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Police: Man entered chief’s unlocked patrol car

9-28-14
SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — A man allegedly spotted inside a northern New Jersey police chief's unmarked and unlocked patrol car is now facing burglary charges. Saddle Brook Chief Robert Kugler says a neighbor who was headed out to work around 2:45 ...

Man charged with murder in fatal stabbing of woman

9-27-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a Newark man accused of fatally stabbing a city woman earlier this week. Essex County prosecutors say 40-year-old Ito Lightford also faces weapons charges in the death of 34-year-old Talia ...

Man admits cheating dementia-stricken neighbor

9-27-14
EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has admitted cheating his 90-year-old dementia-stricken neighbor out of $50,000. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says 64-year-old Gilbert Vaughn pleaded guilty Friday to insurance fraud, ...

Prosecutor: Man sought sex encounter with teen

9-27-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old southern New Jersey man was arrested when he showed up for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a teenage girl. Monmouth County prosecutors say 66-year-old Richard Jones of Brick ...

Teen killed, 3 others hurt in Turnpike crash

9-27-14
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City teenager was killed and three other people were seriously injured when a tractor-trailer and a minivan collided on the New Jersey Turnpike. State police say 15-year-old Nour Qudsi of Brooklyn was ...

Prosecutors: 1 dead, 2 wounded in Newark shooting

9-27-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One man was killed and two people were wounded when shots rang out in Newark. Police officers responding to reports of shots fired on North 9th Street in the city's Roseville section found the victims around 11 p.m. Friday. ...

Confession scrutinized in notorious murder case

9-27-14
NEW YORK (AP) — While a Manhattan judge weighs whether a murder confession in one of the nation's most notorious missing child cases can be used at the suspect's trial, a larger question is looming: Was it all made up? Suspect Pedro Hernandez is ...

Man convicted of sex crimes returned to New Jersey

9-27-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man who fled the country shortly before he was convicted of sex crimes against a young boy has been returned to New Jersey. Union County prosecutors say 47-year-old Nikolaos Katogiritis was tracked to the ...

New Jersey to receive $543K in drug settlement

9-26-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will receive more than $500,000 as part of a nationwide settlement with a drugmaker over allegations that the company improperly promoted medications including the attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR. ...

5 years for woman in unemployment benefits scam

9-26-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Another defendant in a scheme to steal unemployment benefits from New Jersey has been sentenced to prison. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Friday that Monique Valentine was sentenced to five years in state ...