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Jun 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: 25 ‘gun-wielding’ drug pushers busted in Bronx’s Hunts Point


A dangerous drug ring flooded the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx with heroin, crack and guns, authorities said Thursday, announcing charges against 25 people.


A two-year probe involving federal agencies and the NYPD resulted in the bust. Prosecutors said members of the crew had dealt hard drugs and committed robberies at gunpoint.


“It’s a good day when more than two dozen alleged gun-wielding drug pushers are taken off the street,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Angel Melendez said.


Two separate indictments against the defendants were unsealed Wednesday.

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In one indictment, 21 defendants were charged with distributing “large amounts” of crack and heroin while carrying firearms.


In the second, four men were charged with a separate conspiracy to sell crack in Hunts Point. One of those alleged drug dealers, Lattine (Dutts) Clark, was involved in a shootout last Oct. 16 at Coster St. and Spofford Ave. in Hunts Point, prosecutors said.


The other three defendants robbed rival drug traffickers at gunpoint on June 22, 2016 in Marble Hill, prosecutors said.


“One by one, our office, along with our law enforcement partners, is identifying and prosecuting the violent gangs and drug-dealing crews operating in the Bronx,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said. “The residents of the communities they harm deserve better.” 

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Jun 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Mom hurls stroller carrying 2-year-old down flight of stairs


A mother threw a stroller with her 2-year-old son inside down a flight of stairs at a Bronx subway station Thursday afternoon, police said.


Investigators believe the 25-year-old mom was arguing with her toddler’s father when she pushed the pram down the steps at the 149th-St.-Grand Concourse station in Melrose at about 2:30 p.m., authorities said.


Medics took the boy to Lincoln Hospital with cuts on his face and head. He’s in stable condition, cops said.


The mom, whose name was not released, was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital for psychological evaluation.

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Jun 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Speeding Bronx driver slams into minivan while fleeing from cops


A 23-year-old BMW driver fleeing cops crashed into a minivan in the Bronx early Thursday, leaving both vehicles mangled wrecks and four people hospitalized, officials said.


Cops tried to pull the BMW over on Boston Road near Connor St. in Eastchester after it was seen recklessly changing lanes around 2:30 a.m., officials said.


The BMW sped away in the opposite lane, slamming into an oncoming minivan, officials said.


The BMW driver was somehow unharmed but the front of his car was nearly obliterated in the crash.


Medics took his passenger and three people in the minivan to area hospitals. They are all were expected to survive, cops said.


The BMW driver was taken into custody for questioning. No charges against him were immediately filed and his name was not released.

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Jun 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man found dead with gunshot wound to head in Bronx blaze

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Jun 1, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD investigates two attempted rapes in the Bronx


Police are investigating two separate reports of attempted rape in the Bronx — one targeting an 11-year-old boy, officials said Wednesday.


The boy told police a teenager grabbed him from behind as he walked on Magenta Ave. near White Plains Road in Williamsbridge about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and forced him into nearby Bronx Park. He attempted to rape the child, but the victim fought him off and ran out the park.


The Bronx Special Victims Squad is investigating.


Meanwhile, a 19-year-old woman told police a stranger dragged her to the ground and tried to rape her on Fordham Road near the Bronx River Parkway about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, but got spooked and ran off, cops said.

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May 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD sergeant charged with murder of Deborah Danner in Bronx

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May 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD sergeant charged with murder of schizophrenic Bronx woman


A Bronx sergeant, already blamed by the mayor in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic senior citizen, was arrested Wednesday for murdering the elderly woman, officials said.


Sgt. Hugh Barry was indicted by a Bronx grand jury in the Oct. 18, 2016, death of Deborah Danner, 66, during a tense confrontation in her Castle Hill apartment.


The eight-year NYPD veteran, charged with murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, was held on 0,000 bond or ,000 cash bail after entering a plea of not guilty to all counts.


The sergeant, in a black suit and blue tie, stood silently with his uncuffed hands clasped behind his back. He stared straight ahead inside the Bronx courtroom, offering no hint of his thoughts.

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Barry pulled the trigger and mortally injured Danner after the mentally ill woman put down a pair of scissors — and picked up a baseball bat.


“I think this is great news for society,” said Wallace Cooke, 74, an NYPD retiree and Danner’s cousin. “Debbie had no reason to die, and the cop had no reason to shoot her.”


Cooke blamed Barry for mishandling the situation after a neighbor called police to report that Danner was screaming. When the cops arrived, Danner was inside a rear bedroom clutching the scissors.


Barry convinced Danner to put down the scissors. He opened fire after she grabbed the bat and rushed at him.

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“He intended to kill her, no doubt,” Cooke told the Daily News. “When you shoot somebody twice in her own bedroom? All he had to do was close the damn door and walk out.”


The NYPD announced Wednesday that Barry was placed on suspended duty pending the results of his criminal case in the Bronx. He was due back in court on July 7.


“The arrest of the NYPD sergeant charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner is a good step in a long walk toward justice,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who invoked the 1984 police killing of Eleanor Bumpurs.


The Bronx woman was the same age as Danner when she was fatally shotgunned by a police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter.

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Both Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said almost immediately after the shooting that Barry had bungled the call.


Sergeants Benevolent Association President Edward Mullins, in a lengthy Facebook posting, defended Barry’s handling of the situation.


De Blasio and O’Neill “did not just throw Sgt. Barry under the bus,” said Mullins. “In the court of public opinion, they ran him over with a steam roller.”


The murder indictment was “an absolute travesty of justice,” said Mullins.

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. praised the grand jury for its diligence.


“What happened to Deborah Danner was an outrage,” said Diaz. “Clearly, there were options available to Sgt. Barry which he failed to implement.”


O’Neill said after the shooting that Barry did not follow proper procedure involving emotionally disturbed people. Cops are instructed to defuse situations until specially trained Emergency Services Unit officers reach the scene.


O’Neill’s comments sparked a rift with the sergeants’ union.

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Barry also kept his department-issued stun gun holstered, a tactical decision that came under heavy criticism.


“The shooting of Deborah Danner is tragic and it is unacceptable,” Mayor de Blasio said in October.


“This should never have happened. It’s as simple as that. Deborah Danner should be alive right now. Period.”

With Thomas Tracy, Laura Dimon

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May 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD sergeant charged with murder in Deborah Danner case

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May 31, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Merchants unite to fight NYC’s nuisance abatement law


Storekeepers and retailers must organize and work together if they want to fight back against an abusive civil enforcement law that ousted shop owners from their businesses, merchants said Tuesday.


“You’re fighting one by one against a wave of prejudice,” said Francisco Reynoso, owner of The Heights Bar & Grill in Washington Heights. “You have the opportunity to organize, it’s very important that you do.”


Reynoso was weighing in on changes to the city’s nuisance abatement law at a community meeting sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.


Reynoso said he has received a number of unfair summonses over the years because of the law.

Daily News, ProPublica win Pulitzer Prize


Changes to the law were prompted by stories in the Daily News, which exposed how the NYPD used it to close properties where they said crimes have been committed — even before residents and business owners could make their cases in court.


The series, published in partnership with ProPublica, a web-based nonprofit, won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in April.

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May 30, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Ex-boyfriend busted in Bronx woman’s 1991 cold-case killing


Police have arrested an ex-con they say killed his ex-girlfriend in the Bronx more than a quarter century ago, officials said Tuesday.


NYPD Cold Case Detectives Steven Berger and Pedro Toledo busted Stacy Nelson, 56, for the murder of Leah Gibson inside her Bronx apartment on June 7, 1991.


Nelson was arrested for the killing on May 16 after being questioned at the 50th Precinct, cops said. He’s been charged with murder and manslaughter.


Gibson, a 30-year-old secretary at Public School 299 in Brooklyn, was found strangled in her Grand Concourse apartment by her brother, officials said. Investigators believe she was killed the night before her body was discovered.

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Her brother told police he showed up at her apartment because she failed to show up at work that morning.


At the time of her death, Detective Lt. James Malvey described Gibson as “quiet and never having any problems with other people.”


Police sources said investigators always suspected Nelson, who had dated Gibson.


Cops recovered DNA from under Gibson’s fingernails, police sources said. In 2004, after the NYPD received a grant helping them to review old homicides, cops ran the DNA again with the help of the City Medical Examiner’s office — and learned that it matched Nelson.

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Yet Nelson claimed to have an alibi and the DNA alone wasn’t enough evidence for an arrest since the two were lovers, officials said.


After repeatedly questioning Nelson since 2008, the suspect made incriminating and contradictory statements, giving enough evidence to file murder charges, officials said.


“This young woman was murdered many years ago and with it being unsolved, it was creating further anguish for her mother, as well as her family and friends,” Berger said in a statement. “I promised her mother I would not retire until I made an arrest in the murder of her daughter.”


“I hope this provides some closure and eases the grief for her mother,” he added.

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Nelson has an extensive criminal history, mostly for drug possession, officials said.


He was sentenced to prison on three separate occasions between 1980 and 2002, including a six-year stint starting in 1982 for attempted murder, court records show.


Nelson is due back in court on June 20 to face the new charges, officials said.

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May 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx cop pens novel inspired by 2014 killings of NYPD officers


Shocked as any other cop after the execution of two officers in Brooklyn, Sgt. Jordan Castro channeled his feelings into a novel that delves into the often tense relationship between police and the communities they serve.


“Those assassinations were heartbreaking,” Castro said of the deaths of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, shot while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2014.


“I said to myself, ‘This has just gone too far. I have to do something. I know that I’m a writer and that I just can’t stand by and go on Facebook and post.’


“I had to do this and I had to be a voice for the police side of the ongoing discourse,” Castro said.

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“Smoke and Mirrors: Police Dreams” won’t make Castro rich. It’s a self-published e-book that’s also available in print form and has sold about 1,000 copies so far.


But in addition to fulfilling his lifelong dream of writing a novel, Castro donated 0 in proceeds from the novel to the family of a friend, Sgt. Galileo Garcia, who committed suicide in February.


Castro hopes the book will also contribute to the public discourse on American policing.


“I did want to investigate and explore the relationship and the tension between the community and police, and I wanted to work it out as realistically as possible,” Castro said.

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“Writing the book helped me analyze that with more clarity — why these things happen, why the strife exists and how, if possible, we can fix this and make that relationship stronger, better (and) restore that trust.”


Castro, 37, who is married and has a 1-year-old daughter, joined the NYPD in July 2006 and is a training sergeant for Housing Bureau cops in the Bronx.


Raised in Washington Heights by Cuban-born parents, he said they instilled a love of reading in him.


Castro’s favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald, and he admires Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger, too.

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Over the years, Castro has jotted down story ideas on dinner napkins or blank pages in his memo book. And while police reports filed after big crimes or unusual incidents are no place for fiction, Castro took pride when he wrote them, filling them with details that caught the eye of fellow cops and supervisors.


“They would actually enjoy reading my reports,” he said.


Castro is not the first cop to write a book, but he thinks that every time an officer is published, the stereotypes many people have about police takes a hit.


“There are a lot of misconceptions and preconceived notions about cops,” he said. “This shows that a police officer can be creative, he can think outside the box, he can be an artist.

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“He can take real-life events and channel them artistically.”

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May 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man struck in hit and run on Cross Bronx Expressway


A man walking on a Bronx expressway died after he was struck by a tractor trailer early Sunday, police said.


The pedestrian was walking on the northbound Cross Bronx Expressway near Castle Hill Ave. in Castle Hill when he was hit by the semi-truck around 2:30 a.m., cops said.


The man, who died at the scene, was struck by an unknown number of vehicles following the initial collision, sources said.


The drivers of the tractor trailer and other vehicles fled the scene, cops said.


Police are investigating the accident as a hit and run.

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