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Settlement in accidental Wild West show shooting

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The legal battle over an accidental shooting at a Wild West theme park in New Jersey that left an actor partially paralyzed has ended with a settlement of nearly $2 million. The New Jersey Herald (http://bit.ly/1H1JhC3) reports ...

Martial arts academy owner accused of sex assault

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a part-owner of a northern New Jersey martial arts academy sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student there on multiple occasions. George Mendoza-Valentino, of Saddle Brook, is charged with sexual assault and ...

2 brothers face charges in commercial burglaries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania brothers face federal charges for their alleged roles in a string of commercial burglaries throughout New Jersey. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Eliezer Medina and his 38-year-old brother, Jose Medina each face a ...

Man admits 9 bank heists in southern New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Burlington County man has pleaded guilty to robbing nine banks in southern New Jersey over a three-and-a-half month span. Shalir Hall pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden on Friday. The 21-year-old from Edgewater Park ...

Truck driver in Morgan crash seeks delay of case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver facing criminal charges stemming from a highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed one of Morgan's friends is asking that a federal lawsuit be delayed. Kevin Roper's attorney filed a ...

Man sentenced for conning dementia-stricken friend

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Essex County man who admitted scamming a dementia-stricken neighbor has been sentenced to five years in state prison. The state attorney general's office says Gilbert Vaughn will also have to pay $50,000 in restitution under ...

Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness. Army Maj. John Jackson and his wife, ...

Ex-CFO sentenced for bilking NYC brokerage firm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former chief financial officer of a New York City-based brokerage firm is going from Wall Street to prison. A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday sentenced 43-year-old Greg Albanese of Manalapan to 33 months in prison for ...

‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro charged with DWI

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have charged "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro with three misdemeanor counts of drunken-driving. A criminal complaint says Bartolo Valastro, of Montville, New Jersey, was pulled over in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen ...

Teen to be tried as adult in stabbing, carjacking

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy who allegedly stabbed a central New Jersey woman and stole her car last year has been indicted on attempted murder and carjacking charges. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says ...