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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for New York.

Monday
Jul282014

Four Shot, Including Three Law Enforcement Officers in West Village

(NEW YORK) -- Three law enforcement officers were shot in the West Village of New York city on Monday.

According to New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said that two U.S. Marshals and one NYPD detective were wounded while they attempted to serve a warrant on the shooter. The shooter, identified as Charles Mozdir, had been charged with child molestation in Coronado, California. Law enforcement officers returned fire on Mozdir, who was later pronounced dead.

All three law enforcement personnel were taken to Bellevue Hospital. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.


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Charles Mozdir, was charged with child molestation in Coronado, California
Monday
Jul282014

Three Injured in Bronx Shooting 

(NEW YORK) -- Police are investigating after three people were shot in the Bronx on Sunday.

According to ABC's New York affiliate WABC, the shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

Detectives are not certain whether there was one shooter or multiple shooters.

The three victims, including a 40-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, were taken to Jacobi Medical Center. All three are expected to survive.


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Monday
Jul282014

Man Dressed as Spiderman Punches Officer in Times Square 

(NEW YORK) -- Police arrested a man dressed as Spiderman on Saturday night after he allegedly punched an officer following complaints that he harassed tourists in Times Square.

Junior Bishop, who works as a costumed character, is charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.

The incident is renewing calls for a crackdown on workers who roam the tourist attraction. The head of the Times Square Alliance issued a statement saying the case is another reminder that many, though not all, of "friendly" characters may have troubling criminal records.

Some people who frequent the area call the dressed characters "aggressive," while others who are in the costumed line of work say Saturday's incident is not a fair categorization of the situation.

"We're being harassed by the police over here in Times Square," Jose Escalona-Martinez, who works the area in a Batman costume, told WABC-TV. "Every minute, every second because people want to give us tips."


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Friday
Jul252014

Lyft to Begin Operations in New York City

(NEW YORK) -- Ride-sharing service Lyft plans to begin operations in New York on a limited basis Friday evening and will rollout full service in the "coming weeks."

Lyft pairs users with regular drivers looking for extra cash. Users then reserve the car through a smartphone app and pay online.

As part of the agreement to operate in New York City, they will pause operations in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1.


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Friday
Jul252014

Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Update, Destigmatize Accessibility Signage

(NEW YORK) -- On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to update the state of New York's accessibility signage and logos.

According to a statement from the Governor's Office, the legislation amends existing laws to remove the word "handicapped," from new or replaced state signs, only to be replaced by the word "accessible." It will also update the accessibility logo to remove the existing stigma as the new signage will feature a "more active" representation.

"New York has long been a leader when it comes to fighting discrimination to protect New Yorkers," Cuomo said. The governor called the bill "an important step toward correcting society's understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than one million New Yorkers."


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