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Smoker causes stir for airport security

A man looking for a place to smoke a cigarette at Kennedy Airport's Terminal 8 created a stir Thursday when he opened a security door leading to the area where aircraft are parked at the gate, Port Authority officials said.

American Airlines ground employees surrounded the man, 42, and called Port Authority police. The man was arrested on criminal trespassing charges, Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said. His name wasn't released.

The man went through the door from inside the terminal near gate 6 about 2:45 p.m.

-- Keith Herbert

Cops: Yonkers home had weapons stash

A Bronx man awaiting trial at Rikers Island in the attempted killing of a police officer stored rifles, handguns and about 5,000 rounds of ammunition in the basement of a six-family Yonkers home, prompting a brief neighborhood evacuation, police said Thursday.

Police removed the weapons, which included high-capacity magazines and "military-type smoke canisters," Yonkers police said. Also found were NYPD badges and IDs.

A law-enforcement official identified the man who rented the storage space as Antonio Olmeda, 53, who is awaiting trial after authorities said he shot at two police officers in Queens in December.

There was no word on whether he will face new charges connected with the weapons cache.

-- Ken Schachter

and Nik Bonopartis

City eyes tough laws for business cyclists

The City Council wants to put the brakes on commercial bicyclists who disregard the rules of the road.

The council's transportation committee introduced four bills Thursday aimed at educating business owners and their delivery employees who use bikes about the city's traffic laws and pushing for more enforcement.

Transportation committee chairman James Vacca said there are too many instances in which riders put themselves and pedestrians in danger when they rush to get food to their customers.

"Nothing is more important than safety. This isn't the Wild West," he said.

One of the bills would enforce a $100 fine on business owners who don't provide their riders with helmets, bells, vests or education on the rules. Another bill would force commercial bike riders to take a safety course and be certified.

The Department of Transportation supported three of the four bills, but said forcing riders to get safety certification might be too difficult and costly.


At least 16 injured in Queens pileup

A four-vehicle pileup involving a school bus, MTA bus and two other cars left at least 16 people hurt Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The unidentified school bus driver slammed into the cars at the corner of 108th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway in Forest Hills at around 2:30 p.m., NYPD and MTA officials said, sending one of the cars into the MTA bus.

No children were on the school bus, according to NYPD and education spokeswomen.

At least 16 people, most of whom were riding the MTA bus, were injured, four of them seriously, according to the FDNY. Fourteen of them were rushed to area hospitals in stable condition, and at least four had been released by Thursday night. Two others were treated at the scene.


Police chase in Bronx ends with 8 injured

At least eight people, including two police officers, were injured during a police chase Thursday morning on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, officials said.

The officers were following a car after checking the plates and finding out it had been stolen, a police spokesman said.

A police spokesman would not confirm the report, and said the accident was still under investigation. An FDNY spokesman said six civilians and two police officers were taken to Lincoln Hospital. A hospital spokesman was unsure if they were released Thursday night.

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