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by Compiled by Dean DeChiaro
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Making a stink over a parking ticket

Everyone knows tensions tend to run high when it comes to parking in Hoboken, but how far are you willing to go to take on the city worker issuing you a ticket?

One woman was willing to go quite far when she allegedly threw feces in the face of a Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) worker last Wednesday, after a shoving match over a ticket issued earlier that day.

According to a police report, the HPU worker was leaving the office for the evening when she was approached by Niurka Figueredo, 39, of Hoboken, who berated her, according to a police report.

The worker said she initially ignored the woman, attempting to enter her boyfriend’s car and leave the scene until Figueredo allegedly opened the car door, preventing her from leaving. The worker then exited the vehicle and said she would contact her supervisor, the report said, but before she could do so, she was allegedly hit in the face with a liquid that police later determined to be feces.

Figueredo initially denied throwing the feces, and said that she and the HPU worker had simply gotten into a shoving match over the ticket. She admitted to following the worker from where her car was parked, on Bloomfield Street, to the Parking Utility, where the shoving match ensued, but still denied throwing the feces, said the report.

However, once officers pointed out nearby security cameras that may have caught the incident on tape, Figueredo allegedly admitted to throwing the feces, which was scooped up off the street.

She was placed under arrest and charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.

Come at me, officer!

Police believed that a man with an extensive criminal history was attempting to goad officers into attacking him last week in order to get monetary compensation, according to a police report.

The man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and resisting arrest on Wednesday evening.

A group of three officers responded to a Grand Street residence to investigate an unrelated manner when Kenneth Walker, 45, of New York approached them yelling, “How you doing, officers?” according to the report.

According to the report, the officers acknowledged Walker but did not engage him in conversation until he allegedly yelled, “Keep doing your jobs; I know you’re following me.”

To this, the report said, one of the officers laughingly said that they were indeed following him.

Walker moved on, but returned moments later with two companions and allegedly continued to make antagonistic comments, before dropping a bag he was carrying and rushing one officer, said the report.

Walker stopped just short of making contact with the officer, who did nothing, the report said. Walker then allegedly yelled, “Go ahead, put your hands on me,” followed by a string of profanities, before he told the other two officers to stay put, saying, “This is between me and him,” and allegedly capping off the rant with more cursing.

Again, the officers did not engage Walker, according to the report, until he allegedly shoved one officer while walking away, before turning to rush the officer once more. At this point, the report said, the officers subdued Walker and placed him in handcuffs.

The report noted that another officer had a similar interaction with Walker the night before and that numerous incidents of the same nature had taken place recently.

Jewelry, watches purloined in Grand Street heist

$1,780 in jewelry, watches, sunglasses and electronics was stolen from a Grand Street basement apartment on Monday, said a police report, after the victim left his basement apartment to run some errands in the middle of the day.

The victim, a report said, returned from his errands to find the basement window completely open and an interior door broken off its hinges. Upon taking inventory of his belongings, he realized that two gold rings, two silver necklaces, three watches, a pair of sunglasses, an iPod, and some cash had disappeared.

According to the report, the goods were worth just a little less than $2,000. The sunglasses, worth $400, were the most expensive item.

The victim told police that he had no surveillance on his home but that cameras belonging to a nearby bar may have picked up the incident, said the report. He also mentioned that he had been burglarized before by a man who frequents the neighborhood known only as “Jose.” According to the report, “Jose” is known to ride a bike and rummage through trash cans in the area of Ninth Street and Park Avenue.

Construction worker injured by falling lamppost at Sinatra Park

In addition to raising the former soccer field from its watery grave beneath the Hudson River, construction crews working at Sinatra Park will now also have to fix a downed lamppost. The post fell when it was struck by a reversing backhoe last Saturday, hitting a worker on the head and causing significant neck injuries, a police report said.

Police and ambulances reported to the scene around noon on Saturday when it was reported that a city worker had been injured. The man turned out to in fact be a private contractor, working for the Newark firm rebuilding Sinatra Field.

According to the report, a backhoe had been in reverse when it accidentally struck on of the “retro” light poles. The post hit a worker in the left side of the head, who may have lost consciousness temporarily, according to the job foreman. The report noted that the man looked dazed when speaking to officers, telling them he remembered little of the accident.

The man was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center where he was treated for his neck pain. Police contacted city officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the incident.

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