Cops called to Victory Bridge for suicide threats 63 times in 2 years

NJ cities struggle to keep people from jumping off the Perth Amboy-Sayreville Victory Bridge.

NJ cities struggle to keep people from jumping off the Perth Amboy-Sayreville Victory Bridge.

PERTH AMBOY – The reports are brief but alarming.

Over the past seven years, Middlesex County 911 operators have fielded 81 calls from people concerned about others jumping off the Victory Bridge, which crosses the Raritan River from Perth Amboy to Sayreville. Sixty-three of those reports were made in the past two years. The latest was Saturday, when a substitute teacher and mother of three from Manalapan climbed over a rail and jumped. A suicide note was found in her car.

The calls come at all hours:

– 10:30 a.m., April 6, 2013:“ Male on southbound side of bridge standing on the ledge and holding a bottle of rum. States he is going to jump.”
– 1:43 p.m., April 30, 2013: “Call from female stating her male friend may be going to the bridge to hurt himself.
- 2:11 a.m., Oct. 14, 2012: “Caller states he received a call from his cousin crying and stating he’s going to jump off the bridge.”

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Woman jumps to her death off Victory Bridge in Sayreville

A woman jumped to her death off the Victory Bridge in Sayreville on Sept. 7, 2013, officials said.

A woman jumped to her death off the Victory Bridge in Sayreville on Sept. 7, 2013, officials said.

PERTH AMBOY – Marine units recovered a body of a woman who jumped to her death from the Victory Bridge today, according to Perth Amboy Fire Chief Abraham Pitre.

The unidentified woman jumped off the Victory Bridge on Route 35 about noon, officials said.

Rescue workers on a Hess boat recovered the woman’s body in the area of the Cornucopia Cruise ship, Pitre said.

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Pathmark employee shoots 2 co-workers, kills self in Old Bridge

Terence Tyler, 23, rapidly squeezed off 16 shots from the rifle, killing defenseless Christine Lobrutto, 18, and Brian Breen, 24 — both of suburban Old Bridge, N.J.

Terence Tyler, 23, rapidly squeezed off 16 shots from the rifle, killing defenseless Christine Lobrutto, 18, and Brian Breen, 24 — both of suburban Old Bridge, N.J.

OLD BRIDGE – The sleepy end of his late-night supermarket shift marked the grisly start of Terence Tyler’s lethal last stand.

The ex-Marine rifleman left a suburban New Jersey Pathmark and returned 30 minutes later dressed in camouflage before gunning down two helpless co-workers. Then the coward killed himself.

Meet Tina Lunney of Fairfield. She strangled her mom with a necktie

Tina Lunney was sentenced to 40 years for killing her mom.

Tina Lunney was sentenced to 40 years for killing her mom.

 

FAIRFIELD – Nothing precipitated the attack, Tina Lunney told investigators. She was in the living room of her Fairfield home, she said, applying lotion to a rash on her mother’s neck when she grabbed her husband’s necktie from an end table and strangled the 81-year-old woman.

“I just picked it up,” Lunney says in the videotaped confession played for jurors yesterday during her murder trial in Newark. “She was like, gasping, or whatever, on her knees.”

“What were you thinking as you were doing that?” Detective Robert Pracher of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office asks.

“I can’t believe I’m doing this. What am I doing?” Lunney replies.

“Why not stop?” Pracher asks.

“I don’t know. I should have,” Lunney answers.

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Ashley Chieco and the booze-fueled, wrong-way crash on Route 18

Ashley Chieco posted this Instagram photo to her followers before deadly crash.

Ashley Chieco posted this Instagram photo to her followers before deadly crash.

 

OLD BRIDGE – The woman who slammed head-on into a car while driving a stolen SUV the wrong way on Route 18 South began drinking vodka in Point Pleasant Beach before noon – and had not eaten all day, police have revealed.

Ashley Sara Chieco, 26, died when she collided with a car driven by Dana S. Corrar, who was returning from her nursing job in Ewing Township. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2013.

In another development, police said the establishment where Chieco drank – Martell’s Tiki Bar on the Boardwalk – is not the target of a criminal investigation.

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James Gandolfini dead and his Rolex is gone

James Gandolfini, a graduate of Park Ridge High School, died June 19, 2013.

James Gandolfini, a graduate of Park Ridge High School, died June 19, 2013.

ROME (AP) — An autopsy on James Gandolfini has found that the “Sopranos” star died of a heart attack, with no evidence of substance abuse or foul play, a family spokesman said Friday, June 21, 2013.

“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client, James Gandolfini, passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.”

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PLUS: Gandolfini’s Rolex was stolen in the confusion that ensued as he lay dying.