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State police ID trucker killed in turnpike crash

9-29-14
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. (AP) — State police have released the name of a tractor-trailer truck driver killed in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week. They say 54-year-old Robert Johnston, of Bayonne, died Friday when his truck struck a ...

New Jersey man accused of biological weapon threat

9-29-14
FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a Fair Lawn man falsely said he had a biological weapon in his apartment. Authorities evacuated about 50 residents from a High Street condominium complex on Sunday while the Bergen County Bomb Squad searched the ...

Fire damages Hackensack church

9-29-14
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Forty parishioners escaped unharmed after a fire started in a Hackensack church. The fire was reported in Mount Holiness Temple around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Fire Capt. Robert McClintock tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1rEv4o4 ...

Trash truck fire leads to evacuations

9-29-14
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Flames spread from a garbage truck fire in Jersey City, forcing the evacuation of at least 50 people. Dozens of people fled into the street early Monday as the truck became a fireball. WABC-TV (http://7ny.tv/1uVT3gZ ) in ...

Hospital president, wife killed in house fire

9-28-14
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home. But authorities say the "circumstances surrounding the deaths" of 72-year-old John Sheridan and ...

Appellate court grants new trial in fatal shooting

9-28-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man convicted in a fatal street shooting four years ago will get a new trial. The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill (http://on.cpsj.com/1nsDAXm) reports that an appellate court recently overturned the reckless ...

Prosecutors: Technician secretly videotaped kids

9-28-14
MAYWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Aggravated sexual assault charges have been filed against a medical technician who allegedly videotaped himself masturbating in the presence of young patients. Bergen County prosecutors say 31-year-old Brandon Kuhl, of Liberty ...

Authorities: 1 person killed in 2-vehicle crash

9-28-14
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a young boy was killed when two vehicles collided on a central New Jersey roadway. But it's still not clear what caused the crash on Kozloski Road in Freehold Township, which occurred around 8 p.m. ...

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 ...