Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bronx News ( Yanks Defeat Reigning A.L. Cy Young Winner

Bronx News ( Yanks Defeat Reigning A.L. Cy Young Winner: Yanks Defeat Reigning A.L. Cy Young Winner Max Scerzer at #Yankee Stadium By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 5- Although the Detro...

Yanks Defeat Reigning A.L. Cy Young Winner

Yanks Defeat Reigning A.L. Cy Young Winner Max Scerzer at #Yankee Stadium

By Howard Goldin

BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 5- Although the Detroit tigers are comfortably ensconced in first place in the American League Central, they have only won 8 of 18 games after the All-Star break. During that same period, the Yankees are 11-6.

Max Scherzer, the Detroit starter, threw the 11th quality start (at least 6 innings with 3 or less runs scored) in the team’s last 15 games. Despite pitching this fine a game, the first American League pitcher to win 13 games this season could not record his 14th victory on Monday. The loss broke his five game winning streak.

The reigning Cy Young winner gave up four singles in the third inning which accounted for the only two Yankee runs of the contest. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single. The next two batters, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter, also singled to fill the bases. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center. A one base hit by Brian McCann brought the second Yankee run in.

Scherzer left the contest after the seventh inning having yielded nine hits, the two runs and three walks. Yankee skipper Joe Girardi commented, “They’re [great pitchers] not always going to be perfect. I thought our guys just put good at bats, had a good approach and made him work.”

By fanning four in the game, Scherzer reached his 1,000 strikeout as a Tiger, tying Joe Coleman for 15th place in Tiger history.

Yankee starter Brandon McCarthy kept his perfect record in pinstripes intact, moving to 4-0 by earning the win. He has won his last six decisions in his last seven starts with an ERA of 2.09. His current streak is an amazing contrast with his performances during the early part of the season when he won only one of his first 16 starts. Of the change in teams, McCarthy remarked, “It’s been exciting {playing in a pennant race]. It’s like going to a new high school. It’s [the transition] been very smooth.”

McCarthy only gave up one unearned run in the fifth. Eugenio Suarez was safe on an error by third sacker Martin Prado. He stole second, but suffered a left knee strain that caused his removal from the contest. The pinch runner, Andrew Romine, scored on a single by Ian Kinsler.

McCarthy only yielded five hits and two walks while fanning eight in 5.2 innings. He said his only disappointment was “not getting into the seventh. I didn’t realize I threw so many pitches [116]”.

The Yankee bullpen held the Tigers scoreless for 3.1 innings. David Robertson recorded his 30th save. He has been successful in his most recent 18 save opportunities.

The one run victory increased to 15 the number of consecutive games in which the Yankees have played that have been decided by two runs or less. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest number of such close games played in succession by the New York franchise.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bronx News ( Burglars Washed-up After Laundromat Heist

Bronx News ( Burglars Washed-up After Laundromat Heist: Burglars Washed-up After Laundromat Heist Suspects Eyed in 33 Similar Break-ins By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 4- Three men hav...

Burglars Washed-up After Laundromat Heist

Burglars Washed-up After Laundromat Heist

Suspects Eyed in 33 Similar Break-ins

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 4- Three men have been charged with the break-in of a Norwood laundromat-- and cops say the trio are headed for the rinse-cycle as they are being eyed in 33 similar jobs from Manhattan to Westchester.

Residents say a small army of police on the ground and a helicopter overhead, converged on the Spin City Laundromat at 345 East 204 Street at just before 3 a.m. on July 31.

One police source reported, "We responded to a burglary here last night. It was apart of a pattern-crime (and) who were responsible for 33 similar break-ins from Yonkers to Manhattan."

The officer smiled before adding, "And we arrested them last night."

The thieves apparently targeted the store's Automated Teller Machine, which they cleaned out all of its $10 bills. The burglars also removed the surveillance camera tapes from inside Spin City as well as emptying a change dispenser.

The owner of Spin City, who purchased the popular business three months ago and who declined to be identified, recalled, "I came to open the store this morning and found police here waiting for me."

The owner said the perpetrators created a 2-foot hole in the back of the store, where he claimed the previous owner had cheaply boarded up a window.

A second police source stated that the trio arrested had been under surveillance when police pinged the suspects cell phone at the time of the heist.

Police charged Miguel Rodriguez, 34, of Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Juan Perez-Portez, 41, of nearby University Avenue and Porfirio Sanchez-Javier, 27, no address given. All three were arraigned the following day and charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief-- all stemming from the most recent incident.

According to the Bronx District Attorney's office Rodriguez' bail was set at $1,000 while Sanchez-Javier and Perez-Portez were released without bail and were due back in court on August 5.

Officially, the NYPD has refused to comment on any additional charges or pending cases against the three suspects.

Customers at Spin City were turned away for much of the day, while one angry customer argued with police about not being able to get his clothes.

"Your not getting your clothes, it's a crime-scene," one detective told the agitated customer who abruptly walked off.

A longtime worker at Spin City said as she watched police as they looked at evidence inside the store, "I don't want people to be scared to come here, I want the people to come back."

The two NYPD sources both think the trio are behind a string of similar heists that apparently date back to October, 2013.

In an April 25 break-in at the Inwood Deli, thieves cut a 2-foot hole in the wall of an abandoned building before getting away with the store's ATM cash, the store's computer hard drive with the security footage of the robbery-- and this time added baby formula to the growing laundry-list of charges.    

Bronx News ( Bronx Street Renamed after Fallen Cop

Bronx News ( Bronx Street Renamed after Fallen Cop: Bronx Street Renamed after Fallen Cop BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 4- Members of NYPD, elected officials, friends and family members gathered ...

Bronx Street Renamed after Fallen Cop

Bronx Street Renamed after Fallen Cop

BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 4- Members of NYPD, elected officials, friends and family members gathered at the corner of Ely Avenue and Adee Avenue, Bronx, to rename the intersection “Sergeant Keith A. Ferguson Way” in memory of the Bronx NYPD sergeant who died while rushing to the assistance of a fellow officer.

Council Member Andy King presented a City Council Proclamation to the family at the ceremony.

Sgt. Ferguson died on Jan. 1, 2004, after suffering a heart attack while running to assist an officer who was chasing a suspect.  Sgt. Ferguson, a 17-year member of the New York Police Department, was on patrol in lower Manhattan as part of the NYPD anti-terrorism unit when he heard a foot patrol officer calling for assistance. According to reports, the officer chased a suspect who he had attempted to arrest.

Sgt. Ferguson responded to the scene, but his vehicle got stuck in heavy traffic. Sgt. Ferguson exited his vehicle and began to run to the location where the officer needed assistance. When Sgt. Ferguson arrived on the corner of Broadway and Grand  Street, with several other officers who had responded to the call, he collapsed onto the trunk of a vehicle.

Sgt. Ferguson's partners gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions while racing to St. Vincent's Hospital Center. Doctors there were unable to revive Sgt.  Ferguson.

In June 2005, Sergeant Ferguson was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal. The Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson Memorial 5K race takes place every 1st Sunday in August across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bronx News ( Rape suspect sought

Bronx News ( Rape suspect sought: RAPE in Throggs Neck! By Dan Gesslein BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 31 - A woman was raped at gunpoint near St. Raymond's Cemeter...