@WSJ Criminal Justice Reporter based in New York. Former host of #NYChowReport. Trained cook, sharing meals on Instagram: @pervaizistan

NYC’s Liberty Island Evacuated

wsj.com — Liberty Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty, was evacuated Friday afternoon as a precaution after a bomb threat was called in and a canine patrol picked up the scent of a suspicious package, authorities said. The evacuation took place around 12:30...

Worker Killed in Midtown Crane Accident

blogs.wsj.com — A crane operator was killed after an accident in Midtown Friday, a law enforcement official said. The 40-year-old man, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at 219 E. 44th St., the official said.

NYPD Shoots, Kills Man Who Fired Gun in Queens Bar

blogs.wsj.com — Police responding to a call of a man who fired a gun inside a Queens bar shot and killed the gunman when he turned and fired at officers during a foot chase Wednesday night, police said. The 30-year-old man, whose name has not been released by police, was pronounced dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the torso, police said.

Coyote Spotted in Manhattan’s Riverside Park

blogs.wsj.com — A coyote was able to escape from pursuing police officers in northern Manhattan Wednesday morning - the second coyote spotted on the streets of New York City in recent days. Police received a 911 call from a man walking in Riverside Park at 5:38 am that a coyote was roaming the park near 87th Street and Riverside Drive.

NYPD to Change How It Evaluates Officers

wsj.com — The process for evaluating New York City police officers, which has been criticized as a quota system, is being overhauled and will soon be replaced with a less numbers-focused program, according to police officials familiar with the change. The new evaluation program, tentatively scheduled to go into effect in mid-May, will replace a system criticized by a U.S.

Bronx Office Manager Arrested for Acting as Dentist

wsj.com — Authorities arrested an office manager at a Bronx dental office Thursday who allegedly performed procedures on patients-including a root canal- while the dentist was away, police said. Valbona Yzeiraj, 45 years old, wasn't a licensed dentist in the state of New York when she worked on the teeth of uninsured patients at Ultimate Dental Care of Riverdale office on Independence Avenue in Riverdale from January to August 2013, police said.

Arrests by NYPD Rise to More Than 40 in Brooklyn Bridge Protests

blogs.wsj.com — At least 42 people were arrested and two New York Police Department officers were assaulted during protests that moved from Union Square to Brooklyn demonstrating against a series of recent accusations of police brutality around the country, police said. Police Wednesday were looking for multiple suspects in the assaults on two officers, as those arrested on less serious charges awaited arraignment.

When Cooking for a Camping Trip, Go Big or Go Home

wsj.com — WHEN YOUR FRIENDS are the sort who hear "camping trip" and think "cooking trip," lunch grilled over the campfire is more than just fuel for the afternoon's activity. It is the afternoon's activity. For the past 9 years, a group of my old buddies from Philadelphia have gathered at a campground outside the city for some serious eating and drinking.

Prevalence of Video Puts Police Under the Lens

wsj.com — Two decades after a videotape of police beating a black man helped trigger riots in Los Angeles, video-recording technology has become so ubiquitous that it is bringing new scrutiny to the accounts of law-enforcement officials around the U.S.

Four Dead in Queens Carbon Monoxide Incident

wsj.com — Four people were found dead inside a Queens home Friday afternoon from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities in New York City said. Emergency workers responded to a call to the two-story home on 86th Avenue in the Floral Park section of Queens at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, the Fire Department of New York said.
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @carriemelago: Why some Bronx residents think a UFO is hovering above them: “Maybe they want to learn to break dance.” nypost.com/2015/04/27/loc…

Apr 27, 2015

RT @latimes: Police in O.C. fatally shoot man after he allegedly grabbed officer's gun: lat.ms/1GoFxHe

Apr 27, 2015

When a sentence is issued for a summonses the number that result in a fine have increased from 80% to nearly 100%; most common fine is $25.

Apr 27, 2015

Report finds 25 of summonses issued in NYC in 11 year period thru 2013 never appeared in court, 41% thrown out. -- John Jay's Jeremy Travis

Apr 27, 2015

NYS Chief Judge Lippman: 25% of summonses issued in NYC are for open container aka drinking in public.

Apr 27, 2015

Report finds about 40% of people issued summonses in NYC do not appear for court appearances.

Apr 25, 2015

NYPD: One of two NYPD detectives fired one shot striking 24-year-old man in the chest. He died an hour later at Beth Israel hospital.

Apr 25, 2015

Source: 24-year-old man shot & killed by NYPD today allegedly took a detective's radio & used it to strike him in the head during a scuffle.

Apr 25, 2015

A 24-year-old man was shot & killed in Manhattan by NYPD detective who was making arrest on an outstanding robbery charge. @WSJ #Developing



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