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Homeless Vet in GoFundMe Scam Arrested

Johnny Bobbitt reportedly skipped out on court appearance, was arrested Wednesday

(Newser) - A homeless veteran charged with engaging in $400,000 GoFundMe scheme has been taken into custody in Philadelphia after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance, the AP reports. Johnny Bobbitt was due in a New Jersey court Tuesday to face charges he violated court-ordered conditions that allowed for... More »

Someone Stole His Dog on Vacation. One Year Later, a Reunion

New Jersey man gets his Yorkie back after abduction in Virginia

(Newser) - A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car. The dognapping happened in Virginia when the owner was on vacation, the AP reports. A few days ago, the Yorkie named Buddah was taken in as a stray... More »

4K Clinic Patients Receive a Worrisome Letter

New Jersey facility informs them they may have been exposed to HIV, should get tested

(Newser) - Nearly 4,000 people who visited a New Jersey surgical clinic this year have received the worst kind of letter: It informs them they might have been exposed to a number of diseases, including HIV, and should get tested. The state health department says patients of the HealthPlus Surgery Center... More »

He Came Ready to Win. Then, a Ref's 'Cruel' Demand

NJ athletic officials investigating why Alan Maloney made young athlete shave off his dreadlocks

(Newser) - In 2016, Alan Maloney was accused of using a racial slur against a colleague. Now the high school wrestling referee is in hot water again, this time for forcing a young athlete to have his dreadlocks shaved right before a match. NBC News reports the incident took place Wednesday night,... More »

Armored Truck Loses $500K on Highway

About $300K still missing in New Jersey

(Newser) - More than half a million dollars spilled from an armored truck onto a New Jersey highway, and nearly $300,000 remains missing a day later, police said Friday. East Rutherford police said in a statement that two bags of cash fell from a Brink's truck near MetLife Stadium on... More »

She Has Made Trump's Bed, and She's Undocumented

'NYT' talks to woman who says she worked as undocumented employee at NJ golf club

(Newser) - Victorina Morales knows she stands a good chance of getting fired, or even deported, after speaking to the New York Times about her time as a housekeeper for President Trump's golf club in Bedminster, NJ. But the Guatemalan native says Trump's comments against Latin American immigrants, as well... More »

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Letter sent home to NJ parents so they can bring back 'childhood innocence of the holiday season'

(Newser) - The "childhood innocence of the holiday season" has been snatched away from a bunch of elementary school students, a New Jersey principal laments—and it's all because of a substitute teacher gone rogue. Not since the Elf Foreman told Hermey that elves couldn't be dentists has there... More »

Mayor, Councilman Brawl in Parking Lot Video

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam was in the melee

(Newser) - The mayor of Atlantic City was caught on video brawling outside a casino earlier this month—and now video of the brawl is online, ABC News reports. The Nov. 11 melee involved Mayor Frank Gilliam, a town councilman, and five other people in a parking lot beside the Golden Nugget... More »

NJ Case: Brother's Behavior Changed After Car Accident

Family friends say murder suspect Paul Caneiro struggled as his brother thrived

(Newser) - The details are brutal. Authorities in New Jersey on Thursday laid out murder and arson charges against 51-year-old Paul Caneiro, who is accused of killing his younger brother and his brother's entire family before setting fire to their opulent home. Then, authorities say, Caneiro returned home and set his... More »

Nearly Half of Young Adults Live at Home in This State

New Jersey leads the nation

(Newser) - Adults in New Jersey might be less embarrassed than most to utter the words, "I live with my parents." That's because the state hosts a higher percentage of young adults living with one or two parents than any other state in the country, per North Jersey Record... More »

He Started Putting Up Xmas Lights in October. One Problem

Old Bridge, NJ, wants Tom Apruzzi to pay $2K per night for security

(Newser) - Tom Apruzzi does Christmas BIG. Per the Bridgewater Courier News , the Old Bridge, New Jersey, man's holiday display contains 300,000 lights, synchronized music, and starts going up in October. The scene can draw as many as 1,000 people a night from as far away as New York... More »

Family 'Fully' Supports NJ Man Charged in Arson at Own Home

Paul Caneiro's wife, daughters were home when blaze broke out, willing to testify for him

(Newser) - Paul Caneiro's wife and two daughters were inside the home that he stands charged with setting ablaze , and they are set to testify on his behalf when he returns to court on Wednesday, his lawyer, Robert Honecker, tells ABC News . Wife Susan and daughters Marissa and Katelyn escaped the... More »

Mystery Deepens in NJ Mansion Fire

Lawyer says Paul Caneiro is innocent

(Newser) - New Jersey man Paul Caneiro didn't try to set his own house on fire with his wife and children inside, his lawyer says—and he is also innocent of "any other charge," which would include the murders of his brother and his family . Lawyer Robert Honecker Jr.... More »

Family Was Murdered Before Mansion Fire

'Homicidal violence' wasn't random, prosecutor says

(Newser) - Another disturbing twist in the New Jersey mansion fire case: Authorities have confirmed that all four members of a family were murdered before their Colts Neck home was set on fire Tuesday. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Wednesday that the case had "transcended" from an arson investigation to... More »

After Man, Family Die in Mansion Fire, Brother Arrested

Paul Caneiro's arrest tied to a fire at his own home that happened hours prior

(Newser) - A convoluted story out of New Jersey, where police have charged Paul Caneiro with aggravated arson in connection with a fire at his own home—one that the Asbury Park Press reports occurred seven hours before a fatal fire at his brother's mansion. Around 5am Tuesday, firefighters responded to... More »

Was Touching Story of Helpful Homeless Man a Scam?

Johnny Bobbitt to face charges along with NJ couple, NBC Philadelphia reports

(Newser) - It’s not only the founders of a disputed GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man who find themselves in hot water . NBC Philadelphia reports Kate McClure, Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly concocting a false... More »

NJ Ruling Means 20K DWI Cases Could Be Tossed

Officer allegedly failed to calibrate blood-testing machines

(Newser) - A lot of drunk drivers in New Jersey could end up getting away with it because one police officer allegedly failed to do his job properly. The state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some 20,667 people accused of drunk driving could have their cases tossed because of Sgt.... More »

Viral Outbreak at Pediatric Facility Kills 10th Patient

Adenovirus also detected at other New Jersey facilities

(Newser) - A 10th person died amid a viral outbreak at a pediatric care center while a different strain of the virus was found at another facility in the state, New Jersey health officials said Thursday. The state Health Department confirmed in a statement the "medically fragile child" at the Wanaque... More »

Shamed School Pooper Admits Medical Issue

Thomas Tramaglini cites runner's diarrhea, plans to sue

(Newser) - Thomas Tramaglini calls it a one-time mistake : While running on a high school track early on April 30, the New Jersey school superintendent felt the need to defecate and went behind the bleachers to do his business. "What I did was wrong," yet "I've been portrayed... More »

Bad Luck of Broken Hip Morphs Into Lotto Luck at Hospital

NJ man never made it to buy lotto ticket after falling, but hospital pool had some luck

(Newser) - Naturally, Earl Livingston of Blackwood, NJ, isn't thrilled he broke his hip while walking to the store Tuesday. But it was the fact that the 87-year-old's tumble and subsequent hospitalization kept him from buying a ticket for Tuesday's night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing that... More »

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