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Amtrak cop arrested after Woodbridge party

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an Amtrak police officer beat an Iraq War veteran from New York City at a housewarming party in New Jersey. Officer William Gonzalez is charged with aggravated assault after officers said Gonzalez knocked out ...

Princeton professor accused of stealing lawn signs

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Police have charged a Princeton University professor with stealing lawn signs belonging to a computer repair business. Owner Ted Horodynsky tells The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1qGr1o1 ) his signs began to disappear ...

Loaded handgun found in child’s bag at day care

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say they've arrested the father of an 11-month-old girl after a day care worker found a loaded handgun in the child's bag. Police responded to the El Centro Day Care Center in Camden Tuesday morning, where they say they ...

FBI, area authorities dig for clues at Camden site

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement authorities are conducting excavation work near some homes in southern New Jersey. But they won't say why they are digging at the site on Erie Street in Camden. The work began early Tuesday ...

Stop-and-Frisk Targets Black Males, Which Is Not News to Many Newarkers

Data shows that Newark police use stop-and-frisk about 1,700 times a month and that 70 percent involved black males.

Man convicted in slaying of NJ football star

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Essex County jury has convicted a man of killing a former Orange High School football star. The panel deliberated for about a day and a half before convicting 22-year-old Mark Lovett of aggravated manslaughter in the death ...

ACLU-NJ Executive Director: Newark’s Stop-and-Frisk Raises Red Flags

ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer says that the Newark stop-and-frisk program raises constitutional red flags because 78 percent of stops have been of innocent people.

Advocates sue New Jersey, Rutgers for calculations

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Affordable housing advocates have sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Rutgers University, accusing them of hiding calculations used to determine how much housing each town should provide for lower-income people. Fair ...

2 men charged landscaping equipment thefts

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State police say two men stole more than $19,000 worth of landscaping equipment from local businesses and residents in central New Jersey. And the pair may face additional charges in several other similar thefts. ...

Doctor admits role in medical lab bribery scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Another doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say 47-year-old Peter Deplas of Glen Head, New York pleaded guilty ...