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Deaths of NJ father, son ruled murder-suicide

9-8-14
SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Union County say the deaths of a father and son found in their home last weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide. Scotch Plains police found the bodies of 48-year-old Jens Elberling and his 11-year-old ...

Man gunned down in Newark

9-8-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed in Newark. Police responding to a report of shots fired arrived on the scene at South Orange Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Monday. Officers learned that the man had been taken to a ...

Attempt to oust bees sparks house fire

9-8-14
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey resident's attempt to get rid of bees sparked a house fire and left 10 firefighters with bee stings. The resident had dumped hot coals in the backyard of the Washington Township home in Mercer County ...

Police: Bodies found in home were father, his son

9-7-14
SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the two people found dead inside a northern New Jersey home over the weekend were a father and his 11-year-old son. But they have not said how the pair died or provided further information on the matter, ...

Police say Brooklyn gun killer nabbed red-handed

9-7-14
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a killer is in custody after officers saw him shoot a man dead in Brooklyn and then try to hide the gun. The shooting happened Saturday morning in Brownsville. Police say two plainclothes officers were on patrol when they ...

Ex-teacher sentenced for touching, texting student

9-7-14
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A former high school music teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually touching and texting a teenage student seven years ago. David Scheck of North Brunswick will also have to register as a sex offender ...

Authorities: Man set at least 12 small wildfires

9-7-14
MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Multiple counts of arson have been filed a southern New Jersey man accused of setting at least 12 small wildfires during a six-week period this summer. State officials say 38-year-old Michael Evangelista, of Mullica ...

Man sentenced again in fatal restaurant shooting

9-7-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who had his murder conviction overturned has now been sentenced on a lesser charge. Robert Daniels of Camden received a 15-year sentence Friday. But since he will get credit for five years he's already ...

Where investigations stand in traffic jam scandal

9-7-14
The closures of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a year ago touched off multiple investigations — all funded by taxpayers — into whether they were done for political retribution and, if so, who was ...

Fire crews rescue woman from roof of burning home

9-7-14
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters came to the aid of a woman who was trapped on the roof of a burning three-family home in northern New Jersey. No residents were injured in the three-alarm fire, which broke out early Sunday in Passaic. But two ...