Teen arrested driving woman’s car that cops say he stole in armed

Teen arrested driving woman’s car that cops say he stole in armed home invasion. A 19-year-old was arrested in Trenton Monday, hours after he broke into a woman’s Hamilton home and robbed her at gunpoint of several valuables – including her car, authorities alleged Tuesday

The woman told officers that she was awakened by a man who entered her home with a handgun who’d pushed in a first-floor window air conditioning unit, according to a statement from the Hamilton Police Department in Mercer County. Once inside, he robbed her a gunpoint.

On Monday evening, Kahider Carmichael, of Trenton was arrested by the New Jersey State Police while driving the woman’s stolen car in the city, police said. He was taken to Hamilton Police headquarters were he was charged with robbery, burglary and kidnapping.

He was being held at the Mercer County jail to await a court appearance, officials said.

Police identify woman struck, killed by vehicle

A 65-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle Monday night in Lakewood, police said.

Francisca Lebron was hit while she walked south, down the center lane of Madison Avenue, between 4th and 5th streets, around 9:30 p.m., according to Capt. Gregory Staffordsmith.

Emergency medical responders brought Lebron to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, where the township resident died shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said.

No summonses were issued to the driver, according to Staffordsmith, who said the investigation was continuing.

The next time you find yourself sitting at a bus stop in Newark, you may be greeted by U.S. Sen. Senator Cory Booker, or at least his smiling likeness.

In a poster, the “first practicing vegan” to make a credible run at the presidency, Booker is joined at a table by other prominent vegans in a reproduction a of painting by “artivist” Nikkolas Smith, which is itself an updated version of a famous painting by Norman Rockwell titled, “Freedom From Want.”

As industry publication Restaurant Business reports that 47% of Americans want to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet in 2021, this Thanksgiving could be the most vegan one in history/

And PETA is marking the occasion with bus stop posters that promote “ThanksVegan.”

“When people realize that turkeys love their families, feel pain and fear, and value their lives, they’re eager to put a Tofurky on the table,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA offers recipes, shopping tips, and more so that everyone can enjoy an all-American ThanksVegan meal that leaves gentle birds in peace.”

Los Angeles-based Nikkolas Smith, the self-proclaimed “artivist” whose work is reproduced on the PETA posters says that ThanksVegan was created specifically for this campaign. “I felt that reimagining Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” would be a perfect challenge for me, because he’s one of my favorite artists. I’ve made so many Rockwell-esque pieces in my career.”

Smith referred to childhood memories of always seeing a certain Rockwell piece on his wall titled, “The Problem We All Live With” an illustration of Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old Black school girl being escorted by four U.S. Marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans.

Smith adds, “It was great to see so many of the people featured in the piece reshare it on social media.”

This past Saturday, in the “cruelty-free” holiday spirit, members of Newark Animal Save distributed free packaged vegan foods, paid for by PETA, at a table in front of Whole Foods on Broad Street. Whole Foods also donated some items.

Newark resident Kemy Clermont, happened by and began to chat with Newark Animal Save’s Carol Rodriguez, sharing food prep and restaurant tips. Clermont says she’s not vegan but has been a vegetarian for 14 years and remembers the day it happened.

“I went to a Portuguese Rodízio (a restaurant with no limit on quantity of meats served)” she recalls, “and I think I overate meat and I got sick. I said ‘You know what? I’m going to stay clear of meat for the weekend,’ that turned into a week and that turned into a month and now 14 years, and we’re here!

She believes that there’s no turning back for her. “After 14 years, any type of meat that gets into my system, I’m pretty sure is going to devastate it.”

Clermont says that last year she prepared Tofurky for Thanksgiving dinner for herself and her boyfriend. “It was a little dry, but he enjoyed it.” This year, she says she will try again.

This year on December 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newark Animal Save will once again be providing a free holiday vegan banquet. Final details are still being finalized but co-founder Carol Rodriguez says they are hoping to hold it the same place they did last year, Bridges Outreach.

What Rodriguez does say with certainty is that “The event will definitely take place… somewhere in Newark!”

The food will be sourced from New Jersey vegan restaurants including one of Rodriguez’s favorites, Vegans of Seitan, in Linden and Newark Animal Save covers the cost. At last year’s holiday meal, Rodriguez says about 150 meals were served.

To the public, there is no cost and there are no requirements.

“If you have a need and you come, that’s it. We’re here for you, she says. “It’s all about giving people the opportunity to have amazing vegan food.

When they are not distributing packaged vegan foods in the city, or holding get-togethers for members, Newark Animal Save regularly holds vigils outside slaughterhouses, in line with the organization’s stated focus of “bearing witness to animals arriving for slaughter.

Prosecutors in Wisconsin on Tuesday charged a man with intentional homicide in the deaths of five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade that also left 62 people injured, including many children.

Prosecutors said a sixth person, a child, has died and more charges are pending.

Darrell Brooks Jr. was charged with five counts of intentional homicide in the crash Sunday in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. Conviction on first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence, Wisconsin’s stiffest penalty.

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