For many New Yorkers, it was surprising over 24 hours — or more precisely, what did not happen.
Even the NYPD was surprised upon learning that the murder rate has dropped 25 percent for the first half of 2013 – coming off a record low last year.
Rogelio Rodriguez, 34, was arraigned on murder, manslaughter and other charges, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
The two men whose bodies were found in a brush fire in Queens were killed for trying to rob drug dealers, police said.
Two men were acquitted of a double murder in Newark Tuesday, but were both convicted of multiple related charges.
The families of three college-bound friends murdered in a Newark schoolyard in 2007 have reached a $5 million settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit against the city and state.
The suspect in the murders of three Brooklyn shopkeepers was indicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges.
Murders are up 71 percent, shootings have increased 29 percent and auto thefts jumped 39 percent for the first three months of this year.
The city’s murder rate is on pace for a double-digit increase this year, but New York Police Department officials said, when put in context, it was not alarming.