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It’s not clear what Scholars Village actually entails, but a Teachers Village within SciTech Scity would help Jersey Cit...
06/28/2023

It’s not clear what Scholars Village actually entails, but a Teachers Village within SciTech Scity would help Jersey City Public Schools recruit and retain teachers.

It’s not clear what Scholars Village entails, but a Teachers Village within SciTech Scity would help Jersey City Public Schools recruit and retain teachers.

If Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop can get the political bosses of the Democratic Party to coalesce behind him, there’s t...
05/21/2023

If Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop can get the political bosses of the Democratic Party to coalesce behind him, there’s two easy paths to the governorship.

If Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop can get the political bosses of the Democratic Party to coalesce behind him, there's two easy paths to the governorship.

Becky Scott crashed the county car approximately a month after being appointed director of the Hudson County Corrections...
04/13/2023

Becky Scott crashed the county car approximately a month after being appointed director of the Hudson County Corrections and Rehabilitation Center.

04/01/2023

CCTV footage obtained by Real Garden State captured a disturbing multi-car crash in Jersey City on February 10, 2023.

At approximately 9:40 AM that day, a silver Nissan Murano traveling south on Martin Luther King Drive jumped a curb, swerved around a light pole, T-Boned a white Honda Civic at the Claremont Avenue intersection, and then crashed into a third vehicle traveling north on MLK.

An accident report revealed that the operator of the Murano, Sean A. Doyle of New Orleans, LA, falsely claimed the Civic went through the light at Claremont and struck him. Bodycam footage captured Doyle telling officers "I went out and my boy caught control of the steering wheel and the other car came by… I don’t even know where that car came from."

Of note, Doyle’s passenger was a female who told an officer she was "getting dropped off to school" at the time of the collision. As well, the Murano was a rental car and Doyle was listed as self insured.

The crash resulted in multiple injuries and all three drivers were transported to the Jersey City Medical Center. No summonses were issued related to the crash and no alcohol/drug test was performed, per accident report.

Latarian Milton was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest/eluding after being apprehended by Upper Saddle Riv...
03/29/2023

Latarian Milton was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest/eluding after being apprehended by Upper Saddle River police last month.

Latarian Milton was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest/eluding after being arrested in Upper Saddle River on February 11, 2023.

Combining Mayor Steven Fulop’s Pompidou x Jersey City proposal with Ward F Councilperson Frank Gilmore’s progressive inc...
02/28/2023

Combining Mayor Steven Fulop’s Pompidou x Jersey City proposal with Ward F Councilperson Frank Gilmore’s progressive income tax initiative would be great for Jersey City.

Combining Mayor Fulop's Pompidou x Jersey City proposal and Ward F Councilperson Gilmore's progressive income tax initiative would be great for Jersey City.

02/04/2023

A Jersey City woman is facing multiple charges including Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon following a road rage incident on the night of November 26, 2022.

CCTV footage obtained via an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request depicts an incident that lasted nearly ten minutes in the vicinity of MLK Drive and Stevens Avenue.

Body-worn Camera (BWC) footage from the arrest reveals that the woman had her children in the car, admitted to having a knife, and the incident allegedly started because individuals were throwing garbage on her vehicle.

The CCTV and BWC footage included in this post is edited for brevity and privacy.

Testimony provided by then-Sgt. Jocelyn Roldan (Torres) during the Denzel Suitt trial was false based on a retired cop’s...
01/23/2023

Testimony provided by then-Sgt. Jocelyn Roldan (Torres) during the Denzel Suitt trial was false based on a retired cop’s sworn statement.

Testimony provided by Jocelyn Roldan (Torres) to a Hudson County jury is directly contradicted by a retired cop’s statement to Cowan Investigations.

Denzel Suitt has a new sentencing hearing scheduled and is facing imprisonment after the Hudson County Prosecutor's Offi...
01/21/2023

Denzel Suitt has a new sentencing hearing scheduled and is facing imprisonment after the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office successfully appealed his initial sentence.

Former JCPD P.O. Denzel Suitt has a new sentencing hearing scheduled after the HCPO successfully appealed Judge John A. Young's initial sentence.

SOURCES: NJ Transit bus driver allegedly shot a teen 3 times tonight. Police response in the area of Monticello & Jewett...
12/18/2022

SOURCES: NJ Transit bus driver allegedly shot a teen 3 times tonight. Police response in the area of Monticello & Jewett in Jersey City. Victim apparently in critical condition, driver supposedly left with NJT bus and apprehended in Hoboken.

A lawsuit accusing Brian Platt of encouraging his staff to lie to the media in Kansas City, Missouri, exposes the ongoin...
12/13/2022

A lawsuit accusing Brian Platt of encouraging his staff to lie to the media in Kansas City, Missouri, exposes the ongoing journalism crisis in Jersey City.

Keith Pantaleon’s encounter with Jersey City cops led him to the New Jersey Oath Keepers, Edward Durfee cited the Patrio...
10/27/2021

Keith Pantaleon’s encounter with Jersey City cops led him to the New Jersey Oath Keepers, Edward Durfee cited the Patriot Act and Hurricane Katrina.

Keith Pantaleon's encounter with Jersey City cops led him to the New Jersey Oath Keepers, Edward Durfee cited the Patriot Act and Hurricane Katrina.

In 2016, ex-JCBOE Pres. Sudhan Thomas and his attorney, Paul Appel, used legal threats to stop the publication of a stor...
10/22/2021

In 2016, ex-JCBOE Pres. Sudhan Thomas and his attorney, Paul Appel, used legal threats to stop the publication of a story which foreshadowed criminal indictments by federal prosecutors.

In 2016, Sudhan Thomas and Paul Appel used legal threats to stop the publication of a story which foreshadowed criminal indictments by federal prosecutors.

HCPO Det. Craig Iacouzzi claims he “never met anybody or spoke to anybody” from the Oath Keepers, but his name (minus on...
10/19/2021

HCPO Det. Craig Iacouzzi claims he “never met anybody or spoke to anybody” from the Oath Keepers, but his name (minus one letter) is listed on the New Jersey chapter’s website.

HCPO Det. Craig Iacouzzi claimed he “never met anybody or spoke to anybody” from the Oath Keepers, but he's listed on the New Jersey chapter's website.

A teenage woman was charged as a juvenile in connection with the death of an infant baby found in a trash bin in Kearny,...
10/18/2021

A teenage woman was charged as a juvenile in connection with the death of an infant baby found in a trash bin in Kearny, NJ.

A female teenager was charged as a juvenile in connection with the death of an infant baby found in a trash bin in Kearny, NJ.

Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski wouldn’t allow filming of Rashawn Simmons’ trial for the attempted murder of a Jersey City po...
10/17/2021

Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski wouldn’t allow filming of Rashawn Simmons’ trial for the attempted murder of a Jersey City police officer. The defendant was found not guilty by a jury.

Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski wouldn't allow video cameras to record Rashawn Simmons' trial for the attempted murder of a Jersey City police officer.

Mayor Steven Fulop misinformed the public about the status of lawsuits related to the reorganization of the Jersey City ...
10/11/2021

Mayor Steven Fulop misinformed the public about the status of lawsuits related to the reorganization of the Jersey City Recreation Department.

Mayor Steven Fulop misinformed the public about the status of lawsuits related to the Jersey City Recreation Dept.'s restructuring during a recent podcast.

On her personal website, Jersey City Municipal Court Judge Karen DeSoto wrote “HHS Hides Information on how Vaccines Cau...
10/08/2021

On her personal website, Jersey City Municipal Court Judge Karen DeSoto wrote “HHS Hides Information on how Vaccines Cause Autism.”

Mayor Steven Fulop announced he was nominating Karen DeSoto as a full-time Jersey City Municipal Court judge on April 1, 2021.

Jersey City council candidate Tom Zuppa is representing JCPD Sgt. Rossy Barzola in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from ...
10/01/2021

Jersey City council candidate Tom Zuppa is representing JCPD Sgt. Rossy Barzola in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from an altercation over a parking spot.

Jersey City council candidate Tom Zuppa is defending JCPD Sgt. Rossy Barzola in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from an altercation over a parking spot.

JCPD P.O. Angelo Alas suffered a fractured cheek bone during an encounter with Belmar cops at Bar A on July 4, 2019, acc...
09/30/2021

JCPD P.O. Angelo Alas suffered a fractured cheek bone during an encounter with Belmar cops at Bar A on July 4, 2019, according to a lawsuit.

JCPD P.O. Angelo Alas suffered a fractured cheek bone during an encounter with Belmar cops at Bar Anticipation on July 4, 2019, according to a lawsuit.

Five days after being fired from the HCPO, William Specht filed a four-count complaint in state Superior Court alleging ...
09/29/2021

Five days after being fired from the HCPO, William Specht filed a four-count complaint in state Superior Court alleging Wrongful Discharge.

Despite being cleared of “harassment and discrimination” by an external investigation, Asst. Prosecutor William Specht w...
09/26/2021

Despite being cleared of “harassment and discrimination” by an external investigation, Asst. Prosecutor William Specht was fired from the HCPO and he’s blaming “cancel culture.”

Despite being cleared of "harassment and discrimination" by an external investigation, HCPO Asst. Prosecutor William Specht was fired by Esther Suarez.

  is a progressive initiative to reform the way election ballots are designed in New Jersey, but it won’t fix democracy ...
09/25/2021

is a progressive initiative to reform the way election ballots are designed in New Jersey, but it won’t fix democracy in the Garden State.

is a progressive initiative to reform the way election ballots are designed in New Jersey, but it won't fix democracy in the Garden State.

Nearly eleven months after a one-day-old baby was found dead in a trash bin, a small group of citizens are still pressin...
09/19/2021

Nearly eleven months after a one-day-old baby was found dead in a trash bin, a small group of citizens are still pressing for justice in Kearny, NJ.

The real story behind Mayor Fulop purchasing 272 Ogden Avenue is about transparency and a potential conflict of interest...
08/22/2021

The real story behind Mayor Fulop purchasing 272 Ogden Avenue is about transparency and a potential conflict of interest for Hudson County Assignment Judge Jeffrey Jablonski.

The real story behind Mayor Fulop purchasing 272 Ogden Avenue is about transparency and a potential conflict of interest for Judge Jeffrey Jablonski.

08/19/2021

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, around 1:10 AM, Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Officer Brandon McWayne initiated a motor vehicle pursuit of a Chrysler 300 suspected of being involved in a shooting earlier that night.

During the course of that pursuit, McWayne, assigned to the JCPD Street Crimes Unit and operating an unmarked vehicle, accelerated past the suspect's car and cut it off at the intersection of Bergen and Oxford Avenues.

After jumping out of the vehicle, McWayne discharged his firearm, then quickly got back in the vehicle to put the rolling car in park. Moments later it became evident that the driver and passenger were misidentified.

In a follow-up report, McWayne stated that he "accidentally discharged a live round in the vicinity of the front of the Black Chrysler 300." The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office has been investigating the incident.

Except for a refusal to submit breath samples for DWI testing, all charges related to the May 2019 arrest of Jersey City...
07/18/2021

Except for a refusal to submit breath samples for DWI testing, all charges related to the May 2019 arrest of Jersey City activist Pamela Johnson by JCPD Sgt. Matthew Kilroy were dismissed.

All charges related to the May 2019 arrest of Jersey City activist Pamela Johnson were dismissed except for refusal to submit breath samples for a DWI test.

Stephen P. Savino claims he was brutally assaulted by Belmar cops after being denied entry to Bar Anticipation in July 2...
06/25/2021

Stephen P. Savino claims he was brutally assaulted by Belmar cops after being denied entry to Bar Anticipation in July 2019, according to a federal lawsuit.

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