Cyclist Dies After Falling Off Cliff in New Jersey

Two brothers were bicycling near the cliff at Mills Reservation County Park when one of them went over the side and suffered a fatal fall, officials said Monday.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene around 9:15 a.m. and rappelled down the cliff.
A 49-year-old man was found dead at the scene, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department said.
Police say they don’t believe the incident is suspicious and are treating it as an accident.

Suspended Jersey City Cop Doing Twice the Speed Limit Before Crash

Authorities say a Jersey City police officer was driving more than twice the speed limit and ran a red light at the time of the March 2 collision that led to his eventual arrest and suspension from the force.
The information about the incident involving Lt. Raymond J. Mahan, 56, is found in a criminal complaint made available by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Mahan made his first court appearance on charges related to the collision last week.
The document says Mahan’s speed was assessed based on the crash scene investigation, surveillance video and witness interviews. It also says documentation from the police department shows the off-duty officer “was not authorized to be in possession of the vehicle at the time of the crash.” He also had a passenger in the car who refused medical attention, according to the police report.
The collision happened just before 4 a.m. at Kennedy Boulevard and Bartholdi Avenue, an area where the speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour.

Target Sued After 2-Ton Bollard Ball Damages SUV

A woman from New York is suing Target because one of its concrete bollard balls came loose
from a Target store and damaged her vehicle.
The court papers claimed that Eilen Grady was driving her 2015 Nissan Rouge slowly through
one of Target’s parking lots when a two-ton red bollard ball smashed into her driver’s side door.
“Red bollards are installed by Target and situated in front of Target’s stores to prevent vehicles
from careening into Target’s storefronts,” the suit states. “Once the red bollard was dislodged
from its location, it immediately rolled into the crowded parking lot into oncoming traffic.
Target knew or should have known of the dangerous condition of the red bollards located in
front of the premises.”
According to the suit, Target also failed to repair and maintain the bollard and thus “failed to
exercise reasonable care, diligence and prudence” of its operations.
Grady is seeking over $100,000 in damages

Driver Ejected, Killed After Van Accident Striking Row of Trees

A 51-year-old man, John Fahey, was killed Friday as his van went off the road, striking a row
of trees and ejecting him from his own vehicle.
Fahey was traveling north on Newark-Pompton Turnpike about 4:41 a.m. when he went off
the road, mounted a curb, traveled across a sidewalk and front lawn and crashed into trees,
according to Lt. First Class Daniel Daly of the Wayne Police Department.
Fahey was thrown from the vehicle and found on the ground nearby.
Wayne police officers, members of the local first aid squad and hospital paramedics tried to
revive Fahey, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two Men Wounded in Plainfield Shooting

Two men were injured in a shooting in Plainfield on Monday afternoon.
The two victims were hit by gunfire at 1:30 pm near the corner of West Fourth and Liberty
streets. Police say both men were targeted by the shooter.
A car involved in the shooting has been located—however, no arrests have been made.
Neither man was willing to cooperate with the police. Both were hospitalized with injuries that
weren’t considered to be life threatening

Man Stabs Mom’s Boyfriend 17 Times to Protect Her

A former Kinnelon man is on trial in Morristown for stabbing his mother’s boyfriend 17 times to
protect his mother and himself from the boyfriend’s aggression.
Francis S. Thomas, the man on trial, reportedly claimed that he grabbed a knife from the
mother’s boyfriend, Edward Mendy, after interrupting an argument between Mendy and Thomas’
mother, Mignone Njie. He stabbed Mendy 17 times with a six-inch kitchen knife to his neck,
shoulder, face, head, back and arm.
Thomas was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and other
assault and weapons charges in connection with the incident