Brooklyn Man Beats 3 Year Old To Death

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Police say a 3-year-old girl has been beaten to death and her 5-year-old brother assaulted at an apartment in Bushwick.

They say Jeida Torres was discovered unconscious and unresponsive Saturday afternoon.

A Fire Department of New York spokesman says Jeida was rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead there.

Her brother is in stable condition at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Neighbor Keith Best tells the New York Daily News and New York Post that the boy had big bruises on his face and arms. He says the children’s mother and grandfather sobbed when they arrived home and found out what had happened.

Police say they have made an arrest, but no charges have yet been filed.
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Motorcyclist & Passenger Thrown 36 Feet To Their Death

The NYPD says a motorcyclist and his passenger were killed in an early morning accident on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn.

Police say the 30-year-old man slammed into a cement wall after losing control of his Kawasaki bike while taking a curve.
They say he and his 24-year-old female passenger were ejected. They were thrown about 36 feet, landing under the expressway on 17th Street.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene around 2 a.m. Friday.

They were identified as Jose Chevere and Jalisaa Otero, both from Brooklyn.
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Rep. Michael Grimm, Domenic Recchia Face-Off in Bitter Televised Debate

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Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia engaged in a combative debate Friday in their race to represent Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, with Recchia repeatedly bringing up Grimm’s federal indictment and Grimm insisting he is the best choice for the district.
Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, is accused of evading taxes by allegedly hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages, while running a small Manhattan restaurant. He has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts and has a December court date.

Grimm said his trial would be over before the next session of Congress starts and added: “I believe I’m entitled to my day in court just like everyone else”

Asked by the moderator whether he would resign if found guilty, Grimm said, “If I was not able to serve then, of course, I would step aside and there would be a special election.”
Recchia, a former city council member, injected the indictment into arguments over public health funding and bridge tolls.
Grimm said Recchia supported “an $8 toll on the Brooklyn Bridge,” a reference to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed congestion pricing plan, which Recchia backed.
Recchia responded, “I did not vote to raise the toll. Look where this is coming from! He lied under oath!”

The race to represent New York’s 11th Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the country. Friday’s debate, the first televised face-off in the race, will air Sunday on WABC-TV.

Recchia, 55, has the support of the national Democratic Party, which has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign. Grimm, 44, has sought to link Recchia with Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Barack Obama, two Democrats unpopular on Republican-leaning Staten Island.

Recchia did not directly answer a question about whether Obama and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are doing a good job of responding to Ebola, saying, “We have to focus on the crisis and helping the people of this city.”

Grimm said he does not believe Obama or the CDC have handled Ebola well. “I think there’s been a lack of leadership,” he said.
Recchia said Grimm has lost the support of his own party because of his indictment and cannot serve effectively in Congress.

“The people of this district deserve better,” Recchia said. “They deserve someone who’s gonna fight for them 24/7, and I’m that person who has a track record of getting things done.”

Grimm told reporters after the debate that Recchia “is a one-trick pony. It’s the indictment and nothing else.”
Grimm, who is seeking his third term, also was captured on camera in January threatening to throw a TV reporter off a balcony after the journalist asked Grimm about an FBI probe into his campaign finances.

Pressed about the confrontation after a debate earlier this month, Grimm said that he apologized to the reporter and that he made a mistake after a stressful day in Congress.
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9/11 Coney Island Memorial Vandalized

A Brooklyn memorial to the police officers and firefighters who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks has been vandalized.
Someone smeared white paint on the Wall of Remembrance at MCU Park in Coney Island Friday night.

The ballpark is home to the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones.

The vandal singled out the portrait of Officer Moira Smith by smearing paint around it.
Smith was the only female NYPD officer who died on Sept. 11.

Police are examining surveillance video to identify the person responsible.

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Twelve Charged With Narcotics Trafficking Following Undercover Investigation at Tilden Houses in Brownsville

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Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that 12 alleged drug dealers have been variously charged in criminal complaints with selling crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana to undercover officers over the past nine months during an anti-drug initiative at the Samuel J. Tilden Houses in Brownsville. In addition, a loaded .38-caliber weapon, among other items, was recovered during the execution of court-authorized search warrants.

District Attorney Thompson said, “These arrests should put the criminal element that plies its trade around the law-abiding residents of the Tilden Houses on notice: we will simply not tolerate drug dealing anywhere in our communities, especially around our schools.”

Commissioner Bratton said, “The New York City Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of public housing and ensuring that those who distribute narcotics in our communities will be brought to justice. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the NYPD’s Narcotic Division and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, these individuals will be held accountable for their actions.”

The investigation began this past February following community complaints about narcotics trafficking and violence in and around the Tilden Houses, located in Brownsville. The Tilden Houses consists of eight 16-story buildings with addresses on Dumont Avenue and Livonia Avenue. The majority of the defendants live in the housing development which they are alleged to have turned into a violence-plagued drug market.

Over the course of the investigation, undercover officers made approximately 180 buys of crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana from 12 defendants, including one defendant who allegedly sold crack cocaine while he was with his daughter, who appeared to be approximately five-years-old. The majority of the buys were made within 1,000 feet of the following schools: Public School 284 located at 213 Osborn Street, on the North side of the houses and Public School 41 located at 411 Thatford Avenue on the South side of the houses.

The defendants were arrested yesterday and are presently awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court. In addition, police executed several court-authorized search warrants yesterday and among the items seized were a loaded .38-caliber handgun, an unloaded shotgun and shotgun shells, and varying amounts of crack-cocaine, cocaine, MDMA, marihuana, drug paraphernalia and cash.

The defendants are variously charged in the complaint with criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, a B felony punishable by up to 9 years in prison; criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a class B felony punishable by up to nine years in prison; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a B felony punishable by up to 9 years in prison; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, an A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison; or criminal sale of marihuana in the fourth-degree, an A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

The investigation was conducted by New York City Police Department Detective Bryan Mullady of the Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North, under the supervision of Lieutenant William Buchanan.

NYPD Seeking 4 Suspects In Ruthless Hate Crime

The NYPD is looking for four suspects who punched and kicked a man while yelling anti-gay statements.

The 28-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

Police say it happened in Brooklyn around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The suspects also threw an acrylic glass board at the victim, striking him in the head.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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