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Toms River police seek hit-and-run driver

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Toms River are seeking a motorist who they say fled the scene of an accident and tried to run down an off-duty police officer. Police say 54-year-old Robert Dechert of Lakehurst drove away after hitting ...

New Jersey state trooper catches escaped steer

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state trooper could have used a lasso to collar a wayward steer in Warren County. Buster had escaped from a ranch in Mansfield Township. Sgt. Dave Ortiz came across the steer in a field and managed to ...

Man critically injured in Belmar crash

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a car split in half and the driver was critically injured during a crash in Belmar. Sgt. Mark Walsifer tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1wYy6Dr ) 23-year-old Joao Vicuna of Trenton was driving on Route ...

Authorities: Woman, boy hurt when SUV strikes tree

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A woman and a young boy were seriously injured when the sport utility vehicle they were in struck a tree in southern New Jersey. Franklin Township police tell the South Jersey Times (http://bit.ly/1uktNp2) that the ...

Authorities: Arrest made in nightclub brawl

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a brawl at a northern New Jersey nightclub that ended with a man being shot. Paterson police say 24-year-old city resident Hendrick Acosta is charged with aggravated assault ...

Fire interrupts birthday party, destroys home

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A police officer responding to complaints about a noisy birthday party was able to help guests evacuate the home after fire was discovered inside. Mahwah police say officer Travis Canning arrived at the home around 2 a.m. and ...

Prosecutors: 2 men indicted in crossbow shooting

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man accused of shooting an acquaintance in the leg with a crossbow has been indicted on attempted murder charges. Cape May County prosecutors say 31-year-old Jonathan Moya of Wildwood also faces weapons ...

Gas station attendant stabbed during robbery

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a gas station attendant was beaten and stabbed during a robbery in central New Jersey. The attack occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at a station on Route 9 in Howell Township. Authorities say two men ...

Man gets prison term for sex assault of young girl

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Ocean County prosecutors say 34-year-old Dennis Conover, of Manalapan, also must register as a sex ...

Prosecutors: Missing elderly woman found unharmed

LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — An elderly woman who went missing from her southern New Jersey apartment complex last month has been found unharmed. Camden County prosecutors say 79-year-old Marrianne Bateman of Lindenwold called authorities on Saturday ...