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Detective found not guilty in road-rage shooting

7-30-14
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A jury has found a New Jersey detective not guilty in the slaying of a driver during an alleged road-rage incident. Forty-one-year-old Joseph Walker, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was ...

Prison for fraudster who lied about booking Bieber

7-30-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. ...

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

7-30-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers ...

Ex-vending firm official sentenced in fraud scheme

7-29-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former principal of a New Jersey-based vending company has been sentenced for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period. Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove was ordered ...
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Illegal Dumping Brings Hefty Fines

7-29-14
New Jersey has issued more than $2 million in fines for companies illegally dumping and stockpiling in Newark.

Court approves Christie’s pick for Rutgers board

7-29-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A court has ruled that Gov. Chris Christie had the right to appoint his choice of members to a Rutgers Board of Governors in 2012, despite a legal objection from the president of the state Senate. Tuesday's appeals court ...

2 men admit conspiring with organized crime

7-29-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men, including one who ran an illegal sports betting website, have admitted to conspiring with the Genovese organized crime family. Federal prosecutors say 77-year-old Joseph Graziano and 44-year-old Dominick J. ...

Unions update lawsuits over New Jersey pensions

7-29-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of public workers unions have revised their lawsuits aimed at trying to compel New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to put pay more into pension funds. The unions are encouraged by a ruling in June that found the state does ...

Couple get federal prison terms for mortgage fraud

7-29-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey couple convicted of fraudulently obtaining $3.4 million in mortgages is now headed to prison. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Linda Yarleque of Westwood received a two-year sentence Tuesday, while her ...

Man admits role in New Jersey tax refund scheme

7-29-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City man has admitted his role in a stolen identity and tax refund fraud scheme. Raymundo Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Newark to a complaint charging him ...