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Court upholds child sex assault conviction

3-26-14
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A state appellate court has upheld the conviction and lengthy prison sentence for a southern New Jersey man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter over a two-year period. In their 61-page decision issued ...

Man indicted in girlfriend’s killing, dismembering

3-26-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man accused of killing and dismembering his girlfriend has been indicted on murder charges. Union County prosecutors say 44-year-old Matthew Ballister III also faces charges of burglary, desecrating ...

Ex-school administrator sentenced on drug charges

3-26-14
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The former assistant vice principal at a central New Jersey elementary school who admitted selling drugs out of his home has been spared a prison term. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1hsOW3X) reports that 33-year-old John ...

Women: J&J trashed records in product injury suits

3-26-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them are urging the U.S. Justice Department to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to the ...

Prosecutors: Man faces human trafficking charges

3-26-14
DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Human trafficking charges have been filed against a man who allegedly held a South Carolina woman against her will at a southern New Jersey motel and forced her to perform sex acts with numerous men for money. Gloucester ...

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 ...