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Fire spreads to 3 houses in Newark, no injuries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A fire official says three homes are burning in Newark, New Jersey, but all residents apparently got out in time and no injuries have been reported. Capt. John Brown of the Newark Fire Department says the blaze broke out at 295 ...

Hit-and-run driver seriously injures 2 brothers

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Investigators are searching for a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured two brothers at a northern New Jersey movie theater. Hudson County authorities say the car jumped a curb around 9:50 p.m. Friday and struck ...

Judge won’t lower bail for fatal stabbing suspect

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A state judge has refused to lower the bail of a southern New Jersey man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend. The ruling issued Friday marked the second time that Rocco Carsillo failed to have his $500,000 bail reduced. ...

Police: Woman hurt in fire dies from her injuries

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman hurt in a fire at a central New Jersey apartment complex this week has died from her injuries. Neptune police say 40-year-old township resident Kimia Braxton died Friday at a hospital, three days after ...

Police: Boy accidentally shoots, wounds sister

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Newark boy playing with a handgun accidentally shot and seriously wounded his 9-year-old sister in their family's home. City police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1q4AFFA) that the shooting occurred ...

Man gets 30-year prison term in nephew’s slaying

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A 75-year-old southern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the fatal shooting of his nephew. A Cape May County jury had convicted Frederick Marr on murder, weapons and hindering ...

Prosecutors: Man killed girlfriend, her young son

EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and her young son before setting their southern New Jersey home on fire has been charged with two counts of murder. Atlantic County prosecutors say 38-year-old Joseph Palmer ...

Settlement in accidental Wild West show shooting

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The legal battle over an accidental shooting at a Wild West theme park in New Jersey that left an actor partially paralyzed has ended with a settlement of nearly $2 million. The New Jersey Herald (http://bit.ly/1H1JhC3) reports ...

Martial arts academy owner accused of sex assault

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a part-owner of a northern New Jersey martial arts academy sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student there on multiple occasions. George Mendoza-Valentino, of Saddle Brook, is charged with sexual assault and ...

2 brothers face charges in commercial burglaries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania brothers face federal charges for their alleged roles in a string of commercial burglaries throughout New Jersey. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Eliezer Medina and his 38-year-old brother, Jose Medina each face a ...