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NJ court rules for nurse in vaccine refusal firing

6-5-14
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot. June Valent was working as a nurse at Hackettstown Community Hospital in 2010 when ...

NJ grocer sentenced for role in food stamps scheme

6-5-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who managed a grocery store is going to prison for 37 months for stealing more than $2.5 million through a food stamps scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Alexander Vargas of Camden pleaded guilty to purchasing ...

Austin man gets 4 years in human smuggling case

6-5-14
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to four years in prison in a human smuggling case involving a teen allegedly assaulted as she was being driven to New Jersey. A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Wednesday sentenced ...

Driver charged in accident that killed pedestrian

6-4-14
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey driver who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian has been charged with death by auto. Morris County prosecutors announced the charges against 27-year-old Samuel Generelli of Landing on Wednesday, one ...

New Jersey man pleads guilty to bank robbery

6-4-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New Jersey man has admitted robbing a bank last year. Jorge Rodriguez of South River pleaded guilty on Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years behind bars when he's sentenced Sept. 23. The ...

Naked man accused of punching police officer

6-4-14
LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — Numerous charges have been filed against a naked southern New Jersey man accused of punching a police officer and trying to driver off in his cruiser. Lindenwold police say the officer was interviewing two people in a ...

NJ escapee who killed girlfriend appeals sentence

6-4-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who killed his girlfriend while on probation at a private halfway house is seeking a shorter prison sentence. David Goodell's lawyer on Tuesday asked an appeals court to cut the 33-year-old's 45-year ...
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Officials Tout Safety Improvements in Camden

6-3-14
Gov. Christie was in Camden to celebrate changes to the city's police force.

Christie nominates 2 to high court

6-3-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has re-nominated the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. Stuart Rabner's nomination was submitted Tuesday. Christie earlier struck a deal with Democrats over nominees. Christie also ...

FBI offers $$ for info on airport laser incidents

6-3-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The FBI will offer cash for information on people who point lasers at aircraft. The bureau said Tuesday it will give up to $10,000 over the next 90 days for information leading to an arrest. Laser-pointing incidents have been ...