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SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN -- Rashaun Bell, the man suspected of being the driver of the Nissan Maxima that struck and killed two teenagers on Wednesday in Jersey City was arrested after surrendering on an outstanding warrant to detectives of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor. Bell surrendered at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Prosecutor’s Office on Duncan Avenue in Jersey City. (See Brief)
SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN -- Rashaun Bell, the man suspected of being the driver of the Nissan Maxima that struck and killed two teenagers on Wednesday in Jersey City was arrested after surrendering on an outstanding warrant to detectives of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor. Bell surrendered at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Prosecutor’s Office on Duncan Avenue in Jersey City. (See Brief)
Second teen dies in hit and run

Alexander Rosas-Flores, the second victim in an Oct. 18 hit and run in the area of Terrace Avenue and Leonard Street in Jersey City, was pronounced dead on Oct. 19, officials said.

Rashaun Bell, the alleged driver of the vehicle. Bell, 20, of Jersey City, has been charged with two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Bell turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 20.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a person struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, the responding police officers found two male victims.

The first victim, Elionel Jimenez, 15, of Jersey City, was found on the off ramp of Route 1 & 9 and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 2:40 p.m. The second victim, Rosas-Flores, 16, also from Jersey City, was found near the Route 1 & 9 northbound roadway below the scene of the accident. The victim was treated at the scene before being transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he continued to receive treatment for his injuries until Thursday afternoon when he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:05 p.m.

The cause and manner of both deaths are pending an investigation by the Medical Examiner.

During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the two victims were riding on a bicycle when they were struck by a gold Nissan Maxima with four occupants. The male driver of the vehicle and the three passengers allegedly abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot after it was driven a short distance from the crash scene.

Two of the passengers returned to the scene and were transported by EMS to Christ Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

The investigation continues and additional charges are expected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at:

All information will be kept confidential.

The Jersey City school district issued a statement on the accident.

“The Jersey City Public Schools community was shocked by the news that two of our students were victims in a horrific car crash,” the statement said.”Both students attended Dickinson High School and our thoughts are with the families of both young men and with their friends and loved ones who are coping with this tragedy. There were no classes for students (Oct. 19) as it was a professional development day but grief counselors will be at the school tomorrow (Oct. 20.)

Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, superintendent said, “We will do all we can to help our community recover from this devastating loss and to support the students and staff at Dickinson as they cope with these events.”

Speaking on behalf of the school board, President Joel Torres said, “The members of the Jersey City Board of Education are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident that occurred yesterday resulting in the loss of life of one of our students and severe injuries to a second student. As we await further details, we would like to send our condolences and prayers to the families impacted by the accident.”

Clarification: Wintner no longer head of Civic JC

In an Oct. 15 story called “Tape scandal rolls on,” Esther Wintner, a candidate for city council, was misidentified as the current director of Civic JC.

“While I am proud of the work I did and honored to have served as president of CivicJC, I resigned my position prior to declaring to run for office,” Wintner said.

Correction: misquote in Battle for Ward E

In a story “Battle for Ward E,” candidate Jake Hudnut was misidentified as “James” in the photo caption. The pullquote on page 10 quotes him as saying, “We need to develop in ways that do not attract people who drive.”

“This is not what I said,” Hudnut said. “I said: ‘We can attract people that want to live here, that want to commute into the city, that don’t bring cars with them.’ That is an important distinction because I went on to say that people who currently have cars won’t be getting rid of them anytime soon.”

Woman murdered; husband arrested

Milagros Rodriguez De Morel, 38, of Jersey City, was stabbed to death in her Duncan Avenue apartment on Oct. 18, said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, and Jose Morel, 59, her husband was arrested by Jersey City Police Officers at the scene. Jersey City police responded to Duncan Avenue at about 2:15 a.m. on the report that a woman had been stabbed.

The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Morel has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Morel, however, has pled not guilty of the charges.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the prosecutor’s official website at:

All information will be kept confidential.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures. For further information, visit

Opening reception at Panepinto Galleries

Panepinto Galleries has partnered with Spear Street Capital to showcase more than 70 extraordinary works of art in a group exhibition that explores the theme of an artist’s perception of contemporary life.

There will be an opening reception for the new exhibition space at 70 Hudson St. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibit called “Through the Eyes on an Artist” highlighting artwork by 56 artists from Jersey City, Hoboken, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx.

For more information go to

Halloween walk and run for epilepsy

Walkers and runners from throughout the Metropolitan Area are stepping out on Oct. 28 to support kids and adults with epilepsy at the 2017 Glow Walk Run at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The event will include a Family Fun Walk, a 5K USATF sanctioned run, music, information vendors, games, activities, food trucks, and a costume catwalk contest. It benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey.

Registration will begin at 3 p.m., glow walk will start at 4:15 p.m. and the sanctioned 5K will start at 5:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes as there will be trick or treating at the rest stops along the walk route.

The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey sponsors a medication assistance fund, overnight summer camp, school-based education programs, school nurse trainings, a scholarship program, information and referral line, and community education. 2017 To register for the Glow Walk Run go to or call (800) 336-5843.

Domestic violence forum comes to St. Peter’s University

The Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor and the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership invites the public to an empowerment forum on domestic violence titled “Women Standing Against Violence.” This free event is open to the public and will be held at St. Peter’s University, Dinneen Hall, 2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. Parking is available at 686 Montgomery St. in Jersey City. Light refreshments will be served.

The forum is being held in October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will feature a guest panel that will explore domestic violence issues and how our society can empower people to fight this serious epidemic.

Panelists will feature Margaret Abrams, WomenRising Inc.; Beth Adubato, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at St. Peter’s University; Pamela Johnson, executive director of Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement; Najma Rana, assistant prosecutor for the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor; Bertha Reels, Sarah’s Daughters Ministries; and Sarah Davis, administrator of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. Additional remarks will be made by Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, State Sen. Sandra Cunningham, guest speaker Cathy DeFazio McBride and Tamika McReynolds from the Jersey City Department of Recreation.

For additional information, contact Roua Mohamed at (201) 761-6049 or

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