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Thursday
Apr242014

Brother-in-Law of Prince Charles Dies Following Head Injury in NYC

(NEW YORK) -- The brother-in-law of England's Prince Charles died in New York on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in a fall.

Mark Shand, 62, sustained the injury in a fall on Tuesday night, according to a statement from Clarence House. He had been at a fundraising event for his charity Elephant Family before suffering the injury, though the cause of his fall was unclear.

Shand was the younger brother of the Duchess of Cornwall.

"The Duchess, The Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss," the statement read.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Members of Neighborhood Watch Group Charged with Beating Man

(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Five members of a Brooklyn neighborhood watch group have been indicted for allegedly beating a Fort Green man last December.

According to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Pinchas Braver, 19, Joseph Freid, 25, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Aharon Hollander, 28, and Abraham Winkler, 39 -- who are associated with the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit -- have been indicted for acting in concert to commit first-degree gang assault, and other related charges.

The charges stem from the beating of 23-year-old Taj Patterson on Dec. 1, 2013.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Boy, 9, Killed in Fall from Bronx Building

(NEW YORK) -- A 9-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday when he fell onto the scaffolding of a Bronx high-rise building.

The boy apparently fell from at least 26 stories up before landing on the scaffolding.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene, WABC says.

The Medical Examiner will determine the child's exact cause of death, though it is unclear whether he fell, jumped, or was pushed.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

NYC to Benefit from State's $90M to Improve Parks

(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday during Earth Day celebrations that $90 million is being devoted to improving New York’s State park system.

"New York is proud to have the nation’s oldest State park system, and we will continue to do all that we can to preserve and guard these natural resources so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come," Cuomo said in a statement.

Of the total figure, $1.95 million will go towards four projects at two parks/sites in New York City, officials said.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Hoax Call Leads SWAT Team to Charge Long Island Home

(NEW YORK) -- Police charged a Long Island home in response to a report of an armed man Tuesday, but then authorities learned it was all a hoax.

SWAT team members charged the house and helicopters whirled overhead following a call from a teenager who said he just killed his mother.

But instead of finding a crazed killer, police learned it was all an elaborate hoax. When police arrived, the only guns around 17-year-old Rafael Castillo were of the video game variety.

Authorities confiscated the game console to try to figure out the identity of the caller. 

"It's a real problem for law enforcement," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "They actually have a system, I believe, where they get points for the amount of-- the type of tactical response the police give, whether helicopters are involved."

The incident remains under investigation.

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