The 411 on 311 Complaints in Norwood

When it came to the more than 15,000 complaints logged to 311 in the Norwood section of the Bronx, tenants at 3525 Decatur Ave. had the most contact with the data-gathering system in 2017, with the bulk of complaints caused by noise. Those were some of the findings determined in an analysis by the Norwood News which reviewed 311 calls filed in Norwood last year. Some questions answered included how long it took a 311 complaint to close, the top 10 buildings with the most 311 complaints in Norwood, what days were most popular to open and close a 311 complaint, and


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Police: Bronx Thief Targeted Bedford Park Homes

A serial burglar has robbed up to $10,000 worth of jewelry and other items from two homes in and around Bedford Park over the last month. Police have identified a person of interest in the case. He was spotted on surveillance camera entering a home from an “unsecured entry” near East 201st Street and Perry Avenue around 7 a.m. on Jan. and took items before leaving. A day later, a victim came forward reporting that $5500 worth of jewelry had been taken. That same person of interest matching the description from the first incident broke into a home two blocks


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Bronx Teen Shot in Gang-Related Shooting at Oval Park

Police at the 52nd Precinct are “aggressively looking” for a video that may help them find a suspect involved in the shooting of a 16-year-old near Williamsbridge Oval Park the night of Jan. 24. The video may contain footage of the car from which shots were fired from and clothing the suspect was wearing. Inspector Peter Fiorillo told an audience at the latest 52nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Jan. 25 that officers had reason to believe the shooting was gang-related spawned by a turf war. Fiorillo said the gang known as the Crips was coming down to the Kingsbridge


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Five-Two Inspector Responds to Precinct Probe

Following pending investigations by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, 52nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo contested allegations that officers were using illegal methods to up their 2017 gun arrests at the precinct’s monthly council meeting Jan. 25. The investigation was first reported by the New York Daily News. Fiorillo described the article as “horrible,” affirming that officers at the precinct targeted specific individuals rather than running through the streets trying to confront people spontaneously. Peter Jones of the Legal Aid Society said in the Daily News article that the non-profit noticed patterns of complaints of officers falsifying consent and illegally


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A Kingsbridge Native Ascends to High NYPD Ranks

About 17 miles from Norwood, in Manhattan’s Battery Park, a familiar face in the neighborhood was awarded a gold star. For Nilda Hofmann, the former commanding officer of the 52nd Precinct who was formally promoted to Chief of Community Affairs on Jan. 18, the gold star symbolizes an expansion to familiar territory—managing the fraught bond between the NYPD and communities. Just how to keep that bond between communities and the Police Department stands at the heart of her objective. “You have to reach out to people that are not comfortable talking to the police,” Hofmann said at a news conference


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, covering the northwest section of the Bronx, is out with plenty of community news you can use. There are 16 pages filled with a lot of useful information intended to make your aware of where you live. We begin, of course, with page one. In one of the more hotly controversial stories of the year (we’re only the second edition of 2018) teachers and staffers of JHS/MS 80 came in the defense of its principal, Emmanuel Polanco. The five-year principal and the school are under investigation for covering up a fight


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Crime Drops in the 52nd Pct., But Now Embroiled in Scandal

The 52nd Precinct saw a double-digit drop in crime in 2017, following a citywide decrease in crime for a fourth consecutive year. But an investigation into how the number of gun arrests increased is under way. The Five-Two covers Norwood, Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge Heights and University Heights. Preliminary crime statistics publicly available show the precinct filed 1,789 crimes under the seven major crime categories tracked by the NYPD in 2017, as opposed to 2,096 in 2016. The seven major crimes include murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto. The numbers translate to a 14.65


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Staffers Defend JHS 80 Reputation Amid Controversy

Despite a New York Post exposé detailing a history of problems at JHS/MS 80, teachers have come to the defense of their principal, embroiled in controversy. The New York City Department of Education is now investigating the school, a pledge already made by the New York City Council. The teachers, five of whom declined to give names to the Norwood News, spoke highly of principal Emmanuel Polanco and his ability to turn the school around. Dayana Nuñez, a 14-year veteran of the school, praised Polanco’s administrative performance and the school’s performance. “They tell a little truth and expand it with a bunch of


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Suspect in Norwood Rape Arrested and Charged

Police have arrested a registered sex offender accused of raping a 64-year-old woman after following her across Norwood. Ugan Smith (below), 40, was arrested on Jan. 11, a day after police say he stalked the victim, following her to her apartment in the area of East Gun Hill Road and DeKalb Avenue at around 6:45 p.m. Smith, who lives in transitional housing managed by the Bronx Psychiatric Center, followed her all the way to her apartment, pushed her in it, and brutally raped her before saying, “I have a gun, and I am going to kill you and have sex


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