A lawsuit by Miguel A. Feliz-Rodriguez, the West New York man left badly burned after his vehicle was struck during a high-speed police chase in 2017, has been filed in Superior Court seeking $25 million.
In the lawsuit, Feliz-Rodriguez alleges officers of the Jersey City Police Department assaulted him while his car was in flames at the end of a car chase through Jersey City in which he was not involved. Feliz-Rodriguez’s car was struck on Tonnelle Avenue by the car the police had chased.
The lawsuit names four officers involved in the chase as well as Police Director James Shea and former Police Chief Phil Zacche.
Suitcase baby dad extradited to Jersey City
Travis Plummer, who has been charged with dumping the remains of his daughter’s body in a suitcase along the PATH tracks near Journal Square in April, has been extradited to New Jersey from Puerto Rico, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Plummer, 37, is charged with desecrating the remains of his 23-month-old daughter, Te’Myah Layauna Plummer. He was arrested by federal authorities in Puerto Rico in April.
Plummer appeared in Criminal Justice Reform Court via video link from the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny. He pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors believe Plummer’s daughter died outside of New Jersey. Plummer is charged with allegedly dumping the suitcase containing her remains onto the tracks where they were discovered by rail workers last April.
NY Waterway ferry crew makes second rescue in two months
A NY Waterway ferry crew that had rescued a man from the Hudson River on May 7, also rescued a teenager from the river on July 9.
Capt. Gil Rivera and deckhands Selena Sobers and Ignacio Minutillo were approaching the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal in Jersey City at 3:30 p.m. when they saw an overturned sailboat and two young people in the water. The NY Waterway crew pulled one teen aboard the York while a New York Police Department Harbor Unit crew pulled the other teen onto its boat.
Both teens were taken to Paulus Hook, where Jersey Police and ambulance crews tended to them.
“My deckhands did an excellent job, working well under pressure. We were able to get the young man out of the water quickly. Once again, our training paid off,” Rivera said.
The same crew pulled a man from the Hudson River near the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Ferry Terminal May 7.
In 31 years, NY Waterway crews have rescued almost 300 people from the waters of New York Harbor, including 143 people rescued from U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in “The Miracle on the Hudson.”
Joseph Scott, CEO of JCMC, is named board chair of America’s Essential Hospitals
Joseph Scott, president and chief executive officer of Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been appointed chair of the Board of America’s Essential Hospitals.
“America’s Essential Hospitals plays a fundamental role in ensuring that our most vulnerable patients have access to the most high-quality care,” said Scott. “Eliminating health care disparities across the communities we serve has been a key driver for both Jersey City Medical Center and the RWJBarnabas Health system as a whole. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with leaders from across the country to advance the work of safety-net hospitals and health systems and ensure access to quality care for all.”
CarePoint Health holds cancer survivors day
Individuals who triumphed over cancer were honored by CarePoint Health on Saturday, June 23 at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Those honored included patients at Christ Hospital as well as Hoboken University Medical Center.
About 100 people – 60 of whom were cancer survivors – took part in the celebration.
Bayonne Medical Center held a similar ceremony at its facilities on June 30.
Peter Daniels, chief operation officer of CarePoint, called these emotional events.
“We recognize the journey that each and every cancer survivor has made, and wanted to let them know we are with them on that journey,” he said. “(We) wanted to provide a day where they could be honored and celebrated.”
Hudson County hosts Latina music and dance concert
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Freeholders have announced an evening of live music Wednesday, July 18 from 7- 9 p.m. in the rotunda of the Brennan Court House, 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
The evening will open with a performance by the Brazilian singer/songwriter Monika Oliveira. Born in Belem do Para and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira has been performing in the New York area for more than twenty years. She combines her love of Brazil’s musical heritage with a mastery of Jazz to create what critics describe as a “sultry variation on both … that is at once moving and rhythmic, pure and passionate.” Joined by the Brazilians Trio, she will take the stage at 7 pm.
At 8 p.m., Flamenco Flavor will follow with a fresh take on traditional Spanish rhythms with an urban twist, presenting Latin choreography paired with the voice and guitar play of David M. Castellano.
Placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1970 and saved from demolition, the 108 year-old William J. Brennan Courthouse is a working civil courthouse and seat of county government during the day. But by night, its four-story marble rotunda has become home to a range of musical acts and visual arts exhibits presented by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs that are promoted by “Visit Hudson,” the office’s tourism development arm.
This concert is the first of what is expected to become a new series entitled “Live At Brennan’s.”
Doors for this event will open at 6:30. Tickets are $20. The price includes parking in the courthouse lot and light refreshments between acts.