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Thursday, January 15, 2015

NYPD MDs?

NYPD MDs?
Cops Save Life with New Drug
#NYPD #Drugs #Heroin

By Alex Cayman

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 15- A pair of hero cops and a new drug issued to police officers recently-- saved a young man's life in the Soundview section on the morning of New Year's Eve.

Officers and paramedics were dispatched for an unconscious teen at 1020 Boynton Avenue, at 10:45 a.m. on December 31. Patrolman Fernando Gonzalez and his partner officer Brenda Colon of the 43rd Precinct arrived and discovered the still-unidentified 18-year-old male, who was unconscious and unresponsive.

Gonzalez quickly administered the new drug Naloxone intranasal spray or Narcan as it is often called-- and officials say the teen immediately regained consciousness and was rushed to Jacobi Hospital.

The unidentified victim is expected to make a complete recovery. Naloxone counters the effects of an acute opiate overdose and is delivered without the use of a needle. It is sprayed into the victim’s nose, thus speeding-up the drug's delivery time.

In May, 2014 members of the NYPD were issued the counter-acting drug after a resurgence of the heroin epidemic.

The more than $1 million to fund the new Community Overdose Prevention Program came from the office of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Deputy Inspector Russell Green of the 43rd Precinct congratulated the two officers and stated, "Officers Gonzalez and Colon did a great job remaining calm and saving a life in a stressful situation.”

William Rivera, the Chairman of Community Board # 9 offered, "We thank the officers for their quick response and their training," with the new drug.

Rivera said of the program that puts Naloxone at the fingertips of officers, "This is an example that this program is needed and will be supported for some time.” 

The NYPD could not immediately say how many lives were saved with the drug since the program began, but Elisheva Zakheim of the FDNY stated that the drug has been used by paramedics since the 1970's and added, "The drug was administered by paramedic units more than 3,000 times in 2014, and an average of 40 times monthly.”


Zakheim added that Emergency Medical Technicians also began carrying the drug in 2014.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fear Spreading Among Co-op City Residents Over Leg...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fear Spreading Among Co-op City Residents Over Leg...: Fear Spreading Among Co-op City Residents Over Legionnaires Outbreak #Legionnaires #Co-opCity By Michael Horowitz BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY...

Fear Spreading Among Co-op City Residents Over Legionnaires Outbreak

Fear Spreading Among Co-op City Residents Over Legionnaires Outbreak
#Legionnaires #Co-opCity

By Michael Horowitz

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- A Co-op City couple recounted how their son almost died from Legionnaires’ Disease in early-December.

The victim’s father, who wished to remain unidentified in spoke out about the travails of his son, who is in his 20s, at the town-hall meeting that was held in the auditorium of the Dreiser Loop Community Center.

After the meeting, the victims’ parents elaborated on what their son has been going through in an interview with Co-op City’s only independent community newspaper.

“My son, starting on December 4, spent nine days in the Intensive Care Unit of Jacobi Hospital,” the still-sick man’s mother noted. “I can’t say enough good things about the care he got at Jacobi Hospital, which saved his life. My son still has slurred speech, but my husband and I are confident that he will make a full recovery. We are confident because of our faith in God.”

The sick man’s father stressed, “My son’s whole body, in essence, shut down as a result of Legionnaires’ Disease. He does smoke, but he is certainly not an older person. He was in excellent health before he got sick on December 4, and he certainly is in no condition to go back to work, even at this point.”

The sick man’s mother noted, “My son played just about every conceivable sport when he was growing up, including football, baseball and basketball. He was an exceptional health before he got sick and his whole system shut down. His condition was diagnosed early on, but he is still not close to being his old self.”

Speaking to a capacity crowd of concerned shareholders at the Dreiser Loop Community Center, a spokeswoman for the city’s Health Department said, Tuesday, that two-thirds of 12 recent cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have been reported in Co-op City.

Dr. Sharon Balter, a leading epidemiologist for the Health Department, spoke out after preliminary tests showed that the power plant’s cooling tower, which supplies air-conditioning and heating to shareholders, was contaminated with the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ Disease. Results from more conclusive tests are expected within 10 days.

The cooling tower, which has been shut down pending its cleaning and disinfection by Co-op City’s management, is separate and apart from the systems that carry water, as well as hot water, to the community’s shareholders.

Continuing tests by personnel associated with the Riverbay Corporation and the Health Department are in the offing in an effort to safeguard the health of those who live and work in the local community.

Legionnaires’ Disease can be spread through mists from water sources, such as showerheads, water faucets, or convectors. However, Dr. Balter noted that the disease, which is not spread through person-to-person contact. is usually treatable with the same antibiotics that are used to treat less serious forms of pneumonia, the flu, and an assortment of bacteria that cause severe sore throats.

However, many among the crowd of 600 were extremely uneasy, especially after the father of a victim, who lives at 100 Darrow Place spoke about how his son, who is in his 20s, almost died from Legionnaires’ Disease and continues to have impaired speech more than a month after first contracting the disease.

Dr. Balter, for her part, said that there is no clear-cut way of knowing who will get the disease and who will not, but that there are a number of risk factors. The elderly, smokers, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to get the disease, the epidemiologist noted.

Riverbay president Cleve Taylor said, this week, that the price tag associated with the cleanup necessitated by eight recent cases of Legionnaires’ Disease here will be at least $1 million.

The major part of the cost is associated with the shutdown of the power plant’s cooling tower, which is used to supply heating and air-conditioning to the community.

With the shutdown of this tower, Co-op City will be forced to get its heat through Con Edison. The additional cost for this temporary changeover is $770,000 for a two-week period.

Also, the problem with the cooling tower, which the Health Department has identified in preliminary tests, is going to necessitate increased testing at the Riverbay Corporation’s expense.

One aspect of the increased costs is the hiring of an environmental consultant, with a specialization in Legionnaires’ Disease, to assess what’s been happening in the local community.

It appears, at this point, that a lack of preventive maintenance on the part of the Riverbay Corporation’s management, which Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc., controlled for 15 years, could have contributed to the problems and added costs that Co-op City’s management now faces.

Critics of the Scott firm have charged, in recent years, that Freedman and his cohorts neglected preventive maintenance in the community in an effort to keep costs down and carrying charges low.


Keeping carrying charges at low levels, for years, had been a centerpiece of the Scott firm’s strategy to maintain control of Co-op City’s management.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Worker Killed in Freak Accident

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Worker Killed in Freak Accident: Worker Killed in Freak Accident #NYPD #FreakAccident By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- Investigators continue to piece together...

Worker Killed in Freak Accident

Worker Killed in Freak Accident
#NYPD #FreakAccident

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- Investigators continue to piece together the events that led up to a worker being sucked into a cement-mixer in Hunts Point. Officials say the man died instantly.

Officers from the 41st Precinct were called to the intersection of Fox Street and Simpson Street in the Hunts Point section at 1:21 p.m. on January 6.

Cops say the victim was "unconscious and unresponsive," with severe trauma to his body. Officials would use a sheet to cover the gruesome scene as they investigated.

After a preliminary investigation conducted by the NYPD's Crash Investigation Squad, officials say the victim, identified as Edraz Lopez, 46, of Queens, NY., was having a mechanical problem with his 1996 Freightliner cement truck.

One police source explained, "When the victim went underneath the vehicle he became pinned in the rotating cement mixer.”

Paramedics arrived and quickly pronounced Lopez dead at the scene.

Lopez, who worked for Cova Concrete Corporation in Jamaica, NY., was delivering the cement to a construction site at the location at the time of his death.

Calls to Cova went straight to voice-mail, where a voice offered,

"Happy Holidays." The company later declined to comment on the incident.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Pain in the Ass Gunman Caught on Tape

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Pain in the Ass Gunman Caught on Tape: Pain in the Ass Gunman Caught on Tape #NYPD #Gunman BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- Cops are looking for a real dumb ass who was caught on tap...

Pain in the Ass Gunman Caught on Tape

Pain in the Ass Gunman Caught on Tape
#NYPD #Gunman

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- Cops are looking for a real dumb ass who was caught on tape shooting a man in front of his home.

Surveillance video shows the man pulling out a revolver and opening fire at around 11:55 p.m. on December 19. Cops say the gunman targeted his victim as the man stood outside his Sedgwick Avenue home. One bullet struck the victim in his buttocks.

The gunman is described as Hispanic with a light complexion. 


Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts 'Cop Shooter'

Grand Jury Indicts 'Cop Shooter'
#CopShooter #NYPD




BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 13- District Attorney Robert Johnson announced that a Grand Jury has indicted alleged cop shooter Jason Polanco
and Joshua Kemp, who was involved in the robbery of a bodega, in the January 5th, 2015 incident during which Polanco allegedly brandished a firearm, shooting Police Officers 
Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano, as well as firing at three other uniformed members of the NYPD.  



The Grand Jury voted a true bill, charging 24-year-old Jason “Jin”  Polanco with:

Attempted murder in the first degree (A Felony, 5 counts)
Attempted murder in the second degree (A Felony, 2 counts)
Robbery in the first degree (B Felony)
Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree (B Felony)
Assault in the first degree (B Felony)
Robbery in the second degree (C Felony, 2 counts)
Attempted assault in the first degree (C Felony, 2 counts)
Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree (C Felony)
Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (C Felony, 2 counts)
Robbery in the third degree (D Felony)
Grand larceny in the fourth degree (E Felony)
Criminal possession of a firearm (E Felony)
Criminal possession of Stolen property in the fourth degree (E Felony)

Additional charges are still pending against Jason Polanco



The Grand Jury charged 28-year-old Joshua Kemp with:

Robbery in the first degree (B Felony, 2 counts)
Robbery in the second degree (C Felony, 2 counts)
Robbery in the third degree (D Felony)
Burglary in the second degree (C Felony)
Burglary in the third degree (D Felony)
Petit larceny (A Misdemeanor)
Criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree (A Misdemeanor)
Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree (A Misdemeanor).




It is alleged that Kemp robbed a bodega at 363 East 180th Street in the Fordham section of the Bronx just before 10:30 p.m. on January 5th,  jumping over the counter to grab cash. Polanco is not yet charged with that crime.



Fleeing four blocks away onto Tiebout Avenue and changing their clothing inside a building along the way, Polanco entered a Chinese restaurant. Kemp remained outside, where police responding to the robbery call approached him. Polanc is accused of turning and firing, all the while approaching the officers outside the eatery.  His bullets hit and wounded Officers Dossi and Pellarano, but missed three other uniformed officers.  


One of Polanco's bullets also hit his accomplice.  Kemp and Polanco fled onto Marion Avenue but then split up, the shooter continuing down the street where he spotted two individuals seated inside a 2015 Camaro.  


Polanco is charged with ordering the pair to exit the car. He then pulled the trigger on his firearm – the gun clicked, but failed to fire. Taking off in the Camaro, Polanco crashed a few blocks away.



Polanco is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Tuesday, March 3rd, in Part 60 before Justice Steven Barrett; Kemp will be arraigned on Tuesday, March 10 th, also in Part 60.




The charges contained in the indictment are allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale: Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale #GasLeak By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 12- The scene was chaos at the corner of the ...

Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale

Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale
#GasLeak


By Robert Press



BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 12- The scene was chaos at the corner of the Henry Hudson Parkway North service road and West 239th Street during construction a huge gas leak was discovered at 2 p.m. today. 


Con Edison workers were all around the site of a gas leak that occurred as the Con Edison contractor was connecting two different gas lines during the 'Oil to Gas' conversion by Con Edison contractors. The fire department stood ready with a hose that was attached to a nearby hydrant just in case. 

All roads to and around the West 238th Street overpass of the Henry Hudson Parkway were closed as a precaution. That meant that Riverdale Avenue north was closed to traffic at West 238th Street, as was the northbound HHP service road. Also closed was the West 239th Street overpass to southbound parkway service road traffic. All northbound MTA buses were detoured onto Independence Avenue at West 232nd Street. 


This lasted into the rush hour as it took hours to fix the leak by using smaller bypass piping. One unidentified worker for the contractor who wished to remain anonymous  told me that it was a Con Edison employee and not a contracted worker who was responsible for the major gas leak. 


Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Spirit of Giving Continues

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Spirit of Giving Continues: Spirit of Giving Continues Pols Hand out Gifts at 3 Kings Celebration #3KingsDay BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 12- State Senator Jeff Klein, to...

Spirit of Giving Continues

Spirit of Giving Continues
Pols Hand out Gifts at 3 Kings Celebration
#3KingsDay

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 12- State Senator Jeff Klein, together with Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda and District Leader Julia Rodriguez hosted the 2nd annual Three Kings Day celebration on January 11th. 

More than 200 community members, families and children came together to celebrate the
Feast of the Epiphany -- featuring a special appearance by a talented magician, music by the Church of the Holy Family choir and school choir, an animated narration of the nativity scene and a fun-filled toy giveaway for children.

“At our second annual Three Kings Day celebration, I couldn’t be happier or more proud to see all of you out here celebrating together. This is a special holiday for so many of our friends, neighbors and community members,” said Senator Jeff Klein. “In a short period of time, this event has grown to be a tremendous success and I would like to thank my colleagues Assemblyman Sepúlveda and District Leader Julia Rodriguez for helping to make that happen. I wish all of you a happy holiday and health, joy and prosperity in the New Year.”

"What makes the holiday season so beautiful is the feeling of community that is indelibly woven into our daily lives," said Assemblyman Sepúlveda. "This Three Kings Day event is a time when our community comes together again at the close of the Christmas season in the hopes that we may maintain those feeling of charity and kindness for the months ahead. Our celebration aims to continue this trend into the new year as a reminder that such good will should be a part of our daily lives."

The celebration began in the early afternoon, where members of the community followed in a spirited procession from Roselyn Johnson Democratic Headquarters to Mechler Hall
at the Church of the Holy Family. The program kicked off with a performance by the school choir, followed by a selection of songs in spanish and a narration of the nativity scene by the church choir. Guests enjoyed light snacks and refreshments including hot dogs, juice, coffee and more. Children in attendance were given a special toy at the end of the event, including stuffed animals, toy cars, and board games like Monopoly or Clue.


“I want to thank Senator Klein and Assemblyman Sepulveda for putting together this wonderful event and bringing the community together. Three Kings Day is one of my favorite holidays and this is such a wonderful way to celebrate. Because of their efforts, I’m already looking forward to next year,” added District Leader Julia Rodriguez.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Let it Snow

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Let it Snow: Let it Snow #Bronx Zoo BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 9 - Snow Leopards enjoy a wrestle in the snow at the Bronx Zoo.WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation...

Let it Snow

Let it Snow
#Bronx Zoo

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 9- Snow Leopards enjoy a wrestle in the snow at the Bronx Zoo.WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo received .7 inches of snow today, and earlier this week on Tuesday it received 1 inch. These five photos highlight a few animals enjoying the season’s first snowfall.

Photos by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS





Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hall of Famers Johnson, Martinez relay Yankee Memo...

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hall of Famers Johnson, Martinez relay Yankee Memo...: Hall of Famers Johnson, Martinez relay Yankee Memories #RandyJohnson  #PedroMartínez  #John Smoltz  By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YOR...

Hall of Famers Johnson, Martinez relay Yankee Memories

Hall of Famers Johnson, Martinez relay Yankee Memories
#RandyJohnson  #PedroMartínez  #John Smoltz 
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 8- The four baseball legends, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio, who are the newest elected members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, were at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Wednesday morning for the Hall’s annual press conference for its newest members. 
Four is the largest number newly elected members since 1955 when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance were chosen. The three pitchers chosen in their first year on the ballot is a new record. It is obvious after evaluating each of the players’ careers in its entirety, that each member of the Class of 2015 deserved the honor he has been given. 
The press conference on January 7 was very upbeat as each of the elected was in high spirits and drew many laughs from those assembled in the Jade Room. Two of the four men played for New York clubs.
Randy Johnson’s accomplishments earned him a vote of 97.3 percent, the eighth highest total in HOF voting history. The lefty had a career mark of 303-166 and an ERA of 3.29 with 4,875 strikeouts, second only to Nolan Ryan. During his lengthy big league career, 1988-2009, there were numerous impressive achievements in individual games and single seasons as well. 
The 6 foot 10 hurler was a 10-time All-Star, 9-time strikeout leader and 4-time ERA leader. He was a 5-time Cy Young winner, 4 years in succession (1999-2002). He is the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game. 
In January 2005, the Diamondbacks traded him to the Yankees. He played two seasons in the Bronx before being traded back to the Diamondbacks in January 2007. Johnson spoke with delight of playing in Yankee Stadium, “As a visiting player for 9 ½ years, there was no greater place to come to than old Yankee Stadium. I wanted to come to New York and be thrown in the fire. I loved every minute. I loved New York.” He spoke of Old Timers’ Days, when he was able to speak to Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson and added, “Who wouldn’t love that.”
Johnson also talked of the controversy of those two years, “I maybe didn’t pitch as well as people wanted…Playing for the Yankees was at the end of my career [He began with NY at the age of 41.] I gave it everything I had [He pitched with a herniated disc in his back in 2006].” Johnson had a mark of 17-8 and 17-11 in his two seasons in the Bronx.
The irrepressible Martínez, who pitched at Yankee Stadium with its biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, quickly and humorously responded to Johnson, “You’re lucky Randy. Having to face the Yankees as a visiting player with the Red Sox, the Yankees fans wanted to intimidate you, but they recognized greatness.” 
The four-year veteran of the Mets, 2005-2008, contrasted the fans of the two New York clubs, “In Queens, they are wild and happy. They settle for what they have, but Yankee fans cannot-[it’s] win or nothing.”
Martínez then spoke more seriously of his feelings of playing in New York, “I really enjoyed the time in New York. I learned a lot. I have no complaints about being in New York. I loved it here.”


The quartet will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York on July 26.

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Home Sweet Home for Jaspers

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Home Sweet Home for Jaspers: Home Sweet Home for Jaspers #ManhattanCollege By Gary Quintal  BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 8- After playing 11 of their first 13 games away f...

Home Sweet Home for Jaspers

Home Sweet Home for Jaspers
#ManhattanCollege

By Gary Quintal 

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 8- After playing 11 of their first 13 games away from home, the Manhattan College Jaspers hosted the Saint Peters Peacocks Wednesday evening winning 68-63. 

Prior to the game, Junior Shane Richards was honored for holding the Manhattan record for three pointers converted (167).  Richards achieved the record during  the December 20th 73-69 victory over Morgan State.  


During the game, Senior Emmy Andjuar led Manhattan with 21 points becoming the 36th player to score 1000 career points as a Jasper. Manhattan plays 4 of its next 6 games at home including A Saturday evening match-up against Niagara. 

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): 2015 Comes in with a Bang

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): 2015 Comes in with a Bang: 2015 Comes in with a Bang #NYPD #Shootings (Photo by David Greene) By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 8- As the murder rate in New...

2015 Comes in with a Bang

2015 Comes in with a Bang
#NYPD #Shootings
(Photo by David Greene)


By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 8- As the murder rate in New York City fell to its lowest level in 50 years-- 2014 ended with a man shot in Morris Park in the closing minutes of the year and the new count began with the killing of a 26-year-old man in Melrose.

The NYPD reported 328 murders for the year, seven fewer than the year before and the lowest since 1963, the year when records of such grim statistics became necessary. A far cry from the bad old days like 1990, when the city logged 2,245 murders.

The figures offer little consolation to the family of Herb Huntley, 26, who was shot and killed in the lobby of 671 Westchester Avenue at just before 3 a.m. on January 1.

Police closed off the lobby as they conducted their investigation, as revelers returned home from their celebrations and had to enter the St. Mary's Park Houses complex through the stairs to get to the elevator on the first floor.

One woman used the slogan of a roach motel describing the building, claiming, "Strangers walk in this building, but they don't walk out.”

The woman said she heard four shots before police arrived.
Another woman claimed it was the third murder around the complex in as many years. The resident of the complex also claimed that cops no longer patrol the complex and surveillance cameras no longer work— giving free reign to drug dealers who often use the lobby and staircase as their office.

Police say Huntley was shot in the head and chest and died at Lincoln Hospital. Police have no suspects or motive at this time. The year ended with gunfire in Morris Park as a man was reported shot at 11:45 p.m. at the corner of Rhinelander and Hone Avenue. Few details on the incident were available.


One resident asked, "So why wasn't it in the news? Because you didn’t hear about it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Is that suppose to make us feel safer?"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hate Speech?

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hate Speech?: Hate Speech? Accused Gunman Made Feelings Known about Cops #NYPD #CopShooting By Dan Gesslein BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 7- Before the bu...

Hate Speech?

Hate Speech?

Accused Gunman Made Feelings Known about Cops
#NYPD #CopShooting

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 7- Before the bullet left his gun aimed for two police officers, Jason Polanco’s hatred of cops was on display. The Fordham man was arrested for wounding two cops after robbing a bodega.

Polanco’s Facebook page has photos such as two kids painting “F—- the Police” on a fence. Another had stick figures of an officer beating another figure on the ground stating: “Stop police brutality.”

News of Polanco’s views came to light after the arrest of the Fordham man for allegedly shooting two police officers. Monday night’s shooting, coupled with the such posts on social media, has police believing there is a war on cops. 

The shooting, coupled with the anti-cop rhetoric, is eerily similar to the assassination of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot the officers to death as they sat in their squad car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Later it was revealed that Brinsley had posted messages of hatred toward the police on his social media accounts.

At this time it appears that Polanco allegedly opened fire to escape arrest and not simply target police officers.

Polanco was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. 

His partner, Joshua Kemp of Metropolitan Oval in Parkchester, was charged with robbery, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

Cops say Polanco wounded Kemp when he opened fire on Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano. Investigators were on to Kemp when he went to a Manhattan hospital for treatment after being shot. 

Kemp was on parole for robbery and has a record of 10 arrests was busted for his part in the robbery which led to the double cop shooting.

Investigators said the shooting sprang from a robbery earlier. Members of the Anti-Crime unit responded to the armed robbery of PN Deli in Fordham. Surveillance video of the robbery show one gunman holding the employees on the ground, while his accomplice emptied the cash register.


When police approached Polanco at a Chinese takeout restaurant a short time later, the man is seen on surveillance video opening fire.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hunt for Cop Shooter

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Hunt for Cop Shooter: Two Police Officers Wounded in Fordham Heights Gun Battle By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 6- A day after NYPD po...

Hunt for Cop Shooter

Two Police Officers Wounded in Fordham Heights Gun Battle






By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 6- A day after NYPD police officer Wenjian Liu was laid to rest, two anti-crime cops were wounded after they responded to a call of a robbery in progress at a deli in Fordham Heights.
Details were still sketchy, but officials say officers from the 46th Precinct anti-crime unit were in the area when an alert of a robbery in progress was reported at a deli located at East 184 Street and Tiebout Avenue at 10:23 p.m. on January 5.



Officials say a 30-year-old male officer was hit in the lower back and left arm and was reported to be in surgery in the wee hours of January 6. The unidentified officer was listed in critical, but stable condition.
The second wounded officer is a 38-year-old male who was shot in the chest and left arm and remains in stable condition at the same hospital.
Officials say that after the gun battle, one suspect fled in a stolen white Chevy Camaro-- that crashed on Park Avenue. Dozens of uniformed officers were brought in to canvas the area for the suspect.
Police would later recover the .45 caliber handgun tossed in a construction site at Fordham Plaza.
Dozens of officers were brought to the area in vans as they shutdown bus service across Fordham Road and briefly halted train service out of the Fordham Road Metro North Station.
Detectives would discover a second vehicle involved, a Nissan Altima outside of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and are currently questioning a man being treated for a gun shot wound to the back.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton paid a late-night visit to the officers at the hospital.
Bratton briefed reporters on one officer's condition, saying, "He is currently in the operating room and is listed in critical condition."
By daybreak, police would release a video of the gunman, believed to be still at large. The suspect already in custody had not yet been charged as of Tuesday morning.
One Bronx detective warned, "They'd better turn themselves in because there's not a rock in the world they can hide where we won't find them."
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.






Monday, January 5, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): VCU Defeats Fordham in A-10 Conference Opener

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): VCU Defeats Fordham in A-10 Conference Opener: VCU Defeats Fordham in A-10 Conference Opener #Fordham By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 5- The first steps toward March Madness ...

VCU Defeats Fordham in A-10 Conference Opener

VCU Defeats Fordham in A-10 Conference Opener
#Fordham


By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 5- The first steps toward March Madness of 2015 took place on the first weekend of 2015 as the NCAA conferences began their schedules. On Sunday afternoon, the VCU Rams (11-3, 1-0), the pre-season selection of Atlantic-10 coaches and SIDs to finish first in the conference visited the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx to face the team selected to finish last, the Fordham Rams (5-7, 0-1).
The visitors, under the able direction of Shaka Smart, one of the most respected young coaches in college basketball, exhibited why their havoc defense is so feared. VCU forced 14 Fordham turnovers in each half of the game. Fordham’s 28 turnovers exceeded its 20 field goals. Sunday’s contest was the fifth for VCU in which its’ opponents turnovers were equal to or exceeded its field goals. VCU scored 36 points off Fordham’s turnovers, nearly 50 percent of its 75 points, contrasted with Fordham’s 11 scored off VCU’s uncharacteristic 17 turnovers. 
The coaches of both teams spoke of the importance of turnovers in the result. Fordham coach Tom Pecora explained, “28 turnovers, that’s the key. It’s all about ball security.” Smart told reporters, “With some teams, if we apply a lot of pressure, we can get a lot of turnovers.” 
For the fifth straight game, VCU led from start to finish. They scored the first seven points of the contest. Freshman Terry Larrier netted a three at 10:54. In the next minute, 6-3 junior Melvin Johnson followed with two lay-ups. The production of the two Bronx natives gave VCU its first double digit advantage. 
Fordham cut the deficit to single figures in the last five minutes of the half.
Fordham began the second half with a 7-1 scoring run that cut the lead to a single point, 38-37, at 18:35. The short spurt was followed by VCU scoring 14 unanswered points to bring the score to 52-37 six minutes later. The double figure led remained for the final 12 minutes of the game that ended with a VCU victory by a score of 75-58.
Interesting to the nearly full house in the Bronx gym was the fact that two starters on the Virginia university five were natives of the Bronx while not one of the players for Fordham were born in the borough. Melvin Johnson, a junior, has improved his stats each season. Last year, he started 7 of 33 games but averaged double figures in points, 10.4, and was named the Atlantic-10 Sixth Man of the Year. He has started all 14 of the Rams’ games this year and is second in scoring and in minutes played on the team. Johnson scored nine, and had two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes against Fordham.
Terry Larrier, a 6-8 freshman, made his first start of the season in his native borough. The most highly rated recruit for VCU since Kendrick in 1991, in 24 minutes on the court on Sunday, scored eight and had one rebound, assist and steal.
Fordham senior Mandell Thomas had a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing cause. Freshman Eric Paschal led Fordham scoring with 15. Sophomore Jon Severe, after an absence of seven games, scored nine in 20 minutes of action.  The VCU coach spoke of Fordham’s youngsters, “I like Fordham’s young players. They just have to get better.”

The Fordham women, on a three point basket by Danielle Padovano with 1.7 seconds on the clock in overtime, edged the Richmond Spiders, 65-64, in the second game of the home doubleheader for Fordham.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham Ends 2014 with a Win

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Fordham Ends 2014 with a Win: Fordham Ends 2014 with a Win #Fordham #Basketball By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 2- The Fordham Rams men’s basketball team (5-6) ...

Fordham Ends 2014 with a Win

Fordham Ends 2014 with a Win
#Fordham #Basketball
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 2- The Fordham Rams men’s basketball team (5-6) ended 2014 by achieving their most one-sided victory of the season. The 74-54 win over the South Carolina State Bulldogs (4-11) was their second straight win over a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) within four days.

The visitors scored the first five points. A jumper by Fordham freshman Chris Sengfelder at 16:45 gave the Rams their first lead of the game. The advantage remained in effect for little more than one minute. The next Fordham lead did not come until more than 10 minutes later, also on a basket by Sengfelder. The half ended with Fordham leading 37-32 after concluding the half with an 18-8 scoring run. Sengfelder’s 12 points on 5 of 7 from the floor were the only double figure performance in the half.
After the half-time break, the Rams continued their onslaught by scoring the first 12 points of the second half to increase their advantage to 17 points, 49-32, with 15:33 left in the contest. The lead never again fell below 14. An end of the game scoring run of 8-2 gave the Rams a decisive win, 74-54.
The disparity in shooting percentage between the two teams deepened in the second half. Fordham’s rose from 48.4 to 56.5 while the Rams’ defense affected a decline in the shootings of the Bulldogs from 40.6 to 29.6.
Sengfelder led all scorers with his career high of 22 points. The native of Germany shot 9 of 13 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. As 6 of his 9 baskets were layups, the 6-8 forward gave credit for his high point total to the Fordham guards, “The point guards do a great job of finding me.” 
Fordham’s superiority under the boards was reflected in their 42 points in the paint contrasted with 22 by the Bulldogs. Fordham’s coach Tom Pecora discussed the improvement of the guards on his team, “The guards are doing a better job finding the bigger guys where they can more easily score. It was the second game in a row with 20 assists”

The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule begins on the following weekend. One of the better teams in the conference, VCU, begins 2015 against the Rams at the Rose Hill Gym on January 4. 

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Grandma Killed on New Years

Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Grandma Killed on New Years: Grandma Killed on New Years Grandson has Standoff with Cops #NYPD #Standoff (Photo by David Greene) By David Greene BRONX, NEW YORK, JANU...

Grandma Killed on New Years

Grandma Killed on New Years
Grandson has Standoff with Cops
#NYPD #Standoff
(Photo by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 2- A deranged man shattered a peaceful Throggs Neck street when he created a standoff with police after allegedly killing his 87-year-old grandmother.

Celebratory balloons were still hanging on a staircase of a Hollywood Avenue home as a small army of police confronted a deranged man who held police at bay for nearly 90 minutes on New Year's morning.

Officers from the 45th Precinct were called to 633 Hollywood Avenue at just before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, and were met by the suspect who pelted them with household items including several chairs, dishes, even a blow-dryer.

Several squads of the elite Emergency Service Unit and an armored vehicle, as well as members of the NYPD's Hostage Negotiation Team, were called to the scene as police climbed through fences and backyards surrounding the two-story home.

Residents were ordered back into their homes as police confronted the combative man, only dressed in a pair of shorts-- across the street from I.S. 192, which was closed for the holiday.

One 52-year resident of the block was in shock as she walked out of her home and witnessed the chaotic scene. "No I've never seen anything like this. This is sick, what is this world coming to."

As police attempted to negotiate with the man, three people who escaped from inside the home were transported to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition.

Police say a 67-year-old female was treated for an arm injury, a 55 year-old male suffered head trauma and a 56 year-old female sustained a laceration to her face.

Unconfirmed reports stated that the man was quoting scripture and ranting about the coming apocalypse-- as he tossed items off the balcony at police.

Upon entry to the bedroom where the suspect remained barricaded, police apparently used a stun-gun to subdue the suspect and he was placed into a waiting ambulance where paramedics treated him for a leg injury.

Once inside police discovered the body of the suspect’s grandmother, identified as 87 year-old Alice Durso. Police had reported that a shotgun may have been in the home, but one police source stated that Durso had suffered severe head trauma and may have been killed with the broken leg of a wooden table.

The still-unidentified 48-year-old suspect remains in police custody at Jacobi Hospital where he will undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Inside the ambulance the suspect told paramedics he is bipolar.

Durso's husband Vincent, 75, made headlines after he disappeared on April 20, 2010, after a day of tennis in Crotona Park. Police recovered his 1997 Honda Accord, but his body was never found.

Durso's murder in Throggs Neck was not the first murder in New York City in 2015, that distinction went to Melrose where Herb Huntley, 26, was shot to death inside the lobby of a building at St. Mary's Houses.