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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bronx News Roundup for Oct. 3

Two detectives from the Bronx Warrants Violent Felony Squad were injured this morning in a shootout in a alleyway off Webster Avenue at 188th Street. The assailant, who was uninjured, was arrested at the scene. Both cops have now been released from hospital. The incident comes less than month after a undercover transit worker was shot and badly hurt on a Bronx subway station.

The Bronx has the city's highest infant mortality rate at 7.1 deaths per 1,000 babies born, according to 2006 figures released yesterday. The city average is 5.9 deaths per 1,000 born. The national average is 6.8.

Two cops from the 44th Precinct turned themselves in Sunday to face charges that they assaulted a man outside a Yonkers bar after a bar fight spilled out onto the street. Both men say they're innocent. The 44 serves Highbridge and the surrounding neighborhoods in the southwest Bronx. While crime is down 5 percent on 2006 figures, it's been a difficult 12 months. Last December, approximately 100 people gathered outside the precinct to protest what they saw as police brutality in the fatal shooting of Timur Person, a 19-year-old local resident who reportedly had a gun in his waistband.

The second trial of Edgar Morales, an accused gang member charged with the 2002 murder of a 10-year-old girl, began Monday at State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Morales is being charged not only with murder but with terrorism, under a state law passed just after 9/11. He is thought to be the first gang member charged under the new law. Prosecutors claim that Morales was part of the St. James gang, whom they say committed a string of crimes in the west Bronx. Morales’ lawyer says his client was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is being sacrificed to protect the real shooter.

The New York Post reports that the son and daughter of a Norwood woman killed by a city bus last year is suing New York City Transit for negligence. The November 2006 death represented the third time in less than a year that a pedestrian had been killed at Bainbridge Avenue and Gun Hill Road.

Bronx schools are better accommodating the needs of their growing Muslim student populations, according to the Daily News. It comes at a time when a coalition of local and citywide groups is trying to get the Department of Education to incorporate two Muslim holidays into the official school calendar. More here in the April 19 edition of the Norwood News.


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