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McGruff the Crime Dog greeting kids at last year’s National Night Out. This year, the Bayonne Police Department will hold the event on Broadway between 21st and 23rd Streets, from 5 to 9 p.m.
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McGruff the Crime Dog greeting kids at last year’s National Night Out. This year, the Bayonne Police Department will hold the event on Broadway between 21st and 23rd Streets, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Correction

In a story published in the July 12 issue of the Bayonne Community News, we mistakenly reported that Police Chief Drew Sisk attended mortuary school. He was a mortician’s apprentice until he decided to join the Bayonne Police Department in the late 1980s.

National Night Out moves to Broadway

On August 1, the Bayonne Police Department will host the annual National Night Out event on Broadway between 21st and 23rd Streets instead of the usual location at 16th Street Park. The new, more centralized location should make the event more accessible for all residents, who used to have to go out of their way to attend. Now, residents can go through, as well as stop in.

Police Chief Drew Sisk, who was sworn in earlier this month after serving as Deputy Police Chief for three years under former Police Chief Drew Niekrasz, said that the event will give police the “opportunity to build friendships with people from all parts of the Bayonne community.”

Chief Sisk will be on hand to meet the public for the first time since his official swearing in. The BPD will bring plenty of activities for kids, including bounce houses, games, gifts, food, drinks, music, and a fleet of vehicles for kids to play in and explore. It’s also a great opportunity to come down and have honest conversations with police officers. From 7 to 9 p.m., free ice cream will be served, courtesy of Carvel and BCB Community Bank. 

Second inmate dies at Hudson County Correctional Facility

A 48-year-old woman, sentenced out of Weehawken Municipal Court to 180 days in jail, died at the Hudson County Correctional Facility on July 14 as result of an as yet undisclosed cause.

James Kennelly, spokesperson for Hudson County, confirmed that Jennifer Towle, a resident of Hudson County, died in the jail’s infirmary at about 1:49 a.m. on July 14.

“Her body was transferred to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark for an autopsy,” he said. “The results will be available in 30 to 45 days.”

The reason for Towle’s death has yet to be determined.

“The matter is currently under investigation,” Kennelly said.

Towle was serving 180 days in jail for driving while intoxicated. Because this was her third offense, this was a mandatory sentence, Kennelly said.

Towle’s death comes a month after the death of Rolando Meza Espinoza, 35, who died from internal bleeding and other issues on June 10 after he was transferred from the Hudson County facility to Jersey City Medical Center, according to authorities.

Espinoza was being held at the county jail as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee for alleged immigration offenses.

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Board Chairman Anthony Vainieri announced two weeks ago that the county administration and Board of Freeholders will cooperate in an independent review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Espinoza.

In a resolution passed by the Board of Freeholders on July 11, four members, Chairman Vainieri, and Freeholders Albert Cifelli, William O’Dea and Anthony Romano, will join administration medical and professional staff designated by DeGise on the “Ad Hoc Medical Review Committee.”

Small house fire “hampered by hoarding conditions”

The Bayonne Fire Department was called to a house on East 37th Street when smoke began billowing from the attic, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Firefighters found a “working fire” in a bedroom on the second floor that was later determined to be accidental and caused by an electrical malfunction. The fire department placed the fire under control in about a half hour with no injuries reported. “Fire department operations were hampered by hoarding conditions throughout the structure,” said Weaver in a press release.

Residents should be aware that hoarding can hinder emergency responders from extinguishing fires, and thereby increase the risk of fire spreading and people getting hurt.

Two women arrested for string of thefts, manipulating 7-year-old to help

Bayonne Police arrested two 20-year-old Jersey City women wanted for shoplifting from at least six stores in Bayonne over a three-week span, according to police. The women followed the same strategy in each theft, distracting store employees while a 7-year old girl stole items for them. The two women were charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, endangering the welfare of a child, and using a person under 17 years old to commit a crime.

The relationship between the 7-year-old and the two women is not clear, but police said the girl was released to her mother.