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Apr 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 3-month-old boy dies in Bronx


A 3-month-old baby boy died after being found unconscious at a Bronx apartment, cops said on Sunday.


Little Mark Ruane was unresponsive after his mother called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday from their home along Ogden Ave. near 166th St. in High Bridge, according to police.


First responders rushed the baby to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, but he did not survive.


The medical examiner did not immediately determine a cause of death.

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The child’s parents were identified as Mark Ruane and Alexondra Ambrocini in court documents lodged against the city’s embattled Administration for Children’s Services.


The father claims that social workers Keisha Foster and Melissa McKenzie falsified a case against the couple in 2015. The investigation ultimately led to the agency taking another child out of his custody for nine months, he wrote in court documents filed in the U.S. Southern District of New York.


ACS responded to Ruane’s complaint in March and said its employees ordered “an emergency removal” of the couple’s newborn child, Emerald, due to alleged drug use.


The baby was taken from Metropolitan Hospital Center shortly after birth on Feb. 27, 2015, documents state.

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The agency alleges the mother tested positive for cocaine the day before giving birth, based on a tip that Ruane disputes. He tested positive for methadone.


Family court documents show Ruane was undergoing methadone treatment in April 2016 while the child’s mother was seeking mental health help.


Ruane frequently expressed frustrations with the agency on Facebook, at one point sharing a meme comparing Child Protection Services workers to horror villain Freddy Kreuger.


Additionally, Ruane listed himself as a former public liaison for Truth Exposed, a Facebook page that hails itself as a support group for families “facing the unjust system of Child Protective Services and Family Courts.”


Despite his grievances, he wrote an alarming Facebook post a month before little Mark’s death, suggesting he would consider calling child protective services on his wife.


“I hate CPS,” Ruane wrote on March 27. “I don’t wanna call them but she won’t communicate and assure me my kids are safe after I read an email from her mom to her dad saying she almost killed my two month old.”


Days earlier, he penned a note asking for a new court date, claiming complications due to moving and a break-up.


“My co-plaintiff and I are no longer together and I am in the process of moving my things out of the apartment,” he wrote.


Ruane’s Facebook page chronicles apparent sobriety milestones and often states that he misses his children. He said he was looking forward to seeing them and his partner in mid-April.


A building superintendent told the Daily News he recalled seeing Ruane and the child’s mother pushing a stroller on Friday.

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Apr 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Visionary Olympian Herb McKenley and Penn Relays


The great Jamaican Olympian Herbert Henry (Herb) McKenley made a major impact in the track and field world — winning individual silver medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and remaining the only runner to reach the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter Olympic finals.



But the long and impressive list of McKenley’s career highlights touted on the Jamaica Information Service’s “Famous Jamaicans” Web pages does not mention his pivotal role in bringing Jamaican high school athletes to the Penn Relays track meet — and exposing thousands of athletes to the U.S. and the world.


Years after his hey days in the 1940s, which included running on a half-dozen winning relays for the University of Illinois at Philadelphia’s Penn Relays, McKenely (then as president of Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association) suggested in 1963 that Jamaica’s Kingston College High School enter the Philadelphia competition, according a 2014 Philly.com interview with Donovan Davis, the Kingston College coach at the time.


The sole scholastic Jamaican team competing, the boys of Kingston College, came in 1964 and won the 4×100 meter relay in meet record time. They also won the race in 1965.



McKenley, who died on 2007, lived to see one visiting Jamaican team grow into scores of schools flocking go the Penn Relays. This year, a cavalcade of boys and girls from 36 teams Jamaica high schools — many who took part in the highly-competitive ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships earlier this month — are among the 2017 participating squads at Penn.


And there are also teams from Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands following the path set by Jamaican teams.


The 2017 Penn Relays take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. For information and tickets on the Penn Relays, visit www.thepennrelays.com


FIGHT FOR HAITIANS’ STATUS


A united call for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti will be made from the steps of City Hall tomorrow at 1 p.m. by Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Brooklyn), the Haitian-American Council for Unity and Empowerment, Haitian Solidarity Inc., elected officials, community leaders and local organizations.


First granted after the 2010 earthquake, TPS status for Haiti, after several extensions, is due to expire on July 22. TPS — granted for nationals of countries affected by environmental disasters, ongoing armed conflicts and other circumstances — allows temporary stays in the U.S.

USA Today recently reported that acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services James McCament, in a letter, stated that conditions in Haiti have improved enough to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians.


Last December, the City Council voted in favor of a Eugene-sponsored bill to extend the Haiti TPS. Last month, the council member started a petition to get public support for the extension of TPS. The petition can be signed at www.haititpsrenewal.com.


READY FOR JAMAICA’S 55th ANNIVERSARY


Under the theme “Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad,” the Caribbean nation of Jamaica will mark its 55th independence anniversary this year with a series of special events, including the Jamaica 55 Biennial Diaspora Conference July 23 to 26.


Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, will announce anniversary activities at a launch event on Friday in Philadelphia, according to Jamaica Consul General Trudy Deans in New York.


On Tuesday evening at the Jamaica Consulate in Manhattan, Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade host a kickoff for the conference, held in the theme, “Partnering for Growth.” For information, call the Jamaica at (212) 935-9000.



EARTH DAY AND THE CARIBBEAN


Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, penned a 2017 Earth Day message from the regional organization, titled “Environmental and Climate Literacy – The Caribbean is Taking Action.”


As the world pauses to celebrate Earth Day today, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to declare its support for actions that make a difference.


It is no secret that the very foundation of Caribbean tourism is our unparalleled natural environment; one that is rich in biodiversity, is virtually unpolluted, boasts landscapes that draw visitors from across the globe, and sustains life and livelihood. In the Caribbean we have a sacred duty to protect these assets by insisting on the development and adoption of sustainable tourism practices, while responsibly sharing our natural treasures with travellers to our shores.



As the Caribbean’s tourism development agency whose purpose is: Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean, the CTO is intimately attuned with the need to respect our earth. It is our belief that there will always be conflict between respect for our planet and the desire to profit from invaluable natural assets that we possess. Moreover, we must recognize that destroying our planet in pursuit of economic growth is an existential threat to both present and future generations.

It is for this very reason that the CTO strives to position the Caribbean as a truly sustainable tourism region — a region that leads the global response to climate change by pursuing carbon neutrality, one that actively manages its land, water, and energy resources and decisively employs technologies that drive resource efficiencies across its tourism supply chains. CTO will also continue to provide the relevant authorities with the tools and data necessary to activate tourism policies and regulations that serve the best interest of the region, while advocating for more responsible behaviour from the larger nations around the world.



We are pleased that Earth Day 2017 focuses on Environmental and Climate Literacy, as we have been developing our Caribbean Tourism Climatic Bulletin in partnership with our colleagues at the Caribbean Institute for Metrology and Hydrology (CIMH). Once finalized, this bulletin will be a guiding tool for tourism policymakers and businesses to better understand how climate change will impact their livelihoods, and how they can adapt for success while contributing to a better state of affairs.


When seeking to protect our planet, one of the greatest challenges is to enlist all citizens to join the effort. The Caribbean Tourism Organization, through its trained professionals and in conjunction with global and regional partners, is pleased to provide guidance and information on how the actions of any individual can be an effective part of the solution. Happy Earth Day 2017.


LOVER’S ROCK DOCUMENTARY


“The Story of Lovers Rock,” a 2011 Menelik Shabazz documentary about the popular and seductive sub genre of reggae music, will be screened Saturday in Manhattan as part of the African Diaspora International Film Festival.

The screening will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St., at 1 p.m. For information, call (212) 864-1760, send email to info@nyadiff.org and visit www.nyadiff.org.



TEARS FOR HIGH JUMPER GERMAINE MASON


Condolences poured in last week for Olympic medal-winning track and field athlete Germaine Mason, who died Thursday in a motorcycle accident on April 20 in Jamaica, according to the Associated Press.

Mason apparently lost control of his Honda motorcycle before dawn in St. Andrew Parish, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement. The 34-year-old athlete died later at a local hospital. Mason was born in Jamaica but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing and won a silver medal in the high jump.



Last week, British Athletics tweeted that “On first night of the #WorldRelays, @BritAthletics teams will wear black ribbons on their vests in memory of British athlete Germaine Mason.” The two-day 2017 IAAF World Relays began yesterday in the Bahamas.

“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man,” said senior high jump coach Fuzz Caan of British Athletics. “He had a wry sense of humor and was a pleasure to be around. He was a great ambassador of British high jumping.”


The Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica reported on its website that several other athletes, including sprinter Usain Bolt, turned up at the accident scene immediately after crash, which occurred around 4:30 a.m.



“Usain Bolt was part of the group that came by and he was very, very emotional, and still is,” Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen told the BBC.


Bolt’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ewan Scott, records director at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, told The Associated Press that the island’s governing body for track and field has “not heard of any of our athletes being part of this incident.”

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Apr 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man charged with attempting to rape teen at Midtown mall

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Apr 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: City releases 400 herring into Bronx River to restore population


The city Parks Department restocked the Bronx River with 400 live herring shipped from Connecticut on Thursday.


The small fish were shot out of a large hose connected to a truck directly into the river by Boston Road and the Bronx River Parkway. The release is part of ongoing efforts to restore the native migratory fish run into the city’s largest freshwater river.


Despite the differing demographics, the herring are expected to get along with the current wildlife in the river, said a fisheries biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy.


The restock was conducted with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Bronx River Alliance, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Officials expect it will take three to four years to bring the herring population back to prior levels.

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While there, a Parks Department worker tried to help a duck with a bottle cap stuck to its beak, but the duck flew away before the cap could be removed.

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Apr 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: De Blasio’s ‘City Hall in Your Borough’ tour is headed to Bronx


The mayor’s effort to bring City Hall to the boroughs is headed to the Bronx.


Mayor de Blasio announced the next installment of his “City Hall in Your Borough” tour on Twitter Thursday, with a short video saying he planned to head to Bronx Borough Hall in late May.


The first part of the endeavor brought de Blasio to Staten Island — the city’s most Republican borough. But the Bronx is likely to put him in a different kind of enemy territory — de Blasio, a devoted Boston Red Sox fan, will be in New York Yankees territory.


The mayor hasn’t attended a Yankee game since taking office, though he’s been to other events at the stadium and has seen the Mets play — and been booed by Mets fans on opening day four years running.

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The Bronx Bombers will be in town the same week the mayor is, making a mayoral visit to the ballpark “a safe bet,” spokesman Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter.


As he did in Staten Island, the mayor and his team will work out of Borough Hall for the week — where he’ll be hosted by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


While Diaz is a fellow Democrat, his relationship with the mayor is a little less friendly than the one between de Blasio and Staten Island’s Republican Borough President James Oddo.


Diaz, an ally of the mayor’s foe Gov. Cuomo, has taken plenty of shots at de Blasio — and for a while was coy about possibly mounting a primary challenge that never materialized.


“Like all New Yorkers, Bronxites demand exceptional service and prompt responses from their government,” Diaz said in a statement. “Bringing City Hall directly to The Bronx will provide my constituents with an opportunity to get direct answers from various agencies, learn more about the future of the city and interact with the highest levels of municipal government.


“I look forward to a productive and substantive week as we welcome Mayor de Blasio to The Bronx in late May.”

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Apr 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 19 members of Bronx’s ‘Slut Gang’ indicted on various charges


A 19-person Bronx crew known as the “Slut Gang” terrorized Co-Op City and the Boston Secor Houses, flooding the area with drugs and violence, prosecutors charged in an indictment Thursday.


The crew with nicknames like “Loopy,” “Crom Gunz” and “Yoda” typically referred to each other as “Slut” or “Slutz,” and used various S-shaped symbols to demonstrate their membership, papers show.


They face a variety of charges including attempted murder, robbery and trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.


“One Time For SECOR, Those My Guys #SLUTS” Randall “Twin Po” wrote on social media in May 2014, according to papers.

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“Listen #SS (SecorSlutgang) welcome home the sluts!” he also wrote in March of that year.


Prosecutors said the North Bronx crew “committed an enormous amount of fatal and non-fatal violence” from 2010 to 2017, “including shootings, stabbings, slashings, beatings, and robberies.”


The Slut Gang waged war with rival crews, the 2Fly Ygz based in the Eastchester Gardens houses and the Big Money Bosses, based on White Plains Road, according to the indictment.


Papers specify that on Aug. 25, 2016 Frank “Nitty” Rosa and Tyrone “Loopy” Bailey robbed a drug trafficker at gunpoint.

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Bailey is also charged with extortion for holding up a trafficker of untaxed cigarettes at gunpoint.


Members of the squad were due before a magistrate judge Thursday afternoon. It was unclear why the gang named itself Slut Gang.

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Apr 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Career criminal struggled to recall murder because he was stoned


At first, he didn’t remember pumping six bullets into a friend in a pot-fueled frenzy.


Then he did.


Jamel Burney — a man with 86 prior arrests — initially claimed a foggy memory about fatally shooting Michael Vermong on March 29 on Bainbridge Ave. near E. 205th St. in the Bronx.


“I don’t remember much. I blacked out,” Burney, 32, told Detective Raymond Rivera just hours after the eruption of gunfire, according to an interview transcript released Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court. “Obviously I shot someone, but I don’t remember.”

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Then he added: “OK, I do remember.”


Burney went on to say he knew Vermong as “Yo,” and had been friends with him for about two years. Burney said during the struggle, a wounded Vermong taunted him when he ran out of bullets.


“I went there to confront him. He has been disrespecting me. They way he talks to me. I had the gun on me,” Burney said.


Burney was armed with a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber special that he claimed he found in Queens.

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“It had six bullets in it,” he told Rivera. “I went inside the lobby. I took the gun out and pointed it at him, told him, why are you going to disrespect me.


“He said, ‘What do you mean.’ I fired one shot. Then we started scuffling. I think I missed him twice.”


Burney described hitting Vermong twice with bullets as the hapless victim grabbed the gun, according to prosecutors.


Burney said he fired twice more before the gun ran out of bullets.

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“He said, ‘You are out of bullets d—head, ha ha ha,’” Burney recalled, according to prosecutors. “I pulled the trigger but nothing came out. I hit him with the gun in the head, twice. Then I ran.”


Burney fled to a subway station and ran out and ditched the gun under a car as cops closed in.


“I dropped the gun under the car and started running,” he said. “I did not point the gun at them. They tackled me a block away.”


Court records show that Burney later told Detective Michael Smith: “Are you a detective? I shot a man a couple of times. Detective said they needed me. Where are they?”

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Burney was indicted on four counts — murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the first degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.


Burney remains held without bail in a city jail.


Burney, who wore a drab grey jumpsuit to the arraignment, appeared solemn and didn’t say a word throughout the proceeding.


The Daily News previously reported that Burney had been arrested 86 times, dating back to 2004 when he was 19.

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On Wednesday, Burney pleaded not guilty to murder charges in Bronx Supreme Court. Prior to Burney’s plea, his lawyer Joel Peister pleaded with Judge George Villegas to not allow cameras in the courtroom. Villegas denied the request.


“It’s just the beginning of the case,” Peister told the News as he walked out of the courtroom. “It’s not as straightforward as it looks.”

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Apr 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man starts destroying Bronx laundromat after he bungles burglary

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Apr 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Transit union closes Bronx train yard over safety issues


When concrete kept raining down on transit workers at Mosholu Train Yard in the Bronx, the MTA’s response was to hand out helmets.


Fed up union officials decided to shut the site down this week.


“Enough is enough,” said Crystal Young, a TWU rep for Rapid Transit Operation workers.


Mosholu Train Yard has been closed since Monday, after Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials decided that workers were in imminent danger, according to Young.

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“Giving helmets to our members is not acceptable,” she said. “If you have a piece 3-feet long falling from the ceiling, there’s no way a helmet on your head is going to help you when a rock is falling.”


Transit workers there say for years, falling rocks and hunks of concrete have been falling from the parking lot of Tracey Towers, which looms over the tracks at the Mosholu Yard.


Young said that requests for netting were rebuffed after the MTA did a “tap test” on columns on March 31.


Instead, NYC Transit handed out blue helmets.

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Young experienced first-hand what transit workers faced at Mosholu during a walk-through of the site with a group of TWU safety reps.


“Rocks were falling to the yard when we were walking through there,” said Young, who was wearing a helmet. “It was falling on my head.”


Video taken by TWU officials showed large jagged slabs and softball-sized pieces of concrete laying on the tracks.


Contractors for Tracey Towers began repair work on the parking lot April 10, until they were ordered to stop when they stepped outside of the approved workzone, according to MTA NYC Transit spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

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“The area has been closed off and we are conducting sound and tap operations to make sure the area is safe before returning trains and crews to the area,” he said. “The issuing of helmets to train crews are done regularly out of an abundance of caution.”


While Mosholu Train Yard is closed, MTA is storing trains at nearby Concourse Yard and in spare sections of track.


Melanie Johnson, a train operator who’s worked at the Mosholu Yard for the past five years, said the helmets would not protect her life.


“If a large piece of concrete falls and it hits me on the head and I fall out and I hit the third rail, that’s it for me,” said Johnson, a 30-year transit worker.

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She said that Mosholu Train Yard has been a safety hazard for too long.


“Unfortunately, it has to damage their equipment or someone has to get seriously injured before they actually do something,” she said.


Donald Miller, a spokesman for RY Management, which oversees Tracey Towers, said that its contractor is working six days a week to finish the repair work that’s expected to be complete over the next nine weeks.


“There are numerous safeguards in place, including safety netting, flagmen, and other procedures onsite to ensure that no workers are at risk of injury due to falling debris,” Miller said in a statement. “We have received no reports of any workers struck or injured due to falling debris as a result of the work in question, and we remain committed to ensuring that safety is our top priority.”

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Apr 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops seek green-haired bandit, sidekick who stole woman’s phone


Cops want the public’s help tracking down two women — one with dyed green hair  — they say snatched a cellphone from a woman on a Bronx subway train.


Police released a photo of the suspect with green hair Wednesday and are asking the public’s help identifying her and her alleged accomplice.


The crooks snuck up on the 26-year-old victim on an uptown 5 train as it approached the Third Ave/E. 149th St. station just after 9 a.m. on March 31. They reached into her bag, grabbed her iPhone and ran off the train when it pulled into the station, cops said.


The green-haired suspect is described as Hispanic, about 18, and 5-foot-3. She was wearing light blue jeans and a light blue puffy jacket.

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The other suspect is described as black, about 18, 5-foot-4. She was wearing a black and red puffy short jacket, white sneakers and black sweatpants.


Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Apr 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx mom being probed over baby’s injuries plays dumb about cops

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Apr 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man fatally gunned down in the Bronx dreamed of a big rap career

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