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Mar 19, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Bronx school mourns beloved cheerleading coach after fatal crash

Cardinal Spellman High School students grieving after a beloved cheerleading coach died in a car crash said the caring mom of three treated them like they were her own children.

“It’s really affected the whole Spellman community,” said one junior on Monday at the Bronx school where coach Michelle Muccio worked. “Everybody knew her.”

Muccio, 44, was driving home from the school Saturday night with her 16-year-old daughter Francesca when another motorist cut them off on the New England Thruway near Bartow Ave. in Baychester.

Muccio swerved and lost control of her 2004 GMC Envoy, authorities said. The SUV flipped several times, and Muccio died at the scene, cops said. Her daughter survived.

“Even if you weren’t a cheerleader, she treated everyone like her kids,” the 15-year-old student added.

“She really did. She had three girls. She cared about all of us.”

A GoFundMe campaign raised over ,000 to cover Muccio’s funeral costs.

Muccio is survived by her husband of 22 years, Christopher Muccio, and their three daughters, ages 15, 16, and 21.

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Mar 18, 2018

BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Shaggy sings with Sting and spoofs President Trump

Reggae singer Shaggy is back in the spotlight in a big way — teaming up with British performer Sting on a new album and spoof of the current Washington, D.C., turmoil with a President Trump-focused video, “It Wasn’t Me,” produced for “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Last week, in the “Trump to Robert Mueller: ‘It Wasn’t Me’ (w/Shaggy)’ ” video, Corden, portraying special counsel Robert Mueller, comes knocking at the door of President Trump, played by a blond-coiffed Shaggy, who is chock full of the denials made with the now famous “It Wasn’t Me” refrain.

Throughout the video, Corden’s Mueller sings, accompanied by a funky phalanx of dancing FBI agents, and makes reference to a number of thorns in the Trump’s side.

Repeated “It Wasn’t Me” denials follow mentions of the Russia-U.S. election probe, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jr., the firing of FBI Director James Comey, former Presidential adviser Steve Bannon and of course political foe Hillary Clinton. And the 3:04 minute video has flashes of Shaggy’s Trump tweeting from the bathroom.

Named for the 2000 single, part of Shaggy’s multi-platinum-selling “Hot Shot” album, the Corden video, with lyrics, is on “The Late Late Show’s” YouTube channel. Visit

The post also asked viewers to watch Shaggy’s appearance in the Netflix production of the action film “Game Over, Man!,” coming to theaters on Friday.

And on the heels of that video is the “island-inspired “44/876” album by Shaggy and Sting, the rock star who successfully tinkered with Jamaican rhythms with The Police and in his solo career.

The album, on A&M/Interscope Records, debut’s Tuesday. What began with the recording of “Don’t Make Me Wait” developed into a 12-track album and a two-disc version featuring live performances by Shaggy and Sting in Kingston, Jamaica, and a Cherrytree Radio interview with the duo.

Can’t wait until Tuesday? “44/876” can be pre-ordred online at

While prepping for a summer tour in Europe this year, Sting and Shaggy are doing the media circuit. Adding to a March 9 appearance on “Good Morning America,” the pair are due to be guests on the popular “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” “The View,” “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” “Nightline,” and other TV and cable shows.

The album’s title track “44/876,” featured the Morgan Heritage band and reggae dancehall star Aidonia, while Agent Sasco (the dancehall deejay formerly known as Assassin) is featured with Sting on the deluxe album’s “Message In A Bottle” track.

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It’s literally a matter of life and death for Patricia Smith, daughter of late National Congress of Racial Equality chairman Roy Innis — a disease has claimed both her kidneys and she desperately needs a donor.

Family and supporters have launched a nationwide search for a kidney donor for the U.S. Virgin Islands-born Smith, whose father, St. Croix, USVI-born Roy Innis, was a veteran civil rights leader and the head of CORE for decades. He died in New York in 2017.

Smith, who is a wife and mother, is the sister of Niger Innis, the present national spokesman for CORE.

Originally from St. John, USVI, Smith has worked for the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.

She lost both kidneys as a result of polycystic kidney disease — an inherited ailment which created cysts within the kidneys. Smith is currently undergoing dialysis three times a week.

Smith wants possible donors to know that if they have no major health issues, they can lead normal, healthy lives after donating a kidney.

To be considered as a donor for Smith, contact Nicole Matthews, transplant donor coordinator for North Shore University Hospital Transplant Center, at (516) 472-5800, (516) 562-0550, email her at; or call transplant coordinator Diego Acero at (516) 562-0570.

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Mar 18, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Driver runs mom, teen off Bronx road in deadly crash

A woman was killed when she was thrown from her car on a Bronx highway late Saturday — and her teenage daughter witnessed it, police said.

Michelle Muccio, 44, was driving south on the New England Thruway near Bartow Ave. in Baychester when a motorist cut in front of her about 11:30 p.m., according to cops.

The sudden lane change caused Muccio to lose control of her 2004 GMC Envoy and careen into a highway embankment, flipping the SUV and ejecting her from the vehicle, authorities said.

First responders found the Bronx mother dead in the roadway with her car rolled onto its side.

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Medics rushed her 16-year-old daughter, who was riding in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition, officials said.

Police have not made any arrests.

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Mar 18, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Drunk NYPD cadet drives wrong way down road, hits ambulance

An NYPD cadet was busted on drunken driving charges early Sunday after he went the wrong way on a Bronx street and crashed into an ambulance, cops said.

Olano Gayle, 21, was giving his friends a ride in a 2006 Audi when he drove the wrong way down Grand Concourse in the South Bronx about 2:30 a.m., police claimed.

The cadet collided with an ambulance near E. 156th St., police said. He left the scene – still driving the wrong way – but didn’t get far before cops caught up with him, officials said.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident, according to cops.

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Mar 18, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Uber driver expected to survive Bronx robbery over $23

An Uber driver was shot multiple times inside his car in the Bronx early Saturday by a passenger who robbed him of , police said.

Jeffrey Cisnero Comacho, 26, was picking up street hails about 12:45 a.m. when a man flagged him down on Boston Road and Fish Ave., according to cops.

Comacho took the rider to Morrison Ave. near E. 174th St. in Soundview, where the passenger whipped out a gun and shot Comacho at least three times and ran off with his cash and wallet.

The cabbie managed to stumble out of his silver Toyota and wave down a passing police cruiser.

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Medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he is expected to survive, officials said.

“He’s very lucky to be alive,” said Fernando Mateo, the president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, who visited Comacho in the hospital.

“We were at the hospital all morning. He’s got tubes going everywhere. Cops recovered three 9-mm shells and there are a lot of exit and entrance wounds.”

“All of this for ,” he said. “That’s what this city has come down to.”

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Comacho’s mother, Yanira, said her son was conscious and able to recognize family members.

“I want the person who did this to be caught,” said Yanira Comacho.

“I would kill him,” she added.

Yanira Comacho’s boyfriend, Enrique Jimenez, said the victim tried to reason with the assailant.

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“The guy said, ‘Oh give me the money,’” Jimenez explained. “The son said, ‘You are the second person I picked up today. I don’t have the money.’”

The federation of drivers is offering a ,000 reward for any information that will lead to the gunman, Mateo said.

On Saturday, detectives were scouring the area, going door to door as they looked for witnesses and trying to find surveillance images of the gunman.

Comacho, the father of three girls — the oldest 7, the youngest 2 — didn’t have a camera in his cab, one of the tools Mateo said cab drivers use to protect themselves and deter crime.

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“If he had a camera (in his car), the cops would have known who the gunman was,” Mateo said. “Imagine those girls waking up to find out what happened to their dad. It’s sad.”

Comacho also shouldn’t have picked up a street hail, he warned.

“Now there is no record of who they are, where they live and no phone number,” he said.

Comacho usually picks up fares through the Uber app, but for some reason decided to pick up a street hail as he wound as he finished for the night, sources said.

He was near his home when he was shot, according to Mateo.

“As drivers and as an industry, we have to do a better job of protecting ourselves,” Mateo said. “There’s is no way that a cop can save your life when you’re alone in the dark at 2 a.m. and someone pulls a gun on you.

“The driver has tools like cameras to protect them, but sometimes people take these for granted and this is what happens,” he said.

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

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Mar 17, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Band of robbers leave Bronx man critically hurt in his building

A gang of five men and a woman jumped a 70-year-old man inside his Bronx building during a brutal robbery earlier this month, leaving him with critical injuries.

Cops on Saturday released surveillance images of the group responsible for the March 7 attack.

The victim was in the hallway of his building near Beach Ave. and Archer St. in Parkchester when the suspects ran in and began punching and kicking him, cops said. At least one of them struck the man with a metal object as they stole an unknown amount of property from the man’s apartment.

First responders found the victim bleeding in the hallway and rushed him to an area hospital with critical injuries to his head and face.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this attack to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Mar 17, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Slain Bronx EMT honored a year after being killed on duty

A year after the city was shocked by the killing of Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo by a maniac who hijacked her ambulance, her FDNY brothers and sisters remembered her at vigil in the Bronx.

“We are gathering here so no one forgets our hero who lost her life in the line of duty,” Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, Uniform EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors union, said Friday.

The 44-year-old mother of five, known as Yari, was on overtime, working in Soundview when career criminal Jose Gonzalez, who prosecutors say was high and mentally disturbed, jumped on the back of her ambulance at about 7 p.m. on March 16, 2017.

When Arroyo stopped to get him off the rear bumper, he jumped in behind the wheel and mowed her down, according to the Bronx District Attorney.

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Gonzalez is charged with murder. He is being held on Rikers Island.

On Friday afternoon, scores of EMTs and paramedics, some in uniform, stood in the bright sun at the intersection of White Plains Road and Watson Ave. in Soundview, where Arroyo was killed, holding candles with flames flickering in the bitter wind.

“A moment doesn’t go by when we don’t feel the anguish of losing her in such a traumatic way,” her uncle A.J. Hernandez said. “I look around and see a lot of people feeling the same thing. The EMTs are angels on wheels. It was terrible to lose her in such a terrible way.”

The way Arroyo lived was a striking contrast to the way she died.

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Known as the “Matriarch of Station 26,” she was a 14-year FDNY veteran. She had an infectious laugh and volunteered at soup kitchens in her spare time, friends said. Arroyo is the eighth member of EMS killed in the line of duty.

At the corner where she was struck, was a replica of Arroyo’s shield, arranged in gold carnations. Half a dozen bouquets lay on the ground.

“This job is extremely dangerous,” Barzilay said. “This tragic incident brought to life just how dangerous.”

After Arroyo’s death, a fund set up by the Daily News raised 3,765 for the five boys she left behind.

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Even after the window to donate to the children closed, News readers continued to give, raising another ,756.09 for the family. Last week, the paper gave the money to the FDNY Foundation to administer.

“On behalf of the Arroyo boys, the FDNY and The FDNY Foundation, thank you and the New York Daily News readers and New York Daily News charities for the tremendous support of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo’s family and your recognition of her service and sacrifice,” FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea said.

“The outpouring of support and contributions given to EMT Yadira Arroyo’s children is a testament to the impact she had on others.”

Daily News readers also rallied around the family of slain NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed on July 5 by a deranged man in the Bronx.

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After donations closed for her family, more money — , 363.94 — poured in. The Daily News will turn that money over to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation next week.

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Mar 16, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Ex-teacher, his twin indicted for allegedly making bombs in Bronx

A former teacher and his twin brother accused of building bombs in their Bronx apartment — with the help of teenagers — have been indicted, according to a new court filing.

Christian and Tyler Toro were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, and unlawful possession of a destructive device in Manhattan Federal Court. Christian Toro also faces one count of distribution of explosive materials to a minor.

Feds arrested the Toros on Feb. 15 for allegedly stockpiling more than 30 pounds of bomb-making materials, including ingredients for napalm, in their Pelham Parkway home.

Cops also claim to have found a note suggesting plans to slaughter children that read “Under the full moon the small ones will know terror.”

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Christian Toro, a former Democracy Prep Harlem High School special ed teacher, and his twin also swapped texts about Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, officials said.

Tyler Toro allegedly wrote to Christian Toro that Paddock had a police scanner when he murdered 58 people who were patronizing an outdoor concert in October.

“We need to invest in one,” Tyler Toro wrote, prosecutors said during a recent court appearance.

“Copy. I see a couple on Amazon,” Christian Toro allegedly replied.

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The twins are accused of paying students from Democracy Prep an hour to dismantle fireworks — and extract the explosive materials.

The Toros first came across cops’ radar after a 15-year-old student made a bomb threat at Democracy Prep on Dec. 4.

The female student was collared and Christian Toro abruptly resigned from the school on Jan. 10.

Tyler Toro then brought his brother’s work laptop back to the school. There, a computer tech came across a bomb-making book — spurring a federal investigation, court papers state.

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Christian Toro was also nabbed Jan. 31 on a third-degree rape charge. He is accused of having sexual encounters with the girl who made the bomb threat in his apartment from September 2017 to January 2018.

Christian and Tyler Toro, both 27, are being held without bail.

Christian Toro’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while Tyler Toro’s lawyer declined to comment.

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Mar 15, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Former NYPD sex crimes cop is back in trouble

Even in retirement, disgraced former NYPD sex crimes Lt. Adam Lamboy is trouble.

The ex-commander of Manhattan Special Victims unit — whose career imploded over a boozy weekend in Seattle with a rape victim — got busted in 2017, the Daily News has learned.

The charge? Impersonating a sex crimes commander.

Lamboy, 47, found himself in cuffs after pretending to be a cop and demanding a female student’s schedule at Hostos Community College in the Bronx on Feb. 24, 2017, court records show.

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He allegedly showed what appeared to be an NYPD identification card and introduced himself as “Lt. Muranch,” according to court records.

“I followed her on the train from Queens,” he told a campus peace officer, court papers said.

“She is part of an investigation I am conducting.”

The peace officer, Nelson Colon, got suspicious and called Manhattan Special Victims to confirm Lamboy’s identity.

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He was told nobody from that office had ever visited Hostos Community College, the court records show.

Colon filed a police report, but it took until August for Lamboy to be arrested.

The student, who asked that her name not be used, said the bizarre incident was unnerving.

“I never knew why he followed me,” she told The News from her Queens home, cradling her three-month-old baby.

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“They never told me why.”

She said police and campus security questioned her, but she had no idea who Lamboy was.

“They showed me pictures. They showed me photos where he’s wearing a police uniform,” she said. “I told them that no, I have never seen him before … But to use his old police title, it’s not right.”

Cops even asked her if she was having an affair with Lamboy. She said absolutely not.

“They told me they would call me later if they wanted to pursue the case, but they didn’t,” she recalled.

Lamboy’s lawyer Jeffrey Rizzo denied Lamboy used a fake name. “He has a retired lieutenant card and that’s the only thing that he showed the when he went into the building,” Rizzo said, adding that Lamboy was conducting a surveillance operation for an insurance firm.

As for “Lt. Muranch,” he said, “I really think it’s a misunderstanding.”

Lamboy is infamous in the NYPD for a 2013 incident in which he flew to Seattle to interview a rape victim with his partner, Officer Lucasz Skorzewski.

During their visit, the two cops took the victim out drinking at local bars and Skorzewski allegedly made a pass at her — an incident that went unreported for a year and remained hidden from the public until The News’ exposed it in 2015.

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Mar 15, 2018

BRONX NEWS: NYC pol hires ex-Giuliani pal with crooked history as his lawyer

A mainstay in former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration who once gave a sweetheart contract to his pal and suspended the license of a cabbie who got into a dispute with his lover is back on the city payroll — even though he claimed to be disabled for a decade.

Christopher Lynn was hired by his longtime friend Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. in January to act as his counsel. The City Council is paying Lynn, 67, a ,000 salary for the part-time job, records show.

Six years ago, insurance company AXA Equitable accused Lynn of fraudulently claiming he was totally disabled to collect on a ,000-a-month policy, according to court records.

Lynn had been getting payments from the policy since October 2001, when he said a back injury left him “totally disabled” and unable to work as the director of the Mayor’s Election Task Force Commission.

In 2012 the insurer yanked the policy and demanded Lynn pay back ,000 after it learned that he had hid his work as Diaz’s part-time counsel in the state Senate in 2009.

AXA Equitable also learned that Lynn had been working on legal cases as a private practice attorney, including pro bono work for Diaz (D-Bronx) in a 2004 lawsuit. The insurer said Lynn never reported any of the work to it.

Before claiming disability, Lynn held many high-ranking city positions during Giuliani’s two terms as mayor. Throughout his time in Giuliani’s inner circle, Lynn was dogged by accusations of improper behavior.

Just last year, the city paid more than a million to settle a long-running lawsuit that a whistleblower brought over Lynn’s actions from 20 years ago.

Transportation Department employee John Tipaldo had sued the city, saying he was demoted in 1997 for blowing the whistle on Lynn — then the agency’s commissioner — for giving a pal a contract to manufacture 100 “Don’t Honk” signs for the Queensborough Bridge.

The Department of Investigation substantiated Tipaldo’s claim that Lynn gave the contract to a friend and tried to cover it up.

Lynn also served as the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission. In that role, he suspended a hack’s license in 1996 after the cabbie told Lynn’s companion to take another taxi because his was broken down.

The cabbie sued the city over the incident and was awarded ,000 in lost wages and legal fees.

While TLC chair, Lynn was also scrutinized for his past work as a criminal defense attorney. A series of Daily News stories said at the time that Lynn not only represented members of a notorious Brooklyn crack gang in criminal cases, but acted as their “house counsel,” helping a drug dealer purchase real estate and cars.

He told the News in a 2009 story that they were bogus allegations drummed up by Giuliani detractors.

After AXA Equitable terminated his policy, Lynn sued the insurer, saying that his disability barred him from holding a job as a top-level city official who had to be on-call 24 hours a day. He said he was still entitled to do part-time work.

Lynn also said that his ,000 part-time job for Diaz in 2009 was not really work.

In a deposition, he said his job required 17.5 hours of work each week.

His main duties entailed taking a few phone calls and attending a monthly meeting for the Senate’s Committee on Aging. His work time included his six-hour commutes each way from his Long Island City apartment to Albany, he said.

During the deposition, he also said he started getting Social Security Disability in 2010. The case was settled in 2014.

Lynn told The News he could not discuss the settlement. He declined to say if he is still disabled.

Diaz said he and Lynn were “good friends” and have known one another since 1993.

“I am so honored to have him because he is tremendous,” said Diaz, who chairs the Council’s Committee on For-Hire Vehicles.

“He is a genius. He works more hours than he gets paid.”

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Mar 15, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Cuomo’s visit to horrific Bronx home spurs action by NYCHA crews

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Mar 14, 2018

BRONX NEWS: NYPD cop accused of running drug den after caught with $25G

An NYPD housing officer who helped her boyfriend run a heroin trafficking ring was caught with ,000 in drug money, stuffed in a purse with her service weapon, federal authorities said.

Yessenia Jimenez, 31, and her boyfriend, Luis Soto, 33, were busted Tuesday on drug-trafficking and weapon possession charges, as part of a larger investigation into heroin trafficking from Mexico into New York.

The two turned their Bronx apartment into a drug stash house, federal prosecutors said, and Jimenez traveled to Massachusetts with Soto for an “important stop” with a heroin trafficker, prosecutors said.

The couple popped up on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s radar in January, after finding Soto’s phone number on the cell phone of a narcotics trafficking suspect from Queens.

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Soto made the trip to Massachusetts on Sunday, and headed back to New York at about 10:30 p.m., authorities said.

At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, a joint DEA, NYPD and state police task force stopped Soto’s car outside their Boynton Ave. apartment in Soundview, after he started unloading bags from his trunk.

Jimenez was sitting in the passenger seat, the stuffed purse at her feet, with the handle of her NYPD-issued Glock 9-mm gun sticking out.

Soto was carrying another ,000 in a black plastic grocery bag, and he admitted he picked up all the cash from Massachusetts, according to court filings.

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A search of their apartment uncovered about 250 grams of alleged heroin in a closet, prosecutors said.

Jimenez joined the NYPD in 2015. She’s been suspended without pay, a police spokesman said.

Her Facebook page shows her wearing NYPD t-shirts and hats, and sharing several pro-police messages.

Jimenez’s lawyer, Mark Gombiner, challenged the weapon-possession charged filed against her.

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“This is her service weapon,” Gombiner said. “Given that she’s a police officer she’s kind of mandated (to have) her service weapon with her.”

A judge ordered her held on ,000 bond, while Soto agreed to be held without bail.

Jimenez declined to comment.

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