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Bring Them Home: Missing Black children in New Jersey

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(Top) Alvon McKiver, Elijah Lee, (bottom) Ariana Dalton and Marquai Leach (Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Urban News Staff Reports

Black children in New Jersey continue to go missing with little to no news coverage. Here is a list of recently missing Black youth. Go to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children for more information or to report a sighting or call 911, 1-800-843-5678 or the New Jersey State Police at 856-451-0100.

 Ariana Dalton
 Age: 17
 Missing From: Galloway, NJ
 Missing Since: March 13, 2020
 DOB: Aug 28, 2006
 Sex: Female
 Race: Biracial
 Hair Color: 3Black
 Eye Color: 33Brown
 Height: 5'3"
 Weight: 90 lbs

 Elijah Lee
 Age: 17
 Missing Since March 6, 2020
 Missing From: Wayne, NJ
 DOB: Dec 2, 2002
 Sex: Male
 Race: Black
 Hair: ColorBlack
 Eye Color: Brown
 Height: 5'6"
 Weight: 215 lbs

 Destiny Clark
 Age: 15
 Missing Since: March 5, 2020
 Missing From: Teterboro, NJ
 DOB: Aug 9, 2004
 Sex: Female
 Race: Biracial
 Hair Color: Brown
 Eye Color: Brown
 Height: 5'2"
 Weight: 126 lbs

Quamale Lewis
Age: 17
Missing Since: March 12, 2020
Missing From: Paterson, NJ
DOB: Mar 18, 2003
Sex: Male
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 165 lbs

Alvon McKiver
Age: 16
Missing Since: Jan. 11, 2020
Missing From: Lumberton, NJ
DOB: Dec 31, 2003
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 170 lbs

Marquai Leach
Age: 14
Missing Since: Nov. 27, 2019
Missing From: Alloway, NJ
DOB: Sep 12, 2005
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 120 lbs

Police cracking down on violators of COVID-19 orders

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Image by tevenet from Pixabay
Urban News Staff Reports

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal wants New Jerseyans to know that law enforcement officers across the state have ramped up enforcement efforts over the past week by filing criminal charges against violators of the Governor’s Executive Orders (or “emergency orders”), including hundreds of offenders in Newark, where the Newark Police Department deployed a large COVID-19 task force.

“Last week, I said we were done with warnings and would take strong law enforcement action against anyone who failed to heed the Governor’s COVID-19 related emergency orders,” said Grewal.  “This crackdown will continue until everyone gets the message that they need to stop these violations, which are putting lives at risk, including the lives of the law enforcement officers who are striving courageously each day to protect us during this emergency. I especially want to commend Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose and Chief Darnell Henry, as well as the men and women of the Newark Police Department, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the residents of Newark and this state. Their work and the work of all our dedicated officers is saving lives.”

“Law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of this battle to protect the citizens of New Jersey from the COVID-19 virus, and we cannot stress enough how important it is that each person follow the guidelines set forth in the Executive Order,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Because lives are at stake, enforcement action will be taken without hesitation against those who are blatantly placing the lives of others at risk.”

The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 416 summonses for violation of the emergency orders and ordered 24 non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions by their between March 30 and April 1.

Anyone seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here

'Athletes For Relief' raising money for COVID-19 response efforts

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Athletes for Relief participant Simone Biles (
Urban News Staff Reports

In response to the developing COVID-19 situation across the globe, leaders from throughout the sports industry have partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to launch, a global fundraising tool designed to generate financial support for those impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

Unlike a typical auction, all fans who donate a minimum of $25 for an item will be entered into a raffle at the end of the campaign. 100% of the proceeds will go to Center for Disaster Philanthropy's COVID-19 Response Fund, which is supporting frontline healthcare workers and clinics, food security, and distribution of needed products, with a focus on assistance to vulnerable communities.

Items up for auction include:
  • Stephen Curry signed jersey
  • Jack Nicklaus signed Golden Bear hat and glove
  • Simone Biles signed leotard
  • Tony Hawk signed skateboard
  • Rose Lavelle signed Team USA jersey
  • Mike Eruzione signed Team USA jersey
  • Mark Cuban signed $1 Bill
"I'm very pleased to join many athletes, including friends and fellow golfers like Rory McIlroy and Nick Faldo, as well as other athletes, like Steph Curry and Michael Phelps, to raise funds for COVID-19 relief," said Jack Nicklaus. "We're all in this together, and together we will get through this. But we need to raise money, and I am honored and proud to be part of a unified effort such as this."

"Athletes from around the world asked for a way to do something together in addition to their personal donations in their local communities," said David Schwab, Executive Vice President, Octagon. "This affects all of us. The more participation. The more money. The more relief."

Athletes for Relief is an industry-wide initiative, which includes support from all athletes and leaders throughout the global sports community.

To donate to the Athletes for Relief campaign, click here.