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Samantha Tata is a digital journalist at PIX 11. Before joining WPIX in March 2014, she was a web producer and internship coordinator at NBC4 Southern California, where she was part of the team that won the station’s first-ever national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for breaking news coverage.


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  • Debreh Gilbert was last seen on Jan. 16, 2017, on the Upper West Side. (NYPD)

    Woman with Alzheimer’s who vanished in Manhattan found safe in the Bronx

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — It was a happy ending when a woman with dementia who vanished in Manhattan was been found safe in the Bronx, some 8 miles north of where she went missing, officials said Wednesday. Debreh Gilbert, 64, was last seen shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday near Broadway and West 110th Street on the Upper West Side, police said. As the week began, her family and city officials had called on the public’s help to find her, […]

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    Age-enhanced photos show what Brooklyn boy missing since 2010 would look like today

    EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn – Investigators on Tuesday released an age-enhanced photo of a boy who vanished nearly seven years ago in Brooklyn, calling on the public for any information that could help solve the case. Patrick Alford was last seen about 9 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2010, leaving the lobby of his apartment building, Spring Creek Development, at 130 Vandalia Ave. He was living in a foster home at the time. Police said Alford would be 14 years old […]

  • Immigration Activists Protest Outside Trump Tower In New York

    City leader concerned Trump security needs pulling officers from high-crime areas

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan – City leaders on Tuesday grilled police officials on the cost of protecting President-elect Donald Trump at his midtown home, an unprecedented scenario posing security and economic challenges, including pulling officers from around the city to be part of the security detail at Trump Tower. “Communities like Brownsville, southeast Queens, Far Rockaway, where crime is an issue, you’re diverting officers from there?” Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. asked NYPD Deputy Chief James Kehoe on Tuesday. Kehoe said officers from […]

  • This man is wanted for allegedly punching a stranger at a Brooklyn Burger King on Dec. 30, 2016. (NYPD)

    Woman sucker-punched by stranger in Brooklyn Burger King

    BROOKLYN – A woman was sucker-punched by a stranger at a Burger King in Brooklyn, police said this week as they asked the public’s for help finding the attacker. It was about 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 30 when the violent encounter happened at the fast-food restaurant at 971 Flatbush Ave., police said. The victim, a 53-year-old woman, was punched in the forehead and suffered pain, bruising and swelling, police said. She told officers she does not know the man who […]

  • Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, with the Orlando Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 2017. (Orlando Police Department/Twitter)

    Orlando officer gunned down while on duty; deputy sheriff dies chasing her killer: police

    ORLANDO, Fla. — After a police officer in Orlando was gunned down while on duty, a deputy sheriff from a nearby agency died while searching for the shooter, authorities said Monday. The Orlando Police Department called it a “tragic irony” that both officers died on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. “We are still committed to your safety,” the department said. Tragic irony: The deaths of OPD Sgt Clayton & OCSO Deputy occurred on #lawenforcement appreciation day We are still committed to […]

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    No Pants Subway Ride 2017 goes on, despite snow and cold

    NEW YORK — New Yorkers are about to strip down and hop on the train for the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride. This Sunday, straphangers will be traveling in the almost-buff as part of the Improv Everywhere escapade. What’s required of you: Bring a MetroCard and a backpack or bag, a willingness to take off your pants and the ability to keep a straight face. Wear winter clothes otherwise, as the high is forecast to be about 29 degrees. […]

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    Tilikum the orca has died, SeaWorld says

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Tilikum, an orca that has been involved in the deaths of three people and the subject of the documentary “Blackfish,” has died in captivity. He was estimated to be about 36 years old. “We’re saddened to announce the passing of Tilikum, a beloved member of the SeaWorld family for 25 years,” SeaWorld tweeted Friday. SeaWorld said the orca faced “some very serious and chronic health issues that he was not able to recover from.” In March 2016, […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08:  Pedestrians battle wind, snow and sleet as Manhattan prepares for a major winter storm on February 8, 2013 in New York City.  New York City and much of the Northeast is expected to get a foot or more of snow through Saturday afternoon with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Snowstorm moving in promises to make for a messy Friday commute

    NEW YORK — Snow is moving into the tri-state Thursday, prompting a winter weather advisory for much of the region and a warning to commuters that the end-of-the-week trek to work will be a slippery one. A light steady snow started falling at about midnight but is expected to taper off in time for Friday’s early commute. Still, the conditions are perfect for sloppy, snow-covered roads. “The ground is very cold, so it sticks and it stays,” PIX11 News’ Mr. G […]

  • Damage from a train derailment in Brooklyn on Jan. 4, 2017, is pictured. (PIX11)(Sophieaka/Instagram)

    Injury count grows to 103 in minor derailment at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn: FDNY

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — More than 100 people were hurt Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and was knocked off the tracks during the morning commute. As of 10:15 a.m., the injury count stood at 103, all of them non-life threatening, according to the FDNY. That figure is expected to change as officials remain at the scene and evaluate commuters who were on the train. The worst injury reported is a […]

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    Steam pipe problems cause partial street collapse on Upper East Side

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Crews are on the scene of a partial street collapse on the Upper East Side Tuesday, police said. The collapse is being blamed on “steam pipe problems.” Photos from the scene show a small crater in the middle of the road. It has forced the closure of East 65th Street between Lexington and Third avenues, police said. Water has been shut down to the area, affecting about 450 customers including St. Vincent Ferrer High School. A […]