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Stafford bobcat escapes again

6-6-14
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman faces another court date after her pet bobcat escaped for the second time since March. Rocky was gone for about an hour after breaking out of his enclosure at Ginny Fine's Stafford ...

Elderly man dies in Winslow house fire

6-6-14
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a house fire that claimed the life of an elderly man in Winslow Township. Firefighters learned the man was trapped when they arrived at the scene on South Egg Harbor ...

Man pleads guilty to stealing police car

6-5-14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Lehigh Valley man who stole a police car and injured an officer has pleaded guilty. Camden County prosecutors say 25-year-old Blake Bills of Macungie pleaded guilty Thursday to carjacking and eluding. The spree began on March ...
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Seven Jersey City Police Officers Claim Political Retaliation

6-5-14
Seven Jersey City Police Officers are claiming political retaliation is at play in the department.

NJ court rules for nurse in vaccine refusal firing

6-5-14
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot. June Valent was working as a nurse at Hackettstown Community Hospital in 2010 when ...

NJ grocer sentenced for role in food stamps scheme

6-5-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who managed a grocery store is going to prison for 37 months for stealing more than $2.5 million through a food stamps scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Alexander Vargas of Camden pleaded guilty to purchasing ...

Austin man gets 4 years in human smuggling case

6-5-14
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to four years in prison in a human smuggling case involving a teen allegedly assaulted as she was being driven to New Jersey. A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Wednesday sentenced ...

Driver charged in accident that killed pedestrian

6-4-14
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey driver who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian has been charged with death by auto. Morris County prosecutors announced the charges against 27-year-old Samuel Generelli of Landing on Wednesday, one ...

New Jersey man pleads guilty to bank robbery

6-4-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New Jersey man has admitted robbing a bank last year. Jorge Rodriguez of South River pleaded guilty on Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years behind bars when he's sentenced Sept. 23. The ...

Naked man accused of punching police officer

6-4-14
LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — Numerous charges have been filed against a naked southern New Jersey man accused of punching a police officer and trying to driver off in his cruiser. Lindenwold police say the officer was interviewing two people in a ...