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After a Century, Dry NJ Town Falls Off the Wagon

'We're damp," mayor says

(Newser) - After more than a century on the wagon, Pitman, NJ, has broken its sobriety. Thanks to a change in state law, Kelly Green Brewing Co. was able bypass local alcohol restrictions and start serving suds earlier this month right on the city's main drag, Atlas Obscura reports. "This... More »

One of NJ's 'Most Notorious Cold Cases' Is Closed

Michelle Lodzinski guilty of murdering young son

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter-century after she reported him missing, Michelle Lodzinski has been found guilty of murdering her 5-year-old son. The conviction closes one of New Jersey's "most notorious cold cases," the New York Times reports. Lodzinski told police that her son, Timothy "Timmy" Wiltsey, disappeared from... More »

NJ Powerball Winner: Mom, 7 Kids

Here's what they plan to do with the money

(Newser) - A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, the AP reports. Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10% of the... More »

Guy Does $10K in Damage to Wrong House: Cops

Ajinka Kelka, 20, is arrested in New Jersey

(Newser) - Ajinka Kelka may be wishing he read the address number a little more carefully. The 20-year-old New Jersey man is accused of seeking revenge against his ex-girlfriend's new guy by attacking his property—only he got the wrong place, the Star-Ledger reports. Police say Kelka was caught on home-surveillance... More »

'Dangerous' Escaped Inmate on the Run in NJ

Arthur Buckel last spotted at CVS in Barnegat

(Newser) - A convicted killer remains on the run after escaping a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey on Tuesday. Arthur Buckel, 38—who was eligible for parole in less than three weeks, per NJ.com —was discovered missing from the Bayside State Prison unit of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton during... More »

Charge Reduced for Mall Easter Bunny Who Fought Toddler's Dad

Lawyers say they hope to vindicate 'the bunny'

(Newser) - A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded, the AP reports. According to NJ.com , authorities say Juan Jimenez-Guerrero attacked Kassim Charles, who had been playing the role of the Easter bunny, when his... More »

Jersey Man Charged Over $13K Toll Bill

He was caught driving without a license plate: agents

(Newser) - A New Jersey man's alleged attempt to avoid adding to his $13,000 debt in unpaid tolls and fines didn't quite work out as planned Tuesday. Port Authority agents pulled over Oscar Sanchez near the Holland Tunnel because his black Mercedes-Benz didn't have a front license plate,... More »

Cop Saves Suicidal Man in Dramatic Video

Sgt. Greg Bogert pulled back man who was about to jump from bridge

(Newser) - A New Jersey police officer's dramatic rescue of a suicidal man was caught on dashcam video Monday, NJ.com reports. Sgt. Greg Bogert, an 18-year veteran of the Riverdale Police Department, responded to calls about a man walking into traffic near the Route 287 bridge; when he arrived, the... More »

How an Email Sent to the Wrong Person Saved a Life

'Life is brilliant'

(Newser) - A New Jersey police chief didn't let a little thing like being thousands of miles away in a different country stop him from saving a life last week, BuzzFeed reports. On the evening of April 14, chief Mitchell Stern of the Verona Police Department saw an email from a... More »

Ninja Burglar Linked to 200 Crimes Gets 25 Years

'His reign of terror is officially over'

(Newser) - A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Thursday, the AP reports. Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, according to Staten Island District Attorney... More »

Motorcyclist Killed After Smashing Into Fridge

NJ cops trying to find who abandoned appliance on side of road

(Newser) - When winter turns to spring in New Jersey, there's always an uptick in the number of motorcycle crashes, with the two main reasons cited by state cops being "unsafe speed" and "driver inattention," NJ.com notes. Further down the list is "road/environmental factor," which... More »

4 Soldiers Hurt in Humvee Crash on NJ Turnpike

One had to be airlifted

(Newser) - Four Army Reserve soldiers are injured, two critically, after a Humvee accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, reports NBC New York . Police haven't determined what went wrong, though witnesses say a tire flew off the vehicle around 2:30pm Thursday, per the Courier News . They tried to lift the... More »

Indian Eatery Pays Rival $700K in Trademark Tiff

NJ's Kati Rolls & Platters had to change its name, signage

(Newser) - The less fortunate party in a battle of Indian restaurants in New York and New Jersey has agreed to fork over $700,000, apparently just to get his rival off his back. The Kati Roll Company—whose owner claims it was the first restaurant of its kind in the US... More »

Cruz Learns Fate in NJ Birther Debate Tuesday

Judge could remove him from the ballot

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's fate in New Jersey might come down to a single vote—or rather, a single ruling. A judge will rule Tuesday on whether the Canadian-born senator is eligible to appear on the June 7 Republican primary ballot in the state, per the Star-Ledger . On Monday, three residents... More »

How a Billionaire's Move to Florida Could Screw NJ

The loss of David Tepper's taxes is horrible news for the Garden State

(Newser) - New Jersey, already struggling with its budget, could face a massive shortfall next year—all because one guy chose to move to Florida, Bloomberg reports. In fairness, that guy was the wealthiest man in the state. Hedge-fund manager David Tepper has an estimated worth of $10.6 billion, and after... More »

University of Northern NJ Is Fake—and a Gov't Trap

Homeland Security busts 21 in visa fraud sting

(Newser) - The University of Northern New Jersey looked like any other school: It had a website, a Facebook page, and a crest. Unlike other colleges, however, it was staffed entirely by Homeland Security agents. The Department of Justice announced this week it had indicted 21 people for visa fraud in a... More »

House With a Creepy Stalker Yours for $1.25M

'The Watcher' house is back on the market

(Newser) - A New Jersey home supposedly stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer who goes by "The Watcher" is back on the market, the AP reports. The current owners, a married couple with three children, bought it in June 2014 for nearly $1.4 million. But they refused to move in... More »

NJ Bill Would Jail People for Texting While Walking

Offenders could see 15 days in jail under assemblywoman's proposal

(Newser) - Texting while walking? Beware. Doing exactly that in New Jersey could soon carry the same penalties as jaywalking: up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt has proposed a bill that would ban pedestrians from using communication devices like cellphones while walking along roads or... More »

Actor Could Get 10 Years for Using Prop Gun Without Permit

'Robert De Niro doesn't ask Marty Scorsese if he has gun permits'

(Newser) - An actor who played a bit part in an independent gangster film is facing 10 years in state prison because he used a prop pellet gun without a state gun permit, the AP reports. Carlo Goias was charged under New Jersey's strict gun law, which requires permits for firearms,... More »

5 States With Highest, Lowest Property Taxes

From New Jersey to Hawaii

(Newser) - You could likely tick off many, many differences between Hawaii and New Jersey, but 24/7 WallSt has identified perhaps the wonkiest of them all: property taxes. The site crunched the numbers on what people pay in each state as a percentage of home value and found that Jersey residents pay... More »

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