Convicted felon guides police to gun, bullets and drug stash

Authorities in Salem County were investigating six-time convicted felon for gun and drug crimes when they discovered a rifle, ammunition and narcotics while they executed a search warrant at his home last year. Jabbar Pierce, 41, of Penns Grove, New Jersey, made his initial appearance today on a charge of illegally possessing a firearm, accordingContinue reading “Convicted felon guides police to gun, bullets and drug stash”

Five Jersey City gang members charged today for murder in two shootings

Five alleged members and associates of a neighborhood-based Jersey City gang were charged today for their roles in two gang-related shootings. Shaquan Rush, aka “Nut,” aka “Sha,” 21; Darby Shirden, aka “GoHard,” aka “GH,” 21; and Jeremy Perez, aka “Smoov,” aka “JSmoov,” 23, all of Jersey City and pictured above, are each charged by complaintContinue reading “Five Jersey City gang members charged today for murder in two shootings”

Trenton Councilman Jerell Blakeley is calling it quits on rocky political career

Councilman Jerell Blakeley announced that he is resigning from his post on the Trenton governing body “effective January 30, 2022, due to my acceptance of an exciting professional leadership opportunity that will necessitate my relocation from Trenton.” A 2005 Trenton Central High School graduate, an acolyte of ex-Mayor Doug Palmer who never mastered the formerContinue reading “Trenton Councilman Jerell Blakeley is calling it quits on rocky political career”

Armstead calls for diversity in selection of the next Union County Surrogate

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead is “calling on Governor Phil Murphy and the Union County Democratic Committee to designate a minority to be the next Surrogate, replacing the late James LaCorte, who served admirably in that role since 1999.” “Like many of my neighbors throughout New Jersey, I was truly saddened to learn about the passingContinue reading “Armstead calls for diversity in selection of the next Union County Surrogate”

Is the GOP all about Donald Trump or is it Christine Todd Whitman’s party, too?

New Jersey is proving to be a tough audience for Republicans, but even though more ardent followers of former President Donald Trump were unable to deny Jack Ciatarelli the party’s nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, even though the GOP’s moderate wing always seemed to be ill-fated in the general election. Ciattarelli,Continue reading “Is the GOP all about Donald Trump or is it Christine Todd Whitman’s party, too?”

Transportation commissioner issued commercial vehicle travel restrictions

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey starting at 10 p.m., Thursday, January 6 based on the forecast for several inches of snow. In addition, Gov. Phil Murphy issued a State of Emergency for all of New Jersey beginning at 10 p.m. Snow is expected toContinue reading “Transportation commissioner issued commercial vehicle travel restrictions”

Atlantic County tax preparer admits to filing $135,000 false tax returns

An Atlantic County tax preparer today admitted using false information to increase her clients’ tax refunds and filing her own false tax returns. Michele Griffin, 42, of Galloway, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Rodriguez to Count 11 of an indictment charging her with aiding and assisting in theContinue reading “Atlantic County tax preparer admits to filing $135,000 false tax returns”

Jersey City man was sent to prison for nine years for child pornography crimes

A Jersey City man was sentenced today to more than nine years in prison for receipt of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Benigno Gonzalez-Mendoza, 37, of Jersey City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count ofContinue reading “Jersey City man was sent to prison for nine years for child pornography crimes”

Pennsylvania man admits to a role in $6 million bank fraud conspiracy

A Pennsylvania man today admitted his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that targeted over 12 financial institutions in southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Ayanniyi Alayande, 47, of Darby, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bankContinue reading “Pennsylvania man admits to a role in $6 million bank fraud conspiracy”

Dominican woman sent to prison for drug trafficking conspiracy

A citizen of the Dominican Republic was sentenced to 70 months in prison for her role in a New Jersey drug trafficking conspiracy. Yaquelin Altagracia Alberto Guerrero, 45, of the Dominican Republic, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentencedContinue reading “Dominican woman sent to prison for drug trafficking conspiracy”

A year after Donald Trump incited a failed coup d’etat, justice is elusive

On the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup d’etat at the U.S. Capitol, disgraced former President Donald Trump remains free to spread lies about his defeat in the 2020 election as his successor works furiously to reunite Americans around concepts of truth, majority rule and common decency. President Joe Biden took Trump to task onContinue reading “A year after Donald Trump incited a failed coup d’etat, justice is elusive”

President Jimmy Carter: Toxic polarization threatens democracy

On the one-year anniversary of Republican Donald Trump’s attempted coup d’etat, President Jimmy Carter warned that misinformation, hyperpartisanship and political violence could destroy the American republic. “One year ago, a violent mob, guided by unscrupulous politicians, stormed the Capitol and almost succeeded in preventing the democratic transfer of power,” the former president wrote in an op-ed articleContinue reading “President Jimmy Carter: Toxic polarization threatens democracy”

After Millville police shoot & kill man, Attorney General’s Office investigates

A Millville officer shot and killed a man shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, outside a home on the typically serene 200 block of Burns Road, where police responded to a 911 call reporting an emergency. The shooting triggered an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office. “After officers arrived, they encountered a maleContinue reading “After Millville police shoot & kill man, Attorney General’s Office investigates”

Cold weather can be dangerous

Cold weather can be dangerous for anyone who spends time outdoors for either work or fun. Dress warmly and stay dry with layers of loose-fitting clothing. The outer layer of clothing helps protect you from wind, snow, and rain. It should be water and wind-resistant, to reduce loss of body heat. An insulation layer willContinue reading “Cold weather can be dangerous”

One year later, almost no justice as traitors seek power over the republic

On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to overturn the incumbent’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election by violently disrupting a joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalize Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over theContinue reading “One year later, almost no justice as traitors seek power over the republic”

Hospital staff shortage resulting from ‘tsunami’ of new omicron COVID cases

New Jersey hospitals and long-term care facilities are facing staff shortages amid a “tsunami” of omicron COVID-19 cases according to state health officials. Hospitalizations climbed rapidly in recent days, as the highly transmissible omicron variant is spreading through close contact related to the recent holidays, said Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. Hospitals and nursing homes faceContinue reading “Hospital staff shortage resulting from ‘tsunami’ of new omicron COVID cases”

First taste of foul winter weather puts NJ drivers in hundreds of collisions

The first taste of foul winter weather wreaked havoc on roads, clogged by hundreds of motor vehicle crashes as drivers ignored winter weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service, which warned that a light coating of ice would form on roads, highways, bridges, and walkways because of rain that rain quickly turned to iceContinue reading “First taste of foul winter weather puts NJ drivers in hundreds of collisions”

State corporate welfare program missed its mark by $350 million

 The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) said that 82 companies failed to create or retain the number of jobs they committed to at the time of project approval under the Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) Program and so Governor Phil Murphy’s corporate welfare program was reduced by $350 million. A report issued in January 2019 by theContinue reading “State corporate welfare program missed its mark by $350 million”

Harvard University professor convicted for lying about affiliation with China

The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was convicted last month by a federal jury in connection with lying to authorities about his affiliation with People’s Republic of China’s Thousand Talents Program and the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Wuhan, China, as well as failing to report income he receivedContinue reading “Harvard University professor convicted for lying about affiliation with China”

New Jersey nixed on federal funding to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates

New Jersey once again lost out on federal funding as the national public health agency distributed $2.3 million to health centers in 12 states to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among vulnerable populations, but Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez did not respond to questions about it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), inContinue reading “New Jersey nixed on federal funding to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates”