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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teen’s gun trial has questionable characters on both sides


He’s a teen honor student who was held on Rikers Island for over a year unable to pay 0,000 bail on a gun charge.


He has maintained his innocence and refused a plea deal.


His lawyers say rogue detectives in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx have a vendetta against him.


His case has become a cause celebre for bail reform advocates, including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group. The group won the teen’s freedom in July by posting 0,000 after a judge agreed to reduce the bail amount.

Bronx teen Pedro Hernandez freed from Rikers Island


But that is only half the story in the Bronx Tale of 18-year-old Pedro Hernandez.


Court records offer a more complicated picture — including Hernandez’s criminal past, his civil attorneys’ potential conflict of interest, his private eye’s checkered past and the role played by a detective who has been stripped of his gun and badge.


The Bronx district attorney charged Hernandez last August with firing into a crowd near a school on Sept. 1, 2015, wounding Shaun Nardoni, who is now 16.


Prosecutor David Slott later amended the allegations — to assert that, instead of pulling the trigger, Hernandez had passed the weapon to the shooter, who has not been identified.

Rikers Island teen scholar Pedro Hernandez set for bail release


Arguing for Hernandez’ release at a bail hearing, defense lawyer David Narain said the charges were based on the word of a single witness who identified Hernandez in a photo array. Narain also maintained that Hernandez has no criminal record, having won dismissal of previous felony charges. The teen was already suing cops for false arrest, Narain added.


“My client and the 42nd Precinct, without even explaining in proper words, is a bad relationship,” the lawyer said.


Judge Steven Barrett spurned Narain’s bail plea after Slott revealed that a family court judge had given Hernandez 12 months’ probation and put him on a curfew for gun possession as a youth.


Slott also countered that Hernandez had Facebook conversations with members of a crew called the Hilltop Gang, recruiting people to come out on the night of the shooting.

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Calling Hernandez “a scammer,” Slott said he expected the DA’s office to charge him in a fake check-cashing scheme. One year later, the DA is still investigating the alleged scam, sources said.


Defense lawyer Alex Spiro, who replaced Narain last month in the Nardoni shooting case, declined to comment.


Hernandez also has an open felony charge in a Nov. 6, 2015, robbery, in which he’s accused of using a knife to steal a cellphone and remote car alarm.


Regardless, advocates say Hernandez is a poster child for bail reform.


Wade McMullen Jr., of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, noted that Hernandez was “too poor to purchase his release (from jail)” after turning down a plea deal that would have set him free immediately.


“No matter how you spin it, the fact is we cannot support a legal system that punishes the poor and people of color, using cages to disproportionately exact criminal convictions and disrupt our communities in the process,” McMullen said.


As he heads toward trial, Hernandez is surrounded by few angels either among cops or on his legal team.


THE PRIVATE EYE


Private investigator Manuel Gomez is a former cop who was arrested by fellow officers in 2009 over a public dispute with his then-girlfriend. He spent five days in jail, but the Bronx DA later dropped all the charges.


Still, the NYPD bounced Gomez in 2011 after an administrative trial judge determined that he had pointed his gun at bystanders who tried to intervene during the altercation.


The department also considered Gomez’s disciplinary history, records show.


In 2006 the NYPD docked Gomez 30 vacation days and placed him on one-year probation after he failed an Internal Affairs Bureau integrity test by neglecting to voucher a quantity of placebo heroin, according to a departmental memorandum.


Gomez told the Daily News that the bystanders who testified at the departmental trial lied. He also said the NYPD had it in for him ever since he was the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit brought against the department in 1999 over its treatment of minority employees.


Gomez, who served more than two decades in the Army and is a retired commissioned officer, said he went on to work for the U.S. Department of State in Afghanistan, and points out that he has been licensed as a private eye.


“The Department of State cleared me and authorized me to carry weapons,” he said. “That’s got to say something.”


More recently, Gomez, 50, has made a name digging up evidence that has gotten charges dropped against defendants in the Bronx. He cites the five days he spent in jail as putting him on a mission.


“That is the catalyst for the reason why I fight with such tenacity and such fortitude against this 1,000-pound gorilla we call the NYPD and the 2,000-pound gorilla we call the Bronx District Attorney’s Office,” Gomez said.


In Hernandez’s case, Gomez says he found witnesses who say that another gunman — not Hernandez — committed the shooting.


He also levels troubling accusations again the 42nd Precinct, in particular one of its detectives.


THE COP GUNNING FOR HERNANDEZ


David Terrell, a field intelligence officer in the Morrisania precinct, had provided intel to another detective in the 42nd Precinct that led to Hernandez’s arrest in the shooting of Nardoni.


But Terrell had been gunning for Hernandez for years, according to Gomez.


The private eye found teens who said Terrell had been involved in their own false arrests. He also located crime victims who claimed they were intimidated into fingering Hernandez or another innocent suspect.


The law firm belonging to Hernandez’s civil attorney John Scola is now representing 22 clients who say they have been harassed by Terrell, another 42nd Precinct detective, Daniel Brady, or other members of the precinct.


So far Scola’s firm has filed 10 lawsuits involving Terrell and two notices of claim — the first step in suing the city.


In one federal lawsuit, filed July 31, Kenny Shenery said he was rolling dice with his friends on a Bronx street corner when Terrell falsely arrested him.


Terrell then bizarrely pledged to free Shenery if he lost a game of dice — but then reneged on the offer after losing, according to the suit. Terrell then harassed Shenery about Hernandez, the suit charges.


In another case, Terrell was accused of promising a Bronx mom her son would be protected from arrest in exchange for sex. In yet another case, he was accused of beating up a teen, Anthony Floyd, in a failed effort to extract information about guns.


Since 2005, Terrell has also been sued at least seven times by plaintiffs represented by lawyers other than Scola.


The NYPD placed Terrell on modified duty in the fall after an off-duty domestic incident, according to sources. The Bronx DA’s Public Integrity Bureau is also investing the allegations against Terrell and the 42nd Precinct.


Michael Palladino, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, defended the work of his members in the 42nd Precinct, saying they have been unfairly cast as bad guys by the lawyers of gang members. He described the onslaught of lawsuits as a cheap tactic.


“Filing a lawsuit and seeking publicity on it is all part of a defense attorneys’ desperate strategy designed to persuade potential jurors and defuse the case against their client before it goes to trial,” Palladino said.


Indeed, questions linger about Scola and Gomez.


THE LEGAL TEAM


Scola’s client list has grown sizably as Gomez — his frequent collaborator — has identified more alleged victims of false arrests and police intimidation.


Scola told The News that Gomez doesn’t work for his law firm. He said he provides legal advice when the private eye has questions involving the kids he identifies.


“If there is an action to pursue, I then sign those clients up,” Scola said.


In a peculiar arrangement, Scola’s firm also represents Nardoni, the shooting victim in the current criminal case against Hernandez. Nardoni retained Scola’s firm after giving Gomez a written affidavit and videotaped statement that he never saw his shooter.


The shooting victim says in his suit against the city that Terrell threatened to kick and punch him if he didn’t identify Hernandez as the gunman.


Scola’s unusual ties don’t end there.


The lawyer also reps the witness who identified Hernandez — meaning that Scola counts as civil clients the suspect, the victim and the key witness in the same crime.


In a notice of claim filed by Scola, Bronx teen William Stevens said Slott, the prosecutor, threatened to send detectives from the 42nd Precinct to arrest him if he didn’t identify Hernandez as the shooter in the Nardoni shooting.


Stevens said he was left with no other choice than to falsely identify Hernandez as the triggerman.


Eugene O’Donnell, a former prosecutor and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said a civil attorney representing an accused criminal defendant, the crime victim and a witness in lawsuits isn’t necessarily wrong, but “it’s thin-ice territory.”


It becomes even trickier when private investigators are involved and there is a potential financial gain at play — like winning a legal settlement from the city, he said.


Scola insisted there is no conflict of interest in repping Hernandez and Nardoni.


“I could see a conflict of interest if I was a criminal lawyer,” Scola said.


“The civil cases, just because they all have similar stories against the same detective, doesn’t mean that they’re all lying. The facts are very similar for all of them.”


Scola and Gomez, the private investigator, have known each other since at least 2013, when the attorney repped Gomez in a lawsuit against the NYPD claiming wrongful termination over the incident with his then-girlfriend.


Scola and his law firm partner, Chukwuemeka Nwokoro, are currently representing Gomez in a lawsuit he brought this year against unions who he says defamed him on their social media pages. Gomez said he is paying the firm for its representation.


But Palladino said one should wonder why Gomez is the common denominator in all of these lawsuits.


“I am not impressed with Gomez and his tactics,” he said. “He has a checkered past with the NYPD and I think his motives and his credibility are very questionable.”

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Aug 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx cop punched bystander for no reason


Police investigating a Bronx shooting earlier this month punched a bystander three times in the face, according to video obtained by the Daily News.


Kevin Pettiway told The News he was minding his own business just before getting punched and arrested — disputing NYPD claims that he was busted for hindering their investigation into the shooting of two 17-year-old boys.


Pettiway, 28, said he was heading toward his mother’s Webster Ave. apartment Aug. 5 when he noticed a ruckus involving a crowd of onlookers and NYPD officers.


“I didn’t know what the commotion was about. I was trying to get past the crowd when an officer pushed me,” Pettiway said.

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A portion of the incident was caught on a 30-second cell phone video and appears to contradict the officer’s account, which was detailed in a court document.


Pettiway is seen in the video wearing a white tank top and walking by the shouting crowd when an officer in a dark T-shirt and khaki shorts pulled him in the opposite direction. Pettiway turned to face the plainclothes officer — identified in court documents as Lt. Eric Dym of Public Service Area 7 — to ask why he’d been pushed. He was met with three blows to the face, the video shows.


“I understand that he was probably frustrated because he was trying to control the crowd, but I was just walking. I didn’t say anything to him for him to push me and punch me like that,” Pettiway said.


Dym has been named in five federal civil rights lawsuits between 2011 and 2015 for claims of excessive force and false arrest, according to court documents. Three of the lawsuits settled for a total of 2,000, court records show.

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“If it were me that did that to him, I wouldn’t get away with it,” said Pettiway, who says he filed a complaint Thursday with the Internal Affairs Bureau.


Officers reported to the rear of 1285 Washington Ave. in Claremont Village after two 17-year-old boys were shot. When the officers arrived, Pettiway and two others interfered with their ability to establish a crime scene, police said.


The teens were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center and were in stable condition after the shooting.


The criminal complaint alleges that Pettiway mouthed off at an officer and caused a scene while police were arresting Jauan Blume. Approximately 20 people gathered and Pettiway “prevented (the officer) from carrying out his lawful duties of investigating the radio call,” according to the complaint.

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But Pettiway, who says he works at a funeral home, claims he was the first person arrested — before Blume.


When Dym tried to steer Pettiway away from the scene, Pettiway grabbed onto a metal fence and refused to leave, according to the complaint. The lieutenant tried again to move Pettiway, but he slapped the officer’s hand to block police from handcuffing him, according to police.


Pettiway was charged with obstructing governmental administration, inciting a riot and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. The charges are still pending. Pettiway was taken to a nearby hospital and spent hours at the precinct before a judge released him on his own recognizance.

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Aug 21, 2017
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Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit ‘BHM’ Releasing February 2018



Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM Release Date

The Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM will be apart of the 2018 Black History Month Collection from Jordan Brand and will release during February 2018.

This Air Jordan 1 will come dressed in a Black, Lucid Green and University Red color combination. While we wait upon a first look, we do know that the model will be constructed with Flyknit across the uppers. In addition, premium leather will be used on the Nike Swoosh, Wings branding and tongue. The last detail will be ‘BHM’ branding.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM Black History Month Release Date

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit ‘BHM’ will release at select Jordan Brand retailers during February 2018. Once available, the retail price will be 0. Once we have more information and a first look, we will make sure to update you. Make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit BHM
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Aug 21, 2017
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Shane McMahon’s ‘Referee’ Air Jordan XXX1 Customs for SummerSlam



Shane McMahon Air Jordan 31 Referee SumerSlam Custom

SummerSlam went down tonight and Mache Customs created a special Air Jordan XXX1 for Shane McMahon to rock while refereeing the United States Championship matchup between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens.

Designed specifically for McMahon, this Air Jordan XXX1 comes dressed in a White and Black theme. Looking closer, they feature Black and White stripes on the midsole while White covers the uppers. Black also lands on the Nike Swoosh and hinted in the Flyweave. Other details includes Shane’s money sign logo by the heel and on the tongue and a translucent outsole.

Continue to scroll below to check out more images of Shane McMahon’s Air Jordan XXX1 Referee Custom by Mache. Let us know your thoughts on them in the comments section below.

Shane McMahon Air Jordan 31 Referee SumerSlam Custom

Shane McMahon Air Jordan 31 Referee SumerSlam Custom

Shane McMahon Air Jordan 31 Referee SumerSlam Custom

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Aug 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: NBA great Patrick Ewing, Ja. prime minister set gala

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Aug 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Driver killed as he slams car into tow truck on Bronx highway


A 45-year-old man died when he crashed his Toyota into a tow truck on a Bronx expressway early Saturday, cops said.


The victim was speeding west on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he struck the rear of the flatbed two truck near Castle Hill Ave. about 1:50 a.m., police sources said. The tow truck driver was assisting another motorist whose vehicle had broken down.


The Toyota driver died at the scene. His name was not immediately released.


The tow truck driver and the motorist he was helping were not hurt, police said.

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Aug 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops nab man who left rotting body in shopping cart by Bronx shop


Police have arrested a 57-year-old man they say left a woman’s rotting remains in a shopping cart on a Bronx street, officials said Friday.


Investigators nabbed Darryl Orr after recovering surveillance footage that showed him leaving the cart on Walton Ave. near E. 182nd St. in University Heights. Orr is charged with concealment of a human corpse.


The dead 27-year-old woman, identified by police sources as Nivela Hassan, was stuffed into a cardboard box and placed in a folding shopping cart. The box was covered with a plastic garbage bag, cops said.


Two men found Hassan’s decomposing corpse about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday as they rooted through the cart looking for bottles to recycle.

Cops trying to ID naked corpse found in shopping cart in Bronx


Cops initially believed the victim was a man. Hassan’s last known address is in Massachusetts but she has been staying on the city streets for the last few years, police sources said.


Orr told police he met Hassan early Tuesday morning and invited her to his apartment.


After a short stay, she fell asleep on Orr’s bed. A few hours later, he realized that she had died, possibly of a drug overdose, sources said.


Orr told investigators that Hassan had snorted heroin before they went into his apartment and the two had smoked marijuana and drank together.

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He also confessed to disposing Hassan’s body about three blocks from his home on Walton Ave. near E. 182nd St. next to some recyclables about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.


After Orr left, a building super saw the cart, realized it didn’t belong to her building and rolled it around the corner next to a tree outside a local bodega.


Hassan’s body was discovered a day later after residents complained of a foul odor. An initial autopsy Thursday was inconclusive. The city Medical Examiner will perform additional testing, including toxicology tests, to determine how she died.


Orr was also hit with drug possession and narcotics sale charges after cops found heroin and marijuana in his apartment, which is about three blocks away from the bodega where the body was found.

Bronx man on trial calmly describes butchering his mom’s corpse


Police sources described Orr as a major borough drug trafficker who was the subject of a long-term investigation.


Orr was ordered held after his arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court Friday.

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Aug 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops ID sicko in alleged sex attack on girl, 12, in Bronx alley


Police have identified the creep who sexually assaulted a young girl at gunpoint in a Bronx alley, authorities said Friday.


Cops say Malcolm Lugo, 20, attacked a 12-year-old girl as she walked near Weeks Ave. and E 173rd St. in Concourse Village around 11:00 a.m. Sunday.


The child was walking to a bodega when she was grabbed, and forced into an alley at gunpoint, police said.


Lugo allegedly sexually assaulted the girl in the narrow area behind a house.


He was spotted running south on Weeks Ave. after the attack, according to cops.


Police released a Facebook picture of Lugo on Friday.

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Aug 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops bust man who tried raping 11-year-old girl in Bronx park

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Aug 18, 2017
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The Shoe Surgeon Gives the Air Jordan 13 a Premium Python Makeover

In honor of the return of the “Bred” colorway of the Air Jordan 13, which hits stores tomorrow, Jordan Brand invited the Shoe Surgeon to conduct a private session at the brand’s South State St. store in Chicago. There, in front of a captive audience, the L.A.-based sneaker customizer deconstructed and subsequently reconstructed a pair of the Air Jordan 13 “Bred,” with the finished product featuring luxurious python paneling and contrasting red suede trim. Continue reading for an interview with the Shoe Surgeon himself, in which he describes his relationship with the AJ13, and scroll through images from the event in the gallery below. 

You work with so many different types of shoes – high end, low end, different brands. What makes the AJ 13 unique?

Everything from the design, to the padding, to the binding and how the eyelets are laced. One of my favorite parts of the 13 is the hologram. I feel like this is one of the first soles that had a suede cover. I think that was very unique for the time as well.

When you have shoes that are almost architecturally built, inspired by anything from a lawnmower to a cat’s paw, do you see that in the construction compared to other shoes?

I definitely do. From the first Jordan I ever did. It’s always just been about how many pieces and how it’s layered. Like you said, it’s more of an architectural way to approach a sneaker.

What was challenging about the 13?

This was probably one of the most difficult shoes I’ve done just because of all the detail already on the shoe – from the suede sole that could so easily be messed up, to the hologram, to the reflective fabric and the eyelets.

There are shortcuts I can take on other shoes to make things slightly different, or change a detail that no one would normally see, but for the AJ 13 the goal was to create it as closely as possible to the original.

Most Jordans are very complex, due to the design. I don’t think they take any shortcuts to make production easier. The focus was definitely on the design and how the shoe looks and functions rather than how inexpensive the production could be.

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Aug 18, 2017
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Vans Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Half Cab

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Image via: Vans

This fall sees Vans celebrating 25 years of the iconic Half Cab, a shoe that was originally jury-rigged by street skaters from the early ’90s who manually chopped off the collar on their Vans Caballeros. Vans would go on to accommodate those proactive fans by introducing the Half Cab pro mode in 1992, and the SoCal brand is honoring the silver anniversary of the shoe with two tonal colorways — one in silver, appropriately enough, and the other in black. Both feature a full suede build with “XXV” embroidered on the heel. ULTRACUSH HD sockliners and DURACAP reinforced underlays round out the details. The kicks are available now at select Vans retailers and vans.com.

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Aug 18, 2017
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adidas NMD Primeknit “Ice Blue” // Available Now

Adidas today laces the fairer sex with an exclusive Primeknit edition of the NMD, one that glows in a light sky shade they’ve dubbed “Ice Blue.”

One of the cleanest women’s executions we’ve seen as of late, the monotone blue style rests above simplistic yet stylish full-length Boost with matching midsole tooling. Ladies can grab this adidas NMD Primeknit “Ice Blue” now at global retailers like Sneakersnstuff.

adidas NMD PK "Ice Blue"
adidas NMD PK “Ice Blue”
adidas NMD PK "Ice Blue"
adidas NMD PK “Ice Blue”
adidas NMD PK "Ice Blue"
adidas NMD PK “Ice Blue”

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