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Aug 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops seek man who drove away after Bronx father’s fatal shooting


Cops released a photo Saturday of a man wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a Bronx father.


Police are looking for 25-year-old Elijah Smith, who was last seen driving away from scene after Duro Akil was killed in Williamsbridge Monday night.


Akil took a bullet to the torso when a man fired a shot through his building’s front door on E. 219th St. around 10:20 p.m., according to cops.


He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center and died on Wednesday, officials said.

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His father Okera Ras I, 54, died of a heart attack the same day, devastated family members told the Daily News.


Cops said that Smith was last seen in a grey four door sedan with Connecticut plates.


Police have offered a ,500 award for any information leading to an arrest or indictment in Akil’s death.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Aug 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: SPICE of life in inaugural ECIPS Music Festival


The organizers of the inaugural ECIPS Music Festival have compiled the correct ingredients for an excellent event — family fun, food and top flight reggae, R&B and soca entertainers.


International superstar Akon, Remy Ma, Alkaline, Freddie Jackson, Elephant Man, De La Ghetto, Denise Belfon, Queen Ifrica are some of acts due to perform next Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley Blvds., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


“ECIPS International (pronounced EE-sips) is ‘spice’ spelled backward,” explains event official Suzan Peart, shariing the vision uniting a diverse community “through food and music.” With music spanning genres and generations of fans, the production is being billed as a “legacy festival.”


For tickets and information, visit www.ecipsmusicfestival.com


PROJECT BEAUTY EXPO IS BEAUTIFUL IDEA


It’s all for women of color. Natural goods, wares of independently owned firms and wellness products will be on display today at the Project Beauty Expo, being held in Manhattan at the White Space Chelsea, 530 W. 25th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), from 1 p.m.to 6 p.m.


Developed by Brittany Brown, the expo is designed to give more power, respect and beauty options to women of color by linking them with the beauty industry, connecting women with indie brands, bloggers, beauty ethusiasts and providing “education in beauty, wellness, and lifestyle.”


Tickets are . For tickets and information. visit www.projectbeautyexpo.com.


RUN FOR HEALTH,  FUN  & GOOD CAUSE


There’s something for everyone in the annual Sons and Daughters of Jamaica’s 5K Run and Walk set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.


Men, women, boys and girls will gather at the park’s Park Circle East for the race/walk, which will help fund a mission to get clothing, school suppplies and other necessities to orphans in Jamaica.


Preregistration is and race day registration is . Children under 12 and senior citizens register for . For registration, general information or to volunteer, call (718) 712-5034.


PANAMA’S FOOD & CULTURE ON THE MENU


The Reggae Chefs are bringing Panama to Brooklyn in their latest culinary adventure, “Scattered Jamaica: Panama,” coming Saturday to The Golden Hall at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne St. (between Nostrand and New York Aves.), at 6 p.m.


The scrumptious and educational event is a five-hour session on the unique food, entertainment and culture of Panama and its Jamaican connections and influences.


“Patrons at ScatteredJamaica: Panama will come face to face with the culinary legacy of the Caribbean Panama Canal diggers as well as explore the significance of the Panama Tribune to black journalism,” said Reggae Chefs CEO, Peter Ivey.


The Panamanian-Jamaican experience includes reggae and reggaeton music, folk singers and women dressed in traditional Polleras,” said Ivey.


There will be live performers by reggae/Panamanian performer Synga Splaash; Natty Cat, the Braata Caribbean Performing Arts Company, and Panamanian folk dancers and Waldaba Stewart, president of the Caribbean Research Center, Medgar Evers College, is guest speaker.


Several outstanding community members will be honored at the affair. They include Professor Louis McGrath Walker, former director of Brooklyn College SEEK Program; Laura James, director of the Summer Youth Employment Program and the Work, Learn and Grow Program at Medgar Evers College; Andrew Clarke, actor, singer and founder of Braata, and Irwine Clare, radio host and founder of Team Jamaica Bickle.


Admission price of includes food, drinks and entertainment — and proceeds will help feed the hungry in Jamaica and Panama on Oct. 16, World Food Day.


For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ScatteredJamaicaPanama. And for information, contact Ivey at (917) 567-5216 or send email to thereggaechefs@gmail.com.

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Aug 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx dad has fatal heart attack after son dies from bullet wound


A Bronx family was reeling from twin tragedies Friday after a 34-year-old man died of a gunshot wound on the same day his father suffered a fatal heart attack.


The son, Duro Akil , took a bullet to the torso Monday night when a man fired a shot through a door in the victim’s Williamsbridge building after getting into a fight with a neighbor, cops said.


The father of two, a Fresh Direct deliveryman, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center with a punctured lung. He died two days later.


When his devastated family returned to the scene of the shooting Wednesday to tell his father, Okera Ras I, 54, they found him lifeless in bed.

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“We were in the middle of the street screaming. In shock,” said Akil’s sister, Makini Akil, 23.


“It was like something out of a movie scene.”


Makini Akil said the family is convinced that Ras I, a longtime Fox News network web video producer who rode with his son to the hospital following the shooting, died of a broken heart.


The city medical examiner told the family the autopsy showed he likely suffered a heart attack.

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“It was really too much for him,” the daughter added. “It was really like heartbreak.”


The bloodshed was set in motion when an upstairs neighbor forced an unwanted visitor out of the two-story brick building on E. 219th St. near White Plains Road.


The man stomped over to his car, grabbed a gun, and stormed back to the front door, cops said. The gunman then pounded on the locked front door before smashing its top window with the pistol’s handle.


Alarmed by the banging, Duro Akil, his brother and father came out into the hallway — unaware that the man on the other side of the door was carrying a gun. The man opened fire, striking Akil.

Bx. mom was shuttling special-needs kids when own van crushed her


“The way this happened, it’s stupid,” said Daquan Johnson, 27, the brother of the neighbor who quarreled with the shooter.


“It was ego. That’s all it was.”


The killer jumped into a car and sped off. Police have identified him but were still hunting for him Friday night.


Makini Akil said her brother, the oldest of five siblings and a graduate of Beacon High School, loved sports and had a passion for journalism and creative writing.

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Ras I held a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master’s degree in communications from New York University. Makini Akil said he recently left Fox News to pursue several entrepreneurial endeavors, including producing a film on the meaning of Kwanzaa.


Ras I also DJ’d events in the community and led a monthly healing retreat, his daughter said.


“There are so many people who can speak to how giving and well-liked he was,” she said. 


Friends have launched a GoFundMe page to help the family cover funeral costs and other expenses.

Van driver for special-needs group run over by own vehicle


“This heartbreak has left their family in an extreme state of anguish and sorrow,” the page reads. “Your contribution is needed to help honor these two amazing men.”

With ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

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Aug 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops bust suspect who tried to rape customer at Bronx Walgreens


Cops on Saturday nabbed the man they say tried to rape a customer in a Bronx Walgreens but was thwarted by the heroic efforts of the store’s manager.


Victor Augustus, 28, was arrested Saturday around 1 a.m. after Special Victims Unit investigators canvassing the neighborhood found the homeless attacker a few blocks from the White Plains Road Walgreens, where he forced himself upon a woman leaving the store’s restroom, police said.


Augustus attacked the 50-year-old victim at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday, after waiting for her to exit the store’s unisex bathroom he had used moments earlier, according to authorities.


When she was done and tried to leave, Augustus, waiting on the other side of the door, pushed her back inside, sources said.

Bronx Walgreens manager saves customer from rape in bathroom


“Get in,” he said, knocking her to the floor, according to cops.


When the woman started screaming, Augustus allegedly covered her mouth with one hand while shoving his hand down her pants with his other hand, sources said.


But her screams were loud enough to draw the attention of store manager David Aponte, according to the sources.


Aponte rushed into the bathroom and pulled Augustus off the woman.

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Augustus, who police said has multiple prior arrests, was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault and harassment.

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Aug 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man nabbed after fatally shooting victim in bad Bronx drug deal


Detectives have arrested an Upper West Side man they say shot a 23-year-old man to death during a drug deal gone bad, officials said Saturday.


Divine Fredericks was captured in Georgia after he was busted for an unrelated crime there. He was being sought for shooting Tyreek Simmons, 23, in the back of the head during a Bronx drug deal about 4:20 p.m. on July 1.


Fredericks, who lives in the Douglass Houses, was sitting in the back of an SUV on Commonwealth Ave. in Soundview when he allegedly shot Simmons in the back of the head. He then shot a second man, 24, sitting in the passenger seat in the mouth before getting out of the SUV and running off.


Medics rushed both victims to Jacobi Medical Center, where Simmons died about a week later.


Cops charged Fredericks with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, weapons possession and assault. His arraignment was pending Saturday.

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Aug 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Boy struck by car while running across Bronx street


A child playing on a Bronx street was hit by a car Friday night, authorities and witnesses said.


Alvin Paulino, 8, was running across Faile St. near Gilbert Pl. in Hunts Point when a black Toyota RAV 4 traveling north slammed into him around 9:10 p.m., according to witnesses.


Tommy Frazier, 41, said the boy was pinned under the SUV’s back right wheel and an apparently burning hot part of the undercarriage


“The baby’s yelling, ‘It’s burning, it’s burning,’ ” he said.

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Frazier and two other good Samaritans heroically lifted the SUV off little Alvin.


“We swung it way out the way, the kid’s still on the floor in agonizing pain,” said Frazier.


Alvin’s aunt Sunday Flores, 37, said she rushed outside after she heard her nephew screaming for help.


“He was just crying, crying, crying, and he said ‘Please don’t leave me’ and I said ‘I’m not gonna leave you, you’re OK, you’re OK’,” she said.

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Medics rushed the boy to Lincoln Hospital in serious condition, FDNY officials said.


Flores said Alvin’s mother texted her from the hospital and told her the boy‘s right leg and hip were broken.


He was being transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for surgery but is expected to be OK, family members said.

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Aug 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx mom says daughter in ‘good spirits’ despite burn injuries


An 11-year-old girl doused with scalding water in a gruesome prank suffered burns over 85% of her face, along with wounds to her back and chest, according to her mother.


Hospitalized Jamoneisha Merritt “has a good spirit despite her injuries,” mom Ebony Merritt said Friday.


“I’m still looking for an attorney to make sure I’m handling all of this right,” she continued. “Yes, I am thinking about suing.”


Ebony Merritt expressed anger that 12-year-old Aniya Grant Stuart was not in custody for tossing the hot water on Jamoneisha, and alleged there were three other people involved.

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A spokesman for the city Corporation Counsel said Stuart had yet to appear in court, although the Department of Probation did an intake on the pre-teen.


Police took the child into custody on assault charges shortly after the incident early Monday, with the case turned over to Family Court for investigation.


The suspect’s older sister Shawna said she was still in social media contact with the hospitalized girl. Shawna said she felt bad about the scalding but hoped that her sister wouldn’t be taken away.

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Aug 11, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx paraprofessional accused of raping autistic student

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Aug 11, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx Walgreens manager saves customer from rape in bathroom

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Aug 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bx. mom was shuttling special-needs kids when own van crushed her


She had just taken the job a few months ago — driving a van filled with special-needs children — because she loved to help people.


On Wednesday, an accident at her new job cost the 37-year-old Bronx mom her life.


The distraught family of Irene Espinal-Jiminian, 37, said she had started her new job as a driver for the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics seven months ago.


“I saw her at five in the morning before she left to work,” said her husband, Joaquin Jiminez. “She was the best person, caring, and she helped without being asked, a good mother.”

Van driver for special-needs group run over by own vehicle


The Van Nest mom of two young boys was driving a Ford van, transporting a group of special-needs kids at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.


She stopped on E. 229th St. by Carpenter Ave. in Wakefield and stepped out of the vehicle, but then walked back to the driver’s side to reposition the van, cops said.


Espinal-Jiminian put the vehicle into reverse, but then apparently slipped and fell to the ground, cops said.


The van rolled back, crushing her with its front driver-side wheel, police said. It then hit a parked vehicle and stopped.

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None of the children inside was hurt, cops said.


Espinal-Jiminian was taken to nearby Montefiore Medical Center, where she died, cops said.


Her family was still trying to make sense of the awful chain of events Thursday.


“I am lost for words right now,” her husband said.

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Espinal-Jiminian’s mom, Eusebia Jiminian, said she was still waiting to find out the specifics of what happened from police.


“We don’t know what exactly happened,” she said. “The police did not break the news to us, the hospital did, and was respectful.”


Police initially thought Espinal-Jiminian may have been struck by a hit-and-run driver, but their investigation determined otherwise.


Authorities could not say whether any of the children in the van witnessed the tragedy.

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The Tarrytown-based Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics runs residential programs for special-needs children in Westchester County and the Bronx.


“Irene was proud of her job, 100%” said Cristian Garcia, a close friend of the victim’s family.


Espinal-Jiminian lived in the Bronx all her life, and used to work at an assisted-living facility, Garcia’s daughter said.


“She loved caring for people,” Caren Garcia said.

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Aug 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC girl who poured boiling water on friend tried to kill herself


She woke up to a nightmare.


A sleeping 11-year-old girl suffered second-degree burns over her face and shoulders when doused with scalding water by a friend in a battle of pranks gone horribly wrong, police sources said.


The 12-year-old girl behind the boiling water attack on Jamoneisha Merritt tried to kill herself over the incident, her mother told the Daily News inside the Bronx apartment where the incident occurred early Monday.


“My daughter tried to stab herself with a knife,” said mom Shernett Panton, 34, on Thursday. “It was a prank — not a good prank. But after she saw what she did to (Jamoneisha) was really wrong, she tried to kill herself.”

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The burned girl’s mother allegedly choked 12-year-old Aniya Grant Stuart over the incident, and the angry parent appeared Thursday morning spewing threats outside the Panton apartment.


“I’m going to cut your face, you f—ing b—-!” Ebony Merritt screamed at Panton. “I’m going to burn your f—ing house down! You let this happen to my daughter!”


According to Panton, the girl she knew as Jamoni was a friend of her daughter Aniya and basically moved into their apartment about a month ago.


“They always prank each other,” said Panton. “My daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on Aniya. My daughter was like, ‘OK, if you’re gonna do a prank on me, I’m gonna prank you back.’


“But my daughter — I don’t know what she was thinking — boiled hot water and poured it on Jamoni’s face.”


Panton was sleeping around 4 a.m. when the bizarre incident occurred as Jamoni slept on a couch in the family living room.


The girl was rushed to Harlem Hospital for treatment of the burns. The Rev. Robert Rice prayed with the burn victim, her mother and her grandmother in the girl’s hospital room.


“She’s doing fine, she’s strong,” said Rice. “Her spirit is strong. I gave her a hug, and she’s smiling.”


Aniya was under a suicide watch at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center after trying to stab herself with a knife, according to her mom.


“What she did was really wrong, but it’s too much right now,” said Panton, 34. “My daughter is 12. Everybody makes mistakes.”


After Panton told The News that the Merritts were threatening her family every day, Ebony Merritt appeared outside the clan’s Findlay Ave. apartment and launched into an expletive-laden tirade.


The police were called to the scene to speak with Merritt and defuse the situation.

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Aug 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Van driver for special-needs group run over by own vehicle


A driver for special-needs children was fatally crushed when her van lurched backward and hit her in Wednesday morning in the Bronx.


Irene Espinal-Jiminian, 37, of White Plains Road in Van Nest, was driving a Ford van owned by the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics and had stopped on E. 229th St. by Carpenter Ave. in Wakefield at about 11 a.m.


She got out, but then walked back to the driver’s side to reposition the van. Espinal-Jiminian put the vehicle in reverse and then tragically fell to the ground, police said. The van rolled back, crushing her with the front driver-side wheel.


It then hit a parked vehicle and stopped, cops said.

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Espinal-Jiminian was helping guide her charges out of the van moments before the accident, cops said.


Authorities could not say whether any kids witnessed the tragedy. Police initially thought Espinal-Jiminian may have been struck by a hit-and-run driver, but the investigation determined otherwise.


Espinal-Jiminian was taken to nearby Montefiore Medical Center, where she died, cops said.


Representatives of the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics did not return a message seeking comment. The Tarrytown organization runs residential programs for special-needs children in Westchester County and the Bronx.


The horrific accident comes nearly five months after cops say a deranged gang member stole city EMT Yadira Arroyo’s ambulance and fatally ran her down with it on March 16.

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