Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hunts Point News: Open Season on Officers?

Hunts Point News: Open Season on Officers?: Open Season on Officers? Group Looked on as Officer Shot from Apt. Window #NYPD #CopShot #Bronxnews By Michael Horowitz BRONX,...

Open Season on Officers?

Open Season on Officers?
Group Looked on as Officer Shot from Apt. Window

#NYPD #CopShot #Bronxnews

By Michael Horowitz

BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5- A 38-year-old Co-op City Public Safety officer was shot in the shoulder, and a second, male officer sustained a broken ankle while trying to control a post-Super Bowl fight, late Sunday night, in the vicinity of 140 Donizetti Place, Riverbay president Cleve Taylor said Tuesday.

Orrin Bacote, 49, of Circleville, NY, was arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct in conjunction with the melee that left one Public Safety officer hobbled with a broken ankle.

As of early this week, no arrest had been made in connection with the shooting of the female officer who was grazed in her shoulder.

The shot that grazed the female officer’s shoulder came from a window at the Donizetti Place building, police reported.

The female officer was released shortly after being taken to Jacobi Hospital for treatment, but the second officer was still hospitalized as of Tuesday morning, Taylor said.

The shooting of the female officer was publicized in the citywide media, but the injury that the second officer sustained was much more serious.

“The officer who broke his ankle trying to break up the fight was injured very seriously,” Riverbay president Taylor said this week. “The officer who was shot in her shoulder was extremely lucky.”

Taylor said that a large crowd of onlookers gathered, Sunday night, to watch the altercation that Public Safety officers were called to break up at about 11 p.m.

“We take the shooting of a Public Safety officer and the serious injury of a second officer very seriously,” Taylor stressed this week. “I assure you that we are working with the NYPD, we’re going to get to the bottom of this whole thing.”

Hunts Point News: Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Young Mom

Hunts Point News: Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Young Mom: Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Young Mom #NYPD #Gunman #Bronxnews BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5- He shot at one man, aiming to ...

Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Young Mom

Bad Shot Gets 25 yrs for Killing Young Mom
#NYPD #Gunman #Bronxnews
BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5- He shot at one man, aiming to hit, and he did. But Jeffrey Ramirez’ bullets also took the life of an innocent bystander, young mother Yaritza Pacheco. For that, he was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, announced Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.
Ramirez was found guilty following a jury trial of manslaughter in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
The 24-year-old Pacheco left behind a daughter, a little girl now seven years old, whose victim impact statement was read in Bronx Supreme Court Justice Troy Webber’s courtroom – “I love my mother and I lost her when I was four years old. I wanted her whole life. It’s really sad to lose someone in your life.
“I wish there was no death in the world.”
But death there was on August 21, 2011, as the then-19-year-old Ramirez aimed his illegally purchased Cobra .380 at homeless man Leonard Shoulders. One bullet grazed Shoulders, but another slammed straight into Yaritza Pacheco’s neck. She took but a few more steps before crumpling to the sidewalk, dead.
Video shows Ramirez walking up to a bodega on E. 174th Street near Boston Road, where he witnessed Shoulders having a small argument with some other men about jumping a line into the store. Ramirez did not know any of the participants in the matter, but he jumped in to the fray. Shoulders took off in a run with Ramirez in pursuit, firing his gun.
At the same time Ramirez was running down Hoe Avenue, Yaritza Pacheco was just home from her job at a Bronx Applebee’s, seen on surveillance video laughing, her arm around a friend, the pair walking down 174th Street – and right into the path of Ramirez’ bullets, as he ran down the block, chasing Shoulders.
Later that day, Ramirez attempted to flee not only the jurisdiction, but the country. He was on the jet bridge, steps away from boarding JetBlue 823 at JFK, on a one-way ticket to Santo Domingo and freedom when agents from the Department of Homeland Security detained him.
Following his incarceration, Ramirez will be deported from the country.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hunts Point News: Who Killed Former Nurse?

Hunts Point News: Who Killed Former Nurse?: Who Killed Former Nurse? Person of Interest Sought in Melrose Homicide #NYPD #Nurse #Homicide #MelroseHouses #Bronxnews By...

Who Killed Former Nurse?

Who Killed Former Nurse?
Person of Interest Sought in Melrose Homicide
#NYPD #Nurse #Homicide #MelroseHouses #Bronxnews
By David Greene and Andre Rivera
BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 4- Homicide detectives are set to release a video of a "person of interest" wanted for questioning in regards to the killing of a retired hospital worker, who died mysteriously at the Melrose Houses.
Police say Eric Simmons, 68, a retired nurse was found with serious trauma to his head in the ninth-floor stairway at 320 East 156 Street at just before 1 p.m. on January 28.
Investigators say he died from blunt force trauma to the head, but could not say if Simmons had been struck over the head or if the injuries were suffered during a fall down the stairs.
One police source stated that officials were working on releasing a video that shows Simmons walking in the courtyard of the building with an unidentified male, just shortly before he died.
Police do not believe robbery was a motive and at least one packet of heroin was found at the scene.
Friends say Simmons was a retired nurse who had worked at the psychiatric ward at Lincoln Hospital, until his retirement in 2013. Friend's also say he was a former resident of the area who often visited friends in the area.
As workers from the medical examiner's office removed Simmons' body from the building, one friend vowed, "We are going to get them."
A second police source stated that Simmons had nine arrests, including several drug charges.   

Monday, February 2, 2015

Speaker Carl Heastie?

Speaker Carl Heastie?
Why Bronx Pol is Poised to Replace Silver
#CarlHeastie #SheldonSilver #BronxNews
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 2- It is now a foregone conclusion that Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie will be the next speaker of the state assembly. Former Speaker Sheldon Silver has stepped down as of Monday 11:59 p.m. and the Interim Speaker is now Assemblyman Joseph Morelle. It is only a formality that the assembly votes in Heastie (which may have already been done by the time you read this) on or before the February 10th mandated deadline for a vote.
As of our deadline it is only a matter of time that the only other assembly member who announced for the speaker ship role Assemblywoman Kathleen Nolan drops out to support Heastie. Nolan is from Queens where Queens Democratic County Leader Joe Crowley has announced the Queens county organization's support of Heastie to be the next speaker of the assembly.
One aftershock of Carl Heastie becoming Speaker is that he will be giving up his position of Bronx Democratic County Leader. Right now there are two friendly Bronx elected officials who might be vying for the position of Bronx Democratic County Leader. The two are the current Bronx Democratic County Committee Chairman Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo of TEAM DIAZ. That could allow a third candidate to possibly put together enough votes to become a force in the negotiations, or even become the next county leader. City Council members and the Borough President can not become the county leader because a city elected official is barred from holding that position. That is why county leaders are state or federal elected officials, as is the case in Queens with Congressman Crowley, Manhattan with Assemblyman Wright, and the Bronx with Assemblyman Heastie. Heastie does not have to step down as county leader, but he would not be able to give the proper attention to both the speaker ship and county leader position.
Go to my blog at for daily updates on the next speaker “The Bronx's Own” Carl Heastie, and for whom his replacement as Bronx Democratic County Leader might be. There is a look at Assemblyman Heastie from his days at Harry S. Truman High School circa 1985. He hasn't changed much, still with that boyish look, but he had a full head of hair in high school.
As for the U. S. Attorney's office looking into new speaker Heastie's affairs, as county leader a few years ago that was tried with an assemblyman as a mole from the U. S. Attorney's office. That assemblyman however found nothing, and was allowed to be re-elected twice after a Grand Jury found evidence of fraud. That assemblyman finally is no longer in office.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will have a lot to do, and be pulled from all sides. He must remember what his job is, ignore lobbyists, and don't buckle under to the Governor and Senate Majority Leader. Speaker Heastie you are the hope of millions of people.
If you have any political information that you want to share or have checked out, any comments about this column, or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.