been released, but public court records revealed that she is in her 20s, lives in Brooklyn, is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Asian descent who works for a large garment production company.

The woman has been dismissed from the death penalty trial of alleged mob boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, but officials initially said she could serve as a juror in another trial.

"I have 18 years on the job and I've seen every excuse in the book," said Anthony Frisolone, the court reporter who took transcriptions of the proceedings.  "It's deplorable that people try this stuff.  I find it offensive."

It's unclear whether Juror No. 799 made the statements in her questionnaire because she was trying to duck jury duty or if she really had such beliefs.  Garaufis' law clerk, John Fitzpatrick, said the judge was unable to comment on the issue or elaborate on how long the juror might be required to stay on jury duty.´╗┐

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40 Injured In 'Suspicious' 3-Alarm Apartment Fire

WABC-TV New York(NEW YORK) --  At least 40 people were injured Sunday morning in what authorities are calling a suspicious three-alarm fire that tore through a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Four of the people were critically injured. The victims were being treated at area hospitals.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Woman Dead, 20+ Firefighters Injured in 5-Alarm Fire

Photo Courtesy - WABC-TV New York(NEW YORK) -- One person died and at least 20 New York City firefighters were injured late Saturday in a blaze that ripped through a six-story apartment building in Brooklyn that took hours to contain.

Most of the injuries came from smoke inhalation, while five firefighters were taken to Cornell Burn Center for treatment of minor injuries. Fire officials reported that the body of a 64-year-old woman was found on the 6th floor of the building, a likely victim of smoke inhalation. Three other civilians suffered minor injuries.

Over 200 firefighters were called to the five-alarm fire which broke out around 6:40 p.m. Saturday. It took hours to quell the fire as strong winds made the job even more difficult.

A fire department spokesman has said that a shelter for displaced residents was set up at a nearby school. The building houses around 70 apartments.

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