× Seven cars stolen over two-day periodSeven cars were stolen over a two-day span on the weekend of September 14-16. On Friday, September 14, a 2017 Honda, a 2003 Nissan, a 2017 Hyundai and a 2018 Toyota were stolen in midtown, from 24th to 28th streets, according to the Bayonne Police Department.On Saturday, three cars were stolen throughout the day, including a 2012 Toyota from West 19th Street, a 2000 Toyota from Edwards Court and a 1996 Chevy from East 24th Street. Bayonne police also reported six car burglaries over the same weekend.Second man charged with murder of 23-year-oldThe investigation into the murder of a 23-year-old Bayonne man on September 4 in Jersey City has implicated another person, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.Alexander Harris, 29, was charged with murdering Eric Crocker, of Bayonne, who was allegedly shot on Lembeck and Ocean avenues and pronounced dead on the scene.Harris was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses related to a firearm. On Saturday, September 15, Jahmir Thomas, 20, of Jersey City, was arrested on the same charges in connection to the killing.The prosecutor’s office said that security footage showed Crocker allegedly suddenly getting up from sitting on a doorstep to run west on Lembeck Avenue. The shooter then allegedly took off the garment covering his face, gloves, and a hat and placed them under a car, then crossed the street to get into a minivan. Both Harris and Thomas were allegedly seen getting out of the minivan.The investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is ongoing with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department. Jersey number retired for Bayonne football hall of famerThe Bayonne High School football program retired the number of a former star defensive back, Dana Hughes, who played in the NFL and was enshrined in Bayonne High School’s hall of fame in 2008.Hughes’s No. 3 jersey is the second number that will be retired by Bayonne’s football program in its 115-year history. Paul Cancro, a 1956 graduate and former athletic director, had his No. 40 retired.Bayonne went 17-3 in the 1987 and 1988 seasons behind Hughes’s performance. The team won the HCIAA-South Division title in both years and won the HCIAA crown during his senior season. That 1987 team made it to the Section 1, Group 4 final, where they lost to Paterson Kennedy.Hughes attended the University of Iowa, where he started for four seasons before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. Bayonne medical student receives white coat at NYITCOM CeremonyMichael Morgan of Bayonne was among the medical students who received their first white coats at a recent NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) ceremony.NYITCOM students from the Old Westbury Long Island campus experienced this rite of passage signifying their official start in medical school at an event held August 15 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Of the 295 new medical students, six were coated by family members who are NYITCOM graduates, known as legacy coaters. Bill to improve mental health coverage advancesLegislation intended to ease the financial burden of treatment for mental health and behavioral disorders won unanimous approval in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee last week, according to NJ Spotlight. The measure would require insurance companies to cover behavioral health care services at the same benefit level as other medical care. The bill would mandate that health insurance companies provide data each year showing state regulators that their coverage meets the requirements of a 2008 federal “mental health parity” law.Hoboken mayor calls sex acts at bar ‘affront to human decency,’ seeks bar’s liquor licenseA restaurant and bar in Hoboken that advertises itself as New Jersey’s “ultimate nightlife destination” has agreed to remain closed while the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board investigates reports of lewd sex acts being performed in front of a large crowd. Graphic video of the incident at The Hub’s promotion party called “Supreme Saturdays at HUB” has been widely circulated on social media. Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla called the incident “an affront to human decency” and a “horrific objectification of women.” He is seeking the revocation of The Hub’s liquor license.State could save $500 million on employee health careChanges to government-employee health plans will save taxpayers nearly $500 million while raising premiums slightly for public employees, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday, according to NJ Spotlight. The governor and union leaders reached an agreement for the changes in health coverage for about 800,000 public workers and retired employees starting in 2019. The changes will affect teachers and municipal, county, and state workers. Some of the savings will come from moving retired workers to Medicare Advantage plans.NJ may ban smoking on boardwalks, cemeteriesLegislation has been introduced in the state Senate and the Assembly to extend smoking bans to boardwalks and other outdoor public places, according to NJ Spotlight. If the bill becomes law, smoking would be prohibited on boardwalks, at amusement parks, cemeteries, racetracks, sporting facilities, recreational areas, marinas, historic sites, and natural areas.Marijuana draft bill provides for smoking loungesA draft of legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey calls for what could be the lowest marijuana taxes in the nation, pot delivery, and places for users to smoke outside their homes, according to NJ.com. If the bill is approved as written, marijuana would be taxed at a rate of 10 percent. Under this version of the bill, businesses with a marijuana retail license would be able to apply to have a consumption space on the same premises as their dispensary.Foreclosures are way down in NJ, report saysA new report says that the backlog of foreclosure cases pending in the New Jersey court system has been reduced significantly, NJ Spotlight reports. At one point there were nearly 150,000 foreclosure cases on the court docket. That number has been reduced to fewer than 28,000. The average length of time from the filing of a complaint to a judgment has been cut to 114 days from 1,360. The report includes recommendations for further improvements in the foreclosure process. Former Police Chief Jim Sisk dies at 79Former Bayonne Police Chief and public safety director, Jim Sisk, died on Tuesday night, September 18, at the age of 79. He was sworn into the BPD in 1964 and served as chief for 14 years, from 1982 to 1996.“Throughout my formative years on the Bayonne Police Department, Chief Sisk earned my utmost respect and admiration, but more than that, I called him a friend,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis. “Our city is a better place because of Chief Sisk, and our city is a lesser place without him.”Sisk, whose family has strong ties to law enforcement and firefighting, received many honors and commendations during his time on the force.“He was a giant among men,” Mayor Davis said.