Good morning, everyone! As if it hasn't been hard enough adjusting my internal clock to the new year, here we are in a new month. Here's your first news roundup for the month of February.
Police say Anthony Jimenez, 30, of the Bronx shot and killed his girlfriend this past Saturday in their Woodycrest Ave apartment in Highbridge when she accused him of being on drugs. Also grazed by the shot was Jimenez' friend Jordan Miles, 17, who managed to wrestle the gun from the man's hands after firing two shots. Jimenez has been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes.
A Bronx man has been taken into custody on three separate occasions for sharing a name with a Pennsylvania fugitive. Michael Terry, 37, of the Bronx was last taken in this past September, strip-searched and jailed for five days.
A police S.U.V. was stolen in the Bronx, then found shortly after at La Guardia Airport. Police say Anibal Lugo, 48, had hopped in the unattended vehicle and drove to the airport, where the Port Authority tracked him down. A loaded shotgun was left in the vehicle untouched, and Lugo strolled into the airport with nothing more than a set of handcuffs and police clipboard.
Residents of Van Nest in the Bronx need to travel for any kind of banking. Hit especially hard by the lack of bank branches are the elderly and business owners, with travel times hitting the 30-minute mark. Quality of life is also being affected: "I don’t think you can have a thriving business community without a bank in the area," State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said.
Quindel Francis, 21, of the Bronx was convicted of manslaughter over the weekend, following two trials over the span of five years. Francis had already been in prison for shooting Fernando Correa Jr. when both were 16 years old.
James Vacca of Bronx District 13 is one of the many Council Members furious with Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts.
Speaking of Vacca, a Daily News editorial fumes over Bronx politicians' inattention and inactivity in regards to rising unemployment in the borough. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is also cited for being "clueless and missing in action."