The Union City Police Department lost an officer in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday, July 27, according to the department's Facebook page.
"It is with a heavy heart that the Union City Police Department announces the sudden passing of Police Officer John Kamel #433," the tribute to Kamel, posted Friday morning, reads. Kamel, according to the post, was en route to work when the accident happened. The post did not specify exactly where the accident happened.
Kamel graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in 2013, per the posting. He had been assigned to Union City's Police's Patrol Division since his graduation.
His death marks the third in seven months for the department. Officer Ricardo Fernandez suddenly passed away in December. In May, Sgt. Mark Zeitounian perished in a car accident.
"To John's mother Reda "Helen" and father Sami, we thank you for John. As you know, John loved being a police officer in Union City. Please know that he served the people of Union City, his neighbors, well as a faithful and dedicated member of our department," the tribute reads.
WNY man fatally stabbed in Guttenberg
A West New York man was fatally stabbed in Guttenberg last Friday evening, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
At 9:45 p.m. July 28, Guttenberg police responded to a disturbance call at Rumba Cubana, a restaurant at 6909 Boulevard East near the Guttenberg/West New York border. After arriving, they found Antonio Bouza, 28, lying outside the restaurant with a stab wound to his chest.
EMS workers transported Bouza to Palisades Medical Center but officials there pronounced him dead at 10:35 p.m. Soon after, Reidel Carrasco, 22, turned himself at the Guttenberg Police Department in connection with the stabbing.
Following an initial investigation, members of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested Carrasco. He is charged with murder, a first-degree crime; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a third-degree crime; and unlawful possession of a weapon, a fourth-degree crime.
West New York Mayor Felix Roque, who said he is a friend of Bouza’s mother, commented, “It breaks my heart. I believe this is her only son. I can say that myself and the town of West New York are grieving for her loss.”
Roque also said he heard from someone at Hair Guild, a local beauty salon where Bouza’s mom once worked, that the conflict was over a woman.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit’s investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call (201) 915-1345. They can also leave any anonymous tips at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website, at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
WNY swears in seven police recruits
Mayor Felix Roque and the West New York Board of Commissioners will swear in seven new recruits to the West New York Police Department on Thursday, July 13.
The swearing in ceremony took place at 4 p.m. at the Municipal Chambers of the Town of West New York. The recruits will attend the Bergen County Police Academy for 23 weeks where they will receive training on firearms, police driving, community policing, cultural diversity, and the law enforcement guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
“Even though our municipality is roughly one square mile, we have over 50,000 residents – placing us among the most densely populated municipalities in the country,” said Mayor Roque. “Ensuring the safety of all the residents is paramount to moving West New York forward.”
Since 2011, 26 new police officers have joined the ranks of the West New York Police Department. All recruits of this new class of future officers are diverse individuals who were born and raised in the Town of West New York and who continue to be residents.
“The West New York Police Department is very proud to have these new recruits join our ranks,” mentioned Robert Antolos, Director of the West New York Police Department. “I want to thank Mayor Roque and the Board of Commissioners for cultivating a culture of safety and security for the residents of our Town.”
“As I have said before, my priority has and will continue to be improving the health and safety of our Town so that our residents can focus on creating opportunities for their families as they seek healthy and happy lives,” said Mayor Roque. “The seven new recruits will join the ranks of our incredible Police Department to help us deliver that promise to our residents.”
Comedy film starring Nathan Lane, based on local author’s novel, avail for home viewing
A comedy movie starring Broadway legend (and Jersey City native) Nathan Lane -- adapted from a humorous novel by Hoboken resident Caren Lissner -- is now available for home viewing on the internet and cable, and for sale as a DVD.
The feature film, “Carrie Pilby,” stars Bel Powley as 19-year-old genius who graduates from Harvard three years early. She's single in New York City and trying to make sense of life's hypocrisies, all while meeting an unusual cast of characters and dealing with a past inappropriate relationship with a college professor (Colin O'Donoghue).
It also stars Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects", "Miller's Crossing"), Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live"), William Moseley, Jason Ritter, and Desmin Borges.
It was directed by Susan Johnson (who is currently directing the film adaptation of Jenny Han's best-selling novel "To All the Boys I've Loved Before").
The film premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival as a special presentation film, then opened in area theaters in March. Amazon and iTunes are offering it for rental or purchase. (The book is also available via Amazon.) Those who want to see it on cable can check their alphabetical list of on-demand movies. The film earned positive reviews from the Village Voice, the Guardian, and RogerEbert.com.