Suspect arrested in Jersey City murder The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Thursday that a suspect has been arrested for a June murder in Jersey City.
Prosecutor Edward DeFazio announced that Anthony “Mu-Mu” Rose has been arrested and charged with the murder of Jersey City resident Darius Burgess, 28, of Corbin Ave., who was killed on June 8 at a playground at West Side Avenue and Broadway.
DeFazio said the murder investigation is “ongoing” but it is believed that the shooting stemmed from an altercation between an associate of Burgess and Rose the day before.
“Rose was at the short end of the altercation and he came back and he came [allegedly] looking to settle the score,” DeFazio said.
DeFazio said a $1 million bail was set by Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan.
Thanksgiving editorial and advertising deadlines
The Reporter offices will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. As a result, some of our deadlines have changed.
Our classified advertising deadline for the Sunday, Nov. 29 newspapers is this Tuesday, Nov. 24 at noon.
Our display ad deadline for the Sunday North Bergen, Weehawken, Secaucus, Union City, and West New York newspapers is also 12 noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The display ad deadline for the Sunday Hoboken and Jersey City newspapers is 12 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
The editorial deadline for letters to the editor and similar items is 12 noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
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Political consultant Ron Manzo and Secaucus Mayor Elwell indicted
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey announced Tuesday afternoon that Jersey City-based political consultant Ron Manzo and former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell have been indicted in connection with an FBI sting operation of politicians this past summer.
In late July, 44 religious and political leaders were arrested statewide. In several cases, government informant Solomon Dwek posed as a developer offering to donate money to political campaigns, ostensibly in exchange for help with his development projects.
The indictment charges that Ron Manzo and Elwell allegedly accepted a total of $15,000 in “corrupt payments.” The indictment also charges that Elwell and Manzo conspired with former Jersey City official Edward Cheatam to accept the payments. Cheatam has already pleaded guilty in connection with the investigation.
An indictment is not a declaration of guilt or innocence, but rather a jury decision that there is enough evidence to bring a matter to trial.
Manzo has already been indicted for allegedly helping his brother, former Assemblyman Louis Manzo, accept money for his help should Manzo win his mayoral election in Jersey City (which Louis did not).
Three mayors were arrested in connection with the scheme, including Elwell and Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano. Both resigned from their respective towns.
Ethics panel criticizes Healy for actions down the shore
The Office of Attorney Ethics recently criticized Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy for failing to take responsibility for his actions when he scuffled with police in Bradley Beach in 2006.
The board recommended that Healy’s law license be suspended for three months or that he is censured, according to the local daily newspaper.
The newspaper quoted the 11-page brief as saying, “There is nothing in the record to suggest that [Healy] has admitted any wrongdoing or accepted responsibility for his actions. Moreover, at the time of the incident, he was serving as the mayor of Jersey City, a fact he made known to the arresting officers.”
Healy was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice in 2007 and had to pay an $800 fine. He filed an appeal, but lost.
Chromium cleanup public meeting
Mike McCabe, the Court-Appointed Site Administrator for the PPG Chromium Cleanup Program, will hold a public meeting this coming Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at Jersey City Hall to discuss the plans and schedule for the PPG chromium cleanup sites. Among the sites is 900 Garfield Ave. For more information, call (201) 777-2099.
Flu shots for high risk groups on Monday
Christ Hospital in Jersey City, has partnered with the Jersey City Department of Health to hold a one-day H1N1 (swine) flu clinic for New Jersey residents. Due to a limited shipment of adult doses of H1N1 vaccine, the following five CDC-targeted high-risk groups will be eligible for the vaccine (the order of target groups does not indicate priority):
• Pregnant women;
• People who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months of age;
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel;
• All people from 6 months through 24 years of age, and;
• People 25 years through 64 years of age who have certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.
The H1N1 vaccine clinic will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 112-114 Palisade Ave., located within Christ Hospital’s main campus.
Vaccinations are being provided free of charge to the targeted high-risk groups, as listed above. Please note: the H1N1 vaccine will be made available next week to students attending Jersey City public, parochial and charter schools. No appointment is required for the one-day clinic as vaccines will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will be necessary.
Thanksgiving concert at JC Library
On Friday, Nov. 27, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., a triumvirate of talented soul singers will grace the Miller Branch Library Auditorium stage at 489 Bergen Ave. in Jersey City.
The two Jersey City stars – Soul Generation, featuring Cliff Perkins, and PRIME – have opened their ranks over the last four years to include the incomparable Joe Bataan, known as the King of Latin R&B, an innovator for bringing street sounds and sensibility into Latin music in the ’70s.
There is free admission to the concert with a valid Jersey City Free Public Library card, or sign up for a library card at the door. Adults only – no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.