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Dec 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Boyfriend eyed in fatal stabbing of mentally ill Bronx woman

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Dec 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Children of slain hero cop Miosotis Familia find new Bronx home


Five months after losing their mother to a deranged cop killer, Police Officer Miosotis Familia’s three kids found a new home.


The Daily News, along with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Skyview Apartments LLC, raised enough money to purchase a three-bedroom co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx for the three children.


The slain officer’s survivors Genesis Villella, 20, and twin siblings Delilah and Peter Vega, 12, thanked New Yorkers for their generosity Friday after a total of 8,000 was raised.


Tears streamed down Genesis’ face as she walked hand-in-hand with the two younger kids into their future home with its views of the Hudson River.

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“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” whispered Peter to his sisters.


Genesis invoked the memory of her mother as the children familiarized themselves with the new surroundings.


“She sacrificed so much, and she’s still sacrificing for us,” said Genesis. “I owe it to my mom to make sure that the three of us will be taken care of … in a loving and healthy environment.”


The Tunnel to Towers Foundation raised 9,318, while the Daily News collected 3,682 and Skyview contributed 5,000. The children will move into their new residence in time for Christmas.

From your hearts to theirs


Familia, 48, was shot to death from point-blank range on July 5 when a gunman with a history of mental problems ambushed her on a Bronx street.


She was seated inside an NYPD mobile command unit when the killer opened fire without a word or a warning.


“When my partners and I learned that they were working to find a home for the family of Detective Familia, and that her children had visited and loved the community at Skyview Riverdale, we wanted to help create a home they would love,” said Skyview developer Myles Horn.


“We were able to expedite their renovation before our planned work on other units in order to facilitate their move-in before Christmas.”

Daily News honors slain NYPD Det. Familia with check for her kids


Their new residence will be completely furnished, with a trust fund established to cover the cost of maintenance fees and property taxes going forward.


Before joining the NYPD in 2005, Familia spent five years as a patient care assistant at New York University Hospital and another two working for the American Red Cross.


She attended Ohio State University’s College of Medicine before majoring in applied sciences and psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Dec 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Candidates for Speaker vow to build 15,000 affordable apartments


Four candidates for City Council speaker said they’d support a push to build 15,000 affordable apartments for seniors.


The speaker hopefuls spoke at a forum Thursday night hosted by Public Advocate Letitia James and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, which has proposed its own affordable housing plan after ripping Mayor de Blasio’s as insufficient.


“I would commit to 15,000 units,” said Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan).


“I want to be honest … Whoever the speaker is cannot wave a magic wand and force the mayor to do anything,” he said. “What this is going to take is, inside agitators [like] the speaker should be working with outside agitators like you.”

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Mark Levine of Manhattan and Jumaane Williams and Robert Cornegy of Brooklyn also supported the goal.


Under Metro IAF’s plan, 15,000 apartments could go on lawns and parking lots at NYCHA properties, and seniors in NYCHA would get first crack at the units. That would free up their often large NYCHA apartments for younger families.


Levine said putting apartments on NYCHA land could “be an outstanding solution when it’s focused on affordability.” But he cautioned, “We cannot be ramming anything down the throats of NYCHA residents.”


The advocacy group also wants the city to spend billion to fix decrepit conditions at public housing. And they are pushing to jail slumlords who leave their properties a mess.

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“They’re going to keep doing it until they feel it in the pockets, and until they’re in jail,” Williams said.


The candidates also weighed in on the fate of NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye after the agency was caught falsely certifying it had done lead paint inspections.


“If it’s proven that she literally lied to the federal government, then it’s obvious that she can no longer serve with any confidence in that role,” Cornegy said.


Williams said Mayor de Blasio must explain to New Yorkers why he didn’t fess up about the lead lapse, which the Daily News reported he knew about for more than a year, before the November election. “That is a travesty if he can’t explain why he knew about it and did nothing about it,” he said.

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Dec 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman, 45, fatally stabbed inside her Bronx apartment


A woman was found stabbed to death inside her Bronx apartment Thursday morning, cops said.


Veronica Fuentes, 45, was stabbed multiple times in her home on Teller Ave. near E. 166th St. in Morrisania at about 9:50 a.m., police said.


Fuentes suffered from schizophrenia, and her home health attendant called her mother when she didn’t answer the door, police sources said.


Her mom showed up with a spare key, and the two women found Fuentes together, sources said.


Fuentes lived alone, but had a boyfriend, a neighbor said.

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Dec 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Teacher found dead in NYC school bathroom from apparent overdose


A teacher was found dead of an apparent overdose in a Bronx public school Thursday night, police sources said.


The 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was in a locked bathroom of Public School X811, a special education school on Longfellow Ave. near Jennings St., just before 6:10 p.m., sources said.


The teacher may have been dead for a few hours, since he was last seen at the end of the school day, sources said.


A staff member found him after forcing open the bathroom door, sources said. Police found drug paraphernalia near the teacher, including a glassine envelope with an unknown substance inside, sources said.


“This is deeply saddening and my heart goes out to the teacher’s family and the school community,” city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.


“We will be providing grief counselors and ongoing resources to support students and staff during this difficult time.”


The city medical examiner’s office will determine his exact cause of death.

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Nov 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Family files $25M claim in Bronx man’s police custody death

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Nov 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD cop busted trying to traffic 3 kilos of heroin into NYC

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Nov 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Crew of teen muggers wanted in Bronx robbery spree


A crew of teenage muggers has robbed eight people over the past month in a series of coordinated attacks in one Bronx neighborhood, police said Thursday.


The spree, which spans a roughly 12-block area in Allerton, began Nov. 9 when one of the crooks held a 17-year-old boy’s arms behind his back while two others looked through his pockets and a fourth kept watch near Matthews Ave. and Williamsbridge Road, cops said. The crooks ran off with nothing to show for their efforts.


A little over a week later, three of the muggers targeted a 31-year-old man at Allerton and Barker Aves., punching him in the face and stomach. That Nov. 15 robbery was by far their most successful, netting them ,000, a cellphone and a necklace.


The marauders then struck four times over the span of three hours Nov. 22 beginning at 3 p.m. when four snuck up behind a 14-year-old boy and smashed his head with an unknown object near Laconia Ave. and Esplanade, according to officials. The crooks stole the victim’s cellphone and headphones.

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Two and a half hours later, the muggers tried to manhandle a 25-year-old woman near Barnes Ave. and Allerton Ave., cops said. One of the crooks put his arm around the victim’s shoulders and told her to act like she knew him while another grabbed for her cellphone. The woman went into a grocery store to seek refuge from the rapacious crew who waited for her to exit before resuming the attack. Despite their persistence, the thieves came up empty handed.


Just five minutes after that attack, one of the muggers snatched the headphones off the head of someone seated at a bus stop near Boston Road and Pelham Parkway South, police said.


The day’s thieving frenzy concluded twenty minutes later when one of the crooks pawed a 19-year-old man’s headphones. When the victim chased after the thief, two of his accomplices jumped him, officials said.


Most recently, four of the muggers targeted a 15-year-old around 5:30 p.m. Monday, surrounding him as he sat on a bench at the Allerton Ave. subway station, cops said. One thief grabbed his headphones and ran off while the other three wrestled for his phone. They fled empty handed after a brief struggle.


Police on Thursday released surveillance video of two of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help identifying them.


The thieves are described as black and between 16 and 20. All wore black clothing.


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

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Nov 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school slasher gets released from jail, enraging vic’s mom

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Nov 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Five men arrested as cops probe report of Bronx gang-rape


Cops have arrested five men they say gang-raped a 15-year-old girl in a Bronx apartment then stole her cell phone, police said Wednesday.


The alleged attack took place about 3 p.m. Tuesday on Taylor Ave. near Archer St. in Van Nest, police sources said.


The teen told police she had met one of the five men on Monday and exchanged Facebook information.


On Tuesday, the teen went over to the man’s basement apartment, where he plied her with alcohol and marijuana, cops said.

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The teen passed out. When she woke up the man was raping her, she told police. She passed out and woke up to another man attacking her, cops said.


Three other men were waiting in the wings, boasting they were next.


“There were three males not involved in the assault but were in the same room,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Wednesday. “We are speaking with them now.”


The men ultimately let the teen go but not before stealing her phone, cops said.

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The teen had a second phone on her, which she used to call police. Medics took her to Jacobi Medical Center.


Based on the teen’s information, cops tracked down and arrested Airen Kellman, 23, and Touray Blackwood, 26. Both men have been charged with rape. Their arraignments were pending.


The three other men were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Their names were not immediately released.


The NYPD Vice Squad is aiding in the investigation to see if the incident had anything to do with sex trafficking, police said. 

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Nov 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD cops fatally shoot man at center for mentally ill (GRAPHIC)


The NYPD Wednesday released police footage that shows a 43-second long confrontation that ends with two Bronx cops shooting dead a knife-wielding man who they said had just stabbed two security guards in a home for the mentally ill, authorities said.


It was the third such release, and second this week, since the NYPD began a departmentwide rollout of its much-anticipated body camera program.


The Nov. 13 encounter began when guards Kathy Hope, 48, and Michelle Sutton, 29, were stabbed at the Hughes House on Hughes Ave. and E. 178th St. in Tremont around 7:45 p.m., police said.


Police arrived to find Cornell Lockhart, 67, in the lobby, waving his arms in a circular motion, and soon realized he had stabbed the two guards, an attack police later realized was captured on building surveillance video.

Cops fatally shoot suspect after stabbing at mentally ill center


Video footage from the two officers — Shawn Loftus and Nicole Kraus — shows the cops about 10 feet away from Lockhart, yelling at him 19 times to drop his weapon from his right hand.


Lockhart, clad in a red jacket and off-white pants, is seen shuffling his feet side to side and can be heard loudly saying, “Shoot me,” a number of times.


Then he took a step toward police, and Loftus fired six times and Krause three times. Lockhart was struck several times and fell forward, landing next to a pool of blood that police said was from one of the guards.


The NYPD, like with the release of two other shootings captured on camera, would not say if the shooting was justified or not, pointing out that the internal investigation is not yet complete.

NYPD plans to release bodycam footage of shooting in Harlem


Neither Loftus, an 11-year veteran, nor Kraus, a cop for one year, was armed with a Taser.


Lockhart, however, was within the “zone of safety” — at least 20 feet — that officers are taught to maintain, if possible, with armed suspects.


Sutton was stabbed in the arm, and Hope was knifed in the chest and arms. Both went to St. Barnabas with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.


The 55-unit Hughes House is run by Urban Pathways, a nonprofit organization that offers supportive housing for mentally ill and homeless people.

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Urban Pathways CEO Frederick Shack told The New York Times that Lockhart has lived in the building since 2011 and had a history of mental illness.


The shooting happened about a year after a Hughes House resident fatally stabbed a housemate in the neck, when the victim refused to lend him money, according to authorities.


Perry Little, 70, died weeks after the Oct. 30 stabbing. Alleged attacker Marcus Graham, 47, is in jail awaiting prosecution on murder charges.


The NYPD on Monday released body camera footage that showed a 33-second confrontation in which an officer shot an emotionally disturbed man in the leg in his Harlem building after the man charged at officers while carrying two knives.

NYPD releases bodycam footage of fatal police shooting


Paris Cummings, 27, survived the wound was charged with attempted murder of a police officer.


In September, footage from police cameras showed Miguel Richards, 31, shot and killed by cops during a tense standoff in his Bronx apartment, with Richards refusing to drop his knife and what turned out to be a fake gun.

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Nov 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Dementia-stricken man found dead after disappearing from home


A missing elderly man who suffered from dementia was discovered dead less than two miles from his home, police said Tuesday.


Cops are still trying to sort out how 79-year-old Gustavo Ferrer died after he vanished from his Fordham Heights home Saturday night.


Officers found his body next to Amtrak train tracks by Westchester Ave. and the Sheridan Expressway just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Ferrer was in a fenced off, hard-to-access spot by the Bronx River.


He likely would have needed to climb a fence, or crawl underneath one, to get there, sources said.


The city medical examiner will determine how he died.


Ferrer, who suffered from mild dementia, left his Valentine Ave. home at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Police released his photo Sunday afternoon.


“This is insane, I wish I could’ve did more for him,” said his youngest son, Misael Ferrer. “He just walked up Webster Avenue and just never walked back down. We were looking for him, putting flyers everywhere.”


Ferrer, a retired truck driver, was born in Puerto Rico but lived in the Bronx for more than 40 years, his son said.


“This block was his home. He was comfortable going wherever, everybody knows him,” Ferrer said. “He took the time out to give advice to anybody who wanted it.”


He had two daughters, two sons and several grandchildren, and would always talk about the importance of hard work, his son said.


“He was always talking about life, and planning a future,” Ferrer said, “and always talking about working and making money.”

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