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Monday, April 18, 2011

Bronx Crime Watch: Dead Grandma's Neighbor Indicted; Murder in U-Heights

I know it's been a while, but Crime Watch is back today with a couple of Bronx murder reports.

Neighbor of Dead Grandmother Indicted for Murder
Last week, Tyrone Ragland reportedly confessed to murdering 82-year-old grandmother Ethel Parish while high on crack. Today, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Ragland's indictment on three murder counts that would put him away for life. Earlier in his life, Ragland spent 15 years in prison for murder.

On January 5, according to the Daily News, Ragland smoked crack before going over to Parish's apartment on the 15th floor of the Murphy Houses on Crotona Avenue. Ragland said an argument erupted over $80 that Parish supposedly owed him for house work and that she attacked him first and then he retaliated. Next thing he knew, Parish was lying in a pool of her own blood. (Note: The Daily News has the grandmother's last name as "Klein," the Post, Times and Bronx DA has it as Parish. The DA also has her age as 82, though it appears different in some of the other published reports.)

Murder on 182nd and Creston
On Sunday afternoon, shot rang out in University Heights, near the corner of E. 182nd Street and Creston Avenue, an area known for its rampant drug dealing.

Police responded and found Norman Cassling, 29, of Bridgeport, Conn., with at least one bullet wound to his chest. Emergency workers were called and pronounced him dead at the scene, which was right in front of 120 E. 182nd St.

Police say no arrests have been made and that the investigation is ongoing.


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