Prosecutor investigates Jersey City police activities after car chase

first_img ×Tonnelle Avenue area where the car crashed and burst into flames. Tonnelle Avenue area where the car crashed and burst into flames. HUDSON COUNTY — In response to a video that showed police allegedly kicking and dragging someone from a fiery car crash after a long pursuit through Jersey City this weekend, the Hudson County Prosecutor said on Thursday that the matter is being investigated.“There have been many inquiries about a video being utilized by several media outlets concerning Sunday night’s police involved shooting in Jersey City,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez in a release issued to the press. “I’d like to thank the individual who came forward with this video and I’d like the public to know that we welcome their help. This video is now part of all the evidence we are considering as we investigate the actions of all individuals who were involved with the events of Sunday night in Jersey City. Our investigators have reviewed the video and we believe with certainty that this man is the bystander from West New York who suffered burns, not the individual pursued by police. As I previously said, we will utilize all resources available to the Prosecutor’s Office for a full and thorough investigation as we seek to bring this matter to a rightful conclusion.”  center_img Suarez encouraged any of readers or viewers with video or information about this incident, however insignificant, to contact the Prosecutor’s office. Investigators can be reached at 201-915-1345 or video can be sent to [email protected] To leave an anonymous tip for the Prosecutor’s Office, go to hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.”Police officials said a 48-year-old suspect led police on a six-mile chase from the Greenville section of Jersey City to the Jersey City Heights.Police fired a number of shots at the man’s car during the pursuit. The pursuit ended in a fiery crash.City officials said they had “serious concerns” with how the police conducted the pursuit.“This investigation was immediately turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, as we do with any incidents in which an officer discharges his or her weapon or uses deadly force and as is required by attorney general guidelines. We have serious concerns about the conduct of this pursuit; however, we are reserving judgment until the conclusion of the prosecutor’s investigation,” said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. “To be clear, we are working with the HCPO and are in the process of identifying the officers on this video. Once we clearly identify all the officers involved we will be seeking termination in addition to any possible criminal penalties in appropriate cases.”Mayor Steven Fulop also Tweeted about the video on Wednesday night, calling the behavior shown “unacceptable.”last_img read more

Bayonne officer shoots man who was allegedly wielding a knife

first_imgBAYONNE– According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on Friday Aug. 25 at approximately 5:35 p.m., Bayonne police officers were sent to East 25th Street on a report of a domestic violence incident. The initial responding officers encountered a man on the street later identified as Bayonne Resident Rudy Vera, age 51. While the officer was still in his patrol car Vera allegedly began acting in an aggressive manner.After the officer got out of his vehicle Vera allegedly pursued the officer with a knife. The man allegedly ignored several commands to stop and drop the weapon and submit to arrest.As a result, the officer discharged his service weapon hitting Vera in the torso and an extremity. Vera was treated at the scene and transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was in stable condition Sunday, Aug. 27.The HCPO’s initial investigation revealed that upon arriving home the unnamed female victim found Vera allegedly in her apartment in violation of a restraining order.She immediately left her home and was allegedly pursued by Vera who allegedly acted in a threatening manner toward her with a screwdriver and a knife.Vera was charged with armed burglary, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, violating a restraining order, three counts of aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.The officer involved in the shooting was taken to the Bayonne Medical Center for an evaluation.The HCPO has taken over the investigation, and the Prosecutor’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the early stages of the investigation.Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the HCPO at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip online at http://hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ All information will be kept confidential. ×last_img read more

OCTC Presents: A Christmas Carol The Musical – Shows December 8,9,10,15 & 16

first_imgAbout The ShowA Christmas Carol – The Broadway Musical – Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Proving its staying power with a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The magic of Broadway and the magic of Christmas combine to make a very special show for audiences of all ages!Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent Based on the story by Charles Dickens Original Choreography by Susan Stroman Originally directed by Mike Ockrent Originally Presented by Radio City Entertainment At the Theater at Madison Square Garden Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplies by MTI. www.MTIShows.comDecember 8 at 7:30 PMDecember 9 at 7:30 PMDecember 10 at 2:00 PMDecember 15 at 7:30 PMDecember 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 PMOcean City Music PierTickets: $15-$20For tickets, Click HEREOr Call 609-399-6111Music Pier Seating Chart Click Here To Make A Donationlast_img read more

Organic bandwagon

first_imgAs demand for organic goods continues to rise across everything from cosmetics to beer, the category has moved firmly from the trendy into the mainstream arena. While bread has not been one of the strongest organic categories, new research shows that bakers can follow the lead of fresh produce and dairy products. The signals are that a general move to ’premium’ within the bread sector has opened the way for greater expansion of this category.A new report from Leatherhead Food International values the organic bread market in the UK at £26m in 2006 to 2007, although it remains niche within the overall bread category, accounting for 1% of total sales. However, organic bread sales grew by a quarter in the past year. The research says: “Growth is very strong totalling 25.3% in the past year. The general move upmarket within the bread sector has opened the way for greater expansion of this category.”The report explains that ’premiumisation’ – trading up to premium varieties – is increasingly common among UK consumers and that it is having an impact on all areas of food and drink: “Bread has been no exception and the ethnic/speciality and organic breads sectors have benefited from this.”It says there are two opportunities for organic bread. “First of all it is a growing market, at some 25% per annum. Secondly, bread lags behind other food products in terms of its share of consumer spend. If we were to achieve the same share for organic bread as the retail market as a whole does for all organic products, sales would virtually double.”The first organic naan bread, for example, was launched in the UK in 2007 by Honeytop Speciality Foods, which indicates that the organic market could be set for increased segmentation, confirms the report. “As the category matures, more activity in speciality products is anticipated,” it states.Paul Morrow, MD of British Bakels, which commissioned the report, said. “It is clear from this report that consumers do want to trade up and that organic offers a way forward.”Other activity in the bakery market has been relatively limited, says the report, with only smaller suppliers, such as The Village Bakery and Doves Farm Foods, having shown much interest in developing organic lines. Meanwhile, Duchy Originals is one of the few organic brands to focus on organic pastry, having opened a new Cornish bakery and a range of pasties and tarts in 2006.—-=== Organic trends ===l Within organic baking, there is support for bakers and millers to enter into long-term supply contracts with grain suppliersl Organic bread products have sustained year-on-year growth in both value and volume although they face competition from other premium bread lines such as seeded or wholegrainl Organic bread may benefit by differentiating from other naturally healthy bread products.Source: Mintel Organics, Jan 2008last_img read more

Guns N’ Roses Sold One Million Tickets To Their European Tour In One Day

first_imgGuns N’ Roses are clearly one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Last year’s “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, their first tour with classic-era members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan since Slash’s departure from the band in the early 1990s, saw the band selling out massive football stadiums in one of the year’s most high-profile and profitable tours. On the heels of that success, the band had announced more dates in 2017, taking them to Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and a few more giant shows in North American.This weekend, tickets to Guns N’ Roses European tour went on sale. Remarkably, the band promptly sold over one million tickets in one day. With 20 shows on deck, that’s an average of 50,000 tickets per show. Wow.Many of the massive venues, such as Slane Castle in Dublin, London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park in the London, Stade de France in Paris, Olympiastadion in Munich, are already sold out or are very close to it, so if you live in Europe and plan on going to the shows, you should probably get your tickets immediately.[H/T NME]last_img read more

Gas Prices Drop As Summer Vacation Season Wraps Up

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The average price for a gallon of gas continues to drop.According to AAA, the demand for gas is going down with summer vacations wrapping up.Virtual learning has also contributed to a lesser need for gas since fewer students are actually going to school facilities due to the pandemic.The average price of gas across the Unites States is $2.19, a drop of three cents since last week. New York’s average price of gas is also going down, as it currently sits at $2.28. That’s one cent last than last week.One year ago, the national average was $2.57, while the state’s was $2.73.In Jamestown the average price for a regular gallon of gas is $2.35, according to GasBuddy.com. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Les Miz Star Earl Carpenter’s Photo Stash!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 My favorite line in the show “Possibly Javert’s best line, showing his inevitable breakdown.” My favorite co-star “Has to be Kyle Scatliffe. He’s so adorable…he’s my friend! Lol!” The coolest prop in the show “It has to be Javert’s truncheon. Sorts the beggars and whores out once and for all.” My favorite thing in my dressing room “My Bose speaker systems…the best!” My favorite fan gift “This brilliant cup with a few roles I’ve played printed on it.” Related Shows View Comments The crew member who saves my ass “MK Flynt. It’s actually the tourist choices she’s helped me out with that have saved me! Thanks, MK.”center_img My view from the stage door “This incredible show from audiences here. Took a while to get used to, but it’s amazing!!” My favorite spot in the theater “Sitting in the theater between shows. So quiet!” A selfie right before I go on stage The best costume piece I wear “Has to be my first costume. Classic and classy: Javert at home.” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “Yum, yum, yum, yum and yum.” British musical theater star Earl Carpenter has crossed the pond in search of the ever-elusive prisoner 24601—he’s making his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert, reprising the role he played in the West End and Toronto productions of Les Miserables. Before he plays his final performance October 7 to make way for the revival’s original star Will Swenson, Broadway.com sent Carpenter on a backstage scavenger hunt! We asked Carpenter to take photos of a few of his favorite things at the Imperial Theatre, including a prop that “sorts out the beggars and whores.” Check out a day in the life of Javert below! Les Miserableslast_img read more

Mount family expands Westaff holdings across New England

first_imgThe Mount Family Group Ltd. (MFG) headquartered in Burlington and operator of 9 Westaff offices in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York is pleased to announce the acquisition of three offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, bringing their total to 12 offices. The seller is the Koosharem Corporation, owner of Westaff and of Select and Remedy Staffing Services.The three offices are located in Leominster and Billerica, Mass. and Providence, RI. The Providence office has been branded as a Westaff office and the Massachusetts offices will continue to operate under the brand Select Remedy.Karen Mount, VP of Administration of MFG, said that it was the people in those offices that impressed the Mounts the most. “After all, as a service business, the people are the principal reason for any acquisition. We met with the managers and their staffs and were so impressed that we worked to make the deal happen.”“We wanted to offer our clients a region-wide service and now, we can service virtually all of New England and the adjacent parts of New York,” said James Mount, Chief Operating Officer. “It was a win-win for both us and the franchisor.” David Mount, Chairman of MFG added that this recessionary time is ideal for well positioned companies to make strategic acquisitions.Koosharem is the owner of the Westaff, Select and Remedy brands of staffing firms and has offices throughout the United States. The privately held company is one of the ten largest staffing firms in the United States.Mount Family Group Ltd. is a privately held company headquartered in Burlington and has annual sales in excess of $20 million. The company was founded by David and Fran Mount in 1982.last_img read more

$600,000 to be invested in Solar Energy Systems for state parks

first_imgThe Douglas Administration has announced that Vermont State Parks are going solar as part of the state’s strategy to fight back against the recession, create jobs and grow the economy. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is planning to install solar hot water systems at its toilet buildings and bathhouses in state park campgrounds statewide.  The Department has designated $600,000 for these solar hot water conversions.“The potential to tap renewable energy in more locations throughout the park system is a high priority for my administration,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “This project puts people to work, helps the state parks save money and is another small smart step in addressing climate change.”As part of the 2010 capital bill, the Legislature approved the funds specifically for energy efficiency and alternative energy systems in the parks.Vermont State Parks has a 20-year history of using alternative energy, including solar heated hot water showers at Little River, Molly Stark and Smugglers Notch State Parks, as well as a unique water system at Underhill State Park that is powered by photo voltaic panels.FPR is seeking proposals and will contract with one or more firms or individuals who can coordinate and oversee the installation of these solar hot water systems. A request for proposals and submission requirements can be found online at www.vermontbidsystem.com(link is external). Source: Governor’s office. August 12, 2009###last_img read more

People’s United reports Q2 earnings of $16 million or $0.04 per share

first_imgPeople’s United Financial, Inc.(PBCT 14.00, -0.15, -1.06%) today announced net income of $16.0 million, or $0.04 per share, for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $13.6 million, or $0.04 per share, for the first quarter of 2010, and $25.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter of 2009. Included in both this quarter’s and first quarter’s results are pre-tax merger-related, system conversion and one-time expenses totaling $23.2 million and $23.4 million, respectively. Excluding the effect of these items, net income would have been $31.8 million, or $0.09 per share, for the second quarter of 2010 and $29.2 million, or $0.08 per share, for the first quarter of 2010. People’s United is the parent company of the former Chittenden Bank.As previously reported, People’s United Financial completed its acquisitions of Financial Federal Corporation on February 19, 2010 and Butler Bank on April 16, 2010. Accordingly, Financial Federal’s and Butler Bank’s results of operations are included as of the respective acquisition dates, and prior period results have not been restated to include Financial Federal and Butler Bank.The Board of Directors of People’s United Financial declared a $0.1550 per share quarterly dividend, payable August 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on August 1, 2010. Based on the closing stock price on July 14, 2010, the dividend yield on People’s United Financial common stock is 4.4 percent.People’s United Financial also announced today definitive agreements to acquire Smithtown Bancorp, Inc. based in Hauppauge, New York, and LSB Corporation based in North Andover, Massachusetts. Further information regarding these acquisitions is included in a separate release.”The announcement today of the acquisition of two financial institutions within markets contiguous to our existing footprint, while at the same time reporting another solid quarter of operating results, is a testament to the strong financial position of People’s United Financial,” stated Jack Barnes, interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “The strength of our capital and liquidity, asset quality and earnings, as well as the fact that our balance sheet remains funded almost entirely by deposits and stockholders’ equity, continue to set us apart from most in the industry.”Barnes added, “While we continue to evaluate potential acquisition opportunities, we are actively pursuing other capital deployment activities. In this regard, we plan to open two new branches in downtown Boston – one in the Prudential Center and one in the Financial District – before year end, thereby providing an important extension to our growing footprint in the greater Boston area. Further, during the second quarter we repurchased 3.7 million shares of our common stock for approximately $52 million.”Barnes concluded, “In connection with the final phase of our core systems conversion, which is scheduled to be completed this weekend, we have begun the process of rebranding our branches in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine to People’s United Bank. We are pleased to have reached this milestone, which will provide all of our customers with the added convenience of being able to bank seamlessly at any of our nearly 300 branches along with the instant recognition of the People’s United Bank name on branches from Bangor, Maine to Scarsdale, New York.””On an operating basis, excluding merger-related, system conversion and one-time expenses, earnings were $31.8 million, or 9 cents per share this quarter,” said Paul D. Burner, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Significant drivers of the company’s performance this quarter were an improvement in the net interest margin and modest loan growth across our strategic lending businesses, partially offset by higher net loan charge-offs. The net interest margin improved 21 basis points to 3.68 percent, primarily reflecting the benefit of a full quarter of Financial Federal. A single non-performing commercial loan accounted for $6.0 million, or 72 percent, of the quarterly increase in net loan charge-offs.”Commenting on asset quality, Burner continued, “Loans acquired in connection with the Financial Federal and Butler Bank acquisitions have been recorded at fair value, including a reduction for estimated credit losses, and without carryover of the respective portfolio’s historical allowance for loan losses. As such, selected asset quality metrics have been highlighted to distinguish between the ‘originated’ portfolio and the ‘acquired’ portfolios. For the originated loan portfolio, representing all loans other than those acquired in the Financial Federal and Butler Bank transactions, non-performing loans totaled $219.7 million at June 30, 2010, and the ratio of non-performing loans to originated loans was 1.56 percent, compared to $192.3 million and 1.36 percent, respectively, at March 31, 2010. Non-performing loans in the acquired loan portfolios, which represent those loans acquired in the Financial Federal and Butler Bank transactions that meet our definition of non-performing but for which the risk of loss has already been considered by virtue of our estimate of acquisition-date fair value and/or the existence of an FDIC loss-share agreement, totaled $60.1 million at June 30, 2010.”Non-performing assets totaled $284.5 million at June 30, 2010, a $37.0 million increase from March 31, 2010, of which $13.1 million is attributable to REO acquired in connection with the Butler Bank acquisition. Non-performing assets equaled 2.01 percent of originated loans, REO and repossessed assets at June 30, 2010 compared to 1.74 percent at March 31, 2010. At June 30, 2010, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of originated loans was 1.23 percent and as a percentage of non-performing originated loans was 79 percent, compared to 1.22 percent and 90 percent, respectively, at March 31, 2010.Second quarter net loan charge-offs totaled $17.8 million compared to $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net loan charge-offs as a percent of average loans on an annualized basis were 0.46 percent in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 0.26 percent in this year’s first quarter. The level of the allowance for loan losses is unchanged from March 31, 2010.In the second quarter of 2010, return on average tangible assets was 0.32 percent and return on average tangible stockholders’ equity was 1.7 percent, compared to 0.28 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, for the first quarter of 2010. At June 30, 2010, People’s United Financial’s tangible equity ratio stood at 18.0 percent.Source: BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —last_img read more