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Bank teller admits role in tax check fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey woman has admitted her role in defrauding the federal Treasury Department out of more than $900,000 in income tax return checks. Rosanna Rodriguez, of Middlesex, pleaded guilty Monday to ...

Authorities ID man killed in motorcycle crash

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the motorcyclist who was killed when his bike crashed into a guardrail on a northern New Jersey roadway last weekend. Hudson County authorities tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1paPiAH) ...

Rutgers student dies, alcohol suspected

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of a Rutgers University student. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office says 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs of South Brunswick appeared to be in distress while attending ...

New Jersey looks at raising judges’ retirement age

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey judges would be allowed to work longer under a measure advanced by lawmakers. The state Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday advanced a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to increase the judicial ...

Fire in NYC PATH tunnel disrupts service

NEW YORK (AP) — PATH train service between New York and New Jersey is suspended after a fire broke out in a PATH tunnel in Manhattan. A Fire Department spokesman says the fire was reported at 3:38 p.m. Sunday at 19th Street and Sixth Avenue in ...

Ex-school custodian sentenced for hidden cameras

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former custodian who videotaped students and teachers with hidden cameras in a southern New Jersey high school won't have to serve a prison sentence. John Martin of Wenonah instead will serve 120 days of house arrest and five ...

3 hurt by falling glass at north New Jersey mall

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Two boys and a man escaped serious injury when glass from a balcony barrier at a northern New Jersey mall fell about 30 feet and shattered on the floor below. Paramus police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1sfmLRs) that it's ...

Father, young son killed when SUV ends up in river

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A father and his young son were killed when their sport utility vehicle ended up in a central New Jersey canal. But authorities say the man's wife was able to escape the vehicle and swim to safety. Somerset County ...

Man sentenced for carjacking, high-speed pursuit

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A man who carjacked a vehicle at knifepoint and then led police on a high-speed chase in southern New Jersey last year has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Isaac Jerdan, of Clayton, will have to serve nearly 19 years ...

Prosecutors: 1 teen killed, 1 wounded in shooting

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was killed and another girl was wounded when shots rang out in Paterson. It's not yet known what sparked the shooting on Clinton Street, which was reported around 11:25 p.m. Saturday. A city ...