The Jersey City Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jersey City Arts Awards. To learn more, visit
The Jersey City Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Jersey City Arts Awards. To learn more, visit

Residents arrested in Jersey City homicide

Three Jersey City residents–Heavenley Cherry, 19; Jahquell Carter, 24; and Izmae Tinker-Trent, 19–have been charged in connection with the July 6 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jersey City resident Tyeah Garner, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

On July 6,  just after 10:30 p.m., Jersey City police officers responded to shots fired in the area of Rutgers Ave. and New St. in Jersey City.

Officers found the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper body.

She was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased at 4:36 a.m. on July 7.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death to be homicide.

The charges are merely accusations, The three residents are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

14-day quarantine list expands

Residents should quarantine 14 days after returning from a number of states and areas due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases, according to Gov. Phil Murpy.

They include Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

North Bergen Library hours change

The North Bergen Free Public Library’s hours are changing for “Grab ‘n’ Go” and computer use. The hours will be Monday through Wednesday 2 to 7 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New hours for curbside pickup are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can request items from any of the BCCLS member libraries. Pickup is only available at North Bergen for North Bergen cardholders.

Secaucus police officers honored

Life Saving Awards were presented to police officers and firefighters for saving a 4-year-old and his mother from a fire. Detective Matthew Ford, and police officers Matthew Garzone and Stephen Hurtuk caught the child, thrown to safety from the second-floor window.

Police officers Nicholas Spangenberg, Jason Mitchell, and Detective Aniello Schaffer rescued a 56-year-old woman from the building.

Jersey City convicted felon pleads guilty to possession of a firearm

On July 29, a Jersey City man previously convicted of multiple felonies admitted to possessing a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Benorce Duncan, 31, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court on n May 21, 2019, Duncan knowingly possessed a Röhm .22-caliber RG10 revolver with six rounds of ammunition.

At that time, Duncan had been convicted of aggravated assault and robbery.

Duncan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

North Bergen’s COVID-19 mobile testing unit relocates

The unit is now at the municipal parking lot on 3725 Liberty Ave.

Testing is free to North Bergen residents, regardless of insurance status.

To make an appointment, text the word “COVID” to 973-447-3559 or call 201-834-8887 to speak in English or Spanish.

Tests offered are Nasal Swab and the Serology Antibody Test.

Man faces additional charges in Jersey City death

Charges against Bahsil Marsh, 25, of Jersey City, the driver who allegedly killed a 24-year-old Jersey City woman July 26 on Garfield Ave. in Jersey City have been upgraded to second-degree Death by Auto, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

On July 26, at approximately 7:15 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the Jersey City Medical Center on a call of an unresponsive female being transported to the Emergency Room via private vehicle.

Officers determined that the woman, Charnell Lytch, was a pedestrian struck in the area of Garfield and Chapel Avenues.

She had been transported to the hospital in the vehicle that allegedly struck her.

Marsh, the alleged driver, remained at the hospital. Officers determined he was allegedly under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Lytch later succumbed to her injuries.

Marsh is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Blood supply dangerously low 

New Jersey Blood Services urgently calls for healthy donors because reserves are far below the minimum required. To find blood drives near you, visit