Jersey City says officers were justified in Bostwick Ave. use of force
Officer Bryant Rowan used a deployable baton, and other officers used OC spray on residents after being called to the scene of a fight on May 5 on Bostwick Ave. in Jersey City.
Despite calls from several community leaders to indict and fire the officer, the city refused. “ … the facts are that several officers were assaulted by the public as verified by both the body cameras and independent video,” said city spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione. “Furthermore, an attempt by an individual to remove an officer’s handgun is also captured on video.”
“ …the city turned over all footage to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and a thorough investigation is underway,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Hoboken gets more bus stops
Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced that NJ Transit will add an additional bus stop along the 126 route on Clinton and Fifth Streets this year.
The Sixth Street stop will be moved between Seventh and Eighth Streets, and a new bus stop will be added at Second Street and Willow Ave.
Last day for North Bergen girls’ softball registration
Girls’ softball registration is open for ages 7 to 18 It will be held July 16 at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Masks must be worn.
Jersey City to review street sweeping schedules
Mayor Steven Fulop will introduce an ordinance to create a Street Cleaning Review Commission and propose amendments to the city’s current street cleaning schedule.
The measure is designed to improve traffic patters, parking, cleaning, and efficiency.
Within 90 days, the committee must make its recommendations.
Union City secures $11 million for Palisade Ave. project
The Palisade Avenue beautification continues north of 14th Street. Installation of decorative lights and trees continues from 2nd Street to 14th Street. Granite markers on the northern/ southern corners of Palisade Ave. bear the original names of city streets. The project will cost close to $11 million, funded by grants secured by Mayor Brian Stack, who asks that residents maintain the sidewalks, streets, trees, and decorative lights.
Investigation underway after two bodies found in Jersey City
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating two bodies pulled from the water hours apart in Jersey City.
On July 4, shortly after 7:30 a.m., officers responded to the Hudson River near the end of Morris Canal Park on reports of a female in the water.
The victim, 22, from Manhattan, was pronounced deceased at 7:43 a.m.
Just before 1 p.m., that same day, JCPD received a call of a second body in the Morris Canal, about 50 feet from the first victim.
The victim, Umair Saleh, 23, of Edison, was pronounced deceased at 1:08 p.m.
Anyone with information should call 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.
Feeding West New York’s youth
Free dinner and snacks will be provided for West New York residents, ages 18 and under.
The Summer Food Service Program will run Monday through Friday until August 28. Residents can pick up meals from 3:3o to 5:30p.m., weather permitting.
The Board of Education will continue to serve free breakfast and lunch.
Pickup locations are Elementary Schools 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Middle School.
Social distancing will be enforced. For more information, call 201-295-5120.
Pools open in Jersey City
The Pavonia/Marion Pool at 914 Pavonia Ave. and the Lafayette Pool, 303 Van Horne St., have reopened.
Pools are for residents only with 50-percent capacity and social distancing enforced. Face coverings required when not in the pool. Sanitizing will take place for an hour between each two-hour swim session.
For more information, visit: https://jcrec.recdesk.com/Community/Facility?type=2.
Fatal hit and run in Secaucus
The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a hit-and-run incident in which a 35-year-old Union City woman was fatally struck on the Route 3 Service Road in Secaucus on July 6.
The victim was transported to Hudson Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
Detectives are looking for the driver of a late model (2017-2019) Chevy Suburban or Tahoe.
Anyone with information is asked to call 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.