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3 kids rewarded for honesty in south Jersey

11-25-14
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Three children in southern New Jersey have learned it pays to be honest. Thirteen-year-old Ricky Cote, his 9-year-old sister, Bella, and 6-year-old brother, Robby, found $180 in cash in a parking lot in Galloway ...

Gloucester City house fire claims woman’s life

11-25-14
GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman injured in a house fire in Gloucester City has died. Sixty-seven-year-old Lorraine Smolinski was one of two women injured in Friday morning's blaze in her home on Highland Avenue. A 27-year-old ...

3 more charged in Ramapo College sex assault case

11-24-14
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Three more Ramapo College students have been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault that authorities say occurred earlier this month after a fraternity party. Bergen County prosecutors say the new charges involve ...

Newark police officer fires shot at stolen vehicle

11-24-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark police say a city officer fired a shot at a stolen vehicle after the driver allegedly tried to hit the officer and a colleague. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/11rj0fw) reports the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday ...

Former bank manager sentenced for embezzlement

11-24-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former bank manager who embezzled more than $260,000 has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Season Wengert, of Franklinville, will also have to serve three years of supervised release once she's freed. She had pleaded ...

Indictment: 7 played roles in 2 heroin mills

11-24-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Seven people have been indicted for alleged roles in two heroin mills that authorities say were run out of northern New Jersey apartments. The 15-count indictment was handed up Friday by a state grand jury and made public ...

Police: ‘Kidnap’ victim really was escaped convict

11-24-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, kidnapped and held against his will for three days actually had escaped from a halfway house. Trenton police tell The Times of Trenton ...

Authorities: 31 people arrested in drug ring probe

11-24-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say more than 30 people have been arrested for roles in a ring that allegedly sold about $1 million in drugs over the past three months. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the arrests ...

Judge: Confession can be used in missing boy trial

11-24-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge has ruled that videotaped confessions by a man charged with killing a boy who vanished in 1979 can be used at his upcoming murder trial. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley ruled Monday in Pedro ...

Man sentenced for leading police on long pursuit

11-23-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who led police on a vehicle chase along a major highway has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison. Union County prosecutors say 34-year-old Dion Cromwell, of Irvington, must serve at least six ...