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Police: Boy accidentally shoots, wounds sister

11-15-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Newark boy playing with a handgun accidentally shot and seriously wounded his 9-year-old sister in their family's home. City police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1q4AFFA) that the shooting occurred ...

Man gets 30-year prison term in nephew’s slaying

11-15-14
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A 75-year-old southern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the fatal shooting of his nephew. A Cape May County jury had convicted Frederick Marr on murder, weapons and hindering ...

Prosecutors: Man killed girlfriend, her young son

11-15-14
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and her young son before setting their southern New Jersey home on fire has been charged with two counts of murder. Atlantic County prosecutors say 38-year-old Joseph Palmer ...

Settlement in accidental Wild West show shooting

11-15-14
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The legal battle over an accidental shooting at a Wild West theme park in New Jersey that left an actor partially paralyzed has ended with a settlement of nearly $2 million. The New Jersey Herald (http://bit.ly/1H1JhC3) reports ...

Martial arts academy owner accused of sex assault

11-15-14
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a part-owner of a northern New Jersey martial arts academy sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student there on multiple occasions. George Mendoza-Valentino, of Saddle Brook, is charged with sexual assault and ...

2 brothers face charges in commercial burglaries

11-15-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania brothers face federal charges for their alleged roles in a string of commercial burglaries throughout New Jersey. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Eliezer Medina and his 38-year-old brother, Jose Medina each face a ...

Man admits 9 bank heists in southern New Jersey

11-14-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Burlington County man has pleaded guilty to robbing nine banks in southern New Jersey over a three-and-a-half month span. Shalir Hall pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden on Friday. The 21-year-old from Edgewater Park ...

Truck driver in Morgan crash seeks delay of case

11-14-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver facing criminal charges stemming from a highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed one of Morgan's friends is asking that a federal lawsuit be delayed. Kevin Roper's attorney filed a ...

Man sentenced for conning dementia-stricken friend

11-14-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Essex County man who admitted scamming a dementia-stricken neighbor has been sentenced to five years in state prison. The state attorney general's office says Gilbert Vaughn will also have to pay $50,000 in restitution under ...

Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

11-14-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness. Army Maj. John Jackson and his wife, ...