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Man admits leading staged accident ring

11-3-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The leader of a ring that staged two car accidents in northern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman says 46-year-old Olivares Liberato-Cohen, of ...
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Baraka Unveils ‘Model Neighborhoods’ Strategy For West, South Wards

11-3-14
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced a new initiative to reduce crime and enhance economic development.

Attorney admits cheating clients out of millions

11-3-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities say a prominent southern New Jersey elder-law attorney has admitted defrauding clients out of millions of dollars and laundering the funds through various bank accounts. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman ...

Company denies man lost job over Playgirl spread

11-3-14
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he'd posed nude in Playgirl magazine. Durham resident Daniel Sawka filed a ...

Newark’s toughest areas focus of pilot reform plan

11-3-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two of Newark's most depressed and crime-plagued neighborhoods will be the focus of a concerted effort to turn things around. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the Model Neighborhood plan on Monday at police headquarters in the city's ...

Teen prostitute’s driver gets state prison term

11-3-14
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who drove a 17-year-old prostitute to a hotel for a sexual tryst is now headed to state prison. Morris County prosecutors say Wendy Archelus, of Elizabeth, received a five-year term when he was ...

Authorities: Pennsylvania woman killed in crash

11-3-14
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman was killed in a weekend crash on a central New Jersey highway. Bridgewater police say 34-year-old Candice Gerwer, of Bethlehem, was a passenger in a car driven by her 30-year-old ...

Toms River police seek hit-and-run driver

11-3-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Toms River are seeking a motorist who they say fled the scene of an accident and tried to run down an off-duty police officer. Police say 54-year-old Robert Dechert of Lakehurst drove away after hitting ...

New Jersey state trooper catches escaped steer

11-3-14
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state trooper could have used a lasso to collar a wayward steer in Warren County. Buster had escaped from a ranch in Mansfield Township. Sgt. Dave Ortiz came across the steer in a field and managed to ...

Man critically injured in Belmar crash

11-3-14
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a car split in half and the driver was critically injured during a crash in Belmar. Sgt. Mark Walsifer tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1wYy6Dr ) 23-year-old Joao Vicuna of Trenton was driving on Route ...