Fire in trailer at county jail
A maintenance trailer at the Hudson County jail in Kearny caught on fire yesterday morning, officials said.
Firefighters responding to the jail on a 10:55 a.m. alarm found the trailer, located outside the jail, in flames, Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said.
The fire was placed under control by 11:28 a.m. and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, Dyl said.
Jersey City man, wife lose wedding rings and $500 to robber with knife
A Jersey City man who was taking his and his wife’s wedding bands to be polished was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday and forced to hand over the rings as well as cash, officials said yesterday.
The 21-year-old Eastern Parkway man was at Maple and Monitor streets at 7:15 p.m. and was headed to a Light Rail station when a sharp object was pressed against his back, reports said.
A man said to the victim, “Empty out your pockets and I won’t hurt you,” reports said.
The man complied, turning over $500, his white gold wedding band valued at $500, and his wife’s white gold wedding band with diamonds valued at $800, reports said.
The victim said the robber was about 5-foot-6, weighed roughly 150 pounds, and was wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, reports said.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Jersey City police tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.
Court building alarm repaired
The Jersey City Municipal Court building was closed for the entire day yesterday canceling all three court sessions because of a malfunction in the alarm system, Jersey City officials said.
Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said that all those scheduled to appear in court yesterday would receive notice by mail of their new court dates.
The alarm system was repaired by late afternoon yesterday and the court will be open today for the three sessions 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Morrill said.
Earlier in the day yesterday, court officials had hoped to reopen in time to have cases heard in the afternoon and evening sessions, but the repairs took longer than expected.
Fire blamed on roofers’ torch
Jersey City firefighters made quick work of a fire apparently caused by roofers using a torch on a five-story apartment building at Newark and Central avenues yesterday afternoon, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the fire on a 3:17 p.m. alarm and had the fire under control by 3:35 p.m., Fire Director Armando Roman said.
The building suffered moderate damage to the roof at the rear of the building, Roman said, adding there were no injuries.
’Deadbeat dad’nabbed on street
A Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day celebration took a bad turn for a deadbeat dad when Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari spotted him and remembered he was wanted for owing more than $40,000 in child support, officials said yesterday.
Elliott Dumont, 49, of Bloomfield Street, was arrested for non-support on March 3, the day of the city’s Lepre-Con bar crawl, and he remains in the Hudson County jail in Kearny in lieu of a $2,000 cash-only bail, officials said.
Schillari was in command of the Sheriff’s Department’s Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day contingent when he spotted Elliott at the corner of Washington and Fifth street at about 4:15 p.m., reports said.
Dumont took off running, but Schillari and Sheriff’s Office Detective Tom Mitchell chased him down and took him into custody, reports said.