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Sep 25, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx robbers attack men with sticks, punches in separate crimes


A pair of violent Bronx robberies caught on camera left two men injured within feet of their homes, police said Monday.


Assailants in the respective attacks targeted victims in Fordham Heights on Sept. 14 and 18.


In the first assault, a 48-year-old man was knocked unconscious while he was distracted by a phone call.


A rain-weary suspect was gripping a umbrella as he followed his chatty victim through a residential gate near Walton Ave and E. 183rd St. at around 2 a.m., surveillance footage shows.


The suspect packed a punch that knocked the victim to the ground outside the apartment building’s elevator. He continued to pummel the victim before swiping his phone and wallet.


The crook bolted as the victim struggled to get up, as seen in the video.


Police said the victim was hospitalized in serious condition with cuts to his head and face, and has since been released.


The suspect was described as 5-foot-9 and about 190 pounds. He was last seen brandishing a black umbrella and wearing a red, white and black striped shirt with jeans and black sneakers.


The following week, and two blocks north, a pair of broomstick-wielding men and two woman chased and cornered a 34-year-old man outside his home near Walton Ave. and E. Fordham Road, according to cops.


A security camera captured the four suspects confronting the victim as he struggled to get inside his building.


The two men punched and repeatedly slapped the victim with the sticks, as a woman in a green bikini top appeared to taunt him.


The victim fought back, authorities said, and video shows him knocking a hoodie off his attacker’s head. The suspects managed to grab his bag, which only contained food, and ran south on Walton Ave, according to cops.


The four suspects were described as two men, with one being of slim build and either in his late teens or early 20s. He was last seen wearing a red du-rag and jeans. The other man is believed to be medium build and in his 30s.


One of the women, who had blond hair in a bun and was sporting a bikini top, is believed to be in her late teens or early 20s as well. The other woman is described by police as heavy set and in her 30s with long red braids.


Cops said the incidents are not related and ask that anyone with information for both robberies call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.  

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Sep 24, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Many pitching in for ’cane relief


It is a gross understatement to say the 2017 hurricane season is testing the resolve of Caribbean people, their governments and their institutions, coping with a lack of running water, electricity, passable roads and other damage.


This season has sparked critical conversations about long-term considerations, such as prepping for the effects of global climate change and stricter building standards, but the immediate focus is on the relief efforts for victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Over the coming months, I’ll detail aid initiatives such as these:


Dominica Diaspora in N.Y. pitches in

CARIBBEAT: Post-Irma aid is Carib-bound


Hurricane Maria’s immense damage to Dominica is still being assessed, but the New York-based Dominica-American Relief and Development Association is already helping and encouraging assistance from the public.


Founded in 1981 by New York area folks aiding the island’s recovery from Hurricane David in 1979, DARDA has set up a gofundme page, www.gofundme.com/dominica-hurricane-maria-relief, for monetary contributions.


Working with the Dominica government, the funds will be used “specifically for relief efforts including purchasing goods and supplies to benefit the areas/individuals most in need as well as infrastructure rebuilding.”


Individuals and organizations can also contribute today, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., at St. Lucia House, 438 E. 49th St. in Brooklyn, or JAPS Auto Clinic, 770 South Columbus Ave. in Mount Vernon, in accordance with the New York Consulate for the Commonwealth of Dominica.

CARIBBEAT: Islands feeling pain from ’cane


Details on the needed, Dominica government-approved supplies can be found on the website of DARDA, which has also setup a wish list on Amazon.com “as a convenient way for concerned individuals to purchase relief items that have been requested by officials in Dominica.”


Visit the DARDA website at www.darda.org. The wish list of supplies on Amazon.com can be found at http://bit.ly/reliefwishlist. Disaster updates can be found on Facebook (@DARDA.Org), Instagram (@darda_org) and Twitter (@DARDA_ORG).


Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit — who lost his home’s roof while hunkered down during powerful Hurricane Maria last week — has been vocal about the damage to the island, which has literally brought the leader to tears.


In the wake of Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the prime minister told the UN General Assembly yesterdayhe arrived to the international gathering from the front lines of climate change.

CARIBBEAT: Diaspora festivities focus of ‘Art of Carnival’


Declaring an international humanitarian emergency and strongly calling for countries — big and small, developed and developing — to come together to save the planet.


Last week, the government of St. Lucia has stepped up and volunteered to their nation to be a base for relief efforts into Dominica.


Barbuda relief efforts


Members of the 83-year-old New York-based Antigua and Barbuda Progressive Society, which has provided charitable assistance to their homeland since its inception, is aiding the disaster relief effort for hurricane-battered Barbuda.


Just before Hurricane Irma, the organization donated hospital beds, walkers, bath tub chairs, wheel chairs and a hospital lift to the Antigua and Barbuda Fiennes Institute, contributions greatly appreciated by the institute’s senior residents, according to official Alton Forde.


After the damage on Barbuda, ABPS officials vowed to “continue the legacy of giving back.”


“It is very important that ABPS keep providing assistance to communities here in the diaspora and in Antigua and Barbuda,” said President Mona Wyre Manigo, asking for contributions to her group’s hurricane relief effort, by sending emails to contact@abpsociety.org to get details. Also visit the group’s website: www.abpsociety.org.


Hurricane relief via radio


Many in New York’s Caribbean diaspora are getting behind “The Caribbean Day of Giving” — a daylong New York area radiothon on WVIP radio (93.5-FM) and other stations. It is being planned and organized for Oct. 7 to help get needed relief supplies to storm victims.


The radiothon — which is still open for Tristate area radio stations to participate in — will feature interviews, music and updates from affected countries offer listeners to opportunity to donate funds and in-kind goods.


Donations — made to the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund — will benefit Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the official body coordinating relief efforts for the hurricane-affected Caribbean countries.


“This is an excellent opportunity for all of us in the Diaspora to come together to help these countries severely impacted by these hurricanes as well as to demonstrate the collective will and power of our Caribbean Diaspora community,” said Akelia Lawrence-Maitland, a Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member to the Northeast USA and part of the Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition, which is organizing the radio event.


“To this end, we extending an open invitation for all radio programmers, community groups and businesses to become a part of this most important day”, she concluded.


The Caribbean Day of Giving, is being organized by a Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition of representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to the disaster relief. The coalition, consisting of various community leaders, was organized to urgently respond to the current disasters and develop a long-term structure.


The goal is to directly develop and coordinate relief activities while co-sharing other credible initiatives. For information visit www.caribbeandayofgiving.com.


Aiding French St. Martin


The Invest Caribbean Now global private sector agency is helping French St. Martin’s hurricane victims through a GoFundMe page. The fund-raising effort — which will benefit the global nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse organization — has been flying plane-loads of emergency goods to the French territory in the wake of the deadly storm.


To contribute to the Invest Caribbean Now GoFundMe aid for hurricane victims in St. Martin, visit www.gofundme.com/caribbeanhurricanerelieffund.


New York State for the USVI


Gov. Cuomo and New York State has committed National Guard troops and State Police officers to aid the U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. territory and the American territory has an official site for donations. Individuals and organizations can contribute to the official USVI recovery effort by visiting www.usvirecovery.org.


Antigua tourism big help for Barbuda


Barbuda’s recovery from hurricane damage can get help from tourists visiting to Antigua, which did not suffer significant damage, says Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister Asot Michael.


“Every dollar spent in Antigua by visitors will go a long way to help the country fully recover from Hurricane Irma,” said the minister, adding that others can donate to charitable organizations by visiting www.abconsulate.nyc.


Working to restore Anguilla


Anguilla Progressive Association of New York, in conjunction with the government of Anguilla, is an official hurricane relief organization for the restoration of Anguilla. To donate and get more information, visit www.apanydonate.org.


Jamaica group helping survivors


Under the theme, “We Are All in This Together . . . One Love,” the American Friends of Jamaica has set up a hurricane relief fund. The AFJ — which is the midst of preparing for its big 2017 Hummingbird Gala coming Oct. 23 — has created the fund to benefit.


All donations are tax deductible and will be presented to “valid organizations that provide relief to areas affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. The AFJ will determine due diligence and evaluate progress,” say the organizers.


To donate, visit http://bit.ly/afjhurricanedonations.


Captain Morgan firm donates M


The USVI got a M for relief and recovery efforts from Diageo — international beverage firm whose products includes Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray, and Guinness.


The donation — which is in addition to 0,000 Diageo and its brands committed to hurricane relief support over the past month — is a humanitarian and neighborly gesture since the company has a Captain Morgan rum distillery on St. Croix.


“The US Virgin Islands has been home to Captain Morgansince we opened our distillery on St. Croix in 2010. As anative of the USVI, I am delighted Diageo and the Captain Morgan brand is able to support our community and people in this way,” said Cynthia Arnold, operations director, for Diageo USVI.


USVI Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett praised the gesture.


“Diageo’s contribution toward the rebuilding efforts inthe USVI will be a strong infusion of support for hurtingAmericans and devastated islands. I am grateful forDiageo’s commitment to partnership in the Virgin Islands.


“I look forward to continuing to work with Diageo team members and other generous partners as we all collaborateto rebuild our U.S. Virgin Islands as we persevere througha destructive hurricane season.”


HONORS FOR THE ELDERS


The “Yesterday’s Children: A Salute to Our Elders,” theinvitational event honoring a group of seniors citizenswith Caribbean roots, will be held today in Brooklyn.


This year’s honorees for the distinguished invitation-onlyaffair are Keturah Cuffy, 101 (Dominica); Jeanne Marie Sampson, 100 (St. Lucia); William Jones, 88 (Trinidad and Tobago); Mary B. Walters, 87 (Trinidad and Tobago); and Valerie Mitchell, 83 (Guyana).


An African drum procession will kick off the specialaffair, presented by Mauby Media Services at St. Stephen’sChurch Hall.


“The Yesterday’s Children Award is given to elders in thecommunity in recognition of their years of sacrifice insupport of the careers of today’s great achievers,” saidMauby Media Services founder Glenda Cadogen, who createdthe Yesterday’s Children event.


“As children of the ’20s and ’30s, the men and women wehonor weren’t afforded many of the privileges which weenjoy today. Yet, with unselfish effort – and in mostcases without complaint – they sacrificed their own dreamsand aspirations so that their children could receive a higher standard of education and living,” she said.


“Therefore, in love, honor, obedience, gratitude and unitywe celebrate them.”


For information, send email to triniscribe@aol.com or call (917) 805-2815.


SPORTS BENEFITS EDUCATION


American Foundation for The University of the West Indies’Golf and Tennis Tournament Open is a sporting event for agreat cause


The tournament —being held at Thursday at the HampshireCountry Club in Mamaroneck —is a fundraiser supportingthe University of the West Indies’ scholarship program. A dinner and awards presentation follow the sportingevents.


Call the AFUWI a (212) 759-9345 and visit www.afuwi.org.


JAMAICA POP UP SHOP IN NYC


Feel the vibe and experience the “sights, sounds and tastes” of Jamaica through the “Feel the Vibe Pop Up Shop” at 393 Broadway in SoHo today from noon to 8 p.m.


“The Jamaica Pop Up Shop will allow guests to feel thevibe of our island and fall in love with the destination before booking their vacation,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s interim director of tourism.


“We hope that atthis interactive experience, New Yorkers can get a tasteof what Jamaica has to offer through it its food, music,style and beauty.”


Today’s presentation ends a four-day run for the pop-upshop, which featured giveaways including dinners atcelebrated Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s, Jamaica-themed gift baskets, and the grand prize of a trip to Jamaica fortwo.


There were also interactive experiences: Grace Foods’ ChefAmbassador offering lunch-time cooking demonstrations; Golden Krust patties and Grace Coconut Water and Juicesshared during a Jamaica Patty Hour; evening fashion shows;and music from Irie Jam Radio and LargeUp’s Dave “DJ Gravy” Susser.


For more information about Jamaica, visit www.visitjamaica.com and share on social using #FeeltheVibeJamaica.

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Sep 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: New mobile app sends real-time updates on transit disruptions


A new mobile app is promising to send New Yorkers real-time updates on transit disruptions, storms, public health hazards and other emergencies as they move through the city.


Called Notify NYC, the new “push” app will track users based on their phone’s geo-location and send advisories tailored to their preferences, city officials said Friday.


For example, users near the UN General Assembly this week could have received messages about road closures and ferry disruptions.


Users will remain anonymous during any tracking used to send alerts, officials said.


“If there’s an accident in that area, if there’s a water main break, it’ll know where your device is, and it’ll send messages to your device,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said.


The free app — available on iTunes and Google Play — lets users select notifications sent in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Creole, Polish and American Sign Language, officials said.

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Sep 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Handcuffed man who jumped off Bronx highway busted with oxycodone


A man critically injured when he jumped off the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx after being arrested by State Police during a traffic stop had been caught with oxycodone, officials said Friday.


With his hands cuffed, Kevin Nivar, 24, leapt over the concrete barrier on the elevated roadway and fell approximately 20 feet to the street below near Rosedale Ave. in Soundview during a ill-advised escape attempt about 3:40 p.m. Thursday.


State Police had pulled over the car Nivar was riding in for having an improperly displayed license plate and heavily tinted windows.


They arrested Nivar after finding oxycodone pills on him.

Man critically injured after dodging arrest, jumping off Bruckner


After Nivar jumped, medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition Friday. State Police charged him with drug possession.


They also arrested the car’s driver, Jose Madera, 33, and passenger Xavier Santana, 27, when a loaded gun was discovered near the vehicle’s engine.


Madera was also given summonses for the illegal tint and improperly displayed license plate, cops said.

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Sep 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC detention center sued over reports of sex attacks on inmates


A Bronx juvenile detention center has been marred by “countless” reports over nearly two decades that young inmates were sexually abused there, court papers allege.


Horizon Juvenile Center is the subject of an Aug. 30 lawsuit alleging female guards got boys drunk and sexually assaulted them.


“Ever since Horizon opened its doors to juvenile detainees,” in 1998, “Horizon has been the subject of countless reports of sexual and physical abuse of male and female juvenile detainees by Horizon employees,” the amended complaint filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court charges.


One of the accusers claimed in court papers that a Horizon employee contacted the city Department of Investigation about one of the guards — Natalie Medford — before she allegedly assaulted him.

Female guards sexually assaulted minors at Bronx detention center


The tipster told DOI that Medford was spotted “naked on top of the detainee inside of the detainee’s cell,” court papers state.


Medford, who a source said no longer works at Horizon, could not immediately be reached.


DOI declined to comment.


The Bronx district attorney’s child abuse and sex crimes unit is investigating abuse claims at Horizon, said Patrice O’Shaughnessy, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

Juvie worker claims self defense in assault rap


The 19-year-old accuser learned of rampant abuse during his 2010 stay at Horizon, when he saw his roommate “escorted from his cell during the night” by Medford, according to his lawsuit, filed by lawyer Vik Pawar. The plaintiff was 15 at the time.


When he asked his roommate, identified in court papers only by the initials J.S., what was going on, J.S. said Medford was taking him to a private area for intercourse, the suit alleges.


The alleged victim claims he was sexually assaulted during his third stay at Horizon — from 2013 to 2014. Medford had sexual contact with him at least three or four times. She kissed him, held hands with him and caressed his back, he claimed in the suit.


“I didn’t have a choice,” the accuser previously told the Daily News. “She was doing everything to make me feel I was doing the right thing. After a while, I started growing up.”


The Administration for Children’s Services, which runs Horizon, referred a request for comment to the city Law Department, which did not immediately respond.

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Sep 22, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man critically injured after dodging arrest, jumping off Bruckner


A man in New York State Police custody was critically injured after he escaped and jumped off the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx Thursday, authorities said.


A state trooper pulled the man over at about 5 p.m. on the elevated highway near Rosedale Ave. in Soundview, and was in the process of arresting him on drug charges, when the man made a run for it, state police spokesman Beau Duffy said.


The motorist, who was in handcuffs, climbed over a barrier and jumped onto Rosedale Ave., badly hurting himself in the process, Duffy said.


Medics took him to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition, an FDNY spokesman said.

Drunken driver rams into backhoe on Bruckner, injuring one


His identity has not been released, and Duffy couldn’t immediately say what led to the traffic stop.


The scene unfolded less than two blocks away from the NYPD’s 43rd Precinct stationhouse.


Gov. Cuomo has ordered an increased state trooper presence in New York City and sent hundreds of troopers to patrol MTA-operated bridges and tunnels, and the city’s airports.


The move has caused friction with both Mayor de Blasio and Port Authority police, sources have told the Daily News.

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Sep 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Yankees being pushed by MLB, local pols to add protective netting


The young girl struck in the face by a foul ball at Wednesday’s Yankees game remained hospitalized one day later at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.


Local politicians vowed to ramp up the heat Thursday to pressure the Yankees to join the Mets in installing protective netting to better protect spectators.


“This is a terrible tragedy, we’re going to take a hard look at whether teams should extend this netting further to protect fans,” said Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman Seth Stein.


New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. of the 37th district, who has been a harsh critic of the Yankees in the past year for not taking action with the protective netting issue, told The Daily News that the girl’s injury Wednesday was “very sad and disheartening.”


Espinal had introduced a bill in May that would require stadiums of 5,000 or more seats to have protective netting from home plate to the foul pole on either side of the outfield.


“I would never have wanted to see something like what happened yesterday ever happen. I think it could have been avoidable, if only netting had been put in place before yesterday’s game. But this is the reality and I hope this is a moment where the Yankees do some reflecting and finally move forward with putting it in to protect their fans,” said Espinal. “Coincidentally I decided a few days ago to move forward with holding a hearing on my bill. We scheduled it for Oct. 25 (at City Hall).


“My hope was that the teams would take this issue upon themselves without needing any legislative action. But it’s becoming more obvious that we need to move forward and the government has to step in and be expedient on this issue.”


So what will it take for all 30 MLB clubs to finally have those safety features installed or updated to further protect fans?


“The events at (Wednesday’s) game involving a young girl were extremely upsetting for everyone in our game,” baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Over the past few seasons MLB has worked with our clubs to expand the amount of netting in our ballparks. In light of yesterday’s event, we will redouble our efforts on this important issue.”


In December of 2015, Manfred made recommendations to all 30 clubs to expand protective netting at stadiums, but as of September, 2017, only 10 clubs have implemented those measures, including the Mets at their home stadium, Citi Field.


But the Daily News has learned that Wednesday’s incident at the Stadium has expedited movement among several teams to expand protective netting at their stadiums this off-season. The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday that they would be “extending new netting to the end of each dugout and replacing the existing netting behind home plate” at Great American Ball Park “for the 2018 season.”


The Seattle Mariners are also taking the step to protect fans better and extending protective netting at Safeco Field.


“This is an issue that we’ve been concerned about for some time,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said. “We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen.”


The Mets already had installed protective netting behind home plate and down both sidelines after the All-Star break this year, but Yankee Stadium still has not installed such safety features, despite two high-profile episodes already this season: in addition to the girl struck Wednesday, a man was hit in the head at the Stadium in July by a foul ball off the bat of rookie slugger Aaron Judge.


“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be centered around our young fan and her family. We remain in direct contact with her family and the hospital, and we will provide any and all assistance that may be necessary,” the Yankees said in a statement Thursday. Team president Randy Levine and GM Brian Cashman could not be reached.


“I think at this point with what happened (Wednesday), it’s pretty much a no-brainer,” Espinal said. “We have to move forward and do more to protect the fans.”

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Sep 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD tech busted for ID theft in scheme to use aunt’s phone plan


So much for a family plan.


An NYPD communications technician was busted for trying to put her new iPhone on her aunt’s plan without permission, police said.


Eboni Lindsey, 28, of the Bronx, was busted Wednesday and charged with identity theft.


Police said she added her new iPhone 7 Plus to her aunt’s plan on June 21.


She’s been suspended without pay, cops said.

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Sep 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx Civic Center to get $10M from Cuomo’s revitalization plan


ALBANY — The South Bronx is getting a million boost from the state, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday.


Cuomo said the neighborhood known as the Bronx Civic Center was among 10 communities in the state selected to receive a million award under his Downtown Revitalization Initiative.


The neighborhood stretches from 144th St. to 165th St. and is bounded by the Harlem River on the west and St. Ann’s Ave./East-Third Ave. on the east. It includes the HUB shopping area.


“These investments in South Bronx will establish a solid foundation for continued growth throughout the region and provide stronger, more viable communities for generations to come,” Cuomo said.

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A local planning team will use 0,000 from the award to develop a strategic investment plan on how best to use the remaining funds to improve the area.


Cuomo hailed the award as part of his administration’s ongoing effort to focus “like a laser” on improving the Bronx. He noted several other projects in the borough, including the construction of new Metro-North stations and the redevelopment of the Sheridan Expressway.


“With this funding, the South Bronx will have the opportunity to reach its full potential using community-based efforts to strengthen our neighborhoods,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

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Sep 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Two people injured after hit by police vehicles in NYC


A police car struck and injured a woman on a Bronx street Wednesday night, cops said.


The patrol car hit the 54-year-old pedestrian on the corner of E. 178th St. and Washington Ave. in Mt. Eden just after 7 p.m.


Medics took her to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious but stable condition.


The crash took place just hours after a Staten Island man said his 5-year-old son was struck by a cop car on Staten Island.


Davon Burrus, 29, said his son Joshua was struck by a police vehicle on Castleton Ave. by West St. in West Brighton.


“He’s alright thank God,” Burrus said. “He’s at the hospital now. He’s not hurt bad.”


An NYPD spokesman would not provide information about the crash Wednesday night.


An ambulance responded to the scene at about 3:50 p.m., and took one patient to Richmond University Medical Center, an FDNY spokesman said.

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Sep 21, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Off-duty NYPD captain foils armed robber for 2nd time in career


NYPD Capt. Ray Jenkins knows a cop is never truly off duty.


He also knows lightning can strike twice.


In 2005, as a rookie, he and a fellow cop were on their way to work when they thwarted an armed robbery at a Brooklyn gas station. The teen gunman was threatening to shoot Jenkins, then 22, but the cop was able to convince the suspect to drop his gun.


At the time his actions earned him and Officer Jermaine Webb a Daily News “Hero of the Month” honor.

BADGES OF HONOR. ROOKIE COPS EARN THEIR STRIPES BY THWARTING ROBBERY


In July, Jenkins answered a similar call. He had just left his home in Queens and was on his way to the gym when he got information about a man who was nearby with a gun. Jenkins quickly jumped into action to help other cops bust the gunman before he made good on a threat to commit an armed robbery.


For that, Jenkins is once again The News’ “Hero of the Month” — the newspaper’s first two-time recipient.


“I feel great,” Jenkins said. “I live in the neighborhood and that could have been anything. There’s no name on a bullet, so when shots start getting fired it could be an officer who gets hurt. It could be a child. It could be a grandmother.”


Jenkins, a newly promoted captain assigned to the detective bureau in Queens, got home from work the afternoon of July 17, then headed out to meet a buddy for an early evening workout.


Nearby, a man was talking to a friend about how he desperately needed money and was considering robbing dealers at a local drug spot. The friend, a moving business employee, called his boss, who also knows Jenkins.


With that information and a location — Merrick and Farmers Blvds. in southeast Queens, about a block away from where Jenkins was at the time — the captain drove over. He saw three men talking. One was the tipster. Another man had what appeared to be a gun tucked in the pocket of his shorts.


Taking action while off duty is never easy.


But when Jenkins busted the would-be robber in 2005 he had little choice other than to jump into the fray because the gas station attendant was being pistol-whipped as he and Webb drove by.


In July he knew he had no more than a few minutes to act — but he worried a quick approach would put him in danger. He was dressed to work out, without vital equipment: his uniform, patrol car, radio and bullet-resistant vest.


“Off-duty arrests are dangerous because you’re not at a tactical advantage,” Jenkins said. “And depending on where you’re at, the other officers responding may not know you. It can go bad if it’s not properly thought out. The desperation this guy had, the urgency, I knew that engaging him right now, there’d probably be an exchange of gunfire.


“I’m thinking about the most safe and sound way to approach him, which at the time I felt would be a surprise stop by uniform.”


With that in mind, Jenkins called the front desk at the 113th Precinct stationhouse. The commanding officer, Inspector Frederick Grover, picked up the phone. Jenkins identified himself, explained what was going on and waited for help.


Grover then grabbed his cell phone, called patrol supervisor Sgt. Justin Dambinskas and headed out the door with another sergeant.


Meanwhile the suspect, the tipster and the other man were on the move, heading west on Merrick. To avoid being seen, Jenkins, who was by now on the phone with Dambinskas, inched his BMW up the block whenever the trio got closer.


After three or four minutes, Dambinskas and Officer Thomas Considine arrived, followed by Grover and backups.


Jenkins, still on his cell phone, identified the gunman for Dambinskas and watched as the cops, all in uniform, jumped out of their cars and rushed the suspect, Nelson Comrie, who put up a brief struggle.


“He knew what he had on him,” Jenkins said, referring to the gun. “But they were up on him quickly. They were on him so fast he wasn’t able to do anything.”


Grover said Jenkins’ information gave him and other precinct officers exactly what they needed. He provided a precise account of a situation that could have been dangerous: a desperate man with a gun.


“In a situation like that we want the most detailed information we can get,” Grover said. “We don’t want to leave any room where someone can get injured.”


Comrie, 35, is no stranger to guns. When he was arrested, police learned he was wanted in North Carolina on a probation warrant. Authorities there said that in 2014 Comrie was arrested for firing a gun at an apartment complex in Concord.


In 2006 in Queens, where he was living at the time, Comrie was arrested by a police officer who saw him trying to conceal an object in his pants. When the cop patted Comrie down he found a loaded Beretta handgun in his waistband, according to records.


He pleaded guilty and served two years behind bars.


Jenkins, 35, is engaged to a city correction officer and has three children, including a teen daughter mulling a career in law enforcement.


Looking back, despite the inherent dangers of taking police action while off duty, he said he has no plans to change his ways or his exercise habits.


“Otherwise,” said Jenkins, who eventually did make it to the gym that night, “I don’t feel like I’m an asset.”


rparascandola@nydailynews.com

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Sep 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Brett Gardner embraces mentor role as Yankees eye World Series


Brett Gardner leads the Yankees beyond hitting first in the batting order.


The speedy outfielder is the lone position player remaining from the Yankees’ last World Series championship in 2009, making him a valued veteran presence in a locker room filled with young stars.


Several key members of the Yankees’ new core — including Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez — have never competed in an MLB postseason. So as the team nears meaningful October baseball this year, Gardner is happy to share the lessons he absorbed from his former teammates after he broke into the big leagues with New York in 2008.


“I take some of the things I learned from those guys and hopefully pass it along to these young guys,” Gardner told the Daily News. “Guys like Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi, my rookie year, I remember how those guys treated me and made me feel like part of the team, and I try to do that for these young guys. I just stress to them the importance of living in the moment and taking things one day at a time.”

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Gardner and the Yankees are in a prime position to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 in what many expected to be a rebuilding year. The team currently boasts a six-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the first American League Wild Card spot, but remains focused on making up a three-game deficit behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East with 11 games to play.


The 34-year-old Gardner, who primarily starts in left field, has played a central role in the Yankees’ resurgence this season, slugging a career-best 20 home runs to go along with a .265 batting average, 60 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 90 runs scored.


The leadoff hitter is eager to cap off his strong 2017 campaign with his second trip to the World Series.


“I kind of thought to myself at the time, ‘Wow, this is easy. This is gonna happen every year,’” Gardner recalls of the 2009 championship. “But that’s not the case. There’s more parity in the game than ever.”

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The only other players left from that World Series roster are starting pitcher CC Sabathia and reliever David Robertson, who left for the Chicago White Sox after the 2014 season before returning to the Bronx via trade in July.


Now newer faces like Judge, 25, Sanchez, 24, and 23-year-old ace Luis Severino — who each made the All-Star Game this season — are helping to lead the charge, and Gardner has been impressed by how quickly those players have emerged.


“When guys get called up to the Major Leagues initially, you wonder if they’re ready and if they can handle that transition,” Gardner said. “Most, if not all of these guys, not only have they been ready, but they’ve been able to be dominant and consistent. It’s a lot of fun as an older guy on this team to watch them have success. Some of them, I kind of think to myself, I wish it was that easy for me.”


In addition to being a respected figure in the Yankees clubhouse, Gardner is a leader within the community. He was recently named the Yankees’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors a player who displays strong character and a devotion to giving back to society.

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Gardner on Monday teamed up with the New York Road Runners — an organization that strives to inspire people through running — and New Balance to hand out free shoes to 225 students at the PS 43 elementary school in the Bronx. The event, which was part of the New York Road Runners and New Balance’s 1 for You 1 for Youth program, was designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among kids.


It’s one of many worthy causes Gardner has gotten involved with over the years. Others include his work with the Ronald McDonald Houses in New York and his home state of South Carolina, his frequent visits to children in hospitals in both states, and his support of military veterans and the Salvation Army.


“It’s something that’s very important,” Gardner said. “As a member of the Yankees, and to be here for as long as I’ve been here, I’m very, very blessed to be in this position. Any time you can use that to make a positive impact, especially with children, especially right here in our backyard, I think it makes a big difference.”


It all adds up to Gardner being a strong contributor on and off the field.

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