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Bergen Joins Counties with Judge Shortage

8-5-14
Bergen County currently has six judicial vacancies and three judges are planning to retire by Sept. 1, which means civil cases will be put on hold.
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NJ NAACP President: Minorities Sit in Jail for Minor Offenses with Current Bail System

8-5-14
New Jersey Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Richard Smith says with the current bail system, African-Americans, Latinos and the poor are sitting in jail for 10 months on average for minor offenses.

Judge rejects woman’s bid to dismiss gun charge

8-5-14
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia woman facing a weapons count in New Jersey has lost her bid to have the charge dismissed. The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/USzBFP) reports that a judge also refused Tuesday to overturn a decision by ...

Man sentenced for role in illegal drug sales

8-5-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man who admitted illegally selling prescription pain pills is now headed to federal prison. Anthony DiMatteo received an 87-month term when he was sentenced Tuesday. The 32-year-old Trenton man also will ...

Former bank manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

8-5-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former branch manager of a southern New Jersey bank has admitted embezzling more than $260,000. Season Wengert of Franklinville now faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. She also will ...

Seattle artist sues over ‘Angry Birds’ pet toys

8-5-14
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush toys for pets called "Angry Birds" is suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the ...

Auto dealer accused of deceptive advertising

8-5-14
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — State authorities claim the owner of two northern New Jersey auto dealerships used deceptive advertising practices and engaged in "bait and switch" tactics The five-count complaint against Bergen Auto Enterprises LLC was ...

Driver charged after van hits, kills pedestrian

8-5-14
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving with a suspended license struck and killed a pedestrian on a southern New Jersey highway. Patrick Clayton of Berkeley Township was being held Tuesday on $200,000 cash bail. The 27-year-old ...

Smoke reported on United flight to Pittsburgh

8-5-14
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh International Airport spokeswoman says passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey were forced to get off the airplane immediately after it landed on a runway after the crew reported smoke ...

8 displaced by Lakewood fire

8-5-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that displaced eight people living above a restaurant in Lakewood. Firefighters arrived on the scene on Second Street around 2:51 a.m. Tuesday. Police Sgt. James Finnegan ...