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NY Man Arrested in Paula Deen Extortion Plot

NY Man Arrested in Paula Deen Extortion Plot

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — A New York man who allegedly tried to extort a $250,000 from former Food Network star Paula Deen was arrested today by federal authorities.Thomas George Paculis, 62, of Newfield, N.Y., was arrested this morning o…

Statue of Liberty Reopens on Fourth of July

Statue of Liberty Reopens on Fourth of July

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time since Superstorm Sandy, the Statue of Liberty opened to visitors on July 4.According to USA Today, the first ferries to Liberty Island arrived at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday with guests able to purchase …

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Inspired by New York Home Port

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Inspired by New York Home Port

Norwegian Cruise Line(NEW YORK) — The cruise industry’s been in the news a lot recently, but not for good reasons. Carnival Cruise Line in particular has had more than its fair share of bad press, starting with the stranding at sea of passengers for f…

New York Gunman Shot and Killed After 20-Hour Standoff

New York Gunman Shot and Killed After 20-Hour Standoff

Courtesy New York State Police(NEW YORK) — Police and SWAT teams in upstate New York on Thursday shot and killed the man suspected of killing several individuals before holing himself up in an abandoned building for nearly 20 hours.

Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk, N.Y., is believed to have killed four people and wounded two others during a shooting spree Wednesday morning that ended when Myers shot at police officers and ran to hide in the abandoned building.

New York State police said on Thursday that after nearly 20 hours of engaging in a stand-off with Myers, they sent a police K-9 into the abandoned building ahead of armed officers.  Myers shot at and killed the dog.

SWAT team members and state police then stormed the building, shooting and killing Myers, they said.

The standoff began around 11 a.m. Wednesday, following his shooting spree that began two hours earlier when Myers set fire to his home in Mohawk.

Police believe he then took a shotgun and drove to John’s Barber Shop in Mohawk where he killed Harry Montgomery, 68, of Mohawk, and Michael Rancier, 57, of Herkimer.  He also wounded shop owner John Seymour and customer named Dan Haslauer, New York state Police Commissioner Joseph D’Amico said.

He drove to Gaffey’s car wash in neighboring Herkimer where he gunned down Thomas Stefka, an employee at the car wash, and Michael Renshaw, before fleeing to the abandoned building.

There, he fired at approaching police officers and then disappeared into the building.

State police and FBI SWAT team members surrounded the building and began a standoff with Myers.  They said on Wednesday that they did not want to rush into the building out of caution for officers’ safety. 

Police still do not know the motive for the shootings.

Fred Randall, who lives next door to Myers, told ABC News that Meyers is an older man who lives alone and has never been friendly to him.

Rendall said he would try to say “good morning,” a greeting that the neighbor usually did not return.

Schools in Herkimer and Mohawk remain closed on Thursday due to the standoff.

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Suspect Julio Acevedo Arrested in Fatal NY Family Hit-and-Run

Suspect Julio Acevedo Arrested in Fatal NY Family Hit-and-Run

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Julio Acevedo, the ex-con wanted in the hit-and-run death of a New York City couple and their baby, surrendered to police in Pennsylvania Wednesday, four days after the fatal high-speed crash.Acevedo will be extr…

Suspect in Brooklyn Hit and Run Wants to Turn Himself In

Suspect in Brooklyn Hit and Run Wants to Turn Himself In

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The suspect wanted in the hit-and-run death of a Brooklyn couple and their baby says he is ready to turn himself in, but still remains on the lam from police, according to ABC News’ WABC-TV in New York, which rea…

Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Killed Parents, Baby, Has Recent DWI Arrest

Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Killed Parents, Baby, Has Recent DWI Arrest

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Julio Acevedo, the suspect identified Monday in a hit-and-run accident that killed a young couple and their baby was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated just last month, according to New York Police Depart…

British Nurse Arrested in Connection to Cannibalism Case

British Nurse Arrested in Connection to Cannibalism Case

Gilberto Valle (Image Credit: Myspace)(NEW YORK) — As the trial of the police officer accused of planning to cannibalize a number of women continues in New York, police in Great Britain said they have arrested two men believed to be associated with th…

New Donation-Based Program Provides Food Stamps for Pets

New Donation-Based Program Provides Food Stamps for Pets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do?A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who other…

Samsung Galaxy S4 to Be Announced on March 14 in New York

Samsung Galaxy S4 to Be Announced on March 14 in New York

Samsung(NEW YORK) — The rumors were true: Samsung will unveil its next flagship Android smartphone — the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S IVa — on March 14 at a press conference in New York City. The company sent out invitations to members of the press Monday …

New York Pol Under Fire for Blackface Costume

New York Pol Under Fire for Blackface Costume

Michael Nagle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A New York politician is under fire for wearing blackface for the Jewish holiday of Purim — in which people traditionally wear costumes — over the weekend.Democrat and Orthodox Jewish power broker Dov…

NY Man Posts Resume on Candy Bar, Lands Job

NY Man Posts Resume on Candy Bar, Lands Job

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For any job searcher, there is nothing quite as sweet as landing a job in a tough economy. For one specific job seeker, Nick Begley, of New York, the sweetness was in how he landed the job.Begley, 32, used the label …

LISTEN: 911 Call Shows Terror of NY River Plane Crash

LISTEN: 911 Call Shows Terror of NY River Plane Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The newly released 911 call from the small plane that crashed in New York’s Hudson River Sunday night shows the terror inside the cockpit as the passenger and pilot struggled to save their lives.“We&rsquo…

Breezy Point, NY, Couple Surprised by Rebuilt Home After Sandy

Breezy Point, NY, Couple Surprised by Rebuilt Home After Sandy

ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York resident Jeanne Metz never stopped praying.“We never, ever felt that God would forsake us,” Metz told ABC News.She and her husband, Burt Metz, lost their home in Breezy Point, part of New York City’s Que…

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes ‘Toughest Assault Weapon Ban in the Nation’

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes ‘Toughest Assault Weapon Ban in the Nation’

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a plan Wednesday to give his state some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.In his annual State of the State address, Cuomo promised to “enact the toughest a…

NY Couple Says Allstate Short-Changed Them, Put Home in Ad

NY Couple Says Allstate Short-Changed Them, Put Home in Ad

PRNewsFoto/Allstate Insurance Co.(NEW YORK) — A Staten Island, N.Y., couple said their insurance company short-changed them after Superstorm Sandy destroyed their home, and then used their house in a commercial.In October, Sheila Traina, 64, and her h…

ASPCA Helps Superstorm Sandy Victims Reclaim Missing Pets

ASPCA Helps Superstorm Sandy Victims Reclaim Missing Pets

ASPCA(NEW YORK) — Three months after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, devastating parts of New York and New Jersey, thousands of victims still await aid from the government, while lost animals wait to be found by their owners.Now, the American Society …

New York County Won’t Release Names of Residents with Gun Permits

New York County Won’t Release Names of Residents with Gun Permits

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Officials from Putnam County, N.Y., say they won’t give in to a newspaper’s demand to release the names of residents with pistol permits.Last Dec. 23, The Journal News caused a stir when it released the names and …

Girl, 7, Reunited with Stolen Dog on Christmas

Girl, 7, Reunited with Stolen Dog on Christmas

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A 7-year-old girl’s Christmas wish came true when New York City cops nabbed the Grinch that stole her dog and a good Samaritan helped reunite her with the missing pooch.On Christmas Day, Mia Bendray, 7, wrapped her arms around Mar…

Is This the Real Santa Claus?

Is This the Real Santa Claus?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You could call him St. Nicholas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, the man in the big red suit or even the man with the white beard, but the only name one New York man will answer to is this: Santa Claus.That&rsq…

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