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October 16, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 21 COVERING: BELLEVILLE • BLOOMFIELD Fugitives have chance to surrender • EAST NEWARK • HARRISON • KEARNY • LYNDHURST • NORTH ARLINGTON • NUTLEY S. Kearny gunman sought By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent Readers of the various police blotters that appear in The Observer have likely noticed a common denominator among many of the arrestees: They’re already wanted by at least one other jurisdiction. Next month, such warrantignorers will have the chance to wipe the slate clean and, according to the authorities offering the opportunity, transform their lives. From Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 9, Hudson County will host Fugitive Safe Surrender- North Jersey, when individuals hiding from New Jersey law can, in the words of the state Attorney General’s Office, “surrender safely at a Jersey City church, take responsibility for their offenses, and seek favorable consideration from the court.” The program, announced last week at a Newark press conference, will be the fourth Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) sponsored in the state. At the previous ones -- in Camden (2008), Newark (2009), Somerset/New Brunswick (2010) and Atlantic City (2012) -- a total of 13,276 people with outstanding warrants turned themselves in. Based on the stats, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 wanted persons are expected to show up in Jersey see SURRENDER page 12 KEARNY – P olice are hunting a gunman who attempted to rob Tullo’s Truck Stop in South Kearny last week and reportedly shot at a customer in the gas station. Shortly after the incident, which occurred at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, a man fitting the description of the suspect, along with his getaway driver, apparently were involved in two robberies in Newark, police said. They are also linked to two similar heists in Jersey City. Police said all five incidents occurred in rapid succession, the last at 3:46 a.m. Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said the men entered the station on the Lincoln Highway in a silver or gray Dodge Charger (similar to the one in the photo). The driver remained in the car while his passenger, armed with what appeared to be a silver automatic handgun, exited and approached a female cashier in one of the booths. Security cameras captured the image of Photos courtesy KPD see GUNMAN page 07 Rec chief moving on to private sector By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent BELLEVILLE – Say sayonara to Township Recreation & Cultural Affairs Director Michael Wieners. Last Friday, Oct. 11, ended Wieners’ four-year tenure as the overseer of the township’s numerous child-focused play activities, for which the town- ship will now have to seek a new monitor. As listed on the township web site, those play activities are many and varied. They are: fall bowling, baseball and softball, cheerleading clinic for grades 1-8, junior basketball for grades 3-8, Junior Bucs football cheerleading for girls in grades 3-8, Junior Bucs travel tackle football for boys in grades 5-8, junior wrestling for boys ages 6-14, “kindergym” for boys and girls in K-grade 2, pre-school play, soccer for boys and girls in grades 1-8, touch football, tennis lessons for boys and girls ages 8-16, art workshop for grades 1-4 and Camp Belleville for grades K-6. Not to mention summer concerts and holiday events 201-991-1300 KEARNY OFFICE 213 Kearny Ave, Kearny, New Jersey for kids and adults alike. Wieners, 27, started a new job this week as director of alumni relations for his secondary school alma mater, St. Peter’s Preparatory School of Jersey City, where he was a member of the Class of 2004. After attending the Prep, Wieners headed west to study communications at Loyola see REC BOSS page 10 201-460-8000 LYNDHURST OFFICE Semiao & Associates TO SEECENTURY OUR AD THIS PLEASEMOBILE! TURN TO PAGE 24 23 21WEEK, HAS GONE 761 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, New Jersey Get CENTURY 21 Real Estate Mobile App. Visit

Oct. 16, 2013 edition of The Observer

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