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Charges against man accused of dragging officer

8-11-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man allegedly was driving drunk when he dragged a police officer with his vehicle last week, leaving the officer injured. Bail has been set at $150,000 cash for Donell Cook, a 24-year-old Somerset ...

Driver charged in fatal crash at farmers market

8-11-14
HAWTHORNE, N.J. (AP) — Vehicular homicide charges have been filed against a pickup truck driver who is accused of driving into a New Jersey farmers market, killing a woman and injuring two other people. James Woetzel, of Hawthorne, also was ...

NJ court rules against 2 robbers in ‘bomb’ cases

8-11-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has reinstated the first-degree bank robbery convictions of two men who, in separate robberies, claimed they possessed bombs when they actually didn't. The two cases stemmed from robberies in ...

Police rescue 3 from roof of burning home

8-11-14
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Police rescued three people from the roof of a burning home in Cliffside Park. Officers arrived on the scene Monday to find three people standing near the driveway then they looked up and saw a man and a couple on the ...

Lakewood fire chief dies in motorcycle crash

8-11-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A Lakewood fire chief has died in a motorcycle accident. Police Sgt. Frank Work tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1A7rrJa ) 52-year-old David "Rudy" gaines was traveling in the right lane when 28-year-old Aurohom ...

Wife sentenced for assaulting husband with hot oil

8-10-14
FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — A woman who threw hot cooking oil on her husband and chased him with a hand ax around their home after he asked for a divorce is now headed to prison. Mauvette Mattadeen received a six-year sentence Friday and will be deported ...

Authorities: Man under house arrest sold drugs

8-9-14
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Several charges have been filed against a man who allegedly sold drugs from his southern New Jersey home while he was under house arrest. Bail was set at $50,000 cash for Michael Mack, a 25-year-old Gloucester ...

Man indicted on murder charge in wife’s death

8-9-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man accused of fatally beating his wife last year has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge. The Record (http://bit.ly/1q16s3F) reports the indictment handed up by a Bergen County grand jury ...

Woman charged in son’s death awaits hearing

8-8-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The woman arrested in the murder of her 5-year-old son more than two decades ago is still awaiting an extradition hearing in Florida. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said Friday afternoon that there's no ...

Rape case judge to review victim’s Facebook posts

8-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has ordered a teen who accused a man of rape to turn over access to her Facebook page. The case is another example of social media's growing use in courtrooms and the resulting privacy concerns. Mercer County ...