Bayonne man charged with assault on police
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has taken the case of Gerald G. Morton, 54, of Bayonne, who is charged with aggravated assault on four Bayonne police officers after an incident on May 21 when he allegedly attempted to stab four police officers with a knife and a pen.
“We’re investigating the circumstances for a presentation to a grand jury,” Prosecutor Ed DeFazio said. “But we are not investigating allegations raised by his defense attorney against the police. If he thinks he has been mistreated by the police, then he should go the internal affairs in Bayonne.”
DeFazio said there is no sufficient reason for an investigation at this point.
Morton appeared in court with a black eye and bruised lip.
This incident allegedly evolved out a domestic dispute.
Central Judicial Judge Richard Nieto has ordered Morton to undergo psychological evaluation and a suicide watch. Morton allegedly suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Oresko to attend Memorial Day Parade
Nicholas Oresko, a Medal of Honor recipient, will be attending Bayonne’s Memorial Day Parade on May 30.
Oresko served as a master sergeant during what is commonly called “The Battle of the Bulge” near Tettingen, Germany. He singlehandedly defeated an entrenched German bunker. Despite being wounded, he went on to defeat a second bunker. President Harry S. Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor on Oct. 30, 1945.
Hudson-born drivers tell Motor Vehicle Commission to take a legal hike
Three Hudson County-born New Jersey drivers filed suit Thursday, on behalf of themselves and a class believed to exceed 10,000, to nullify the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s four-and-a-half year-old policy under which “Hudson County birth certificates” of persons born prior to 1965 are rejected, on a categorical basis, when presented for purposes of identification. The suit also demands reimbursement for expenses incurred, ranging from $26 to $55 per person, in procuring an additional birth certificate, without which the Commission refuses to issue a license.
Bayonne animal shelter still wanted
Despite a report out of City Hall that the Hudson County Animal League no longer wants to pursue the construction of an animal shelter on Fifth Street, representatives of the League said this is not the case.
Representatives from the League said there seems to be some misunderstanding and that the group is still interested in building the shelter.
“The Hudson County Animal League has been in existence for over 17 years and we are a totally not for profit, volunteer group,” said Adelaide Laurie, president of the League. “The deed to the property owned by the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority was promised to the League over four years ago.”
She said since that time, the city has promised to sign over the deed, but has yet to do so.
City Business Administrator and MUA Executive Director Steve Gallo said that a member of the HCAL told him that the League was no longer interested in the property.
“We are perfectly willing to listen to what they have to say,” he said.
DeSoto is appointed as a trustee to New Jersey City University
Karen DeSoto, a Jersey City attorney, was named by Gov. Christopher Christie as a trustee to New Jersey City University this week. DeSoto is a mentor and trustee of the Cunningham Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors of the Head Start Program for Jersey City, the Hudson County Hispanic Coalition, and the Beth Miriam Homeless Shelter Project. She also established the Ray of Hope Foundation for Children, a group that offers aid to terminally ill children and their families. The City of Bayonne’s Youth Center recently honored Karen DeSoto with the Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition for her priceless charitable contributions. DeSoto appears weekly on MSNBC as a television legal analyst.