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Jan 6, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Two NYPD officers shot while investigating Bronx robbery


Two police officers were shot in the Bronx while trying to stop a robbery on Monday night, police sources said.


One officer was shot in the back while the other was shot in the arm at about 10:30 p.m. in Fordham Heights, police sources said.


Both officers went to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they are expected to recover.


The cops walked in on a robbery at Tiebout Ave. near E. 184 St. when the two suspects fired shots at them.


The two suspects then fled toward Fordham Rd., authorities said.


Police recovered a revolver at the scene, sources said.


Cops are still searching for the two suspects.


Both suspects are described as Hispanic males in their 20s, wearing hats over their faces.

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Jan 5, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Driver slapped with felony after 2 teens struck, 1 killed


A hit-and-run driver who struck two teens in the Bronx, killing one of them, was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident causing death — a felony, cops said.


Dylon Ramirez, 16, and a 15-year-old girl were crossing Baychester Ave. at Crawford Ave. when they were struck by a northbound Honda Accord Sunday evening, cops said.


Dylon was propelled into oncoming traffic and hit by a vehicle traveling south. The second driver also fled, cops said.


Ambulances brought the two teens to Jacobi Medical Center, police said, but Dylon was dead on arrival. The girl remained in critical condition.


Cops said the 26-year-old driver of the Accord, Shawn Williams, returned to the scene and was arrested. Police were still searching for the driver of the second vehicle.

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Jan 5, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: 2 teens struck, 1 killed; hit-and-run driver arrest


A hit-and-run driver struck a pair of teenagers as they crossed a Bronx street, propelling one into another lane of traffic where he was struck again and killed, according to police.


Cops said that Dylon Ramirez, 16, and a 15-year-old female were crossing Baychester Ave. at Crawford Ave. when they were struck by a northbound Honda Accord at 5 p.m.


Dylon was then hit by another vehicle traveling south. That driver also fled, cops said.


Ambulances brought the two teens to Jacobi Medical Center, police said, but Dylon was dead on arrival. The girl remains in critical condition.


Cops said the 26-year-old driver of the Accord, Shawn Williams, returned to the scene and was arrested.


The victim was mourned on Facebook on Sunday.


“My best friend didn’t deserve this,” a girl posted on the social media site.

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Jan 4, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Subway riders stop NYPD cop from fleeing after attack


The off-duty officer who apparently attacked a rookie subway conductor on a Bronx platform last month — then was videotaped running from the station — didn’t immediately flee on foot. He first tried to make his escape by subway, the conductor said.


Officer Mirjan Lolja was still throttling the 28-year-old transit worker at the Tremont Ave. station when a B train arrived at approximately 2:30 a.m. Dec. 23, she said. Lolja only stopped when he heard the downtown local screeching to a stop, she said.


He walked into one of the cars, she said.


“I believe the only thing that saved me was the train coming into the station,” the conductor told the Daily News.


But the plucky rookie, whose name The News is withholding, wasn’t satisfied with just being saved. After reporting the assault to the subway command center by radio, she yelled instructions to another transit worker on the platform: “Don’t let the train conductor shut the train doors!”


Closed doors send a signal to the motorman that it’s OK to depart.


“I didn’t want him to get away,” the conductor said, referring to Lolja.


Riders on the train, meanwhile, had Lolja on the hot seat. While they didn’t see the alleged attack, they heard enough to surmise he did something wrong. They’ve seen the MTA ads warning that assaulting a transit worker is punishable by up to seven years in prison. They started yelling at Lolja, the conductor said.


“That’s a felony!”


“You going to jail.”


Lolja got up and ran up the station stairs to the street. The conductor gave chase but was hobbled.


“I can’t run,” she said. “I’m in too much pain. I get up to the top and he’s nowhere in sight.”


The conductor said Lolja became irate and belligerent on the platform when informed that he’d have to wait 20 minutes for the next train because of a service change.


At one point, he demanded the conductor call the command center to learn the exact location of the nearest train, she said. He also demanded the transit workers’ names, which they are not supposed to reveal, and followed them around the platform, sticking his cellphone “in our faces,” the conductor said.


“I don’t know if he was doing video or taking pictures, but it was one or the other,” she said. “He was so in my face, when I put my hands up to block him, his phone fell. I went to shield my face because I didn’t know what he was going to do. I just wanted to get out of this man’s way.”


Police on Wednesday released a video showing a man running from the Tremont Ave. station with a smirk on his face. He was a suspect in the attack, police said, asking the public to call them with tips about his identity.


On Thursday, six days after the incident, Mirjan walked into a precinct and told other officers he was the man in the video. He claimed the conductor started the confrontation by grabbing his cellphone.


He hasn’t been charged, but odds are that he will. Most cops are good and they don’t run.

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Jan 4, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx woman found dead with phone cord wrapped around neck


Police are investigating a 63-year-old woman’s death after she was found dead in her Wakefield apartment Saturday night.


The woman’s roommate found her lying on the floor in their apartment hallway with a phone cord wrapped around her neck, police sources said.


The woman was unresponsive when police arrived at the apartment near Bronx Boulevard and E. 224 St. at about 6:55 p.m., cops said.


The victim’s cause of death is still being determined, police said.

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Jan 4, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Fatal fire stresses fire safety


The preparation of a traditional New Year’s Day dish may have played a part in the deaths of three Haitian-Americans on New Year’s Eve, tragically underscoring the need for year-round fire safety.


Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and her cousin Nadia Donnay, 37; died in the Lefrak City apartment they shared.


Through his tears, Sergeory Jean-Charles recalled his mother, stepfather and cousin, who died hours before the celebrating New Year’s Day with the traditional eating of Haitian pumpkin soup, “Soup Joumou.”


The FDNY — whose investigators were seeking the cause of the fatal blaze — has many tips to help prevent fires started by cooking, smoking, winter heating and other sources.


Get fire prevention tips at http://bit.ly/FDNYfiresafety and make your family and friends aware of fire safety infornation, such as: The FDNY’s seven fire safety rules – http://bit.ly/FDNYTopsafetyrules, kitchen cooking – http://bit.ly/FDNYKitchensafety, fire safety for seniors – http://bit.ly/FDNYSeniorsafety, winter and holiday fire safety – http://bit.ly/FDNYWinterSafety.



SOUTH AFRICAN CULTURE ON STAGE


The memorable and moving sights and sounds of South African culture will be coming to New York this week when the musical spectacular “Africa Umoja: 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy” comes to Manhattan Jan. 6, 7, 8 and 9.


Powerful authentic Zulu song and dance, heart-rending gospel tunes and even sounds of Kwaito (South African hip hop) will be featured in the traditional, yet contemporary shows coming to Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at W. 95th St.


A cast of 32 entertainers has been touring the U.S. over the past few months, bringing “Africa Umoja’s performances and its message to Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami before New York.


Tributes to the late great Nelson Mandela of South Africa, late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. – examining African and American heroes and histories – are also part of the shows.


Visit .umojausatour.com, call Symphony Space at (212) 864-5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.com.



TRIBUTE TO MUSICAL GREATS


Whether reflecting on the year past or looking forward into 2015 and beyond, the When Steel Talks website is the place to go for information on steelpan.


News about Trinidad and Tobago Carnival’s fast-approaching 2015 Panorama competition and the “Remembering all the Pan, Mas and Calypso Men and Women Who Left us in 2014″ thread about the late performers – such as T&T-born multitalented director/choreographer Geoffrey Holder, poet/ calypso singer Maya Angelou – and a sizable number of pan artists, are featured on the site for devoted to the instrument, its practitioners and its fans. Visit When Steel Talks at http://bit.ly/2014tributes



LOOK AT COLONIAL INDA


Educator/author Basdeo Mangru is highlighting the Indian diaspora in the Caribbean and around the world by looking into the past through his book, “Colonial Emigration from the Bengal Presidency.”


Mangru’s work is an abridged version of the comprehensive, unpublished 1883 report of George Grierson, a civil servant in the Bengal Presidency, a province of Britain’s colonial holdings in India. The study looked at the issues connected to the export of Indian laborers from the colony who were overseas.


Preferences and prejudices related to emigration of families women, depot accommodations, state of the labor market and other information.


Educated at the University of Guyana and the University of London, Mangru is currently an associate professor of history at York College in Queens.


“Colonial Emigration from the Bengal Presidency,” from Hansib Publications, is available at amazon.com and Hansib Publications by visiting http://bit.ly/bengalbook.

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Jan 4, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Vigil for slain cops to be held in the Bronx


They’ll keep the lights shining for fallen Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.


Another candlelight vigil to honor the slain Brooklyn cops will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. outside the 49th Precinct in the Bronx.


It’s the latest in a series of solemn gatherings held around the city to mourn the two officers since they were killed Dec. 20.


Cop-hating fiend Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot Ramos, 40, and Liu, 32, as they sat in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn before killing himself in a nearby subway station.


Hundreds of New Yorkers have been lighting candles during vigils throughout the city to show solidarity with the NYPD.

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Jan 2, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: City Island earns top spot in annual New York nabe contest


City Island reigned supreme in an annual online competition of the communities.


The quiet Bronx enclave beat out Queens’ development-heavy Long Island City to be named New York City’s 2014 “Neighborhood of the Year” by Curbed.com.


City Island supporters rallied up 1,135 votes, compared with the 989 tallies its Queens-based competition gathered in the final round of the real estate blog’s just-for-fun poll.


The hamlet — known for its two-story Victorian homes and seafood restaurants — fought its way to the top after it was ranked at the bottom of the pack of the 16 New York neighborhoods pitted against one another in the tournament-style series.


In 2013, Curbed readers bestowed the honor of best in the city to St. George, Staten Island.


Proud St. George community leaders celebrated by throwing a triumphant party dubbed the Rabid Beaver Community Bash.


“It was making light of a comment from a competitor,” Staten Island resident Lorie Honor said of the bash’s odd name.


“I hope they have a party as well to celebrate their victory.”


There is no word yet on whether a sea creature-themed celebration is in the works for City Island.


At least one City Islander was less than thrilled with the bragging-rights only competition.


“We’re very excited and couldn’t be more taken away with winning a contest that means absolutely nothing,” said City Island Civic Association member John Doyle.


“If the end result is renewed interest and investment in the community that would be a very positive result.”

dslattery@nydailynews.com

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Jan 2, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Man arrested in fatal knife attack at Bronx shelter


Cops have arrested a 52-year-old man in the fatal stabbing of another man at a Bronx shelter and are seeking assailants in two other attacks, authorities said Thursday.


Charles Stevens was taken into custody early Thursday and faces murder, manslaughter, felony assault and weapons possession charges, police said. His arraignment was pending. Stevens plunged a knife into James Hardy, 69, in a fourth-floor hallway at a facility on Davidson Ave. in Morris Heights at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.


The day before the killing, Stevens was in a Bronx court on charges alleging he attacked a 79-year-old neighbor in the same facility on Dec. 24, sources said. He was armed with a sword encased in a wooden sheath at the time, police said.


The victim suffered minor injuries to his face and knee, sources said.


Bronx Criminal Court Judge Marc Whiten released Stevens on his own recognizance when he couldn’t post bail, according to court records.


Police were investigating two other stabbings. In Queens, three people approached a 21-year-old man leaving a New Year’s party on Thursday.


One suspect pulled out an unidentified sharp object and cut the victim on his wrist near Northern Blvd. at 85th St. around 10:30 a.m. The crooks also took the victim’s North Face coat, which had a a fur hood.


Police said the victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and is expected to survive.


In East New York, a man was stabbed multiple times Thursday and was in stable condition in Brookdale Hospital after he and another man apparently argued over a woman at Van Siclen and Dumont Aves. The assailant was still being sought, according to authorities.

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Jan 1, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD cop turns himself in for attacking female MTA employee


A suspect has surrendered for questioning in an attack on an MTA worker — and he turns out to be an NYPD cop, police sources said Thursday.


The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is now investigating the incident in which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker, on-duty and in her uniform, was put in a bear hug, thrown to the floor and choked, the sources said.


The 28-year-old transit employee was on the southbound D train platform at the Tremont Ave. station in East Tremont when the man attacked her about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 23, officials said.


She was hospitalized with minor back and neck injuries, police said.


The attacker was caught on surveillance video running from the station with a smirk on his face, according to police.


But once cops circulated the video, they learned they were looking for one of their own: Investigators got calls identifying the attacker as a Harlem cop, police sources said.


The officer surrendered and was questioned Thursday. No charges were immediately filed.


He told investigators that he grabbed the woman after she tried to take his cellphone, sources told CBS 2 News.


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Jan 1, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Grandma bludgeoned to death by grandson in the Bronx: cops


An 87-year-old woman was found bludgeoned to death after her emotionally disturbed grandson barricaded himself in her home New Year’s morning, police said.


The bipolar 48-year-old grandson went berserk in his grandmother’s house on Hollywood Ave. near Randall Ave. in Throggs Neck about 7:20 a.m., throwing a chair, two pillows, a small table and other objects out of the home.


“He was out there throwing everything out but the sink,” said neighbor John Slattery, 24.


“He was yelling and screaming at the cops. You could not make out his words.”


As police approached, the nut retreated inside and barricaded himself in a bedroom.


His mother and stepfather, who were visiting for New Year’s from New Jersey, and his grandmother’s home health aide suffered injuries but all managed to escape, cops said.


His 67-year-old mother had a left arm injury, possibly a fracture, officials said.


His 55-year-old stepfather suffered head trauma, and the 56-year-old home health aide had a cut to the right side of her face.


All three were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition, cops said.


Meanwhile, the grandson barricaded himself in a bedroom for just over 90 minutes.


Cops armed with helmets and shields managed to take him into custody without incident about 8:45 a.m. The bald-headed, tattooed hulk was led from the home in handcuffs wearing only his plaid boxer shorts.


His grandmother, Alice Durso, was found dead on her bedroom floor with blunt force trauma to her head, police said.


The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center for observation and remains in police custody, cops said.


Charges against him were pending.


The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine exactly how Durso died.


Durso’s husband made headlines when he went missing four years ago — and was never found.


Vincent Durso, a landlord who owns numerous Bronx properties, was 75 when he was last seen about 8:30 p.m. on April 20, 2010. He was dropping off his wife’s home health aide at E. 166th St. and Boston Road in Crotona Park after playing tennis earlier in the day.


His black 1997 Honda Accord was later found parked at Crotona Park East and Suburban Pl. but yielded no suspicious fingerprints.


“She’s been homebound since Vincent went missing,” a long-time neighbor said. “Just so nice – real nice lady.”

bpaddock@nydailynews.com

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Jan 1, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Woman run over while lying in intersection in the Bronx


An apparently drunk 23-year-old woman was run over as she lay on the ground in a Bronx intersection early Thursday, police sources said.


The woman was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition after being hit at the corner of Story Ave. and White Plains Road about 2:45 a.m., the sources said. Her name was not released.


The driver remained at the scene and there was no apparent criminality, according to the sources.

rsit@nydailynews.com

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