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Apr 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: Bronx cops suspended for covering up suspect’s escape


The NYPD has suspended two Bronx cops for failing to report they let someone they arrested get away — until a video of the escape showed up on Facebook, officials said Thursday.


Officers Victor Yupa and Josue Vassallo busted three men on E. 178th St. near Grand Concourse in Mount Hope about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a call about a drug sale in progress.


The officers cuffed Alejandro Castillo’s hands behind his back amd put him into their squad car. When they turned their attention to apprehending two other suspects, a passerby opened the door to the car, allowing Castillo to escape.


Vassallo and Yupa cuffed the other two men and brought them to the 46th Precinct stationhouse, apparently never telling anyone they briefly had a third suspect in custody.


The secret was kept until early Thursday, when NYPD brass became aware of the video circulating on Facebook.


Cops identified Castillo, 21, as the man who escaped and re-arrested him at his home near the crime scene Thursday morning, officials said. Charges against him were pending.


Yupa and Vassallo, who have both served on the force for about three years, were suspended for failing to secure a prisoner.

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Apr 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 25-year-old passenger dies in car wreck on Bronx parkway

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Apr 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: DNA match helps nab man who fatally stabbed Bronx woman


A DNA match helped cops catch a man who fatally stabbed a Bronx woman last year, then tried to torch her home, cops said Wednesday.


Police say Nakia Bent, 35, of Kearney, N.J., stabbed Lila Ramsaran, 69, on Oct. 9, then tampered with the gas line, turned on the stove and lit candles.


Cops found Ramsaran dead after someone smelled the gas coming from her Cranford Ave. near Hill Ave. in Wakefield.


Ramsaran’s daughter-in-law, Julie Ragbir, was overjoyed to hear about Bent’s arrest.

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“She fought back, and I know it was very brutal,” Ragbir said.


“He was the boyfriend of a tenant of the woman that lived upstairs,” she explained. “I know she was arguing with the woman, the tenant, about the rent.”


Bent was indicted on murder charges and is remanded to jail.

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Apr 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: No one will be charged in 2014 homicide of Bronx man


The death of a 53-year-old man assaulted in the Bronx nearly three years ago has been declared a homicide — but no one will ever be charged in his death, officials said Wednesday.


NYPD detectives are going to “exceptionally clear” the death of Angel Rivera, who fell into a coma after being assaulted in 2014 and died two years later.


“Exceptionally clearing” a case means that detectives close the investigation because an arrest cannot be made.


Rivera was punched by a drinking buddy on E. 167th St. near Southern Blvd. in Foxhurst on July 20, 2014, officials said. He suffered a massive head injury when he fell back and slammed his head on the sidewalk, officials said.

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He ultimately died of his injuries on Aug. 16, 2016, officials said. On Tuesday, the city Medical Examiner’s office determined that Rivera died from “multiple complications caused from a traumatic brain injury.”


Police initially arrested the drinking buddy, but the Bronx District Attorney declined to prosecute, law enforcement sources said. Since prosecutors didn’t prosecute him for the assault, he can’t be arrested for the murder, a police source said.

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Apr 12, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Ramarley Graham’s mom to sue for NYPD docs related to killing


The NYPD should be forced to release documents related to the shooting of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed Bronx teen fatally shot by ex-cop Richard Haste, a lawsuit expected to be filed Wednesday demands.


The department has denied most of the Graham family’s extensive Freedom of Information Act request, filed in September, that seeks the full disciplinary history against Haste, as well as docs identifying the 12 cops at Graham’s home the day of the shooting.


NYPD brass had also told Graham’s mom, Constance Malcolm, the department wouldn’t release any evidence — or communications about the case — claiming doing so could “interfere with law enforcement investigations or judicial proceedings.”


Malcolm has slammed the NYPD’s position.

NYPD cop who killed Ramarley Graham hopes to talk with teen’s mom


“It just bluntly shows all the cover-up that they don’t want to come out,” she said at a March press conference. “That’s all I can see, is nothing but cover-up.”


Malcolm is now hoping a court will push the NYPD to finally release the information. Her lawsuit, expected to be filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks to compel the NYPD to release the docs.


She also wants the NYPD to bring departmental charges against all the officers other than Haste involved in the shooting.


Malcolm has ramped up her demands following ThinkProgress.org’s recent publication of documents claiming there were six Civilian Complaint Review Board complaints against Haste from September 2009 to October 2010. Haste killed the 18-year-old on Feb. 2, 2012.

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Haste quit the NYPD on March 26 to avoid getting fired. His resignation stemmed from a departmental trial determination several days earlier that found he “exercised poor tactical judgment leading up to the discharge of his firearm” and “acted with intent to cause serious physical injury leading to the death.”


Haste had learned department brass intended to fire him as a result of the trial’s findings.


A spokesman for the city Law Department said it will review the case once legal papers are served.

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Apr 11, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man fatally hit by Bronx subway train


A man was struck and killed by a Bronx subway train Tuesday afternoon, officials said.


The man was struck by a northbound No. 6 train at the Brook Av. station in Mott haven at about 5:30 p.m., cops said. He died on the scene.


Cops are still investigating how the man ended up on the tracks, and MTA officials referred all questions to the NYPD.


The MTA suspended all train services on that line between 125th St. and Hunts Point, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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Apr 11, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Lower East Side priest and champion of social justice dies

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Apr 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Yankees give fans reason to celebrate with home opener win


Marnie Desimone knew just how to celebrate the Yankees’ home opener on a sunny Monday: with four shots of Fireball whiskey before first pitch and more after the game.


“It was phenomenal. I f—ing love the Yankees!” said Desimone, of Westchester.


“I took four shots of Fireball before the game. And we’re gonna have more later!”


Fans were in a glowing mood following the 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on a glorious 73-degree day. Michael Pineda pitched a gem, taking a perfect game into the 7th inning before a sellout crowd of 46,955.

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“This is the year, man!” said A.J. Martucci, 23, from the Morris Park section of the Bronx.


“We have a good line up. We have a young team. They have a lot of energy.”


Fans in Yankees jerseys enjoyed beers at Stan’s Sports Bar reads beneath a sign simply reading “Baseball’s back!!”


A street performer who gave his name as Dr. Rich played outside the stadium.

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“People couldn’t wait to get back to what they love so much. That’s why opening day is so special,” he said.


“It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about family. It’s about that spirit, that camaraderie with the folks.”

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Apr 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man with ‘chemical nerve agent’ busted at Bronx school


Cops busted a mentally unstable man who walked into a Bronx junior high school on Friday clutching a glass vial that he claimed was a “chemical nerve agent” — prompting a school evacuation — police said.


Ryan Roderick, 45, temporarily escaped the law until he returned hours later and was cuffed at the scene.


Roderick, of Brooklyn, first entered the lobby of J.H.S. 162 on Saint Ann’s Ave. near 149th St. around 9 a.m., cops said. He had a hospital ID around his wrist and was holding a radio device in one hand and a glass vial containing an amber liquid in the other. He held up the vial in plain view and made threats that it was a “chemical nerve agent,” authorities said.


School officials called police, but Roderick ran off and cops were unable to track him down. The school was evacuated, according to the complaint.

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Roderick returned to the school about five hours later, cops said. When school officials realized it was the same man, he dropped the vial.


The Education Department said the school was placed on a temporary lockdown but instruction resumed after the NYPD conducted a search and cleared the building.


“Students and staff are safe, and we will continue to monitor the situation,” spokeswoman Toya Holness said.


The liquid from the container was tested at a state health department facility in Westchester Friday evening and deemed non-toxic, officials said. It will also be tested at a federal facility in Maryland.


Roderick was charged with making terroristic threats. He has one sealed prior arrest. 

With Rocco Parascandola

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Apr 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: There are more elderly Airbnb hosts in N.Y. than ever before


Airbnb is going gray.


The population of senior citizens hosting visitors through the website is growing faster than any other group in New York State or City, according to a report from the company.


There are more than 3,100 senior hosts across the state — a 75% increase between 2015 and 2016, the company said. Those listings yielded more than million in supplemental income for the older hosts, with each renting out their digs for an average of 37 nights in 2016, bringing in an average of ,100.


The fastest-growing stat holds true in New York City, too, where the population of senior hosts jumped by 60% in the last year. In the Bronx, there was a 120% increase in the number of seniors listing their homes; in Queens, it was a 199% boost.

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In Brooklyn, John (Gino) Casciato, 64, and Rob McMonagle, 63, decided to list their Bay Ridge home on the site two years ago to help earn some money during retirement.


“These homes aren’t cheap — in order to pay the mortgage we said, ‘Well, let’s do this and rent out a couple of the bedrooms,’ ” Casciato said.


But it’s been about more than the money. Retirement meant losing the social aspect of the couple’s’ jobs — Casciato’s as a teacher, McMonagle’s on Wall Street.


“It’s not as social as it used to be and I think that’s not a good thing for retired people,” Casciato said. “This is nice because it helps Rob and I interact with people who literally come to us.”

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While their numbers are growing, seniors aren’t exactly taking over Airbnb just yet — they accounted for 1,043 listings in 2016, up from 649 the year prior but still amounting to just 4% of the city’s total listings.


Still, it seems Airbnb hosts get better with age — seniors are the highest-rated group of hosts on Airbnb platformwide, with 78% of their guests leaving five-star ratings.


“With age comes a little bit more maturity,” McMonagle said, noting the pair’s five-star reviews.


People feel comfortable with the couple, they said, and like staying in a homey place with recommendations of where to eat and hang out locally.


“Seniors have a lot to offer,” Casciato added. “It’s just too bad that we live in a culture that sort of throws us away after 50.”


The Airbnb report notes that the extra income from the company has helped seniors, a fast-growing segment of the city’s population, “age in place” without being priced out of their homes or neighborhoods.


Seniors often have extra rooms after family has grown and moved away, the report notes, which they can rent through the site.


It is illegal to rent out an entire apartment through Airbnb or any other site in New York City for fewer than 30 days. But people can rent out portions of their home — like extra bedrooms — if they’ll also be staying there, and they can rent out an entire single-family home for shorter-term stays.

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Apr 10, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: FDNY firefighter honored for saving man from Bronx blaze


Even after pulling a 59-year-old Bronx man from a burning apartment building — saving him from choking to death — Firefighter Christian Daley never considered himself a hero.


He was just the guy in the second truck.


“When you respond to a fire in a building like that, the first truck goes to the fire floor and the guys in the second truck go to the floor above the fire,” Daley, 44, told the Daily News, recalling that Feb. 10 fire on Fulton Ave. near E. 168th St. in Morrisania.


In a sense, it was the luck of the draw — coupled with FDNY protocol — that brought Daley and his brothers from Ladder 44 to the top of the four-story walkup.

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It was on that floor where a man was in dire need of a lifeline.


When firefighters arrived, the blaze had already eaten through a third-floor apartment, with flames shooting out the front window, Daley recalled.


“The fire was already out in the hallway,” he said. “We were having trouble keeping the door closed, but we had to mask up and go to the floor above and do what we do.”


When he got to the fourth floor, Daley was met with a wall of thick black smoke that was seeping up from the floor below.

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“There was zero visibility,” Daley, an 18-year FDNY veteran, said. “I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.”


Daley — along with Firefighter Michael Patwell and Lt. Vincent McMahon — dropped to the ground and crawled across the fourth-floor landing.


“We crawled to the apartment above the fire, but the door was locked,” Daley, a father of three, said. “We had to force the door open.”


Once inside, Daley heard a moan — a man was sprawled out in the living room.

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“He was next to the couch on the floor,” said Daley. “He was unconscious and in pretty bad shape.”


Daley scooped the man up and got him out of the smoke-filled apartment — ultimately handing him off to Patwell, who brought the victim down the rest of the way.


The tenant spent six days at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.


When he woke up, the tenant didn’t remember what had happened — which suited Daley just fine.


“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Daley said.


“There are thousands of guys who do the same thing every day. I just happened to be there.”


For his bravery that day, Daley is being honored as the Daily News Hero of the Month.


“This is my job . . . it’s what I signed up for,” said Daley, whose dad, retired Firefighter George Daley, fought blazes throughout the city in the 1970s.


Daley’s brother Ryan is also an FDNY firefighter at Ladder 42 in the Bronx.


“It’s in the blood,” Daley joked.


“It’s something I always wanted to do since I was a kid, when I used to go to firehouse functions with my dad.”


News of his Daily News award quickly spread across his firehouse on Morris Ave.


“They’re breaking my chops a bit, calling me ‘Hero of the Month’ and stuff, but it’s good, all clean fun,” Daley said. “To be honest, I don’t like to be in the spotlight.


“We’ve done things like this a million times,” he added. “But if we were able to save someone, then that’s a good thing.”

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Apr 9, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Nearly 140 firefighters battle South Bronx blaze


Nearly 140 firefighters and emergency workers battled a blaze that tore through a Bronx storage facility early Sunday, officials said.


The inferno ripped through several floors of the Tuck-It-Away facility on Walton Ave. near 138th St. in Mott Haven just after midnight. Nobody was inside, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries, authorities said.


Ten hours after the fire broke out, fire crews were still putting out the flames.


The cause is under investigation.

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