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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 ...

Inmate sentenced for plotting to kill prosecutor

9-6-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey inmate who is serving time for killing his neighbor has now received another lengthy sentence for plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him in prison. State Superior Court Judge Francis Vernoia handed down a ...

Prosecutors: 2 dead, 1 wounded in Newark shootings

9-6-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men were killed and another was hospitalized following separate shootings in Newark. But authorities say it doesn't appear that the incidents are connected. Essex County prosecutors say the first shooting occurred around ...