Bronx News Roundup, July 16

Gregory Tsougranis, Bronx associate broker with Century 21 Metro Star believes the Bronx real estate market picking up (see second item in the “Closer” column. During his recent Bronx Trolley apartment hunt tour, he said he attracted more than 40 prospective buyers. Specifically, he said they were looking for one and two bedroom apartments starting at $145,000. The next tour is expected to be held on August 28. Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez writes about how the Bronx’s Columbus High School faced the possibility of being closed down after Schools Chancellor Joel Klein

Murder in Oval Park

A local man was shot dead on Thursday evening inside of Williamsbridge Oval Park, apparently after a dispute involving an iPhone.Police identified the victim as Diego Sinchi, a 28-year-old, Hispanic male, of 345 East 209th Street, which is just two blocks from the park. At about 10:30 p.m. last night, Sinchi was found shot multiple times in the torso. He was later pronounced dead on arrival at Montefiore Medical Center.Blood from the shooting was still visible on Friday morning as family members lit candles at a makeshift vigil just inside the north entrance to the park, where the murder occurred.Sinchi was allegedly involved in a dispute over an iPhone with an unidentified male just after dark last night. The apparent dispute, which became physical, ended in gunfire, according to Resso Santiago, a local resident who spoke to NYPD detectives that were investigating the murder earlier Friday morning.”My son has an iPhone,” said Santiago. “I don’t want him to get killed over his phone.

Dead Body Found in Harris Field

First, it was an excess amount of lead in the soil. Now, it’s dead bodies. (OK, technically, one body.)Yesterday, workers at Harris Field in Bedford Park discovered a man’s decomposing body. Parks Department officials, members of the NYPD’s mobile crime scene unit and officials from the Office of the City’s Medical Examiner were in the park, at Bedford Park Boulevard and Paul Avenue for most of the day on Thursday trying to figure out what happened. The park, located between Lehman College and the Bronx High School of Science, has been undergoing a rehabilitation project for at least the last year and-a-half, but the project stalled last fall after contaminants were found in the dirt.