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Mom pleads not guilty in 5-year-old son’s death

9-16-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A Florida woman charged with killing her 5-year-old son more than 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty in a New Jersey courtroom. A lawyer for Michelle Lodzinski entered the plea during a brief court hearing in New ...

Authorities: 2 escaped inmates captured

9-15-14
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey over the weekend have been captured. Eighteen-year-old Hakim Walls and 20-year-old Jermaine Jackson, both of Bridgeton, ...
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Assembly Approves Six Domestic Violence Bills

9-15-14
Members of the Assembly approved six bills meant to protect victims of domestic violence. Legislation included the creation of a task force on the subject, self-defense justification for victims and mandatory counseling for certain offenders.
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Christie Joins NY Officials to Announce Joint Effort to Thwart Terrorism

9-15-14
Gov. Christie joined Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and the Homeland Security secretary to discuss a review of anti-terrorism efforts.
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Prisoner Reentry Facility Opens in Jersey City

9-15-14
New Jersey officials, along with Nancy Pelosi, gathered for a ribbon cutting at Martin's Place in Jersey City, meant as a transitional stop for those leaving prison.

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

9-15-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The program that former football star Ray Rice was allowed into instead of facing trial is used rarely in New Jersey domestic violence assault cases. A review by The Associated Press finds that of the 15,000 people with ...

Authorities ID 2 New Jersey men killed in crash

9-15-14
SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two men killed when the car they were in struck a tree in northern New Jersey. Erick Pires, a 19-year-old Newark resident who was driving the car, and 20-year-old Andre Timoteo of Roselle, ...

Man stabbed in Paterson

9-15-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Police are searching for clues after a man was stabbed at least four times in Paterson. Police say 45-year-old Abraham Ramirez stumbled out of his Van Houten Avenue apartment and collapsed across the street early Monday. ...

Fort Lee police recover $1M in heroin

9-15-14
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A traffic stop led Fort Lee police to recover more than $1 million worth of heroin. A phony Florida license plate led Detective T.J. Cullen to stop the car with two men inside on Route 4. Detective Capt. Stanley Zon tells ...

NYC judge will weigh video in missing boy case

9-15-14
NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with killing a boy who disappeared in 1979 speaks calmly about strangling the child in a confession video that's the focus of a New York City hearing. The father of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) watched stoically as the ...