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Police Beat Compiled by Marilyn Baer

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first_imgDriver heading from North Bergen to Hoboken arouses suspicionNorwood resident Patrick Clemenza, 29, was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10:46 p.m.He was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, and possession of drug paraphernalia.The Hoboken Police Department received a call from the North Bergen Police Department about a driver allegedly driving erratically and possibly under the influence, traveling into Hoboken. They gave a description of the vehicle, a brown Kia, which Officer David Dimartino located around Tenth and Garden streets.Dimartino spoke with the driver. Officer Luke Zezotarski arrived to provide backup and administer a field sobriety test as Dimartino searched the vehicle.The driver passed the test but was placed under arrest as the officers found several empty wax folds commonly used to store heroin allegedly in his vehicle. They searched Clemenza and found an additional 20 wax folds of heroin allegedly on him as well as $1,150, which they believed were proceeds from drug sales.Clemenza was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. $1,000 stolen from woman while at barPompano Beach, Fla. resident Bryant Gonzalez, age 27, was arrested and charged with theft on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 12:34 a.m.On Nov. 12 a woman reported that her wallet was stolen from her bag while at a local downtown waterfront bar. The wallet contained $1,000 in cash as well as miscellaneous items. During the investigation the suspect, later identified as Gonzalez, returned to the bar and was recognized by staff that confronted him and called the police.Officer Frank Francolino arrested Gonzalez. He was transported to headquarters and later released with a summons to appear in court. 1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯center_img Man robbed at knifepoint near Court Street; suspect soughtThe Hoboken Police Department seeks the public’s help in locating an alleged armed robber, according to a press release from the department.On Friday, Nov. 3, a man wearing light blue jeans, black and white Chuck Taylor Converse, a Guess t-shirt, and a dark hooded jacket allegedly followed a man and approached him in the area of 61 Sixth St. (Sixth and Court) at about 1:15 a.m. The suspect allegedly held a knife to the victim’s face and demanded he turn over his belongings.The suspect then allegedly attempted to forcibly take the victim’s backpack, but the victim was able to run away. The suspect then allegedly fled the scene and out of the city.HPD Det. Michael Miranda is investigating. His investigation led him to find out that the suspect was last seen leaving the Newport Mall area several hours later. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Miranda of the Hoboken Police Department’s Investigative Bureau at [email protected] or (201) 420-2118. All information will be kept confidential.last_img read more

HR Answers: Getting ahead of the safety curve

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first_img continue reading » While the national conversation regarding violence in the workplace blames heightened awareness on media coverage, recent studies may provide statistical evidence supporting the perceived frequency. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 5 percent of all businesses experience an instance of workplace violence each year. For organizations with over 1,000 employees, this rate increases tenfold to 50 percent. A 2014 report from the FBI found active shooter incidents in the U.S. now occur on an average of once a month. Of these incidents, almost half occurred at a business while nearly a quarter occurred at pre-K to 12th grade schools and institutions of higher learning.Although active threats and the environments where they take place vary from incident to incident, the common threads can be woven together to create the fabric of an effective and successful safety program. The following are lessons gleaned from past experience that credit unions can use as tools for building a safety-minded workplace.Mindset to Clear the First HurdleMore often than not, active threat training is the elephant in the room. Everyone has heard of incidents but they are reluctant to take steps toward mitigation. Reasons may vary from believing it’ll make employees more fearful than empowered to worrying the training might not be “right” for the team. However, looking the other way is not the solution to any problem, much less a problem with harmful consequences. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Guyanese boxers happy to be back home

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first_imgCOLIN Lewis, Desmond Amsterdam, Dennis Thomas and Keevin Allicock, four of Guyana’s national boxers are now back home after being stranded for months in Cuba due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The four men who are Olympic Boxing hopefuls were sent to Cuba in January 2020 to undergo training for the qualifiers which were scheduled to take place in Argentina in April.The boxers were scheduled to return home on March 22 but were unable to do so as Guyana’s National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) closed the country’s borders and airspace to control the spread of the coronavirus.Speaking to the Department of Information (DPI), Director of Sport, Christopher Jones explained when the country implemented lockdown measures the National Sports Commission took the responsibility of the boxers to ensure that their accommodation and other needs were taken care of.“This also would not have been possible without the support of Halim Majeed and the Guyana Embassy in Cuba,” he noted. Jones disclosed that they facilitated in transporting the young men to Havana, Cuba from where they were being housed initially.“Throughout the Caribbean, the Government has been making efforts to repatriate Guyanese from the different states and with some collaborative effort from Caribbean Airlines Limited, we were able to bring home Guyanese from Jamaica, Barbados and Cuba,” Jones stated.The visibly happy quartet told DPI that while the experience was a trying one, they did their best to maintain a positive outlook and commended the NCTF, the National Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association for their efforts to bring them home.Desmond Amsterdam said while the experience was “quite challenging” he made the best of it as the pandemic was unprecedented. “Things weren’t perfect but I tried to cope with it and I am happy and relieved to be back home.”Keevin Allicock echoed similar comments noting it was “tough to be away from family for so long” but I learned a lot from the experience.The boxers were among 101 persons who returned home after being stranded in Cuba, Jamaica and Barbados due to the ongoing pandemic. (DPI)last_img read more

Governor Taps Hanlon As Monmouth County Clerk

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first_imgBy John BurtonGov. Chris Christie has selected a long involved Republican activist to be the next county clerk. Now it’s up to the state Senate to offer its advice and consent.Christie has tapped Christine Giordano Hanlon, an attorney and vice chairwoman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, to fill the vacancy when long-serving County Clerk M. Claire retires effective April 1.According to French, Hanlon’s nomination is contingent on the approval of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. If approved, Hanlon would have to run this November for the clerk’s full five-year term.The judiciary committee was scheduled to convene this week but it was unlikely its members would take up Hanlon’s nomination this quickly, French suspected.“I’m hopeful we can get her nomination approved by the judiciary as soon as possible,” French said.Hanlon, an Ocean Township resident, has been a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years. She currently works for the Archer and Greiner law firm’s Red Bank office, where she focuses on municipal law and civil litigation.Hanlon is also a Republican state committeewoman representing Monmouth County and in 2009 she served on Christie’s transition team for the attorney general’s office.  She was the Monmouth County campaign coordinator for Christie on his first run for governor in 2009 and had been the county coordinator for the McCain-Palin GOP ticket in 2008. She has been on the Monmouth County Board of Elections for approximately five years.“She’s a very hard worker and a very capable person,” Thomas Szymanski, executive director for the county Republican committee, said of Hanlon this week.“I’m very honored to have been nominated for this position by Gov. Christie,” Hanlon said on Tuesday. “It’s a very exciting opportunity.”It was with her work with the board of elections that French said she has gotten to know Hanlon, calling her “an expert on election issues.”“And that is a great help in this job,” French maintained.That and her legal background has given Hanlon “a good amount of experience to fill the role,” Hanlon noted. “I can only hope to live up to the standard of excellence that Claire has set,” she added, tipping her hat to the current clerk.The county clerk’s office has responsibilities over recording all property records; oversees the county archives division, for the large collection of public documents, some of which date back to the 17th century; the county passport division, assisting county residents in obtaining their passports; and administering the elections division, requiring the office to prepare ballots, process vote-by-mail applications, tabulate vote totals and certify county results for the New Jersey Secretary of State.Hanlon, in 2012, had unsuccessfully challenged then county GOP chairman John O. Bennett, losing to the former state senator by a very narrow margin. When Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden won the chairmanship from Bennett in 2014, Golden named Hanlon as one of his four vice chairs, dividing the county into sections.French last month announced she would be retiring before finishing her fourth, five-year term, holding the position for 18 years.last_img read more

U12 Selects strike gold in Revelstoke

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first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe Nelson Selects completed the season much like the team started — by winning the tournament’s top prize.Goals by Nigel Ziegler, Oscar Seagram and Quinn Dawson powered the Select to a 3-0 victory over the host side in the U12 Boy’s Division of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.Parker Shaw-Lintz played flawless in goal to secure the shutout.“It was a fitting finale to a great season,” said coach Paul Dawson, whose team won the opening tournament of the season back in May in Trail.“The boys got stronger every game and I thought we used the possession game that we worked on all year to great effect in challenging conditions.”Playing in slick, wet conditions, Ziegler opened the scoring for the Selects. Minutes prior to the halftime whistle and Nelson awarded a free kick near the penalty area, Ziegler took a quick kick, passing the ball to a wide-open Seagram. Ziegler’s teammate quickly buried the ball in the back of the net.Team captain Quinn Dawson converted the only goal of the second half to complete the scoring.“I thought Kieran Marchand and Jaydon Wouters, in particular, played their best soccer of the season in Revelstoke,” said Dawson.Nelson opened the Little Bear tourney outlasting Williams Lake 5-3.Ziegler led the Selects with a pair of goals with Marco Falcone adding a single.Brother Andrew Falcone was stellar between the pipes to keep the northern opponent off the score sheet.Nelson advanced to the final by blasting Castlegar 7-0. Seagram led the Nelson attack with three goals. Game captain Taylor Pritchard scored one of the other goals on a great individual effort.“Overall I was pleased by the development of their players over the season, both in their skill and maturity levels.” Dawson explained.“(Co-coach) Dino Falcone and I pushed them a little and entered the team in tournaments in Cranbrook, Kelowna and Portland at a higher age bracket.“Despite not winning against the older teams, the boys responded well and learned from these experiences.”[email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Senior Bombers

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first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers will make a run at a provincial berth during the Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s Basketball Zone tournament this weekend in Castlegar.The Bombers, the top ranked team in the Kootenay zone, take to the court for an important semi final match Saturday, followed by the final, if successful, Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give the Bombers a boost with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include Sian Nielsen, Shannon Oothuyzen, Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, Ansleigh Dergousoff, Christina Champlin, Roxanne Baker, Katherine Bailey, Katharina Schmidt (Germany), Claire Young and coaches Chris Dergousoff and Willis Parnell.last_img read more