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Friday
Oct242014

MTA Says Subway System 'Safe to Ride' Despite Ebola Concerns

(NEW YORK) -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority reassured commuters in New York on Friday that there is no risk to subway riders after a man confirmed to have Ebola was determined to have ridden multiple subway lines the day before his diagnosis.

"The MTA New York City Subway system is safe to ride," the statement said. "State and city health commissioners agree there was no risk to any other subway customers or any MTA employees."

The MTA notes that Ebola "is spread only by contact with the bodily fluids of a contagious person, and the virus cannot live for more than a few hours on hard surfaces." Additionally, "there is no indication the patient was contagious when he rode the subway" or that he "emitted any bodily fluids on the subway."

The MTA also says that it has existing protocols for cleaning possibly infectious waste from anywhere within the transit system. Specifically, that protocol includes "isolating a bus, train car or subway car so no other customers can enter, providing personal protective equipment and training for employees who have to remove the waste, and ensuring it is disposed of safely." Those protocols have also been updated "based on advice from health experts."

 
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Friday
Oct242014

NYPD Searching for Suspect in String of Sexual Abuse Cases in Bronx

(NEW YORK) -- Police are searching for a man accused of multiple instances of sexual abuse involving teenage girls in the Bronx.

According to the New York Police Department, the suspect has approached young girls on at least 13 separate occasions, placing an object over his head and sexually abusing them.

Each of the 13 incidents occurred within the jurisdiction of the 47th Precinct in the north Bronx.

A sketch of the suspect was posted on the NYPD news website. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-577-8477.


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Friday
Oct242014

Source: Shot Hatchet-Wielding Man was 'Just an Angry Guy'

(NEW YORK) -- A hatchet-wielding man who attacked two police officers in Queens before being shot to death, was likely “just an angry guy” and was not connected to any terrorist organizations, a police source told ABC News.

“The initial impression is that he’s just an angry guy who’s ranting about the American government and American oppression of foreign people,” the source said.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. Thursday, at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street. Surveillance video released by police shows the man -- later identified as Zale Thompson, 32 -- wearing a heavy green jacket, raising the 18 ½ inch hatchet, prepared to strike as he walked down the sidewalk. The man was unprovoked and did not speak before swinging his hatchet, police said.

Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, is listed in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital with a head wound following the attack, police said. Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, is listed in stable condition with an arm injury.

Additionally, a 29-year-old woman who was nearby was accidentally struck by a bullet in her lower back and is recovering from surgery, police said.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Queens Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Cop Shooting Incident 

(NEW YORK) -- A grand jury indicted a 20-year-old Queens man on attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot at police officers, officials announced Wednesday.

Police say they spotted Christian Mosquera, of Corona, chasing another person along Lamont Avenue in the early morning hours of June 21. When they ordered him to drop the gun, Mosquera allegedly turned toward officers and fired at least one round before fleeing the scene.

Authorities said they recovered a .22 caliber long-arm pistol on the ground, loaded with two live rounds of ammunition.

Mosquera is charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, among other charges. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.


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Thursday
Oct232014

NY Tax Rebate Checks Hit the Mail

(NEW YORK) -- The check's in the mail, or soon it will be, New York State's Department of Taxation and Finance has announced.

Officials said the state has started mailing out property tax rebate checks to New Yorkers who live in a school district that remained under the tax cap this year, Syracuse.com reported Thursday.

Checks will be mailed out through the end of November.


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