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New Jersey student charged with changing grades

6-23-14
ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in northern New Jersey say a high school student has been charged with unlawfully accessing a school computer to change the grades and attendance records of multiple students. Officials from the Essex County ...

Man pleads guilty in religious divorce case

6-23-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Brooklyn man characterized by the FBI as an enforcer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a plan to use violence to force a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce. Sholom Shuchat pleaded guilty in federal court in ...

6 charged with stealing from school lunch program

6-23-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say six public employees have been charged with stealing a total of more than $10,000 from a school lunch program. The office of the attorney general says six women face theft-by-deception charges for ...

Speedway chief: Feds helped with Indy 500 security

6-23-14
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the federal homeland security officials helped protect fans and others at this year's Indianapolis 500 by providing extra cameras and helicopters. Speedway President Doug ...

2 plead not guilty in fatal heroin overdose case

6-23-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Two northern New Jersey men have pleaded not guilty to charges they caused the fatal overdose of a man who they allegedly had sold heroin. Twenty-year-old Timothy Volpe and 19-year-old Kaleik Easton initially were charged ...

Lawmakers hear about potential stadium threats

6-23-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It's generally agreed that the security effort at the recent Super Bowl played in New Jersey was a resounding success. So the most interesting part of Monday's congressional hearing in Newark to review lessons learned from the ...

Plea deal from New Jersey man in Amber Alert case

6-23-14
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who took a 13-year-old girl from Rhode Island to his home in New Jersey after meeting her online has agreed to plead guilty. Daniel Berger signed a deal this month with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a charge ...

NJ woman pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

6-23-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A longtime volunteer with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Gretchen Rell entered her plea Monday in court in Monmouth County. Authorities ...

Child killed, family injured when SUV overturns

6-23-14
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old child was killed and four people were injured when an SUV overturned after being struck by another vehicle. The crash happened Sunday night around 8:10 p.m. on Mount Holly Road in Burlington Township. ...

Police search for suspect in boy’s shooting

6-23-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Police are looking for a suspect who wounded a boy when a bullet fired from the street pierced a window in a home in Elizabeth. Authorities believe the 12-year-old was an unintended target of Sunday's shooting on Magnolia ...