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The Bayonne Police Department held a ceremony for the promotion of two new lieutenants and four new sergeants. Pictured left to right: Public Safety Director Robert Kubert, Mayor Jimmy Davis, Lieutenant David J. Conte, Lieutenant Michael T. Zajac, Sergeant Matthew Tarbett III, Sergeant Julian Lewis, Sergeant William Dundas V, Sergeant Antonio Spano, and Police Chief Robert Geisler.

Bayonne promotes police

On Thursday, Feb. 10, the Bayonne Police Department held a ceremony
for the promotion of six police officers to their new ranks. The promotions are the result of competitive examinations administered by the State of New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission.

The officers with their new ranks are Lieutenant David Conte, Lieutenant Michael Zajac, Sergeant Matthew Target III, Sergeant Julian Lewis, Sergeant William Dundas V, and Sergeant Antonio Spano.

Historic Preservation Commission meeting

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., the Bayonne Historic Preservation Commission will be meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall, 630 Avenue C.

Assemblyman Sampson honored for Black History Month

William Sampson IV made history in January of this year by becoming the first African American State Legislator from the City of Bayonne. In recognition of African Americans who have played a trailblazing role, Sampson was chosen to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award during Black History Month. The award was presented to Sampson by the New Progressive Leadership of Tomorrow at its Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast and Awards Program on Feb. 7.

Annual communion breakfast

Group Prayer Day is Sunday, March 27 with mass at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church at 32 East 25th Street for a 10 a.m. mass.

Immediately following, a luncheon will be held at the Chandelier Restaurant at 1081 Broadway. Ticket donation is $45 and will be available through the Parish Rosary President or Parish Rectory Office.

Bayonne man arrested by SWAT Team for NYC murder

On Saturday, Feb. 5, members of the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Major Case Unit, the Bayonne Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service assisted the New York City Police Department in executing a search warrant pertaining to a homicide that occurred in New York City last month.

At approximately 6 a.m., a court ordered search warrant was executed at 957 Broadway in Bayonne. During the investigation, law enforcement recovered two handguns, one of which was reported stolen out of North Carolina, extended magazines, hollow point ammunition, a large quantity of marijuana, and over $3,000 in cash.

Kegwin Clarke, a 26-year-old from Bayonne, was arrested without incident by the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team and charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm While in the Course of Committing a CDS Offense, Receiving Stolen Property, two counts of Prohibited Weapons and Devices, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute.

Clarke was wanted in connection to a Manhattan murder investigation. He was charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office as a Fugitive from Justice and was charged with Murder by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Clarke was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance and will await extradition to New York.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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