Bronx News Roundup, July 2

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Bronx assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is defending her aide, Wilfredo Nazario, claiming that his arrest on charges of burglary, grand larceny, criminal impersonation, possession of stolen property and trespassing was “a big mistake.” The Daily News has the story.

Two wild deer were rescued from the parking lot of the River Plaza Target in Kingsbridge yesterday. At around 3 p.m., the deer were taken from the superstore to Animal Care & Control on 110th St. in Manhattan.

The Bronx Zoo's flock of endangered Waldrapp ibis have produced six chicks after listening to soundtracks of mating calls. The babies are the birds' first offspring in seven years.

The New York City Police Department is increasing its overnight patrols in parts of the Bronx in an effort to deter violence and respond to criminal acts faster. The Times has the details.

Bronx assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is proposing free bus transfer cards for riders of the Bx20 in Riverdale and the Bx34 in Woodlawn. The recent MTA service cuts have resulted in a 100% fare hike for riders in these areas, he says. Read more here.

The murderer of Mary Bea, whose body was found in garbage bags in several locations around the Bronx in 1990, was sentenced to 12 years in jail. Smail Tulja will serve his sentence in Montenegro, where he was arrested and charged.

After hosting a charity dinner last November for the Bronx River Arts Center, Natalie Jeremijenko and Mihir Desai are treating guests to a good meal, and a lesson on environmental health. The Scientist has the story.

Twelve Bronx assistant district attorneys will lose their jobs this month as a result of the New York City financial plan, which significantly reduces the office’s funding for the fiscal years of 2011 and 2012.

The Riverdale Press reports that personal information of Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy students littered West 236th Street yesterday after records that were set out for paper recycling got lose and were blown by a stiff breeze.

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