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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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  • A New Jersey Transit rail car is seen at Penn Station during the morning commute on September 30, 2016 in New York. 
The New Jersey Transit system experienced a disrupted schedule after a commuter train crashed into the Hoboken, New Jersey terminal. A speeding commuter train that plowed into a New Jersey station during morning rush hour September 29, 2016, killing one person and injuring 114, has caused major destruction at the transport hub and gateway to Manhattan.  / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

    NJ Transit train service suspended between NYC, Newark Penn Station

    NEW JERSEY — Service is back on several New Jersey Transit lines that were not running between New York City and Newark Penn Station Thursday morning because of fire department activity near Portal Bridge, authorities said. The suspension lasted about 30 minutes. Rail service resumed with delays just before 10:30 a.m. The following lines were affected, according to New Jersey Transit: Northeast Corridor North Jersey Coast Raritan Valley Morris & Essex Montclair-Boonton All midtown direct trains were diverted in and […]

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    9 arrested on suspicion of selling heroin, oxycodone in Staten Island

    NEW YORK — A suspected drug ring that sold opioids in Staten Island, hard hit by the heroin epidemic, has been busted with the arrests of nine individuals in New York and Arizona, federal authorities said Wednesday. Eight individuals were arrested in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and another was arrested in Arizona. They’re accused of selling heroin and oxycodone in Staten Island between September 2016 and January 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. […]

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    Britax recalls 676,000 strollers due to fall hazard

    Hundreds of thousands of strollers made by Britax are being recalled after dozens of children were hurt when the car seats suddenly detached from the stroller and fell, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. Britax has received 33 reports of car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers and falling to the ground. In those instances, 26 children were hurt, suffering injuries that included scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps to their head. Some 676,000 strollers are being recalled that used with […]

  • A GoFundMe page set up by Karina Vetrano's father Phil has raised more than $200,000. (GoFundMe)

    Karina Vetrano’s parents indicate they are aware of person of interest in jogger’s slaying

    HOWARD BEACH, Queens – The parents of Karina Vetrano, killed while on a jog through a marshy area in Queens, said on Thursday it’s “just a matter of days” before an arrest is made in the slaying of their daughter, but high-ranking police sources are refuting the family’s claim and no NYPD officials were present at the afternoon news conference. From outside their home in Howard Beach, Cathie and Phil Vetrano urged the killer and their relatives to come forward. […]

  • A plow works to clear city streets on Feb. 9, 2016.(NYC DOT)

    Storm marks 1st test of city’s new $21 million plowing fleet fit for residential streets

    NEW YORK – The mayor has a message for residents in the outer boroughs who were frustrated by the city’s blizzard response last year: this time will be better. Thursday’s monster storm was called “unusual” by Mayor Bill de Blasio as he relayed the news that in just two hours on Thursday morning, 6 inches of snow had fallen at La Guardia Airport. That fast-accumulating snow recalls conditions from a blizzard that hit the region in January 2016, a storm […]

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    Amber Alert: Father, 2-year-old daughter found in the Bronx

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 2-year-old girl and her father have been found Tuesday afternoon, hours after state police named the pair as the subjects of an Amber Alert, authorities said. Johnny Woo and his daughter Kim Woo were located on the Major Deegan Expressway, officials said. A law enforcement source told PIX11 News both are unharmed and the father is in custody. He was charged with assault and harassment. An Amber Alert was issued for the pair, announcing that Woo was […]

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    Cause of death released for 3-year-old Jaden Jordan

    GRAVESEND, Brooklyn  — The cause of death was released Thursday for a 3-year-old boy who died from extreme abuse, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, authorities said. Jaden Jordan died from “abusive head and neck trauma,” according to the city’s medical examiner. His death has been ruled a homicide. The toddler had a fractured skull and lacerated spleen and liver when child welfare workers arrived at his Brooklyn home on Nov. 28, 2016. His mother’s boyfriend, Salvatore Lucchesse, […]

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    Pay raises, body cameras part of agreement reached between NYC, police union

    NEW YORK — The city and NYPD union reached a tentative agreement for the first time in five years that includes higher pay for community police officers and raises for officers who wear body cameras, devices that will be mandatory for all NYPD patrol officers come 2019, city officials announced Tuesday. For months, NYPD officers have followed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s every move, rallying outside his daily workout spot and Gracie Mansion to demand a pay raise. “This agreement is the […]

  • A winter wonderland in Roslyn Heights, New York. (Perri SIlverstein)

    Winter weather advisory issued for parts NY, NJ

    NEW YORK — Snow moved in to the tri-state on Tuesday, prompting a winter weather advisory to be issued for the norther suburbs and parts of northeast New Jersey. The advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. and applies to Passaic, Bergen, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and northern Westchester counties, according to the National Weather Service. Counties in Connecticut — New Haven, Middlesex and New London — are under that advisory until midnight, the agency said. In the lower Hudson Valley […]

  • In this handout from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a histopathology of measles pneumonia is seen in this microscope image from 1972. Measles outbreaks have been reported throughout the U.S., with the latest reported February 5, 2015 at a daycare in suburban Chicago where as many as five children under the age of one have been infected. (Photo by CDC via Getty Images)

    Health officials warn of possible measles exposure in Hudson County, NJ

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A New Jersey man who contracted measles while overseas may have exposed that highly contagious virus to others at several places in Jersey City, health officials said Friday, urging residents and visitors in that area to compare their behavior to that of the patient to see if they may be at risk. “We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations,” […]