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Police: Naked man rode tricycle through complex

3-26-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a naked man found riding a tricycle at a southern New Jersey apartment complex apparently was under the influence of cocaine. Lakewood police say 31-year-old Jermaine Jones of Trenton was found under a ...
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NJ Child Advocacy Center to Hold First National Summit on Child Abuse and Neglect

3-26-14
The first and only co-located child advocacy center in New Jersey, Wynona's House, is holding the first Child Advocacy National Summit on Child Abuse and Neglect April 7 and 8.

Mail carrier robbed in Maplewood

3-26-14
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police say a mail carrier was not harmed during an armed robbery in Maplewood. The U.S. Postal Service worker was delivering mail on Laurel Avenue when the robbery took place on Tuesday. Police Capt. Michael Marucci tells ...

Monmouth County man admits Sandy fraud

3-26-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Monmouth County man has pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent insurance claim related to Superstorm Sandy. Authorities say 74-year-old Farouk Soliman admitted he attempted to recoup the cost of hiring a demolition firm to ...

NJ bar group warns about judicial independence

3-25-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Bar Association has formed a task force to examine what it says are ongoing concerns about the independence of the judicial branch. The association plans to hold a public hearing on the issue April 1 at ...

NY man pleads guilty to forcing religious divorce

3-25-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man has admitted traveling to New Jersey as part of a plan to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce through threats of violence. New Jersey's U.S. Attorney's office says 30-year-old Simcha ...

Prosecutors: Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

3-25-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting another man who had argued with the shooter's female cousin. Essex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Anthony Burrows of Newark will ...

Man charged with murder in college student’s death

3-25-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a central New Jersey man accused in the fatal beating of a college student from Tennessee. Middlesex County prosecutors say 38-year-old Timothy Puskas of New Brunswick was notified ...

Authorities: Mom holds kids hostage in family home

3-25-14
BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a mother briefly held her two young children hostage inside their northern New Jersey home before she peacefully surrendered to police. No injuries were reported in the incident, which started around 10:20 ...

Doctor admits role in medical lab bribery scheme

3-25-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm. Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Surender Gorukanti of Brooklyn pleaded guilty Tuesday to ...