TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states. This announcement aligns the policies of the three states on this particular service. “We’ve committed to working with our regional partners throughout this crisis to align our policies when and where appropriate,” said Governor Murphy. “A unified approach is the most effective way to alleviate confusion for the residents of our states during the ongoing public health emergency.”“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve worked closely with our friends in neighboring states to implement a uniform regional approach to reducing the spread of the virus,” Governor Cuomo said. “Aligning our polices in this area is another example of that strong partnership, and will help ensure there is no confusion or ‘state shopping’ when it comes to marinas and boatyards.” “Our states share workforces, resources, public transit, and we all have share a connection on the water,” Governor Lamont said. “This is yet another example of how our states have shared interests, which is all the more reason to collaborate on these kinds of decisions. This decision provides uniformity across our marinas.”
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A family just dropped off food to a relative and was returning home when in the area of Ridge Road heard a noise from their SUV and pulled over. The vehicle burst into flames seconds later and the family was able to escape harm. South Brunswick Police and the Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to put out the fire.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–From eyewitness reports, waiting on information from police sources.
The Trenton Police Department SWAT Team surrounded a home in the 800 Block of Prospect Street next to the Precious Kitchen this afternoon for a possible barricaded person. According to one witnesses on scene and a Facebook video post a man was involved and several children in the home. Police surrounded the home and on a loud speaker could be heard “The person at 8xx Prospect Street Come Out With Your Hands Up!”
No further information was available about the incident. Check back for further details, will update when more information if and when it becomes available.
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the West Windsor Police Department dropped in at Infocus Urgent Care with lunch for the staff there..Dr. Seeta Arjun and her staff have been testing residents for COVID-19 for days at her West Windsor location.
MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A single car accident into a tree occurred in the 300 Block of Route 527A-Smithburg Road at 4:57 pm. The Millstone Township Fire Department, NJ State Police and EMS responded. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further details are available at the time of this report.
TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107: Assaults and Threats Against Police Officers, EMTs, or Others
Wadim Sakiewicz, 73, of Sparta, was charged yesterday, April 17, by the Sparta Police Department with terroristic threats during an emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), resisting arrest (4th degree), obstruction (disorderly persons offense), criminal mischief (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. On April 15, Sakiewicz entered Stop & Shop in Sparta without wearing a face mask. When an employee asked him to leave, he became combative, and when a second employee escorted him out of the store, he allegedly said he had the coronavirus and began to cough on the employee. The store alerted police, who identified and located Sakiewicz on April 17. Sakiewicz allegedly physically resisted arrest and tried to spit on and bite officers.
Amy Bosco, 47, of Point Pleasant Beach, was arrested on April 16 by the Point Pleasant Beach Police and charged with terroristic threats during an emergency (3rd degree), disorderly conduct, and violating the emergency orders. Bosco entered the police station, yelling, “Pigs! Oink, oink!” She was irate and aggressive, screaming obscenities and refusing to leave. She claimed she had a fever, a cough, and was sick. She was arrested and taken to the hospital, but remained aggressive, shouting profanities and removing her mask to blow on EMTs in the ambulance.
Jose Lopez, 27, Irvington, was arrested yesterday, April 17, by the Irvington Police and charged with throwing bodily fluid at a police officer (4th degree), endangering (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. When officers asked a group to disperse, Lopez refused, gesturing with his middle finger and shouting obscenities. He lunged at one officer, but was stopped by other officers. When they released him, he allegedly spat at the officer, yelling “Corona [expletive]!” The defendant got into a fighting stance, but officers subdued and arrested him.
Other Criminal Charges Involving Indictable Offenses
Katie Orszulski, 29, of Parlin, was arrested by the Hazlet Police on Wednesday night, April 15, and charged with burglary (2nd degree), simple assault (disorderly persons offense), criminal mischief (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. Police responded to a report of a women being attacked by another woman outside her home. Investigation revealed that Orszulski got into a dispute with the victim over a man both were dating. Orszulski allegedly went to the victim’s home, dragged her outside, and began beating her in the street.
Franklin Moore, 62, of Cape May Court House, was charged yesterday by the New Jersey State Police in Port Norris with possession of heroin (3rd degree), DWI, motor vehicle violations, and violating the emergency orders. Moore was involved in a motor vehicle accident and was unresponsive when police arrived, with heroin in the vehicle. He was treated and charged.
Other Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order
Newark Enforcement. The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 88 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered four non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 17.
Geoffrey T. Vonderlinden, 51, of Basking Ridge, was charged yesterday with violating the emergency orders after he was rescued while kite surfing off Normandy Beach in Toms River. Police and rescue crews responded to a report of a kite surfer in distress approximately 50 yards off shore and drifting northbound in the water, with strong winds and current. Fire department rescue crews and another surfer reached Vonderlinden and all returned to shore safely.
Isaiah M. George, 33, of Jersey City, Jabril Corley, 28, of Jersey City, and Megan Stoddart, 29, of Howell, were charged yesterday by the Jersey City Police with violating the emergency orders. In addition, Corley and another man, Marc Y. Bruny, 33, of Jersey City, were charged with disorderly conduct. The defendants were charged in connection with a party involving approximately 15 people inside an Airbnb rental in Jersey City.
Mauricio Mejia, 19, of Clifton, Irbin Martinez, of Passaic, 24, Everardo Almonte, 23, of Passaic, and Sergio Bernal, of Passaic, were charged yesterday evening, April 17, by the Passaic Police with violating the emergency orders for gathering in an apartment building on Monroe Street and not practicing social distancing. They do not reside in the apartment building and had no legitimate purpose for being there.
Elizabeth Police charged eight individuals at various times yesterday, April 17, with violating the emergency orders for loitering at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Bond Street or the corner of 3rd Street and Magnolia Avenue after police warned them about violating the Executive Order. Police charged Edwin Alerte, 30, Pearl Moore, 54, Larhonda Burgess, 57, Kevin Lewis, 65, Tyshawn Jones, 44, Thyshon Orr, 36, Arthur Johnson, 64, and Eguane Robinson, all of Elizabeth except for Robinson, who lives in Paterson. Moore, Burgess, and Lewis had all received summonses for violating the orders the previous day as well.
Tivon Davies, 20, of Morristown, was charged yesterday, April 17, by the Morristown Police with violating the emergency orders. It was determined that he was part of a disorderly group that gathered on the night of April 16 outside an apartment on Clyde Potts Drive. Three other men were charged earlier with violating the emergency orders in connection with that incident.
The defendants who were charged strictly with violating the emergency orders and who do not face more serious charges were charged by summons— they were not arrested. Those cases will be adjudicated in municipal court. “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 Wadim Sakiewicz is similarly charged for his alleged conduct. 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 https://covid19.nj.gov/violation 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.