Mourners pack church, road for medic
Emergency medic Yadira Arroyo was beloved — by colleagues, by patients she transported to the hospital, by the store owner she spoke to on her way to work and by children who walked by her Bronx station house.
The 14-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department and mother of five sons, killed March 16 when she was hit by her own ambulance that had been stolen, was remembered Saturday by thousands of mourners who packed a Bronx church and poured into the streets.
Arroyo, 44, and her partner, Monique Williams, were responding to a call when they were flagged down by a pedestrian about a theft, authorities said. Arroyo got out of the vehicle, and a man darted into the driver’s seat and ran her down before crashing into parked cars.
Jose Gonzalez, 25, was charged with murder in Arroyo’s death.
Boy dies in fall from N.Y. roof: New York police said a boy was killed and another teen injured as they tried to hop along rooftops in Brooklyn and plunged about four stories to the ground. The boys were found behind a building in Bushwick about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Rame Pierre-Louis, 13, had severe trauma to his head and body. His 15-year-old friend had pelvic injuries but was expected to live. S.C. man gets 5 years for animal cruelty: A South Carolina man who wrapped tape around a dog’s muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison. Media outlets reported that William Dodson’s sentence Friday represented the state’s maximum for animal cruelty. “I wish I could give you more,” Judge Markley Dennis told the 43-year-old North Charleston man. The dog, Caitlyn, was found in critical condition.
Hawaii beach evacuated:
Honolulu police say a popular beach on Oahu was evacuated Saturday as officers and bomb squad officials responded to the discovery of a possible explosive, Hawaii News Now reported. The news service said hundreds were asked to leave Hanauma Bay beach after the item was found about 10:40 a.m. Police told the news service that the item was a canister that washed ashore.