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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 ...

Man admits cheating dementia-stricken neighbor

9-27-14
EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has admitted cheating his 90-year-old dementia-stricken neighbor out of $50,000. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says 64-year-old Gilbert Vaughn pleaded guilty Friday to insurance fraud, ...

Prosecutor: Man sought sex encounter with teen

9-27-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old southern New Jersey man was arrested when he showed up for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a teenage girl. Monmouth County prosecutors say 66-year-old Richard Jones of Brick ...

Teen killed, 3 others hurt in Turnpike crash

9-27-14
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City teenager was killed and three other people were seriously injured when a tractor-trailer and a minivan collided on the New Jersey Turnpike. State police say 15-year-old Nour Qudsi of Brooklyn was ...