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In June, Jersey City Council honored Christopher Drummond for heroism.
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In June, Jersey City Council honored Christopher Drummond for heroism.

Jersey City student helps save man with no pulse

On May 3, Christopher Drummond, a junior at Snyder High School, was on his way home when he saw a man lying face down on the sidewalk near Audubon Park in Jersey City.

Realizing the man had no pulse, Drummond called 911 and then began to administer compressions and CPR. Drummond is a volunteer with the Hoboken Volunteer Corps. When the EMTs arrived, he helped them administer oxygen to the man. The man regained consciousness and survived.

The Jersey City Council honored Drummond at its June 14 meeting.

Airbnb may seek referendum to overturn council ban

People who support short-term rentals in Jersey City vowed to take the issue to the voters after the city council voted early in June for hefty restrictions.

Supported by Airbnb, a short-term rental online platform, a crowd gathered in protest outside city hall in late June saying they would invoke a law that could allow the public to decide the issue.

If supporters get enough valid voter signatures, they could force the council to rescind the ordinance or send the measure to the public in November election.

The new restrictions would otherwise go into effect on Jan. 1.

Prosecutor investigates alleged sexual assault

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on Saturday, June 29, at approximately 8:50 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a residence in Jersey City on a report of a sexual assault.

Responding police officers received a report from a 25-year-old Jersey City woman that she was sexually assaulted shortly after 7:15 a.m. The alleged sexual assault occurred at an unknown location in Jersey City after the woman accepted a ride from an unknown male as she traveled from Hoboken to her residence in Jersey City.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1234 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

Prosecutor responds to officer-involved shooting

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on Monday, July 1, at approximately 10:15 p.m., three Jersey City Police Officers — a Lieutenant and two Police Officers — assigned to the Housing Unit were on patrol in the area of the Arlington Gardens Housing Complex.

During their patrol, an incident occurred which resulted in all three police officers discharging their weapons. Preliminary indications suggest that fireworks were being shot in the area of this incident. The circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting remain under active investigation.

Two individuals, a 19-year-old male and a 21-year-old male, were transported to Jersey City Medical Center where they received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident. The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice was immediately notified of the incident.

Pursuant to Attorney General guidelines, the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has taken over the investigation from the Jersey City Police Department. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Shooting Response Team is in the early stages of the investigation.

HCCC to sponsor old book and art fair

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) invites the public and members of the local business community to participate in the college’s annual Book and Art Fair.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the college’s Culinary Plaza Park. The park is across the street from the HCCC Culinary Conference Center at 161 Newkirk St. in Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center.

The event is hosted by the College’s Division of Continuing Education and the Office of Student Life & Leadership. There is no charge for admission. Attendees may purchase new or used books, shop local vendors’ wares, enjoy light fare from area restaurants, and participate in book readings. There will be workshops and a host of activities for children.

Vendors interested in participating may register at www.tinyurl.com/hcccfair2019. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Continuing Education at ce@hccc.edu or 201-360-4262.