MURC To Hold Part 2 of Neptune’s Gun Activity Meeting At Macedonia Baptist Church

Midtown Meeting

Neptune, NJ –  Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation will hold a part 2 to their meeting on the recent gun activity in Neptune. On Thursday, April 20th, the organization is asking residents to come to the Macedonia Baptist Church on Heck Avenue to discuss action plans to curb the recent surge of gun activity & violence in Neptune, particularly in the Midtown area.

The recent violence in Neptune has caused some concern within the community. At the end of February there was a robbery at a Chinese food restaurant on Route 33 by Jumping Brook Rd. The robber in a ski mask and dark clothing robbed the restaurant, ordering a female cashier to hand over cash while threatening the staff with a revolver.

On February 23rd, people responded to gunshots on Squirrel Road around 7:15 p.m. An investigation revealed no shots were fired, but patrol officers and the Street Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation that resulted in the recovery of a handgun and what they described as a large amount of marijuana. Five men were arrested and face gun and drug possession charges.

On February 4th a man was shot in the chest near Myrtle and Stratford avenues and was taken to the hospital with injuries considered non-life threatening. Violent crimes in Neptune Township have increased by 2.6 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to New Jersey state police records. That increase is from 4 incidents, from 154 to 158. That’s after a 14 percent jump in violent crime between 2014 and 2015, from 135 to 154 instances of violent crime.

On March 29th, there were reports that a gun pierced an empty car on Stratford Avenue.

At the previous meeting, community members hope to see more upper police officials and committee members at the meeting so that they can hear the concerns of the township first hand.

Community Meeting Flyer April 20 2017 Pt. 2 Gun Activity 725x1024 MURC To Hold Part 2 of Neptunes Gun Activity Meeting At Macedonia Baptist Church



Chenelle Renee’ Covin is the Editor-in-Chief/Communications Manager of Unheard Voices Magazine and its subsidiaries. After taking the position as Editor-in-Chief of Unheard Voices, she has helped evolved the magazine into a popular African-American/minority publication on the internet. Through Chenelle’s contributions, Unheard Voices has garnered national and international recognition, and namely so recognized as the who’s who in urban online media. Chenelle has attended Rutgers University and graduated from Monmouth University with honors with a degree in Business Administration. When first asked to get involved with the magazine she was able to master the art of graphic design and web development with out taking any formal classes in a very short time. She currently designed and implemented internship opportunities to be offered in the Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Neptune communities. Her goal is to work with the local NAACP, Long Branch Housing Authority and other agencies to teach and give jobs to those interested in Journalism and Mass Communication in the minority communities.

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