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Insurance adjuster pleads guilty in fraud scheme

9-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owner of an insurance adjusting firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and several insurers. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Robert Napolitano, ...

Bank teller admits role in tax check fraud scheme

9-22-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey woman has admitted her role in defrauding the federal Treasury Department out of more than $900,000 in income tax return checks. Rosanna Rodriguez, of Middlesex, pleaded guilty Monday to ...

Authorities ID man killed in motorcycle crash

9-22-14
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the motorcyclist who was killed when his bike crashed into a guardrail on a northern New Jersey roadway last weekend. Hudson County authorities tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1paPiAH) ...

Rutgers student dies, alcohol suspected

9-22-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of a Rutgers University student. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office says 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs of South Brunswick appeared to be in distress while attending ...

New Jersey looks at raising judges’ retirement age

9-22-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey judges would be allowed to work longer under a measure advanced by lawmakers. The state Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday advanced a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to increase the judicial ...

Fire in NYC PATH tunnel disrupts service

9-21-14
NEW YORK (AP) — PATH train service between New York and New Jersey is suspended after a fire broke out in a PATH tunnel in Manhattan. A Fire Department spokesman says the fire was reported at 3:38 p.m. Sunday at 19th Street and Sixth Avenue in ...

Ex-school custodian sentenced for hidden cameras

9-21-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former custodian who videotaped students and teachers with hidden cameras in a southern New Jersey high school won't have to serve a prison sentence. John Martin of Wenonah instead will serve 120 days of house arrest and five ...

3 hurt by falling glass at north New Jersey mall

9-21-14
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Two boys and a man escaped serious injury when glass from a balcony barrier at a northern New Jersey mall fell about 30 feet and shattered on the floor below. Paramus police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1sfmLRs) that it's ...

Father, young son killed when SUV ends up in river

9-21-14
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A father and his young son were killed when their sport utility vehicle ended up in a central New Jersey canal. But authorities say the man's wife was able to escape the vehicle and swim to safety. Somerset County ...

Man sentenced for carjacking, high-speed pursuit

9-21-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A man who carjacked a vehicle at knifepoint and then led police on a high-speed chase in southern New Jersey last year has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Isaac Jerdan, of Clayton, will have to serve nearly 19 years ...