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Rather Than Surrender, He Jumped Off Brooklyn Bridge

42-year-old suspected thief died within hours

(Newser) - Pursued by police, a suspected thief reportedly yelled "I'm not going back to jail!" then took a fatal plunge off the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday. Police responded to a carjacking in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood around 9:45pm, finding a man behind the wheel of a car... More »

Woman Found Dead, Nearly Decapitated, in Possible Ax Attack

Another woman was injured; man faces murder charges

(Newser) - A woman was found dead and partially decapitated in a Brooklyn apartment, after apparently being attacked with an ax in what police say was a "brutal, vicious attack." A man in custody faces murder charges, WNBC reports, and a 4-year-old girl in the apartment was unharmed. An Uber... More »

They Defied NYC's Vaccination Order. Now, Consequences

Parents of 3 kids could face $1K fines

(Newser) - Parents of three children from separate Brooklyn households found to be in violation of a mandatory measles vaccination order face the first fines over such a case in at least a century, reports the Washington Post . New York City health officials issued summonses to the parents Thursday after finding the... More »

Parents Sue Over Vaccinations; Measles Cases Rise Sharply

Group tries to block New York emergency order

(Newser) - A group of Brooklyn parents has sued the city's health department to block its its order making vaccinations mandatory, even as federal health officials reported the biggest increase this year in measles cases across the country. The parents say the emergency order last week violates their religious beliefs, the... More »

Sanders Vows to Beat 'the Most Dangerous President'

The senator announces his 2020 bid in Brooklyn

(Newser) - Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, his birthplace, for the first rally of his second presidential campaign and sought to tie his working-class background to his populist views that are helping reshape the Democratic Party, the AP reports. He predicted he would win the nomination in a field... More »

Protesters Storm Federal Jail, Get Pepper-Sprayed

The detention center is lacking heat and electricity

(Newser) - Some demonstrators protesting the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City attempted to enter the facility Sunday, and witnesses said guards drove them back with pushes, shoves, and pepper spray, the AP reports. A reporter and photographer for the AP were at the... More »

A Furor Grows in Brooklyn Over Jail With Little Heat

Federal Bureau of Prisons in hot water over 'disturbing living conditions'

(Newser) - The misery of last week's polar vortex continues to drag on, now with outrage in Brooklyn, where some 1,600 inmates at a federal jail have been shivering amid a partial power outage that's resulted in limited heat in week in which temperatures plunged, reports NBC News . The... More »

FDNY Firefighter Falls to His Death

Steven Pollard was responding to a car crash, fell through a gap in overpass

(Newser) - A New York City firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from an overpass and died at a hospital, reports the AP . In a statement on the FDNY's Facebook page Monday morning, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven... More »

Cops: Boy May Have Died After Breathing In Fish Smell

11-year-old from Brooklyn seems to have suffered allergic reaction as family cooked New Year's meal

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the death of a Brooklyn boy, and it may be tied to a rare allergic reaction. The New York Post and New York Daily News report that the 11-year-old, named Camron Jean-Pierre or Camron Jean-Paul, got sick Tuesday evening while at home... More »

Everybody Is Talking About Michelle Obama's Boots

They're gold, glittery, and really expensive

(Newser) - Perhaps pundits heard Melania Trump's call to ignore her fashion choices because they're now focused on an outfit her predecessor wore Wednesday. In the last stop on her Becoming book tour, Michelle Obama walked on stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center wearing a shimmery yellow shirt dress and... More »

FBI Agent Shot on New York Street in the Afternoon

The agent was apparently on a drug surveillance probe

(Newser) - An FBI agent was shot Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn and did like in the movies—pursued his alleged attacker and opened fire, NBC New York reports. The agent was performing surveillance for a drug probe when a BMW drove by and the suspect apparently shot him in the shoulder. Sources... More »

Driver in Crash That Killed Broadway Star's Child, Unborn Baby Kills Self

Dorothy Bruns was facing 15 years in jail

(Newser) - The woman charged with hitting and killing two young children in a Brooklyn crosswalk in March was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide, NBC New York reports. Dorothy Bruns, 44, was charged in May with crimes including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault and was facing 15 years behind... More »

Cops Get a Break in 'Kill All Jews' Graffiti Case

James Polite was charged on Friday

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 26-year-old Brooklyn man for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti throughout a Jewish temple, the AP reports. James Polite was charged Friday with criminal mischief as a hate crime, and making graffiti. Police say he entered the historic Union Temple in the Prospect Heights neighborhood on Thursday evening and... More »

White Woman Falsely Accuses Black Child of Groping Her

New York City resident Teresa Klein later apologized

(Newser) - "I was just sexually assaulted by a child." So claimed a white woman outside a Brooklyn deli Wednesday as cell-phone cameras rolled and the accused black boy, who's about 9, burst into tears. Teresa Klein, 53, made the accusation in a 911 call, saying the child "... More »

Cops: Man Throws His Brother, 4, Off a Roof

Shawn Smith of Brooklyn, NY, is charged with second-degree murder

(Newser) - "I need to talk to you," Shawn Smith told cops a few blocks from his Brooklyn residence Saturday. "My brother may be hurt. He might be dead." Police officers soon found the body of Smith's little brother Shimron in a rear courtyard, where the 4-year-old... More »

'Egregious Incidences' of Sex Abuse Lead to $27.5M Payout

Judge found Brooklyn priests ignored signs of abuse

(Newser) - Four young men who were repeatedly raped by their catechism teacher have received one of the Catholic Church's biggest-ever settlements with abuse victims. The New York Diocese of Brooklyn says the men, who were abused between the ages of 8 and 12 and are now ages 19 to 21,... More »

Huge NYC Arson May Have Been Unusual Revenge

Homeless man allegedly set fire after being booted from sleeping spot

(Newser) - Fire officials believe a homeless man ignited a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through a parking garage at a Brooklyn shopping mall Monday, leaving more than two dozen people injured. Six civilians and 22 of more than 250 responding firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, after plumes... More »

He Was Driving to Work in NYC. Then a Tire Came Flying

NYPD maintenance worker Robert Martinez, 64, killed in freak accident on Brooklyn expressway

(Newser) - An early morning commute to his maintenance job at NYPD headquarters ended in tragedy for a Staten Island man Wednesday. Police tell ABC News that 64-year-old Robert Martinez was driving his 2003 Chevy Tracker east around 6:30am along the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn when the unexpected and unthinkable happened:... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Her Young Daughter Was Killed by a Car. Now, New Tragedy

Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has lost her unborn child

(Newser) - What kept Ruthie Ann Miles going after her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was killed when a car crashed into them in March in Brooklyn was her unborn baby, due this month. Now another tragedy for the Broadway star and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, delivered via their lawyer. "This past Friday,... More »

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