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April 2011 Archives

Bronx Fire Kills 12-year-old Boy And His Parents

Fire officials reported a 12-year-old boy and his family were killed after a two-alarm fire spread across the second floor of a three-story row house in Belmont in the Bronx, reported the New York Times. However, the parents, a 40-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, left two younger children who were able to escape the fire while only suffering minor injuries.

The man's brother fled the apartment with the two younger kids, said 49-year-old Delsa Martinez, who also lived on the second floor. Officials said they were able to control the fire within an hour, although four people were left with minor injuries, such as pulled muscles, while four firefighters received treatment for inhaling some of the smoke.

Michael Warren Sues Hartwick College For Hazing

Brooklyn student Michael Warren has filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against Hartwick College, located in upstate New York, after suffering from a traumatic hazing by the Alpha Delta Omega fraternity.

The New York Daily News reported Warren, who was a 19-year-old freshman at the time, claimed he was spanked and trapped in a bathroom filled with blinding lights and deafening music as part of the hazing process. During a 2010 fraternity ritual, he said he was also forced to dress like a pimp and was struck in the rear with wooden paddles.

Car Accident In Bronx Kills Carmen Ahmed And Injures 6 Others

Police officials reported a livery cab driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a storefront in the Bronx, killing 61-year-old Carmen Ahmed and injuring six other victims, according to the New York Daily News.

Witnesses said Ahmed walked out of the Cee & Cee Department Store when the driver struck her after attempting to make a left turn on the intersection of Fordham Road and Bainbridge Avenue. Ahmed was trapped under cab after the car accident, but emergency workers were able to get her out when they arrived at the scene.

Danroy Henry's Family Will File Wrongful Death Suit Against Cop

The family of Pace University football player Danroy Henry, 20, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Pleasantville cop Aaron Hess and The Village of Pleasantville, holding them accountable for Henry's death in October. The New York Daily News reported Hess allegedly shot and killed Henry after a bar fight that ruptured in the Westchester town.

"The pain of losing our son so suddenly is insatiable and not only has his absence changed us forever, but his suffering will always haunt us as well," stated the family. The suit, which will be filed in Federal Court in White Plains, apparently follows Hess' recognition as Officer of the Year by his union.

Three Teens Injured After Nearly Fatal Car Accident In Bronx

Three Bronx teens that had reportedly gone out for a night of making graffiti ended up suffering critical injuries after their minivan spun out of control and crashed into a barricade, according to the New York Daily News.

"It all happened so fast," said 17-year-old Gerald Pagan, who survived the car accident. "We didn't know what happened." Shaadieq Hicks, 16, was also a passenger in the vehicle.

Authorities identified Alex Seeraj, 16, as the driver of the van and said the teen was reportedly speeding on Bruckner Blvd. when he tried to make a left turn onto Brush Ave. and lost control of the vehicle. The van then skidded onto the grass divider and struck a metal sign before slamming into a concrete wall.

Manhattan Subway Riders More Likely To Get Trapped In Elevator

Subway riders in Northern Manhattan may want to be extra cautious when taking the elevator at any station, given that a number of uptown locals have been trapped 35 times in a subway elevator over the last three months of 2010 alone.

The New York Daily News reported that the number of elevator entrapments in Manhattan is significantly greater than those recorded in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. MTA documents showed that the highest number of entrapments in the uptown area have happened at the No.1 line stations in Washington Heights, which include:

State Politicians Seek Safety Review Of Queensboro Bridge

A group of politicians have called for a thorough safety evaluation of all the Queensboro Bridge off-ramps after a brutal car crash occurred on the Queens side of the connector.

The New York Daily News reported state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer came and supported state Senator Michael Gianaris during a rally under the bridge, asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to act soon before another fatal car wreck happens.

"Queens motorists, residents and small-business owners should not have to endure errant, projectile vehicles being launched at them on a weekly basis due to the dangerous design of an off-ramp," contended Gianaris.

NTSB Reports 3 Southwest Planes Have Cracks On Surface

Many New York locals may have heard that federal investigators found small, subsurface cracks in three other Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 planes following an emergency landing that occurred in Arizona after a hole ruptured in the roof of a Southwest jet last week.

No passengers had suffered any serious injuries, but the plane itself had a huge tear that triggered concerns of safety for the Southwest's other aircrafts.

The airline assured the public it would assess and repair the cracks found on two of its planes before they are put back in service, according to the Associated Press. Southwest had 19 other Boeing 737-300 planes inspected, none of which had problems and will be sent back to service, and another 60 jets will be placed under evaluation.

Charles Kavanagh Files Defamation Suit Against Sexual Abuse Accuser

Charles Kavanagh, 73, was once a high-ranking cleric in New York until he was dismissed from the clergy after former seminarian Daniel Donohue, now 46, accused Kavanagh of molesting him between 1978 and 1982 while he was a student at Manhattan's Cathedral Preparatory Seminary.

According to the New York Post, Kavanagh was defrocked by a church tribunal in 2006 for the sexual abuse scandal but has recently decided to file a defamation lawsuit against Donohue in federal court in Manhattan. The former priest claims Donohue consistently lied to reporters in an effort to get a "monetary settlement from the New York Archdiocese."