Body found in river by Hoboken Terminal
A dead body of an adult male was found in the water on Tuesday morning near the Hoboken Terminal, police confirmed.
The investigation was turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office and New Jersey Transit authorities.
New Jersey Transit spokesperson Nancy Snyder said, “At approximately 10:10 a.m. the captain of a Waterway ferry radioed in that he spotted a body in the water. We recovered [the body] at the Hoboken Ferry Slip with the assistance of the FDNY and NYPD.”
According to NJ.com, the body found was later identified as Kerry L. Rutz, 53, of Somerville, Mass.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s office told the news outlet that foul play is not supected, based on a note that was recovered.
Rutz was reported missing in his hometown on Monday, the story said.
Rutz is identified on several web sites as an artist who deals with issues related to the gay community, as well as the recipient of a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Hoboken wrestling coach arrested for lewdness, dismissed from coaching
Brandon Kinney, 28, a local youth wrestling coach and former co-captain of the Columbia University wrestling team, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with lewdness related to an incident this past Sunday in the hallway outside of a youth wrestling match in Hackensack.
Kinney was charged with one count of lewdness for allegedly masturbating in a hallway right outside of the gym at Hackensack High School while the match was going on, Hackensack Police Captain Thomas Salcedo confirmed on Wednesday.
Salcedo said the police review the school security tapes from time to time, and just happened to come across the incident.
Salcedo said that after the act, Kinney apparently returned to the gym.
Salcedo said that Kinney was contacted on Tuesday and asked to come to police headquarters in Hackensack, where he was arrested. Salcedo said he would not comment on whether Kinney gave a statement.
Kinney was released on a summons and must appear in Hackensack Municipal Court.
The wrestling match was a youth match for kids aged 6-14, according to newspaper articles about the incident.
Kinney lives in Hoboken. He had been coaching for Hoboken’s PAL and had been the head coach at a local wrestling school, Edge Wrestling.
A private wrestling school for kids in Hoboken posted a message on its webpage Thursday stating that they no longer employ Kinney.
The message on the website for Edge Wrestling said, “EDGE Hoboken management is aware of the serious allegations brought against Brandon Kinney in connection with an off-site youth wrestling program event. Due to the seriousness of the charges, he has been dismissed immediately from any and all responsibilities and is no longer associated with the EDGE Hoboken in any way. Effective immediately, Brandon Kinney is prohibited from entering any EDGE related premises. The security and welfare of our class members remain a top priority, and EDGE Hoboken will continue to take all measures necessary to ensure a safe athletic environment.”
A story in NJ.com said that Kinney was also released from volunteer coaching in Hoboken’s PAL wrestling program.
The story also said that Edge and PAL had done a background check on him prior to hiring him.
Local blood bank seeking volunteers to work drives
New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers at blood drives. The blood service volunteer is an integral member of the collection team whose task it is assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed and have the willingness to follow the rules. For additional information contact, Manager of Community Relations, R. Jan Zepka at (732) 616-8741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-drug group seeking commercial ideas from middle schoolers
Calling all future movie writers and producers! The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is calling on New Jersey middle school students to write, star in and produce a television commercial with a substance abuse prevention message for their peers by entering the 14th Annual Middle School Public Service Announcement Challenge (MSPSA).
Students in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are invited to create a 30-second television Public Service Announcement (PSA) script designed to get a substance abuse prevention message out to their peers.
“The students who submit the winning script not only write the 30-second PSA, but produce, edit, and star in the spot that is often filmed at their school,” said media director Angela Conover. Each school can enter multiple teams, but each team may only submit one PSA.
All submissions must be received by Friday, April 19, 2013.
For additional information contact (973) 467-2100, ext. 11, or visit: DrugFreeNJ.org.