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Oct 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx actress cuffed for attempting subway train shove: police


A Bronx actress tried to shove a woman into the path of a Union Square subway train, police said Monday.


Keira Keeley, 35, was busted around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, accused of walking up to the 57-year-old victim in the Manhattan station about a half-hour earlier and pushing her, cops said.


The victim didn’t see her attacker, but she felt the shove from behind and grabbed a pillar to prevent herself from falling, sources said.


A police officer heard screams and rushed over, police sources said, and a witness pointed Keeley out.


Keeley told detectives she and her boyfriend had spent the night at the 12th Street Ale House, where she drank four glasses of wine, the sources said. She said she felt “wiggly” and buzzed, but denied pushing the victim.


Keeley’s theater resume includes off-Broadway performances in “Angels In America: Parts 1 & 2” and, in 2013, “How to make Friends and Then Kill Them.”


She was arraigned Saturday on a felony attempted assault charge and released on ,500 bail Monday.


No one answered the door at her Bronx apartment Monday night, and her phone was set to block incoming calls.


Attempts to reach the victim, also a Bronx resident, were unsuccessful Monday night. 

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Oct 9, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: VIDEO: Duo wanted for punching elderly woman in Bronx supermarket


Cops released footage Monday of a cold-hearted duo who socked a senior citizen in the face at a Bronx supermarket.


The pair, a man and woman in their late teens or early 20s, argued with the 70-year-old woman inside a Key Food on Jerome Ave. near W. Gun Hill Road in Norwood on Sept. 28, police said. The dispute escalated and they each punched the elderly shopper once in the face before running off.


The victim was not seriously injured and refused medical attention.


The man is about 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, all gray clothing and white sneakers. His partner-in-crime is approximately 5-foot-4 and 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and black sneakers.

Queens man on life support after getting punched, robbed by teens


Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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BRONX NEWS: Lincoln Hospital patient paralyzed after ER blunder


On a cool September evening in 2014, 54-year-old Anthony Medlin arrived by ambulance at Lincoln Hospital and was deemed mobile and low risk, so the staff told him to wait.


Then came the two-hour delay in the busy Bronx emergency room.


By the time a doctor got around to examining Medlin, he was paralyzed from the waist down. He was rushed to surgery, but it was too late.


ER staff had labeled Medlin’s case a lower priority because they believed he’d arrived with only a minor facial injury. There was, they decided, no need to rush.

Lincoln Hospital under investigation for losing ER patient


But the staff at Lincoln had failed to read a report filed by the ambulance crew stating clearly that Medlin had been hit by a car. Trauma like that requires an immediate head-to-toe exam by a doctor, experts say.


A Lincoln nurse acknowledged later that the hospital has no protocol requiring triage staff to review the “pre-hospital care report summary” all ambulance crews must file when they bring in a patient.


“They didn’t kill me, but they took my life away,” Medlin, sitting in his wheelchair, said last week. “Just to leave me on the side like I’m just a nobody, that really hurt.”


Medlin’s fateful two-hour wait is hardly unusual at Lincoln Hospital, where an ongoing Daily News investigation makes clear that the Bronx’s biggest public hospital has one of the worst records in the city for ER waits.

This Queens hospital has longest emergency room wait in NYC


On average, federal data show, a Lincoln ER patient waits 93 minutes before he or she sees a doctor. By comparison, the average wait in New York City hospitals is 46 minutes; nationally, it averages 29 minutes.


Lincoln also has the highest rate in the city of patients who simply give up and walk out of the ER before seeing a doctor — 15%. That compares with 3% citywide and 2% nationwide.


In 2015, the last year data were available, that meant 26,020 of the 173,470 patients who visited Lincoln’s ER gave up before they got care.


A spokesman for city Health and Hospitals, Robert de Luna, said that Lincoln was recently recertified by the American College of Surgeons, and that Lincoln “is certified as a Level 1 trauma center, at the ready around the clock to save patient lives and provide the highest-quality care.” Citing patient confidentiality, he declined to discuss Medlin’s case.

Amputation victim plans to sue Queens hospital


Medlin’s experience came just two months after a July 2014 incident in which the Lincoln ER staff lost track of patient Angel Rivera. He arrived with a head injury and wound up in an irreversible and ultimately fatal coma.


Rivera’s disturbing treatment, detailed last month by The News, triggered an examination of Lincoln by the state Health Department and the city Department of Investigation. Both reviews are pending.


In Rivera’s case, he languished in the ER for nine hours before a doctor found him. In Medlin’s case, he sat there for two hours before a physician checked him out.


Rivera’s family and Medlin have sued the city over these delays. Medlin’s attorney, Alan Fuchsberg, has obtained medical records and questioned doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians on duty the night of Sept. 15, 2014, to get to the bottom of what happened.


Medlin had been drinking that night and spending money a few blocks north of Yankee Stadium when he was mugged. To escape his attackers, he ran into E. 167th St.


There he was hit by a car. Somebody called 911, and the ambulance arrived at 11:13 p.m. He was found lying flat on his back in the street.


Questioned by Medlin’s lawyer, EMT Shawn Healy said that discovering Medlin lying in the street like that clearly indicated he was hurt.


“Not too many people want to lay on a New York City street, so I don’t know — he just couldn’t get up, didn’t want to get up,” Healy said. “Usually when someone gets hit by a car and they’re still on the ground, they’re hurt.”


Healy and his partner strapped Medlin to a long board used to stabilize patients during transport, and clapped a cervical brace around Medlin’s neck.


The ambulance arrived at Lincoln at 11:29 p.m., records show, but it wasn’t until 11:48 p.m. that the triage team first spoke with Medlin. By then, the EMT team had filed their report with Lincoln clearly stating that Medlin had been hit by a car.


But that report was filed electronically, not handed to the nurses in triage as a note. Lindsay Diaz, the registered nurse on duty that night, conceded later during questioning by Medlin’s attorney, “When they changed it to computerized, you’re not able to view it. So I did not see their note.”


When she was asked if her “level of concern” would have risen if she’d known Medlin had been hit by a car, she said yes, but she added that “there is no protocol” at Lincoln requiring that triage read staff ambulance notes.


Notes of Diaz’s triage report show the staff wrote “No” next to “High Risk,” and described “Facial trauma” that included “Periorbital swelling with abrasions s/p assault. Head trauma. No pain present.”


The record also noted that during the triage query, the patient at one point took off his collar and got off the board. The report than added the acronym “MAEX4,” which means the team had determined Medlin “moves all four extremities.” The record said Medlin “denies numbness or tingling.”


At that time no doctor physically examined Medlin, so he lay back down and waited. And waited.


More than 90 minutes later, at 1:30 a.m., a nurse asked a doctor on duty, Dr. Jason Greenman, to look at Medlin because “somebody said he was acting strangely and just was requesting that a doctor see him,” Greenman later recalled.


At that point, it had been more than two hours since Medlin had arrived at Lincoln.


Greenman said he and another physician, Dr. Yocheved Rose, found Medlin lying in the waiting room where staff had left him. Medlin told them he couldn’t feel his feet.


When the two doctors rolled him over as part of a head-to-toe exam, they discovered an alarming protrusion on his lower spine that indicated a misalignment that had damaged the spinal cord.


At that moment, they realized Medlin was paralyzed from the waist down. They immediately rushed him into surgery, but the damage had been done. His paralysis was irreversible.


Dr. Matthew Bank, trauma medical director of North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, said, in general, trauma victims who’ve been hit by cars need to be kept immobilized. Movement can do more damage, and they should be physically examined within the first 15 minutes of arrival, he said.


“For a significant impact, somebody who’s been hit by a car, usually they have that primary and secondary examination done within 15 minutes,” Bank said.


The other doctor who examined Medlin noted that there had been no effort to immobilize Medlin after he removed the collar. Normally with trauma patients, Rose said, “We immobilize the patient so that there won’t be any aggravation of the injury.”


She also noted, “It would be my practice to try and obtain the EMS report.”


Health and Hospitals spokesman de Luna said city hospitals rely on “active verbal communication” about a patient’s condition between EMTs and triage staff “as a primary means of information sharing,” and that the written EMT reports are often filed after the handoff has taken place.


Greenman said that at a hospital as busy as Lincoln, not every patient gets immediate attention.


“It’s unreasonable to expect a physician to see every patient when they come into triage in a busy emergency department,” he said. “I can only see the patients I can see, and, you know, for example, at Lincoln we see like 180,000 patients a year in the emergency department.”


Medlin attorney Fuchsberg said the delay in care resulted in a fateful and irreversible turn of events.


“An emergency CAT scan followed by early surgery to take the pressure off the cord would have stopped the strangulation of Mr. Medlin’s spinal cord nerves before he became paralyzed,” Fuchsberg said. “As a result of the emergency department’s negligence, Mr. Medlin’s life has been forever altered.”


Two years after his visit to Lincoln, Medlin lives in a nursing home, suffers from bedsores, must attend physical and occupational therapy every week, and spends his days in a wheelchair.


Prior to the accident, he played basketball and regularly rode a bike. He was able to play with his grandchildren and could get around the city by subway with ease.


“If they really took care of me when I came in and checked my spine, it wouldn’t have been that bad,” he said.


In the months after he became paralyzed, he said, he “gave up” on everything, realizing he would never walk again. But recently, he’s been working with doctors at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Kingsbridge Road to use a robotic device that allows him to walk with the aid of canes.


“It’s really something,” he said. “The way I carry myself, I worked through this. I’m a strong person.”

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Oct 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Pols rally support for city’s Columbus statue at Bronx parade


Pols backing the city’s Christopher Columbus statue took their fight to the Bronx Columbus Day Parade Sunday, where they kicked off a petition drive asking Mayor de Blasio to keep the controversial statue in place.


“That statue of Christopher Columbus stands here today as a testament to our immigrant tradition, and Italian-American tradition,” said state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), who joined other pols for a press conference in support of the statue before marching in the Morris Park parade.


They collected signatures from paradegoers to present to a panel created by de Blasio — who wasn’t invited to Sunday’s parade.


Bronx parade chairman Tony Signorile said he didn’t extend the invite this year because de Blasio won’t take a position in support of the statue.

Italian-American group to quiz candidates about Columbus statue


“That’s an insult to all those immigrants who put that statue up at Columbus Circle,” he said, adding his grandfather was among the Italians who dug into their pockets to pay for the gift to the city. “As a leader of the city he should have took a stand a long time ago.”


De Blasio’s opponents for mayor did march, and lost no opportunity to take pot shots at Hizzoner over the monument squabble.


Republican nominee Nicole Malliotakis called it “mind boggling” that the mayor would create a commission to review statues around the city for potential removal.


“Obviously they feel insulted — and to be honest, they should be, because he has not taken a stand on defending the Christopher Columbus statue,” the Staten Island assemblywoman said.

American Indian group urges de Blasio to remove Columbus statues


De Blasio formed a commission to take a look at potential “symbols of hate” on city property, and recommend whether they should stay put, be taken down, or be altered.


He has declined to take a personal stand on any individual statue while the group does its work, including the statue of the 15th century explorer at Columbus Circle.


Many Italians revere Columbus as a symbol of their heritage, but opponents say he should not be honored because of his brutal treatment of Native Americans and the centuries of colonization he set off.


“Whatever happened back then — look, I wasn’t there, you weren’t there, it was in the 1400s,” said independent candidate Bo Dietl, who marched Sunday in a “Leave the statue alone” T-shirt.

Leave Columbus’ statue alone — you can’t rewrite history


“Let’s stop the nonsense. Let’s appreciate history for what it is. And let’s learn from history, the good the bad and the ugly.”


The American Indian Community House said it will observe Indigenous Peoples Day – which has replaced Columbus Day in some places. The celebration will start on Randall’s Island and end with an event at the Museum of Natural History, where activists will present a petition to rename the day Indigenous People’s Day in the city.


Also on Monday, Assemblyman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) will hold a press conference in Columbus Circle to announce Bill A8676 replacing “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day” statewide.


“Not only did Columbus not discover America, some historians say he never even stepped foot on American soil,” Barron said in a news release. “He was a murdering imperialistic colonist, who enslaved African people and slaughtered indigenous people and should not be honored for it.”

Yonkers cops arrest man suspected of toppling Columbus statue


Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony at Columbus Circle turned rowdy Sunday when three young men interrupted the event wearing chains and a KKK mask.


“We will not allow you to celebrate terrorism!” shouted Glenn Cantave, 23, wearing chains around his neck and wrists. “We will not let you represent murder! We will not let you represent genocide!”


Cops escorted the trio out of the event, cuffing the young man wearing the KKK costume.


The Columbus Citizens Foundation conducted the wreath laying ceremony ahead of Monday’s holiday.

Power lawyers team up to protect Christopher Columbus statue


“We don’t celebrate him because of what he did negatively. We celebrate all the positive things that he did,” said the group’s president Angelo Vivolo, adding of the disruption, “I thought it was unfortunate, but they had the right to protest. That’s what America is all about.” 

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Oct 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cop riding scooter clipped by car, hospitalized for leg fracture


A cop riding an NYPD scooter to a Columbus Day parade in the Bronx flew off his bike and injured his leg after a car clipped his tire Sunday morning, officials said.


The 26-year-old police officer was making a left turn on E. Tremont Ave. when the car heading north on Rosedale Ave. in Van Nest struck the scooter about 10:20 a.m. The injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.


“I was stopped at a red light when all of a sudden his body landed on the hood of my car,” said a shaken Catherine Rivera, 46. “The motorcycle kept going down on its own.”


Rivera said she stayed in her car and called 911.

Family of EMT killed in hit-run offers G for info about driver


“I’m still nervous. I hope he’s going to be OK,” she added.


Lagee Greene, 42, said he was driving to church when he saw the cop losing control of the scooter. “We see the bike swirling to try and gain control. I told my wife to hit the brakes. He struck us and hit two other cars,” he recalled.


“More than 10 civilians came together to make sure the officer was alright. We went over and made sure that his eyes were open, that he was going to pull through this thing,” Greene said. “We were telling him that he’s going to be alright, to calm down. He was in agony.”


Emmanuel Ansah, 40, said the officer was moaning in pain.

Suspect surrenders to police after hit-run that killed Bronx mom


“He was in a lot of pain, but he was wearing a helmet,” Ansah said.


The injured officer was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with a compound fracture to his left ankle. The driver of the car remained at the scene, and police filed no immediate charges.

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BRONX NEWS: Bronx woman’s boyfriend punches her 3-year-old son in the face


A Bronx woman’s violent boyfriend punched her 3-year-old autistic son in the face, police said Sunday.


He struck the tot about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday inside the woman’s apartment on University Ave. near W. Tremont Ave. in Morris Heights, cops said. The little boy was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. He suffered injuries but was expected to survive, according to authorities.


His abuser ran off after the incident and police continue to investigate.

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BRONX NEWS: Virgin Islands seek donations to aid residents hit by Maria


Like the rest St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the University of the Virgin Islands RTPark was hit hard, but the economic development site is doing the neighborly thing — pushing an appeal for donations to aid island residents.


Despite suffering “significant exterior and interior damage” from Hurricane Maria last month, RTPark is supporting the Fund for the Virgin Islands, set up by the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, in collaboration with Stacey Plaskett, the USVI delegate to Congress.


Monetary donations are being sought to purchase water, food supplies, clean-up supplies, batteries, lanterns, diapers, baby formula, tarpaulins and other items.


“The devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Irma and Maria provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean region to build capacity and undertake a major program in smart, green resilient technology,” said RTPark executive director Gillian Marcelle.

CARIBBEAT: Tech for Virgin Islands during Caribbean Week in NYC


To support the effort, visit www.rtpark-usviappeal.com.


Grace Jones mourns mom


Last week, the Daily News’ Confidential broke news that Jamaica-born singer/model/actress Grace Jones was broken-hearted over the death of her mother, Marjorie Jones, last Monday.


According to Confidential, the singer kept a bedside vigil in Los Angeles with her mother, who suffered stroke in September.


Jones’ mother was overseer and evangelist at the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Syracuse, which was founded by her late husband, Bishop Robert Winston Jones, according to syracuse.com, website of the Post-Standard newspaper.

CARIBBEAT: U.S. Virgin Islands gov. promotes tourism


Fund-raising reading


An intimate reading of the book “Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation” and a discussion with its author, Edwidge Danticat, will be held today in Manhattan, benefitting the Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees advocacy group.


All proceeds from the event — at Families For Freedom, 35 W. 31st St., Suite 702, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — will aid HWHR’s Adult Literacy/Survival English sessions, immigrant and workers’ rights workshops and other programs supporting refugees, detainees and asylum seekers.


Tickets are 0 and the donation includes a signed copy of “Mama’s Nightingale.” Visit bit.ly/hwhrbenefit and www.haitianrefugees.org for more on Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees.


‘Everybody’s’ special issue


The story of pioneering Trinidad immigrant Rufus Gorin, dubbed the “Father of Brooklyn Carnival” for connecting the Caribbean carnival in the 1920s in Harlem and today’s celebrations in Brooklyn — is available in the digital and print versions of the latest edition of Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine.

million grant for USVI initiative


The issue also includes Everybody’s 2017 Global Caribbean Calendar, which features all major Caribbean national holidays, festivals and other celebrations. To get the magazine, visit www.everybodysmag.com.


Guyana radio has ‘Power’


You can get the “Power” online — the music and other features of 104.3 Power FM from Linden, Guyana.


Streaming live from the MacKenzie community of Linden (Guyana’s second largest city), 104.3 Power FM to listeners in that area and beyond.


The radio station — run by owner Haslyn Graham and his staff — broadcasts entertainment, extensive local news, education information, oldies, Sunday Morning Jazz and other programming. Visit www.1043powerfmguyana.com, send email to 104.3powerfm@gmail.com and follow the station on Facebook.

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Oct 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx grandfather dies days after teens jumped him


A 53-year-old Bronx man died six says after he was beaten with a hammer by a group of teenagers trying to steal his bicycle, police said Saturday.


Charles DelToro was found dead inside his Soundview home by his wife last Wednesday.


A city medical examiner autopsy found he had multiple broken ribs and a broken thumb.


But the initial autopsy was not enough to determine his cause of death, and the medical examiner’s office said it would wait for further police investigation, police sources said. DelToro suffered from hypertension and asthma before the attack, sources said.

Bronx man shot outside housing project dies as cops nab gunman


DelToro fought off five teens who wanted to take his bike on Morris Ave. on Sept. 28.


The punks first robbed DelToro’s 16-year-old grandson. When the teen ran home after they stole his bike, the crooks turned their attention to his grandfather and his bicycle.


They beat him with a hammer wrapped in a cloth, cops said.


“His nose was broken, lips were busted, ribs were cracked,” wife Victoria DelToro told the Daily News. “He wouldn’t give (his bike) up. And it cost him his life.”

Video emerges of men who fatally beat man, 40, in the Bronx


Charles DelToro reported the attack to cops. After that he went to an area hospital, but was quickly sent home with Motrin and Valium, according to his wife.


Victoria DelToro described her husband as a former addict-turned-drug counselor who doted on the family’s 3-year-old Maltese dog, Lucky.


“My husband was Mr. Wonderful,” she said. “The dog is still waiting for him. Lucky misses him.”

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Oct 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: WATCH: NYPD officer pummels teen who shoved another cop to ground


A teenager was pummeled by an NYPD officer after he pushed another cop to the ground during a brawl on a Bronx street that was caught on video and released Saturday.


Alfred Burns, 16, had tried to steal a bicycle in front of a store near 225th St. and Broadway in Marble Hill around 9 a.m. Friday, police said.


The store’s owner, who was following Burns, flagged down a passing patrol and pointed out the teen thief, according to authorities.


Burns pushed one of the approaching officers to the ground and then put his hands on the fallen cop’s neck, police said.


Another unidentified cop can be seen getting on top of the two, wrapping his arms around the teen before winding up and delivering powerful blows to the back of his head, the video shows.


“No, that’s extra!” shouts one man. Others wail in protest as the officer unloads on the teen, according to the video.


“What are you doing!?” a woman shrieks.


A third officer eventually was able to get the teen in handcuffs.


Burns, who lives in the St. Mary’s Park Houses in Mott Haven, was charged with assault, larceny, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and giving a fake name, police said.


Cops said that he may have resisted because he was wanted for a Bronx robbery on July 31.


Burns allegedly followed a 56-year-old inside his building, pulled out a box cutter and demanded cash. He took off running when the victim pointed out a video surveillance system, cops said.


Police said that Burns had been charged on Aug. 8 with two other robberies in the Bronx – including one on the same day as the box cutter heist.


He pulled a knife on a taxi driver and swiped , a cellphone and a tablet, cops said.


The video from Friday’s confrontation is being reviewed by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, according to a police spokeswoman.

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Oct 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Suspect surrenders to police after hit-run that killed Bronx mom

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Oct 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man shot outside housing project dies as cops nab gunman

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Oct 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Murder rap for Bronx man accused of gunning down neighbor

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