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Nov 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Homophobic super stabbed Bronx tenant but still isn’t fired


A homophobic super from hell stabbed a Bronx dad defending his gay stepson in the eye — yet still works in their apartment building, a new lawsuit charges.


Joey Brown alleges in a suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court that Jose Adorno, the super of his building at E. 176th St., bombarded him with gay-bashing slurs for months before becoming violent.


What set Adorno off, according to Brown’s stepdad, was a jab that Adorno might be gay himself.


“On the down low you probably want my son to f–k you,” Brown’s stepfather, Ronald Griffin, recalled telling Adorno, 35.

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“You purposely go out and pursue him, you call him a f—-t, a homosexual, you’ve been in three physical altercations with him. Why do you specifically go after him? You’re on the down low,” he said, using slang for being in the closet.


“I went right for his manhood and he didn’t appreciate it. He got furious,” Griffin, 47, added.


Surveillance footage obtained by the Daily News last week shows Adorno and Brown, 35, get in a dispute in the building’s lobby on Jan. 2 around 2:10 a.m. before Brown returns with his stepdad.


Griffin takes off his hat and glasses and soon, he and the super are brawling.

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Adorno removes an object from his pocket and jabs Griffin in the eye as he’s hunched over.


“I felt a sharp pinch. I didn’t know what it was, I guess because of the adrenaline and everything,” said Griffin, who is now blind in his right eye.


He somehow remained on his feet and the confrontation continued. Police recovered a knife from the scene.


Griffin and Brown’s attorney, Mark Shirian, said it appeared Griffin had avoided being stabbed through the eye because he’d suffered a fractured orbital bone — not a deep stab wound.

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A security guard sat in a booth watching the beatdown, papers charge. The security company, US Security Associates, denied any wrongdoing.


Brown was terrified.


“It really hurt me. I actually wanted to kill him. That’s my father. I was put in a real f—ed up situation,” Brown said.


Police arrested Adorno, charging in a complaint that he’d told Brown “you f—ing f—-t I hope you f—ing die of AIDS.”

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Brown said he’d endured such hateful comments since August 2016.


“He’s a racist, ignorant — don’t care about anybody but himself. He’s always gay-bashing people,” Brown said.


Adorno, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and served 60 days behind bars — on the weekends — is back in the building. Neither Griffin or Brown feel safe.


“He still works the building! It makes me feel uncomfortable. I kind of fear for my life. This is a man who not just tried to hurt me but tried to take out my father,” Brown said.

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Adorno had complied with an order of protection since serving his time, Griffin said. Adorno sends colleagues to make any repairs in their apartment. But Griffin remained scared — and is facing surgery to remove liquid from behind his damaged eye.


Along with Adorno, Griffin and Brown also sued the management company and landlord at the building, alleging they received previous complaints about the super but let him continue working. Griffin and Brown seek an unspecified amount of damages.


“This particular super had a history of harassing the LGBT tenants of this building. And they did nothing,” Shirian said.


Efforts to reach Adorno were unsuccessful.

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Nov 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Teens attack bodega worker then cut off cab driver’s thumb


Two teen terrors slashed a Bronx bodega worker before cutting off the thumb of a cabbie early Sunday as they were attempting to flee, police said.


The slicing spree began at 2:30 a.m. when two 17-year-olds, Juan Carlos Sanchez and Kenneth Guzman, got in an argument with a worker at a bodega, F&K Food Center, at Grand Concourse and E. 198th St., according to cops.


One of the suspects flashed a knife and swiped at the worker, who was cut in the hand while trying to block the blade, police said.


The worker called 911 and the teenagers made a run for it.

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Two blocks away on Jerome Ave. the suspects hopped in an occupied livery cab. The 47-year-old driver exited the car and confronted the suspects, who slashed off his right thumb during the melee that followed, according to police.


Police caught Sanchez and Guzman close to where the livery cab was parked. They were both charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Nov 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Two hurt after Bronx blaze guts three-story home

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Nov 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD sergeant struck by car while responding to Bronx shooting


An NYPD sergeant was hit by a car while rushing to a Bronx shooting Saturday night, police said.


The officer was responding to a 911 call when a vehicle slammed into her car in a parking garage on Washington Ave. near E. 183rd St. in Belmont around 9 p.m., according to authorities.


She was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where she was being treated for a leg injury and is expected to survive.


“I heard a gunshot and I heard a crash,” said Jenny Rodriguez, who was working at the bodega across the street.


“She (the sergeant) was screaming and somebody on the street started screaming a cop was hurt, call 911, call 911,” she said.

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Nov 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops bust four people in the Bronx, seize drugs and guns


NYPD narcotics cops busted four people at two Bronx apartments and seized guns and drugs early Friday.


The cops found two guns in an apartment on E. 148 St. near St. Ann’s Ave. in Mott Haven, police said. They also seized vials of heroin, cocaine and oxycodone pills.


Moises Garcia, 53, Valerie Virella, 31, and Jose Mirabal, 29, were cuffed on gun and drug charges. Cash totaling 9 was also seized.


A loaded 9-mm Kahr gun and a .32-caliber Harrington and Richardson firearm were found there.


A fourth suspect, Eddi Caraballo, 24, was busted for illegal weapons possession at an apartment on E. 145th St. near St. Ann’s Ave. The police found a loaded 9-mm Smith & Wesson revolver there.

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Nov 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Letitia James calls for NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye to step down


The call for a shakeup at the city Housing Authority amid a growing lead-paint scandal got louder Thursday as the public advocate demanded NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye resign.


And the Bronx borough president asked Gov. Cuomo to step in.


But Mayor de Blasio took a break from his vacation in Connecticut to tweet that the call for Olatoye to step down was “a cheap stunt” and that she “isn’t going anywhere.”


The resignation demand from Public Advocate Letitia James came hours after she met with Olatoye in her office on Centre St.

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During the hourlong tête-à-tête, James demanded an explanation regarding Tuesday’s damning Department of Investigation report that found in 2016 Olatoye certified that NYCHA was in compliance with rules requiring annual lead paint inspections of apartments when she knew it wasn’t.


James questioned Olatoye about the false certification. Afterwards, she concluded reform would have to start with Olatoye’s departure.


“After meeting with the NYCHA chair today, it has become clear to me that it is time for sweeping operational changes, independent monitoring and transparency at (NYCHA),” James said. “It’s time for new leadership and a fresh start at NYCHA. The circumstances surrounding the city’s failure to conduct lead inspections and the false reporting that followed are simply unacceptable.”


On Wednesday, de Blasio defended Olatoye but admitted to the Daily News that NYCHA’s actions were “unacceptable.” On Thursday, he went postal from the Nutmeg State, taking aim at James via his official Twitter account without mentioning her name.

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Olatoye “isn’t going anywhere,” he tweeted. “She didn’t create the agency’s shortcomings — she’s the one I trust to fix them. It’s a cheap stunt to call for her to step down, one that puts political ambition ahead of the urgent needs of NYCHA’s residents.”


James soon fired back via spokeswoman Anna Brower, who stated, “While the mayor is busy tweeting from Connecticut, we’re focused on protecting the homes of New Yorkers.”


Earlier Thursday Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. wrote to Cuomo, the state attorney general and the state controller asking them to appoint a state monitor.


The Department of Investigation had recommended that NYCHA appoint a monitor, but Diaz wanted a more independent voice.

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“Such a monitor should not come from the city, given its compromised status as the current overseer of public housing in New York City,” he wrote.


“We have continuously expressed concerns with NYCHA’s operational failures and these latest allegations — and potential legal violations — that the agency knowingly committed by exposing New Yorkers to lead paint are particularly disturbing,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Abby Fashnouer, who acknowledged that Cuomo got Diaz’s letter.


NYCHA is obligated by city law and federal regulation to inspect all apartments with possible lead paint hazards every year.The agency stopped doing the annual inspections in 2012 under Olatoye’s predecessor, John Rhea, a Wall Streeter with no housing experience appointed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


De Blasio and Olatoye are weighing DOI’s suggestion of hiring a monitor, but another outside actor may determine how this plays out.


For two years the Manhattan U.S. attorney has been investigating whether NYCHA misled the federal government about the conditions of its apartments. Prosecutors are now in talks with NYCHA to reach a settlement that could involve judicial oversight of the agency.

With Ellen Moynihan

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Nov 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Truck driver wrongfully accused of stealing lost his job, home


A career truck driver falsely accused of stealing by his bosses lost his home, his job and nearly wound up in prison — and now he wants an accounting.


Jonathan Swift faced up to four years in prison after his employer, King Zak Industries, Inc., wrongfully charged him with pilfering ,000 from the company coffers, a felony offense.


The commercial driver from Middletown, Orange County, who picked up and dropped off money for the store supplier, had no run-ins with the company before.


But that didn’t stop King Zak Industries from pointing the finger at him in February when an accountant flagged a ,000 missing payment from November 2016.


“I really needed to keep my job. I had child support payments to make and my home was on the brink of foreclosure,” Swift, 51, told the Daily News.


King Zak didn’t believe that Swift was innocent. The company called the cops, who charged the veteran driver with grand larceny.


He had to ask his mother to post ,000 bail for him.


“I was just in a very bad situation,” said Swift, a Bronx native.


With pending felony charges, Swift could not pick up another trucking gig and worked minimum wage jobs to try and make ends meet, he said.


But he refused to plead guilty.


A jury was picked Nov. 1. in Orange County Supreme Court. Swift’s trial was set to begin the next morning when his attorney, Brett Broge, got documents from the prosecution about witnesses to testify.


After a quick glance, Broge saw something that didn’t add up.


Scribbled on the back of a cover sheet from Dollar General, a variety store, was a breakdown of three payments the company had made to Zak King the prior year, totaling an amount due of ,000.


One of the payments was for ,000 — but it had never been recorded in King Zak’s books. Broge immediately showed the document to the judge and the prosecution.


Judge Craig Brown agreed to dismiss the charges on Nov. 2 “in the interest of justice,” according to a court document.


But the error was still a costly one for Swift.


“No one called me to say sorry. I lost my house because I couldn’t make the payments and I’m behind with my child support payments,” said Swift.


Swift reached out to the National Action Network (NAN) for help seeking an attorney to file a civil lawsuit for the false accusations.


“We are calling for this company to offer (Mr. Swift) a public apology,” said Rev. Kevin McCall, a representative of NAN.


Broge said he’d be happy for a chance to cross-examine the accountant who overlooked the payment and wound up destroying the life of an innocent man.


“I’m not sure how they missed this payment, but the cover sheet showed there wasn’t any missing payment,” Broge said.


Emails and messages sent to representatives with King Zak based in Goshen, Orange County, were not returned.


Request for comment from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office was not returned.

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Nov 16, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: De Blasio takes first step in shutting down Rikers Island

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Nov 16, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man robbed of $190G doesn’t know why he was a target


A Bronx restaurant owner who told police he was robbed of 0,000 in cash says he has no idea who targeted him.


Abdoul Bah, 45, was walking down the stairs of his Foxhurst apartment building when a pair of muggers roughed him up and swiped his white bag packed with cash, cops said.


“Where’s the money? Where’s the money?” one of them yelled, Bah said.


The violent Nov. 7 robbery at the building on Prospect Ave. near E. 169th St. was caught on surveillance video.

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Nine days later, Bah was still in pain from the mugging — and still in the dark over who was responsible.


“Right now I’m stuck,” said Bah, who is in the processing of opening a restaurant in Manhattan.


“It’s a lot of money. You have to pay the landlord, you have to pay the gas, you have to pay the electric, you pay people to work, to cook in the kitchen.”


The surveillance clip shows two men walking into the building just as Bah is coming down the first flight of stairs with the white satchel in his right hand and a garbage bag full of clothes in his right.

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The men pounce on Bah and target the white bag immediately.


One of the men eventually rips it out of his hand and sprints out of the building. His accomplice then lets go of Bah and runs out, the video shows.


Once out the door, the men hopped into a green BMW SUV and headed north on Prospect Ave., a police source said.


One of them dropped a winter hat on the sidewalk during the getaway, the source said.

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“He had me by the neck,” Bah recalled. “I had to push his hand to keep breathing.”


“It still hurt too much,” added Bah. “It hurt to drink. It hurt to breathe.”


A police source said the bandits appeared to be lying in wait for Bah.


“They knew he had the money somehow,” the source said. “They knew he had money and they were waiting for him.”

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Bah told police that the cash was the proceeds from the sale of a house in his home country.


He told investigators that he was bringing the money to his under-construction Manhattan restaurant.


Some of the cash was going towards a down payment on a new house, Bah also told investigators.


Bah said that his friends brought the cash to the U.S. in small installments.

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He told the Daily News that the restaurant he’s opening is called Golody Halal Buffet on First Ave. in Manhattan.


Records show the eatery was registered with the state on Nov. 8.


Bah also told The News that one of the robbers had a gun, but police sources questioned that claim.


The robbery victim moved to the U.S. 17 years ago.


“You can’t feel safe now because you don’t know if it will ever happen again,” he said.


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

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Nov 16, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman who ripped unborn child from pregnant friend’s womb jailed

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Nov 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school stabber’s lawyer blames victims: ‘He was pummeled’


The lawyer for a bullied Bronx teen charged with fatally slashing his classmate went on the attack Wednesday, portraying the victim as the aggressor.


“He was pummeled before he took any action,” attorney Robert Feldman said of his client, Abdel Cedeno, 18, outside of Bronx Criminal Court.


“They ran up to him, thinking that Abel Cedeno was too much of a sissy, too effeminate, too much of an openly-gay kid to do anything.


“Well, guess what?” Feldman added. “They were wrong.”

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Feldman offered the stirring defense after a glassy-eyed Cedeno pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.


The courtroom was packed with Cedeno’s supporters, along with friends and relatives of victim Matthew McCree, 15, who shot daggers at the suspect.


Cedeno’s lawyers told the judge that the bisexual teen was relentlessly bullied and attacked by gang members — and routinely ignored by teachers and administrators who failed to protect him.


“This incident occurred not because of some disease and defect of Mr. Cedeno,” defense lawyer Christopher Lynn told the judge. “But some disease and defect in that school.”

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Prosecutors say Cedeno stabbed McCree and a second teen, Ariane Laboy, in front of a class full of horrified students and two teachers at the Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.


Laboy survived the Sept. 27 attack.


The bisexual Cedeno has claimed that he “snapped” after enduring months of anti-gay slurs and other abuse from classmates.


Cops have said he had no history with the slain McCree.

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Outside the courthouse, McCree’s mother Louna Dennis was joined by dozens of supporters holding signs that read, “Justice for Matthew.”


“Looking at Abel Cedeno for the first time since he killed my son, I was angry. I was pissed,” said Dennis, 34. “Cause he has his life. He lived past 15.”


“Cedeno’s parents can go visit him on his birthday,” she added.


“You know where I gotta go to visit my son? The cemetery …after my son was in his classroom, where I sent him, where he should have been saved, protected, and he was not.”

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The grieving mother insisted that she raised a “damn good son” who never bullied Cedeno. And she and her lawyer Sanford Rubenstein called for the firing of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.


“Certainly the problems at this school not only existed at the time of this wrongful killing, but also exist to this day,” Sanford Rubenstein said.


Education Department officials and Mayor de Blasio reps didn’t respond to a request for comment on the calls for Fariña’s firing.


Cedeno’s tough-talking lawyer Robert Feldman has a history of badmouthing crime victims.

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The attorney — who was once featured on the cover of a gay porn video — got chewed out by a judge last year while defending a Rikers Island bigshot accused of ordering the brutal beating of an inmate.


Feldman took to Facebook to slam the victim as a “lying stoned retard.”  

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Nov 15, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx charter school evacuated after bomb threat


A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a Bronx charter school Tuesday, just 12 days after a similar threat at the same place, officials said.


The Bronx Success Academy on E. 167th St. near Morris Ave. in Morrisania had to be emptied just before 10 a.m. Tuesday after getting a threat investigators believe may be from an expelled student, a school staff member said.


“They told me, ‘It’s the same situation as last time,’ ” the school source told the Daily News.


Students and staff were brought back into the school and no one was allowed in or out for several hours as police conducted a search of the building.

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The other threat was phoned in to the school on Nov. 2, a school source said.


“This student said that he or some other person was going to come by the school with a gun or some sort of weapon,” the staff member told the Daily News.


“Since there was a gunman warning, we all had to stay in the building for two or three hours.”


Kids have not been informed about the exact nature of the threats, the school source said.

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“It gets the students frazzled,” he said. “They know it’s not a fire drill. They don’t know exactly, but they know something’s off.”


In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, teachers and students are on edge.


“The threats could be baseless or they could not be baseless, we don’t know — that’s the scary part,” said the school source. “It could just be a very angry student who just wants to create chaos. We just don’t know.”


Success Academy officials said the network of charter schools has only expelled one student since it was founded in 2006 — and that student was not from the Bronx school.

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Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said both threats were ultimately deemed noncredible.


“In both cases the schools followed protocol,” Barbot said.


Meanwhile, sources said there was another threat to a different school in the Bronx on Monday.


A man called 911 and said his grandson was on Snapchat with a 15-year-old boy who threatened to shoot up Lehman High School.


Cops went to the Throgs Neck home of the teen who made the threat and took him into custody. He was questioned and a juvenile report was taken, but he was not charged, sources said.

With Rocco Parascandola

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