Crime & Safety Local News

BREAKING PATERSON: Male Shot Dead in Paterson

Police are on the scene of a shooting with a person down in a section of Paterson at this time.

According to preliminary reports, police responded to reports of shots fired in the 700 block of East 24th Street around 7:45 p.m.

Upon arrival, police found the unconscious and unresponsive victim suffering bullet wounds.

The victim was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Passaic County Prosector’s Office are headed to the scene to lead the investigation.

There are no other injuries reported at this time.

U. S. News

US cuts World Health Organization ties over virus response

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over the global organization.

He said Chinese officials “ignored” their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the WHO to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered.

He noted that the U.S. contributes about $450 million to the world body while China provides about $40 million.

The U.S. is the largest source of financial support to the WHO and its exit is expected to significantly weaken the organization. Trump said the U.S. would be “redirecting” the money to “other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” without providing specifics.

Local News

First Responder Friday: Paterson Chief Animal Control Officer John Decando

PATERSON, New Jersey – This First Responder Friday we honor Chief Animal Control Officer John Decando!

He has a passion for people and pets.

At Eyewitness News, we are wild about Chief Decando who has protected animals of all kinds since the 1970s.

From the rescue to the rehabilitation of pets, he’s saved countless furry creatures (and some not so furry!) go on to have forever families.

His tireless dedication has affected the lives of the people living in Essex County, New Jersey.

Chief Decando has participated in community affairs, news stories, and neighborhood education for decades in the Tri-State. Thank you!

Whether it’s helping out, celebrating a milestone of service, or a first responder in need — we want to hear about it!
Local News


(Paterson, New Jersey) – Today, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is announcing emergency food distribution events that are going to take place across Passaic County. All Passaic County families are eligible to receive one box with non-perishable food items, upon showing proof of residency at specified dates and locations to be announced in the coming week.

The first emergency food distribution event is taking place on June 3rd at 12:30 PM at the Lambert Castle, 3 Valley Road, Paterson, New Jersey. The Board is distributing up to five hundred (500) boxes of food on a first come, first served basis. Residents are to stay in their vehicles, with windows shut, and will be instructed to open their trunks to receive a box of food.

“Right now, Passaic County families are struggling with the devastating economic impact of the COVID19 global pandemic,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is taking proactive steps to ensure that every family in Passaic County has food security, and no one is going hungry. These emergency food distribution events will take place on a daily basis throughout the next two months, to ensure residents in every municipality in Passaic County are able to participate. I want to thank First Lady Tammy Murphy for joining at the first event, to help raise awareness for this important new resource being offered to Passaic County families.”

Last month, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders secured over $87 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) funding from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in Passaic County. A portion of that funding is being used for these emergency food distribution events to ensure compliance with public health precautions, and ensure seniors and other vulnerable populations have access to food security.

“Every day we are hearing stories about struggling families in Passaic County who do not have access to food because of the Public Health Emergency,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James. “This Board is taking proactive steps to ensure food security for every Passaic County family as we weather the devastating economic impacts of the Public Health Emergency.”

Crime & Safety Local News

Injuries Reported in Godwin Avenue Shooting in Paterson By rlsmetro on May 25, 2020 at 11:02 a.m. EDT

There is an active investigation underway into a shooting that injured a person in a section of Paterson Saturday night.

According to police, suspects pulled up in a vehicle and began to fire shots at individuals in the vicinity of 139 Godwin Avenue shortly before 10:07 p.m.

Officers arrived and found at least one victim struck by bullets at that location.

Police say the victim was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital for treatment while detectives searched the area for suspects. Police recovered weapons at the scene according to reports.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified of the shooting.

Local News

BREAKING: Two Shot Outside of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson

Police are on the scene of a shooting with two victims struck by bullets outside of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson.

According to police, several rounds of gunfire rang out near the intersection of Getty Avenue and Hospital Plaza at approximately 5:35 p.m

When police arrived at the scene, they found a victim suffering bullet wounds at that location.

Police searching the area were informed that the second gunshot victim entered the emergency room and was being treated by doctors.

Police say the suspect fled the scene and remains at-large.

Officials said five people have been shot in less than a 24-hour time span in Paterson.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office are on the scene leading the investigation.

Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

11 a.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Reopening plans

  • New Jersey schools can hold socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies beginning July 6. The eased restrictions on graduation ceremonies applies to more than just high schools and colleges. Ceremonies could be for graduations “of any sort,” Murphy said. The Department of Education will release guidance on how schools can go about planning ceremonies on Wednesday.
  • Professional sports teams can return to training and competition, if the leagues choose to do so. State officials have had discussions with local teams about new protocols for players, coaches and personnel.
  • The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded $91.5 million to help replace the Portal Bridge.

Health data

  • The statewide total of positive cases stands at 155,764, with 703 new results confirmed.
  • There are 30,714 cases of coronavirus in nursing homes and lab-confirmed deaths rose to 4,768.
  • Of those sick statewide, 2,723 are hospitalized, 786 are in ICUs and 578 are on ventilators.
  • An additional 54 fatalities were reported Monday, bringing the death toll to 11,191.
  • Murphy noted that the holiday weekend is likely causing a delay in reporting cases and deaths, which may account for the unusually low numbers announced Tuesday.
  • New Jersey still leads the nation in the number of patients in hospitals per 100,000 people.
  • There has been a 40% decline in childhood vaccinations and 60% decline in vaccinations in children under two years old, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.


  • There are 23 reported cases in children, who range in age from 1 to 18 years old.
  • No children have died.
  • All of the children were hospitalized and 15 have been discharged.
  • Some of the children required intensive care in the hospital.
  • “Many” of the children have also tested positive for COVID-19, Persichilli said.

Social distancing enforcement over Memorial Day weekend

  • About a dozen compliance issues were reported between Friday and Monday night, NJ State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan.
  • A person in Monmouth was cited for holding a house party and serving alcohol to under age individuals.
  • In Wildwood, a motel owner was cited for renting rooms to unauthorized people at two locations.
  • In Elizabeth, a restaurant owner was cited for serving customers inside and outside the establishment.
  • In Long Beach Township, over 50 under-age people were caught having a party with alcohol.
9:45 a.m.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that starting July 6, New Jersey schools can hold socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday morning, New Jersey has 155,092 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the coronavirus death toll rising to 11,144.


NHL Officially Announce Return to Play Plan and Two-Phased 2020 NHL Draft Lottery

It is now official. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has officially announced their Return to Play plan for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Through a streaming broadcast that was simulcast on NBC SN and Sportsnet, Bettman confirmed the 24-team plan that the NHLPA approved this past Friday night will be the NHL’s plan. Here are the main points from the broadcast as I saw it on NBC SN:

  • The top 12 teams from each conference by points percentage as of March 12 will play.
  • The remaining 7 teams will be in the NHL Draft Lottery. The New Jersey Devils are among these 7 teams; this announcement confirms they are done until next season.
  • The 2019-20 regular season is complete.
  • Each conference will be assigned to a hub city with secure hotels, arena, practice facilities, and local transportation for players and personnel.
  • Each team is limited to 50personnel in each hub city with a small number of support staff.
  • There will be comprehensive testing by the teams.
  • “Phase 2” to allow small on-ice workouts has begun. The NHL released that out yesterday as part of their Return to Play plan.
  • Formal training camps will be “Phase 3” of the return to play plan. This will take place no earlier than July 1
  • The teams will report to the hub cities in “Phase 4.” There are no dates for this phase yet; it is expected it will be in the Summer into early Fall. There are also no hub cities decided upon at this moment.
  • Ten hub cities are currently under consideration: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Toronto, and Pittsburgh.
  • Teams will be seeded by points percentage. The top 4 teams in each conference will play in a round robin format to play for First Round seeding in the playoffs. This will have regular season overtime rules. In the East, that will be Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Philadelphia. In the West, that will be St. Louis, Colorado, Las Vegas, and Dallas.
  • The remaining 8 teams will play each other in a best-of-five series to play into the playoffs. This is known as the Qualifying Round. In the East: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal; Carolina vs. New York Rangers; New York Islanders vs. Florida; and Toronto vs. Columbus. In the West: Edmonton vs. Chicago; Nashville vs. Arizona; Vancouver vs. Minnesota; and Calgary vs. Winnipeg.
  • The playoffs will be conference based. It is still not determined whether there will be re-seeding or whether the first and/or second rounds will be best of five or best of seven. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final will be a best of seven series.
  • The 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be for the top three picks.
  • The First Phase of the lottery is by June 26. If a non-resuming team wins a lottery, then they get the pick. There are no teams in the Qualifying Round in this phase of the lottery; there are just place holders based on the current draft odds. If all three draws go to non-resuming teams, then there is no Second Phase to the Lottery. If a placeholder wins a draw, then there will be a second phase.
  • The Second Phase of the lottery will be between the Qualifying and First Rounds. This would be for the placeholders that won. Each of the losing teams from the Qualifying Round would have the same odds at 12.5%. They would not know who has which placeholder ahead of time.
  • The remaining teams from the lottery will be seeded for the draft in reverse order by their points percentage in the 2019-20 season.

The full details are at the NHL’s website in this PDF file.

The NHL’s plan will be to have a four-round playoff for the Stanley Cup pending any further restrictions and changes with the pandemic. I think the round robin games will mostly help those top four teams be in some kind of game shape when the Qualifying Round teams face off against them. There are still plenty of details to figure out, but the format is now in place. Again, this confirms that the Devils are done on the ice until next season.

As for the draft lottery, which is way more of interest to me as a New Jersey Devils fan, I am not sure how to feel about it. The format is complex but it is necessary to ensure a team in the Qualifying Round (an appropriate term for this “round”) does not decide to throw a best-of-five series in the hopes of getting a high pick in this year’s draft. The cynic in me kind of wants all three draws on June 26 to go to three of the seven non-resuming teams so there is no second phase of the lottery. It would be a buzzkill to know the Devils are getting bumped down and we would not know by whom until later in the Summer or the Fall. It already is a buzzkill to know that the NHL Draft is now likely going to happen after the Playoffs due to this approach. But that may be just me since I have been thinking about prospects since March. There is not going to be a whole lot to cheer for from a Devils-perspective for months. I’ll watch it because, hey, it’s hockey. Alas, it will not be Devils hockey.

There are still a lot of issues to be resolved. Perhaps this will be disseminated later this evening, but here are some issues that immediately come to mind. Bettman did not speak to whether drafted players whose rights are ending on June 1 need to still be signed by then or not. Bettman did not speak to whether contracts set to expire on July 1 will be pushed back or not; although I would think they would have to be. Bettman did not speak to roster rules; such as whether teams can call up players for injured players or use players they have in their system, especially those signed recently. The most relevant to the Devils would be draft pick compensation or possible re-negotiation of those terms, which Bettman did not speak to either. This is not a knock on Bettman; I understand those are details in the bigger picture. The announcement was for more significant events such as the playoffs, the play-in round, and the draft lottery (or lotteries).

At least we have one day to look forward to: June 26. I hope the Devils win one of those three draws. And I hope by then we will have some clarity as to the state of their other two potential first rounders from Arizona and Vancouver, respectively. It would really stink if Vancouver fails to Minnesota so that pick moves to 2021 and Arizona wins a lottery draw so that first rounder moves to 2021. (Of course, if Arizona gets into the playoffs then that pick is lower.) No disrespect intended to the 2021 NHL Draft class, but a pick this year is a lot more valuable than a pick next year.

In the interim, the Devils have their own work to do as I wrote a couple of days ago. They still need to settle on a GM. They still need to hire a head coach. They still need to determine what direction they will go in for the draft and start determining what they want to do with the roster for 2020-21. Even if the 2020-21 season eventually becomes just a 2021 season; they can begin to prepare now if they have not done so already.

What do you think of the NHL’s Return to Play format now that it was officially announced? What do you think of the NHL Draft Lottery format? What other details and questions do you have that the NHL needs to resolve? Please leave your thoughts about today’s announcement (and any updates) in the comments. Thank you for reading.

Crime & Safety Local News

Authorities Investigate Deadly Shooting in Paterson

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office will take the initial lead on an investigation into a deadly shooting that occurred in Paterson Saturday morning.

According to preliminary reports, the incident happened shortly after midnight in the 50’s block of 16th Avenue.

Paterson Police arrived to find an unconscious and unresponsive person suffering bullet wounds at that location. Police say the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several Passaic County Police officers, who were on the scene before Paterson Police, were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

As of 3:30 a.m., police officials would not confirm if the shooting was police-involved.

The investigation into the shooting remains active and ongoing.

Local News

Bullets Strike House in Paterson Shots Fired Incident

Police in Paterson detained two suspects who they believe fired shots in a section of the city overnight.

According to police, gunfire erupted in the vicinity of 270 19th Avenue, sending police to the scene at approximately 11:10 p.m.

When police arrived, they found evidence that a shooting occurred, but a brief search of the scene indicated no suspects.

Police say several bullets struck a house, but no one inside suffered injuries.

According to reports, police stopped a vehicle on Slayter Street and took two suspects into custody who they believe fired the shots in the residential community. Police say residents gave a description of the suspects and vehicle they occupied.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.