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Sheriff Spearheads Effort On Problems Faced by Vets Automated System Notifies Victims of Domestic Abuse
CRIME PREVENTION TEAM... This year’s special guest speaker at the 81st Basic Police Training Class Commencement was Union County Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari, left. Also pictured, left to right, are: Sheriff Ralph G. Froehlich; Anthony J. Parenti, Director of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains; Union County Police Chief Richard Mannix and County Prosecutor Thomas Manahan. The 54 Academy graduates spent three months studying the latest crime prevention, detection and enforcement techniques.
ELIZABETH — Union County Sheriff Ralph G. Froehlich last month spearheaded a factfinding mission with officials from veterans associations and local corporations to combat problems faced by homeless veterans.
Commenting on the increase in Hepatitis C cases diagnosed among homeless veterans, Sheriff Froehlich said he is always ready to support projects to help veterans.
“In addition to a large percentage of homeless veterans, 5 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C, many of whom don’t even know they are infected. We must find a way to educate the public to get tested and make sure homeless veterans are diagnosed and treated,” the Sheriff said.
Scott Campbell, Director of Public Relations for the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the group would like to enlist the help of Miss America, Heather Renee French, whose platform is homeless veterans assistance.
“In addition, The Home Access Program National Liver Association are anxious to work with us. They are launching a program in 110 cities across the country in February to provide home
testing kits for Hepatitis C,” Campbell said.
Robert Piaro, Chairman of the National Task Force on Homeless Veterans, who traveled from Wisconsin to attend the meeting, said there are more people infected with Hepatitis C than AIDS.
To treat one infected veteran for the required 19month program costs $15,000. He said Hepatitis C destroys the liver. The disease can remain in the open air for up to seven days and still infect someone. It can be dormant for up to 35 years before symptoms appear. Once the symptoms appear it spreads rapidly. It can be controlled, but not cured.
Before concluding the meeting. Herb Worthington, President of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 779, said the group would consider hosting an event at the Veterans Education Center in Holmdel with a goal to educate the public about the problems facing homeless veterans including Hepatitis C and try to tie it into the launch of The Home Access and National Liver Association’s launch of the home testing kits scheduled for February. ELIZABETH — Crime victims of
domestic violence in Union County are being automatically notified when an inmate is released from prison, thanks to a telephone calling system operated through the prosecutor’s office.
“We’re very honored to be singled out for national recognition,” said Prosecutor Thomas A. Manahan, noting that his office recently was presented with an award from the National Domestic Violence Hotline to his office for outstanding service to victims.
He said the Hotline, put into place in December of 1996, has been activated 25,966 times in its attempt to reach out to victims throughout the county.
According to Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Richard P. Rodbart, who coordinated the installation process, the system works as follows: victims register at the time of arrest of their attacker or when they file a court complaint and receive a fourdigit PIN (Personal Identification Number), which is the only code that can stop the computerized notification process once the information is recorded.
Victims can call at any time to check the status of an inmate and the system will automatically dial a victim’s number to notify of a release and not only leave a message but keep calling the number for 24 more hours, or until requested to stop.
The system is known in law enforcement circles as Victim Information
and Notification Every Day (VINE) and Union County’s version was the first in the state to include juvenile cases as well as adult inmates.
Elaine O’Neal, Coordinator of the Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, said VINE has saved the county hundreds of hours that it would take counselors and jail staff to make individual calls. The program operates in English or Spanish, she said.
“VINE allows victims of domestic violence the right to know the whereabouts of their attacker and to obtain, for free, important formation by phone any time of day or night,” said Sheryl Cates, Executive Director of the national hotline. The countrywide number, (800) 799SAFE, provides shelter information for battered victims and othzzzzy said even with the VINE system, people who feel threatened or are in fear should take immediate precautions and notify authorities when there are violations of courtissued restraining orders.
Mayor Jung Renews Bid for Abstentions By SUZETTE F. STALKER
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
FANWOOD — Renewing an initiative he had made several times during more than six years as a councilman, Mayor Louis C. Jung proposed again last week that the bylaws of Fanwood’s governing body be revised to give members a general right to abstain from voting on agenda items.
Under the current bylaws, members of the Borough Council may only abstain from voting on items which would directly impact them personally or financially or if they feel they lack sufficient information to make an informed decision, according to the Mayor.
Mr. Jung, who made his latest petition for an adjustment to the bylaws at the governing body’s January 5 agenda session, said his argument was based on his experience over many years as both a past member of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Board of Education and as a twoterm Borough Councilman.
He noted that he “couldn’t find any other body,” including the school board, the Scotch Plains Township Council and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which did not have a general option to abstain on agenda items. The Mayor also said he did not believe officials should have to explain their decision to abstain.
However, Mayor Jung said he did not feel the right to abstain should extend to the annual municipal budget. Since officials have several months to hammer out the spending plan, he felt “there should be no reason” why elected representatives should not be able to vote for or against it. In addition, he said, four affirmative council votes are needed to approve the budget. The mayor cannot break a tie vote in this matter.
Mr. Jung’s proposal for a general abstention was rejected by members of the former Democratic majority on the governing body in years past, while other colleagues remained neutral on the subject, he noted.
The Mayor told The Times that an abstention, in most cases, would be the same as if a council representative were absent from a meeting and unavailable to vote.
Any vote requires a quorum of at least four representatives present. With the minimum number of council members present for a vote, a 211 tally, including one abstention, would defeat an agenda item, Mayor Jung observed.
Opponents of the proposed change to the bylaws have argued that elected officials have an obligation to their constituents to cast a vote either for or against all items which come before them.
They have also maintained that broadening the option to abstain could possibly be used to affect the overall outcome of a vote by the governing body. Mayor Jung said he disagreed with that assessment, stating that an individual could simply vote “no” on an item and would not need to use an abstention to try and defeat it.
Members of the governing body are expected to vote on the proposed change to the bylaws regarding the right to abstain during their regular meeting next month.
Police in Mountainside Earn Commendations For Actions
By SONIA V. OWCHARIW
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
MOUNTAINSIDE — Sixteen commendations were awarded January 4 to 10 members of the Mountainside Police Department during the annual reorganization meeting of the borough’s governing body.
Friends and family members packed the Town Council Chambers as the officers were honored for performance of their duty and successful conclusion of law enforcement investigations during 1999.
“We do this every year. And each year, I’m amazed by the department. They’re a real good group of officers,” Mountainside Chief of Police James J. Debbie, Jr. said.
Detective Sergeant Todd Turner was commended for his diligence in the investigation of a burglary on
Longview Drive last February, which led to the arrest of a contractor who had done work for the homeowner.
Detective Sergeant Turner and Detective Kevin Betyeman received commendations for their successful investigation of a burglary to a business on Sheffield Street June 1 in which more than $10,000 in equipment was taken. The officers’ investigation lead to a suspect and the ultimate recovery of all the missing items in Newark.
Officers Jeffrey Stinner and Michael Jackson were commended for their roles in the September 13 apprehension of a suspect whom they attempted to stop for speeding on Route 22, West, in conjunction with members of the Scotch Plains Police Department.
The suspect rammed both Mountainside officers’ vehicles in an attempt to get away. Before he was apprehended, the suspect threw an item from the vehicle which was later found to contain more than three ounces of high grade cocaine, according to Chief Debbie.
Officers Stinner and Jackson, along with Thomas Norton and Corporal Richard Latargia, were recognized for their actions October 1 in the tracking and subsequent arrest in Kenilworth of an individual who was reported driving a vehicle that had been stolen from Plainfield.
A small child was in the vehicle and was later recovered unharmed on a street in Plainfield. According to Chief Debbie, the officers’ quick attention in locating this vehicle may have played a vital role in the safe return of the child, since the youngster’s whereabouts were not known at the time.
Two commendations for joint work were presented to Officers Richard Andrew Huber and Richard Antonacci for their November 4 arrest of a suspect seen traveling at a high rate of speed and without headlights on Mountain Avenue. The driver and a passenger were both found to be under the under the influence of alcohol.
A search incident to the arrest revealed the vehicle contained 22 vials of “crack cocaine” and seven dime bags of marijuana. In addition to taking an intoxicated driver into custody, Chief Debbie noted that the officers’ actions prevented drugs from being circulated on the streets.
Three commendations were given to Detective Lieutenant Richard Osieja, Detective Sergeant Turner and Detective Betyeman for their investigation and closure of two home burglary cases which occurred in the borough. The incidents occurred on New Providence Road on November 10 and on Summit Lane on November 17.
Their efforts culminated in the detectives’ arrest November 17 of a suspect in Budd Lake, with assistance from police in Mount Olive Township. The arrest also cleared additional burglaries which are believed to have been committed by the same individual.
Finally, Officers Jackson and Stephen DeVito received commendations for having saved a Brighton Gardens resident from choking on November 15. “Without the assistance of these officers in this situation, it may have had a different ending,” Chief Debbie said.
Federal Transportation Official Given Tour Of County’s Proposed Light Rail Route
ELIZABETH — Federal Transportation Assistant Secretary Peter “Jack” Basso came to Union County this week to join officials in support of a proposed Newark– Elizabeth light rail system, considered by many officials to be a vital portion of the county’s economic development plan.
“The sixmile rail extension is an essential part of the county’s plan to improve mass transit through the core of Union County. It is a necessary part of our economic development plan to provide alternate means of transportation and ease congestion on county roads,” said Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The county is working with Raytheon Engineering in a public/
private venture to expand the light rail system from Newark to Elizabeth.
Mr. Sullivan, Freeholders Linda d. Stender, Lewis Mingo Jr., Chester Holmes, Mary Ruotolo, State Senator Frank Lautenberg (DN. J.), Congressman Robert Menendez (D13th) and Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage took Mr. Basso on a bus tour of the proposed rail link.
Freeholder Stender said the major benefit of the tour was to directly interact with Mr. Basso so he can see the need for a light rail system to improve transportation opportunities for Union County citizens and ease congestion on roads.
“I think we all ended the trip with an optimistic view that Mr. Basso will work hard to make this plan a reality for Union County,” Freeholder Stender said.
The plan is part of a major economic redevelopment of Elizabeth that began in 1990 with the IKEA Corporation development near Newark Airport. It includes the 1.5 million square foot Jersey Gardens Mall developed by the Glimcher Corporation.
“A light rail system is essential to provide public transportation to the area to help sustain the redevelopment of Elizabeth. It will offer an eastwest link to the County’s other
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