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Discarded syringes on a Mott Haven street serve as a reminder of the epidemic at home. Photo: Kalah Siegel

An antidote in heavy demand

Health, heroin-2018, Police February 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

I was assigned to cover heroin use in Mott Haven. As a reporter I’m responsible for learning the ins and outs of the “beat,” the neighborhood and the people that call it home.

Photo: Kalah Siegel

Heroin takes a heavy toll locally

Health, heroin-2018, Police February 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm 0 comments

According to one officer, hand-to-hand business is vintage, and the “dead drop”—leaving money in one place and drugs in another separately, is the present—and the future.

Photo: Avery Miles

Vigil held for murder victim

Police January 18, 2018 at 9:56 pm 0 comments

A vigil was held on Thursday night, in memory of Shaquanna Button, the 36 year old woman who was shot in the face and killed Monday night outside a Mott Haven bodega.

Port Morris man gets 15 years for violent spree

Port Morris man gets 15 years for violent spree

Police December 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm 0 comments

A 25-year-old Port Morris man was sentenced in Bronx Criminal Court on Dec. 11, to spend 15 years behind bars for an October incident in which he shot and wounded three innocent bystanders in Kingsbridge, then stabbed an accomplice in St. Mary’s Park the following day to shut her up.Read More

Community organizes to reduce damage done by drug users

Community organizes to reduce damage done by drug users

Police November 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm 0 comments

Increased needle sightings are just one of the symptoms that surfaced this spring, after the 40th Precinct shut down The Hole—a notorious drug den out of sight from onlookers on E. 149th St. and St. Ann’s Ave.

Salim Wilson Photo: Kaitlin Sullivan

Suspect pleads not guilty in McKinley Houses murder

Police November 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm 0 comments

Salim Wilson, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the Aug. 29 fatal shooting of 24-year-old Julio Valesquez.

Photo: Trevor Boyer

Alleged murderer called victim’s mother ‘mom’

Police November 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm 0 comments

After their previous case was dropped last year, the victim and his alleged killer brought suits against two police officers, whom they accuse of having pressured witnesses into identifying them as the culprits, according to the New York Daily News.

Precinct prepares for annual Halloween party

Precinct prepares for annual Halloween party

Police October 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm 0 comments

It was business as usual last Wednesday as Crime Prevention Officer Reina Marrero walked past the 40th Precinct’s holding cells. One was occupied. But on Halloween, these cells will be filled with a crop of unearthly inmates.