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BRONX NEWS: AIDS AWARENESS: National Black Leadership Commission anniversary

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Dec 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man arrested for slashing 19-year-old in the face on Bronx bus


A Brooklyn man who repeatedly slashed a stranger’s face during a heated argument on a Bronx bus has been arrested on assault charges.


Police caught up with Demitrius Lindsay, 29, charging him in the Friday afternoon slashing, cops said early Tuesday.


Lindsay, his 28-year-old girlfriend and the 19-year-old victim argued on a BX4 bus on Westchester Ave. near Pugsley St. in Parkchester at about 3:15 p.m., cops said.


Their argument escalated, and after his girlfriend punched the teen in the head, Lindsay reached into his waistband and pulled out a razor, cops said.

Teen slashed in face on Bronx bus during argument with attacker


He then started slicing into her face, cops said.


Medics rushed her to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition.


Cops released a photo of Lindsay on Saturday, and busted him Sunday — his 29th birthday, police said.


Police also arrested his girlfriend, Melissa Plaza, 28, of the Bronx, charging her with assault.


“APPREHENDED!! Thank you to ALL for the RT’s & tips. This individual has been taken into custody,” the NYOD’s 43rd Precinct tweeted Monday.


Lindsay remains held on ,000 cash bail or ,000 bond.


Plaza’s bail information wasn’t immediately available Tuesday.

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Dec 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: AIDS AWARENESS: Latino LGBT community’s ‘oasis’ center


Like in the African-American community, HIV remains an ongoing crisis among young gay Latino men in the United States despite the successes in treatment and medication.


Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a decrease in overall cases among Hispanics/Latinos from 2008 to 2013, there was a 28% increase in HIV infection rates between 2010 and 2014 among Latino youth and men having sex with men (or MSM) ages 13 to 24. That’s 1,488 HIV diagnoses in 2010 and 1,898 HIV diagnoses in 2014.


The Latino Commission on AIDS estimates that every 54 minutes, a Latino MSM in the U.S. is diagnosed with HIV. In response to this dire situation, the commission has established the Oasis Wellness Center in  Manhattan as a top priority.


Leandro Rodriguez, Oasis’ director of programs, describes the center, at 330 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan, as “an open space, a safe space,” where young Latino men who have sex with men will feel secure and safe to come and learn, discuss and share experiences of HIV prevention among peers.


Oasis takes a holistic approach to remedying an enduring health crisis. “It’s been designed as a space that addresses HIV, the Hepatitis C virus and provides STD screening and testing,” said Rodriguez.


Other services include leadership development and empowerment, community mobilization, linkage and navigation to care. The latter includes a specific program called P4 that introduces clients to PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), an HIV prevention strategy utilizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved medication Truvada.


Under the program, HIV-negative people take Truvada, an oral pill, once a day before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of HIV infection. PrEP must be adhered to for least 7 days to reach optimal levels of protection against HIV.


In addition to PrEP, Oasis offers PEP, or postexposure prophylaxis. Complementing PrEP, PEP is an HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people take anti-HIV medications after coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of infection. PEP must be started within 72 hours after HIV exposure.


Yet there’s more than that. Rodriguez pointed to two of Oasis’ premier programs in Construyendo Tu Yo Ideal (constructing one’s ideal self) and The Positive Life Workshop.

Construyendo is a homegrown intervention in the form of a three-day retreat that focuses on boosting self-esteem and reducing internalized homophobia and transphobia. More than 250 clients have benefited from the retreat so far.


The Positive Life workshop, meanwhile, is a self-management workshop designed for people newly diagnosed with HIV, those who have a fallen out of care and/or those who are HIV positive and who want to learn more about self-management and the virus.


According to the Latino Commission on AIDS, the CTYI and the Positive Life programs make Oasis unique among other wellness centers in New York.


“Oasis is also one of the few spaces that gather gay and bi-men, as well as transgender women within one intervention,” notes Guillermo Chacón, the commission’s president. “This has been very powerful as it creates strong bridges among these two communities and provides a space for support and understanding.”


He added that the commission is proud that it has created an open space of healing, wellness and empowerment that not many other can offer.

In its first full year of operation, Oasis has served up to 3,000 young clients. All the services are free and not restricted to New Yorkers. Funding is provided by the federal, state and city sources, as well as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.


For more information call (917) 438-0698 or visit: www.latinoaids.org/programs/oasis

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Dec 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD union head calls cop brutality claim fake after murder bust


A Bronx man’s claim he was punched by an NYPD lieutenant for no reason cannot be believed because he is now accused of murder, the head of a police union says.


In August, Kevin Pettiway, 28, exclusively told the Daily News he was minding his business on Webster Ave. when Lt. Eric Dym pushed and punched him three times. Dym, who was securing a crime scene, said Pettiway refused orders to leave.


But any questions about Dym’s integrity should be tossed now that Pettiway has been arrested for murder, Louis Turco, president of the Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association, said.


“Who are you going to believe? A violent career criminal or an NYPD lieutenant?” Turco said.

Bronx cop punched bystander for no reason


Pettiway’s run-in with Dym and the murder he allegedly committed happened on the same block.


“Now that same career criminal has been indicted for committing a homicide, precisely where he claims to have been the victim of the unprovoked assault,” Turco said.


Pettiway is facing 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Jaquan Smalls on Oct. 13.


Smalls, 24, was shot in the head and chest during an argument, authorities say.

One man stabbed to death, another killed by gunfire


Pettiway was arrested for the killing on Nov. 9. His prior arrests include menacing of a security guard at a gym in 2013, several domestic violence arrests and a robbery, also in 2013.


“How ironic that a violent criminal with 25 prior arrests has alleged that he was assaulted by an NYPD lieutenant for no reason,” Turco said.


The Rev. Kevin McCall, crisis director for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, said Turco was “taking a jab” at Pettiway even though he is innocent until proven guilty.


“The definition of police brutality was defined on video. What I do believe is something stinks about this and we are going to find out,” said McCall.


The cell phone video shows Dym trying to push Pettiway before the lieutenant delivered three haymakers.


Pettiway’s attorney, Michael Marinaccio, said he determined the homicide and his client’s allegations of police brutality were not connected.


“The only thing related is the incidents are in the same general area,” Marinaccio said .


Pettiway was charged with obstructing governmental administration, inciting a riot and resisting arrest — all misdemeanors — following the encounter with Dym.


As Dym tried to guide Pettiway away from the scene, Pettiway grabbed onto a metal fence and refused to leave, the complaint read. He slapped Dym’s hand to prevent getting handcuffed. That case is still pending.


Dym was named in five federal civil rights lawsuits between 2011 and 2015 for claims of excessive force and false arrest, according to court documents.

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Dec 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 3 men fatally shot in 2-hour span across 3 boroughs


Three men were shot and killed during a two-hour burst of bloodshed across three boroughs late Saturday.


The first victim, a man in his 30s who remains unidentified, was found dead on Staten Island with a gunshot to the head inside a Dodge Durango parked on Holland Ave. by Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor around 10:05 p.m., according to authorities.


About five minutes later, a 30-year-old man was found shot in the chest in the lobby of a building at E. 93rd St. and Rutland Road in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He died at Kings County Hospital.


A few minutes after midnight Sunday a gunman blasted Yadel Garcia, 27, six times in the back at the corner of W. 175th St. and Broadway.


He died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.


Police have not made any arrests in the three shootings.

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Dec 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Golden Krust CEO sued for stiffing workers before his suicide

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Dec 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Crook breaks into Jewish nursing home, threatens to kill resident


An anti-Semitic maniac busted into a Jewish nursing home in the Bronx and threatened to rob and kill an 84-year-old man — who bravely fought back, police said Sunday.


Alen Califano, 41, broke into the New Jewish Home on University Ave. near W. 192nd in the West Bronx at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Puffing on a joint, he bolted up to the fourth floor, where he wrecked property in one of the rooms before moving to another, cops said.


That’s where the suspect encountered an 84-year-old man.


“Give me your money,” Califano ordered, according to police.


When the older man refused, the rebuffed thief told him, “I will kill you, you f—ing Jew.”


Califano then struck the elderly victim with a cardboard tube, cutting his mouth and forehead. Then he picked up a fire extinguisher and threw it at the octogenarian, who bravely blocked it.


On his way out, Califano was met by cops in the lobby. They cuffed him and charged him with attempted robbery, assault as a hate crime, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana.


He has about 10 prior arrests, including charges for assault, menacing and criminal mischief.


The nursing home declined to comment on Sunday.


There were 143 anti-Semitic hate crimes citywide through Nov. 25, a 22% jump from the same period for 2016 when there were 111. This year’s 143 anti-Jewish crimes comprised 43% of the city’s overall 332 hate crimes, according to NYPD statistics.

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Dec 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Boyfriend cuffed for fatally stabbing mentally ill Bronx woman


The boyfriend of a schizophrenic Bronx woman has been arrested for her murder, police said Saturday.


Ricardo Colon, 48, turned himself in two days after Veronica Fuentes, 45, was found stabbed to death inside her Teller Ave. apartment in Morrisania around 10 a.m. Thursday, cops said.


Colon has 23 prior arrests, mainly for drug charges and robbery, cops said.

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Dec 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Golden Krust founder commits suicide in Bronx factory


The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, police sources said.


Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., sources said.


More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory hours later. Some had tears rolling down their cheeks.


“He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,” said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee.


“He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.”


Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E. Gun Hill Rd. in 1989.


He built the Jamaica beef patty purveyor into a national empire boasting more than 120 restaurants across the U.S.


It also produces more than 50 million patties a year for retail stores and supplies them to about 20,000 outlets, according to The New York Times.


“We believe in the power of the patty,” Hawthorne told The Times in May.


Some of his employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his car, a silver Tesla 85D, parked oddly outside the factory. It was left straddling two lanes.


Everald Woods said he loved working under Hawthorne.


“He was a nice boss, a wonderful guy,” said Woods, an employee since 2003. “He’s the kind of guy you want to work for that long. He takes care of his employees.”


Woods said he was stunned to learn that Hawthorne had taken his life.


“I didn’t believe the news when I heard it at first,” Woods added. “I don’t know if the pressure of running the business was too much, but I’m shocked.” 

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Dec 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Mugger beats Penn Station newsstand manager to near death


A Penn Station newsstand manager left home to catch his usual morning subway to work — and nearly landed in the morgue.


Khalid Mehmood, 64, remained hospitalized Saturday after a vicious mugger beat him almost to death during a pre-dawn robbery on a Bronx street, according to police and relatives.


His assailant likely netted little more than cash, a Metrocard and Mehmood’s bag lunch of two boiled eggs, his nephew told the Daily News.


“He was ambushed,” said nephew Mohammad Ismail, 22. “My uncle is a very gentle, loving, caring, harmless person. Why would someone beat him that bad?”


The attacker responsible for the savage Wednesday assault remained on the lam three days later. Police were hoping to find video of the attack.


Mehmood was initially placed on life support with bleeding on the brain, a broken left eye socket and multiple facial fractures after the 4:20 a.m. attack, the nephew said.


“My uncle would say, if he could talk right now, that God saved him from this,” said Ismail.


Mehmood, who worked at the Hudson News outlet in Penn Station, followed the same routine every day: Leaving his Bronx basement apartment at 4:15 a.m., taking the three-minute walk to the No. 6 train and heading downtown.


He never reached the station. A witness instead discovered the disoriented Mehmood with a massive head wound and cuts to the right side of his face at Overing St. and Tratman Ave. in Parkchester, police said.


His wallet and briefcase were both missing, cops said.


Family members became worried when the reliable Mehmood never appeared at his job of 28 years and failed to come home by his usual arrival time of 6 p.m.


Relatives launched a search that ended when they discovered he was in the Jacobi Medical Center.


“My sister started calling Khalid’s cell phone, and he wasn’t answering,” said Ismail. “We called over at the mosque across the street, and they were asking for prayers for the man who was beaten that morning.”


The man turned out to be Mehmood, who worked at the newsstand for the last 28 years. He and his wife of three decades raised her niece as their own daughter in the Bronx home.

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Dec 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Teen slashed in face on Bronx bus during argument with attacker


A teenager was slashed in the face as she tried to fight off an unhinged man on a Bronx bus, cops said Saturday.


The 19-year-old victim was on a BX4 bus on Westchester Ave. near Pugsley St. in Parkchester when she got into an argument with another passenger about 3:15 p.m. Friday.


As their dispute escalated, her adversary whipped out a razor and lunged at the teen, repeatedly slashing her face.


He ran off when the bus came to a stop. Medics took the victim to Jacobi Medical Center.


Police on Saturday released a surveillance image of the suspect and asked the public’s help identifying him.


He is described as black, in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a black du-rag and a black hooded jacket.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Dec 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC teacher dies from apparent heroin overdose after last class


Bronx special education teacher Matthew Azimi’s last purchase on Earth was a hypodermic needle he used to shoot a lethal dose of heroin into his veins while sitting in a dingy school bathroom, police sources said Friday.


After the dismissal bell rang at Public School X811 on Longfellow Ave. in Foxhurst about 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Azimi, 36, said goodbye to his students and went to a nearby CVS to buy the needle.


Roughly an hour and 45 minutes later, a school custodian found him dead inside a locked school bathroom. The receipt for his CVS purchase was in his pants pocket, police sources said.


His unexpected death left stunned school staffers reeling from the news Friday.

Teacher found dead in NYC school bathroom from apparent overdose


“He was great. He was a good teacher,” said one grief-stricken teacher, who didn’t want to be named.


The Department of Education sent a team of grief counselors to the school to help students cope with Azimi’s death.


His neighbors in Carmel, N.Y., said the always-smiling teacher had three children and was expecting a fourth: His wife was about five months pregnant.


“I never saw him as a person that would do drugs,” said his neighbor Stephanie Quinto, 30, almost breaking down in tears. “He was very calm, very normal.”

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Quinto knew something was wrong when police came to her door about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, looking for Azimi’s wife.


When Azimi’s children weren’t at the bus stop Friday morning, Quinto feared the worst.


“I worry for those children. This is just crazy,” she said. “What possibly could be the reason? He always seemed so happy. … He is always with his kids, always smiling.”


Police sources said Azimi waited until after school to shoot up. He purchased the needle about 4 p.m., cops said.

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At about 5:45 p.m., the building janitor came across a locked bathroom. He forced the door and found Azimi dead.


The needle he had just purchased and a small baggie with heroin residue was found next to the burly educator, police sources said.


No students from the special-education school — which teaches kids from the sixth to the 12th grades — were present when his body was discovered.


An autopsy performed Friday was inconclusive, according to the city Medical Examiner’s office. Further toxicology tests were required before a cause of death could be finalized.


Azimi’s family declined to comment Friday.


Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña found the teacher’s death “deeply saddening.”


Azimi lived 50 miles outside the Bronx, but he couldn’t escape the opioid epidemic that killed 1,300 people in the city last year.


“The heroin problem in Carmel, God,” Quinto said somberly. “So many people. There are a lot of people in this town doing that. But him? God.


“I know special ed is hard, but maybe something happened in the school with him,” she speculated. “It’s like, now you have millions of questions for yourself.”

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