Daily News from New York, New York on March 19, 1993 · 6
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6 O 1)T(DD0II ODD By SON1A REYES Dcitf Sew ScaA "er A 16-year-old Bronx youth was charged yesterday in the killing of his teenage friend after the two argued over the sale of a pit bull dog. police said. The victim, described as a latchkey child, was found dead by his mother in the family apartment Wednesday Rivas. 14. was left that day. as usual, to care for his 3-year-old sister. Janine. after his mother left for work at dawn. Neighbors said Andy was devoted to his sister and did not seem to mind the responsibility of getting her ready for the day. On Wednesday morning, he dressed himself and Janine and took her to their grandmother's apartment in the same building on Davidson Ave. in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx so she could baby-sit the girl. But w hen he armed, he realized he'd left Janine s bottle home and returned to get it That was the last time Evarrista Casquete saw her grandson alive-Andy's mother. Ilerminia Rodriguez. 38. rushed home to her sixth-floor apartment about 3 p.m. when her phone calls during the day went un By KAJtCM HUWTER-HOPCE just as Amy Fisher was starting to fade. Long Island produced a new sex-and intrigue scandal yesterday. A Hofstra University coed was busted" on prostitution charges for allegedly running an escort service that cops Wy XVUWW MOU.OT NBC local news management announced major belt-tightening moves yesterday to its embattled staff. The announcement came in the wake of a staff sickout Wednesday in protest over what several staffers have called an increase of "sleaze, sex and hype"' in Channel 4 answered. Andy had the only key to the apartment, and when he didn't answer the door Rodriguez desperately went to neighbors, asking if he was staying with someone. About 6 p.m. she entered the apartment through a fire escape. She found her son's body lying in a pool of blood with a hole the size of a quarter in the back of bis head. "Andy. Andy, tell me you're alive! Hijo. hijo, (my son, my son), don't go. I need you. Janine needs you," she screamed in Spanish as neighbor Daisy Delvas. fearing the woman would faint, grabbed her. Delvas. 32, described the eerie scene: Andy's fully clothed body was bent forward at the knees in a pool of blood, his school knapsack still over his black ski coat Blow to the head Police said Andy was killed by a blow to his head. There was no sign of forced entry to the apartment. Last night Jesus Cortez. 16. w ho lived in the same building, confessed to the slaying, said LL John Browne, commanding officer of Bronx detectives. Police said Cortez bought Andy's pit bull. Buster, for S100 but never paid him. They quarreled Sunday said: Tried to recruit other Hofstra coeds. Offered unlimited escort service for three months for a flat $10,000 fee. Offered an a la carte menu listing particular sex acts and their prices in a flyer that the suspected coed newscasts. Among the moves planned will be increased use of one-man camera crews, station sources said last night. Bill Bolster, Channel 4 president and general manager, and Bruno Cohen, station news director, have been trying to increase ratings and revenues while maintaining news integrity. The two made the an DAILY NEWS mMr- ''j !,. i . f '4 . VS V, X t StSTEK of siay victim Andy Rrvas and again apparently before the killing Wednesday. Andy, a seventh-grader at Public School 118, was popular and welHiked. He wanted to be an engineer. His passions were hamsters, hip-hop and TV. "He'd told his mother that he wanted to help her so she wouldn't have to struggle so madam allegedly was passing out at an Oeeanside, L.I., diner two weeks ago. The flyers were complete with nine different plans for various acts, which included oral sex (Plan B: $200), vaginal intercourse (Plan D: price range $500 to $1,000) and Plan I, "Create Your nouncement in a meeting they called to discuss their displeasure with an article in yesterday's Daily News that detailed a protest over staff and Cohen read a letter from NBC president Robert Wright, who expressed regret at the article. Cohen declined . to comment last night. hofcte hts photo. Rrvas had helped care hard working," said Cas- quete. Ramon Umpierre, 16. a friend in the building, said it hurt Andy to sell Buster but that he complied with his mother's wishes that he do so. Andy, who was born in the U.S., will be flown to his family's native Ecuador for buri- Own Living Fantasy," $100-$10,000. Renata Sogomonyan, 23, of Oeeanside, also offered to pay a $250 commission to anyone who could recruit other workers for her escort service. Escort Unlimited Inc., said Sgl Darius Perry of the Nassau County police vice squad. She was arrested by the vice cops at her Oeeanside home yesterday morning. 'Such a quiet' nabe Neighbors of hers expressed shock. "I've seen her come and go, said a neighbor who did not wish to be identified "Who would have thought she was doing those things? This is such a quiet neighborhood." Sogomonyan was to be arraigned on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution. .';! !l i! - Friday, March 19, 1993 1 -erm 5 for 3 year-old Janine. al. Janine was not told Andy died. But the bond between brother and sister was so strong that somehow the toddler knew. "She asked for Andy." said Casquete. "And we didn't know what to say. Then she says to us. 'Andy, se murio' (Andy is dead)." Dili lands cut iopaHengfmes Mayor Dinkins yesterday praised the state Legislature for giving a break to New Yorkers who pay parking tickets just a little bit late. The Legislature on Wednesday repealed a section of a 1991 law that would have doubled parking fines if they weren't paid within eight days. While the fees would have raised about $25 million for the city, Dinkins had lobbied for the measure's repeal. "We believed it would be onerous for the average motorist who normally pays parking tickets on time," Dinkins said. The law would have meant that a $45 fine would jump to $90 if the ticket wasn't paid within eight days. The penalty would have jumped again after 30 days and 75 days. Joel Benenson

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