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Jul 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: School safety agent busted for drunken driving in Bronx


Cops busted a city school safety agent for drunken driving early Friday after he was caught weaving down a Bronx block with his side door open, police said.


Dwight Hall, 27, was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle after cops stopped him on Tinton Ave. near E. 155th St. in Woodstock about 2:15 a.m.


Hall had nearly collided with a parked car when he was stopped, police said.


His arraignment was pending Friday.

NYPD cop faces DWI charges after crashing vehicle in the Bronx

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Jul 29, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 72, shot younger wife after she said he didn’t satisfy her


She complained that her husband was weak under the sheets, so he whipped out his little pistol and shot her in the face, police sources said.


Clarence White, 72, grabbed a 22-caliber handgun and blasted his much-younger wife in their Bronx home on Thursday morning.


Sources said the shooting followed an argument between White and his spouse over her growing dissatisfaction with his inability to satisfy her — financially or sexually. Responding officers found Dominique White around 8:40 a.m. sitting on the floor in a hallway of their home on Glebe Ave. in Parkchester.


The young woman was shot in the right cheek. She was in critical, but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center on Friday. Fragments from the bullet were still lodged in her face, doctors said.

Man, 72, shoots 28-year-old wife in head at Bronx home: cops


“I shot my wife,” White, still holding the smoking gun, told cops, according to court documents.


The two have been married for three years and have a daughter, according to neighbors.


White told police he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money was tight after he lost his job. During the argument, his wife ordered him to move out, the husband told police.


As he packed his bags, he found the pistol in a nightstand and put it in his pocket, he admitted. Then, as he talked to her one last time in the hopes of reconciling, his wife dropped a bombshell: He didn’t do anything for her in the sack or in her pocketbook.

Man, 33, shot in Bronx amid dispute over double-parked car


Clarence White took out the gun and fired. He claimed he didn’t mean to shoot his wife. He only wanted to scare her. He noted that he was the one who first called 911. He also gave his wife a towel to stop the bleeding and did everything the 911 operator told him to do to care for Dominique as first responders arrived, police sources said.


A Bronx Criminal Court judge ordered White held on 0,000 bail when he was arraigned on attempted murder, assault, harassment and weapons possession charges Friday.

With Rocco Parascandola

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 33, shot in Bronx amid dispute over double-parked car


A fight over a double-parked car turned into a real pain the rear for a man in the Bronx, police sources said Friday.


The 33-year-old victim and his friend, whose car was double-parked, were hanging out talking on Plimpton Ave. near W. 169th St. in Highbridge when a red sedan came down the block. The three men inside complained they didn’t have enough room to pass about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, cops said.


The victim’s friend moved his car and the trio continued down the block. But they soon returned, first by car and then on foot and a fight ensued, said police.


As the victim tried to walk away, he was shot in the buttocks by one of the three men, who all ran off. The bullet was removed at Lincoln Hospital.

Man, 72, shot younger wife after she said he didn’t satisfy her

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: BLM leader rips SBA boss for backing NYPD cop indicted in killing

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teen Pedro Hernandez freed from Rikers Island

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Jul 28, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Brooklyn’s mayhem-marred J’Ouvert fest moved to daylight hours

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx students with disabilities missing out on services: suit


Advocates slapped the city Education Department with a class-action lawsuit Thursday for failing to provide hundreds of Bronx students with diabilities critical services.


The lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Advocates seeks an overhaul of the city’s treatments for students with disabilities in Bronx public schools, including a tracking system to make sure kids get services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and counseling.


The suit filed on behalf of Bronx families cites a July 12 report by Public Advocate Letitia James that found thousands of city vouchers for services were going unused because parents couldn’t find providers.


Bronx District 8 had the lowest redemption rate of any district, with 91 % vouchers there going to waste, according to James’ review of Department of Education data.

Black, Hispanic, disabled students don’t get enough phys ed


Disability Rights Advocates’ Director of Litigation Michelle Caiola said the city needs to fix the problem.


“DOE must stop pretending it is meeting its legal obligations by transferring its duties to parents, who are often over-burdened,” Caiola said. “The law requires the services actually be provided, but DOE’s own data show that is not happening.”


A spokesman for the city Legal Department said the matter is under review.


Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said the city hired 700 new staff clinicians over the past three years to serve more public school students with disabilities.


“In the small percentage of cases when we issue a related service authorization, we work with families to connect them with an appropriate provider,” Holness said.

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man, 72, shoots 28-year-old wife in head at Bronx home: cops

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Dominican gang member charged in shooting slay of Bronx mom


A teenage member of the gang “Dominicans Don’t Play” was charged Wednesday with firing the bullet that killed a Bronx mother of three who was sitting on a park bench.


Wandy Tejada, 17, faces life in prison for firing the stray bullet that killed Jessica White on June 11, 2016.


The tragedy was the result of a gang beef revolving around drug sales at the John Adams Houses, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said.


Members of the Trinitarios gang tried to attack Stiven Siri-Reynoso, 24, a member of the rival Dominican gang also known as DDP, prosecutors said. Siri-Reynoso then ordered Tejada, his fellow gang member, to exact revenge, authorities say.

Bronx man faces murder rap in shooting death of Jessica White


The teen unleashed a fusillade aimed at a group of men sitting in a playground at the housing complex in Longwood, but struck White, 28, below the heart, prosecutors charge. With her last words she worried about the safety of her children, witnesses told the Daily News.


“Mommy, the kids!” the victim screamed, according to her mother, Gola White, who watched in horror.


“Bullets don’t have no name, bullets don’t have no direction,” Gola said after the shooting. “So, of course when my daughter stood up she got hit, under her heart. And she’s gone.”


Jessica White’s children, ages 3, 5 and 9, who had been playing in the park, were running toward their mother when she was shot. The young mom, who had been in an out of homeless shelters, saved up enough money to get her own apartment before she was killed.


Relatives and investigators grew frustrated at the code of silence that followed the shooting.


In strikingly frank remarks, Police Commissioner James O’Neill admitted in October that investigators on the case had received very little information from the community after four months of digging Wanted posters were torn down. Residents feared retaliation for cooperating. Reward money didn’t yield a tip.


O’Neill said the lack of cooperation from the community was due in part to the NYPD’s history of overly aggressive tactics that had alienated communities of color despite historically low crime rates.


“I want to show the country  and Jessica White’s family  what a galvanized city can deliver: a safe place to live and work for everyone, in every neighborhood, on every corner, in every playground,” O’Neill said.


Prosecutors said Wednesday they hoped the charges brought some measure of peace to her loved ones. 


“Today’s indictment will not return Ms. White to her family, but we hope it provides some solace to know that the men who allegedly took her life will be held to account,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.


Siri-Reynoso has already been charged with ordering the hit and faces life in prison or the death penalty. He has pleaded not guilty. A call to Tejada’s attorney was not returned. 

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Jul 27, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Prosecutors in 4 boroughs to drop nearly 700,000 warrants


Hundreds of thousands of old open warrants for low-level offenses will soon disappear as city district attorneys move to reduce caseloads in overburdened courts.


Four of the city’s five DAs — the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens — announced Wednesday that in the coming weeks, they will move to dismiss nearly 700,000 of these warrants.


The warrants are 10 years old or older for low-level offenses such as riding a bike on the sidewalk, drinking a beer in public, disorderly conduct and getting caught in a city park after hours.


The warrants apply to individuals who have not been arrested since, but they subject undocumented immigrants to deportation and can bar people from applying for public housing or getting a job.


“Those who committed minor offenses a decade ago or longer and have not been in trouble with the law pose no threat to public safety today,” said Bronx DA Darcel Clark.


Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez noted that most of these old summons were “issued to mostly poor, black and Latino individuals, many of whom may not even be aware that they have open warrants.”


Staten Island DA Michael McMahon did not return calls to explain why he’s not participating in the dismissals.

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Ex-NYPD cop gets 20 years for side gig with Bronx coke dealer


A crooked former NYPD cop who acted as a “one-man protection unit” for a Bronx drug dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.


Merlin Alston, 34, showed little emotion as Manhattan Federal Judge Colleen McMahon harshly criticized him for abusing his authority.


Between 2010 and 2014, Alston participated in a conspiracy to distribute 200 kilos of cocaine while an active-duty police officer.


A two-week trial last year revealed that Alston acted as an armed bodyguard for his longtime friend and wannabe kingpin, Gabriel Reyes. Alston tipped off Reyes about police movements and investigations.


“I did not conspire to distribute narcotics to anybody,” Alston said. “I’m an honest, trustworthy person.”

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Jul 26, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Litter sparked Bronx fight that left Westchester man stabbed

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