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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 31

Weather: Clear and sunny today in the low 80s. It could get a little overcast later this afternoon, but there's no real rain in the forecast until this weekend.

We missed yesterday's news roundup--let's just blame the hurricane--but we're back to our regularly scheduled blogging. Here are some Bronx news headlines from yesterday and this morning.

Crotona Park resident Jose Sierra, 68, is among the 40 or so victims who died during this weekend's storm. A Puerto Rican native and father of 13, Sierra was an avid fisherman who went out to check on his boat at a City Island marina on Sunday morning. His body was found that afternoon in the waters nearby.

Former State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr., and his son are defending themselves against charges of fraud and money laundering by blaming their accountants. The Espadas' defense lawyer, the Daily News reports, is claiming the men assumed their use of taxpayer funds from the Soundview Health Clinics they controlled--to pay for things like sushi restaurant tabs and birthday party pony rides--were legal because the expenses were approved by an accounting firm.

Police have arrested 23-year-old Luis Moore in connection with a shooting that took place Monday on E. 181 Street and Daly Avenue, which left a man and two children--2 and 5-year-old girls--hospitalized. Patience Boyd, 2, was shot in the temple and remains in critical condition.

Alvin Diaz, a 14-year-old Bronx boy, turned himself in to authorities on Monday for fatally stabbing another teen in Washington Heights over the weekend. Diaz will be tried as an adult and is the youngest murder suspect in the city this year.

Calvary Hospital runs a bereavement program called Camp Compass, which helps children cope with the loss of a family member.

A man in Bridgeport, CT, was sentenced to life behind bars for kidnapping, robbing and killing George McPherson, a marijuana dealer from the Bronx.

Parents and advocates are asking the DOE to test 31 public schools, located in leased buildings, for the presence of toxic chemicals before the start of the new school year. This is in response to the hazardous levels of chemical TCE discovered at Bronx's PS 51.

The Post previews the PSAL Bronx A boy's soccer season.

DMV car inspectors were busted for allegedly issuing thousands of certificates to cars they never inspected, after an undercover operation at one Harlem site and four others along Jerome Avenue.

Tenants at a Grand Concourse building designed by legendary Art Deco architect Emery Roth say the property is falling apart, and are battling their landlord to make repairs.

1 comment:

  1. "The dog ate my homework" has morphed into "my accountant okayed my sushi."


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