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Man Captured In Florida, Charged In Fatal Jersey City Triple Shooting: Prosecutor Man Captured In Florida, Charged In Fatal Jersey City Triple Shooting: Prosecutor
Man Captured In Florida, Charged In Fatal Jersey City Triple Shooting: Prosecutor A 21-year-old Union City man was arrested in Florida on Thursday, July 11, and charged for his involvement in a fatal triple shooting in Jersey City in April. Freddie Castro was arrested in Kissimmee, Fla. by the United States Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Division in coordination with the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. At 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, police responded to Central Avenue and Bowers Street and found two victims with gunshot wounds, while the third had taken himself to University Hospital in Newark. F…
Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor
Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor A 39-year-old Jersey City man was arrested and charged on Monday, June 17 with stealing more than $150,000 from a homeowner's association in Union City, authorities said. Eric Li misused funds from the homeowner's association for personal gain while he served as board president from 2017 to 2023, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. He was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking, Suarez said. He was released pending his first court appearance next month, Suarez said.
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One person was found dead and another unconscious in a car on a Union City street Sunday night, responders said. Initial details were scarce other than that both were found in a vehicle at a lot between two residences that's used for private parking on 13th Street between Bergenline and New York Avenues shortly before 6:30 p.m. June 16. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, responders said. The other was hospitalized, they said. It wasn't immediately certain whether or not drugs were involved, responders said. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez was expected to address the situ…
$50K! Lotto Ticket Sold In Hudson County Wins Big $50K! Lotto Ticket Sold In Hudson County Wins Big
$50K! Lotto Ticket Sold In Hudson County Wins Big It was a winning Wednesday for a Powerball player in Hudson County. A Powerball ticket sold in Union City matched four numbers plus the red Powerball in the drawing held on Wednesday, June 5, winning $50,000.  The ticket was sold at Union Deli in Union City. The winning numbers were 8, 44, 45, 51, 69 and the red Powerball was 12.
HERO: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church HERO: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church
Hero: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church UPDATE: A serial groper who was captured by a SWAT team after a civilian stopped him from dragging a woman behind a church in Garfield earlier this month had been stalking the victim at least since April, authorities said. Garfield police have surveillance video of Michael Hernandez, 25, following, running up and grabbing the woman outside Praise Assembly church at the corner of Main Street and Banta Avenue shortly after 12 noon May 8, investigators said. Grabbing her by her neck and backpack, Hernandez tries to drag the woman behind the church, they said. But a good Samaritan comes to her…
Video Shows Serial Groper Trying To Drag Woman Behind Garfield Church, Hero Saving Her Video Shows Serial Groper Trying To Drag Woman Behind Garfield Church, Hero Saving Her
Video Shows Serial Groper Trying To Drag Woman Behind Garfield Church, Hero Saving Her UPDATE: A serial groper who was captured by a SWAT team after a civilian stopped him from dragging a woman behind a church in Garfield earlier this month had been stalking the victim at least since April, authorities said. Garfield police have surveillance video of Michael Hernandez, 25, following, running up and grabbing the woman outside Praise Assembly church at the corner of Main Street and Banta Avenue shortly after 12 noon May 8, investigators said. Grabbing her by her neck and backpack, Hernandez tries to drag the woman behind the church, they said. But a good Samaritan comes t…
Venezuelan Immigrant Builds Dream Life Photographing Dream Homes In New Jersey Venezuelan Immigrant Builds Dream Life Photographing Dream Homes In New Jersey
Venezuelan Immigrant Builds Dream Life Photographing Dream Homes In New Jersey Finding a better life in the U.S. was not a guarantee for Edwing Hernandez when he immigrated with his wife from Venezuela in 2012. But it was a possibility. He had $3,000 in his pocket, and a simple dream. "For me at that moment, [my dream] was to be in a safe country with freedom of speech and be able to live and have my basic needs covered," said Hernandez, 34, of Union City. For years, Hernandez worked physically-demanding jobs and long hours, sometimes 14 a day, commuting two hours to and from work, for only $8 an hour. Life would get a whole lot harder before it would get easier fo…
Hudson County Duo In Stolen Car Busted With Drugs After Traffic Stop: Police Hudson County Duo In Stolen Car Busted With Drugs After Traffic Stop: Police
Hudson County Duo In Stolen Car Busted With Drugs After Traffic Stop: Police Two people were arrested and charged with stealing a car following a motor vehicle stop in Fairfield on the early morning of Sunday, April 14, authorities said. At 2:36 a.m., officers observed a dark colored BMW exit onto Route 46 West from behind a closed business commit several motor vehicle violations, Fairfield officers said in a release. A motor vehicle stop was conducted in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn, police said. When officers approached the vehicle, occupied by Dina Santiago-Caraballo, a 35-year-old West New York resident and Karl Diaz, a 45-year-old Union City resident, th…
Route 3 Pileup: Trio Survives Wrong-Way DWI Crash, But Second Collision Injures 6 Route 3 Pileup: Trio Survives Wrong-Way DWI Crash, But Second Collision Injures 6
Route 3 Pileup: Trio Survives Wrong-Way DWI Crash, But Second Collision Injures 6 A pair of overnight chain-reaction crashes on Route 3 began when a suspended drunk driver heading west in the eastbound lanes slammed head-on into another vehicle, authorities said. It ended with a police car and a private vehicle being struck by another car moments later, sending six people to the hospital. It was shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 7, when a 2022 Toyota Highlander being driven the wrong way collided with a 2019 Nissan Rogue on eastbound Route 3 near Route 120, East Rutherford Police Capt. Jeff Yannacone said. The driver of the Rogue, a 23-year-old Secaucus man, d…
NJ Supermarket Celebrates Selling $1.13B Mega Millions Ticket: 'Thrilled For This Community' NJ Supermarket Celebrates Selling $1.13B Mega Millions Ticket: 'Thrilled For This Community'
NJ Supermarket Celebrates Selling $1.13B Mega Millions Ticket: 'Thrilled For This Community' A Jersey Shore supermarket celebrated selling the ticket that earned someone the largest lottery jackpot in the Garden State's history. The New Jersey Lottery said the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at ShopRite Wine & Spirits on Route 66 in Neptune. The jackpot reached $1.13 billion in the drawing on Tuesday, Mar. 26. The NJ Lottery held a news conference at the grocery store to formally announce the lucky ticket on Wednesday, Mar. 27. "I used to live in Neptune," said NJ Lottery executive director James Carey. "I live right down the street right now in Monmouth County…
WINNER! Hudson County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks WINNER! Hudson County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks
Winner! Hudson County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks They may not have won the billion dollar jackpot like someone in Monmouth County, but several North Jersey Mega Million players still had reasons to celebrate on Tuesday, March 26. Lottery players in Essex County, Hudson County and Somerset County had tickets that matched four of the white numbers, winning $10,000. The ticket sold in Essex County was bought with a Megaplier multiplier and won $20,000. The tickets were sold at Krauszer's Food Store in Belleville, New Hilltop Exxon in Union City and Lucky Spot Convenience Store in Somerville. The winning numbers were  07, 11, 22, 29 and …
Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra' Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra'
Hudson County Favorite Son Bobby Cannavale Praised In Garden State-Centric Dramedy 'Ezra' Actor Bobby Cannavale has a heartwarming New Jersey-based film premiering this spring that those who've seen it predict could be one of his best. In "Ezra," the pride of Hudson County plays Max, a stand-up comedian from the Garden State who lives with his father, portrayed by Robert De Niro. Max pursues his career while trying to co-parent his 11-year-old son with ex-wife (and Cannavale's real-life partner) Rose Byrne. Max lands a gig on Jimmy Kimmel's show in Hollywood, but the plane fare isn't comped. So he and young Ezra -- who has autism -- embark on a life-changing cross-country trip …
WINNER! Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Hudson County Scores $20K WINNER! Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Hudson County Scores $20K
Winner! Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Hudson County Scores $20K It was a lucky day for a lottery player in Hudson County. A Mega Millions ticket sold in Union City matched four numbers plus the gold Megaball in the drawing held on Tuesday, March 5, winning $20,000. The ticket was sold at Fragoso Liquors. The winning numbers were 2, 49, 50, 61, 70 and the gold Megaball was 14.
UPDATE: One Dead, Two Wounded In Jersey City's First Homicide Of '24: Prosecutor UPDATE: One Dead, Two Wounded In Jersey City's First Homicide Of '24: Prosecutor
Update: One Dead, Two Wounded In Jersey City's First Homicide Of '24: Prosecutor UPDATE (March 27): A Hoboken man was charged with murder and aggravated assault in a triple shooting in Jersey City earlier this month. Authorities confirmed on Wednesday, March 27, that Joseph Del Valle, 36, was arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit the day before. He remained held in the Hudson County Correctional Facility along with a second accused gunman, Francisco Salcedo, 42, of Jersey City, they said. City resident Christoph Terrero Marte, 33, was gunned down on Jordan Avenue off Mercer Street near McGinley Square shortly before 6:30 a.m. …
WILD PURSUIT: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal WILD PURSUIT: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal
Wild Pursuit: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal UPDATE: A Union City man who jumped into a frigid Meadowlands creek during a dramatic police chase is an ex-con with nearly 50 arrests in no fewer than five North Jersey counties over the past 35 years. Career criminal Gregory Calvo, 53, is the very embodiment of the phrase “known to police.” He's been convicted nearly two dozen times in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties since 1989 – for offenses that include robbery, theft, burglary, drug dealing, domestic violence and aggravated assault -- and has been in and out of state prison and county jails since that time only to be…
Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City
Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City A Paterson man was charged with murder after police responding to a report of a robbery found a shooting victim from Hudson County, authorities said. A witness directed officers to a house at 258 East 21st Street, off 19th Avenue where they found Logan Gonzalez, 33, of Union City with gunshot wound in his back shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Gonzalez was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said he was pronounced dead. They didn’t give the time. Valdes and A…
Detectives Nab Hit-Run Driver Who Mowed Down Jersey City Pedestrian, 71, Last Month: Prosecutor Detectives Nab Hit-Run Driver Who Mowed Down Jersey City Pedestrian, 71, Last Month: Prosecutor
Detectives Nab Hit-Run Driver Who Mowed Down Jersey City Pedestrian, 71, Last Month: Prosecutor A Union City motorist was charged with taking off after hitting a 71-year-old Jersey City pedestrian in the Heights nearly a month ago. Marvin Flores Ortiz, 45, was released pending a Feb. 13 first court appearance in Jersey City for the Dec. 20, 2023 late-morning hit-and-run near the corner of Central Avenue and Ferry Street -- outside St. Nicholas Church and Pershing Field -- Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The victim was taken to Jersey City Medical Center with serious injuries while the driver fled the 11 a.m. crash, the prosecutor said on Monday, Jan. 29. Ortiz was ch…
Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor' Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor'
Emil Savia II, Formerly Of Bergen County, Dies At 37: 'Best Supervisor' Emil Savia, 37-year-old Sayreville resident died on Saturday, Jan. 13, according to his obituary. A former Wood-Ridge resident, Savia graduated from Rowan University with a degree in business, his obituary reads. He oversaw 34 Saker Shoprites and was COO of Nicolosi Meat purveyors in Union City, according to his obituary. "Working for Emil at Nicolosi was one of the most wonderful experiences in my career." wrote one mourner. "Emil was one of the best supervisors that I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He made the work environment a joy to be there. I'll miss him a lot." An avid fish…
MURDER: Charges Upgraded After Man Beaten During Union City Robbery Dies, Police Say MURDER: Charges Upgraded After Man Beaten During Union City Robbery Dies, Police Say
Murder: Charges Upgraded After Man Beaten During Union City Robbery Dies, Police Say Charges have been upgraded for a 23-year-old man after the man who he struck over the head during a robbery last week died, authorities in Hudson County said. At 3 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, Union City police found Jorge Mocetzuma Espinoza unresponsive, and rushed him to Jersey City Medical Center with upper body injuries, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.  Hours later, Isaiah Grey was charged with attempted murder, robbery and aggravated assault, Suarez said. Espinoza died six days later, Suarez said. An autopsy determined he died from blunt impact injuries to the head, Su…
$50K Powerball Ticket Sold At Hudson County Exxon Station $50K Powerball Ticket Sold At Hudson County Exxon Station
$50K Powerball Ticket Sold At Hudson County Exxon Station A Powerball ticket with a $50,000 prize was sold at a Hudson County Exxon station. The ticket from the Wednesday, Nov. 22 drawing was sold at the New Hilltop Exxon, located at 3100 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City. The winning numbers were 20, 24, 33, 39, 42, and the Powerball was 21. The Powerplay was 2X.
Union County Skincare Specialist Performed Unlicensed Procedures: State AG Union County Skincare Specialist Performed Unlicensed Procedures: State AG
Union County Skincare Specialist Performed Unlicensed Procedures: State AG A skincare specialist in Union City is paying a $22,500 fine for allegedly performing unlicensed procedures, Matthew Platkin, the state attorney general announced. Carolina Nunez, who owned and operated Carolina Nunez Skincare Salon, allegedly offered and performed numerous services that she was not licensed to do, including  dermal filler injections, Botox injections, cosmetic tattooing, platelet rich plasma treatments  and the using a hyaluronic pen, Platkin said.  The salon was not licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, Platkin said. As part…
Union City Man Arrested For Butt Stabbing: Hoboken Police Union City Man Arrested For Butt Stabbing: Hoboken Police
Union City Man Arrested For Butt Stabbing: Hoboken Police William Paneque, a 34-year-old Union City man, was arrested for stabbing a man in the butt outside a Hoboken bar, police said. On Friday, Sept. 29 at 2 a.m., police responded to The Madd Hatter at 221 Washington Street and found a man with non-life threatening stab wounds to his buttocks, officers said. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center and released after treatment, police said. Following an investigation, Paneque was identified as the suspect and he turned himself in on Sunday, Oct. 1. Paneque was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign
Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign Senator Cory Booker has joined the chorus of New Jersey politicians calling for Sen. Bob Menendez's resignation after Menendez and his wife were indicted on federal bribery charges last week. Booker said the trust and faith New Jerseysians had in Menendez have been shaken in light of the recent indictments, which he called "shocking" and said were "hard to reconcile with the person I know." "Senator Menendez fiercely asserts his innocence and it is therefore understandable that he believes stepping down is patently unfair," Booker said. "I believe this is a mistake. "Stepping down is not a…
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Federal Bribery Charges Democratic Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Federal Bribery Charges
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Federal Bribery Charges Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted Friday on federal corruption charges that include allegations of him secretly supporting the government of Egypt and trying to influence U.S. prosecutors' case against Bergen County real estate magnate Fred Daibes. Mendendez, 69, who's chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made several moves in exchange for bribes, some of which were passed to his wife, Nadine Arsianian, a sweeping indictment unsealed on Sept. 22 alleges. A staggering array of charges were brought by the grand jurors in the Southern District of N…
Man Gets 24 Years For Fatally Stabbing Weehawken Woman: Prosecutors Man Gets 24 Years For Fatally Stabbing Weehawken Woman: Prosecutors
Man Gets 24 Years For Fatally Stabbing Weehawken Woman: Prosecutors A 24-year-old Weehawken resident was sentenced to 24 years in state prison on Friday, Sept. 8 for stabbing a woman in the neck in June 2021, prosecutors. Vincent Palacios had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Michelle Castillo, a 24-year-old Weehawken resident, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. On June 19, 2021, Weehawken Police responded to 561 Hudson Ave. and found Castillo unresponsive in the bathroom, Suarez said. She was soon pronounced dead and the cause of death was determined to be from stab wounds to the neck, Suarez said. Palacios was …
SEE ANYTHING? Hit-Run Driver Seriously Injures Teens Riding Motorized Scooter On NJ Turnpike SEE ANYTHING? Hit-Run Driver Seriously Injures Teens Riding Motorized Scooter On NJ Turnpike
SEE Anything? Hit-Run Driver Seriously Injures Teens Riding Motorized Scooter On NJ Turnpike Two teens riding on a motorized scooter on the New Jersey Turnpike were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle that fled the scene, State Police said. Authorities turned to the public for help identifying the hit-and-run vehicle. The 16-year-old scooter driver from Jersey City had an 18-year-old girl from Union City as his passenger when they were struck in the northbound lanes in Ridgefield Park shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, NJSP Sgt. Charles Marchan said. The fleeing vehicle might have been a white Ford transit van, the sergeant said. Dealing with the teen dr…
LEWDNESS: Homeless Hoboken Man Exposed Himself On Park Bench, Police Say LEWDNESS: Homeless Hoboken Man Exposed Himself On Park Bench, Police Say
Lewdness: Homeless Hoboken Man Exposed Himself On Park Bench, Police Say A 32-year-old homeless man was arrested after police said he exposed himself in a public park in Hoboken on Friday, Aug. 25. Wander Torres has been charged with committing lewdness at Church Square Park, a city spokeswoman said. Police were called to the area near Fifth Street and Park Avenue at 10:40 a.m. after someone called police saying a man was exposing himself near the park entrance. The caller pointed at the man, identified as Torres, to officers, police said. Torres initially refused to give his name to officers and made threats to the original caller, authorities said. Torr…
Heroin, Meth, Coke Seized From Duo In Hudson County: Cops Heroin, Meth, Coke Seized From Duo In Hudson County: Cops
Heroin, Meth, Coke Seized From Duo In Hudson County: Cops Heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine were among a variety of drugs seized from two people in Hudson County last week, authorities said. Police were searching a residence on the 200 block of Front Street when they found Edgar Agramonte, a 38-year-old Union City resident, had cocaine and 15 ecstasy pills, on Friday, Aug. 25, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.  Jessica Murphy, a Lake Hopatcong resident, was found with 20 grams of methamphetamine, two bags of heroin, Adderall and drug paraphernalia, Miller said. Agramonte and Murphy were both hit with multiple drug charges and sent to the H…
Hudsonite Who Got Mail-Order Fentanyl From Mexico Gets Two Years, No Parole, In Federal Prison Hudsonite Who Got Mail-Order Fentanyl From Mexico Gets Two Years, No Parole, In Federal Prison
Hudsonite Who Got Mail-Order Fentanyl From Mexico Gets Two Years, No Parole, In Federal Prison A Hudson County man who had mail-order fentanyl from Mexico shipped to his home was sentenced Thursday to a month short of two years in federal prison. Miguel Polanco, 31, must serve out just about all of the 23-month plea-bargained sentence because there's no parole in the federal prison system. Polanco became the focus of an investigation after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted the package from Mexico City on its way to his Union City apartment, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger previously said. Polanco had watched a how-to video sent to him by a conspirator on h…
Teen Charged In Fatal Jersey City Shooting Of 25-Year-Old Man Teen Charged In Fatal Jersey City Shooting Of 25-Year-Old Man
Teen Charged In Fatal Jersey City Shooting Of 25-Year-Old Man Sylis Lopez, an 18-year-old Union City teenager was arrested and charged on Tuesday, August 22 as an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Jersey City man back in January, authorities said. At 9:35 p.m. on Jan. 29, Jersey City police responded to a report of shots fired at Summit Avenue and Polar Street, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Police found Rafael Gomez with a gunshot wound to the torso, Suarez said. Gomez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Suarez said. Lopez was charged with murder as an accomplice, conspiracy to commit murder and…
Union City Man Sexually Assaulted 4-Year-Old Boy: Prosecutors Union City Man Sexually Assaulted 4-Year-Old Boy: Prosecutors
Union City Man Sexually Assaulted 4-Year-Old Boy: Prosecutors A 35-year-old Union City man was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy on Monday, July 31, authorities said. Jose Romero was arrested by the United States Marshal Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Romero is charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree, Suarez said. Romero lived at a home the victim frequented, Suarez said. Romero was transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearan…