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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 ...

No injuries when water taxi runs aground

9-7-14
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — No injuries were reported when a water taxi carrying 22 people ran aground over a sandbar in the Manasquan River. But authorities say it's not yet clear what caused the accident, which occurred early Sunday. Crews from ...

Prosecutors: Another fatal shooting in Newark

9-7-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say man was fatally shot on a Newark street, the third person killed during a series of weekend shootings in the state's largest city. Essex County prosecutors say police officers responding to reports of shots ...

2 males found dead in northern New Jersey home

9-6-14
SCOTHCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say two people were found dead inside a home in northern New Jersey. But their names and further details on what caused their deaths were not immediately disclosed. Union County prosecutors say the bodies ...

Authorities: Man fatally beat dog with TV remote

9-6-14
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a man who allegedly beat his sister's Yorkshire Terrier to death with a television remote. The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/1qpDwqs) reports that 40-year-old Eric Wesley of Glen ...

Authorities: Ex-officer threatened to kill chief

9-6-14
ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a former Aberdeen Township police officer stalked and threatened to kill the town's current police chief. But they wouldn't say why 66-year-old Christian Witzig allegedly took those actions. The Asbury Park ...

Officials: Firefighters overcome by bug bomb fumes

9-6-14
OAKLAND, N.J. (AP) — One firefighter was treated at a hospital and eight others were hosed down after they were affected by fumes from a bug bomb that was set off at a northern New Jersey nail salon. Authorities tell The Record ...

Man accused of impersonating police officer

9-6-14
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — A traffic stop near the Lincoln Tunnel ended with the arrest of a man who allegedly claimed he was a police officer. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Jose Quinones' vehicle was ...

Camden man pleads guilty in deadly street robbery

9-6-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Camden man has pleaded guilty to a felony murder charge stemming from a botched street robbery that left a man dead last year. Thirty-year-old Alexander Santiago entered his plea Friday as part of a deal with Camden County ...