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Apr 18, 2017
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Apr 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: City EMS praise MTA cop for stopping EMT Yadira Arroyo’s killer


The city’s EMS corps on Monday hailed the off-duty transit officer who helped apprehend the man suspected of killing EMT Yadira Arroyo.


MTA Police Officer Daniel McDade, surrounded by Arroyo’s colleagues and family at her Bronx EMS station, was praised for his quick-thinking and selfless actions.


“One month ago, our FDNY family lost a remarkable woman in a senseless crime,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “And the members here lost someone who was important to this station.”


Arroyo, 44, an EMT with 14 years on the job, was a beloved fixture at the “Tin House,” the nickname for her base, EMS Station 26 in Morrisania.

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A memorial to the fallen first responder, adorned with Puerto Rican flags, Pepsi cans and candles, graces the back of the station where EMS union head Israel Miranda showered McDade with praise.


“Today makes a little over a month that our sister was taken from us by a criminal who obviously shouldn’t have been in the streets,” he said. “But today we’re here to honor a great man. He is a true hero.”


Arroyo, a mother of five boys, was responding to a routine call with her partner on March 16 when chaos erupted on White Plains Road.


A schizophrenic man with a 31-arrest rap sheet stole Arroyo’s ambulance — and then ran her over twice with the FDNY vehicle, authorities said.

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McDade was taking a detour on his way to an overtime shift at Grand Central Terminal when he saw the terror unfold. The cop and a pair of bystanders jumped into action, subduing 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez — the man suspected of being behind the wheel.


McDade humbly accepted the honors, but said Arroyo was the true hero.


“It’s sad. It’s honorable, but the true honor and heroism goes to Yari,” he said. “I’m here for her.”


The MTA K-9 cop from Long Island said he has only one regret — not getting a chance to meet Arroyo.

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The fallen EMT’s aunt, Ali Acevedo-Hernandez, thanked McDade for his courage.


“On behalf of our family, thank you. It’s a very small phrase compared to the immense gratitude that we feel for your courageous act,” Acevedo-Hernandez said. “You’re heroic in our hearts and in our eyes.”

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Apr 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man with BB gun busted after menacing Bronx church on Easter


Worshippers at a Bronx church were able to celebrate Easter peacefully after an usher disarmed a man with a BB gun and a box cutter and held him until cops arrived, police and a church official said Monday.


The suspect, Donkor Yaw, 24, rolled up on his bike in front of the Church of the Revelation on White Plains Road just after 9 a.m. Sunday, as Easter Mass was about to begin.


Over the next 15 minutes, he walked in and out of the church twice, raising the suspicions of security guards there, police said.


When Yaw entered the church a third time, he took a seat in a pew. At that point he was disarmed by usher Antonio Mejia, 54, and held until police got there, according to Michael Garzilli, the church’s choir director.

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“He was obviously up to no good,” Garzilli said. “Who comes into a church with what looks like a gun and a box cutter?”


The suspect, who lives in the Bronx, was charged with criminal trespass, weapons possession, drug possession for prescription drugs he was carrying and criminal use of drug paraphernalia for marijuana he had in a small pipe, police said.


Yaw had no previous arrests.

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Apr 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: New York City is ‘oversaturated’ with tobacco sellers: report


New York is choking on smoke from a glut of tobacco sellers.


There are nearly 9,000 stores peddling tobacco in the city, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, which says the city is “oversaturated” with cigarette retailers.


The 8,992 stores licensed to sell tobacco citywide include 2,725 in Brooklyn, 2,196 in Manhattan, 2,117 in Queens, 1,542 in the Bronx, and 412 on Staten Island.


“There is simply too much tobacco in New York City,” said Michael Davoli, the group’s director of government relations. “In far too many neighborhoods, tobacco retailers can be found on nearly every corner and every block. And widespread availability of tobacco in our communities dangerously normalizes tobacco use.”

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The heaviest concentration of tobacco sellers is in Midtown Manhattan, where there are 62 for every 10,000 people, followed by the Financial District, where there are 25. That compares to a citywide average of 10 stores for every 10,000 people.


Outside Manhattan, the highest rates are in lower-income neighborhoods in the South Bronx and north and central Brooklyn, the report found — the same neighborhoods likely to have higher smoking rates.


Hunts Point in the Bronx has 17 stores for every 10,000 people, and Mott Haven and Belmont in the Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick in Brooklyn each have 16.


While hard-core smokers will go out of their way to get their fix, advocates say reducing the number of stores selling cigarettes will discourage smoking because the vast majority of city smokers — almost 80% — are either light daily smokers, meaning they light up less than 10 times a day, or don’t smoke every day.

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“If you make it a little bit harder for them to access tobacco, more people are not going to make that effort,” Davoli said. “Reducing the saturation in the number of licensed tobacco retail outlets will save lives.”


Citywide, there’s an average of one tobacco outlet every five blocks or 1,312 feet, a distance that shrinks to 679 feet in Manhattan, the Cancer Action Network found.


There are 31/2 times as many tobacco stores in the city as pizzerias or schools, and 29 times as many as Starbucks.


The vast majority of the stores, 93%, are within 1,000 feet of another tobacco seller, the report found. There are 6,778 within 1,000 feet of a school, and 342 within 200 feet of a school.

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A bill was introduced in the City Council earlier this month to set a cap on the number of tobacco sellers in each neighborhood at half the number now existing, and bar issuing any new licenses until the number of stores has fallen below the cap.


The Cancer Action Network is pushing to put a cap on sellers of smokes, and bar new licenses within 1,000 feet of another tobacco merchant or of a school or house of worship.


They also want to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco.


An estimated 14.3% of adult New Yorkers were smokers in the 2016 fiscal year, a slight jump from 13.9% the year before. The number has gone up and down in the past few years but is down from 18.3% in 2003 — the year of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s smoking ban in bars and restaurants.


Smoking kills about 12,000 people a year in the city, making it the top preventable cause of death. 

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Apr 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man jailed for teen slay is freed over missing evidence at trial


A Bronx man convicted of killing a teenager was set free on Monday because prosecutors discovered they had withheld a key piece of evidence during his trial.


A smile of relief swept across Steven Odiase’s face as the order came down from Bronx Supreme Court Judge Steven Barrett.


Odiase, sentenced to 25 years to life, spent six years behind bars for the 2009 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Juan Jerez.


After a request by his lawyers, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office found that a police report given to his defense during his 2013 trial with a description of the killer that did not match Odiase had been redacted.

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“It’s huge. And it’s important because it shows that this office is truly committed to looking at problematic convictions, which they’ve done,” Odiase’s attorney Pierre Sussman said, praising Clark’s office.


Another man, Daikwan Giles, who confessed to the shooting and was identified by eyewitnesses, was convicted in the same trial.


Odiase, 31, did not speak to reporters as he left the courthouse on Monday and got into the passenger seat of a waiting car.


Friends shook his hand and said, “Love you Steve-o,” before he was driven away.

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“It’s been very hard but we’re glad to have him home,” Odiase’s sister, Kamilah Odiase, 27, said. “When I heard the judge say he was released it felt really good. Because we’ve been hurting for a long time.”


Odiase’s lawyers filed a post-conviction motion to set aside the verdict in July 2015, and then in 2016, his attorneys Pierre Sussman, Jonathan Edelstein and Robert Grossman asked prosecutors to review the case and agreed to stay the motion.


Prosecutors from Clark’s Conviction Integrity Unit reviewed hundreds of documents and interviewed witnesses, discovering the redacted report that was passed on to the defense.


“The unearthing of the exculpatory evidence highlights the value of a Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). The unit did an exhaustive re-investigation of this case, which involved the senseless killing of a 15-year-old boy,” Clark said in a statement.

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Assistant District Attorney Risa Gerson explained further in court.


“Specifically what that was a DD5 that was handed over to the defense. But the version handed over to the defense had key information missing, specifically a description of the shooter that did not match either defendant,” she said. “Accordingly, the people are joining in the defense motion be requesting that the court vacate the judgment of conviction and sentence in this case. The people are further requesting that the defendant be released on his own recognizance while we further investigate the case and determine our next steps.”


Odiase will remain free while Clark’s office decides whether or not to retry him. He is due back in court on June 13.

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Apr 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man attacked with machete during gang-related spat in the Bronx


A man was sliced in the head and arm with a machete during a gang-related assault in the Bronx on Sunday afternoon, officials said.


The 22-year-old victim was standing at Wales Ave. and E. 152nd St. in the South Bronx at about 3:20 p.m. when two men approached him, cops said.


They argued, and one of the men pulled out a machete, cutting his head, back and arm.


The victim, who’s expected to survive the attack, went to Lincoln Hospital, police said.

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Apr 16, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: A great read on Guyana women in e-magazine

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Apr 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx cop healing after almost losing arm in pursuit of suspect


A Bronx cop is on the mend after nearly losing an arm while chasing a suspect over a fence, officials said Saturday.


The cop, an anti-crime officer for the 40th Precinct, was pursuing 20-year-old Naquan Smith from the corner of 137th St. and Willis Ave. in Mott Haven — near the Mitchell Houses — around 10:50 p.m. Friday when he suffered a deep cut to his arm just above his elbow.


He was jumping over a fence when he cut himself, witnesses told police. The gash was so deep that it tore into the brachial artery in his bicep, police sources said.


Fearing he would lose his arm, first responders rushed him to Lincoln Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.


Doctors were able to save his arm, police sources said. The officer was in stable condition at the hospital Saturday.


The cop’s name was not immediately disclosed.


Smith escaped and is still being sought, officials said Saturday. It was not immediately disclosed what sparked the pursuit.


The NYPD put out a wanted poster for Smith Saturday saying he was “wanted for a felony assault on a member of the service.”

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Apr 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Funding probed to nonprofit running unit where baby girls died


City investigators are looking into the finances of the nonprofit operator of the shelter apartment where two young Bronx sisters were scalded to death by steam from a malfunctioning radiator, the Daily News has learned.


The Bushwick Economic Development Corp., or BEDCO, said in a recent disclosure to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services that the Department of Investigation had opened a probe in late January into how it uses its funding.


Since 2004, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit has received at least 6 million in city contracts to run traditional shelters and cluster-site housing, where homeless families are placed in units in privately owned apartment buildings.


But BEDCO’s finances have come under scrutiny since 1-year-old Scylee Vayoh Ambrose and 2-year-old Ibanez Ambrose were killed in a BEDCO-run cluster-housing unit in Hunts Point.

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State and city records show the nonprofit has had tax problems for years but failed to disclose them to the city as contractors are required to do. Most recently, the state Department of Taxation and Finance slapped BEDCO with a tax warrant for 2,898 on Dec. 6, a day before the Ambrose sisters’ tragic deaths. BEDCO paid the money back to the state last month after the lien came to light in news reports.


The nonprofit has also been sued for millions of dollars in back rent by the owners of buildings it leases for shelters, lawsuits show.


The city Department of Homeless Services said in February that it planned to sever all cluster-site housing and hotel shelter contracts with BEDCO.


BEDCO, however, still has contracts with Homeless Services to operate three traditional shelters. Contracts for those shelters expire on June 30.

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Isaac McGinn, a spokesman for Homeless Services, said the agency is still determining whether to renew the contracts and will make its decision based on a review of BEDCO’s compliance with a corrective action plan.


BEDCO’s executive director, Frank Boswell, did not respond to a request for comment.


DOI is also investigating the little girls’ deaths and has subpoenaed records from BEDCO and M&G LLC, the property manager of the Hunts Point apartment building where the tragedy occurred.

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Apr 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx cop suffers severe arm injury chasing suspect


A Bronx police officer injured his arm while chasing a suspect on Friday night, according to police sources and a witness.


The plainclothes cop was near the corner of 137th St. and Willis Ave. by the Mitchell Houses in Mott Haven when he suffered a gash across the arm at around 10:50 p.m., officials said.


One resident, who declined to give his name, said that a pair of officers were chasing two suspects out of a nearby building when one cop appeared to injure himself as he jumped over a fence in pursuit.


A police source said that the injury was serious enough that the officer could lose the arm.


The injured cop was taken to Lincoln Hospital by other officers, the FDNY said. He is in stable condition, officials said.


Cops closed off nearby streets as they investigated Friday night.


The NYPD revealed little about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Apr 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: MTA cop to be honored for stopping EMT Yadira Arroyo’s killer


The city’s EMS corps on Monday will honor the off-duty transit officer who helped apprehend the man suspected of killing EMT Yadira Arroyo.


Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and others are expected to attend the morning ceremony for MTA police officer Daniel McDade.


McDade, a K-9 cop from Long Island, was on his way to Grand Central Terminal for an overtime shift on March 16 when bad traffic led him to take an alternate route through the Soundview section of the Bronx.


McDade said he saw an ambulance a few cars ahead make a right turn and an EMT jump out of the passenger side.

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The ambulance suddenly went into reverse, hitting two cars and then riding up on a snow bank.


When it lurched forward again, McDade spotted a person under the vehicle.


It was Arroyo, 44, an EMT with 14 years on the job and mother of five boys.


The commandeered ambulance crashed into the sidewalk and came to a halt.

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The man behind the wheel, identified by police as Jose Gonzalez, 25, jumped out.


McDade approached Gonzalez with his gun drawn — but then holstered his weapon and subdued the man with the help of two bystanders.


Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to the two murder counts against him.


Israel Miranda, president of Local 2507, the EMS union, said he expected a large turnout at the Monday event to honor Office McDade.


“We are honored to be able to give this brave police officer the respect he deserves for stepping up while he was off-duty and apprehending the man charged with killing our beloved sister Yadira,” Miranda said.


The event will be at Arroyo’s Station 26, the “Tin House,” at 11 a.m. at 1264 Boston Rd. in the Bronx, Miranda said.


The Daily News launched a fund to help Arroyo’s family with an initial gift of ,000. Generous readers boosted the fund to more than 5,000.

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Apr 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man gets eight years behind bars in child sex assault case

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