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Apr 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: SEE IT: Armed crooks hold up Bronx convenient store


Cops released startling footage of a Bronx stick-up on Sunday.


The crystal-clear surveillance video shows two men storm into the 33rd Convenience Store on E. 233rd St. near White Plains Rd. in Wakefield on Friday at 9 p.m., officials said.


One of the thieves, sporting a grey hoodie and black mask over his face, whipped around the counter and pulled a silver gun on the cashier, the footage shows. He kept the firearm pointed at the terrified clerk while he demanded money and took his wallet and cell phone, cops said.


His accomplice, also wearing a grey hoodie, quickly rifled the through register, pocketing dollar bills.

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They jogged out of the store into the rain, got into a black SUV that was double parked outside and sped off.


The employee of the convenience store was not hurt, police said.


Cops are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Apr 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: ‘Blue Bloods’ stars, ‘Wicked’ cast pay tribute to slain EMT


Slain EMT Yadira Arroyo’s memory is living on in Hollywood.


Donnie Wahlberg and his “Blue Bloods” co-star Amy Carlson are among the actors lending their star power to the FDNY emergency medical technician in a viral campaign.


The NYPD drama duo posed with a notecard that read, “For Yari. #FDNYEMS.”


The same eulogy was shared a week earlier by “Hook” child actor and Bronx native James Madio alongside his fellow lost boy, Dante Basco.

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Even the cast of Broadway’s “Wicked” and Domenick Lombardozzi from “The Wire” joined their battle cry.


Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five, was killed while pulling an extra shift on March 16 when a crazed man yanked her from her ambulance and ran her over.


The message of solidarity comes as first responders highlight the thankless job’s pay disparity and stress that equates to what a police officer or firefighter experiences. EMT workers like Arroyo are forced to pick up side jobs and extra shifts to make ends meet.


Arroyo’s base salary was ,153, records show.

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Vincent Variale, the president of the Uniformed EMS Officers union, has been aggregating the celebrity photos with a message of his own — calling on Mayor de Blasio to acknowledge EMS as a uniformed emergency service.

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Apr 2, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Two dead in Brooklyn, Bronx overnight shootings


Gunfire erupted as a late night soccer game in Brooklyn came to an end, killing a man, cops said.


A shooter opened fire during a spat outside Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, striking the 26-year-old victim with at least one bullet to the torso just before midnight, according to police.


The mortally wounded victim — later identified as Luis Gonzalez of East New York — staggered to a gas station across the street along Bedford Ave. near Church Ave. and collapsed.


Medics rushed the man to Kings County Hospital but he could not be saved.

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A clerk at the Shell fuel stop said he was oblivious to the unfolding chaos and did not know a man had been shot until a detective stopped by asking for surveillance footage. The cashier, who declined to identify himself, said he had been watching videos on Facebook to pass the time. 


Police said the victim did not attend the soccer game and was walking by before becoming embroiled in an unspecified dispute.


The gunman was not immediately identified and remains at large.


Two hours later, a woman was shot to death in the Bronx, authorities said.

One dead, 7 wounded during mayhem in Bronx, Brooklyn


Police found the woman with a bullet to the head along East 214th St. near Barnes Ave. in Williamsbridge around 2:30 a.m. She was not identified.

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Mar 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC teacher axed for allegedly using corporal punishment sues DOE


A Bronx elementary school teacher fired after allegedly using corporal punishment and bullying students wants his job back — claiming the termination was “wholly outrageous,” according to the instructor’s lawsuit against the Department of Education.


George Ohakamnu worked for the city Department of Education from 1993 to March 2017, most recently teaching science at the Bennington School.


A DOE arbitrator decided in March to can him after finding Ohakamnu grabbed a student by the “hood and/or back of the neck” on June 20 of last year, department papers related to his firing indicate.


Ohakamnu — who published a book in June 2015 called “Improving On-Task Behaviors in the Classrooms” — also told a pupil “you should have thrown the book at his head” during a minor altercation between two students, DOE documents say.

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The DOE arbitrator was compelled to fire Ohakamnu for retaliating against a student who complained about the book-throwing comment by asking “Did I tell you to hit him in the head with the book?,” the disciplinary papers state.


“To rule otherwise would make a mockery of the protection accorded children to be safe from wrongdoing by adults who are supposed to protect them,” the arbitrator wrote.


“It would send a message that retaliation is acceptable and that should a child cooperate in a formal investigation they proceed at their own risk.”


Ohakamnu, who taught science at the elementary, located on Adee and Bronxwood Aves. in Allerton, filed a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit on Friday to fight his firing.

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Ohakamnu, who most recently made 8,811 at the school, has four letters in his file for corporal punishment or verbal abuse, DOE records show.


But he emphatically denied the allegations Friday, telling the Daily News they are “hearsay and flimsy.”


“I am a victim of racism,” said Ohakamnu, who is from Nigeria. “I never hit any students,” he said. “I never caused any problems for anybody.”


The city Law Department said it “will review the complaint.”

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Mar 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Robbers tie up autistic Bronx boy, steal safe with $6G


A pair of crooks tied up an autistic 7-year-old Bronx boy and pistol whipped his babysitter during a terrifying home invasion robbery, police sources said Friday.


The robbers, who have not been caught, got away with a safe containing ,000 the boy’s mother kept in the apartment, sources said.


When the boy and his babysitter, a 66-year-old family friend, were entering the boy’s apartment on E. 181st St. near Belmont Ave. in Belmont about 3:25 p.m. Thursday when the two robbers pushed them inside, sources said.


The babysitter had just picked the boy up from the stop where his school bus drops him, part of their regular routine, sources said.

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The robbers threw the boy to the floor and bound his ankles. They pistol whipped the babysitter, knocked him down and used a nylon cord to tie his hands behind his back and bind his ankles, sources said.


Once the victims were bound, the suspects made a beeline for the boy’s mother’s bedroom.


They ransacked the room and got away with the safe full of cash, money the mom uses to by merchandise for her local cellphone store, sources said.


But the sloppy crooks left a cellphone, a hat and gloves behind inside the mother’s bedroom, items police hope will yield clues to their identities.


The babysitter suffered scrapes to his head from the pistol whipping, sources said.

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Mar 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Middle school students spot dolphin swimming in Bronx River


A group of Bronx middle school students participating in an after school boating program spotted a dolphin swimming in the Bronx River.


Earlier this month, the middle school students from St. Ignatius School freaked out at first, worrying the fin belonged to a shark.


“That was a bit of a frenzy,” said Jasmine Benitez, 23, who works for Rocking the Boat, a youth development program.


“It was something that we definitely do not usually see,” she added. “It was definitely a rare sighting.”

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The dolphin was swimming in the Bronx River just off the pier at Hunts Point Riverside Park in the afternoon on March 20.


Maggie Greenfield, the executive director of the Bronx River Alliance, an environmental protection organization, believes it was a young short-beaked common dolphin.


The dolphin likely got lost from its pod and came to the area to chase down some rare fish, Greenfield told the Hunts Point Express, which first reported the sighting.


“Pretty much everyone was in shock,” Benitez recalled. “Our staff was concerned what it was doing out there.”

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The dolphin spent several hours in the area before swimming off.

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Mar 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Daily News fund for family of EMT Yadira Arroyo rises to $110G


Love and money continue to pour in to honor slain FDNY emergency medical technician Yadira Arroyo.


The Daily News fund to assist her family grew Thursday to 0,586, including The News’ initial ,000 donation. All donations go to Arroyo’s kids through the FDNY Foundation. Arroyo, 44, died March 16 when a mentally disturbed man stole her ambulance and ran her down with the vehicle.


Payments can be sent electronically to Daily News Charities, account No. 9387-575-837, routing No. 021-000-322 or through PayPal at nydn.us/ArroyoFund. Checks can be made to Daily News Charities Inc. and mailed to: New York Daily News, 4 New York Plaza, New York, NY 10004, Attn: Daily News Charities. 

Queens man matches donations to EMT Yadira Arroyo fund

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Mar 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Merciless Bronx killer pistol-whipped victim after ammo ran out

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Mar 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man breaks into car in the Bronx to swipe Michael Kors bag


Cops are searching for a brute with expensive taste who swiped a Michael Kors bag from a parked car after ripping off its window in the Bronx, police said Thursday.


The man spotted the bag on the passenger seat of a car parked on E. 160th St. near Courtlandt Ave. in Melrose around 12:30 p.m. March 23, cops said.


He broke in through the passenger window of the car and swiped a handbag containing a Bulova watch, Pandora bracelet and Ray Ban sunglasses before fleeing west on E. 160th St., according to officials.


Surveillance video released by cops shows the thief struggling with the window before eventually ripping it off the car.

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Cops are now asking the public’s help identifying the man. He is described as black, around 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds.


Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers on (800) 577-TIPS.

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Mar 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC morgue shutdown delaying funeral homes from obtaining bodies


Funeral directors from the Bronx and Staten Island are facing long delays in claiming bodies after the city shut down its morgues in those boroughs, City Council members complained Wednesday.


Councilman Corey Johnson, chair of the health committee, said claiming bodies has become “erratic and difficult” since the Medical Examiner’s office reduced its mortuary services from five locations to three.


“I’m being told that immediately upon being notified that a family has experienced a tragedy, funeral directors in the Bronx and Staten Island are now notifying families not to plan a specific date or time for a funeral because of the erratic servicing that’s taking place,” he said.


The Medical Examiner’s office said the average processing time for a body is less than half an hour, but the pols said that doesn’t count the time the funeral directors have to wait outside before beginning the process.

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“They’re unable to tell a grieving family a specific date and time for a funeral due to erratic service,” said Councilman Jimmy Vacca (D-Bronx).


“I want to be compassionate, and if they’re doing something bureaucratically that is jeopardizing that sensitivity, I’d like to know.”


Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said she hasn’t gotten any complaints of serious delays. The office added quality checks — double checking the height, weight, sex, and photo of the cadaver — after incidents where the wrong body was released, she said.


“Our aim is to be 100% accurate 100% of the time. If it takes a little bit longer to release someone, we apologize for that. But we’re talking minutes, hours — we’re not talking days,” she said.

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Sampson said service has gotten better since the closing of the two borough facilities.


“Almost all bodies are available for release the day of the autopsy. So there may be a delay of a few hours, but I have never heard of delays much greater than that,” she said. “We are operating more efficiently, and we are operating with a much higher level of quality control.”

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Mar 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx eatery may lose liquor license after wild brawl


A chaotic fight featuring chair-tossing brawlers has landed a Bronx eatery in hot water with the State Liquor Authority and raised questions about a local lawmaker, the Daily News learned on Tuesday.


The owners of Seafood City on City Island have been summoned by the state agency to defend themselves after video of the melee went viral last month.


The SLA could move to rescind the restaurant’s liquor license over the ordeal.


The fight, which had the air of a full blown WWE-style wrestling match, took place around 9:45 p.m., Feb. 23, according to police.

SEE IT: Chair-hurling brawl breaks out in Bronx seafood eatery


A dozen people can be seen in the clip tossing and using chairs as shields and weapons as well as throwing punches at one another.


The free-for-all became a political issue as three candidates to replace term-limited James Vacca all weighed in on the restaurant’s responsibility regarding its unruly patrons.


Marjorie Velazquez called for Seafood City’s liquor license to be revoked, while John Doyle said safety was his main concern.


“Pulling their license seems like a bridge too far,” he said. “What happened last month wasn’t tragic, what would be tragic would be if we didn’t take this opportunity to try to make things safer for the patrons and the residents.”

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Meanwhile, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, also running for District 13 council seat, addressed media following the incident as a representative of the owners — and he has raked in ,000 in donations from the restauranteurs.


Co-owners Daniel Pirraglia and Bernardino Esposito contributed 0 each to Gjonaj on March 7, according to city records.


Gjonaj is no stranger when it comes to the seaside restaurants of City Island.


His brother owns the popular Don Coqui by the Water. The pol ponied up ,000 in donor funds to his sibling’s establishment in January as he settled up a number of tabs, according to the New York Observer.

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Neither Gjonaj nor the owners of Seafood City immediately responded to requests for comment.


Update


Gjonaj sent this statement on Wednesday: “In order to ensure that immediate safety measures be imposed, I coordinated a meeting between the owners of Seafood City and the Deputy Inspector of the 45th Police Precinct. It was agreed that additional private security would be hired and the NYPD has increased their patrol of City Island. I thank them both for taking steps towards providing a safer environment for residents and visitors alike.”

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Mar 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Brooklyn pol pushes anti-gang bill in aftermath of Bronx EMT slay


A Brooklyn lawmaker wants to toughen penalties for known gang members in the aftermath of the killing of EMS worker Yadira Arroyo.


Sen. Martin Golden has introduced legislation that would boost the punishment for people like Jose Gonzalez, 25, who police say is a Bloods member.


Gonzalez, a schizophrenic, has a 31-arrest rap sheet and was repeatedly released from jail despite at one point kicking out the window of a police van and a litany of other crimes.


Under Golden’s bill, Gonzalez and others would be hit with felony charges if they have a series of gang related offenses.

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Last year, the legislation sailed through the GOP-controlled Senate last year but was stalled in Democratic-controlled Assembly.


Arroyo, 44, died March 16 when Gonzalez, trying to steal her FDNY ambulance, ran her down, twice, with the lifesaving vehicle.


He remains behind bars on murder charges.

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