Thursday, July 16, 2015
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK,JULY 16- Elizabeth Gill, President of the 47th Precinct Council, demanded action when crime was going way up last year in the 47th Precinct, and it seems that City Hall heard her.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton came to Cardinal Spellman High School to explain the new 'Summer All Out' police department program. It is a three-month program called 'Summer All Out' in the 10 highest crime police precincts. The mayor and police commissioner praised the new program that was started last month. Crime decreased in the 47th Precinct in Wakefield with shootings down 70 percent for the past month.
In the past the Mayor said that there was a chain of command that had to be gone through to change the deployment of police officers in a precinct. Now that red tape has been cut to allow for an almost instant redeployment of officers where they may be needed when problems pop up. The 47th Precinct has been assigned 26 additional officers for three months, and several other officers commonly refereed to as 'House Mouse Officers' have also been deployed into the streets of the precinct. In all there are 330 additional officers that have been sent to the 10 precincts in the 'Summer All Out' Program which began on June 8th. Other Bronx police precincts in this three month program are the 43rd, 44th, and 46th according to Bronx Assistant Chief Commanding Officer Larry Nikunen.
Deputy Inspector Stevenson of the 47th Pct. had only praise for his police officers, and he thanked 47th Pct. Council President Elizabeth Gill for her help in getting his command the much needed manpower to reduce the high crime rate.
Commissioner Bratton spoke of how the NYPD must keep coming up with new strategies to keep ahead of the bad guys. However when asked the question - that it looks like the first thing that the new street officers are doing is looking at car registration and inspection stickers when they arrive on their beat. I then said that to me it looks like these officers might have a ticket quota to fill.
Commissioner Bratton fired back to me, 'Well that's what it looks like to you', and then stepped away from the podium without any real answer. I asked one of the new officers the same question, and was told if the situation warrants a summons it will be given. 47th Pct. Commanding Officer Stevenson said 'No Comment' when I asked him the same question.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015
City Island News BX: Inmate charged with attacking social worker in Rik...: Inmate charged with attacking social worker in Rikers District Attorney Robert Johnson announced the indictment of 35-yea...
Posted by Bronx News at 12:16 PM
District Attorney Robert Johnson announced the indictment of 35-year-old Jonathan Hodgson in the brutal June attack on a Rikers Island medical worker.
Hodgson was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court before Justice Joseph Dawson and pled not guilty to: assault in the first degree (Class B Felony); assault in the second degree (3 counts) (Class D Felony); assault in the third degree (Class A Misdemeanor) and resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeanor).
Hodgson is being held at Rikers Island’s George R. Vierno Center on an underlying Manhattan indictment for attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree for a January, 2015 attack. On June 18th, he stepped into the office where 69-year-old mental health clinician Ralph Atlas was working.
Hodgson is accused of, without warning or provocation, pummeling the Corizon employee in the face and head, breaking the clinician’s jaw, fracturing his eye socket and nose, as well as causing other injuries for which the victim had to be hospitalized.
Bail was set at $10,000 following the D.A.’s request for $250,000; Hodgson is to return to court on September 1, 2015, Part 77, Hall of Justice, 265 E. 161st Street, Room 680. The defendant has asked to represent himself in Court.
If convicted of the charges, Hodgson faces up to 25 years behind bars. The case against Hodgson is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ara Ayvazian of the Bronx D.A. Intake Bureau. The charges in this indictment are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
City Island News BX: #CaughtonTape: Fast food fools steal ATM: #CaughtonTape: Fast food fools steal ATM By Dan Gesslein BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 2- Smile geniuses. A pair of criminal ma...
BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 2- Smile geniuses. A pair of criminal masterminds were caught on tape stealing an ATM machine from a fast food restaurant.
At around 10:20 a.m. on June 30, two crooks broke into the Checkers Restaurant off the Grand Concourse. The restaurant's surveillance cameras recorded the masterminds as they rocked the ATM off its attachment to the floor. They then dragged it onto a waiting hand truck and wheeled it out the door.
The masters of disguise thought wearing a bucket cap and baseball cap would hide their identity. However, the crooks' faces can clearly be seen on the video.
Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS.
All calls are strictly confidential.
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