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Deaths of NJ father, son ruled murder-suicide

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Union County say the deaths of a father and son found in their home last weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide. Scotch Plains police found the bodies of 48-year-old Jens Elberling and his 11-year-old ...

Man gunned down in Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed in Newark. Police responding to a report of shots fired arrived on the scene at South Orange Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Monday. Officers learned that the man had been taken to a ...

Attempt to oust bees sparks house fire

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey resident's attempt to get rid of bees sparked a house fire and left 10 firefighters with bee stings. The resident had dumped hot coals in the backyard of the Washington Township home in Mercer County ...

Police: Bodies found in home were father, his son

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the two people found dead inside a northern New Jersey home over the weekend were a father and his 11-year-old son. But they have not said how the pair died or provided further information on the matter, ...

Police say Brooklyn gun killer nabbed red-handed

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a killer is in custody after officers saw him shoot a man dead in Brooklyn and then try to hide the gun. The shooting happened Saturday morning in Brownsville. Police say two plainclothes officers were on patrol when they ...

Ex-teacher sentenced for touching, texting student

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A former high school music teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually touching and texting a teenage student seven years ago. David Scheck of North Brunswick will also have to register as a sex offender ...

Authorities: Man set at least 12 small wildfires

MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Multiple counts of arson have been filed a southern New Jersey man accused of setting at least 12 small wildfires during a six-week period this summer. State officials say 38-year-old Michael Evangelista, of Mullica ...

Man sentenced again in fatal restaurant shooting

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who had his murder conviction overturned has now been sentenced on a lesser charge. Robert Daniels of Camden received a 15-year sentence Friday. But since he will get credit for five years he's already ...

Where investigations stand in traffic jam scandal

The closures of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a year ago touched off multiple investigations — all funded by taxpayers — into whether they were done for political retribution and, if so, who was ...

Fire crews rescue woman from roof of burning home

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters came to the aid of a woman who was trapped on the roof of a burning three-family home in northern New Jersey. No residents were injured in the three-alarm fire, which broke out early Sunday in Passaic. But two ...