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NY van driver pleads guilty in fatal NJ crash

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The driver of an upstate New York church van that crashed on the Garden State Parkway, killing a passenger, has pleaded guilty to driving without a license. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says 30-year-old Oscar ...

Pleasantville man charged in woman’s slaying

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in southern New Jersey have charged a man with murder stemming from the death of a woman whose remains were found in a suitcase in January. Detectives arrested 27-year-old Steven Stallworth of Pleasantville on ...

New Jersey man pleads guilty to child porn charges

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man caught up in a child pornography sweep is now facing a prison sentence. State prosecutors announced Tuesday that 34-year-old Juan Carlos Alvarez of Egg Harbor Township has pleaded guilty to ...

AP: Trump sues to get AC casinos to drop his name

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump is suing an Atlantic City casino company, trying to force it to drop his name from its two gambling halls. Trump tells The Associated Press he wants his name stripped from Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal ...

Bergen Joins Counties with Judge Shortage

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.

NJ NAACP President: Minorities Sit in Jail for Minor Offenses with Current Bail System

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

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

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

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

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 ...