Joe Torres, Eyewitness News

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New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Joe:

Mayor Adams gets look at sample of 2,700 weapons confiscated inside Rikers Island

New York City Mayor Eric Adams got a first-hand, up-close look Wednesday afternoon, at just a few of the roughly 2,700 shivs, shanks and contraband recovered from Rikers Island since the end of February. → Read More

Puerto Rican Pride: Fernando 'Ponce' Laspina bonds community with boxing gym

Fernando Laspina opened El Maestro Boxing Gym as a way to bring his community together and keep young people away form gang violence → Read More

Security officer saves choking 10-year-old student by performing Heimlich maneuver

"I wouldn't be here if it weren't for him," 10-year-old Ariana said of her new guardian angel. → Read More

Security officer saves choking student at Orange County elementary school

A security officer in Orange County is being hailed as a hero after helping a young girl who was choking. → Read More

Alarming increase in transit crimes despite new initiative underground

Stabbings, robberies, assaults and more -- newly released police statistics reveal an alarming increase in transit crimes in the past week. → Read More

Long Island's Paws of War saves 3 dogs set to be euthanized after military cuts

Several dogs that were brought to New York from the Middle East have a bright new outlook on life, thanks to a group called Paws of War. → Read More

Owner, nephew's wife indicted for setting New York restaurant ablaze in 2017

Newburgh restaurant owner, Zef Gjurashaj and his niece Marina Gjurashaj, were arrested and indicted for setting their restaurant on fire in 2017. → Read More

Coronavirus Update NYC: At-home COVID test kits in demand as Thanksgiving approaches

With Thanksgiving just days away, at-home COVID test kits are in high demand as families look for extra reassurance for holiday gatherings. → Read More

Bronx housing residents coping with loss after fire have homes burglarized

One community in the Bronx struggling to cope with the loss of loved ones days after a fire had their homes burglarized while the building was closed off for FDNY investigations. → Read More

6-year-old boy from Ecuador to receive new prosthetic arm thanks to social worker

The prayers of a mother and son from Ecuador are being answered by the kindness of others and a life-changing surgery. → Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month: The NYPD's elite Aviation Unit

As part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're profiling the commander and the chief pilot of the NYPD's elite Aviation Unit. → Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month: Bronx Community College offering immersive 5-day-a-week ESL program

Bronx Community College offers a unique English as a Second Language program called CLIP, CUNY Language Immersion Program. It's an immersive, five-day-a-week college-prep approach that differs from other ESL programs. → Read More

Missing 17th century masterpiece discovered in Westchester County church

MYSTERY SOLVED: A lost painting that is believed to date back to the 17th century was found in a New York church and now will be on display for all to see. → Read More

Retired FDNY fire marshal who ID'd 9/11 victims grateful for every day

There is no shortage of 9/11 survivor stories, but retired FDNY Fire Marshal Conrad Tinney's might be in a league of its own. → Read More

Parents say kids who avoided Bronx gunman's bullets still bruised, traumatized

The parents of two children who ducked for cover as a gunman opened fire inches away say their kids are covered in bruises and traumatized after what happened last week. → Read More

Westchester County bridge renamed for servicemember killed in Afghanistan

A bridge in Westchester county was renamed for Det. Joseph Lemm who was killed serving in Afghanistan. → Read More

Woman abandons 7-month-old baby inside Brooklyn store

Nbel Elcede still can't believe what he saw and what his security cameras captured Friday night inside his Myrtle Avenue mini-market in Bushwick. → Read More

Man with bat causes $15K in damage at Tuckahoe police station

A neighboring town loaned two of its police cruises to Tuckahoe so service and protection for the village could continue after the disturbing act of vandalism. → Read More

'Taxilandia' experiential theater confronts gentrification in Bushwick

Several times a day, former cab driver Modesto 'Flako' Jimenez welcomes guests into his tricked-out 2004 Lincoln Town Car for a ride-along show called 'Taxilandia.' → Read More

5 injured, including firefighter, in Bronx apartment fire

The fire broke out shortly after noon inside the trash compactor of the NYCHA apartment building on east 138th Street. → Read More