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Woman Filmed Child Sex Assault and Sold the Footage

Pamela Dziminski gets 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman who videotaped herself sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative and then sold the footage is headed to prison, the AP reports. Pamela Dziminski received a 25-year sentence Friday. The 30-year-old New Jersey woman had pleaded guilty last year to aggravated sexual assault after authorities discovered the videos online. More »

A Fugitive Is Missing in New Jersey's Sewers

Officials hope he got away

(Newser) - This is one fugitive who authorities hope managed to get away. Keith Jean fled into the sewer system in Newark, NJ, two weeks ago after swimming across the Passaic River to get away from police, and there's been no sign of him since either inside or outside the sewer... More »

Former Aide: Christie 'Flat Out Lied' in Bridge Case

Christie calls that claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie texted to a colleague during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that Christie "flat out lied" about the involvement of his senior staff and campaign manager, according to a new court filing. The AP reports a transcript of... More »

Lesbians Sue NJ Over Fertility Treatment Mandate

Only women who've proven infertility via '2 years of unprotected intercourse' covered

(Newser) - When Erin and Marianne Krupa decided they wanted to start a family five years ago, they moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in search of a less conservative environment. Little did they know they were about to hit upon a state insurance mandate from 2001 that they say specifically... More »

NJ Weighs Big Fines for Distracted Drivers (but Coffee Is Likely Safe)

Bill generates a lot of attention

(Newser) - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to slap stiff fines on motorists guilty of distracted driving, which his bill defines as "any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle." A story at NJ.com... More »

Man's Wife, Girlfriend Place Rival Obituaries

NJ man leaves many loved ones behind

(Newser) - Leroy "Blast" Black is gone but definitely not forgotten: The New Jersey man was remembered in double the traditional number of obituaries when his wife and his girlfriend placed rival obituaries here and here in the Press of Atlantic City. There were two notices for the 55-year-old fiberglass technician... More »

Jail Finds Drugs Stashed in Kids' Drawings

NJ inmate's girlfriend arrested

(Newser) - A woman is accused of using children's drawings to smuggle prescription drugs to her boyfriend in a New Jersey jail. Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano says staff noticed something strange about mail addressed to inmate Michael Gill on June 15, the AP reports. A K-9 unit was called and... More »

Trump Taj Mahal Is Shutting Down

Striking workers blame owner Carl Icahn

(Newser) - The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is closing down for good—two years after Donald Trump sued to get his name off the casino because its "appalling condition" was wrecking his brand. The casino is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn and operated by his Tropicana Entertainment company,... More »

Flier Charged With Groping Sleeping Woman

Veerabhadrarao Kunam accused of in-air sexual abuse on Virgin America flight

(Newser) - A woman who dozed off during an overnight flight Saturday from Los Angeles to Newark says she woke to the stranger next to her touching her inappropriately, the Record reports. Per the criminal complaint described in a Justice Department release : The woman awoke on her Virgin America flight to find... More »

New Jersey Teen Reels in 200-Pound Shark

He and his dad posed for photos before releasing the shark

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy fishing with his father on a New Jersey beach has reeled in a 200-pound shark, the AP reports. A video posted on Facebook on Sunday shows Gianni Mandile pulling the fish most of the way in before dad Joseph Mandile grabs the shark's tail and pulls... More »

Pokemon Go Player Finds $2K at Pokestop

Yeah, but has he found a Pikachu?

(Newser) - A Pokemon Go player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey, the AP reports. Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can... More »

9/11 Responder With Rare Illness Makes Billboard Plea

'Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!'

(Newser) - A 9/11 first responder with kidney disease close to losing his New Jersey home is taking his plight public in a big way: through his website and a series of tri-state area billboards, the Record reports. "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" the signs outside MetLife Stadium... More »

Oldest Person in US: A No-Nonsense 113-Year-Old Named Adele

Even Adele Dunlap's 86-year-old son doesn't know her longevity secret

(Newser) - A 113-year-old New Jersey woman is the new holder of the title of oldest American, the AP reports. Adele Dunlap became the country's oldest person earlier this month following the death of Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Mass., per the Record . She's also the 10th oldest person in the... More »

Deaf Woman Sues Taco Bell Over Drive-Thru Experience

She claims drive-thru employees made it hard for her to order

(Newser) - A deaf New Jersey woman who primarily communicates in sign language is suing Taco Bell, saying she found it difficult, if not impossible, to order two tacos at the fast-food chain's drive-thru window, the AP reports. Gina Cirrincione claims that on Jan. 11, she wrote her order on a... More »

Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls

One allegedly failed to pay the toll again while fleeing arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in New York and New Jersey have arrested a trio of scofflaws for allegedly racking up more than $130,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, the New York Daily News reports. Denise Simien was the most recent suspect to be nabbed. Authorities say she took the Holland Tunnel more... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Mom Forced to Pay Off Murdered Son's Student Loans

'NYT' takes a close look at New Jersey student loans

(Newser) - Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti's son, Kevin, was murdered last year in a case that still hasn't been solved. And, as the New York Times reveals in an extensive look at New Jersey's student loan industry completed in cooperation with ProPublica, DeOliveira-Longinetti is not only grieving her son but is... More »

Woman Finds Lottery Ticket Worth $470K While Doing Taxes

She had about two weeks before it expired

(Newser) - Officials say a New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth more than $470,000 while preparing to file her taxes, the AP reports. The state lottery announced on Thursday that Yokasta Boyer, of Clifton, found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from an April 2015 drawing and was able... More »

4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

Boy Critical After Near-Drowning on Cruise Ship

He was in the water for 8 to 10 minutes

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition, says the US Coast Guard. A rep tells the New York Daily News that the boy was in the water for eight to 10 minutes... More »

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