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NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

4-16-14
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department's disbanding of a unit that spied on Muslim neighborhoods could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the intelligence-gathering machinery it set up after 9/11. The department — under ...

Newark anti-violence plan calls for more cops

4-16-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — State officials are taking aim at gun violence in New Jersey's largest city. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman on Wednesday announced a strategy that will target Newark's most violent neighborhoods. Hoffman says more state ...

Did a German shepherd get called to jury duty?

4-16-14
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Could this prospective juror take a bite out of crime? Cumberland County, N.J., has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is that IV is a 5-year-old German shepherd. Her owner tells KYW-TV in Philadelphia ...

Millstone goat farmer admits improper care

4-16-14
MILLSTONE, N.J. (AP) — The Monmouth County man who owns a goat farm has been told to thin the herd after he admitted improperly caring for animals. Authorities cited 45-year-old Christopher Vaccaro in February after they said they found nearly 200 ...

Jury convicts NJ man of Megan’s Law violation

4-16-14
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in Gloucester County have convicted a convicted sex offender of his eighth violation of lifetime supervision under Megan's Law. The jury found 48-year-old Ernest Jones failed to maintain contact with a global ...

Police standoff ends peacefully in Pitman

4-16-14
PITMAN, N.J. (AP) — A police standoff in Pitman ended peacefully after five hours. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says a man in a home on Columbia Avenue threatened to harm himself and refused to leave his home Tuesday. Authorities ...

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

4-16-14
NEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates are applauding the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats. But ...

Prosecutor: 2 indicted in woman’s fatal overdose

4-15-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Two men have been indicted on numerous charges for allegedly causing a northern New Jersey woman's drug-related death last summer. The Record (http://bit.ly/P42LyB) reports that 27-year-old Christopher Benvenuto of Old ...

Man accused of sexual assault on 14-year-old girl

4-15-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man had inappropriate sexual activity with a 14-year-old female acquaintance. Darion Benbow of Hackensack faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, child endangerment and ...

Woman, daughter face money laundering charges

4-15-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey woman and her adult daughter face money laundering charges stemming from an alleged loan modification scheme. Bergen County prosecutors said Tuesday that 54-year-old Anna Lee of Englewood Cliffs ...