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Man sentenced in sex abuse victims monument case

2-8-14
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who used a sledgehammer to destroy a monument to victims of clergy sexual abuse will not be going to prison. Gordon Ellis was sentenced Friday to two years of probation and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution. ...

Man seeks to rescind plea in south NJ shooting

2-8-14
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in the slaying of a man found shot to death at an apartment complex. Lenny Ross Jr. of Pleasantville had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter ...

Man charged in fatal shooting at apartment complex

2-8-14
CARTERET, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of fatally shooting a teenager this week at central New Jersey apartment complex. Middlesex County prosecutors said 28-year-old Antwon Smith of Carteret also faces weapons ...

Senior housing complex fire displaces 29 residents

2-8-14
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Twenty-nine residents were displaced when a fire broke out at a senior housing complex in southern New Jersey, but no injuries were reported. Authorities say the fire broke out shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday in a ...

Ex-Port Authority head a key player in NJ scandal

2-8-14
David Wildstein (WYLD'-steen) was once a loyal trooper for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and one of the administration's top people at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Now, he may be the public's best chance of knowing the truth ...

Squatter hurt in house fire dies from injuries

2-8-14
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a squatter found inside a burning central New Jersey home this week has died from his injuries. Perth Amboy officials tell the Home News Tribune (http://mycj.co/1jmm2bK) that 33-year-old Repnesh Tanchal ...

NJ man sentenced on charges stemming from pursuit

2-8-14
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who ran over a police officer's foot while fleeing a traffic stop and then led police on a pursuit through residential neighborhoods is now headed to state prison. Union County prosecutors say Hakeem ...

Bail set at $1M for suspect in Plainfield slaying

2-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a northern New Jersey man accused in the shooting death of another man on a Plainfield street late last year. Union County prosecutors announced Saturday that 22-year-old Plainfield resident ...

The heroin mill next door: NYC dealers blend in

2-8-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A little-noticed drug bust a week before actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose shed more light on the well-oiled distribution network for the drug. Authorities say the network packages heroin supplied by ...

NJ holding 3 hearings on Sandy aid spending plans

2-8-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents will be able to comment at three public hearings next week on the state's plans to spend more than $1.4 billion in Superstorm Sandy recovery aid. The state is holding hearings Tuesday at Stockton ...