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Aug 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Suspect charged with murdering man during fight over stolen belt

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Aug 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man survives being shot eight times by robber


A Bronx butcher shot eight times over a gold chain refuses to live in fear.


Ines Tavares, 62, was on his way home from dinner after a hard day of work at a supermarket meat counter when he was attacked, he told the Daily News on Wednesday from his hospital bed at Jacobi Medical Center.


“I’m a working man. I’m not scared of anybody,” Tavares said.


Still, he conceded that he’s lucky to have survived the botched robbery.


“I can’t believe I’m still alive,” he said.


Tavares was walking along Boynton Ave. near Watson Ave. in Soundview at about 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, with his gleaming gold chain and a “Medusa” medallion around his neck when the mugger approached from behind, police sources said.


“I had dinner. I was saving a piece of cake. I don’t know where this guy came from,” Tavares said. “He said, ‘Give me the f—ing chain.”


Tavares said he spun around to get a look at the man, who then started shooting.


“I’ve been shot twice in the mouth, once in the head, three times in my body, in my stomach, two times in my thighs,” he said.


Another bullet struck a nearby 30-year-old man in the knee, police said.


“He didn’t want my money. He didn’t want my phone. He wanted the chain,” Tavares said “He wanted it because it looks good.”


Police have released two photos of a man wanted in the shooting, and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Aug 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: New York state to turn over data to Trump voter fraud commission


New York State will turn over information to President Trump’s voter fraud commission but the panel isn’t getting everything it initially asked for.


State elections officials on Wednesday agreed to send Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity a copy of New York’s voter database, which includes names, addresses and voting histories of voters in New York.


The state Board of Elections’ decision comes after Gov. Cuomo declared in June that the state would not comply with an expansive request for data from the commission including the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers.


State election officials insisted the information being sent to the commission is publicly available and does not include sensitive information, including Social Security numbers.

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Voter database information is routinely released to political candidates and organizations, they added.


“We had no lawful reason to deny it under New York election law and (New York’s Freedom of Information Law),” said Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin.


Cuomo said at an appearance on Jones Beach Wednesday that he didn’t “think it should be released.” He added later that he was unaware of the election board’s actions.


The League of Women Voters of New York State called the board’s decision “very distressing.”

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“Although the release of this information through Freedom of Information Law requests is not uncommon, this particular request is a veiled threat to our state’s voters,” said Jennifer Wilson, the league’s program and policy director. “It is our fear that the collection of this data will ultimately lead to an increase in voter suppression.”


Trump officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The commission was formed by Trump after he suggested there was widespread voter fraud behind Democrat Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote against him in 2016.

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Aug 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Citi Bike bringing pop-up cycle docks to the Bronx, Staten Island

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Aug 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: MTA bus driver attacked by rider as he drove through the Bronx

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Aug 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Feds intercept largest ever fentanyl haul in New York City


Federal drug agents seized the largest haul of fentanyl in New York’s history when they busted a Colorado man with 40 pounds of the highly potent synthetic opioid near a Bronx hotel, officials said Tuesday.


Carlos Ramirez, 25, of Lakewood, Colo., was arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. He is charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance stemming from a June 19 arrest near the Umbrella Hotel in Melrose.


According to special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan, agents conducting surveillance noticed Ramirez acting suspiciously.


They confronted him after spotting him placing a package wrapped in black tape on the floor of a parked car. Ramirez told them he had just come from Room 708 of the hotel across the street.

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When authorities approached the room, they noticed a black duffel bag on top of a vending machine, Brennan said. Inside the bag were 17 packages filled with what they suspected was heroin.


But lab tests confirmed that the bag contained fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, officials said.


“The potential for widespread loss of life was averted only through the investigative skill and fortunate timing of law enforcement officers,” Brennan said.


“Such a large seizure of fentanyl is alarming,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. “Thankfully it was intercepted before it could kill someone.”

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Police said the fentanyl could have resulted in up to 7 million overdoses.


“The interdiction of this fentanyl headed for our streets is nothing short of extraordinary,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “This poison could have resulted in up to 7 million overdoses.”


“Opioid traffickers are mixing heroin with fentanyl because it is more potent and more profitable,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.


“In turn, heroin users are putting their lives in drug dealers’ hands every time they buy a bag.”

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According to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, fentanyl is driving a spike in fatal overdoses, which reached an all-time high of 1,374 deaths in New York City last year — a 46% increase over 2015.


Officials said the drug is increasingly found mixed into the illicit narcotics supply.


A dose of fentanyl weighing 2 to 3 milligrams can be deadly.


The drug also is sold in combination with cocaine or pressed into counterfeit pills and marketed as oxycodone or Xanax.

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Based on the lab results, Ramirez’s bail was increased from ,000 to 0,000.


“This is the biggest crock of s— in the history of fentanyl,” said Ramirez’ attorney, Howard Greenberg. “It’s just another example of how the special narcotics Nazis throw their weight around in courtrooms in Manhattan seeking gratuitous bail increases.”

With Shayna Jacobs

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Aug 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man shot in face, killed


A 38-year-old man was fatally shot in the face at a housing project in the Bronx late Monday, police said.


Gunfire erupted at the Webster Houses on E. 169th St., near Park Ave., in Claremont about 11:45 p.m. Police identified the victim as Anthony Holloway of Crotona Park East.


Cops found him facedown. A .45-caliber shell casing was found near his body, sources said.


Holloway was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center, where he died. He had a lengthy criminal record, including an attempted murder arrest from a 2000 shooting.


Cops had not made an arrest by late Tuesday.


Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Aug 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Sicko subway masturbator, 84, is repeat offender, cops say


An octogenarian caught masturbating in front of children on a Bronx subway has a history of pervy behavior, police said Tuesday.


Francisco Cuevas, 84, was spotted with his hands down his pants on a downtown 5 train just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.


As four undercover NYPD officers looked on, Cuevas stopped in front of three seated young children and began pleasuring himself as the train approached the E. Tremont and Boston Road station, police said.


The cops interrupted Cuevas, arrested him, and ushered the kids and their shocked parents off the train.

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“I know it is wrong, I’m sorry,” Cuevas said as he was cuffed, court records show.


Cuevas was arrested in 2012, 2014 and last year for the same crude behavior, authorities said.


Following his bust three years ago, Cuevas told cops, “I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.”


He was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday on child endangerment and public lewdness charges.

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Aug 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 52, fighting for life after Bronx shelter attack over music


A 52-year-old man is clinging to life on a respirator after he was nearly killed in a dispute over loud music at a Bronx men’s shelter, police sources said Tuesday.


Robert Brown remained in a vegetative state — his body running on machines — Tuesday following the attack inside the Park Ave. shelter near Clay Ave. in Morrisania.


His attacker, Johanny Rodriguez, 36, is on Rikers Island facing assault and strangulation charges that are expected to be increased to murder if he dies, law enforcement sources said.


Witnesses told police that the two men were staying at the shelter on July 23 when Brown entered Rodriguez’s room and asked him to lower his music.


“Who the f— are you to tell me what to do?” Rodriguez screamed before attacking Brown with a walker.


Rodriguez also put the older man into a chokehold until he stopped moving, police sources said.


Shelter security guards separated the two men and called 911, officials said. When medics arrived, they found a faint pulse on Brown, who was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center for further care.


Cops charged Rodriguez with strangulation and assault. A judge ordered him held on ,000 bail, according to court papers.


More than a week later, Brown has shown no improvement, doctors told investigators.


Cops are reaching out to Brown’s family to determine how to proceed medically, police sources said.


The Bronx Park Avenue Transitional Housing Program both men participate in is run by the Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs.


The shelter has 200 beds, according to the group’s website.


A call to the shelter for comment was not immediately returned.

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Aug 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man fatally shot in the face at housing project


A gun-toting assailant shot a 38-year-old man in the face, killing him after the Bronx housing project shooting late Monday, police said.


Gunfire erupted at the Webster Houses on E. 169th St., near Park Ave., in Claremont around 11:45 p.m., striking the man in the face and torso, according to authorities.


Police identified the shot man as Anthony Holloway, of Crotona Park. He was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center, where he died.


There were no arrests and police did not have any information on the suspect.

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Jul 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man, 72, says he loves wife he shot in the face


Aw, shoot, he still loves her.


A 72-year-old man who shot his 28-year-old wife after she allegedly told him he couldn’t satisfy her financially or sexually said Sunday he still cared deeply for his much younger significant other.


Clarence White, who is charged with the attempted murder of Dominique White, said he was relieved his spouse was in stable condition after he shot her in the right cheek.


“I’m so glad,” he told the Daily News in a jailhouse interview at the Vernon C. Bain Center in the Bronx.

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“I love her so much…I’m just so glad she’ll be okay. If she loves me, if she hates me, all that matters is she’s okay.”


White, who was also meeting with his son, Cheo White, during the sit-down, was evasive when asked why he had pulled the gun during the dispute Thursday morning at his home in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.


“When I saw that blood, how it was, I knew it was bad,” he said, recalling the moment when he shot Dominique. “She looked at me and said, ‘I love you.’”


Sources said White told police he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money had recently become tight.

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During the argument, Dominique ordered White to move out, sources said. She also took a jab at his sexual prowess, according to sources.


Dominique or her family could not be reached for comment. A Jacobi Medical Center official said she’d been discharged from the hospital.


White told cops that as he was packing his bags he came across the .22-caliber gun, sources said.


“It was an accident. I don’t know what I was trying to do…scare her, I guess,” White said, shaking his head.


White, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, opened fire and called 911.


“I was carrying her downstairs, because we’re on the second floor, and (police) had their guns drawn and so I had to put her down…but I saw she was able to walk to the ambulance,” the septuagenarian shooter said.


Court papers said White told police “I shot my wife” while still holding the smoking gun.


Dominique’s 4-year-old daughter, who was living with the couple, was not at home at the time.


White recalled meeting Dominique three years ago, when his best friend was dying of cancer. Dominique was the friend’s home health aide.


White’s previous wife of over 30 years had recently died from cancer, he said.


“She came into my life and she helped me so much,” said White.


They’d gotten married in a civil ceremony two and a half years ago, which took the family by surprise, Cheo, 43, said.


He was unsure of Dominique’s motives.


“When you can reverse the ages — 72, 27 — something’s up,” said Cheo, who’d traveled from Atlanta to visit his dad.


He was also stunned by the violence — but admitted his dad, who recently worked as a boxing trainer, had changed since meeting Dominique.


“He stopped going to the gym every day. He never used to drink, not a drop. He even started taking a drink once in a while…He became distant,” Cheo said.


“He never even hit us growing up.”


White, who also faces charges of assault, harassment and weapons possession, is being held on 0,000 bail.

With Edgar Sandoval

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Jul 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Disabled boy still tormented days after mocked at Yankee game

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