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NEWARK--Last week, police arrested Jahil Logan, 26, of Irvington on charges related to a succession of carjackings and an armed robbery the weekend before.

Violent crime is down in most of the state's cities and across New Jersey, according to an analysis of 2016 crime data. Statewide, violent crime offenses--homicide, rape, robbery and assault--dropped 4.3 percent over the past year, and nearly 15 percent since 2012.

"Spikes and drops are to be expected, but what's most important is that violent crime, overall, continues to trend downward," said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

Still, the news was not good in all of New Jersey's urban areas. Violent crime was up by 3.6 percent in Camden, one of the most dangerous cities in America, and nearly 11 percent in Trenton, the state capital. However, the crime numbers in both cities are down over the past five years.

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In Newark, violent crime is down significantly for the fourth straight year. Anthony Ambrose, the city's public safety director, said part of that is due to an increase of police on the streets. He said the department is also targeting known offenders.

"It's intelligence based targeting those known to create havoc," he said.


Ambrose said the city increased its shooting response team, trying to head off retaliation on the street. Murders in Newark were down 6.5 percent last year. The number of reported rapes down 4.8 percent. Robberies dropped by a quarter. Only assault cases were up.

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How many are getting away with murder in N.J.?

In Camden, where the police force was disbanded in 2013 and replaced by a new department, violent crime has dropped by more than 21 percent in the past five years, but saw an increase last year, including a sharp spike in murders.

The story was similar in Trenton, where the number of murders went to 21 in 2016 from 17 the year before.

"In both Camden and Trenton, we have ongoing initiatives involving all levels of law enforcement working collaboratively to combat violent crime," said Porrino.

The attorney general said those efforts are having "a significant impact" on gun violence, noting that preliminary violent crime statistics for 2017 show Camden and Trenton are trending down.


But Wayne Fisher, former chairman of the New Jersey Police Training Commission and senior policy advisor to the Police Institute at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, said the battle against crime is not just about more police.

"It's not as simple as getting the cops on the streets," he said.

It's about making neighborhoods less conducive to the activities that lead to violent crime, he explained, such as commercial shopping areas and places of commerce and employment.

Camden, he said, has proportionately fewer of those kinds of locations.

Murders in New Jersey on the rise
Murders in New Jersey on the rise

"It may just be is what were observing is a higher proportion of areas that are likely to engender violent activity," he said.

A Camden County Police spokesman did not respond to queries about the city's crime rate, nor did the mayor's office.


Fisher said if there is a bright spot in Camden, it is that robberies are down.

"Robbery is the biggest indicator of predatory crime," he said.

In Newark, Ambrose worries that bail reform, aimed at cutting the number of people held in jail on minor charges, is going to impact crime in the city.

One day after Dante Hobson-Taylor of Plainfield was released on bail from the Essex County Jail, Newark police last week said he robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Newark. He remains at large.

"We're locking people up with ankle bracelets," he said, referring to the electronic monitoring devices some who have been criminally charged are required to wear as a condition of their release. "Bail reform is going to kill us."

Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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ESSEX COUNTY
Man had pot, gun, Newark cops say

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NEWARK-- A city man was arrested Tuesday night after police received reports of drug activity at N. 13th St. and 6th Avenue West, Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said.

Officers from the Community Focus Unit responded to the area around 10 p.m. and saw a man toss a gun and a large plastic bag once he noticed the police, Ambrose said.

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Toushawnt Dixon, 21, was arrested and police also recovered 29 bags of marijuana as well as a loaded 9-mm handgun. A second 9-mm was also found, Ambrose said.

Dixon has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution and distribution within 500 feet of a public housing complex. Dixon was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Ambrose urges anyone with information about this incident to call the 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877- NWK-TIPS (1-877- 695-8477) or 1-877- NWK-GUNS (1-877- 695-4867). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

Ambrose credited the tip line and wanted posters with 92 arrests and four guns taken off the streets so far in 2017.

"I commend the Community Focus Unit for their vigilance and for the positive feedback it has received from community members," Ambrose said. "Thanks to the rapport and relationships these officers are developing with residents, an atmosphere of trust is being established and concerned citizens are increasingly coming forward to report crimes."
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HUDSON COUNTY
Bring your own booze, Bayonne: City council passes BYOB ordinance

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BAYONNE -- The Peninsula City just got a lot more alcohol-friendly.

The City Council during their meeting Wednesday night voted 4-1 to pass an ordinance permitting restaurants in the city to apply for "bring your own bottle" licensing.

Restaurants that do not already possess a liquor license may now apply for BYOB licensing which would permit patrons to bring their own beer or wine into the establishment.

The intent is to open up the city's restaurants and allow them to remain "competitive with our neighboring municipalities" who permit BYOB-licensed restaurants, the ordinance reads.

The city also hopes to "more effectively monitor the dispensation of alcohol" with the new BYOB licensing structure, according to the ordinance.

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But many residents, specifically those owning liquor licenses at bars and restaurants, questioned what affect the ordinance would have on businesses in town.

"We're not here to stop progress in Bayonne, (but) our main concern is that there are currently liquor licenses available," said Kevin Kuhl, a business owner and resident of Bayonne.

Kuhl argued that because there is not a strong demand for liquor licenses in the city, the BYOB ordinance would negatively affect their business.

A BYOB license costs significantly less than a liquor license because the restaurant would not be making money on alcoholic beverages.

Additionally, there are no limitations to the number of BYOB licenses the city can give out.

Prices of liquor licenses in the city vary according to how many people bid for available licenses; Kuhl told The Jersey Journal that licenses were priced at $35,000 at the last bid -- but prices can climb as high as six figures.

"The reason BYOB works in other cities... is because there are no liquor licenses available," he said. "That's why they allowed them to come in. "The availability of a (liquor licenses) is available here (in Bayonne)."

Other residents argued that the ordinance would do harm to local restaurants and businesses, and that Bayonne was not ready for it.

In response to residents' hesitation, Council President Sharon Nadrowski moved to write in a one year expiration to the ordinance in order to properly gauge the success of the ordinance.

"Because of the concern ... I would like to add a sunset to it so... I'd like it to have a one year expiration date where it can be revisited," she said during the meeting.

The ordinance passed, with Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace and Councilman-at-Large Juan Perez citing the one-year revisitation for their yes vote.

"Let's give this a chance," Perez said.

Only Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa voted no on the ordinance, citing his concerns that there would be no monitors in place to oversee those drinking in the licensed restaurants.

"If a restaurant who wants a BYOB is in the business of serving and making food, I don't think they're going to be watching who's going to be doing the drinking, or if they're sneaking in bottles of hard liquor," he said.

Restaurants interested in obtaining a BYOB license must apply through the City Clerk's office. There will be an application fee of $250, a one time permit fee of $1,000, and an annual renewal fee of $500 after a year's time.

There are also certain specifications as to which restaurants may apply for a license: the restaurant must regularly employ a wait staff of at least one waiter or waitress; the service must not be exclusively confined to a counter -- the establishment must contain at least 10 dining tables and seat a minimum of 25 patrons; and the business must be primarily engaged in the sale and service of food and liquid refreshments, according to the ordinance.

Licensed restaurants may not impose a cover, or advertise that alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the premises. The ordinance also says that no alcohol should be consumed between midnight to noon.

Additionally, BYOB licenses may not be transferred through ownership or change of location.

This is not the first time a move to allow BYOB licenses in the city has been addressed.

In 2012, the council tabled an ordinance that would have established BYOB licenses in the city due to problems with the language of the ordinance.

Liquor license holders had also voiced similar concerns at the time.

The city had originally instituted an ordinance in 1971 that prohibited BYOB at restaurants.

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Re: Jersey : violent crime down across state (murders robberies rapes etc) / 15 dangerous cities within state

Postby Southwarddevil » May 18th, 2017, 4:30 am

honestly it dont really seem like shits slow down out here cause every other night some shit is going down :2cents:

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Postby 2LL's UP » May 18th, 2017, 4:31 am

hell yeah lets see if they still talking that crime down shit after the summer is over.
"summer time is the killing season its hot out this bitch thats a good nuff reason"

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Postby Southwarddevil » May 18th, 2017, 4:50 am

2LL's UP wrote:hell yeah lets see if they still talking that crime down shit after the summer is over.
"summer time is the killing season its hot out this bitch thats a good nuff reason"

facts my mom works in the hospital beth isreal they always get more then one shooting victim :2cents:

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Postby 2LL's UP » May 18th, 2017, 4:57 am

That's interesting. I thought they took most of the trauma victims straight to UMDNJ. A dude I work with said they have the best shooting victim intake. That means they getting hella victims. Cuz we don't get to read or hear about all the people who don't die from shootings and stabbings they all don't make the news.

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Postby Southwarddevil » May 18th, 2017, 5:16 am

2LL's UP wrote:That's interesting. I thought they took most of the trauma victims straight to UMDNJ. A dude I work with said they have the best shooting victim intake. That means they getting hella victims. Cuz we don't get to read or hear about all the people who don't die from shootings and stabbings they all don't make the news.

yeah umd is the biggest hosptial in newark but beth isreal isthe best hospital for kids and hearts they #2

most if not all of shooting victims in the southward go to beth isreal alotta times they get drove there walking themselves and shit or the ambulance get them

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Postby JerseyCity201 » May 18th, 2017, 7:04 am

Bail Reform and this warm year we been having definitely gonna make things different this year then last.

The article brings up the bail reform but something we ain't gonna start seeing the effects of for a while is it also speeds up trials. Jersey ain't used to trying a Murder case fast, 3 to 6 years is average. I think with the new rules if they can't take them to trial in a certain amount of months they got to let them go no bail until trial. Once that starts happening on a regular basis is when we really gonna see shit get crazy. I think it's 3 months to indict 6 months after that to go to trial. Once that starts happening on a regular u know that's gonna mean more bodies on the streets.

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