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Toddler struck, killed by van in Lakewood

5-23-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police say a toddler was struck and killed by a van while walking home from a play group with her father and 4-year-old sister in Lakewood. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says 34-year-old Yehoshua Klein of Lakewood was ...

2 people shot in Vineland

5-23-14
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Police say two people wounded in a drive-by shooting in Vineland are in critical condition. The shooting took place just before 1 a.m. Friday on Orchard Road. Police Lt. Matt Finley tells The Press of Atlantic City ...

Elizabeth man charged in daughter’s death

5-23-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Bail is set at $750,000 for an Elizabeth man accused of beating his 2-year-old daughter to death. Union County prosecutors have charges 30-year-old Jorge Orozco with murder and child endangerment stemming from the February ...

Orthodox rabbis charged in religious divorce plot

5-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey say four Orthodox Jewish rabbis and one of their sons have been indicted on charges they conspired to kidnap and force Jewish men into granting their wives religious divorces. U.S. Attorney Paul ...
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Report Finds Bail Practices Need Reform

5-22-14
An investigative committee has found that certain aspects of the bail system should be changed.

NJ biz owner admits lying to get federal contracts

5-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey business owner has admitted she falsely claimed her business was owned by a service-disabled veteran so she could get dozens of government contracts. Miriam Friedman entered her plea in federal court in ...

2 admit roles in 2012 Black Friday store robbery

5-22-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two northern New Jersey men have admitted taking part in the armed robbery of a Target store on the day after Thanksgiving 2012. Maryland Liggins III and Darrell Carter were arrested with two other men last June and charged ...

Lightning blamed for Upper Freehold home fire

5-22-14
UPPER FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities believe lightning sparked a fire in a remote section of Upper Freehold Township. Flames engulfed the structure on Burlington path Road Thursday. State Police Capt. Stephen Jones tells the Asbury Park Press ...

Jersey City files suit against the Port Authority

5-22-14
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says a lawsuit filed against the agency by Jersey City officials has no merit. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking $400 million for what ...

NJ woman charged with having gun in Philly airport

5-21-14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey woman is facing charges after investigators say a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in her purse at Philadelphia International Airport. Investigators said 53-year-old Kathryn Spiropoulos of Ewing Township was ...