Day: April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020 COVID-19 Stats Update

April 14, 2020

World: Cases: 1,980,003 Deaths: 126,557 Recovered: 485,197

United States of America: Confirmed Cases: 608,458 Deaths: 25,992 Recoveries: 48,224 Tested Administered: 3,081,620

Follow the latest statistics at the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker

New Jersey: Confirmed Cases: 68,824 Deaths: 2,805

We now have 68,824 confirmed #COVID19 cases.
• Atlantic: 284
• Bergen: 10,426
• Burlington: 1,207
• Camden: 1,477
• Cape May: 169
• Cumberland: 201
• Essex: 8,212
• Gloucester: 587
• Hudson: 8,242
• Hunterdon: 349
• Mercer: 1,731
• Middlesex: 6,313
• Monmouth: 4,003
• Morris: 3,424
• Ocean: 3,833
• Passaic: 6,438
• Salem: 73
• Somerset: 1,911
• Sussex: 535
• Union: 7,265
• Warren: 442
• Under Investigation: 1,702

We’ve now lost 2,805 precious New Jerseyans to COVID-19.
• Atlantic: 11
• Bergen: 550
• Burlington: 28
• Camden: 41
• Cape May: 10
• Cumberland: 3
• Essex: 535
• Gloucester: 11
• Hudson: 277
• Hunterdon: 11
• Mercer: 71
• Middlesex: 216
• Monmouth: 145
• Morris: 192
• Ocean: 149
• Passaic: 156
• Salem: 4
• Somerset: 91
• Sussex: 39
• Union: 238
• Warren: 25
• Unknown: 2

Covid-19 Total Cases (3841) In Ocean County:

Total as of Tuesday, 4/14/2020 at 11:30 am

Effective as of March 28, 2020, the data represented below identifies the municipality or mailing address which was self-reported by the resident at the time of testing. It may not necessarily represent the municipality of residence.

Town NameNumber of Cases
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head5
Beach Haven5
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights4
Little Egg Harbor51
Long Beach Township14
Ocean Gate5
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)22
Pine Beach5
Point Pleasant Beach22
Point Pleasant Borough84
Seaside Heights18
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River43
Surf City4
Toms River670
Total Positive Cases: 3841

Monmouth County has 4,003 positive cases 
of COVID-19

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of April 14, the State is reporting 138 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County, bringing the total to 4,003.

As the following breakdown accounts for 3,990 cases, it is important to note that agencies report COVID-19 information at different times every day, and verification can also result in discrepancies in the reported numbers.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 110
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 3
  • Asbury Park: 77
  • Atlantic Highlands: 14
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 9
  • Belmar: 8
  • Bradley Beach: 15
  • Brielle: 20
  • Colts Neck: 48
  • Deal: 22
  • Eatontown: 119
  • Englishtown: 15
  • Fair Haven: 17
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 121
  • Freehold Township: 338
  • Hazlet: 153
  • Highlands: 17
  • Holmdel: 130
  • Howell: 346
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 60
  • Keyport: 49
  • Lake Como: 12
  • Little Silver: 25
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 222
  • Manalapan: 308
  • Manasquan: 22
  • Marlboro: 285
  • Matawan: 102
  • Middletown: 325
  • Millstone: 46
  • Monmouth Beach: 14
  • Neptune City: 23
  • Neptune Township: 211
  • Ocean: 169
  • Oceanport: 40
  • Red Bank: 82
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 24
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 23
  • Shrewsbury Township: 5
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 72
  • Union Beach: 26
  • Upper Freehold: 27
  • Wall: 137
  • West Long Branch: 46
  • Unknown: 2

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Family Leave Protections During COVID-19 Outbreak

April 14, 2020

TRENTON — Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (S2374), which expands protections of the Family Leave Act to allow employees forced to take time off to care for a family member during the COVID-19 outbreak with up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave in a 24-month period without losing their jobs.Under the bill, employees will be eligible for leave to care for a family member as a result of an epidemic of a communicable disease, or efforts to prevent spread of a communicable disease. These job protections will extend to employees requiring leave to provide care or treatment for their child if the child’s school or place of care is closed in response to a public health emergency.“New Jerseyans should not have to make a decision between caring for a loved one with COVID-19 and keeping their job,” said Governor Murphy. “Our state is already home to the nation’s most comprehensive Family Leave Act, and it’s only right that we expand these protections to meet the unprecedented health crisis we are facing.”“This public health crisis is putting enormous strains on families, especially those that need to care for a loved one who is infected,” said Senate President Sweeney, who authored the original family leave law. “They should not be forced to choose between an ill family member and their job. While we are experiencing emergency circumstances that could not have been anticipated, this is what the law should be covering.”
“Workers throughout the state with ill family members at home in need of care, or who have children at home because of school closures, are struggling to balance the responsibilities of their personal and professional lives,” said Senator Linda Greenstein. “Family always comes first, and the benefits of our family leave law should be afforded to those who have had no choice but to stay home to care for their families.”In a joint statement, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Joseph Egan and Assemblywoman Linda Carter said: “Countless New Jersey residents have needed to take time off from work to care for family members due to the health crisis created by the spread of COVID-19, and many more will need to do so in the future. There’s never been a more important time to strengthen our family leave program.  “In a time of growing uncertainty, every worker deserves to know they won’t lose their job if they use family leave. This law also expands family leave for parents of school aged children who need to take time off due to school closures during this crisis. “New Jersey has one of the most robust family leave laws in the nation. Today we make our program stronger to address the challenging times we are in.”

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Issue Daily Update on Charges Filed Against Violators of Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 Executive Orders

April 14, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions against violators of Governor Murphy’s Emergency Orders related to COVID-19: 

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 24 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered one non-essential business closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 13.
  • Anthony McKee, 31, Camden, was charged yesterday, April 13, by the Camden Police with spitting on officers and claiming he had COVID-19 after he was arrested in a domestic incident.  While McKee was seated in the rear of a marked police vehicle and officers were attempting to speak to him through the an open window, McKee allegedly spat on two officers and the vehicle. He allegedly stated that he had the coronavirus and that the officers were going to get it. McKee was transported to Cooper University Hospital for testing. While at the hospital, he allegedly spat on another police officer.  McKee is charged with two counts of terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), two counts of throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), criminal mischief (4th degree), disorderly conduct, and two violations of the emergency orders.
  • Scott P. Thompson, 45, of Stockholm, was charged yesterday, April 13, by the Hamburg Police Department with throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), and violation of the emergency orders.  Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man and encountered Thompson, who allegedly became belligerent.  When warned of the pandemic and health risks posed by his behavior, he spat and coughed on officers.  
  • Jeffrey Carter, 36, Justin Kaplan, 21, Samuel Zenna, 20, Widyawati Pertusi, 47, and Deepak Kausal, 44, all of Mendham, and Richard Lee, 57, of Long Valley, were charged yesterday, April 13, by the Mendham Police with violating the emergency orders for opening and using The Club at Mendham, a tennis and fitness club.  Carter, the owner, was also charged with aiding and abetting violations of the emergency orders, a disorderly persons offense.
  • Yossi Itzkowitz, the owner, and Tzvi Blau, 29, the manager, were charged yesterday afternoon, April 13, by the Lakewood Police Department with violating the emergency orders for operating their toy store, Toys4U.  Police found an estimated 50 or more people outside the store, with an employee taking orders at the door. The parking lot was completely filled and there were 10 cars in the fire lane in front of the store.  Customers were not social distancing or wearing masks. There were 10 employees in the store who were not social distancing. Only three wore masks.
  • Mendel Steiner, 27, Dina Endzweig, 26, Johnathan Schick, 31, Hindy Schick, 32, Ephraim Weiss, 31, and Chaya Weiss, 29, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., were charged on Sunday, April 12, by the Lakewood Police Department with violating the emergency orders and child neglect.  Israel Goldenberg, 23, of Monsey, N.Y., was charged with violating the emergency orders. Police found a large gathering of adults and children in the back yard of a house, with children playing in a bouncy castle and a long table set up with a tablecloth, plates, utensils, and chairs.  A chef and two waiters were catering the event.
  • Robert Bell, 35, of Pleasantville, was charged yesterday morning, April 13, by the Pleasantville Police with contempt (4th degree), resisting arrest (disorderly persons offense), defiant trespass (disorderly persons offense), and two violations of the emergency orders.  Bell entered a Dunkin Donuts without wearing a face mask and refused to leave when asked by employees. When police arrived, Bell started walking toward a nearby Wawa store and stated he would go there instead. Bell allegedly failed to obey officers directions to stop and resisted arrest.  Bell was cited on April 11 and 12 for failing to wear a face mask at two other establishments. Based on his repeated, willful defiance of the emergency orders, Bell was charged by complaint-warrant.
  • Louis Capelli Jr., 33of Wenonah, was arrested yesterday, April 13, by the Harrison Township Police (Gloucester County) and charged with burglary (3rd degree), theft (disorderly persons offense), and violation of the emergency orders for allegedly breaking into a vehicle.
  • John Fernicola, 68, of Brielle, and Amanda Wood, 34, of Point Pleasant Beach, operators of Beach Amethyst Motel in Point Pleasant Beach were charged on Saturday, April 11, with four violations of the emergency orders for shutting off power to four tenants for late payments.
  • James Rodgers Jr., 57, of Trenton, was charged yesterday, April 13, by the New Brunswick Police with defiant trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and violating the emergency orders when he was found inside the Wellness Plaza parking deck on Patterson Street.
  • Jose Gonzalez, 20, and Gildaro Flores-Mendez, 30, both of New Brunswick, were charged on Sunday, April 12, by the Seaside Park Police with defiant trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and violating the emergency orders for walking and taking pictures at the Brighton Avenue beach entrance, which they knew was closed.  They were with two juveniles.
  • Konstanti Apessos Jr., 21, of Manchester, was charged on Sunday, April 12, by the Seaside Park Police, with defiant trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and violating the emergency orders for sitting on a lifeguard stand on the beach reading a book.  He admitted that he knew the beach was closed.
  • Hiram Woods, 22, of Atlantic City, was charged yesterday, April 13, by the Atlantic City Police Department with first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree weapons offenses, obstruction (disorderly persons offense), and violation of the emergency orders.  Woods and an unidentified man went to a residence on Caspian Avenue and asked to see one of the residents.  While waiting inside, Woods grabbed money from a counter, and when a female resident tried to stop him, he allegedly pointed a gun at her head.  The men ran out of the house as the victim’s boyfriend arrived. Woods also was wanted on a warrant.
  • Justin Gibson, 39, of Gibbstown, was charged yesterday, April 13, by the Waterford Township Police with aggravated assault (3rd degree), terroristic threats (3rd degree), violation of a restraining order (4th degree), and violating the emergency orders.  Gibson allegedly went to the home of his ex-girlfriend in violation of a restraining order and fought with her new boyfriend, striking the male victim multiple times with a rock and also striking him with a rake.  Gibson allegedly threated to come back with a gun and shoot people.

 “Our police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis.  Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency orders— or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Staying home and maintaining social distance isn’t just the best advice to stay healthy, it’s the law.  Make no mistake, we will do everything in our power to keep our residents and officers safe, and that means we won’t hesitate to file charges against violators.”    “Law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of this battle to protect the citizens of New Jersey from the COVID-19 virus, and we cannot stress enough how important it is that each person follow the guidelines set forth in the Executive Order,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Because lives are at stake, enforcement action will be taken without hesitation against those who are blatantly placing the lives of others at risk.” Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses. On April 1, Attorney General Grewal announced enhanced charges against six individuals who were charged with assaulting law enforcement officers and violating the emergency orders.  Specifically, those enhanced charges included making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, which is a second degree offense and carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Defendant Anthony McKee is similarly charged for his conduct against officers. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police will continue to work with law enforcement throughout New Jersey to deter non-complaint behavior. No one should take advantage of this pandemic to further their own biased agendas.  COVID-19 is no excuse to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and or other biased stereotypes.  Please report bias crimes at 1-800-277-BIAS.

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

April 14, 2020

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Two people were shot this afternoon at Kingsbury Towers, One Kingsbury Square in the city. Trenton Police as well as NJ State Police are on location and Trenton Emergency Medical Services were treating the patients. No further information is available for this breaking news story. Check back for further details if they become available.

PFANJ President Dominick Marino Passes Away Suddenly At Home

April 14, 2020

The Executive Board of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) regrets to announce the passing of PFANJ President Dominick Marino. President Marino passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon at home.

President Marino served for over 25 years as a firefighter in the North Bergen Fire Department and North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue, retiring from active service in 2011. He held multiple leadership positions in the firefighter union locals in both departments. President Marino served for many years as 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, the chartered state association of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), before becoming President in 2008.

President Marino leaves behind his wife Ellen, three children, and two grandchildren.

Additional details and services information will be made available once arranged.

Statement by Governor Murphy on the Passing of Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey President Dominick Marino

“Dominick Marino didn’t just run into burning buildings, he knocked down walls to protect his fellow firefighters. He put his heart and soul into everything he did for his members, and in doing so he exemplified everything you ever could want from a leader. One of the great honors of my governorship was to sign the Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act, but that bill could just as easily have carried Dominick’s name because of the dedication he showed in getting it passed. I will miss his friendship and good counsel, and his regular check ins, including this week. He was one of a kind. My deepest condolences go out to his family, his membership, and the entire New Jersey firefighting community.”

IAFF PFANJ President Dominick Marino at NJ State House Senate Committee 6/16/2011

It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the untimely passing of President Dominick Marino of the PFANJ.  

We all make up NJ Bravest.  No matter what patch wear or what banner you fly we are bonded together by the fire service and public safety.  

Donnie was a fierce advocate for Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics.  We worked alongside each other in many situations.  When we put our collective voices together we could truly accomplish so much in the interest of our members.

I am truly saddened by this loss.  It is a reality check for me that the stresses of this job are deep and real.  Donnie and I both shared a passion to help and a strong conviction to advocate on behalf of our members.  Although sometimes we traveled down a different path we ultimately met up and and accomplished the goal together.  

NJ lost a great a man and Union leader.  His family lost a husband, father and grandfather.   

On behalf of the over 5,000 members of the NJ FMBA I have the privilege to represent we offer our condolences to the PFANJ and the Marino family.  If there is anything we can do, consider it done. 

Rest Easy Donnie….


Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

April 14, 2020

Previous story on this here

Trenton Mayor Addresses Gun Violence

A 39-year-old Trenton man has been arrested in the shooting death of Quamierah Massey earlier this month, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Quasim Hallett was taken into custody Tuesday morning without incident in Delaware by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  He is charged with one count of murder and multiple weapons offenses.  Hallett is also charged with aggravated assault for pointing a firearm at another victim and terroristic threats for threatening to kill an additional victim.  He will remain in custody in Delaware pending extradition.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.  On Sunday, April 5, 2020, at approximately 7:05 p.m., Trenton police responded to a call for shots fired in the 100 block of Hoffman Avenue.  Several calls came in reporting someone was shot in the head at this location and Shot Spotter reported one round fired in the area.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, identified as 24-year-old Quamierah Massey, suffering a gunshot wound to the head.   She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead the next day.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Labor Department Implements Customer-Service, Tech Improvements to Address Historic Increase in Unemployment Claims

April 14, 2020

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has made a series of moves – from upgrading computer technology to adding personnel and boosting phone capacity – to get unemployment claims processed faster and customers’ questions answered quicker.  The announcement comes as record numbers of unemployment claims continue to flood the New Jersey Labor Department, and labor departments across the country. “I feel it in the pit of my stomach for every worker’s claim we haven’t gotten to yet,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “We are paying benefits to nearly 300,000 New Jerseyans, but that is of little consequence if your claim isn’t one of them. Our entire staff empathizes with your frustration and uncertainty. That’s why we have been working around the clock to find solutions to common problems weighing on the system.” Here is a list of the measures that have been, or are about to be, implemented to improve customer service at the Department:           

  • The first batch of supplemental unemployment payments has processed and distributed, getting an extra $600 into claimants’ pockets just after the holidays. Some 258,062 unemployed residents are seeing this money in their accounts yesterday and today, for a total of $154.8 million in payouts. 
  • Some 166,000 residents — more than 60% of those waiting for an agent to review their unemployment application — have had their claim processed, thanks to updated IT programming. This enabled these applicants to receive a quick determination of their eligibility. Going forward, this same percentage of claims formerly requiring an agent review will be entered directly into the system as a result of this significant upgrade. 
  • Hundreds of laptops have been delivered and configured and hundreds more are arriving this week, allowing additional claims agents and support staff to work from home, which will speed processing time for claims requiring agent review, and allow more staff to triage customer questions.    
  • A document explaining the benefits process for independent contractors and freelancers will be posted on our website today, guiding this group through the process to collect their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments as soon as possible. This will reduce a significant volume of phone and email inquiries. 
  • An intelligent automated reply to emails has been deployed so that whenever someone sends an email, they receive a reply specific to their inquiry directing them to the appropriate Labor’s FAQs, pin reset and solutions to other common questions. This will relieve stress for customers who have been waiting for an email reply and provide them with steps they can take on their own.  
  • The capacity of the call centers was expanded Wednesday to provide additional inquiry lines. Prior to this upgrade, tens of thousands of callers were met with dead air, or a dial tone, because the system was beyond its capacity. This is no longer happening. Additionally, more callers are able to provide their information over the phone.  
  • An automated pin reset function has been developed, which eliminates a common reason for applicant calls. 
  • The Appeal Tribunal has been set up to conduct virtual appeal hearings, alleviating delays for customers who were denied unemployment benefits and are appealing the decision. 

“The unceasing efforts of our Division of Information Technology and Unemployment Insurance staff, coupled with the assistance of the Office of Information Technology staff, have enabled us to reconfigure our legacy computer systems to serve more customers than ever before,” said Asaro-Angelo. “They have been working nonstop since the pandemic struck New Jersey, and I want to thank them for their commitment to getting benefits to everyone who deserves them as quickly as possible.” The number of jobless claims is far higher than New Jersey has ever experienced – 576,904 New Jerseyans applied for unemployment in the three weeks starting March 15. After the first week of the pandemic, the number of new claims jumped more than 1,600 percent from the week before COVID-19 struck. The number of new unemployment claims moving through the system without issue has increased, thanks to the updated programming. Claims are being backdated, so anyone who has had trouble getting through will not lose a week of benefits. It’s important to note that workers cannot choose to collect unemployment benefits if employment is available. A worker who voluntarily quits a job is ineligible for unemployment. For more information on benefits eligibility, customers are urged to visit or  

NJ Conservation Police Bust: $12,800. Potential Fines In Illegal Striped Bass Fishing In NJ

April 14, 2020

During the COVID-19 response, New Jersey Conservation Police continue working to protect New Jersey’s wildlife resources. This is evident from a March 30th case in Atlantic City involving the early morning apprehension of two men in possession of 66 undersize Atlantic striped bass.

The accused were caught by NJ Conservation Police Officers after they returned to a private dock after fishing all night from a small vessel. Earlier in the evening, they drew attention to themselves when officers observed them running their vessel at high rates of speed from various fishing locations under the cover of darkness and fog without any navigation lights. Despite the conditions, and losing sight of the vessel on multiple occasions, officers utilized their intimate knowledge of the area to relocate and ultimately inspect the vessel.

The Atlantic striped bass retention limits on March 30th were one fish from 28” to less than 43” and one fish 43” or greater per person. When inspected, sixty-six striped bass were found between 13” and 24” in length.

Charges for undersize and over the limit violations were written, which carry a penalty of $100 per fish/per violation, adding up to a potential of $12,800 in penalties for each angler. Additionally, the men were charged with unsafe operation of a vessel, operating a power vessel without valid registration, and failing to have appropriate vessel safety gear. Fishing gear was also seized for evidence and the Conservation Police Officers will seek forfeiture due to the severity of the violations. The seized fish were released to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Due to recent stock assessment results that determined overfishing for Atlantic striped bass was occurring, mandatory coastwide reductions were put in place to end overfishing and reduce fishing mortality in 2020. Regulation changes effective April 1st aim to achieve an 18% harvest reduction. The current recreational limit is one fish per day, which must measure from 28” to less than 38” in total length. There is no commercial harvest or sale of Atlantic striped bass in New Jersey.