19-year-old Keyshawn Wiggins of Jersey City was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Hoboken resident Adrian Rivera.
Rivera, who was 18 years old at the time of his death, was shot and killed on Jan. 24, 2017 in his home in the Hoboken Housing Authority in an armed home robbery.
Police later found over three pounds of marijuana and over $13,000 in his apartment, said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez in February 2017.
Jersey City residents and codefendants Khalif Geiger, age 21, and Douglas Dixon, who was 17 at the time, both pleaded guilty to first degree armed robbery and will be sentenced on Sept. 6.
Alleged drunk driver damages 36 vehicles in Hoboken
Union City resident Miguel Aleman, 22, was arrested on Wednesday, July 25 at 1:28 a.m. after he allegedly damaged roughly 36 vehicles while driving.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exhibit insurance documents, driving an unregistered vehicle, and two counts of assault by auto for injuries to passengers.
The Hoboken Police Department received several 911 calls about a driver traveling north on Bloomfield Street which had struck several parked cars.
According to a release from the Police Department, they determined that Aleman allegedly damaged approximately 36 parked vehicles found between First and Eighth streets on Bloomfield Street.
Officers Matt Isler and Fabian Quinones went to the area and located the white 2010 Honda and driver, Aleman, at Eighth and Bloomfield streets.
Quinones saw that the Honda had heavy damage including the passenger side windshield. He noticed that all airbags had been deployed. Aleman was allegedly disoriented and unable to balance while standing. Officers also smelled alcohol allegedly coming from him. Due to the damage and possibility of injury, medical personnel arrived and evaluated Aleman as well as two passengers for injuries.
Sgt. Saverio Binetti conducted a field sobriety test which Aleman was allegedly unable to complete and he was put under arrest.
Due to the possibility of serious injury, all were transported to Hoboken University Medical Center to be evaluated and treated.
Aleman was allegedly unable to provide breath samples immediately and instead blood and urine samples were provided at the hospital for testing in order to determine his alcohol level.
After treatment, he was processed at police headquarters and released to a responsible party. The two passengers remained at the hospital for further evaluation.
HRPAC announces August concerts
The next Wednesday night concerts set for Summer Concerts on the Hudson at Lincoln Harbor Park in Weehawken will be Ranky Tanky, on Aug. 8, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, on Aug. 15. Both shows start at 7 p.m.
From Charleston, S.C., Ranky Tanky released its first CD in October 2017 and by December, Ranky Tanky had been profiled on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show, “Fresh Air,” with Terry Gross. The album then soared to the No. 1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. This group performs Gullah music from the Georgia and Carolina Sea Islands with jazz inspiration and a New Orleans twist.
For nearly two decades, the Catskill Mountains hid singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe, until one day she said goodbye to her hometown and moved to New York City to start the hard soul collective, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. The group has performed more than 700 shows and made their national TV debut on NBC’s “Today Show.” They’ve released three full-length studio albums, including their most recent, the acclaimed "The Weather Below.”
These free concerts will take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.
For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.
Make new friends! 14th annual spaghetti dinner will be Aug. 30
Make new friends and chat with your neighbors! Residents are invited to attend the 14th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sinatra Drive between First and Second streets.
The evening will include a musical performance by Sinatra Idol winner Zack Alexander and a dinner of four types of pasta, salad, meatballs, sausage, eggplant, assorted breads, Italian pastries, and cookies.
Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available at an additional charge with proceeds of the beverage sales going to support the Hoboken Ambulance Corps.
Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance at www.Hobokennj.org/register or at the Cultural Affairs Office on the third floor of City Hall, 94 Washington St.
Tickets are $25 for individuals, $250 for a table, $10 for children under 12 years old, and $15 for seniors. For more information, call (201) 420-2000 ext. 5100 or email email@example.com.
Public officials blast radio hosts, defend state Attorney General
After news broke on Wednesday, July 25, that two radio talk show hosts called state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal "turban man," public officials, including Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Gov. Phil Murphy, blasted them online.
New Jersey 101.5, WKXW-FM Radio, located in Ewing N.J., has taken the mid-day hosts, Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, off the air until further notice.
"Hey 'Racist Man' @DennisandJudi ,” tweeted Bhalla. “I'm a Jersey guy, born & raised, and so is NewJerseyOAG Grewal - this type of racist garbage has no place in Jersey. Get with the program! #RacistManDennis #jerseypride #educateyourself."
The radio personalities were discussing the attorney general’s recent directive to municipal prosecutors to seek adjournments of low-level marijuana cases until September.
"Outraged by the abhorrent and xenophobic comments mocking @NewJerseyOAG on The @DennisandJudi Show on @nj1015,” tweeted Murphy. “Hate speech has no place in NJ, and does not belong on our airwaves. Station management must hold the hosts accountable for these intolerant and racist comments."
Early Thursday morning Grewal tweeted: "@nj1015: My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal. I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio."
The hosts at New Jersey 101.5 have long boasted their proud New Jersey roots, and rarely shy away from political talk, having helped fuel a tax protest against Gov. Jim Florio in the 1990s.
Local art camp registration deadline looming
The second Art & Social Justice Summer camp hosted by Art is Love & Action will take place from Aug. 6 to Aug 18 with a final showcase on the last day.
The camp is for children ages 12 to 16 years old who reside or have parents who work in Hoboken. The camp uses art as a vehicle of education for social justice under the theme of identity politics of people and places.
Residents should also reach out if they are interested in partnering with the program and volunteering. This year, they are joining with the Hoboken Housing Authority and add the Hoboken Public Library as a community partner. Scholarships for Hoboken residents are available and applications can be found at bit.ly/artissummercamp.
Christ Hospital to host seminar on managing heart or lung disease
Christ Hospital will hold a free seminar about dealing with heart or lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Attendees will hear from medical experts in the heart, lung, and nutrition fields about how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The event will include hands-on demonstrations and a question-and-answer period.
A free, special heart-healthy lunch will be provided.
Those interested in attending should preregister by emailing Nancy.Aleman@CarePointHealth.org by Aug. 9. Anyone seeking additional information may call Aleman at (201) 341-1310. The seminar will be held at Christ Hospital,176 Palisade Ave., in Staff Rooms A and B.
79-year-old man arrested in connection with stabbing near homeless encampment
Verdejo Cruz, 79, of Union City, has been arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing death of an apparently homeless man on July 13 in the area of Third Street and Manhattan Avenue in Union City.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on July 13 at around 7:40 p.m., Union City Police, responding to a report, found a male victim by the makeshift homes near Third Street and Manhattan Avenue. The man, who has not been positively identified, was unresponsive with multiple wounds to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 8:55 p.m.
Cruz, who was located at the scene, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter and weapons charges. Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Union City Police Department for the arrest.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.