Teen in hospital after stabbing on Paulison Ave.

18 12 2007

PASSAIC — A 17-year-old boy was reported in “life-threatening” condition Monday night after receiving a lung-piercing stab wound from a group of bandana-wearing thugs, police said.

Police had no immediate suspects and were exploring the possibility that a street gang was behind the attack, said Capt. Ross Capuana of the Passaic Police Department.

At about 3:45 p.m., the teenage victim was walking with a friend along Paulison Avenue near School 11 when they were attacked.

About 15 young men, believed to be between the ages of 16 and 21, assaulted them, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers covered their faces with bandanas and scarves and tried to rob the two young males of their coats. They ended up roughing them up instead, police said.

The 17-year-old, who Capuana said might be a Passaic High School student and did not appear to have a troubled history, fell to the ground as his attackers scattered. It could not be confirmed if he attended Passaic High School.

But the juvenile did not realize he had been seriously stabbed until he tried to take off his coat and found it torn and soaked in blood, Capuana said. The friend was not seriously injured in the attack, he said.

The teenager was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and later transferred to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he was to undergo surgery Monday night, Capuana said.

Capuana said that while the 17-year-old was conscious, alert and able to speak, doctors considered his condition “life-threatening” until he emerged from surgery. His condition was not known Monday night.





Clifton Police Officer Was Injured When Route 19 Turns Into A Car Skating Rank

16 12 2007

Clifton New Jersey- – Clifton Police got several reports at about 6:45 Pm of several cars spinning out of control near the Broad Street exit on Rt 19. The Clifton officers got on scene and advised their dispatcher that they should call the State to come salt the Highway due to the Highway being like an Ice Skating Rank. Moments after the officer advised the dispatcher of the condition of the Highway another passenger car skid right in to one of the Police cruisers. The police officers car was pushed about 30 feet forward all-though their was very little damage to the vehicles. The Officer was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Passaic by Clifton Fire Dept E.M.S. No one else was reported to have any injuries. The Route 19 Highway was closed down by the Passaic County Sherrifs Dept. untill the salt trucks come to salt the Highway and is safe.P.C.J.N was the first to report this story.





Not very smart but true

14 12 2007

 Tonight at 500 Broadway their was a report of fire at a Delta Gas station on the corner of Broadway and Brook. The call came over as a gas fire coming out of the ground from the gas lines. It turns out yes their was a fire on top of the snow multiple Police And Fire Trucks pulled up. The Chief who was first on scene after Police,went over to the fire and realize it was a Fire on top of the snow .The Fire Dept Quickly hosed it out and the fire was put out. After a small investigation they found out that the Gas attendant took Gasoline and poured it on the snow to melt the snow. Which is extremely dangerous. Well now the Gas Station has to deal with the arson Squad as well as several other agencies and fines.





NYC Subway Attack Possible Hate Crime

12 12 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of people exchanging holiday greetings on a subway last week hurled anti-Semitic slurs and beat four Jewish riders who had wished them “Happy Hanukkah,” authorities said Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office was investigating the Friday night incident as a possible hate crime.

The four Jewish riders were on a train in lower Manhattan during the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights when they were approached by a group of 10 people who offered holiday greetings.

When they wished the group “Happy Hanukkah,” they were assaulted, police said. Police caught up with the train one stop later in Brooklyn and arrested eight men and two women, ages 19 and 20.

The four Jewish riders had bruises and welts on their faces and heads, police said.

The group of ten people was arraigned Saturday on several charges, including third-degree assault and menacing and second-degree riot and harassment. They pleaded not guilty.

One of the men charged, Joseph Jirovec, 19, pleaded guilty last year to attempted robbery as a hate crime and was awaiting sentencing, prosecutors said.

Jirovec, who is white, was part of a group that yelled racial epithets and assaulted two black teenagers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

Jirovec’s lawyer, Peter Mollo, said Tuesday it was very unlikely his client would attack another person because he or she was Jewish.

“His mother was Jewish,” he said. “It’s very unlikely he would do something like this at all.”





Passaic-Man Arrested in Connection with Paramus Park Mall Stabbing

11 12 2007

PARAMUS, N.J. – There was horror for stunned holiday shoppers at the Paramus Park mall.

Police said a bleeding 18-year-old staggered in with a knife in his neck and collapsed Monday night.

Deputy Police Chief Richard Cary said police believe the man was stabbed outside the mall’s main western entrance.
A man suspected in the stabbing was arrested around 1:15 a.m. in Passaic, Cary said. He did not release other details.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Cary said he was out of surgery Tuesday morning and was expected to survive





Report: Cops on stakeout stymied by a parking ticket

10 12 2007

Bayonne detectives conducting surveillance in an unmarked car were about to spring on their target, cops said, when they were stopped by one pesky little problem: They got a parking ticket.

According to police, parking enforcement officer Susan Wojtkowski issued a summons Friday to detectives in an unmarked car in the midtown area for failing to feed the meter – even after they showed their badges and told her they were on the job.

Cops were staking out the target of a narcotics investigation and began arguing with Wojtkowski after she insisted on giving them a ticket, police said.

While they were arguing, Wojtkowski stood in front of the car and the person they were staking out got away, reports said.

Wojtkowski, 38, of Avenue A, was charged with obstructing a governmental function, police said, and was released on her own recognizance. Nj.com





Reyes, who based on the preliminary investigation was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene

10 12 2007

CLIFTON — Police have identified the man killed in a head-on collision on Route 46 early Sunday morning as a 19-year-old Passaic resident.

Carlos Reyes of Passaic was in the front passenger seat of a black Acura traveling westbound on Route 46 a little after 4 a.m. Sunday, when the car collided with a beige Nissan Altima that was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane, Lt. John Link of the Clifton Police Department said Monday.

Reyes, who based on the preliminary investigation was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene, Link said.

It is unclear why the driver of the Nissan Altima, whom police identify as Leighton Alarcon, 21, of Prospect Park, was traveling in the wrong direction, Link said.

Alarcon, who was also not wearing a seat belt, and the driver of the Acura in which Reyes was a passenger, Lenyn Munoz-Paredes, 24, were both taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson with major head injuries. Munoz-Paredes was wearing a seat belt, Link said.

“We are still investigating aspects such as the cause, where they were going, where they were coming from,” Link said.





Clifton New Jersey Another life is taken on Rt-21

9 12 2007

Clifton New Jersey There was a fatal accident this morning at about 4:05 am on Rt-21 South by Rt-46 and Rt-20 when a car was driving down Rt-21 a 3 lane 55 mph highway the wrong way and hit a oncoming car at high speeds. The crash had 2 people in 1 car and 1 in the other the accident took the life of 1 left 1 in likely to expire condition 1 in critical condition. At the time of the accident Clifton F.D. had no Ambulances available so they sent 4 fire trucks all of Clifton’s Fire Fighter’s are E.M.T. Garfield E.M.S. Passaic E.M.S. Nutley E.M.S and Hatzolah E.M.S. all were on scene 2 Pt were xported to Saint Joes Trauma Center in Paterson with Paramedics aboard. The Highway is expected to be closed for most of the day for the investigation.

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Passaic cops defend use of force

7 12 2007

PASSAIC – The Passaic County prosecutor said the police shooting of an unarmed city woman “appears to be justified” after she used her car to ram police vehicles and strike an officer during a low-speed chase.

Michele M. Moleti, 34, who was hit by six of the estimated 20 bullets that police fired into her mother’s 1999 Nissan Altima, remained under armed guard Thursday at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Her condition was listed as “guarded,” less dire than “serious,” police said.

It was unclear Thursday precisely why Moleti, a former Clifton High School softball star who has had recent run-ins with the law, led police on a slow pursuit through Clifton and into Passaic. That pursuit ended in what was the third shooting involving Clifton police this year.

Residents of the neighborhood near Clifton’s Weasel Brook Park said that they had noticed an unfamiliar car parked in front a fire hydrant on Clinton Avenue as early as 4 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after 9:20 p.m., Clifton police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of 204 Clinton Ave.

Two patrol cars approached and boxed in the car with Moleti in it. Officers got out and saw Moleti asleep at the wheel, said Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano in a news conference Thursday. The officers attempted to wake her. When she did not respond, they tried opening her door with a Slim Jim, a police-issued lock-picking device.

Moleti stirred and locked the door. The officers tried to unlock the door again, but Moleti pushed the button down again.

At some point, she started her car and tried to pull out, smacking the patrol cars behind and in front of her. Police said one of the officers was hit as she was trying to get out. Neighbors on Clinton Avenue said they watched Moleti barely miss hitting an officer as she struck the car and tried to drive off.

The police jumped in their cruisers and started to follow her. One pulled in front of Moleti after she turned on Westervelt Avenue, but she kept driving. They proceeded to make two circuits around a wedge-shaped block bounded by Clinton, Westervelt and De Mott avenues.

“It was like Keystone Kops,” said Michael David, a 64-year-old resident, who ran outside after hearing the commotion on his quiet street.

Meanwhile, neighbors said, a firetruck and an off-duty probation officer living on Clinton Avenue joined the chase. They sped after Moleti after she took off on De Mott Avenue.

The chase continued through local roads and then onto the southbound lanes of Route 21, Avigliano said. Moleti exited in Passaic, where a pair of Clifton narcotics detectives stationed themselves to join the pursuit. The officers notified Passaic police and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, who left the pursuit in Clifton’s hands, Clifton police Capt. Robert Rowan said.

Police used their vehicles to box Moleti in at the intersection of Gregory and Main avenues.

The officers stepped out of their cars and approached Moleti. But she allegedly rammed one of the vehicles and hit one of the narcotics detectives. The officers drew their service weapons and fired into the car. Avigliano said as many as 20 shots were fired at Moleti.

Six bullets pierced her neck, chest and arm. But she did not stop. Police followed her as she drove away. She drove to Lafayette Avenue, turned into a driveway and came to a stop. Police wrestled her out of the vehicle.

Twenty minutes after it started, the chase ended about one block away from the apartment on Boulevard that Moleti shares with her mother.

“I’m just as baffled as everybody else right now that this happened, and I haven’t gotten any answers from the police yet,” her mother, Rose Moleti, told WABC-TV in New York.

Avigliano, whose office is leading the investigation of the shooting, would not release the names of the four Clifton police officers involved. They remain on duty, said Chief Robert Ferreri. Detective Capt. Robert Rowan said all four men are veterans of the force. Two of the officers were treated and released from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center on Wednesday night, one for a hand injury and one for a leg injury, authorities said.

Avigliano would not comment when asked if Moleti was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the pursuit.

He said at minimum, she’ll be charged with eluding police, attempt to commit aggravated assault or homicide and resisting arrest.

“Police cannot use deadly force unless their life is in danger,” Avigliano said.

The prosecutor said his shooting unit will investigate to determine whether police acted justifiably. In June, Clifton police shot Garfield resident John Kubasta six times after he drove away from a traffic stop and led police on a chase. In April, police shot Aleksander Malek after he wielded a machete and a pipe. Both men survived the shootings.

Terence Persaud, an emergency medical technician who lives at the Lafayette Avenue home where Moleti stopped, said he awoke to find his yard full of uniformed and plainclothes police officers. He saw Moleti on the ground, her hair shaking wildly as police circled her.

“She was yelling and screaming with the cops,” said Persaud, 40. “They were trying to calm her down.”

His neighbors described hearing the pops of gunfire shortly before Moleti’s car and the police behind her descended on the avenue. On Thursday afternoon, evidence of the struggle remained, with shattered glass lying in Persaud’s driveway. Surgeon’s gloves and a dozen alcohol packets littered Lafayette Avenue.

Jeffrey Meano, who said he and Moleti dated for seven years, said family tragedies have haunted her. Her father, Ronald, died during her junior year of high school. Her brother, Mark, died last year at age 35. Illnesses took other family members and her own dreams of becoming a teacher were frequently frustrated.

“She wasn’t a dangerous person. She was a person who was depressed,” Meano said. “Every time she turned around, she was getting hit.”

Moleti was once a standout high school softball player. Meano said she went to Rutgers on an athletic scholarship before transferring to Montclair State. Recently, she found herself in trouble with police, getting arrested three times in a year and a half.

Edgewater police arrested her in June 2006 on charges of cocaine possession. In December of last year, Cliffside Park police charged her with theft after she was allegedly caught on surveillance video stealing $280 in cash from The Club House Cafe, where she worked as a bartender, Capt. Michael Russo said.

Earlier this year, Nutley police arrested her for making a terroristic threat, a charge that was later downgraded to harassment, said Paul Loriquet, spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

All three cases are pending.

“She was no crazy person, no convict,” Meano said. “Just a normal kid who has had some bad turns and was in a cloudy place.”

–Staff writers Heather Haddon, Suzanne Travers and the Associated Press, NorthJersey.com





Passaic N.J. Car accident

6 12 2007

Their was a car accident at about 6:20 Pm tonight on the corner of Main Ave and Brook Hatzolah, Police and Fire  all on scene.Air bags had deployed but no major injuries reported.





Major Fire in Downtown Passaic

6 12 2007

 Passaic New Jersey A serious fire a 3rd alarm fire at 150 Passaic street in the downtown section of Passaic . Passaic P.D.Passaic County Sheriff.Passaic E.M.S. Paterson E.M.S. Hatzolah Passaic E.M.S. Passaic,Clifton,Paterson.Wallington.Carlstadt,Little Falls Fire Dept all on scene several people were taken out of the building and transported for smoke inhalation to Saint Mary’s .Fire started at about 6:30 fire burnt for around 3 hours un
till the Fire fighters were able to knock it down. Passaic Police Arson Squad is on the scene doing there investigation.There are about 50 people homeless some were being brought to the Howard Johnson on route 3 for the night.





Woman shot in Passaic after police chase by Clifton Police

6 12 2007

PASSAIC-Clifton police shot an unidentified woman last night in Passaic after she led them on a chase and tried to run down officers, authorities said.

Details were sketchy, but the woman was shot on Lafayette Avenue in the city of Passaic at about 9:30 p.m., according to Lt. Paul Haertel of the Clifton police. He said police do not know the woman’s name, age or address.

The woman was alert and conscious when she was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, the lieutenant said. Her condition was not immediately known.

The incident began in the 200 block of Clinton Avenue when Clifton police officers approached the woman, who appeared to be crying and slumped over the wheel of a car, the lieutenant said. But the woman sped off.

Officers gave chase, and the pursuit ended in Passaic when, Haertel said, the woman tried to run over several officers and police fired upon her.

It was not immediately clear which officers were involved or how many shots were fired.

The woman did not fire, and the car she was in was not stolen, the lieutenant said. Nj.com





Counterfeit goods seized, police say

4 12 2007

BY JEFFERY C. MAYS Star-Ledger Staff 

Newark code enforcement and vice squads yesterday seized the largest cache of counterfeit goods since the formation of a special task force when they closed a store on Broad Street they said held nearly half a million dollars’ worth of illegal jeans, sneakers and compact discs.

The store, Fit Fine, at 893 Broad St., was selling counterfeit NFL jerseys, The North Face coats, Coogi jeans and fur coats, officials said. Although the gear looked real, it was being sold at steep discounts, said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ronald Salahuddin. Police also uncovered $16,000 in cash and an illegal barbershop where a bootleg CD operation was under way.

“This is the biggest bust in one spot. This is so much stuff it’s like a warehouse,” said Salahuddin. “This is right across the street from City Hall and they were defrauding the public while hundreds of thou sands of dollars in merchandise was going untaxed.”

Owner Ali Muhammad of Jersey City was arrested and charged with selling counterfeit goods, said Sala huddin. Bail had not been set as of last evening.

Salahuddin said the owner told him that he only started counterfeit merchandise six months ago because his store was doing poorly. The store has been open since 1994.

The bust was more significant than others because — unlike street vendors who sell counterfeit gear — customers may have thought the merchandise was real, Salahuddin said.

The task force was formed last year with the intention of addressing quality-of-life issues that often lead to other types of crime, city officials say. Composed of health, license, and fire inspectors, the vice squad and code enforcement, the task force has set a goal of inspecting all of the businesses in the city. Unlicensed stores, filthy restau rants and stores that sell bootleg merchandise not only endanger public health but also lead to a sense of lawlessness, they say.

The operation was uncovered during a regular check of stores done by Salahuddin’s task force. An officer from the vice squad allegedly purchased a pair of sneakers that looked real but were discovered to be fake.

“People walk in and see stacks and stacks of jeans and think they are buying something legitimate,” said Salahuddin. “They’ve got the tags on it and everything but they are being defrauded.”





Passaic man injured by falling tree

4 12 2007

By DENISA R. SUPERVILLE and MEREDITH MANDELL
HERALD NEWS

PASSAIC — A rabbi didn’t think twice about interrupting prayer to rush to help a man struck on Katherine Avenue Monday by branches of a fallen 40-foot tree.

“I don’t understand why people shouldn’t help another human being,” Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff said. He was praying in a home on Katherine Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. when the tree came crashing down.

“I don’t understand that. I really don’t,” he said. “If a person is hurt, why shouldn’t we help them? It’s beyond me that someone should just walk away.”

The injured man, whom police identified as Thomas Painter, 59, suffered a dislocated left shoulder and a cut to the back of the head, according to Detective Andrew White of the Passaic Police Department. Painter, who was conscious at the scene, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and listed in stable condition, White said Monday.

Police said Painter was standing outside of his silver 2003 Toyota Camry when he was struck by one of the tree’s branches. The car sustained extensive damage to the rear windshield, and part of the roof caved in as a result.

Kaganoff, who worked as an ambulance technician in New York City about 20 years ago, and others inside the house rushed to the street thinking that a car or house had been damaged by the fallen tree. Then Kaganoff noticed Painter and the blood on the street, he said.

“When I saw the guy, I thought the worst,” said Yehuda de Sa, a rabbinical student who saw the tree fall while he was praying. “It was a huge tree. The guy was really, really fortunate.”

Kaganoff used his medical training to assist Painter until emergency medical technicians arrived, he said, adding that he stabilized Painter’s head wound. Another neighbor, Sharone Perlman, said she heard a loud “earth-shattering boom” while sitting at her computer.

“It was very terrifying,” said Perlman, who dialed 911.

Later, de Sa said, Perlman brought blankets and a pillow to keep Painter warm and comfortable. Kaganoff asked de Sa to go inside the house to fetch a first aid kit.

The accident involving Painter came as the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for much of the tri-state area, including Passaic County and North Jersey. The advisory was expected to continue until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Advisories are issued when sustained winds of between 31 and 39 miles per hour or gusts of more than 45 miles per hour are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

These winds are “certainly strong enough to tear down some tree limbs, certainly strong enough to blow around some lightweight and loose objects like garbage lids,” Gary Conte a National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.

Although the winds are expected to subside on Tuesday, it will still be a windy day, Conte said.

High winds can fell trees and down power lines, which could result in injury and even death. Driving also becomes dangerous, especially for trucks and other large vehicles, authorities say.





Brooklyn N.Y. Hatzolah Ambulance Involved In A Motor Vehicle Crash

29 11 2007

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Brooklyn N.Y. A Hatzolah ambulance while responding to a Cardiac Arrest was just involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn,on 14th Avenue . There are injuries reported at this time. Multiple Hatzolah  Ambulances and multiple units  are responding to the scene at this time .





Mother of choking baby thanks officer who rode to the rescue

27 11 2007

Tiffany Blake’s knight arrived in a police uniform instead of shining armor and came on a brown police horse named Bandit instead of a white stallion. But like any true rescuer, Trenton Officer John Harbourt arrived just in time to save her 11-month-old daughter’s life.

Harbourt successfully performed a back blow on Nevaeh Croweli last Wednesday afternoon when the infant was choking on a carrot during a Thanksgiving party inside Capital Child Care Center, where Blake was volunteering.

After several people tried unsuccessfully to clear Nevaeh’s airway, Harbourt was the calm, reassuring presence who took the limp girl from her mother’s grasp and, in one swift back blow, had the little girl breathing again.

“He is my knight, my hero,” Blake said yesterday outside Trenton Police Headquarters, where the mom and Harbourt were reunited.

“I feel like saying ‘Thank you’ isn’t enough,” Blake, a Morrisville, Pa., resident, said after Harbourt arrived at the media event much like he did last Wednesday, on Bandit.

“She looks a lot better than the last time I saw her,” Harbourt said as Nevaeh played with television reporters’ microphones and her mother told of the harrowing incident, something she said she never wants any parent to go through.

Blake said she was not right next to her daughter when the baby started choking on a hard carrot after swiping it from another child’s plate at the center on West Front Street downtown.

When Blake rushed to Nevaeh — heaven spelled backward — her daughter was silent, her eyes were rolling back in her head and her arms dropped by her side, said Blake. “It’s every parent’s nightmare and your instinct is to panic,” she said.

But Blake was concentrating on her daughter, trying herself to dislodge the obstruction. Someone dialed 911 and when Trenton dispatchers sent the call to police officers, Harbourt was about a block and a half away.

Harbourt rushed to the call — in horse terms, he cantered Bandit, — and tied up his partner outside. He was there in 30 seconds, he estimated

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77 police officers hurt in Paris riots

27 11 2007

AP VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France – Rampaging youths rioted overnight in Paris’ suburbs, hurling Molotov cocktails and setting fire to dozens of cars. At least 77 officers were injured and officers were fired at, a senior police union official said Tuesday.The violence was more intense than during three weeks of rioting in 2005, said the official, Patrice Ribeiro. Police were shot at and are facing “genuine urban guerillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons,” Ribeiro said.

Some officers were hit by shotgun pellets, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said. She said there were six serious injuries, “people who notably were struck in the face and close to the eyes.”

The riots were triggered by the deaths of two teens killed in a crash with a police patrol car on Sunday in Villiers-le-Bel, a town of public housing blocks home to a mix of Arab, black and white residents in Paris’ northern suburbs.

Residents claimed that officers left the crash scene without helping the teens, whose motorbike collided with the car. Officials cast doubt on the claim, but the internal police oversight agency was investigating.

Youths first rioted Sunday and again overnight Monday to Tuesday, when the violence apparently got worse.

Police barricades were set on fire and youths threw stones and Molotov cocktails at officers, who retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets. In Villiers-le-Bel and surrounding areas, youths set fire to 36 vehicles, the area’s prefecture said.

Youths were seen firing buckshot at police and reporters. A police union official said a round from a hunting rifle pierced the body armor of one officer who suffered a serious shoulder wound.

Among the buildings targeted by the youths was a library, which was set afire.

In Sunday’s violence, eight people were arrested and 20 police officers were injured — including the town’s police chief, who was attacked in the face when he tried to negotiate with the rioters, police said. One firefighter also was injured.

Residents drew parallels to the 2005 riots, which were prompted by the deaths of two teens electrocuted in a power substation while hiding from police in a suburb northeast of Paris.

A recent study by the state auditor’s office indicated that money poured into poor French suburbs in recent decades had done little to solve problems vividly exposed by the 2005 riots, including discrimination, unemployment and alienation from mainstream society.

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Girl, 13, run over by school bus and killed

22 11 2007

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — A 13-year-old was killed Wednesday when she was run over by a school bus after engaging in what authorities called horseplay with friends.

The girl, identified as Bryelle Dean, had just stepped off her bus from Crockett Middle School in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, at about 1 p.m. when she was crushed under the bus’ rear wheels.

Bus driver Jean Louis, 48, stopped the bus after he felt something and the students who had just gotten off screamed at him to stop.





N.J.S.P. targets drunken driving and seatbelts

21 11 2007

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Starting Wednesday, New Jersey State Police troopers will begin their days with shift briefings that include personal stories from representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to inspire the troopers in their effort to combat drunken driving.

“Many of these Troopers have experienced the horror of DWI as part of their duties, but when the scene is cleared and the reports are written, the tragedy of the incident is truly just beginning for someone somewhere,” said Maj. Matthew Walker, Commander of Troop D on the New Jersey Turnpike. “These family members volunteering with MADD are the faces that our troopers never get to see — the victims that suffer the rest of their lives from a senseless loss.”

Targeted seatbelt enforcement is another very important job that troopers will perform on the state’s highways throughout the whole holiday season. According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) 31,415 passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes across the nation in 2005, and more than half of them were not wearing seat belts.

During the 2005 and 2006 Thanksgiving holidays, there were an unbelievable 16 fatal crashes each year resulting in 41 total deaths. Previous years averaged less than half that amount. About 50 percent of those deaths resulted from accidents involving alcohol.

Throughout the state, extra troopers will strictly enforce hazardous violations, including the failure of vehicle occupants to wear seatbelts. Sober driving and regular seat belt use are two of the most effective ways to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown that when lap/shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury is reduced by 50 percent.





2nd car jacking with child in it in New Jersey in 1 day

21 11 2007

Camden N.J A 2-year-old girl was recovered unharmed early this evening after she apparently slept through a carjacking and its aftermath in Camden, police said.

The child was still sleeping when her mother’s Toyota Camry was found abandoned 40 minutes later about a half-mile away, police said. The mother, although upset, also was not harmed during the theft, which came several hours after a a gunman carjacked a BMW in Newark this morning and drove away before noticing a three-month-old in the back seat. That child also was unharmed when the thief abandoned the vehicle.

In Camden, the car was forcibly taken at about 4:30 p.m. when the unidentified mother stopped to talk with someone at Mount Ephraim Avenue and Pine Street, police said. No weapon was used during the theft, police said.

The car was recovered shortly after 5 p.m. at 7th and Mount Vernon streets. No one was in custody several hours after the carjacking, police said. NJ.com





Bandits make off with $2.5 million from Far Hills home

20 11 2007

FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Police are looking for at least two men who made off with $2.5 million worth of jewelry, gold coins and other valuable items from a Somerset County house.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest says the burglary happened late Sunday morning.

Two hooded burglars pried open a garage door that leads to an attached garage. They removed the items from a safe in a locked bedroom.

A video surveillance system captured the robbery, and the getaway car: a mid-1990’s maroon Chevrolet Astro van. Prosecutors say the car came up the driveway soon after one of the homeowners left with a “member of the household staff.”

The van stayed on the property for about 15 minutes. NorthJersey.com





Passaic N.J. Flipped over car Main and Brook with no one around

18 11 2007

Passaic N.J.  At 2:57AM Their was a flipped over car on Main Ave and Brook Ave with no one around. Passaic Fire,Police and Hatzolah E.M.S all on scene and no one in the area driver fled away. The driver must have crawled out the window that was a half a block away.Car was towed to Police head quarters for investigation.





Passaic N.J. Fire in Food Basics

17 11 2007

At 9:20 their was a fire in Food Basics on Van Houten Ave near the Clifton border. Passaic Police,Fire,Hatzolah,and,Paramedics were all on scene. Fire was knocked down quickly and fire was out within 20 minutes several people were in the store at the time they were treated and released. The Chief Fire Inspector was on scene and said it appeared to be an Electric Heater where the fire started from.





Plainfeild Police Officers son 16 shot by Roselle officers by mystake

17 11 2007

The teenager shot and injured during a chase with Roselle police Friday night is a high school football player and the son of a Plainfield police officer, authorities said.

The 16-year-old victim was shot around 6:30 p.m. as he crouched in an alley off Locust Street and refused to show his hands, authorities said. Andre Crawford, president of Plainfield’s police officers union, identified the victim as Marquise Randle, 16, who plays football at Plainfield High School.

The shooting appears accidental, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, whose office is investigating the incident.

“He wouldn’t comply with officer commands to show his hands,” Romankow said. “As they attempted to pull him up, an officer’s weapon was accidentally discharged.”

Plainfield Police Chief Edward Santiago confirmed the victim is the son of Khisha Bethea, a six-year Plainfield police veteran. He declined to comment further.

The Roselle officers were responding to report of “suspicious activity” in the hallway of an apartment building on the 100 block of West 2nd Street. When police arrived, Randle fled the building and into a dark alley on the 100 block of Locust Street, Romankow said.

Officers found Randle crouching in dark and refusing to show his hands, authorities said. As police tried to drag him to his feet, a gun belonging to Officer Craig Howlett accidentally discharged, according to a Union County Prosecutors Office press release.

Howlett, 26, has been a police officer for two years, authorities said.

Randle was shot in the torso taken to University Hospital in Newark. His injury is not life-threatening, Romankow said.

No further details were immediately available. The incident is still under investigation. NJ.com





‘Aggressive’ Gator Kills Burglary Suspect

14 11 2007

alligator.jpg(AP)MICCOSUKEE TRIBE INDIAN RESERVATION, Fla. (Nov. 13) – A man who jumped into a lake to flee police was killed by an alligator more than 9-feet long, officials said Tuesday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was allegedly burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center on Thursday. He ran when police arrived at the scene, said Dexter Lehtinen, one of the tribe’s police legal advisors.

Tribal police divers searched for the man that night, then again Friday morning and afternoon. During the third dive, the body was recovered. It bore alligator teeth marks on the upper torso.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department said the cause of death was an alligator attack.

An accomplice in the alleged burglary has been arrested. The Miccosukee tribe, which is not obligated to follow Florida’s open records laws, declined to release his name. Without a name, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office was unable to comment on whether the man has been charged.

The alligator believed to be responsible for the death has been killed. A coroner was scheduled to examine the 9-foot-3 reptile Wednesday for human hair or skin, said Brian Wood, owner of All American Gator Products, which is storing the gator in a cooler for now. It will then be incinerated or buried, he said





Newark top cop’s ticket is upheld. After Palisades. Police ticket him.

14 11 2007

Newark’s top cop suffered another loss in his nearly three-year court dispute over a traffic ticket when an appeals panel upheld his conviction Wednesday.

Police Director Garry McCarthy was fined $230 for obstruction of traffic after a February 2005 incident in which he was involved in a scuffle with two Palisades Interstate Parkway police officers

His wife, Regina, received a similar penalty after bein

g convicted of making unreasonable noise by yelling at the officers.

Bergen County Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Roma handed the McCarthys their second defeat last year by upholding the convictions in a stinging 12-page opinion. A three-judge panel on Wednesday agreed with Roma.

“I think they made the right decision,” said Douglas F. Doyle, the prosecutor who handled the McCarthys’ case. “[The judges] found there was substantial credible evidence.”

McCarthy’s attorney, Jeffrey Steinfeld, said he was disappointed.

“The violations are not supported by the testimony,” he said. “We were not able to get anyone to address what we thought were significant issues.”

Garry McCarthy did not reply Wednesday to a request for comment.

The incident started when two PIP officers ticketed the McCarthys’ 19-year-old daughter, Kyla, for parking in a handicap spot at a rest area on the parkway.

The teen then asked one of the officers, Thomas Rossi, to speak to her father, whom she had called on her cellphone. Rossi refused, even after he was told McCarthy was a deputy police commissioner in the NYPD at the time.

Kyla McCarthy then drove off while her parents, who were on the parkway, headed for the rest area. Garry McCarthy then parked his Ford Explorer next to Rossi’s patrol car, got out and began arguing with Rossi and his partner. Prosecutors said his car blocked the exit lane and forced other drivers to back up.

Regina McCarthy stayed in the Explorer and hurled obscenities at the officers, prosecutors said.

As the argument got heated, Rossi and his partner disarmed Garry McCarthy and placed him in handcuffs. They also handcuffed his wife after she grabbed her husband’s gun from their patrol car, prosecutors said.

One of the McCarthys’ arguments was that the charges were propped up by the testimony of Rossi, whose credibility had once been questioned in another appeals court ruling.

But the panel ruled that even without the testimony of Rossi or his partner, there is sufficient evidence that McCarthy blocked the exit lane.

“I think the judge did a very good job,” said Sgt. Walter Siri of the Palisades Interstate Park Police. “[Rossi's] credibility stands. It was supported by the other witnesses.”

Defense attorneys also argued that Regina McCarthy couldn’t be charged with “making unreasonable noise” under a “vague” law that was meant to prohibit loud music and other disturbances. Penalizing speech as unreasonable noise infringes on free speech, they said.

The judges disagreed.

“The circumstances under which the defendant’s wife shouted profanities at the police officers was likely to escalate the confrontation to a breach of the peace and thus clearly removes her ‘speech’ from constitutional protection,” they wrote.

Steinfeld said he is not yet sure whether the McCarthys wish to pursue further appeals.

“This is a very distinguished and highly decorated police official,” he said. “I don’t think this case was ever about the penalty, but the way he was treated. I think it was a point of principle for him.”

E-mail: markos@northjersey.com





There was a report of a home invasion @ 450 Fenlon Blvd

13 11 2007

(Clifton New Jersey) Their was a home invasion at approximately 2:30 am . It took place on the border between Passaic and Clifton. Police on scene requested the fire department and an ambulance for an unknown reason at this time.





Shooting Leaves 13-Year-Old Dead in Elizabeth

13 11 2007
ELIZABETH, NJ (AP)  — A 13-year-old boy is dead and another is wounded after a shooting overnight in Elizabeth, according to television news reports.The victims were shot while riding a bicycle before 12:45 a.m.The mother of one of the boys identified him as 13-year-old Elisiah Henderson. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark. The other boy was shot in the arm and leg, according to WABC News.

Witness say a suspect left in a green Mercedes Benz.





NYPD Kills Teenager Holding Hair Brush

13 11 2007

NEW YORK (MyFoxNY.com/ AP) — A man shot by police outside an apartment building in Brooklyn has died, the NYPD said.

Police were called to a home in Bedford-Stuyvesant shortly after 7 p.m. Monday after receiving a report on a dispute between a mother and her son that may have involved a gun, authorities said.

While officers were interviewing the woman outside, her 18-year-old son was pacing around inside. He began screaming at his mother and the officers from the window, police said.

He then climbed out the first floor window and walked toward the police, the NYPD said. Officers opened fire, striking the man.

Sources told Fox 5 that the officers saw a dark object in the man’s hand. Meantime, some neighbors claiming to have witnessed the shooting said the man was not armed.

He was taken to Woodhull Hospital in serious condition but later died.

The police are investigating. So far, no gun has been found.





Final Update Lakewood High School students, parents arrested after large fight

12 11 2007

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police arrested about a dozen students and adults at a large fight at the local public high school that involved up to 150 students at its peak.

The fight started at about 10:45 a.m. between two non-students in the Lakewood High School parking lot, but soon spread to the nearby lunchroom, Lakewood Deputy Police Chief Charles Smith said during an afternoon news conference.

Students told local newspapers that they thought there might be a gang-connection with the fight; Smith said gang activity was one of several possible motives detectives were investigating.

The most serious injury involved a student who needed stitches for facial injuries, Lakewood police Lt. Michael Mooney said.

About 75 officers from Lakewood and surrounding towns were needed to break up the brawl, Smith said.

Police and students told The Star-Ledger of Newark that students were hitting police officers and one another, and throwing chairs and tables. Police had to bring in dogs and pepper spray at least one student.

Charges against the students and adults included trespassing, disorderly conduct, fighting and tumultuous behavior, Smith said.

Adults arrested included the two non-students blamed for starting the fight, as well as parents who came to the scene after hearing about the fight.

At the afternoon news conference, school district Superintendent Edward Luick said officials decided not to cancel school, and not to notify parents, because the school wanted to maintain order.

The high school has had fights before, Luick said, but never one that required such a large police response.

Luick said students involved in the fight faced penalties including suspension. The school will be back in session Tuesday, Luick said.

Lakewood has been the site of heightened tensions in recent years, with its Orthodox Jewish and Hispanic communities expanding as its black population shrinks.

Last month, a 37-year-old Lakewood man was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the beating of an Orthodox rabbi.








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