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Crime & Safety Local News

Man Arrested, Charged With Murder Of Pregnant Woman In Paterson

PATERSON, N.J. — A man has been arrested and charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Paterson.

The Passaic County prosecutor’s office says 30-year-old Donqua Thomas, of Paterson, was arrested Saturday.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at the Brooks-Sloate Terrace complex on Christina Place.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Thomas parked his vehicle near the victim’s apartment complex while she was out and waited there for over an hour and a half.

The 31-year-old victim, who was eight months pregnant, was taken to a local hospital. The victim delivered the baby, but died from her injuries a short time later.When the victim got home, she parked next to Thomas’ vehicle and got out of her car. The prosecutor’s office says Thomas then shot her several times and drove off.

The prosecutor’s office says the baby is healthy and in stable condition.

Neighbors told CBS2 that the victim had two other children and that the victim’s young daughter witnessed the shooting.

Thomas turned himself in to police Saturday afternoon. He is facing murder and weapons charges.

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Crime & Safety State News

Salem County Man Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Weapon

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Salem County, New Jersey, man made his initial appearance today after being charged with illegally possessing a handgun, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Donyell M. Stewart, 48, of Salem, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio and was detained pending a bail hearing next week.

According to documents filed in this case:

On Aug. 31, 2020, an officer with the Salem County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a stop of Stewart’s car after a 911 caller reported that Stewart’s car fled from a car accident. Stewart disregarded the officer’s signals to stop and proceeded to drive multiple blocks before pulling into the parking lot of a laundromat. Stewart exited his car with a brown handbag, from which officers later recovered a Springfield Armory XD .40 caliber pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, as well as 5.5 ounces of suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  Stewart has at least five prior New Jersey felony convictions for controlled substance offenses, including a New Jersey conviction for being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network.

The charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensured that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, Newark Field Division, Camden Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s charge.  He also thanked the Salem City Police Department, under the direction of Chief John A. Pelura, III; the Salem County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Charles M. Miller; and the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor John T. Lenahan, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Crime & Safety Local News

Wayne PD: Illegal Gun Found In Home Of Man Prohibited From Having One

Wayne police said they found a gun in the home of a local man who’s prohibited from having one.

Acting on a tip, detectives armed with a search warrant searched Eric Phenix, 31, at his apartment and found him carrying a gun part and some cocaine, Detective Capt. Daniel Daly said.

Phenix then “directed officers to the hiding spot of the full firearm,” a semi-automatic handgun with the serial number removed, Daly said.

The captain didn’t specify the reason for a court order that prevents Phenix from having a firearm, Daly said.

Among the “certain persons” prohibited by state law from having a gun are those convicted of a variety of crimes, ranging from burglary to homicide, as well as those who have been convicted of a domestic violence-related offense or been institutionalized for a mental disorder.

Phenix remained held in the Passaic County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson on a variety of weapons charges, drug possession and contempt of a court order.

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Sports

Jack Hughes and the Possibility of a Breakout Season

April 9, 2019 is a day that still stands out in many New Jersey Devils fans’ heads; the team struck their second #1 overall pick in Devils franchise history, and had the privilege to select highly touted prospect Jack Hughes. That is exactly what they would do come night one of the 2019 NHL draft, adding Hughes to a roster that was still growing, but showed promise. He would have the ability to be eased in by the team, as previous #1 overall pick Nico Hischier and longtime Devil Travis Zajac would get the tougher minutes.

With the amount of raw skill he possessed, many (including myself) expected Hughes to make an impact at the NHL level within his first season. While there would need to be an adjustment period, many thought that 50-60 points wouldn’t be out of the question for the rookie. Well everyone, this is why pencils have erasers; while Hughes did not have a bad rookie season (and it was cut short due to the pandemic), it did not live up to the hype that was generated prior to the campaign’s start.

Hughes recorded 7 goals and 14 assists for a total 21 points in 61 contests during his first season. These numbers would come with mostly middle six minutes (he would have a short stint on the top line at wing prior to the season pause) and with at times, questionable linemates. We could also toss in the coaching upheaval, personnel moves, and a bunch of other factors, but the bottom line still stands that Hughes had a rough rookie year. However, I contend that there’s a number of reasons to believe that this upcoming season will be better; let’s look at why.

Encouraging On-Ice Factors

I think the most encouraging factor that I can think of just from watching games and highlights on Hughes from 2019-20 is that the kid had absolutely no luck last season. Whether it was pucks off posts, goalies absolutely robbing him, or passing to open teammates that couldn’t buy a goal, Hughes’ point production was adversely affected by his lack of puck luck. His 5.7% all situations shooting percentage gives us a tangible number for exactly how unlucky he was. Said number is well below the usual average NHL shooting percentage, so with a bit more luck, Hughes should improve upon his shooting percentage, and therefore his point totals next season.

Additionally, as mentioned above, Hughes had a rough go with linemates for some sections of the seasons. Whether it was being with players who are cooked as point contributors (such as Wayne Simmonds), guys who have not been point producers so far in their career (such as Pavel Zacha) or guys that he just didn’t seem to click with (his time with Nico Hischier sticks out like a sore thumb), Hughes didn’t always have the best situation. With the Devils continuing to rebuild their roster, and a number of open slots that the team will look to fill with promising prospects, the team will have an opportunity to find two players who gel with Jack.

Back end additions could be helpful in Jack breaking out this season as well; the less time the Devils spend hemmed into their own end, the more they will be moving forward and hopefully putting the puck into the opposing net.

Encouraging Off-Ice Factors

Hughes has also been spending time improving himself off ice. As the team has had an extended break since they last played, Hughes has had the ability to spend time improving off the ice. One of the biggest criticisms of having him in the NHL this past season was his size; at 5’11” and 170 pounds (which is probably a generous listing), Hughes was a smaller forward not used to the NHL game. As a result, he got pushed around a bit at times, and wasn’t always able to put his skills to full use.

In seeing clips of Jack from the NHL, I fully expect him to come in with more muscle on his frame for this upcoming season. A year of NHL experience under his belt will help also, as now he will be better prepared for opposing players, their tendencies/play styles, and the general flow of the pro game.

Adding it All Up

Maybe 2020-21 won’t be a Jack Hughes breakout; there’s still a lot of unknowns facing the league as a whole, and let’s face it, the Devils roster still isn’t spectacular. However, I think that we will at the very least see an improved, more productive Jack Hughes and if the stars align, 2020-21 will be the breakout that we all want to see. There were too many instances where Hughes did the right thing, but wasn’t rewarded with the results. Hopefully, the above factors all come together to see Jack get the results and outcomes he deserves this season, as he continues to grow into one of the most important young Devils going forward.

Your Take

Do you think 2020-21 will be the Season of Hughes, at least for the Devils? What do you expect of him production-wise moving forward? Who do you see him playing with and where in the lineup this year? Leave any and all comments below and thanks as always for reading!

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Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Thursday, October 29, 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.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy gave an update on COVID-19 in New Jersey.

COVID-19 in NJ

  • Murphy: The second wave is no longer something off in the future. “It’s coming in now.”
  • PPE stockpile
    • N95 mask (5.7 million + 1.6 million on order)
    • Surgical masks: 13.3 million
    • Face shields (1.3 million + 665,000 on order)
    • Hospital gowns: 3.7 million + 1.5 million on order
    • Gloves: 3.9 million + 100 million on order
    • Ventilators 597 deployed statewide
  • Testing
    • 4.5 million tests conducted per date
    • 2.6 million Abbott Labs BinaxNOW antigen rapid tests available.

Unemployment in NJ

  • Numbers are going down, but they are still high.
  • 1.45 million workers have met monetary requirements to receive benefits.
  • $18.1 billion has been paid out.

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 1,477 (Statewide total: 234,547)
  • 1,072 people are hospitalized, 217 are in ICUs and 79 are on ventilators.
  • New deaths: 8 (Death toll: 14,539)
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 1.25
  • Schools: 11 new cases, stemming from 3 newly confirmed cases of school transmission (28 outbreaks)

Halloween

  • Rain will pass, but stay safe.
  • Keep smart
  • Keep wearing masks (Halloween masks don’t count)

Hot Spot teams

  • They support communities that need help to respond in rising cases
  • Focus on increasing testing, education and awareness and insuring places are available to quarantine.
  • In Lakewood, there were 33 pop-up testing sites set up.
  • In Lakewood, percent positivity decreased from a high of 36% in late Sept. to 5.64% as of last Friday, Health Commissioner Judith Perischilli said.

Q&A

  • Will there be more restrictions as cases continue to rise? State is constantly monitoring. We will assess.
  • It’s been rainy and getting cold. What can people do? There’s no perfect answer. You need to be careful. “This is not a normal year.”
  • Unemployed New Jerseyans have not received their FEMA “lump sum.” Is there a way that can be fixed? We have to look into it and ask the officials involved, but if possible, Gov. Murphy said he is “all for it.”
  • Minimum wage is expected to increase July 1, officials are calling to freeze the increase?
  • Death toll — it’s lower? There are realities today that were not in place in March, April and May. Our medical communities know how to treat it compared to months ago. We also have better knowledge/equipment. The virus is moving toward a different demographic.
8:30 a.m.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla spoke to PIX11 about the curfews that go into effect tonight and how they’ll be enforced.

Happening today:

  • COVID business curfews go into effect tonight in the cities of Hoboken and Paterson.

The latest official numbers:
As of Thursday, there were 234,547 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 14,539 confirmed virus fatalities.

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Local News

Paterson PD: Boy, 15, Caught Carrying Pair Of High-Powered Handguns, Magazines, More

A 15-year-old Paterson boy was caught carrying two handguns with large-capacity magazines, authorities said.

The teen at first tried to avoid Officer Jensin Burgos when he pulled up to the corner of 12thAvenue and East 24thStreet, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said.

When Burgos got out, the boy bolted through an alleyway, discarding a black bag he was carrying, Speziale said.

A gun fell out, he said.

Burgos nabbed the teen and recovered the bag, which had another weapon inside, the director said.

Both are 9mm semi-automatic Taurus handguns fitted with fully-loaded high-capacity magazines, Speziale said.

One had been reported stolen, while the other had a defaced serial number, he said.

The bag also held another 50 rounds of ball and hollow-point ammunition.

Juvenile complaints charging the boy with weapons and stolen property possession counts were filed against the boy, Speziale said.

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Local News

DUNDEE ISLAND PARK RIBBON CUTTING

(Passaic County, New Jersey) – Today, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a ribbon cutting for the County’s newest park, Dundee Island Park in Passaic City, New Jersey.

Dundee Island Park – a $12 million dollar project funded by the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, Passaic County Capital Budget, and a $5 million dollar grant from the NJDEP Office of Natural Resource Restoration Newark Bay Complex Grant –  is the County’s first riverfront park and first addition to the Passaic County Park System in 50 years.

“My colleagues on the freeholder board and I are ecstatic about this grand addition to our County Park System and to the City of Passaic. We have truly transformed this space into a beautiful recreational area and green open space for our residents. This was truly a community driven project. Here in Passaic County, community input matters because our communities are what make our county so great, and we’re happy to be able to state that the development of this park has been community driven, which included several community input forums and stakeholder meetings from its inception,” stated Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara.

The Dundee Island Park project construction has been managed by the Trust for Public Land through an agreement reached by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, City of Passaic, and the Trust for Public Land. The new Dundee Island Park includes an array of elements, including an elevated field house with a concession and restroom facilities, a refurbished soccer field, playground, spray park, fitness and exercise equipment, a community garden, boat launch, river walk, landscaped improvements, ornamental security lighting throughout the entire park, art and place making features, including a sculptor designed by a local artist, and an amphitheater.

Dundee Island is located completely within a floodway and significant investments were made to include green infrastructure elements to absorb water during flood events and protect surrounding residential and commercial districts.

“Dundee Island Park is an amazing addition to the great city of Passaic, and we are excited for the community as well as visitors who will enjoy this new park for years to come,” added Passaic County Freeholder Director Lazzara.

This is the first step in a long-term plan to develop a riverfront park along the Passaic River. The current features of Dundee Island Park are a part of Phase I of the long-term plan to develop a riverfront park along the Passaic River. Design and community input on Dundee Island Phase II is underway, with the County, City, and TPL working under the same model to refurbish the abandoned freight rail bridge into a pedestrian greenway into Bergen County, incorporate North Pulaski Park into Dundee Island Park, and connect Dundee Island Park and Pulaski Park into one vast recreational facility.

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Crime & Safety State News

Colorado Man Charged with Smuggling Cocaine into the United States through Newark Airport

NEWARK, N.J. – A Colorado man will make his initial appearance today on charges that he smuggled approximately two kilograms of cocaine into the United States, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Leandre Kemont Jefferson, 23, of Denver, Colorado, was arrested on Oct. 23, 2020. He is charged by complaint with one count of importation of controlled substances and is scheduled to appear by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Oct. 23, 2020, Jefferson arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport aboard a flight from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. During a screening, law enforcement officers discovered that Jefferson possessed approximately two kilograms of cocaine concealed inside of 12 vacuum packed bags, which were themselves wrapped in foil, and which was further concealed inside of clothing.

The count with which Jefferson is charged carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a potential maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina; and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Troy Miller, director of Field Operations, New York Field Office, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Sherman of the Criminal Division in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Lifestyle

Trim that tummy! 5 important things to know about tummy tuck

Have you been trying to lose that belly fat of yours for long now but without success? Have you been doing endless sit-ups and crunches but still have that excess pounds in your midsection? Have you been depriving yourself of foods, both nutritious and non-nutritious, just to flatten that belly? Are you losing hope and tempted to resign to the possibility of not being able to achieve that dream of having a toned, trimmed flat tummy?

Do not ever give up and lose hope. There is a proven and effective remedy to your belly problem, and that is the tummy tuck procedure or also known as abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is cosmetic surgery of the abdomen that typically involves the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of the abdominal muscles.

Take note of these five essential things to know about Tummy Tuck and get rid of that belly fat!

Flattens Abdomen

A flat belly is usually the main focus of a tummy tuck surgery and the common goal of people wanting to undergo abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure. Undeniably, people look better with a flat abdomen as compared to having a big belly. When you have a big belly, you would feel an imbalance in your life and sometimes wallow in self-pity.

But more than the physical look, having a flat belly helps you improve your energy levels and even your overall health. The benefits of having a flat abdomen include not just your outside appearance but also your insides. But the dream to have a flat belly is not impossible as we now have Abdominoplasty, which will help you speed up your abdomen’s flattening.

Addresses Some Medical Conditions

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck does not only give cosmetic rewards. Tummy Tuck also has medical benefits. Tummy Tucks aren’t only about looking good physically, but it is also about being physically healthy as it addresses some medical conditions such as Ventral Hernia, Stress Urinary Incontinence, and Back Pain.

Ventral Hernia

This medical condition happens when tissues bulge through an opening caused by weakness within your abdominal wall muscles, which involves breaking abdominal tissue or intestine. This medical condition can be addressed by abdominoplasty as abdominoplasty addresses weakened abdominal muscles.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

This medical condition happens when urine leaks out with sudden pressure on the bladder and urethra, which may be because of sudden forceful activities, like exercise, sneezing, laughing, coughing, or sexual intercourse. This kind of medical condition can be reduced or relieved by abdominoplasty because tummy tuck tightens the abdominal wall, which creates enough pull on the urethra.

Back Pain

Back Pain is a medical condition resulting from a weakened stomach muscle or weakened core muscle. Overweight can also cause back pains. This type of surgery alleviates back pain as its procedure involves tightening of muscles, resulting in abdominal support.

Liposuction is a different procedure

A Liposuction and a tummy tuck are not one and the same. Although they are both a cosmetic procedure and have the same end goal: a narrow waistline. Abdominoplasty involves a more thorough and in-depth kind of approach than liposuction. Liposuction is mainly for fat loss, while tummy tuck surgery is for tightening loose skin.

A Liposuction is a more straightforward procedure, while a Tummy Tuck is a far more complex procedure. As to the effects, this procedure surgery strengthens core strength and mechanics, which the Liposuction cannot perform. You may visit Breslow MD to learn more about abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure for more correct and precise details.

Not For Weight Loss

The main target of this procedure is your midsection or the abdomen. This procedure focuses on a particular area and not all parts of our body. Hence abdominoplasty does not apply for anyone. Some individuals are not qualified to undergo abdominoplasty, such as those who have severe medical conditions, obese, and most especially those who are planning to conceive.

Since tummy tuck surgery is major surgery, it is best to ask the experts to be sure if you are qualified to undergo such a procedure or not. If you are qualified, do not be nervous and leave the matter to the pros. If you are not qualified, it would be in your best interest not to force the situation at the expense of your health.

Restores Firmness and Confidence

Many individuals, especially women who have just given birth, face self-confidence problems because of their tummy’s excess pounds. In fact, in this age of social media, fat belly has become the source of many individuals’ insecurities both for men and women.

Fortunately, we are not left without recourse as tummy tuck surgery can help us eliminate our fat-belly insecurity. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to restore your abdominal muscles’ firmness and not just remove excess fats. Since abdominoplasty restores firmness, it naturally follows that it restores your self-confidence as well.

Takeaway

Every fat belly problem has a solution. As long as you are qualified health-wise, your big tummy can be flattened by abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery. This surgery is considered a major one, but it is sure worth every challenge that comes with it. So go now and trim that tummy away!

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Man Stabbed In Head, Neck In Clifton, Arrest Made, Officer Injured

A Clifton man was stabbed and a police officer injured taking the accused assailant into custody before dawn Saturday, authorities said.

The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center after being stabbed in the head and neck in an attack at a private home on East 1st Street around 4 a.m., responders said.

The officer also was hospitalized with an apparent shoulder injury, they said.

Neither injury was considered life-threatening.

The accused assailant was being charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses, among other counts.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes hadn’t identified him as of Saturday evening.

Her office was investigating, assisted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, which collected evidence, and Clifton police.