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Man sentenced in Somerset County woman’s death

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A Newark man has been sentenced to life in prison for staging a robbery that led to the death of a Somerset County woman. A jury in May convicted 38-year-old Rashawn Bond of murder, kidnapping and robbery in the 2008 death of ...

Ex-cable TV tech in NJ accused of sex assault

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a former cable TV service technician of having inappropriate sexual activity with two older women in Bergen County. Authorities have charged 31-year-old Jonathan Malave with sexual assault and ...

New Jersey fights judge’s ruling on sports betting

A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the state has filed a notice of appeal against a judge's decision blocking sports betting. A federal judge said Friday New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort ...

House of woman who took on Donald Trump demolished

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Atlantic City boardinghouse at the center of a David and Goliath battle between its owner and Donald Trump has been demolished. Vera Coking's modest three-story boardinghouse was reduced to a pile of rubble ...

New York man charged with setting up sex with teen

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have charged a New York City man with arranging to travel to New Jersey for what he thought was sex with a 13-year-old girl. Michael Tway Smith was scheduled to make an initial appearance in Camden Thursday. The ...

Man admits $20 million Ponzi scheme in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has admitted running a $20 million Ponzi scheme. Louis Spina faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud when he's sentenced in February. Spina pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton on ...

Former New Jersey man charged with $1.5M fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A North Carolina man is charged with running a scheme to defraud an investment bank that employed him in New Jersey. The U.S. attorney's office says Michael Lieberman was arrested Thursday in Huntersville, North Carolina. He ...

Passenger hurt in New York ferry crash to get $5M

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New court settlements have been reached in the January 2013 New York City commuter ferry crash, including one that will give an injured passenger $5 million. The settlements were signed by a judge in New Jersey in the last two ...

Police find missing Barnegat youngsters

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — Two youngsters who ran away from their homes in southern New Jersey have been found unharmed. Authorities say 12-year-old Caroline Hartman left her Barnegat home Wednesday between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. She was with her ...

Lodi woman accused of beating child with belt

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a 23-year-old Lodi woman of beating a 2-year-old with a belt. Mynasia Petty is held on $100,000 bail, charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Workers at a daycare center called authorities ...