Retired New Jersy police sergeant killed in motorcycle crash, authorities say

Retired New Jersy police sergeant killed in motorcycle crash, authorities say. A retired Atlantic City Police sergeant died Thursday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Egg Harbor Township, officials said. Joseph Falcone, 54, of Egg Harbor Township, was traveling west on Zion Road shortly before 11:45 a.m. when a 39-year-old township resident driving a 2012 Ford F450 attempted to make a left turn onto Central Avenue and crossed into the path of Falcone’s Harley, police said. The two vehicles collided, according to a statement from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department.

When officers arrived a short time later, Falcone, who suffered multiple traumatic injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No one else was injured in the crash, which shut down Zion Road for nearly three hours so the scene could be investigated and cleared, authorities said.

Shortly after the Egg Harbor Township Police described the details of the crash in a release, the Atlantic City Police said in a short statement that Falcone was a retired sergeant with the department.

“The men and women of the Atlantic City Police Department mourn the loss of retired Sergeant Joseph Falcone,” the department said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Stacey, an Atlantic City police sergeant, and their children.”

The crash remained under investigation Thursday afternoon by the Egg Harbor Township Police.

Neighbors can’t stand the smell coming from N.J. marijuana facility housed in former Walmart building

For several months, Brenda Omilian has struggled to escape from potent smell that she described as akin to that of a skunk.

The stench was there as she left for work in the morning, and still there as she tended to her garden in the afternoon. It came in through closed doors and windows at night.

Gov. Phil Murphy will announce New Jersey students in grades K-12 will be required to wear masks at the start of the school year due to the rising number of new cases of the coronavirus, NJ Advance Media confirmed.

The governor will unveil the new rules during a public event Friday, and after saying the state didn’t plan to require masks, two sources with knowledge of the governor’s plans said.

Murphy said as recently as last week he would leave it up to individual districts to determine their own face-covering rules. Murphy, however, has said that could change if COVID-19 cases continued to increase.

It’s unclear how this will affect school lunches when masks must be removed to eat. The governor is scheduled to be at an elementary school in East Brunswick Friday afternoon for “a major public health announcement,” according to his schedule.

Murphy has been adamant that schools resume full day in-person instruction with no virtual option.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last month that it is recommending that everyone in K-12 schools to wear masks to fight the spread of the delta variant. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends face coverings.

The CDC said that’s because children under the age of 12 in America are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

Opponents of masking in schools argue that children are much less likely to catch severe cases of the virus. But officials stress that children can still pass it to teachers and family members who are more vulnerable.

The CDC has also reversed course last month and recommended all people, including the fully vaccinated, wear masks indoors again in public places with “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission rates. Of New Jersey’s 21 counties, only Warren doesn’t qualify.

Murphy lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate in May.

This all comes as Murphy, a Democrat, is running for a second term in November.

His Republican opponent, former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, is among numerous GOP officials who are against mask mandates.

New Jersey on Thursday reported 1,345 confirmed coronavirus cases, the most in one day in three months.

The Garden State’s seven-day average for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 1,068, up 35% from a week ago and 367% from a month ago. That’s the highest average since May 10, when cases were steadily declining. The average has increased for 30 straight days as the highly transmissible delta variant continues to spread.

The delta variant accounted for 84% of the state’s new cases in the most recent four-week sampling ending July 17.

Politico NJ was the first to report Murphy’s plans to announce students will be required to wear masks.

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