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Driver in fatal crash charged with death by auto

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey motorist has been charged with death by auto following a single-car crash that killed his passenger. Middlesex County prosecutors say 20-year-old Nicholas Gomes, of Sayreville, was being held Monday on ...

Student charged after school put on lockdown

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A lockdown at a northern new Jersey high school has ended with one student being arrested. Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino says the lockdown was ordered as a precaution shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, after staffers at ...

Authorities: Fatal house fire ruled an accident

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a house fire that killed a northern New Jersey man has been ruled an accident. East Orange fire officials tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1zHdrIr ) that electrical wiring may have sparked the blaze that broke ...

Religious, civic leaders press gun manufacturers

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Religious leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are joining elected and police officials to call on gun manufacturers to tighten distribution systems and develop smart gun technologies. Bridgeport Mayor ...

1 dead in Middletown car fire

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — One person is dead after a car crashed and burst into flames in Middletown. The accident occurred early Sunday on McLees Road. The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1xd0vJD ) reports police have not released the ...

Man trying to take photo brushed by train

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit says one of its trains brushed a Hackensack man who was trying to take a photo of it. According to a spokeswoman, Marco Calvo was walking on the tracks in the city while wearing headphones when the ...

2 men killed in separate Camden shootings

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two fatal shootings in Camden don't appear to be related. Camden County prosecutors say both shootings occurred early Sunday, about two hours apart. The first was reported shortly before 4:40 a.m. at Front and ...

Authorities: Man bit police officer during dispute

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Several charges have been filed against a southern New Jersey man who allegedly bit a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute. Stafford police say 24-year-old township resident Eric Johnston initially ...

Coast Guard comes to the aid of 3 stranded boaters

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard came to the aid of three people who were stranded when their boat became grounded off the southern New Jersey coast and started taking on water. No injuries were reported in the incident. Officials say ...

Man killed in northern New Jersey house fire

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man was found dead inside his family's burning home. Essex County prosecutors tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1so5I9L) that firefighters found 19-year-old Abraham Ragin shortly after they responded to the ...