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Jun 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Two city buses collide in Bronx, sending 17 people to hospital


Two city buses crashed into each other in the Bronx Wednesday — sending 17 people to the hospital, officials said.


The two MTA buses on the BX9 route collided as they were picking up passengers at W. Kingsbridge Rd. and Kingsbridge Terrace in Marble Hill about 9:15 a.m., officials said.


Witnesses said one bus backed into the other as it was in front of the bus stop.


Medics took 17 passengers from the two buses to area hospitals for treatment, FDNY officials said.

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One injured person refused medical attention.


All of the injuries were minor, officials said.


MTA officials were investigating the incident Wednesday.

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Jun 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: SEE IT: 6 train suspended after water main break floods tracks


A water main break shut down No. 6 train service between Manhattan and the Bronx Wednesday morning.


Cellphone video posted online by a straphanger shows a deluge gushing onto the tracks.


MTA cut power to the tracks near the 143rd St.-St. Mary’s St. station on the No. 6 line around 10:05 a.m., a transit spokeswoman said.


A spokesman for the city Department of Environmental Protection did not have details about how the city-owned water main broke.

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MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said that a train in the tunnel had to be reversed back to a station and that no one was stuck for a long period of time.


Trains were suspended in both directions from 125th St. in Harlem to Hunts Point Ave. in the Bronx.


No. 2 and 5 trains are still running between the boroughs. No. 4 and 5 trains were running local in Manhattan.


The disruptions, however, continued when a signal problem at 125th St. halted Nos. 4 and 6 lines, with trains being held at stations between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and 125th St.


No. 5 trains were sent over the No. 2 line in both directions between the Nevins St. station in Brooklyn and 149th St.-Grand Concourse in the Bronx. 

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Jun 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Union insists NYPD Sgt. who killed Bronx woman couldn’t use Taser


An NYPD sergeant accused of killing a 66-year-old schizophrenic Bronx woman could not use his stun gun because the woman’s back wasn’t turned to him, union members said Tuesday.


Sergeants Benevolent Association members said Sgt. Hugh Barry was trained to shoot people in the back with his stun gun.


When he confronted Deborah Danner inside her Pugsley Ave. home in Norwood on Oct. 18, she was facing him, making the stun gun “not a viable option,” union officials said.


“Firing a Taser to the front of a person’s body increases the chance that one dart may miss, which results in an incomplete circuit, as well as increasing the likelihood that a dart can hit the facial area or private area and cause a severe physical injury,” according to retired NYPD Police Officer Arthur Scala, who spent 18 years as an instructor assigned to the Firearms and Tactics Section.

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The SBA used Scala’s comments in a full-page Daily News ad defending Barry’s actions.


But a law enforcement official disputed that Barry was trained to fire a stun gun at a person’s back.


“The training does not teach you that you must shoot the Taser in the back,” the official said.


“You are looking for muscle mass along the belt line. If you are being attacked from the front, there’s no training to go around to the back. There are many instances where Tasers have been correctly deployed in the front.”

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A Bronx grand jury indicted Barry, an eight-year police veteran, on second-degree intentional murder after he shot Danner when she picked up a baseball bat and began swinging it at him.


Because of the potential for serious injuries, the NYPD “adopted the procedure to fire the Taser at the back of the person,” Scala said. “This is what is taught to all sergeants and taught again when sergeants are promoted to lieutenants.


“Sgt. Barry did not have the option to fire the Taser at Ms. Danner’s back; therefore the Taser was not a viable option during the incident.”


Barry was widely criticized for not using his stun gun or employing the NYPD’s “isolate and contain” procedures that are used against violent mentally ill subjects.

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Jun 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops ID one man suspected in avocado attack on Bronx deli worker

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Jun 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man stabs woman who was brawling with his friend in the Bronx


A man ended a brawl between two Bronx women by jamming a knife into the chest of one of the combatants early Tuesday, officials said.


The two women, ages 30 and 33, were fighting inside an apartment on Webb Ave. near West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge when a man in his 20s acquainted with the older woman grabbed a knife and stabbed her opponent about 12:40 a.m., cops said.


The man ran off and has not been caught.


Medics rushed the young woman to St. Barnabas Hospital with a stab wound to the chest. She is expected to survive, police said. The older woman was taken to the same hospital with a cut to the ear.

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Jun 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC beaches, outdoor pools to stay open one week after Labor Day


The city’s most popular beaches and large outdoor pools will stay open for an extra week after Labor Day, officials announced Tuesday as the mercury climbed into the 90s for the third straight day.


The Parks Department got .7 million in the city budget passed last week to pay for the extension, which will apply to six beaches and Olympic- and intermediate-sized outdoor pools.


Beaches and pools will stay open through Sunday, Sept. 10. It’s the second year pools are staying open later, and the third for beaches.


“To millions of New Yorkers, our city’s beaches and pools are a necessity: it’s where they go on hot summer days to relax, exercise, and just cool off,” Mayor de Blasio said.

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Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and Midland and South Beaches on Staten Island are all staying open later.


Last summer, nearly 16 million people visited New York City beaches, and 1.9 million visited outdoor pools. Beaches have been open since Memorial Day weekend, while pools will open June 28.


“For the countless New Yorkers who can’t afford to vacation in the Hamptons or take a cruise in the Caribbean, the city’s beaches and pools offer exceptional summer recreation opportunities right here in the five boroughs — accessible for the price of a MetroCard,” said Councilman Mark Levine, chair of the parks committee.


Meanwhile, City Hall plans to announce a 6 million program Wednesday to curb the effects of extreme heat in city neighborhoods, billed as part of the push to increase New York’s resiliency against climate change.

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The current heat wave saw the mercury soar to 98 degrees at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, a record high — beating the previous record of 97 set in 1961, according to the National Weather Service. Central Park was a slightly cooler 94 degrees, which is not a record.

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Jun 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Enraged NYC deli patrons hurl avocados after cook botched orders


Holy guacamole!


Two customers at a deli near Yankee Stadium went bananas over a botched food order, and started chucking avocados so hard they broke a man’s jaw, police said.


The entire avocado assault is caught on video, which cops released Tuesday.


The men were shopping at the Stadium Gourmet Deli on E. 161st St. and Walton Ave. in the Bronx at about 4:45 a.m. May 29, when they flipped out and pitched the fruits like fastballs, cops said.

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The pair became enraged when the cook got their orders wrong, possibly because of a language barrier, police sources said.


Samouel Saleh, 29, a supervisor at the deli, said one of the men ordered a sandwich, then started arguing with a cashier.


“Then he started to throw the avocado in his face,” Saleh said.


Video footage shows one man, his hair shaved close and dressed in a black T-shirt with a graphic print, grabbing an armful of avocados from a display near the counter.

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He scowls, then starts throwing them, one at a time, at the employee, who clutches his face and collapses.


A bearded man, dressed in jeans, a white shirt and a blue vest, and holding his belt in his hand, joins in moments later.


He grabs a handful of avocados and starts hurling them, lashes his belt in the air, and pulls down a store display.


The first man can be seen jumping over the counter before he snatched a bunch of bananas and tossed them at the workers.

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The 21-year-old clerk, identified by sources as Amir Alzabibi, who bore the brunt of the attack suffered fractures to his face and a broken jaw, cops said.


 Medics took him to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.


Saleh said the clerk was also struck in the left eye.


“He can see and everything but he feels pain. It’s not 100% OK,” he said.


Cops are asking anyone with information about the attackers to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. 

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Jun 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Family mourns loss of dad killed in Bronx hit-and-run


The family of a doting Bronx dad killed by a livery cab driver, who then selfishly took off, shook with grief and rage Tuesday at his senseless death.


Stricken relatives gathered at the family’s home on St. Ann’s Ave near E. 142nd St. in Mott Haven to mourn the loss of Gabriel Garcia, 28. The dad of a 7-year-old girl was hit Monday night as he crossed E. 138th St. near Walton Ave.


Meanwhile, cops continued Tuesday to search for the livery cab driver suspected in the crash.


“We’re just trying to survive,” Garcia’s cousin, Reynaldo Burdier, 24, told the Daily News.

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“It’s a really bad loss,” he said. “Things happen and we really can’t do anything about it — all we can hope is that we get justice.”


To the cab driver, Burdier said, “Just confess up — it’s wrong that you just hit someone and just kept going.”


Seconds after the dark-colored sedan with Taxi & Limousine Commission plates hit Garcia, a Toyota Camry ran him over, police said.


The 37-year-old Camry driver briefly kept driving and then immediately returned to the scene.

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He is not being charged or ticketed, as he didn’t cause the crash.


“The second driver, he came back, he came and talked to police, he did the right thing,” Burdier said.


“He’s not gonna get in any trouble. The first guy, he should have just done the right thing and stopped, stayed with him. You’re not supposed to leave an incident … it’s really sad.”


Relatives said Garcia adored his daughter, Gabriela.

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“He was just trying to live life as a man and spend time with his daughter, and do everything a father can do,” Burdier said.


Garcia’s uncle Rafael Garcia, 59, added, “He (was) a happy guy … a lot of energy. He (didn’t) like being in one place, (always) moving.”


The victim’s father, Gabriel Garcia Sr., could be heard sobbing uncontrollably as he entered the building.


“The family right now — we’re gonna try handle the situation. We’re gonna do the best we can,” said Rafael Garcia, who works as a cab driver.

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The uncle said Garcia was not currently employed. He also has an 11-year-old brother and two older sisters.

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Jun 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Pedestrian killed by at least one hit-and-run driver in the Bronx

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Jun 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man who kicked pregnant straphanger to testify in his own defense


The commuter accused of kicking a pregnant woman’s stomach on the subway will testify before a grand jury in his own defense, his lawyer said.


Michael Lee, 40, appeared briefly in Manhattan Criminal Court Monday morning where his lawyer, Lance Fletcher, said that his client would be taking the witness stand.


Prosecutors said Lee’s case will be “presented to the grand jury this week.”


Lee has maintained since his arrest that the Bronx-bound No. 4 train dust-up on March 9 was initiated by 28-year-old Natasha Rodney, who was nine months pregnant at the time.


He stands charged with attempted assault in the second degree for allegedly booting her in the belly at the Bowling Green station.

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Jun 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx mosque targeted three times by pellet gun shooter


A Bronx mosque has been targeted three times by a pellet gun shooter, police sources said Monday.


A NYPD patrol car was posted Monday afternoon outside Majid Ebun Abass, on Alexander Ave. in Mott Haven.


On Friday night, a window was shattered when someone fired the pellet gun, apparently from a building in the Mott Haven Houses across the street.


The pellet cracked a window at the store affiliated with the mosque — and another pellet hit a worshiper standing outside in the neck, according to Habibedu Trawally, 64, the vice president of the cultural center that runs the mosque and the store.

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The worshiper was not hurt, said Trawally, who called police right after the incident.


On June 8 and May 30 the mosque was also targeted by someone with a pellet gun, though there was no damage or injuries.


“People are worried,” Trawally said. “We have no idea if these were (hate crimes) but that’s what we’re thinking about.


“They all happened during Ramadan time.”

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Muhammad Dukureh, who works at the center and was inside the mosque when the window was broken, fears the worst.


“Maybe they don’t like Muslims and that’s why they do this,” said Dukureh, 30. “Maybe if they had a real gun, they’d be trying to kill us.”


The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incidents.

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Jun 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx boy, 5, shot in head gets pre-K graduation tribute


A purple cap and gown lay on an empty chair, along with a star bearing his name.


It was a silent tribute, complete with a collage and balloons, from pre-K students who graduated Friday from New Little Branches, a day care in Yonkers. There were proud moms and dads — and the laughter of little kids.


All that was missing was the contagious smile of little Jaheem Hunter, a 5-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet in the Bronx on his birthday last week. While the other kids got their diplomas, Jaheem was in critical condition with bullet fragments still lodged in his head at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.


But there are signs of hope.


“Generally, he is progressing with a few hiccups,” said Jaheem’s sister and guardian, Aja Holmes, 35.


The boy, who was shot while walking with his dad, is out of a coma, relatives said Sunday. And he’s aware of his family’s presence as he battles for his life.


“Absolutely, he’s a warrior,” Holmes added.


Heartbreaking photos obtained by the Daily News provide just a glimpse into the grief caused by the shooting on June 5.


An uneaten birthday cake awaiting Jaheem featured a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles design and matching cups and plates. Ring Pops remained in their wrappers — party favors quickly forgotten after the family learned of the Morrisania shooting.


Would-be party guests were chatting about his birthday presents.


Holmes and Jaheem’s father, Charlie Hunter, 62, held onto doctors’ assessment that the boy was doing well — given the circumstances — a week after being shot.


“He’s a fighter,” Holmes said.


A photo of Jaheem viewed by The News showed he was on a breathing machine, with IVs and tubes in his body. His entire left side was swollen.


Holmes recalled that the family had thought of throwing Jaheem a big party honoring both his birthday and pre-K graduation.


Instead, five days after he was shot, Jaheem’s classmates celebrated their big day after making the collage of their gravely wounded classmate. The banner read “Happy Birthday Jaheem.”


It featured photos of Jaheem in class, drawing and playing with blocks. Next to the photographs were paper cutouts of his favorite mutant turtles.


A 27-year-old ex-con, Michael Quiles, was arrested shortly after the shooting at Washington Ave. and E. 167th St. as the triggerman. Police said he was aiming for a rival.


“Sorry, Charlie,” the gunman said to the boy’s father as he made a run for it, according to sources.


Quiles pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges.


Neighbors said Jaheem was known as “Little Man.”


The tragedy prompted candlelight vigils last week.


“How many funerals?” a flyer about one vigil read. “How many babies have to be wounded? How old?”

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