NJ CITIES-SAFETY PARTNERSHIP
3 New Jersey mayors to announce anti-crime plan
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for this afternoon to announce the plan.
The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. It was the site of a sidewalk memorial set up for a city man who shot and killed a police officer earlier this month. The memorial sparked outrage among city officials, who ordered it taken down.
Monday's announcement is expected to cover measures such as tracking criminals who move from city to city, gang intelligence and police manpower issues.
FATAL CAR CRASH
2 teens killed in car accident were 'best buddies'
RANDOLPH, N.J. (AP) - Family and school officials say the two victims of a fatal car crash in Randolph were high school football players and "friends from childhood."
NJ.com reports Jackie Timmerman says her son, Jack, and his friend Calvin Verduga, were riding in the back seat of a classmate's car Saturday afternoon when it careened off the road, killing them both. She says the two were "like best buddies" and childhood friends.
Two others in the car were hurt.
Randolph Superintendent of Schools David Browne issued a statement Sunday confirming the students had been killed and offering grief counseling.
The teens were spending their summer preparing for the upcoming football season
Police say the car was speeding down a road when the driver lost control and hit a tree.
Mercer County prosecutor planning to retire
(Information in the following story is from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times )
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The longtime prosecutor for the county that includes New Jersey's capital city is planning to retire soon.
Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini tells The Times of Trenton that he has asked Gov. Chris Christie not to reappoint him to a third term in the position.
He has already served 11 years over two terms in the job. No one else has served more than one term in the position.
Bocchini turned 70 in June.
No one has been appointed to replace him yet, so it is not clear when he will stop serving.
Jersey City festival ends as organizer is arrested
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A Jersey City festival ended with a fight between the crowd and police officers and the arrest of a main organizer.
Saturday's West Indian Caribbean festival featured music, food and dancing before the dispute that ended it.
Organizers tell The Jersey Journal police wanted the carnival to end at 7 p.m. But the organizers say the festivities were scheduled to go until 9 p.m., and that they had a permit that indicated as much.
Police reports say organizer Gordon Callender yelled and cursed at officers who told him it was time to end the show.
He was later charged with assaulting a police officer and other offenses.
Reports say others attending the event also tussled with police after Callendar was arrested.
The Situation due in court for assault charge
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) - The Situation is due to have his day in court.
Former "Jersey Shore" star Michael Sorrentino, better known as the Situation, is scheduled to appear in Middletown Township municipal court this afternoon to answer to simple assault charges.
He was arrested July 15 at the Boca Tanning Club, which he and his family own and which is the setting for a new reality show about them.
The cast members of the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore," filmed in Seaside Heights, were known for their love of tanning and the motto GTL, or gym, tan, laundry. They also were known for a rowdy, partying lifestyle that resulted in some cast members getting in fights and others facing legal troubles for alcohol-related incidents.
FIRE BOAT FIGHT
Small town sues Philadelphia over fire boat damage
(Information in the following story is from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/ )
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A small New Jersey town is asking a court to find Philadelphia responsible for an accident that caused damage to a fire boat.
The suburban community of Westville is suiting over a September 2010 accident during which its fire boat and crews from Philadelphia were trying to put out a blaze at a petroleum plant on the Delaware River.
Westville contends that when the boats were told to "hold off," the Philadelphia Fire Department's vessel Independence made an abrupt turn that caused two large wakes and pushed Westville's Fire Boat 7 into equipment on a dock.
Westville says the damage wrecked the boat, which was worth $140,000.
The municipalities have been engaged in a legal battle over the incident for years. The case was moved to federal court last week.
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Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.
The mayors of New Jersey's three largest urban areas said Monday they are looking at inter-city collaboration as a way to stem the flow of bloodshed on their streets. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres spoke mainly in generalities about the partnership, but said specifics would be hammered out at a mayors' roundtable that will convene in September.