Violent Crime Surged, Gunfire Rings

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ELIZABETH—Violent crimes in the city surged by one-third last year, while other offenses jumped 20 percent, according to data released by officials.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow attributed a sharp rise in violent crime in Elizabeth to the mayor’s policy of ignoring the rise in gang activity.

Romankow noted that comparable increases in criminal activity occurred during the previous five recessions, but he said the problem is worse because top officials disregard the proliferation of gangs in the city.

Police Chief Ronald Simon and Police Director James Cosgrove both echoed Mayor J. Christian Bollwage’s policy of dismissing the gang epidemic, suggesting that the drug dealing and violence is unrelated to organized crime despite evidence to the contrary.

Meanwhile, city police were investigating two episodes of gunshots that left two homes riddled with bullet holes.

The first shooting spree took place on the 1000 block of Bond Street, late at night on Thursday, April 23 and the second incident


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