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Feb 5, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 45, fatally shot while sitting in parked car on Bronx street


A man who was shot multiple times while sitting in a parked car in the Bronx died at the scene Monday morning, cops said.


The 45-year-old victim was found in the driver’s seat of a grey 2017 Ford Explorer on Hone Ave. near Neill Ave. in Morris Park. Cops responding to a 911 call found the victim in the car at about 5:30 a.m., which had Maryland plates, authorities said.


The man, whose identity has not been publicly released, had several gunshot wounds to the body.


There were no immediate arrests.

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Feb 5, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Man shot to death after weed deal in Bronx apartment

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Feb 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Victim in DWI crash ‘didn’t deserve to die like that’: neighbor


A Bronx man killed by an accused drunken driver was a “humble” father who cared for his young autistic son, friends said Sunday.


Shiquan Dunn, 31, of Melrose, died after a Jeep driven by Andres Mayora, 54, slammed into his silver Altima early Saturday, police and witnesses said.


Dunn’s grieving friends and relatives were struggling with the tragedy.


“Everybody liked him,” said Alex Diaz, 25, who lived in the same building as Dunn. “He was a humble guy. He would come and talk to us about life, about stuff. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

Remorseless drunken driver sparks fatal five-car crash


Mayora has been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was being treated at Jacobi Medical Center Sunday.


Mayora’s speeding black Jeep T-boned Dunn’s car on Burke Ave. at 2:50 a.m., according to witnesses and authorities. Five vehicles were hit in the wreck that also injured two women.


Mayora showed no signs of remorse for the fatal crash, according to accident survivor Sabrina Cates, who was near him in the emergency room.

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Feb 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: SEE IT: Cops take $30G worth of booze from Bronx biz owner

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Feb 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: ‘Day-O’ at the Big Game — Oh!


“DAY-O” — the 1956 internationally-popular calypso hit that keeps on giving — has been called into play for an E-Trade ad in TV commercials during Super Bowl LII Sunday, according to Brooklyn-born songwriter Irving Burgie.


The BMG Rights Management company gave E-Trade the rights to use the song for a hefty six-figure fee, said Burgie, 93, whose mother hailed from Barbados.


E-Trade, the popular financial services company and memorable participant in pricey Super Bowl advertising, is set to air a 30-second spot Sunday, after a five-year hiatus, according to AdAge.com. It’s estimated NBC will charge advertisers more than million for a 30-second commercial.


The E-Trade talking baby commercial was part of the firm’s Super Bowl ad presence from 2008 to 2013, AdAge reported.


Burgie’s popular version of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” co-written by William Attaway, was performed by Harry Belafonte on the 1956 “Calypso” album, the first million-selling album by a single artist in music history. Burgie wrote eight of the landmark album’s 11 songs.


“Every 30 years it comes through,” a resurgence Burgie said.


He noted that the Super Bowl ad comes about 31 years after the tune was used in the 1986 Oscar-winning Tim Burton film, “Bettlejuice,” and 60 years after the song debuted on the “Calypso” album.


“ ‘Beetlejuice’ was even bigger (for ‘Day-O’) than the debut with Belafonte and the Super Bowl is going to be a least big as ‘Beetlejuice,’ ” he predicted.


The return of E-Trade to the Super Bowl ad game, will be accompanied by a social media campaign.


Learn more about Burgie’s 60-year-plus long music career and his lifetime of accomplishments at www.irvingburgie.com.


Jamaica dance ’Movements’


Movements Dance Company of Jamaica — the Caribbean nation’s premiere modern contemporary dance emsemble — is holding a rare U.S. performance on Saturday in New York at the Performing Arts Center at York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, starting at 7 p.m.


Founded in 1982, the Movements company mixes contemporary and classical dance with a unique Jamaican reggae and spiritual themes, led by artistic director Monica Campbell McFarlane, with contributions from Christopher Huggins and other choreographers.


In keeping with the spiritual theme, gospel star Jermaine Gordon is set to perform tunes from his new album, “Heal Our Land,” at the show.


For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/movementsdance2018 and call the Performing Arts Center box office at (718) 262-2840.


Haitian artists on display


The exhibit “Retour à la Source” (Back to the Source) — an impressive pairing featuring veteran Haitian artists Jean Dominique Volcy and Eric Girault — debuts next Sunday in Brooklyn at the Dorsey Art Gallery, 553 Rogers Ave. with an opening reception, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


A closing reception will be held Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. And from Feb. 12 to Feb. 24, the exhibit can be seen by appointment only. For information, call (718) 771-3803 or (718) 462-9425.


Learn more about Girault and his artwork, visit www.ericgiraultstudio.com. For more on Volcy, visit his website:

http://volcyart.com/index2.html


 


D AY-O” — the 1956 internationally-popular calypso hit that keeps on giving — has been called into play for an E-Trade ad in TV commercials during Super Bowl LII Sunday, according to Brooklyn-born songwriter Irving Burgie.


The BMG Rights Management company gave E-Trade the rights to use the song for a hefty six-figure fee, said Burgie, 93, whose mother hailed from Barbados.


E-Trade, the popular financial services company and memorable participant in pricey Super Bowl advertising, is set to air a 30-second spot Sunday, after a five-year hiatus, according to AdAge.com. It’s estimated NBC will charge advertisers more than million for a 30-second commercial. The E-Trade talking baby commercial was part of the firm’s Super Bowl ad presence from 2008 to 2013, AdAge reported.


Burgie’s popular version of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” co-written by William Attaway, was performed by Harry Belafonte on the 1956 “Calypso” album, the first million-selling album by a single artist in music history. Burgie wrote eight of the landmark album’s 11 songs.


He noted that the Super Bowl ad comes about 31 years after the tune was used in the 1986 Oscar-winning Tim Burton film, “Bettlejuice,” and 60 years after the song debuted on the “Calypso” album.


“ ‘Beetlejuice’ was even bigger (for ‘Day-O’) than the debut with Belafonte and the Super Bowl is going to be a least big as ‘Beetlejuice,’ ” he predicted.


The return of E-Trade to the Super Bowl ad game, will be accompanied by a social media campaign.


Learn more about Burgie’s 60-year-plus long music career and his lifetime of accomplishments at www.irvingburgie.com.


Jamaica dance ’Movements’


Movements Dance Company of Jamaica — the Caribbean nation’s premiere modern contemporary dance emsemble — is holding a rare U.S. performance on Saturday in New York at the Performing Arts Center at York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, starting at 7 p.m.


Founded in 1982, the Movements company mixes contemporary and classical dance with a unique Jamaican reggae and spiritual themes, led by artistic director Monica Campbell McFarlane, with contributions from Christopher Huggins and other choreographers.


In keeping with the spiritual theme, gospel star Jermaine Gordon is set to perform tunes from his new album, “Heal Our Land,” at the show.


For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/movementsdance2018 and call the Performing Arts Center box office at (718) 262-2840.


Haitian artists on display


The exhibit “Retour à la Source” (Back to the Source) — an impressive pairing featuring veteran Haitian artists Jean Dominique Volcy and Eric Girault — debuts next Sunday in Brooklyn at the Dorsey Art Gallery, 553 Rogers Ave. with an opening reception, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


A closing reception will be held Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. And from Feb. 12 to Feb. 24, the exhibit can be seen by appointment only. For information, call (718) 771-3803 or (718) 462-9425.


Learn more about Girault and his artwork, visit www.ericgiraultstudio.com. For more on Volcy, visit his website:


http://volcyart.com/index2.html

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Feb 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: SEE IT: Cops take $30G worth of booze from Brooklyn biz owner


Blame it on the alcohol?


Police stole ,000 worth of booze as part of an illegal seizure at a Bronx restaurant — along with ,000 in cash from the owner’s adjacent business, a lawsuit charges.


Rolando Feliz says he watched as cops from the 50th Precinct hauled off his entire stock of suds and spirits, from Corona and Negro Modelo to Patrón Silver and Hennessy — 124 cases in total.


“I didn’t do anything and I lost everything,” Feliz, 50, told the Daily News.


Cell phone video obtained by The News shows beer, wine and liquor being packed into two police vans during the May raid. Vouchers were never turned over to Feliz or the Bronx district attorney’s office, and the loot has not been located.


Police insist nothing is amiss. “The NYPD took necessary and proper enforcement actions to close an illegal social club,” Lt. John Grimpel said in a statement.


Cops stormed into La Rola Restaurant on E. 198th St. near Webster Ave. around 7:30 p.m. on May 19 with a warrant to search for a weapon and related items — none of which were found. Feliz was told the raid was connected to a nearby police shooting.


He claims cops collected a large sum of cash from a shop he runs next door to the Dominican eatery and bar, where he operates a money-transfer service — and that ,000 was not returned.


Police asked him where the security cameras were and “ripped them off the wall” before trashing the place, he said. They destroyed his computers and a valuable safe, Feliz alleges. He accuses the search team of destroying ,000 worth of electronics along with making off with all his booze.


The father of two, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1996, was charged with possession of a video poker machine and gambling slips.


Feliz took a dismissal deal in Bronx Criminal Court and says the machine was left by the landlord before he took over and the slips at issue were screenshots of a gambling website he’d never seen before.


Police returned the casino device — which Feliz says had been stuffed away in storage and never used when they dusted it off and charged him for it.


“That was an abuse, what they did to me, because I never had a gun,” said the former livery-cab driver, who works seven days a week running his businesses.


His insurance company refused to reimburse him for the losses, telling him, “If they rob you, that’s one thing, but it was the police that took it,” he said.


“Not preparing a property invoice to document the seizure of the beer, wine and liquor facilitated the criminal theft of the beer, wine and liquor by the police,” Feliz’s lawyer John Angrisani wrote in a lawsuit expected to be filed Monday in Bronx Supreme Court. “The property in question was not contraband or evidence of crime.”


Feliz was slapped with summonses and violations under the Alcohol and Beverage Control Law based on a police referral. A pending State Liquor Authority charge is for “transferring” his license to the shop next door, where much of the booze was taken from. Feliz says the spirits were temporarily moved from storage for cleaning while the storefront was closed.


“We’ll review the allegations in the complaint and respond accordingly,” said a spokesman for the city’s Law Department.

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Feb 3, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Drunken driver sparks deadly 3-car crash in Bronx


A drunken driver lost control of his SUV in the Bronx early Saturday, sparking a chain reaction crash that killed a 31-year-old man and injured two women, police said.


The juiced up Jeep driver was barreling north up Bronx Blvd. in Parkside when he slammed into the driver’s side of a silver 2012 Nissan Altima making a left turn onto the boulevard from Burke Ave. at about 2:50 a.m., cops and witnesses said.


“The Jeep was going 70, maybe 80,” said Keith McCoy, 35, a desk manager at an assisted living facility near the crash scene. “The Altima was at a stop sign and about to turn when — boom! – the Jeep hits it and the car ping pongs across the intersection.”


The impact sent the two-door sedan spinning out of control, smashing into a white 2017 Altima heading south, police said.

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The Jeep careened about a hundred feet from the crash before smashing into two parked cars and a tree just outside the building.


“He was drunk but he wasn’t hurt,” McCoy said of the Jeep driver. “You could smell it on his breath.”


“He was trying to turn his car back on and drive away,” said McCoy, who grabbed the driver by his jacket and pried him out of the Jeep. “He didn’t realize his tire was missing.”


With the Jeep driver no longer trying to get away, McCoy dashed to the aid of the driver of the white Altima, who was screaming that she could not feel her legs and was pinned in the front seat of her car.

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“I rolled her seat back and pulled her out of the car,” he said. “She was really shaken up but not bruised and not bleeding.”


About 50 feet away, McCoy heard the desperate cries of another woman, standing shoeless in the roadway near the totaled silver Altima she escaped from.


“Help him, please help him,” she wailed.


“(The driver’s) body was crumpled up and stuck in the back where the window should be,” McCoy said of the silver Altima. “He was out cold. I checked his pulse. He was gone.”

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The silver Altima driver died at the scene.


Meanwhile, the plastered Jeep driver ambled about murmuring slurred complaints about the damage to his SUV, McCoy said.


“I told him, ‘You caused this whole accident — a man just lost his life because you’re drunk.’”


The 54-year-old Jeep driver was taken to Montefiore Medical Center where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

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“He had a handle of liquor in there,” said Patrick Gallagher, 50, a porter who works alongside McCoy and saw officers remove a large glass liquor bottle from the Jeep.


Medics took the 49-year-old woman driving the white Altima and the 27-year-old woman front-seat passenger seat of the silver Altima to Jacobi Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries.


McCoy said drivers frequently speed dangerously up and down Bronx Blvd.


“The need a yield sign and another light or something,” he said. “Otherwise this is going to keep happening.”

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Feb 2, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Parents urge de Blasio to give teachers anti-bias training


Parents are calling on Mayor de Blasio to provide anti-bias training for teachers after The News exposed a shocking slavery lesson at Bronx Middle School 118.


Teacher Patricia Cummings was removed from her post Thursday after students and a staffer said she singled out black students and told them to lie on the floor for a lesson on U.S. slavery — and then stepped on their backs to show them what slavery felt like.


The alleged actions of Cummings, a seventh-grade social studies teacher who is white, sparked outrage around the city and quickly gained international notoriety.


Parents expressed disgust at the story and called on Mayor de Blasio to train teachers in cultural sensitivity.

Bronx teacher sparks outrage for cruel slavery lesson


“Parents of color have been asking for this kind of training for years and the Mayor has been ignoring our voices,” said Bronx mom Annagine Lewis, a representative of the citywide Coalition for Educational Justice.


“This is much bigger than one teacher. This is not the first incident,” said Lewis, 47, a retail worker who has a child enrolled in a Bronx public school.


The incident at MS 118 is the latest in a string of events that raised concerns about cultural sensitivity in the public schools.


In 2013, two teachers from Manhattan Public School 59 issued a homework assignment to students that used killing and whipping slaves to teach basic math.

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They received training in cultural sensitivity after the incident but were not disciplined.


And in May a substitute teacher at Bronx Public School 76 was fired after he ripped a hijab off the head of a Bronx second-grader.


Parents at MS 118 were furious over the allegations against Cummings, who started working in city schools in 2016.


MS 118 parent Tamika Lasane, 36, said all the city’s teachers should be required to take cultural sensitivity and anti-bias training.

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“They need to take lessons in that so it doesn’t happen again,” said Lasane, whose son is in the seventh grade.


“This is February, this is Black History Month also, so I don’t know what they’re gonna teach them.”


Education Department officials said the city has provided anti-bias training to 450 city teachers in a new program this year, a fraction of the city’s teaching force of more than 77,000.


Mayor de Blasio refused to answer questions about the MS 118 incident at an unrelated press conference on Friday, but city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the matter is being investigated.

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“It’s a very serious allegation, and she was removed, and I think at this point we have to wait for the investigation to be complete,” Fariña said.


A de Blasio spokeswoman said the city has greatly expanded the scope of anti-bias training for city educators.


Parents held multiple demonstrations outside city Education Department headquarters and City Hall in 2017 calling for the city to release funding for anti-bias training for teachers.


Money to train more than 600 teachers was set aside for the effort in June but the anti-bias lessons for teachers didn’t begin until January.

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Cummings didn’t respond to a request for comment. She is reassigned away from the classroom while a probe of her actions is ongoing.

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Feb 2, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: De Blasio grumbles when asked about NYCHA boiler fix timeline


Public housing tenants will have to wait years for new boilers and reliable heat — but Mayor de Blasio says what’s really unfair is to expect him to fix it faster.


“If anyone has a concern, tell them to come find me, because I’m not going to play games with people. I care deeply about the 400,000 people who live in NYCHA,” de Blasio said when asked if he could speed up the timeline behind his 0 million boiler fix.


“But anyone who thinks we put money in the budget and, you know, the building is fixed the next day — that’s just not fair for anybody, respectfully, in the media or advocates or anyone to project something to people that cannot be true,” he continued griping.


“This is the real world we’re living in.”

Mayor de Blasio makes 0M vow to fix boilers for NYCHA tenants


Boilers at dozens of New York City Housing Authority developments struggled or outright failed as the city saw a cold snap last month — and a week ahead of an oversight hearing on the subject, de Blasio promised Wednesday to spend 0 million on new boilers at 10 developments and other heating help at 10 others. But tenants fumed when they realized some of the work won’t be done until 2021 — when de Blasio is out of office.


There are ways to speed up such projects — like awarding heating contracts on an emergency basis, which the city did just two weeks ago when it pledged another million to get new boilers online before next winter.


But de Blasio insisted that doing the work — which could involve at some buildings making upgrades to heating systems that run through every floor of the building — would take time, and that promising working heat in a timely fashion was akin to promising a “rose garden.”


“People should not be promised a rose garden. I think New Yorkers respond much better to blunt truths,” de Blasio said.


On Wednesday, Councilman Ritchie Torres noted that the failing boilers had been no secret — and if the work had begun de Blasio’s first year in office, it would be nearly done.


“If these investments or these plans had been put in place a year ago, or two years ago, or three years ago, or four years, we would have made real progress,” he said. “The fact that the winters are brutally cold is hardly an unforeseeable event.”

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Feb 1, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teacher sparks outrage for cruel slavery lesson


Kids and parents say this Bronx teacher needs a lesson — in racism.


Middle School 118 teacher Patricia Cummings shocked and traumatized children in her social studies classes when she singled out black students and told them to lie on the floor for a lesson on U.S. slavery — and then stepped on their backs to show them what slavery felt like, students and a staffer said.


Students said Cummings, who is white, pulled the insensitive stunt in multiple seventh-grade classes as part of a unit on the infamous Middle Passage, during which Africans were kidnapped and brought to America as part of the slave trade.


Kids and adults in Cummings’ school, where the student body is 81% black and Hispanic and just 3% white, were horrified by the offensive lessons they said occurred roughly two weeks ago.

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“It was a lesson about slavery and the Triangle Trade,” said one of Cummings’ students, who asked to remain anonymous.


“She picked three of the black kids,” the boy said, and instructed them to get on the floor in front of the class. “She said ‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ She said ‘How does it feel?’ ”


When a girl on the floor made an uncomfortable joke and said she felt fine, Cummings stepped on her back, the student said.


“She put her foot on her back and said ‘How does it feel?’” the student said. “ ‘See how it feels to be a slave?’ ”

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Kids and a staffer said Cummings was removed from her post for a couple of days following the incident but then returned to class and was in school Thursday.


However, the ,934-a-year teacher was reassigned away from children later Thursday after the Daily News contacted the city Education Department about her slavery lesson.


“While the investigation has not been completed, these are deeply disturbing allegations, and the alleged behavior has no place in our schools or in society,” said Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness.


MS 118 Principal Giulia Cox declined to comment on Cummings’ actions.

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Cummings’ students said the lesson followed a showing of a video of slaves being beaten, tortured and thrown over the side of a ship.


“She had students lie on the floor,” said another kid who was in one of the lessons. “She was measuring the length and width to show how little space slaves had in the ship. It was strange.”


Cummings has worked in city schools since 2016 and is also the MS 188 cheerleading coach, according to her LinkedIn profile.


She refused to discuss her slavery lessons when a reporter approached her after school on Thursday.

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“Excuse me, I’m not talking to anyone, no,” she said, when asked if she stepped on black students in her class.


Cummings quotes both Nelson Mandela and Walt Disney on her class web page, which also bears the image of a bald eagle and an American flag.


“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again,” reads the Disney quote.


Cummings’ ill-conceived lesson isn’t the first time a city teacher has grabbed headlines for giving offensive instruction involving slavery.


In 2013, two teachers from Manhattan Public School 59 taught a lesson that used killing and whipping slaves to teach subtraction and multiplication.


Those teachers weren’t disciplined for their actions, but they did receive training in cultural sensitivity, Education Department officials said.

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Feb 1, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Deborah Danner asked to be left alone before fatal NYPD shooting

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Feb 1, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Man slashed on subway train in the Bronx


A straphanger on a Bronx subway slashed a stranger with a switchblade after they got into an argument, cops said Wednesday.


The attacker got into a quarrel with 29-year-old Derrick Plowden on a Manhattan-bound No. 4 train in the Bronx about 10:30 a.m. Monday.


The creep pulled out a blade and sliced Plowden up, cutting him in the neck, chest and back, police said.


Both men got off the train at the 149th St./Grand Concourse station. The slasher ran off, and Plowden staggered to Lincoln Hospital.

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“He’s in the intensive care unit,” said his aunt, Connie Howard. “My nephew’s on so much medication he’s in and out of consciousness.”


Plowden works as a juvenile counselor, his aunt said.


“My nephew is a nice guy who minds his own business. He goes to work and then straight home,” she said. “We’re surprised by this attack.”


Cops released a photo of the suspect and asked the public’s help identifying and tracking him down.


He is described as black and between 30 and 40. He was wearing a plaid shirt and a dark-colored jacket.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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