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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Oct. 7

The body of a pregnant woman who had been missing for more than a week was found behind the wheel of a parked car, yards away from a Bronx police station. According to the preliminary autopsy, Gizela Andrade, a diabetic since childhood, died of an insulin overdose, although a possible suicide note was found in her home.

An angry judge dismissed an interpreter after a lawyer complained that the translations were too confusing. Defense lawyer Lynn Calvacca accused Sonia Ioannou of butchering the cross examination of a witness who speaks only Greek. The dispute began during the trial of Israel Feliciano, who stands accused of murdering Bedford Park pizza manager George Orfanos in 1992.

Bronx Science's girls volleyball team beat Kennedy for the first time since 2007.

A woman was found guilty in the murder of a 91-year old granny in the Bronx. Sparkle Daniel was found guilty of second degree murder and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Daniel will be sentenced on Oct. 25; the other woman involved in the murder is currently awaiting trial.

Lawyers are forced to look into special treatment accusations in Co-op City, where a board member was allegedly bumped to the top of a waiting list for a popular sought-after townhouse.

Council member Oliver Koppell recently acquired $5,000 for the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the Bronx Opera.

Progress report cards for several elementary schools were not looking good as schools were slammed with C's and D's. In the Bronx 56 schools received A's and 92 schools received B's. School principals say the grades are a wakeup call for new changes. 


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