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Oct 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman says she thought baby she cut out of slain friend was hers


A Bronx woman accused of killing her childhood friend and slicing her baby from her womb told jurors Tuesday that she actually thought the little girl was hers.


Ashleigh Wade, 22, who is accused of performing a crude caesarean section on Angelikque Sutton after plunging a knife into her pregnant friend last November, testified that she ripped the baby out of Sutton’s stomach because “she couldn’t have any more children die so I had to save her.”


“I thought that girl was mine,” Wade said under questioning from her attorney Amy Attias.


“Before I spoke to detectives, I thought the baby was mine. But I knew something was wrong because I didn’t remember her coming out of me. I didn’t remember taking off my pants.”

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Then Atlas asked her if she killed her friend to steal her baby.


“No,” Wade replied.


Under cross examination, Wade said that after ripping the baby out of Sutton’s body, Wade testified that she thought the baby like her friend, had been killed in the gruesome attack.


“I was just upset that the baby was dead,” Wade said. “When the baby started screaming and crying I felt happy.”

Photo of murdered pregnant woman makes juror pass out


Wade also accused detectives of forcing her to make false statements in her initial statement after her arrest.


“They were calling me a liar and that I was crazy if I turned it in like that,” she said, referring to the original statement she had given to police. “They said it didn’t sound right, it sounded crazy and I didn’t want to sound crazy.”


In the statement, Wade also wrote that she wanted the baby to be hers so badly that she let it “cloud her judgment.” Under oath, she testified that that was also wrong.


The baby, now 22-months old, survived. Relatives named her Jenasis.

Woman who killed pregnant pal needed help in surrendering


Cops said Wade tried to convince them that she gave birth to the child herself Nov. 20, saying, “It’s my baby,” as Sutton lay dying in a pool of blood.


Later, in a statement to cops, Wade — who said she had lost a baby of her own — claimed she “rescued the baby” after killing Sutton in self-defense.


Police said Sutton was stabbed up to 20 times.


Prosecutors said Wade and Sutton, 22, had recently reconnected through Facebook, but when Sutton went to visit Wade at her Monticello Avenue apartment, she was greeted with a knife.

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Oct 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Knife found in Bronx classroom where teen stabbed classmate


A janitor discovered a second knife in the Bronx public school classroom where a student was stabbed to death last week, police said Tuesday.


The school custodian made the grisly find while cleaning up following Wednesday’s deadly attack inside a third-floor history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, police said.


Cops said the knife was discovered the day after Matthew McCree, 15, was killed in class by classmate Abel Cedeno, 18 — but it was not related to the fatal stabbing.


“On 9/28 detectives were informed that a black folding knife (unopened) had been found on the floor of a classroom in the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation,” a police spokesman said.

De Blasio, Fariña hear parent fears after Bronx school stabbing


“Detectives conducted an investigation and determined that this knife was not associated with the 9/27 stabbing incident at the school.”


Police said the knife was found by a janitor on the far side of the classroom, a distance from where the stabbing took place.


A student had confessed that he had the knife in his backpack and that it fell out when he left the classroom after the stabbing, according to police.


Police said the folding knife was in its sheath and not opened and no charges will be filed against the teen.

Family to sue over student who was stabbed by bullied classmate


Cedeno told the Daily News in a Rikers Island interview that he brought the switchblade, which he’d purchased about two weeks beforehand, to school the day of the killing strictly for self-defense.


The bisexual Bronx teen said he was the victim of anti-gay bullying long before his angry explosion inside the East Tremont high school.


But investigators believe Cedeno’s fatal confrontation with McCree and stabbing survivor Ariane Laboy, 16, was the first beef between these three students.


City Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness wouldn’t say if the student who brought the second knife that was discovered Thursday would face disciplinary charges, citing privacy laws.

Bronx stabbing victim awoke from coma, learns best friend is dead


Holness said the Education Department is working with police to investigate the incident but so far school staffers appear to have responded appropriately.


“A thorough investigation is underway and there are no signs of staff misconduct related to last week’s tragedy” Holness said.

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Oct 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: De Blasio, Fariña hear parent fears after Bronx school stabbing


Days after a student was stabbed to death in a city school, parents vented their fears to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña — who told one worried mom a wild classroom might just be “interactive learning.”


The city officials held an intimate town hall for public school parent leaders from across the city at a library in Harlem, where parents peppered them with questions about bullying, mental health services and better training for parents and teachers.


“To know a child has actually died in a school, I’m just like out of my mind right now,” Renesha Westbrooks-Martinez, a mother of four from Bushwick, said.


Police say Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation student Abel Cedeno, 18, flew into a rage and stabbed two students, Matthew McCree, 15, and Ariane Laboy, 16, after they tossed papers and pencils at him. Cedeno had previously been bullied, sources said.

Bronx school stabber says he didn’t mean to kill his bully


For Westbrooks-Martinez, the stabbing — in the presence of teachers — called to mind wild classrooms she’d visited.


“I’m actually sitting with my child and I’m seeing all of the children just hopping around, making noise, shoving on each other, throwing papers, whether it’s bullying or not,” she said. “There’s a teacher there right and I think my concern for me, I’m like, oh my goodness, this teacher has no control.”


She wanted to know whether teachers in Cedeno’s class would be held responsible.


“That’s the thing that keeps going across my head as I keep thinking about this: my child is not safe,” Westbrooks-Martinez said, adding school safety officers do little.

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De Blasio said the investigation into what exactly happened in the class was under way — and that it was too early to cast aspersions.


“A classroom that’s not in order is something we don’t accept, I want to make really clear of that,” he said.


Fariña spoke at length about the city’s work to boost school safety agents. But when it came to the classroom scene Westbrooks-Martinez described, she said the kids might just have been learning.


“I just want to be clear that a lot of what happens in classrooms that sometimes can look wild is interactive learning,” she said. “Certainly if kids are not being disciplined, are not paying attention, that’s on us. But a lot more parents need be aware that we want to hear a lot more talking in classrooms, we want to to hear students talking to each other, working together.”

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After the meeting, Westbrooks-Martinez said that’s not what she saw.


“I’ve seen classes where it was just — not like what (Chancellor) Fariña said, because I know the difference, when everyone is participating, everyone is involved, I’m excited about that, I’ve seen that in the classrooms as well,” she said. “And I’ve also seen where children are just not engaged, maybe moving back and forth, really just in their own thing, and that concerns me as well.”


Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union, said Fariña needed to stop making excuses.


“Chancellor Fariña is refusing to acknowledge that we have many schools in crisis,” she said. “It’s almost as if she thinks we are stupid. It’s offensive and it’s patronizing — we know the difference between interactive learning and a classroom that’s out of control.”

Family to sue over student who was stabbed by bullied classmate


While many have questioned whether metal detectors should be more widely used after the stabbing — Cedeno allegedly brought in a knife he’d ordered from Amazon, which cops say the detectors would have found — no parents brought up the subject. Upping school safety personnel and fighting bullying dominated the questions from the parents, most of whom served on community education councils or in other school roles.


Souad Kirama said her daughter had been bullied at an Astoria middle school for gaining weight and for wearing a head scarf. Another child’s family left the school after the child was called “Isis” by bullies, she said.


“I don’t see much positive attitude from elementary school when it comes to bullying or a new form of racism or discrimination,” she said, asking the mayor to be more compassionate and serious about the issue.

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Oct 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man critically injured in shooting outside Bronx housing complex


A shooting outside a Bronx housing development left a man shot in the chest and critically wounded Sunday night.


Police found the 41-year-old victim on Williamsbridge Road at Stell Place, shot outside the Pelham Houses in Allerton just before 11 p.m.


The NYPD’s ShotSpotter system, which uses high-tech microphones to locate shootings, led cops to the victim.


Medics took him to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition. Police were searching for the shooter early Monday.

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BRONX NEWS: Home invasion suspects jailed extra year waiting for dead witness


Three suspects in a Bronx home invasion spent an unnecessary year in jail awaiting trial because prosecutors were unaware their star witness – the victim – had been dead since August 2016.


Not until last month, after suspects Maria Echevarria, Melvin Wright and Harris Cleckley were released, did prosecutors indicate they would drop charges against them, the Daily News has learned.


The oversight was “the worst example of what can happen, because there are no checks on the prosecutor,” said Alice Fontier, the managing director of Bronx Defenders’ criminal defense practice.


The home invasion victim, Ramel Allah, 53, died of natural causes on Aug. 14, 2016 – undermining the Bronx district attorney’s case against the imprisoned suspects.


Yet defense lawyers didn’t receive word of Allah’s death until Sept. 11 of this year, on the eve of the trial.


All three suspects were then released without objection by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Villaverde. The DA’s office was expected to formally recommend dismissal of the case on Monday.


Prosecutors said they only learned during trial preparation last month that Allah died at Montefiore Hospital. Allah was “a transient witness” with “no family we knew of,” said Bronx DA spokeswoman Patrice O’Shaughnessy.


O’Shaughnessy said there was “no need to speak with him” until the case was ready for trial.


Prosecutors sent a detective to track Allah down when he could not be found during trial prep.


Villaverde had even started calling witnesses at a pre-trial hearing in the case, apparently unaware her main witness was dead.


“If at any time within a year prior to Sept. 11 they had done anything that demonstrated care or due diligence or any kind of exercise of caution and use of their discretion, (the defendants) would have been released from jail,” said Fontier.


Prosecutors believe Echevarria, 34, an acquaintance of Allah’s, was in his E. 229th St. apartment on March 28, 2016, when she opened the door for two men who shot Allah in the foot and stole 0.


Echevarria claims the men were strangers. But she, along with Wright, 52 – her boyfriend – and Cleckley, 55, his brother, were arrested based on Allah’s identification of his attackers.


Echevarria’s attorney, Brian Shupak, said Allah was vital to the identification case – motivation enough for prosecutors to keep tabs on their witness.


“They could not prove any one of the 26 charges without the complaining witness,” Shupak said.


Echevarria said the worst part of being jailed was losing contact with her daughters, ages 10 and 13. Echevarria didn’t want the girls to see her behind bars, and their only contact came in heart-wrenching phone calls.


“I didn’t want my kids to come out there,” said Echevarria, adding that she lost her home as a result of her jail time and is now staying on a friend’s couch.

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Oct 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Driver plows into Bronx business hosting birthday party

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Oct 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Fire erupts in Bronx building for second time in a week


A raging fire broke out in the Bronx Sunday — two days after another blaze ripped through the same building, authorities and witnesses said.


Firefighters raced to the three-story building on Watson Ave. near Evergreen Ave. in Soundview around 2:30 p.m. after a fire broke out on the top floor, according to the FDNY.


“It was like deja vu,” said Nilda Rodriguez, 58, who lives nearby and watched firefighters extinguishing the fire on Friday.


“I did see a firefighter injured. He collapsed. It looked like he inhaled all that smoke,” he added.

Man found dead in Brooklyn building after fire


Medics treated two firefighters for minor injuries and smoke inhalation, authorities said. The blaze was brought under control around 4:30 p.m.


Building resident Megan Polanco, 24, said she was home in the second floor when she noticed smoke filtering from the top dwelling.


“The fire spread quickly. I live on the second floor. I was pulled out of the apartment. They had to take me out. Someone was ringing the doorbell and saying, fire! Fire! Fire! The fire spread from the next building.


“I got my grandmother out first. She’s about to be 80,” she said. “I wanted to make sure she was out and safe.”

Bronx apartment building fire kills 2, leaves 5 others injured


She pointed at the apartment under the most damaged one. “We can’t go back home. It’s all damaged.”


Friends Catherina Cruz, 42, and Ada Toro, 45, took video of firefighters caring for one of their own.


“Oh no, poor man. He collapsed. It’s so sad!” Toro says as she recorded.


Cruz saw others running for their lives.

Hundreds evacuate as Bronx blaze consumes apartment building


“Someone from the third floor stuck their head out of the window. And I pointed at her and said, there’s a fire upstairs is the fire upstairs! Get out!” Cruz recalled. “The flames and smoke got strong pretty quickly. She ran out.”

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Oct 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man torn from wife, 3 kids after routine ICE check-in


High school senior Alex Leon-Alvarez doesn’t want to be deported, so the Bronx teen made sure last week to fill out the papers he needs to be able to stay.


His dad may not be so lucky.


Demetrio Leon-Alvarez, who brought Alex over the border as an infant, is being held in an immigration detention center.


And unless the government has an unexpected change of heart, he’ll be torn from his three children and pregnant wife.

Brooklyn immigrant detained by ICE says he’ll still fight crime


“There are other people outside who have robbed and killed and raped — but I didn’t do anything to anyone. And I’m in here,” Leon-Alvarez said in a phone interview with the Daily News.


“I want to be back with them and they need me. We all want to be together.”


Both father and son are navigating President Trump’s immigration policies — and the family of five is on the verge of being split apart.


“I guess there’s no choice but to follow the law,” said 17-year-old Alex, as he filled out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival paperwork last week at a Legal Aid office.

Dad arrested by ICE while dropping daughter at school released


“If we do not follow it, there will be more consequences.”


His 41-year-old father shared that law-abiding instinct — and it cost him.


The undocumented immigrant was detained two weeks ago during his routine check-in with ICE.


Since then, he’s been separated from Alex, his wife Dalia, who’s six months pregnant, their 6-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, both of whom are citizens.

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Dalia, 37, said she felt powerless. She crossed over the border with her husband and is also undocumented.


“I feel a little angry about the laws of the country,” she said. “The laws are very tough. In order for people to have rights, they have to be born here.”


The family’s pastor at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Mott Haven has vouched for the family. Fr. Pablo Gonzalez said they attend Mass two or three times a week and participate in a church group. The kids attend a religious education program.


“Demetrio is a very good, honest, upright family man who takes care of his children and wife, who is at present expecting another child. He is hard-working and supports his family with his work,” Gonzalez wrote in a letter to immigration authorities seeking leniency.

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“I truly consider it appalling to separate, divide and destroy this family. I can only think with great sadness of what their suffering would be and the harm it would cause them if this were to happen.”


Leon-Alvarez had supported his family by working 48 hours per week at an Associated Supermarket fish counter, earning an hour.


He entered the country illegally in 2001 but crossed paths with ICE following a raid while riding a bus in Rochester in 2009. He signed a document agreeing to leave the country but remained in New York.


In 2013, he got a summons for walking between subway cars. The case was dismissed, but the infraction put him on ICE’s radar.

U.S. citizen says ICE agents stopped him because he’s Latino


By then, President Barack Obama had implemented a policy prioritizing who should be deported. Alvarez’s clean criminal record allowed him to stay.


But at his first check-in at ICE offices under President Trump, he was detained.


“They’re model recipients of all of these humanitarian programs extended under Obama,” Legal Aid attorney Casey Dalporto said about Leon-Alvarez and his son. “They’ve just led exemplary lives.”


She was guardedly optimistic Alex would be able to renew his “dreamer” status.

Court blocks ICE from deporting woman in N.Y. for brain surgery


But Alex has started imagining life without his dad.


“I told my mom if she wants she could go back with the kids back to Mexico. And I’ll stay here and work,” he said.


An ICE spokeswoman gave no indication that any relief was on the horizon for Alex’s father.


“ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removed from the United States,” agency spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow said.

Man’s deportation to Mexico turns out to be ‘death sentence’


Nationwide, ICE has made 43% more arrests since Trump took office compared to the same period last year.


Deportations, however, are down slightly. As of Sept. 9 — three weeks before the end of the fiscal year — ICE had deported 211,068 immigrants. The previous fiscal year, it deported 240,255 people.

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Oct 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Jah Jerry group gives scholarships to young people


Jerome (Jah Jerry) Haynes, guitarist for the pioneering Skatalites Jamaican ska music group, died in 2007, but his intense passion for education continues through Jah Jerry Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes education in Jamaica and the U.S., and provides scholarships for young people.


Last month, the organization – founded by James Haynes, son of Jah Jerry– held its Fifth Anniversary Scholarship Award Reception in Jamaica at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston.


According to James Haynes, organization president and CEO, two students who major in music at Edna Manley College received ,000 (U.S.) scholarships.



Recognizing that education and technology are closely linked today, the organization also got “top-of-the line desktop computers loaded with advanced software,” donated to the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School) where many members of the Skatalites graduated from.


Adding an extra special musical air to the Sept. 13 affair was the participation of legendary Jamaican singer/songwriter/percussionist Bunny Wailer, an original member of The Wailers reggae group with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. During his career, Wailer worked “extensively” with the Skatalites, said James Haynes.


Visit the organization’s website at www.jahjerry.org/ or visit their Facebook at http://bit.ly/jahjerryinc.



POETRY BEYOND HIS YEARS


Youthful author Kaseem Gordon is soaring– displaying his talents in “Reminiscing on the Future,” a book of poetry.


Gordon, who discussed his book with spectators at the recent Brooklyn Book Festival’s Literary Day, has been expressing his thoughts in poems since the young adult was in his teens.


The Bronx native has skillfully weaved his “thoughts, feelings and personal experiences” into poetry, which has “enough simplicity for everyone to understand, but deep enough for you to get lost in.”


Self-published on Outskirts Press, “Reminiscing on the Future,” is available on Amazon.com and other online outlets.


ARTIST AND HIS ‘STUDENTS’


“The Students,” an exhibition of works by Jamaica-born artist Donovan Nelson, will be on display in Brooklyn at the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave, through Friday.


The most of the 35 portraits in The Students series– created near the start of Nelson’s teaching career– feature his former pupils at an East New York, Brooklyn high school. For information, call the library at (718) 270-4900.


The works in this exhibition are on loan from the permanent collection of the Valentine Museum of Art and the Welancora Gallery.


MANNING’S ALUMNI AFFAIR


The New York chapter of the Manning’s Past Students’ Association will hold its Anniversary Reunion Ball in the Bronx on Oct. 14 at Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road, at 8 p.m.


Proceeds will benefit ongoing projects Manning’s School in Jamaica. The affair features an open bar, buffet dinner and music by Jugglaz International with DJ Andrew.


Call (914) 325-4064, (914) 668-1876 or (718) 322-1929 for tickets and information.


HURRICANE RELIEF CONTINUES


Recovery aid and assistance from Hurricanes Irma and Maria is desperately needed. I will continue to share initiatives and activities, like these:


* NYPD cops for Dominica


The NYPD-RGPF Officers’ Association, a group of Grenadian-American officers in the NYPD, is asking all New Yorkers to pitch in and aid hurricane survivors on Dominica through a relief drive.


Now through Oct. 21, a variety of items– ranging from nonperishable foods to baby formula, soap to clothes and shoes– will be collected at two Brooklyn locations.


The association has established two drop-off locations: Stynkletts Inc., 1084 Nostrand Ave. (between Lincoln Road and Maple St.) and Jeremiah Garage, 8902 Avenue M.


The RGPF acronym stands for the Royal Grenada Police Force, that nation’s law enforcement agency which has been the focus of outreach efforts by the New York association.


For drop-off times and a complete list of needed donation items, call Karen Nelson at (718) 679-4227, Charles Moses at (917) 496-9175 or Nimrod Ollivierre at (917) 520-6150.


* Hurricane relief radiothon


“The Caribbean Day of Giving” — a daylong New York area radiothon on WVIP radio (93.5 FM) and other stations to get hurricane relief to the region — is airing Saturday.


For information visit www.caribbeandayofgiving.com


* N.Y. group aids relief


New York-based Dominica-American Relief and Development Association has a gofundme page, www.gofundme.com/dominica-hurricane-maria-relief, for monetary contributions.


DARDA has also setup a “wish list” on Amazon.com “as a convenient way for concerned individuals to purchase relief items that have been requested by officials in Dominica.”


The wish list of supplies on Amazon.com can be found at http://bit.ly/reliefwishlist.


* Barbuda recovery on their minds


The 83-year-old New York-based Antigua and Barbuda Progressive Society is taking contributions for Barbuda’s hurricane relief effort. Want to help? Send email to contact@abpsociety.org to get details. Also visit the group’s website: www.abpsociety.org.


* ‘Invest Caribbean’ for St. Martin


The Invest Caribbean Now global private sector agency is helping French St. Martin’s hurricane victims through a GoFundMe page benefiting the global nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse organization. To contribute, visit www.gofundme.com/caribbeanhurricanerelieffund.


*New York State for the USVI


Complement New York State’s official aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands by donating territory’s official recovery effort by visiting www.usvirecovery.org.


* Relief through tourism


Tourism to Antigua can provide dollars needed for hurricane relief on its sister island, Barbuda, says Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister Asot Michael. Go to www.visitantiguabarbuda.com for information on Antigua tourism.


Others can donate to charitable organizations by visiting www.abconsulate.nyc.


* Restoring Anguilla


Anguilla Progressive Association of New York, in conjunction with the government of Anguilla, is an official hurricane relief organization for the restoration of Anguilla. To donate and get more information, visit www.apanydonate.org.


* An all-Caribbean effort


The American Friends of Jamaica organization is collecting donations for “valid organizations that provide relief to areas affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean.” Visit http://bit.ly/afjhurricanedonations to donate.


* Help from tourism groups


The Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association are assisting the recovery efforts.


To make a donation, to the CTO Relief Fund visit www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto. And donations to CHTA’s Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund can be made at www.tourismcares.org/caribbean.


* ‘Sail for a Cause’ in Manhattan


Yesterday’s “Sail for a Cause: Hurricane Relief for Irma” fund-raising initiative by the New York area sailing community, used the enticements of a prize-laden raffle and free sailing lessons to encourage participants to contribute to this relief effort by North Cove Sailing, the sailing school, club and community center in Manhattan at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.


Caribbean-based organizations benefitting include the BVI Recovery Fund, the official program of the BVI Tourism; the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands’ USVI Recovery Fund; the SHTA St. Maarten Relief; the American Red Cross; the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross; and TBC St. Martin.


The partners and co-promoters for the event are the IGY-North Cove Marina; the Hudson River Community Sailing; the Bitter End Yacht Club, Sail Caribbean; the French American Yacht Club; the Battery Park City Authority; BVI Tourism; St. Martin Tourism and Dream Yacht Charter.


* Partnership helps victims


With hearts, minds and contributions of members of the Caribbean diaspora focused on hurricane victims in the region, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Association is working with the University of the West Indies to focus the “mobilization of resources” coming from North America to the region.


UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles and CDEMA Executive Director Ronald Jackson are heading the initiative, which will use utilize UWI’s extensive North American networks to also coordinate aid from FEMA, the Red Cross, and other international agencies.

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Oct 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: One dies, one left badly injured in separate motorcycle crashes


One man died and one woman was lucky to survive in two separate motorcycle crashes Saturday, police said.


A 28-year-old woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she crashed her motorcycle on the FDR Drive in East Harlem about 9 a.m., cops said.


The biker was heading north when she lost control of her green-colored motorcycle near E. 101st St. and slammed into a highway median.


Arriving medics found her sprawled out on the ground several feet from her motorcycle. She was conscious and speaking with first responders as medics put her on a stretcher and took her to Harlem Hospital in serious but stable condition.

FDNY medic killed in fall from motorcycle on Kosciuszko Bridge


Several hours later, a 27-year-old motorcyclist T-boned a Nissan SUV making a U-turn on University Ave. near W. Fordham Road in University Heights, the Bronx. The victim tried to pass the SUV on the left when he hit the vehicle about 3:30 p.m., cops said.


Medics rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died from trauma to his head and body, police said. His name was not immediately released.


The driver of the Nissan remained at the scene and was unhurt. No charges were filed.

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Oct 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Video emerges of men who fatally beat man, 40, in the Bronx


Two brutes beat a 40-year-old man to death on a Bronx sidewalk early Saturday, police said.


Cops found victim Pedro Adorno sprawled out on the sidewalk on Taylor Ave. near Westchester Ave. in Parkchester about 4:50 a.m.


Rescuers first thought he had suffered a heart attack, but soon realized he had a massive head injury, police sources said.


Medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died.

Bronx apartment building fire kills 2, leaves 5 others injured


Detectives canvassing the area found surveillance footage showing two men beating Adorno.


The men stormed up to Adorno on the street and repeatedly punched and kicked him in the face and head, the video shows.


No arrests have been made.


The suspects are described as Hispanic and in their early to mid-30s. One was wearing a green shirt with camouflage sleeves and blue jeans. The other was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and dark colored shoes.

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Sep 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx stabbing victim awoke from coma, learns best friend is dead


Bronx school stabbing victim Ariane Laboy, after two days in a coma, awoke wanting two things: An egg roll and some good news about his best friend.


“That’s when his dad said, ‘Son, your friend is dead,’” family friend Donald Wilson recounted Saturday. “(Laboy) didn’t want to talk to anybody anymore. Everybody had to leave the hospital.”


The 16-year-old Laboy, stabbed in the chest Wednesday by an oft-bullied bisexual classmate, remained in a coma until Friday.


Wilson was at the hospital Friday when Laboy’s dad emerged from the room at St. Barnabas Hospital after breaking the news to his son.

Mom recalls horror of seeing dying son after Bx. school stabbing


“He woke up and they got him some Chinese food,” recalled Wilson, 24. “He said, ‘I’m not hungry. I want the egg roll. Can I give the rest of this to Matthew?’”


His friend Matthew McCree, 15, was mortally wounded in the classroom stabbing spree at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.


Laboy was stabbed and gashed when he jumped to the aid of a badly bleeding McCree, who died a short time later — the first New York City school killing since 1993.


Their classmate Abel Cedeno, 18 and a fifth-year senior, stabbed both youths with a switchblade as their terrified classmates and teachers watched helplessly.

Bronx school stabber says he didn’t mean to kill his bully


Cedeno remained jailed Saturday on Rikers Island, held on a murder charge in the attack. A judge ordered the teen suspect placed on a suicide watch, too.


Cedeno said his sexuality made him a target for anti-gay venom and occasional physical abuse, although cops said his homicidal rage was directed at the wrong two teens.


Though Laboy and McCree reportedly tossed broken pencil shards and wads of paper at Cedeno before the stabbings, cops said the pair had no previous bullying interactions with their attacker.


McCree’s family has yet to set a funeral date for their son, and his teary mom defended Matthew against allegations of bullying.

Bronx teen who killed classmate was mocked with homophobic slurs


“My son was no bully,” said his mother Louna Dennis, 34. “He was a wonderful child and got along with everybody.”


Friends of the slain youth were outraged by Cedeno’s jailhouse interview where he insisted the knife was meant only to scare off his tormentors.


“Come on, you brought a knife to a fistfight,” said neighbor Krissy Guevera, 25. “What did you think was going to happen? It just went entirely too far.


“It should’ve never happened. It could have been avoided, but it wasn’t.”

Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school


Cedeno is due back Tuesday in Bronx Criminal Court, and was expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.


The aspiring actor said he was in a daze after stabbing the two teens, unsure as he walked into the principal’s office whether the incident was even real.


Cedeno — who identified as bisexual — said classmates targeted him for vitriol because he was different.


Some kids called Cedeno a “f—-t,” and he recounted other students bouncing him off hallway lockers.


The mayor’s office and the City Council plan Monday hearings to investigate bullying issues in New York schools.

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