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Man punched in apparent Midtown bias attack, says cops ignored him

abc7ny.com — The NYPD is investigating after a man reported being the victim of a hate crime in Manhattan and was then victimized again when he says police ignored him. The young man, Omar Villalobos, suffered a gash to his face by a man who shouted a gay slur before he started swinging.

It's hot out - watch out for flying cockroaches in New York City!

abc7ny.com — As if the hot weather isn't enough, it turns out heat makes cockroaches more likely to fly. An expert explains why heat and cockroaches are not a good mix. "Which ones will you see flying in New York City?" Eyewitness News Reporter Darla Miles asked.

NYPD transitioning to more secure gun holster

abc7ny.com — How easy is it for a suspect to get their hands on an officer's weapon? It turns out the department is in the process of transitioning to a new, more secure type of holster. The SafariLand 6360 ALS gun holster with an automatic locking system is what the NYPD is transitioning to.

Rapper Troy Ave files lawsuit against Irving Plaza, Live Nation after shooting

abc7ny.com — Rapper Troy Ave is filing a lawsuit against the Manhattan venue where he shot himself at a concert earlier this year. The rapper, whose real name is Roland Collins, says he's on crutches because of Irving Plaza and concert promoters. "I'm going through a lot," he said.

Teen boy struck by lightning while recording video of storm on Jersey Shore

abc7ny.com — Lightning on the Jersey Shore came a little too close for comfort for one teenager. He was recording the storm over Bradley Beach when he felt a bolt strike the ground near him. "I just wanted to get like a cool lightning shot over the ocean and I got it a lot closer to me than I wanted," said Ethan Riozzi-Bodine, a lightning strike victim.

Exclusive: Daughter of Bronx woman hit by brick speaks out

abc7ny.com — A Bronx woman remains hospitalized Wednesday after she was struck by bricks that fell from a building in the Claremont section Tuesday afternoon. Now, the 66-year-old victim's daughter, Shakiba Dick, is speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News. "She came from Webster Avenue, and then we were standing right here," she said, breaking down in tears.

Brooklyn Heights punching attack under investigation

abc7ny.com — Police are looking for several people in connection with an attack on a man in Brooklyn Heights earlier this month. Now, that man is speaking out about the brutal attack. Typically during these knockout type incidents in the past, the suspect usually creeps up behind the victim, but not in this case.

Turnout at New York City Black Lives Matters protests smaller on Friday

abc7ny.com — Barricades are up in Union Square in the event of any Black Lives Matters protests. Another protest, much smaller, was held in Harlem. It was the third Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Friday and the third time there was not a large turnout.

Girl paralyzed in shooting gives inspiring speech at middle school graduation in Manhattan

abc7news.com — Three years ago, a young girl was caught in the cross fire of gang violence near her apartment in Brooklyn. The shooting left her paralyzed. But today, Tayloni Mazyck is serving as an inspiration. She's graduating with honors from New Design Middle School and has her sights set on her bright future.

Shooting victim gives inspiring speech at middle school graduation in Manhattan

abc11.com — Three years ago, a young girl was caught in the cross fire of gang violence near her apartment in Brooklyn. The shooting left her paralyzed. But today, Tayloni Mazyck is serving as an inspiration. She's graduating with honors from New Design Middle School and has her sights set on her bright future.
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Aug 31, 2016

RT @morris29b: @DarlaMiles7 so you're reporting on that car crash. Very sad story but you comfort a girl in a loving way. You are the best Darla

Aug 30, 2016

"I tried to brain him w/my cane," 91yo man tries to fight off robber who threatened 87yo wife w/kitchen fork #abc7ny https://t.co/GXCpVuzVko

Aug 30, 2016

RT @ABC7NY: #BREAKING: DNA profile of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano's killer developed, NYPD says  http://7ny.tv/2c2o7uw  https://t.co/CDlt1gQwPT


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