Friday, April 11, 2008



The crash scene at South 12th Street and Ninth Avenue this morning.

Two suspected car thieves led Orange police on a chase this morning into Newark, where they crashed a stolen car into an electricity pole, law enforcement officials said.

The two suspects were very seriously hurt, the officials said.

The chase began at about 9:30 a.m. in Orange, where police noticed the suspects breaking into cars, law enforcement officials said. The suspects rammed an Orange police cruiser before heading into Newark, where they crashed at the intersection of South 12th Street and Ninth Avenue, police said.

No one else was injured, police said.
A remarkable slice of a Newark neighborhood photographed by Matt Rainey for the Star-Ledger. The wreck itself. Crime scene tape. The crazy excitement is over. A lone cop waits for the flatbed wrecker truck to arrive & scrape up the mess. Gray day. Run down houses retaining some working class dignity. Unkept backyards. For rent sign. Street in need of repaving. Gang graffitti sprayed on the driveway. Dead grass. Cracked sidewalk. & down on the corner, the bored remnants of what was no doubt a large, agitated crowd of unemployed young males. A picture of a 'hood.

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Oh that looks just like the giant photo that the government produced for the federal jury case taht I sat on this year. The details are much the same - the only things missing here are a gun and the White Castle.
It's tough, because only home ownership stabilizes a neighborhood.
Ahh, Newark. We gotta get out of this place, if it's the last thing we ever do.
I looked at that photo and said "Newark needs to plant some street trees."
I wonder how long a sapling would survive there before it got karate kicked to death.
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