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Police: 2 injured in Pharmachem lab explosion

8-2-14
TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — A police dispatcher says two people were injured and buildings were damaged in an explosion at Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa in northeastern New Jersey. Dispatcher Carl Baker says the explosion occurred Saturday evening and ...

No injuries in shooting at apartment complex

8-2-14
NEW BRUNSWCIK, N.J. (AP) — No injuries were reported when gunfire was exchanged at a central New Jersey apartment complex. New Brunswick police say the shooting at the 33 Commercial Avenue complex occurred around 2:25 a.m. Saturday, when a car ...

2 men shot, wounded during raucous house party

8-2-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two people were shot when several brawls broke out at a central New Jersey house party attended by hundreds of people. New Brunswick police responded to the home around 11:15 p.m. Friday and found more than 500 people in ...

Authorities: Man fatally shot on Newark street

8-2-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark police say a 33-year-old man who was found shot on a city street has died from his wounds. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1zIpVgA) says officers responding to reports of shots fired in the city's North Ward found Ronald ...

Cops: Nanny was passed out drunk, then fled home

8-2-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey nanny passed out drunk while she was supposed to be watching a little boy, then fled and crashed her car into a fire hydrant when his mother got home. Toms River Township police say 50-year-old ...

Trucker allegedly was using cellphone before crash

8-2-14
CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — Vehicular homicide charges have been filed against a tractor-trailer driver who allegedly was using his cellphone when he was involved in deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Authorities say 55-year-old ...

Man sentenced in slaying of 92-year-old woman

8-2-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who killed a 92-year-old woman during a robbery at her home has been sentenced to 30 years in prison with no chance for parole. Forty-year-old Daniel Rios of Elizabeth had pleaded guilty in June to ...

Driver gets 19-year sentence in deadly hit-and-run

8-2-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A driver convicted in a deadly hit-and-run accident in northern New Jersey has been sentenced to 19 years in state prison. The Record (http://bit.ly/1sg65XD) reports that 44-year-old Jason Askew continued to maintain his ...

Authorities: Driver in deadly crash had been shot

8-2-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a minivan who died after the vehicle crashed into a tree was shot before the accident occurred. Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Al Della Fave says the death of William Erazo Osorio has ...

Investigators: Woman, child found dead inside home

8-2-14
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused the deaths of a woman and a young child whose bodies were found inside a central New Jersey home. Monmouth County prosecutors say the bodies were found late Friday ...