Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Holiday Filled with Tears
Vigil Held as Locals Mourn with Pakistani, NYPD Communities
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 30- A crowd of nearly 100 gathered outside of Christopher Columbus High School on Astor Avenue for a tearful candlelight vigil held for the 132 school children killed by members of the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The event, hosted by members of the Bronx Park East Community Association on Sunday, December 21, also became somewhat of a vigil after police officer's Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in Brooklyn a day earlier.
Imam Mudassar Husdain of the Masjid Noor ul- Huda Mosque told mourners that the killings, "had nothing to do with Islam, nothing to do with Muslims and nothing to do with honoring our beloved prophet Mohammad."
Husdain added, "We all have different backgrounds, different beliefs, but we do not take each others lives in vain."
Speaking on both horrific acts, local official Joseph McManus said, "It's just a crime, in my opinion the people that performed these acts are cowards."
The crowd as diverse in age as it was in race and nationality then lit candles and held a moment of silence. The crowd would later be asked to sign a poster that would be sent to schoolchildren in Pakistan.
Posted by Bronx News at 11:57 AM
Monday, December 22, 2014
City Mourns 2 Cops Executed
#WenuanLiu #RafaelRamos #NYPD
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 22- The month-long protests against the use of excessive force by members of the NYPD has apparently been put on hold-- as two of New York's Finest were shot dead execution-style on the street's of Brooklyn.
Patrolman Wenuan Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot dead as they sat in their patrol car on Saturday, December 20. Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, would use the same gun to take his own life.
The following day the family of Eric Garner joined Reverend Al Sharpton in denouncing the use of violence against police officers.
Meanwhile, the NYPD has ended lone foot patrols of officers and the NYPD's Auxiliary force who patrol without weapons, has been discontinued until further notice. Officers across the nation have been put on a heightened alert.
In reaction to the latest turn of events, Congressman Peter King told Fox News, "This is an absolute tragedy what occurred in New York, and it's really time for our national leaders, the president, it's time for the mayor of New York and really for many in the media to stop the cop bashing."
Rockland County Executive and former commander of the 47th Precinct detective squad Ed Day, stated, "To know that these brave men were murdered in cold blood should sicken us all... the cowardly act of senseless violence underscores the dangers faced by law enforcement every day."
Despite a pair of officers being assaulted on the Brooklyn Bridge on December 13, police gave Bronx protesters two extra minutes for a seven minute die-in outside the office of Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson's office on December 18.
Police Benevolent President Pat Lynch has publicly blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for the deaths of the two officers and an online campaign reportedly has 50,000 signatures calling for the mayor's resignation.
Rumblings within the police union are even calling for ending all but the most urgent arrests made by officers.
Meanwhile, police have announced a fourth arrest of individuals involved in the Brooklyn Bridge disturbance.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A Tale of Two Cities
Another Deadly Week as Cops Battle Protestors
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 19- The homicide death toll across the borough continues to rise as police officers from across the city are called into Manhattan to manage and control the NYPD protesters who have caused a month-long traffic nightmare during the busy holiday season.
Detectives from the 52nd Precinct were notified after an elderly patient at a local nursing home suffered a laceration to his back and later died at Montefiore Hospital.
Officials say Frank Mercado, 77, a resident of the University Nursing Home on Grand Avenue, died at the hands of a caregiver on December 8. The medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide and police would charge caregiver Cherrylee Young, 41, with criminally negligent homicide and felony assault.
A 17-year-old teen is said to be fighting for his life after being shot three times, including once in the neck.
According to NYPD spokesman detective Michael DeBonis, the
unidentified victim was shot at 7:20 p.m., on December 12, at the corner of Valentine Avenue and Miriam Street in the Bedford Park section.
According to DeBonis, "A 17 year-old male was shot in the neck, stomach and arm and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital.”
DeBonis said of the still-unidentified victim, "He was in serious
condition, but I have not been told he has died.”
Officials believe he was involved in a dispute with another male at the time of the shooting. The gunman then fled the scene.
Detectives from the 52nd Precinct who responded to the scene, were reportedly looking for a light-skinned male Hispanic, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The individual was wearing a ski mask over his face as he fled toward Webster Avenue.
Police are also investigating the shooting death of a male victim,
shot to death on December 14 on East Burnside Avenue.
Cops say the still-unidentified victim was shot one time in the chest and was discovered in the street by police officers from the 44th Precinct at 4:45 a.m., he died a short time later at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Police have no suspects or motive at this time.
A little more that an hour later police from the 45th Precinct in Throggs Neck were called to a home at 6 a.m., after a father discovered his two month-old daughter unconscious and unresponsive.
Investigators say Diana Rivera was rushed to Jacobi Hospital where she died. The child reportedly had bruises on her backside and an arm.
Detectives continue to investigate as they wait for the report from the medical examiners office.
Posted by Bronx News at 10:59 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wakefield News: $12G Reward Offered to Catch Cops’ Attackers: $12G Reward Offered to Catch Cops’ Attackers BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 17- On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m....
Posted by Bronx News at 9:54 AM
$12G Reward Offered to Catch Cops’ Attackers
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 17- On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., two New York City Police Department lieutenants were walking along the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge, monitoring a large crowd of demonstrators crossing into Brooklyn on the vehicular roadway below. While following the crowd, the two lieutenants, both of whom were wearing NYPD jackets, observed a male suspect attempt to throw a large garbage can down onto the roadway below, where other demonstrators and police officers were walking. The lieutenants stopped the man from throwing the garbage can and attempted to take the individual into custody, at which time the suspect violently resisted and other demonstrators intervened, pulling the suspect away from police. During the struggle, the demonstrators punched and kicked the lieutenants while attempting to remove the officers' police department radios and NYPD jackets.
As a result of the actions by those who helped prevent the lawful arrest, the suspect was able to escape but was captured a short time later. Before he ran away, however, officers were able to retain the suspect’s backpack, found to contain a black ski mask, three hammers wrapped in plastic, personal papers, and a small quantity of marijuana. Both lieutenants were transported to Lower Manhattan Hospital in stable condition: one sustained a broken nose, and both sustained multiple cuts and bruises. Both were treated and released.
Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, the NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating seven suspects wanted in connection with the incident, and nine witnesses who may be able to provide information valuable to the inquest.
A $12,000 combined reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case: Crime Stoppers has offered $2,000, and Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot has offered $10,000.
Anyone with information regarding these suspects, these witnesses, or this incident in general, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or 1-800-COP-SHOT. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.
Posted by Bronx News at 9:53 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wakefield News: Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Mom: Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Mom Son Pens Letter of Pain BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 11- It was a misplaced sense of loyalty tha...
Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Mom
Son Pens Letter of Pain
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 11- It was a misplaced sense of loyalty that killed an innocent bystander and has now landed 30-year-old Joseph Diaz behind bars for 25 years, following his conviction on manslaughter in the first degree, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced.
Diaz’ aim was to prove his loyalty to a friend who had lost a fistfight, when he aimed a gun at the man with whom the friend had the dispute. But the shooter, who even has a tattoo of the word “Loyalty” emblazoned across his neck, had bad aim – and instead killed a young mother, Aisha Santiago.
When Diaz fired a half-dozen shots with a .45-caliber semi-automatic. He did so during the 3 o’clock hour on one of the Bronx’s busiest streets, with the sidewalks at Willis Avenue & East 146th Street teeming with pedestrians, including mothers walking their children home from school.
The 25-year-old Santiago took a bullet straight to her heart, crumpling arms-length away from her 9-year-old son, and dying as she tried to crawl to her little boy.
That little boy, now a 14-year-old teenager, submitted a victim impact statement to the Court (in its entirety below), asking that Diaz “gets what he deserves.”
“There’s not a day I don’t think how my life would [have] been if she was still here…
“All I want is my mom back in my life and finish raising me and helping me [learn] right from wrong…”
“I never want to disappoint my mom but I’m not doing all the right things and making good decisions. But I do whatever I can possibly do to make her proud and see her smile.”
Diaz was sentenced to 25 years in prison with an additional five years post-release supervision by Supreme Court Justice Barbara F. Newman.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
NYPD Scrambles to Cover Rash of Homicides as Protests Continue
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 10- As NYPD officials are about to enjoy yet another all-time record low for homicides, but despite the cold and wet weather police reported no less than eight shootings in the first week of December-- including at least five homicides.
As uniformed officers have been diverted out of the borough by the van loads to cover the NYPD protests in Manhattan, detectives are now investigating five homicides that occurred in the last week.
On December 1, police say two men and a woman were shot outside of 1932 Jerome Avenue and all were expected to recover.
Police captured all three suspects a short distance away and two handguns were reportedly recovered at the scene.
On December 2, police say Dune Janelle Jacobs, 31, a Manhattan chef returning home from work, was shot once in the head at 1 a.m. along East 213 Street in the Williamsbridge section.
Police have made no arrests in the case and were looking for three men who were seen fleeing in a white vehicle.
At 5:30 p.m. on December 5, police say Timothy Hairston, 27, was shot several times in the chest outside of the Lincoln Care Drugs along East 165 Street in the Melrose section. Hairston died a short time later at Lincoln Hospital.
On December 6, a 14 year-old was shot along East 213 Street near White Plains Road. The victim was shot in the arm at 10 a.m. and was treated and released from Jacobi Hospital.
Police were looking for the male gunman and the female who police say took the gun after the shooting and fled in a gray Nissan Sentra.
Cops were also looking for the gunman who shot three victims outside of Club Miami on Bruckner Boulevard and Alexander Avenue in the Mott Haven section.
That incident was reported at 3:30 a.m. on December 7. EMS reported a 26-year-old man was shot in both legs. A 30-year-old man was shot in the thigh and a woman also shot, were transported to a local hospital by a civilian auto.
Investigators were looking for the gunman who was wearing black jeans, gray sweatshirt and white sneakers and who fled in a red Jeep Cherokee with a smashed drivers side window.
At just after 4 p.m. on December 8, police were called to East 168 Street and discovered a male in his 30's shot repeatedly inside his black BMW outside of the Ultimate Gas Station.
Police sources stated that two victims had been shot through the car's windshield and speculated that the killing was a "carjacking gone wrong," and investigators continue to investigate.
The second victim was also shot in the chest and was reported to be recovering at Lincoln Hospital.
Minutes later police were called to Macombs Road in the Mount Eden section, where police say Willie Lora, 21, was shot in the chest inside the building where he lived.
Lora was rushed to Bronx Lebanon where he died.
On December 8, police revealed that officers performing a wellness check found a woman dead on December 3rd, has been ruled a homicide.
Police now say that the woman identified as Cynthia Taylor, 51, had been stabbed multiple times in the torso inside her Clarke Street apartment in the Concourse section.
The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide. Police had no suspects at this time.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Wakefield News: Bronx Political Icon Badillo Laid to Rest: Bronx Political Icon Badillo Laid to Rest By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 8 - Often called a trailblazer for becoming ...
Bronx Political Icon Badillo Laid to Rest
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 8- Often called a trailblazer for becoming the first Puerto Rican to hold the office of Bronx Borough President, as well as becoming the nation’s first Latino elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Herman Badillo has died at the age of 85.
According to his longtime friend and spokesman George Arzt, Badillo died on December 3, from complications related to congestive heart failure at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital in Manhattan.
Badillo was a young lawyer who had served as New York Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development before entering politics when he was elected Borough President in 1966.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, Badillo served four terms representing New York's 21st District in the South Bronx.
In 1977, Badillo stepped down from Congress to become deputy mayor of New York City under then Mayor Ed Koch from 1978 - 1979.
Badillo ran five unsuccessful campaigns for mayor of New York City- in his last attempt he was defeated by Michael Bloomberg in 2001. Badillo would later assist in Bloomberg's reelection campaign in 2005.
In recent years, Badillo was a senior counsel for the personal injury law firm Parker Waichman Alonso.
In a prepared statement announcing Badillo's death, George Arzt stated, "He lost many elections but gained respect as a real fighter and as the nation’s highest-ranking Puerto Rican office holder."
Governor Andrew Cuomo said of Badillo, "From his tenure as Bronx Borough President to his work leading the CUNY Board of Trustees, he was a shining example of how a dedication to civil service can make a difference in the world around us."
Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., said of Badillo,"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a man whom I looked up to as a role model and who represented Latinos, Bronxites and all New Yorkers as an exemplary public servant."
Badillo was laid to rest after a private service held on December 7 at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan. He is survived by his wife Gail and son David from a previous marriage.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Man Beats Friend to Death After Coming from Church
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 3- Police are looking for a dapper gunman with one drooping-eyelid and his two cohorts, who calmly waited for the gunman to take a haircut— before they robbed the joint and ran away with the shop’s cash register.
Cops were called to the Alante Barber Shop on Westchester Avenue in the Longwood section at just before 10 p.m. on November 29.
Police say that after getting his haircut the man produced a gun and the suspects preceded to rob the other customers, before fleeing down the street with the shops cash register.
Police say no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
Detectives quickly pulled surveillance camera video that they would release to the media.
As quickly as police obtained the video, police identified the gunman as Ramael Pierson, 24, and would release a police mug shot of him from a 2008 arrest.
In the photo Pierson's left eye is nearly shut, possibly a medical condition as no swelling is evident.
Police could not immediately say if a witness identified Pierson or from facial recognition software now used daily by the NYPD.
Attempts to reach the shop owner were unsuccessful.
Police have asked anyone who has any information on the trio to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls remain confidential.