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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.

Recent Articles
  • Line of cars catches fire in Manhattan

    SUTTON PLACE, Manhattan — A line of cars caught fire in Manhattan Friday, sending flames ripping through vehicles and thick plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. The fire appeared to have started from a Golds Plumbing truck parked on East 58th Street between First and Second avenues, officials said. Flames then spread to a line of cars parked ahead of that van. The work van had a mechanical problem and began leaking fiery fuel. Mike McNenny was watching […]

  • Reward offered in case of feral cat shot in the face with arrow

    WARNING: This video contains graphic images that may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. GERRITSEN BEACH, Brooklyn — A $2,500 reward has been posted for the arrest and indictment of whomever shot an arrow through the face of a feral cat that was found wounded and wandering the streets of Brooklyn last week. The cat, named Whitney by her rescuers, was shot by a crossbow, the arrow of which was lodged in the animal’s cheek, officials said. NYPD’s Crime Stoppers […]

  • Grandson arrested in death of woman found wrapped in sheet outside Crown Heights home

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his grandmother, whose body was found wrapped in a bedsheet on the ground outside a home in Brooklyn Thursday, police said. Barry James, 32, of Brooklyn, faces a charge of second-degree murder, police said Thursday evening. A passerby found the body of Joyce Spears shortly before 2 a.m. on Union Street near Troy Avenue, police said. That person called 911 and when first responders arrived, they […]

  • Woman wrapped in a bedsheet found dead on the ground in Crown Heights

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A woman wrapped in a bedsheet was found dead on the ground outside a home in Brooklyn Thursday, police said. A passerby found the body shortly before 2 a.m. on Union Street near Troy Avenue, police said. That person called 911 and when first responders arrived, they pronounced the woman dead at the scene. The deceased’s name has not been released and her cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Police said a […]

  • Watch: April the giraffe could be ‘in the home stretch,’ zoo says

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — The wait continues Tuesday for April the giraffe to welcome her fourth calf into the world at an upstate New York zoo. “We would like to think we are in the home stretch – but of course keep our opinions and thoughts to ourselves (as we have been wrong before),” Animal Adventure Park said in an update on Facebook. The zoo began livestreaming from April’s pen in late February. It was initially believed that the calf was […]

  • Police want to talk to man who ‘fell’ into woman on train, grabbed her breasts

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Police want to talk to a straphanger who, while riding a train during the morning rush, fell onto a woman and grabbed her breasts. It happened at about 9 a.m. on Feb. 8 aboard a southbound No. 4 train, police said Monday. NYPD said it was reported to them that the man “lost his balance,” fell onto the woman and grabbed her breasts. After the incident, the woman exited the train at the Bowling Green station. The […]

  • Fire crews respond to Empire State Building

    NEW YORK — Fire crews responded Friday to a blaze at the Empire State Building, according to the FDNY. The call came in about 2:20 p.m. about a fire at 350 Fifth Ave., the location of the iconic skyscraper, a spokesman for the fire department said. He said the fire was possibly on the ground floor, inside a commercial building. Witnesses on the scene said it appeared the incident happened at a Starbucks. No injuries were reported, but businesses were […]

  • Full list of 138 JCPenney stores to close this year

    NEW YORK — JCPenney has revealed the 138 stores expected to close later this year. The full list includes store locations expected to close in June, according to the company. The company said the changes will affect about 5,000 workers nationwide. The liquidation process is scheduled to start on April 17. JCPenney issued a statement: “As part of a continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability, J. C. Penney Company, Inc. will be closing 138 stores, one supply chain facility […]

  • Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax reveal offers rare look into president’s finances

    NEW YORK — A portion of President Donald Trump’s never-released tax returns was revealed Tuesday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show and confirmed by the White House, which derided Maddow for publicizing the documents. Maddow said her team obtained the federal returns — Trump’s 1040 form filed in 2005 — through David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and financial expert who wrote “The Making of Donald Trump.” She said the returns were “handed to” the reporter. “These pages […]

  • Off-duty EMT arrested for allegedly stabbing girlfriend in the stomach: NYPD

    WOODSIDE, Queens — An off-duty EMT was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend in the stomach at her Queens home, police said. Peter Matura, 31, faces charges of assault, grand larceny, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment. He was taken into custody at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Matura works as an FDNY emergency medical technician and was off-duty at the time of the alleged crime, police said.