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Raritan home damaged in gas explosion

RARITAN, N.J. (AP) — No one was injured in a natural gas explosion at a home in Raritan Township. Friday morning's blast blew out the windows and caused a minor fire. Fire Chief Steve Wetter tells the Home News Tribune (http://mycj.co/1AV5D1Z ) ...

South Jersey student arrested for toy gun

LINWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police in southern New Jersey have arrested a 15-year-old student on charges he brought a toy gun to school. Officials at Mainland Regional High School learned the boy had what appeared to be a gun in his backpack on ...

Ex-town engineer sentenced for DWI crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has sentenced the former municipal engineer for Perth Amboy and Monroe to five years in prison for causing a high-speed crash while drunk that injured three people. Ernest Feist pleaded guilty to assault by auto ...

Ex-diner manager gets 8 years for murder plot

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The former manager of a northern New Jersey diner has been sentenced to eight years in prison in what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage. Georgios Spyropoulos ...

New Law Will Change Alimony Rules

Gov. Christie signed a bill reforming alimony in the state. Unless marriage lasted for more than 20 years or there are exceptional circumstances, payments will be limited to the number of years the couple was married.

Former mayor convicted of fraud in farm purchase

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey mayor has been convicted of falsifying documents and stealing a relative's identity to purchase a farm property in late 2009. Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was convicted at trial Thursday after ...

Woman dies in Lacey crash

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an Ocean County woman died in a head-on collision on a road in Lacey Township. The crash occurred on Route 539 just before 6 a.m. Thursday. Officials say 27-year-old Kenneth Busardo was driving north ...

2 charged in alleged melee on PATH train

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New York men's dance performance on a Newark-bound PATH train has led to criminal charges. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say the incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the suspects began ...

Palisades parkway cop faces drug charges

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department has arrested one of its own on drug charges. Officials say Officer Lee Frazzano had cocaine and Oxycodone in his possession. The three-year veteran of the force was arrested ...

Group therapy in south Jersey ends in stabbing

BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a group therapy session turned violent in southern New Jersey. Authorities have charged 32-year-old Ryan McCausland of Collingswood with aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Berlin police tell the South Jersey ...