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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 72, shoots 28-year-old wife in head at Bronx home: cops

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Dominican gang member charged in shooting slay of Bronx mom


A teenage member of the gang “Dominicans Don’t Play” was charged Wednesday with firing the bullet that killed a Bronx mother of three who was sitting on a park bench.


Wandy Tejada, 17, faces life in prison for firing the stray bullet that killed Jessica White on June 11, 2016.


The tragedy was the result of a gang beef revolving around drug sales at the John Adams Houses, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said.


Members of the Trinitarios gang tried to attack Stiven Siri-Reynoso, 24, a member of the rival Dominican gang also known as DDP, prosecutors said. Siri-Reynoso then ordered Tejada, his fellow gang member, to exact revenge, authorities say.

Bronx man faces murder rap in shooting death of Jessica White


The teen unleashed a fusillade aimed at a group of men sitting in a playground at the housing complex in Longwood, but struck White, 28, below the heart, prosecutors charge. With her last words she worried about the safety of her children, witnesses told the Daily News.


“Mommy, the kids!” the victim screamed, according to her mother, Gola White, who watched in horror.


“Bullets don’t have no name, bullets don’t have no direction,” Gola said after the shooting. “So, of course when my daughter stood up she got hit, under her heart. And she’s gone.”


Jessica White’s children, ages 3, 5 and 9, who had been playing in the park, were running toward their mother when she was shot. The young mom, who had been in an out of homeless shelters, saved up enough money to get her own apartment before she was killed.


Relatives and investigators grew frustrated at the code of silence that followed the shooting.


In strikingly frank remarks, Police Commissioner James O’Neill admitted in October that investigators on the case had received very little information from the community after four months of digging Wanted posters were torn down. Residents feared retaliation for cooperating. Reward money didn’t yield a tip.


O’Neill said the lack of cooperation from the community was due in part to the NYPD’s history of overly aggressive tactics that had alienated communities of color despite historically low crime rates.


“I want to show the country  and Jessica White’s family  what a galvanized city can deliver: a safe place to live and work for everyone, in every neighborhood, on every corner, in every playground,” O’Neill said.


Prosecutors said Wednesday they hoped the charges brought some measure of peace to her loved ones. 


“Today’s indictment will not return Ms. White to her family, but we hope it provides some solace to know that the men who allegedly took her life will be held to account,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.


Siri-Reynoso has already been charged with ordering the hit and faces life in prison or the death penalty. He has pleaded not guilty. A call to Tejada’s attorney was not returned. 

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Prosecutors in 4 boroughs to drop nearly 700,000 warrants


Hundreds of thousands of old open warrants for low-level offenses will soon disappear as city district attorneys move to reduce caseloads in overburdened courts.


Four of the city’s five DAs — the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens — announced Wednesday that in the coming weeks, they will move to dismiss nearly 700,000 of these warrants.


The warrants are 10 years old or older for low-level offenses such as riding a bike on the sidewalk, drinking a beer in public, disorderly conduct and getting caught in a city park after hours.


The warrants apply to individuals who have not been arrested since, but they subject undocumented immigrants to deportation and can bar people from applying for public housing or getting a job.


“Those who committed minor offenses a decade ago or longer and have not been in trouble with the law pose no threat to public safety today,” said Bronx DA Darcel Clark.


Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez noted that most of these old summons were “issued to mostly poor, black and Latino individuals, many of whom may not even be aware that they have open warrants.”


Staten Island DA Michael McMahon did not return calls to explain why he’s not participating in the dismissals.

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Ex-NYPD cop gets 20 years for side gig with Bronx coke dealer


A crooked former NYPD cop who acted as a “one-man protection unit” for a Bronx drug dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.


Merlin Alston, 34, showed little emotion as Manhattan Federal Judge Colleen McMahon harshly criticized him for abusing his authority.


Between 2010 and 2014, Alston participated in a conspiracy to distribute 200 kilos of cocaine while an active-duty police officer.


A two-week trial last year revealed that Alston acted as an armed bodyguard for his longtime friend and wannabe kingpin, Gabriel Reyes. Alston tipped off Reyes about police movements and investigations.


“I did not conspire to distribute narcotics to anybody,” Alston said. “I’m an honest, trustworthy person.”

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Litter sparked Bronx fight that left Westchester man stabbed

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC school worker drives far to get kids graduation, prom outfits

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man fatally stabbed for flashing middle finger at Bronx car crash


An obscene finger gesture led to a man’s stabbing death in the Bronx Tuesday night, police sources said.


The 25-year-old victim was chased down and knifed in the shoulder at the corner where Hollers Ave. becomes Eastchester Pl. in Eastchester, at 6:45 p.m. cops said.


Moments earlier, the victim and his friends drove past a crashed car a block away at Hollers and Huguenot Aves., sources said.


As they passed by the accident in a Honda Accord, the victim allegedly extended his middle finger, enraging the other men.

Man fatally stabbed in Bronx deli was killed over designer belt


The furious group jumped into a Toyota Camry and followed them, when they caught up with the victim and his crew an inquiry over who gave the finger ensued, police said.


The victim allegedly admitted it was him, and the killer hopped out of the Camry and stabbed him.


The victim’s pals tried taking him to a hospital themselves but gave up after driving about a mile, police sources said. The group parked outside the Lenny’s Bagels at Boston Post Road and Pelhamdale Ave. and called 911, leaving behind a pile of bloodied clothes in the parking lot.


Medics rushed the victim to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died.

Bronx man fatally stabbed girlfriend before taking his own life


A serrated knife with a white and blue handle lay on the ground as detectives probed the stabbing scene Tuesday night.


Cops have not yet released the victim’s name, pending family notification, and police have not yet made any arrests.  

With Adam Shrier

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Jul 25, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: DNA helps cop nab man in attempted rape of Bronx store clerk

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Jul 25, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: State will ban e-cigs in private and public schools

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Jul 24, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC picks developers to build 400 affordable housing units


The city has selected developers to build 400 units of affordable housing on 67 small, vacant and publicly owned lots.


The lots — grouped together into seven clusters in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan — will be the sites of 100% affordable housing, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer will announce Monday.


“One of the key drivers of the housing plan is the creative use of public land, which is in increasingly short supply,” Torres-Springer said.


“Through new programs, (Housing Preservation and Development) is looking to unlock the development of its remaining small sites scattered across the city’s neighborhoods.”

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While such small lots can be tricky to develop, the city said it grouped multiple small parcels in the same neighborhoods together when considering developers, allowing them to develop more at once.


The projects are part of the housing agency’s New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program and the Neighborhood Construction Program.


The seven chosen development teams include six nonprofit developers and two minority or women-owned firms.


The developers designated to do the work are: MHANY, Bronx Pro, East Brooklyn Congregations, Lemor Realty and Iris Development, JMR and Alembic Community Development, Fifth Avenue Committee and Habitat for Humanity, and Shelter Rock Builders.

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The new units will be located in Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York in Brooklyn; Fordham and Melrose in the Bronx; and central Harlem in Manhattan.


In Bedford-Stuyvesant, for example, 21 vacant lots will be developed into a mix of two-family homes, three-family homes, and condo buildings by Shelter Rock.


Mayor de Blasio has pledged to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years.

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Jul 23, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: ‘Reggae Gold’ compilation will brighten your summer

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Jul 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man fatally stabbed girlfriend before taking his own life

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