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NJ man accused of beating another over $10 debt

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jersey City police say a man nearly beat another to death with a tree branch over a $10 drug debt. Thirty-two-year-old Nicholas Rivera is held on $150,000 bail, charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other ...

2 charged after suspicious Turnpike roadblock

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — State Police believe a suspicious roadblock on the New Jersey Turnpike captured by a dashboard camera was a lapse in judgment and not a robbery attempt. A motorist on the Newark Bay Extension in Jersey City early Monday ...

Psychologist faces insurance fraud charges

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Monmouth County have accused a psychologist of submitting approximately 120 fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $15,000. Prosecutors have charged 62-year-old Edward Merski of Old Bridge with health ...

Man gets prison term for running pizzeria scam

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of bilking an investor out of more than $1 million in a phony pizzeria scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Giovanni Arena of Laurel Springs also will have to serve three ...

Officials: Move Over Law Makes Roads Safer

Law enforcement personnel say requiring motorists to slow down and change lanes when they see an emergency vehicle is common sense and increases safety.

Judge suspended over conflict of interest

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state judge who admitted presiding over cases where she had a conflict of interest has been suspended for one month without pay. The punishment of Superior Court Judge Melanie Donohue Appleby was made public ...

Fire guts 2 buildings, but no injuries reported

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a stubborn blaze in northern New Jersey that gutted two buildings. No injuries were reported in the fire, which apparently broke out around 5 a.m. Wednesday on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. ...

Vendor admits paying bribes to NJ Transit employee

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a vendor has admitted paying bribes to a New Jersey Transit employee to obtain landscaping contracts. Raymond Rapuano, of New Providence, pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery. The 47-year-old Rapuano now ...

Kayaker rescued in Barnegat Bay

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — Marine police rescued a kayaker who was struggling to stay afloat in Barnegat Bay. State Police say 51-year-old Bruce Parker of Pemberton Township lost his life jacket when a large wake capsized his kayak on Tuesday. Police ...

AP Source: Goodell testifies for two-plus hours

A person familiar with the case says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours to start Ray Rice's appeal hearing at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York. Rice and his wife, Janay, will testify ...