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Councilwoman Amy DeGise’s trial is postponed

Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise, famous for her hit-and-run case against a Jersey City resident, will have her court hearing delayed due to a “scheduling conflict,” according to Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Robert Florida.

A pre-trial was set to take place next week on Jan. 10 at the Veterans Courthouse at 470 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Newark, but now will take place on Jan.24.

According to the Jersey Journal, members familiar with the case said the delay was intended to give Essex County Prosecutor’s Office time to further investigate the case if more charges should be brought forward against the councilwoman.

North Bergen Police Department’s Officer of the Month

North Bergen Police Department Officer Jeffrey Vega has been named Officer of the Month for November 2022.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the NBPD received a report of a male pointing a firearm at an individual. Officer Vega responded to the scene and after a brief foot pursuit he was able to apprehend one of the suspects and recover a firearm.

As a result of Officer Vega’s actions, a “dangerous offender was apprehended” and “an illegal firearm was removed off the streets” and “will no longer be a threat to the public safety,” according to NBPD.

Fourth juvenile arrested in connection with fatal Union City stabbing

A fourth juvenile has been arrested in connection with an incident leading up to the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old male in Union City on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. The 16-year-old Union City male is charged as a juvenile with first-degree Armed Robbery; first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery; fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (stick); and third-degree Possession of a Weapon (stick) for an Unlawful Purpose.

A preliminary investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit determined a total of five juveniles were involved in an altercation prior to two of the juveniles being stabbed. Three additional juveniles were previously arrested and charged.

Juvenile matters are confidential and no additional information can be released at this time. On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at approximately 6:24 p.m., the Union City Police Department was notified of a stabbing in the area of 40th Street and New York Avenue.

Responding officers located two juvenile males in the area of 40th Street and Bergenline Avenue each with an apparent stab wound. Allen Flores, 15, of Union City, was transported to Christ Hospital in Jersey City and was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m.

A second juvenile, a 16-year-old Union City male, was treated at Jersey City Medical Center for serious injuries and his since been released. The above charges are merely accusations and the juveniles are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fire kills elderly Weehawken man on New Year’s Day

An elderly man perished in a fire in Weehawken on New Year’s Day, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force has determined that the fire does not appear suspicious at this time, however, the origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.

On Sunday, January 1, at approximately 10:30 a.m., North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fire at 708 Boulevard East in Weehawken.

Upon arrival, members of the NHRFR located and extinguished the fire, which was brought under control at approximately 11:05 a.m. The fire was contained to a single unit on the first floor of the apartment building.

While containing the fire, the firefighters located a 69-year-old male victim with apparent injuries caused by the fire. The fire victim was transported to Palisade Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin. The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is actively investigating this case with assistance from North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue and the Weehawken Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave a tip at hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

West New York man arrested in probe of other man’s death

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the West New York Police Department are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man. On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at approximately 11:35 p.m., the West New York Police Department was notified of an injured male in the area of 60th Street and JFK Boulevard East.

Responding officers located the lifeless body of a male, later identified as 34-year-old Jose Cepeda of West New York, with visible injuries to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:23 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

The Cause and Manner of Death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. During a subsequent investigation, the Homicide Unit arrested and charged 36-year-old Wilfredo Flores of West New York, with one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault.

The charge stems from an interaction between Cepeda and Flores on (or about) Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the West New York Police Department are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip.

All information will be kept confidential. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

New police officers sworn in across North Hudson

North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual administered the oath to six police officers at a ceremony inside the Town Hall municipal chambers on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The new officers include Brooke Bargiel; David Corbisiero Jr.; Jose Figueroa; Alexander Lambros; Yosseline Marquez; and Majd Siyam. They will all now be attending the Passaic County Police Academy.

Police Chief Peter Fasilis was master of ceremonies at the event. Reverend Yuvan Alvarez performed the invocation and benediction. Also in attendance were members of the new officers’ families, along with many representatives from the township administration and the police department.

Meanwhile, the Union City Police Department also swore in ten new recruits who are now off to the police academy. In addition, three officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

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