A fetus was found in a liquid solid separator at a pump station in Bergen Point on Tuesday, August 15, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The fetus was discovered by an employee of Suez, which operates the station, and was removed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Workers found the fetus floating in the waste water as it was being filtered.
The case remains under investigation and the police encourage the public to contact the BPD Detective Bureau or the anonymous tip line with any information regarding the incident. The Detective Bureau can be reached at (201) 858-6925 and the tip line at 1 (877) 900-8477.
Public access TV studio to close
Cablevision has announced that it will close the studio on October 1, where Channel 19 public access television programming is filmed. Cablevision is planning to move the filming to its studio in Newark and said that programming will not be disrupted. However, moving the studio will make it more challenging for its unpaid workers to film its programming.
The studio was originally born from a franchise agreement signed in 1999 between the City of Bayonne and Cablevision that requires that the cable TV provider produce a government access channel, educational access channel, and a public access channel.
Bayonne man choked with rubber hose
Charges were filed against a Bayonne man who allegedly choked a resident of West 57th Street with a rubber hose in the early afternoon of Thursday, August 17 in an attempt to regain a debt allegedly owed by the son of the victim, according to Bayonne Police. Bryan Ormiston, 26, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, making terroristic threats, and attempted extortion.
The victim of the attack told police that his son had an argument with Ormiston, who was a family friend,before the son left the area for the day. Ormiston then asked the father if he could use the bathroom and allegedly lured the father in by saying the bathroom was not functioning properly, according to police. When the victim entered the bathroom, Ormiston allegedly began punching the victim in the back of the head repeatedly and placing a rubber tube around his neck. The victim claimed he lost consciousness, according to police.
When the victim regained consciousness, Ormiston allegedly continued the assault, dragging the victim into the basement to tie his hands behind his back, demanding that the victim call his son and get his money. The victim managed to escape from the house where his son was waiting; the son called 911.
Rutkowski Park Shoreline Cleanup
The Bayonne Nature Club, in coordination with the Hackensack Riverkeeper, is hosting a shoreline cleanup at Rutkowski Park on Sunday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Riverkeeper often brings canoes and serves pizza at the end. Organizers encourage participants to dress for dirty work. Tools, garbage bags, gloves, snacks, and water will be provided. The cleanup will primarily be along the boardwalk and walking path that circles through Rutkowski Park. Garbage is not only disposed of improperly by park-goers, but washes ashore from the Hackensack River.
The group will also host bird walks at Lefante Way on Sunday, August 26 at 9 a.m. The group meets at the first green bridge behind Otaiko Restaurant in South Cove Commons Mall, and at Rutkowski Park on August 16 at 9 a.m.
The Bridge Arts Festival
The Bridge Art Gallery andthe City of Bayonnehave partnered to bring a new festival to Bergen Pointon Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Bridge Arts Festival will take place at Dennis Collins Park on First Street and will celebrate arts, music, dance, and culture in Bayonne. Creative activities will be alive throughout the weekend, including a kids craft corner, artist vendor market, and two stages for live entertainment. The Bridge Art Gallery will be hosting a Kick-Off Reception at their art space on 199 Broadway on Thursday, September 7. On Friday, September 8, more than 25 venues throughout the city will participate in Bayonne Nights, where live musicians will accompany patrons and pedestrians. The Hudson Reporter Assoc. is among the sponsors.
Renewed Calls for monitor after two deaths at Hudson County Correctional Center
The death of two inmates from the Hudson County Correctional Center, one an immigration detainee from Long Island, has advocates renewing calls for an independent monitor of the jail and stepping up efforts to get the county to end its agreements with federal immigration authorities.Detainee Rolando Meza Espinoza, 43, died in June after collapsing at the facility. His attorney says Espinoza, a Salvadoran national, had informed ICE agents and jail officials that he suffered from anemia, cirrhosis, and diabetes, but that medical staff treated only his diabetes. He died June 10 at Jersey City Medical Center, where he was taken after he collapsed.
Online gambling sites becoming significant revenue stream for NJ
When online gambling was first introduced in New Jersey four years ago, it missed revenue estimates by more than $100 million. That stream of money from online gambling sites has grown over the last five months, totaling at least $20 million, pushing the total revenue figures since 2013 to more than $600 million.
School superintendent salaries could jump to $220K with cap lift
An incentive to keep top-tier school superintendents in New Jersey amid salary cap restrictions put in place by Gov. Chris Christie may be here to stay, even though the salary cap was lifted in May. Now, The Record says those same bonuses, which were created to stem an exodus of talent from the state, could increase superintendents' salaries to more than $220,000 a year.
Trump weakens protections for buildings in flood-prone areas
President Donald Trump repealed strict building standards designed to protect government-funded projects in flood-prone areas last week by factoring in the effects of sea-level rise tied to climate change. NJ Spotlight reports that Trump's latest executive order will roll back those protections at a time when new studies suggest many New Jersey communities face increased risks from climate change, such as chronic flooding.
NJ advocating for tenant screening reform
Tenant screening reform advocates are trying to change the way New Jersey tracks and screens tenants looking for apartments. WBGO reports that the current "tenant blacklist" prevents people from finding an apartment if they have been engaged in legal battles with previous negligent landlords.
Jury selection starts in Menendez case
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is about to go on trial more than two years after he was indicted on a variety of bribery and corruption charges. The proceedings will start on Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Newark, where high-profile defense attorneys and prosecutors from the Department of Justice will select 12 jurors and four alternates. The trial is expected to last two months and could put Menendez’s Senate seat in jeopardy during a time when the Democratic Party can ill-afford to lose legislative ground.
NJ to receive $55.4 million in grants for Sandy cleanup work
Representative Frank Pallone says the state is poised to receive a $55.4 million grant to help pay for cleanup work related to Superstorm Sandy. The Record says the money, which will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will reimburse the state for the removal of sand and silt debris that has impacted the state-maintained navigable waterways.