Bronx Super Accused of Raping Children

Bronx Super Accused of Raping Children

BRONX- The super of several Bronx buildings has been charged with raping children, prosecutors say. 

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been charged in two indictments with Predatory Sexual Assault Against A Child, second-degree Rape and other felony charges for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl in buildings where he served as a superintendent.

District Attorney Clark said, “This defendant allegedly preyed on a girl for nearly three years, starting in 2009 when she was five years old, in the basement of her building. He also allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl last year in another building. We will bring justice for the victims of these horrendous crimes. He could face up to life in prison if he is convicted of the most serious charge.”

District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Angel Martinez, 63, was charged in one indictment with Predatory Sexual Assault Against A Child, first-degree Course Of Sexual Conduct Against A Child, second-degree Course Of Sexual Conduct Against A Child, and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. In the second indictment, he is charged with second-degree Rape, second-degree Criminal Sexual Act, third-degree Rape, third-degree Criminal Sexual Act and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. He was arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas on February 13, 2018. Bail was continued and he is due back on May 22, 2018. He could face up to life in prison on the top count.

According to the investigation, between August 19, 2009 and July 10, 2012, in the laundry room area of the basement of 1800 University Avenue, the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse and other acts of sexual conduct with a girl beginning when she was five years old.

According to the investigation, on November 6, 2017, in 441 East 136th Street, the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse and other acts of sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl.

Anyone with information about other possible incidents is urged to call police at (212) 267-RAPE (7273).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Xhiljola Ruci of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, and the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

Gang Banger Gets 75 Years for Gunning Down Rival in Front of Daycare Center

Gang Banger Gets 75 Years for Gunning Down Rival in Front of Daycare Center 

BRONX- A brazen gang banger will spend the next 75 years in prison for gunning down a rival outside a Bronx daycare center.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RUBEN PIZZARO, a/k/a “Chulo,” was sentenced to 75 years in prison for murder, participating in a narcotics conspiracy, and firearms charges. 

PIZZARO was convicted on June 13, 2017, following a one-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods, who also imposed today’s sentence.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “In November of 2015, Ruben Pizzaro murdered a rival drug dealer in broad daylight close to a nearby daycare center. Pizzaro’s actions are another example of the wanton violence that often accompanies the sale of drugs. Ruben Pizzaro will now serve 75 years in federal prison for his brazen crimes.” 

According to the Complaint, the Indictment, other filings in Manhattan federal court, evidence at trial, and statements made in court proceedings:
Between August 2015 and January 2016, PIZZARO was a member of a street gang that sold cocaine and crack cocaine in the vicinity of 180th Street and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, New York.  

PIZZARO and his crew of drug dealers were in competition with a neighboring drug crew on Hughes Avenue in the Bronx.  That competition played out in several violent shootings in late 2015. For example, on at least three occasions in October and November 2015, PIZZARO and his drug crew fired at members of the Hughes Avenue drug crew. Individuals were shot during two of those three incidents, and the third occurred in the vicinity of a Bronx middle school. 
On November 24, 2015, PIZZARO shot and killed rival drug dealer David Rivera in broad daylight in front of a daycare center in the vicinity of 175th Street and Crotona Avenue in the Bronx.

In addition to the prison term, PIZZARO, 26, was sentenced to 4 years of supervised release.

Mr. Berman thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department for their work on the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn Crowley, Max Nicholas, and Robert Allen are in charge of the prosecution. 

Twin Trifecta For Jacobi

Twin Trifecta For Jacobi

HEALTH- Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx welcomed three sets of twins all born within 12 hours of each other on February 2nd 2018.

The following is information about the mothers and the babies featured in the photo from left to right.

Mother-  Agyeman Oppong,
·         Eliazar, Male, 5lbs 6 oz.
·         Elise, Female, 4lbs 5 oz.

Mother- Candelaria Balderas
·         Moises Rodrguez, Male,  5lbs 9oz.
·         Ariela Rodriguez, Male, 5lbs. 3 oz.

Mother- Binta Jadama,
·         Tanta Fatou, Female, 4lbs 11 oz.
·         Binta, Female, 5lbs 5 oz.

Cop Body Cams Capture Fatal Bronx Shooting


Cop Body Cams Capture Fatal Bronx Shooting

BRONX- The NYPD released the dramatic body cam footage which shows the fatal shooting of a man menacing with a knife in Belmont. The NYPD released the following statement:

Today the New York City Police Department released body camera footage captured by two police officers involved in a shooting on January 29, 2018. The officers responded at 7:40 p.m. to a 911 call of a male stabbed at 2131 Prospect Avenue, in the confines of the 48th Precinct. As the officers arrived at East 181st Street and Prospect Avenue, they were informed that a male armed with a knife was chasing another male in the street. The officers then encountered a male in the street who was armed with a combat-style knife. The officers confronted the male and repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife. The male turned towards the officers with the knife in his hand. The two officers discharged their firearms, striking the male. The male was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A combat-style knife was recovered at the scene. The male was later identified as Michael Hansford, 52, of 2131 Prospect Avenue, Bronx, NY.

The body camera video can be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the link below:



Child Neglect Charges for Leaving Child in Vermin, Feces Covered Apartment

BRONX- District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx couple has been indicted on Endangerment charges for leaving their child alone in their apartment which was infested by rodents and spattered with blood and feces.

District Attorney Clark said, “This was a deplorable situation; a 5-year-old boy and his three siblings were living in such squalor. The parents had a duty to protect their children from these dangerously unhealthy conditions.”

District Attorney Clark said the defendants, Charlotte Lewis, 48, and Wilfred Lewis, 59, both of 3054 Kingsbridge Avenue, were indicted on first and second-degree Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person and four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The defendants were arraigned today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas. Bail was continued at $15,000 and they are due back in court on May 31, 2018.

According to the investigation, on January 26, 2018, authorities were called to the family’s apartment where they found a neglected 5-year-old boy. The child was found with insects on his body and the apartment was infested with dead and live rodents and insects, and walls were stained with blood and feces.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Anthony J. Perrotto of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau and under the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

Polar Bears Take Freezing Dip for Cause

(Photos by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX- A crowd of 100 participants and supporters turned out for the 4th Annual Dip Against Homelessness, held Saturday, February 17 at Orchard Beach. 

Joined by members of the larger and more popular Brooklyn club, swimmers of all ages, ethnicity's and religions warmed up on the beach with some exercises, before taking the plunge into the chilly waters. 

With the air temperature hovering at the 32 degrees mark, the Bronx Polar Bears had been holding their "Valentine's Swim" for at least the last decade, but since getting BronxNet and BronxWorks as sponsors, the event now encourages members to donate winter clothes to those less fortunate.

Two Brothers Charged in School Bomb Plot



Two Brothers Charged in School Bomb Plot

By David Greene

BRONX- A day after a Florida teen went on a shooting rampage at a school and killing 17 students and teachers, a New York City teacher and his twin brother were arrested at their Pelham Parkway home-- after more than 30 pounds of bomb-making chemicals were discovered in a closet.

In the early morning hours of February 15, police and FBI agents stormed the home of Christian and Tyler Toro, both 27, at 2121 Matthews Avenue, where investigators discovered the chemicals, simulated weapons and a diary, containing the chilling title: "Operation Flash.”

The pair were quickly taken into custody and Matthews Avenue was shutdown to traffic the entire day as the chemicals were carefully removed from the 6-story building.

One resident of the building explained, "We knew they were from the FBI, they knocked on our door. But we didn't know about the bomb-sniffing dogs. It's crazy.”

During a 20-minute press conference at 1 Police Plaza later that night, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neil was joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Berman, FBI Assistant Director Bill Sweeney and NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.

O'Neil told reporters, "I think it's very important that we brief you this evening on the arrest of two individuals by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, on a number of federal charges relating to explosives.”

According to O'Neil, the investigation began with a December 4, 2017 bomb threat made to charter school in Upper Manhattan, for which a 15 year-old was apparently arrested. Members of the NYPD's Intelligence Division continued to investigate the incident.

O'Neil added that the break in the case came on January 10, when teacher Christian Toro "abruptly" quit his job at Democracy Prep High School and later returned the laptop with the incriminating evidence that led to a search warrant and the arrests.

"In the course of that search," O'Neil continued, "which was conducted beginning this morning and went on through much of the day, over 30 pounds of chemicals which taken together, in certain combinations constitute explosive precursor materials were recovered.”

Officials reportedly discovered 20 pounds of iron oxide and five pounds each of aluminum powder and potassium nitrate and an undetermined amount of gunpowder and fireworks.

"This case likely saved many, many lives," Mayor de Blasio stated, adding, "I also want to say that the staff at the school did something very important. There work was crucial here as well.”

The pair were charged in a 2-count federal indictment of explosive possession and also charged with giving explosives to minors, as the pair allegedly paid two teens to extract gunpowder from fireworks.

In briefly mentioning the diary, Miller read one chilling passage, "Under the full moon, the small ones will know terror.”

O'Neil concluded, "There is no reason to believe at this point that there is any remaining threat to New York City or any school.”

According to Berman, the pair were brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman, where the two pled not-guilty. A bail hearing for Christian will be held on February 21, and a preliminary hearing for the pair is scheduled for March 19.

The arrests comes two days after Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced in the September 17, 2016 detonation of a pressure-cooker bomb that injured more than two dozen people in Manhattan. Rahimi was given two life terms.   

ASRA Market Expands to Deli

ASRA Market Expands to Deli

By Rich Mancuso

FOOD- Every Bronx resident is aware about being on the move and looking for that quick way to fill the stomach. And in the Bronx there is always an establishment to get that fix in order to satisfy the taste buds whether it be a restaurant or diner on the corner.

There are also those corner stores that are accessible off a nearby street corner and many that are steps away from the bus stop or MTA subway station. The Bronx certainly does not lack that variety of choice from the Italian to Spanish dish or the deli sandwich.

Located on the corner of Westchester Avenue and Middletown Road there is a neighborhood store that has been  favorite to many over the last few years. Recently a team of owners expanded their mini supermarket into a deli that has quickly become a welcome addition to the area.

ASRA mini MART and Deli located at 2801 Middletown Road still has everything needed to fill the fridge and that variety of household items at a convenient price. Now the expansion of a deli has quickly become a popular and affordable addition for residents and to those who commute through the area.

There are specials on the board with the hot and cold sandwich of every variety.  Most popular is the ASRA mini MART and Deli version of a Philly Cheese steak that is stacked to the top. 

In addition specials on the board offer a variety of good choices with homemade daily soups that are made on the premises and at the counter, if requested, a healthy salad will do you good. 

And of course start the day with a quick breakfast sandwich of your choice.  

Catering is also available for that special occasion and at that reasonable price.

Contact the ASRA mini MART and Deli: (718) 239-9761 or stop in 2801 Middletown Road.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Food, Wine

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Food, Wine

DINING OUT- Amore! The coupling of food and wine with the sensual is the aphrodisiac of literature and verse through the ages. Pucker up! Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14th. Restaurants are gearing up to serve some of their most titillating specialties. Here are a few delectable dishes and dining venues for you and your loved one, and don’t forget to reserve early…

The Vivolo family of venerable La Riserva in Larchmont have completed a major renovation of the premises and it is stunning! ‘La famiglia’ Vivolo have been serving ‘the Italian classics’ here for over 38 years and the refreshing atmosphere and friendly ambiance keep it a treat. 

The dining rooms at La Riserva have been beautifully refurbished: resplendent with new white tiled bar, plush new dark wood floors, chairs and tabletops. The ceiling is now a lush red and the new brick walls are highlighted by vintage black and white photos depicting scenes from Vivolo’s hometown of Accadia-Foggia in Italy. Private party facilities. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Free parking. Closed Mondays. La Riserva, 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-834-5584 


Nutmeg Café opened on Main Street in Tuckahoe offering a variety artisanal baked goods, craft foods and beverages for eat-in and take-out. Proprietor and creative force behind Nutmeg is Cindy Bothwell. You may recognize Cindy from her years working Farmers Markets around the county in Bronxville, Irvington, Chappaqua and Scarsdale, selling her signature goods under the ‘What’s For Dessert?’ brand. The Café is warm and inviting. There is seating for up to 25, soft background music, exposed brick walls and display cases filled to the brim with the tempting daily larder. Bothwell calls her way of cooking and baking: “American home-style rustic” and insists on keeping up with the seasons. Delightful beverages include such exclusive artisanal makers as Joe’s Coffee out of Brooklyn. Fresh made soups and salads are available and posted daily on the blackboard. Enjoy delectable cheddar scallion scones; caramelized onion & gruyere crostada; and cauliflower, leek & Asiago quiche. Open daily; Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nutmeg Café, 64 Main Street, Tuckahoe. 914-779-1328 


Chef-owner Dean Vivolo of Trattoria Vivolo serves his robust regional Italian cuisine out of a vintage diner across from Harrison's Metro-North station. Sit at the counter, tuck into a booth, or take a table in the rear greenhouse and enjoy the surprising contemporary and traditional flavors emanating from his kitchen: tasty thin-crusted pizza; Crostino di Polenta, topped with wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and tomato sauce; Linguine with Clam Sauce; Lasagna Bolognese al Forno; and by special request, warm fresh Zabaglione with fresh fruit for dessert. Good wine list. Sparkling lights evenings. Open 7 days. Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-835-6199


Pull up to La Panetiere in Rye and enter the beautifully appointed dining rooms, proprietor Jacques Loupiac’s long-running bastion of French cuisine will create an unforgettable experience. The professional staff led by Cheryl Just and Stephane, the genial maître d’ and Chef Dean Lupiac will fill you with passion. Each course is artfully plated. The Dover Sole and Grand Marnier Souffle are wonderful. Fine wines, too. It’s the best way to visit Paris without leaving Westchester. La Panetiere is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch Monday evening thru Sunday. Private party facilities. Catering. Bar/lounge. Take out. Major credit cards. Ample parking. Reservations advised.  La Panetiere, 530 Milton Road, Rye. 914-967-8140 


There will be a vivacious Valentine’s menu. Jerry Tomic founded Westchester’s first restaurant devoted to Croatian cuisine and atmosphere. Talented Chef Antonio Selendic mans the kitchen and he will transport you to the beautiful Adriatic on the Dalmatian Coast in flavorful style. Join Tomic and veteran restaurateur and floor manager Nada Bernic, previously of The Terrace in Manhattan. Most everything is house made from the bread to desserts. Try the Warm Octopus Salad; Fresh Cod Filet with grapes, olives, pearl onions; Mama Tereza’s lobster, shrimp, scallops, fish, clams and mussels steamed in a seasonal broth over pasta; Grilled Rack of Lamb; or whole roasted fish prepared on the BBQ. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested. Private party facilities. Valet parking. Dubrovnik, 721 Main Street, New Rochelle. 914-637-3777


lorio Rugova, a veteran of the hospitality business, has assumed management of the landmark Olde Stone Mill Restaurant in Tuckahoe and he has been busy refining the menu. It will become known as Florio’s at the Olde Stone Mill. Florio previously managed La Fontanella in Pelham. Most recently, he was affiliated with Jordan Hall 10803, also in Pelham. Olde Stone Mill has evolved into an Italian/American kitchen with Continental overtones. The handsome bar/lounge is wood and stone. A passageway leads to the lovely 85-seat main dining room with airy picture windows, piano, warming hearth and beautiful table settings. The airy atrium room has become a popular gathering place, too.  Look for such new specialties as: Clams Casino, Pork Osso Bucco, and Vitello Oscar Portions are generous. There are private party accommodations. The Olde Stone Mill, 2 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe. Open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Free parking. Phone: 914-771-7661


The Fratelli Brothers: Cosimo and Gerardo, have combined their considerable talents in opening Le Sirene Ristorante on Palmer Ave. in Larchmont. They are veteran restaurateurs who also own such venerable dining rooms as San Pietro, Caravaggio and Sistina in Manhattan. They know how to cook with finesse the authentic Italian way: “Let natural food flavors express themselves,” is their culinary philosophy. Owner Cosimo Bruno is general manager and host, but also shares kitchen duties with Executive Chef Alberto Pepe. Let the warmth guide you into the pastel dining room. The bar/lounge is a good spot for cocktails and a snack. The Brunos know their wines. Cosimo is a Certified Sommelier. The ‘pizzaoli’ is at his wood fired pizza oven at the end of the bar ready to prepare over a dozen of his tasty individually styled pies. Have them prepare one with shaved truffles on top. Le Sirene is located at 1957 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. Phone: 914-834-8300

(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail:

Gentrifying vs Affordable Housing?

Gentrifying vs Affordable Housing?

Bikers Host Super Bowl Party for Vets

Bikers Host Super Bowl Party for Vets

BRONX- Volunteers and members of the Nam Knights Tri-boro chapter, held their 3rd annual Super Bowl Sunday visit to veterans at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital on West Kingsbridge Road on February 4. 

Members of Nam Knights, a nationally known motorcycle club based on Long Island, fed the entire hospital with 26 feet of donated chicken cutlet, 20 2-liter bottles of soda and 5 pounds each of potato and macaroni salad that was eaten before and during the big game in which the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. 

For more information on the Nam Knights, visit their website at:  

Closing Health Disparities in the Black Community

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