Sunday, November 18, 2012
State senator's lawsuit against hometown and car crash death on Garden State Parkway also make headlines.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Bomb-Making Materials Found in Home of 'Occupy Wall Street' Activist Assault rifles and a large quantity of materials used to make bombs were found in the Ridgewood home of Roberto Rivera, 60, Saturday. Rivera, a New York doctor, was charged with recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage. FBI agents said he was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Heroin Ring Role Leads to 30-Year Sentence for Elizabeth Man Johnel Dunlap, 41, was sentenced to 30 years in state prison for operating a drug trafficking ring in which $400,000 worth of heroin was planned to be distributed. State Senator Sues West Deptford Over 'Unlawful Quid Pro Quo' State Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney is suing his hometown municipality over what he labeled an …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
A petition on whitehouse.gov asks that New Jersey be given permission to secede from the United States. How does the United Counties of New Jersey sound for a new name?
It seems as though some people think New Jersey is doing great, so great in fact that they believe it should secede from the United States and form its own country. A petition created by the We the People tool at petitions.Whitehouse.gov asks the Obama Administration to: “Peacefully grant the State of New Jersey to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” The petition was created on Saturday, Nov. 10, by “joe r” of Sewell. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, the petition had about 12,000 signatures. The petition needs 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10 in order to get a response from the White House, according to the website. New Jersey is just one of 30 states with petitions asking for permission to secede. Other …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Top stories from Patch sites around New Jersey.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Speaking from a mangled boardwalk unlike the memories of his Jersey Shore childhood, Gov. Chris Christie said the Ocean County barrier island was still too unsafe for residents to return to, but vowed a return to normalcy for most of New Jersey on Monday. "The power will be on, schools will be open, water is safe, gas is available," Christie said as he described what Monday in New Jersey will look like. Gov. Christie says he may lift gas rationing on Monday. The governor, speaking at a press conference in Seaside Park on Friday, said the rationing has worked well and eased congestion at gas stations. Gerardo Gomez, the sixth defendant in the infamous execution-style Newark schoolyard murders that grabbed international headlines four …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Other top stories include a mother and grandmother accused of boarding a Toms River school bus and physically and verbally assaulting children, and the arrest of five men suspected in a series of burglaries of high-end homes in North Jersey.
Two teenage brothers lured 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale into their house, strangled her and then dumped her body in a recycling bin, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. In the wake of the impending hurricane, Gov. Chris Christie declared a weather-related state of emergency prior to holding a Saturday morning press conference in North Middletown. A mother and grandmother have been charged with multiple offenses after a recent fracas that occurred on a Toms River Regional School District bus, according to information from Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. A team of investigators arrested five members of a burglary crew suspected of targeting high-end homes across the region just as the thieves were trying to crack open a stolen …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Township) and his opponent Republican Eric Beck of South Brunswick are competing for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. The election will be held Nov. 6.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
By Erika Sosa, Rider University In the heated race for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Township) and his opponent Republican Eric Beck of South Brunswick took part in a debate last week at Rider University during which they discussed their views about the country’s finances, federal support to America’s cities, school vouchers, and other topics. America is in extreme debt that continues to get worse and Republicans are to blame, according to Holt. “The unhealthiest part of this situation is how we got to this so-called fiscal cliff,” Holt stated. “A year-and-a-half ago, the Republican leadership in Congress refused to pay our debts, for the first time in American history. This country …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Other top stories this week include a middle school student charged in a "sexting" scandal and a Essex County Sheriff's Officer facing child sex abuse charges.
A 13-year-old driving a car believed stolen was injured and arrested after he unexpectedly passed his mom while driving and then crashed the car into a tree. A Nazi flag suspended over a urinal by a fishhook is one of the images in a rolling, anonymous, multimedia political attack ad that's shown up at Hoboken public meetings twice this week. A 13-year-old New Jersey middle school student was charged last week with third-degree invasion of privacy for reportedly sending a text message that included an "explicit" photograph of his ex-girlfriend to fellow students. A long-serving Essex County Sheriff’s Officer from Wayne was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a juvenile girl and family friend, authorities said. Portions of a …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Other top stories this week include charges stemming from the discovery of a 9-year-old's remains in Upper Freehold and a McDonald's customer upset that his young daughter was subjected to Fox News during their visit to the fast food restaurant.
A Moorestown police officer and his ex-girlfriend/accomplice will spend the next 20 to 30 years behind bars after being sentenced this week. The pair was convicted in April on a slew of charges stemming from the sexual assault of multiple teenage victims between 2000 and 2007. One damning video showed one of the female victims blindfolded and shackled, and forced to perform sexual acts on one of her captors. Students and faculty at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences in Manahawkin and Jackson Memorial High School were grieving this week after learning of the loss of two friends and classmates. Some seven years after the discovery of a child’s skeleton in the Clayton Park area of Upper Freehold, the Monmouth County …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Other top stories this week include a family of six forced to jump from the third-floor of their burning apartment building and a man accused of stealing the identity of a deceased dentist to work out of four dental offices over the past year.
A Clark teenager who tweeted, "There is somone in my hour ecall 911," around 6 p.m. Sunday night before vanishing, turned herself into police Wednesday. The teen's disappearance, which police now consider voluntary, went viral on Twitter, with the hashtag #helpfindkara peaking at No. 3 worldwide. Three Triton High School teachers are charged with engaging in sexual activity with former students, and two administrators, including Principal Catherine DePaul, are charged with not reporting what they knew. A mother and her five children were forced to jump out of a third-floor window when a fire broke out early Wednesday morning in their Newark apartment. A Short Hills dentist, who was banned from practicing, used the identity of dead …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Other top stories from around the state this week include a Princeton University store employee charged with prostitution and a deadly shooting at a popular restaurant in Newark.
Friends and family came to the aid of a 40-year-old Delran woman -- bringing her food, paying for her wedding and fundraising thousands of dollars -- believing she was dying of bladder cancer. Police now say she was never diagnosed nor treated for the deadly disease. A 20-year-old Hamilton Township resident was charged with multiple counts of making terroristic threats, theft of services and harassment for allegedly terrorizing random victims on Facebook since the summer. A new, reportedly healthier school lunch program being offered in Parsippany public schools has not received an enthusiastic welcome from some students at Parsippany Hills High School. An employee of the Princeton University Store has been charged with prostitution …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Other top stories this week include an armed robbery in Toms River and the shutdown of a major tax fraud scheme.
A Burlington City cop shot and killed a man who fired at the officer during a foot chase late Monday night, authorities said. A 27-year-old Clifton High School teacher who grew up in Fair Lawn was indicted this week on sexual assault charges stemming from two sexual encounters she allegedly had this April with one of her male students. A self-service farm stand in Montville that has had problems this year with people taking fruits and vegetables without paying has hung a "Wall of Shame" poster, revealing surveilance images of people caught stealing from the stand. A Toms River couple was tied up by three men in ski masks armed with handguns who ransacked their Rivercrest Manor home before midnight, police said. One of the nation’s largest …