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Evening Tea With KBritt Chats on: Woman Survives After Jumping From Raritan Bridge; Memorial For Buffalo NY Tragedy; N.J.'s Wall of Shame; Former Police Dispatcher Charged With Sex Crimes; And more

May 17, 2024

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Buffalo Memorial Commemorates May 14, 2022 Tragedy


Nine residents of Buffaloe, N.Y., ranging in age from 32 to 86, and a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard were killed during the Saturday afternoon attack on May 14, 2022. Three store employees were wounded, and the racist attack revealed the very real dangers American citizens face all too often.


It was announced this week by New York politicians that Jin Young Song and Douglass Alligood have been chosen to design a memorial for the victims of the May 14, 2022, mass shooting in Buffalo. The announcement took place two years to the day since the racially motivated terrorist attack at Tops Friendly Markets in East Buffalo.


The announcement was made jointly by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Reverend Mark E. Blue, President of the Buffalo NAACP and Chair of the May 14th Memorial Commission, Governor Kathy Hochul, and several other local dignitaries. The name of the Memorial is "Seeing Us,” by Jin Young Song and Douglass Alligood.


The design features ten unified pillars for the ten citizen victims resulting from the May 14, 2022 mass shooting.: Pearl Young, Ruth Whitfield, Margus D. Morrison, Andre Mackniel, Aaron Salter Jr., Geraldine Talley, Katherine Massey, Roberta A. Drury, Heyward Patterson, and Celestine Chaney.

To learn more, please click the link:



Dramatic Bridge Rescue: Woman Saved After Plunge into Raritan River


SAYREVILLE, NJ — According to Sayreville Police, a woman leaped from the Thomas Edison Bridge, which spans Rte. 9 north where the Raritan River meets the Raritan Bay this Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The incident occurred at around 3:30 P.M.


Despite the fall, the woman miraculously survived the devastating leap. Perth Amboy Police officers, who arrived in their boat, rescued and pulled her from the water below, as stated by Sayreville Police spokesman Lt. James Novak.



Mysterious Discovery: Human Remains Found in Submerged Vehicles


Pennsauken, NJ: Mortal remains were found inside one of three vehicles pulled Thursday from the Cooper River, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.


Authorities pulled three submerged vehicles from the river. Detectives discovered a person's remains in the driver-side area of one of the cars, the CCPO said. (Camden County Prosecutor's Office)


The remains will be subjected to DNA testing in an attempt to establish the person's identity.

The CCPO said the vehicles were found in the river along North Park Drive, south of Kaighn Avenue in Pennsauken. The FBI assisted the United Search Corps Marine Persons Unit, along with several local, county, and state agencies, at the scene per Middletown Patch Report.


To learn more, please click the Josh Bakan, Patch May 17, 2024 report link:

The WALL of Shame: Businesses Barred from Public Contracts


In the current month, sixteen businesses in the Garden State have been included in a state register of companies that have failed to meet their obligations in paying salaries, benefits, and taxes. Consequently, they are disqualified from receiving public contracts, as per the state Department of Labor.


As of May 17, a total of 161 businesses are featured on the Workplace Accountability in Labor List (WALL). These businesses are reported to collectively owe approximately $992 million to the state or their employees due to violations of the New Jersey workers’ compensation law.

Per a report shared by Nicole Rosenthal of the Middletown Patch titled: 16 Bad Business Caught Stiffin, Employees, NJ Says shares, "The WALL is updated monthly and businesses on the list currently owe a combined $16.8 million for violations of wage, benefit or tax laws."



Allegations of Misconduct Involving Previous Union Beach Police Dispatcher and Soccer Coach


Union Beach, NJ: A youth soccer coach who had inappropriate communications with eight youth players under his supervision from Union Beach, NJ, is being charged with a variety of Child Abuse charges per a Middletown Patch Report by Carly Baldwin of the Patch. The report titled "Union Beach Youth Soccer Coach Accused Of Sex Crimes Against 8 Kids" confirmed that Soccer Coach Ryan Gunsauls "inappropriately touched two children." According to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago, which endangers children's welfare.


The ethical responsibilities of youth coaches are non-negotiable. They must foster a positive and supportive environment, ensure fair treatment of all players, and set a clear example of good sportsmanship and integrity. These responsibilities are paramount for the well-being and development of young athletes under their guidance.


If true, Gunsauls has broken every law and trust that parents previously shared with him as the children's soccer coach.

Ryan Gunsauls, 32, is also accused of distributing sexually explicit images to minors, who ranged in age from 11 to 17. Reportedly, Gunsauls sent the minor boys sexual photos of himself. Gunsauls (on a side note: Gunsauls is a different variation in Spanish for the name Gonzales, and he is originally from Budapest, Hungary, per his FB page) is also a volunteer firefighter in Union Beach.


Gunsauls faces eight charges of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, eight charges of third-degree Distributing Obscene Materials to a Minor, two charges of second-degree Attempted Endangering, two charges of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact, as well as one charge each of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child through Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) and third-degree Possession of CSAM. To learn more, please click the Middletown Patch link: https://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/union-beach-youth-soccer-coach-accused-sex-crimes-against-8-kids?utm_source=local-update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert




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