Federal and New York State authorities have announced the arrest of Deer Park, N.Y., resident Daniel Sheehan, age 50. Investigators say that in October, the Home Depot employee sent an anonymous ransom demand letter to a Huntington, N.Y., Home Depot, warning store management that a bomb was hidden in the lighting department.
This was allegedly intended to demonstrate the letter writer’s ability to easily conceal an explosive device inside the store. Read More
Looking for opportunities to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? Many organizations are looking for volunteers.
We’ll keep this list updated as we learn of additional opportunities. Read More
The Hurricane was named Sandy. It struck in October and took a path that brought it through northern New Jersey and New York State before the storm petered out over Canada.
This Hurricane Sandy happened in the minds of members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in Westchester County, New York, 15 years ago this month.
We hope you made use of the public transportation available before 7 p.m. Sunday and are not reading this from Zone A, which as NYC.gov tells us, should be empty now. Evacuation orders have reached across the waters as well, affecting New Jersey and Connecticut.
The City of Hoboken wants everyone out of “all ground floor apartments” by midnight Sunday night. They urge residents on upper floors to offer street-level neighbors lodging. Hoboken shelters will allow pets as well, as long as they are safely crated.
The mayor of Stamford Connecticut also ordered mandatory evacuations for some residents there on Sunday. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia’s evacuation order also targeted street-level residents. The mayor said, “Due to expected high tides, unprecedented storm surges, and heavy rains, I am advising anyone that lives in a low-lying area or along river flood plain areas, to relocate to higher ground.” Read More
Mayor Bloomberg’s office has teamed with Google to create Hurricane Sandy: NYC. It’s a handy “crisis” map that links to the latest N.Y.C. Emergency Management alerts, various city-related Twitter accounts and advisories about Hurricane Sandy from the National Hurricane Center.
Residents may be particularly interested in the map’s color-coded evacuation zones–currently Zone A is under a mandatory evacuation order.
Here are Google’s tips on how to best use the map: Read More
An Upper West Side mother came home to her La Rochelle apartment on Thursday and was confronted with a nightmare come true: two of her children brutally stabbed and bleeding in a bathtub and the children’s nanny nearby, bleeding from wounds in her throat.
The children later died.
The New York Times reported that the middle-aged nanny was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center where according to some reports she was in stable but critical condition. Police say a bloody knife was found near the injured nanny and that she is a “person of interest” in the deaths of the little girl, age six, and the two-year-old boy.
The Times interviewed another resident of the posh apartment building who witnessed the harrowing moments after the children’s mother discovered the scene: Read More
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the Halloween-worthy arrest of 28-year-old NYPD officer Gilberto Valle III today. Mr. Valle, who was stationed at the 26th Precinct, has been charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and illegal use of a federal law enforcement database.
Those charges aren’t strange at all, considering the crimes were allegedly committed as part of a plot with co-conspirators to kidnap and cannibalize as many as 100 women. Read More
Just in time for tonight’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, Al-Shabaab, a Somali group which reportedly merged with al Qaeda in early 2012 has issued series of apparently threatening tweets on its Twitter account.
The posts were directed at the British government and referenced the “extradition and trial of Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Misri.” Al-Misri is a one-armed cleric who will soon be extradited from the U.S. to Great Britain. He will face charges connected to a hostage incident that occurred in Yemen in 1998 as well as charges related to fomenting jihad abroad and attempting to create a jihadi training camp in Oregon in 2001.
After referencing Al-Misri’s pending extradition, Al-Shabaab tweeted the following declarations: Read More