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Animal Shelter Accused of Having Deplorable Conditions

The NJ SPCA issued the Helmetta Animal Shelter an ultimatum: relinquish control or get sued.

National Adoption Day Creates New Families

Families in New Jersey finalized adoptions as part of National Adoption Day.

Gloucester City Bans Smoking in Shopping District

Many New Jersey towns have banned smoking in parks and on beaches, but Gloucester City is the first to ban smoking in a shopping district.

Los Angeles phone scam targets people nationwide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A months-old phone scam that originated in Los Angeles is now targeting people across the country. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Ryan Rouzan (roo-zan) says deputies fielded up to 100 calls Friday morning from people ...

Lawmaker seeks probes into lethal police incidents

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislator is introducing a measure that would mandate independent investigations into fatal incidents involving the police. Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora announced the measure on Friday along with a police ...

New Jersey lets 4th dispensary grow medical pot

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering cannabis to patients in the spring of 2015. The Health Department issued the permit to Breakwater ...

Judge dismisses ex-Hunterdon sheriff’s lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by Hunterdon County's former sheriff and two subordinates that claimed they were the victims of malicious prosecution and retaliation Former Sheriff Deborah Trout, Undersheriff ...

Brooklyn man sentenced for role in cybercrime ring

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man has been sentenced to about 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll ...

Ex-officer sentenced for sexually exploiting girl

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former northern New Jersey police captain is going to prison for 20 years for sexually exploiting a girl by enticing her to live-stream explicit acts online in exchange for payment. A federal judge in Newark on Friday also ...

Newark police officer shoots suspect

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a Newark police officer shot a suspect who was struggling with other officers. The suspect is in critical condition and a weapon was recovered. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says police, working to ...