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'A New Low for Crime': 200 Pumpkins Stolen

They could sell for up to $3K

(Newser) - Almost 200 pumpkins were stolen from a New Jersey farm stand in the wee hours of Tuesday, a crime that required the culprits to make three trips to fill up their van with pumpkins. All three trips were caught on surveillance video that's been released by the family-run Farms... More »

Beyonce Backup Dancer Who Vanished Is Found

Missy Elliott says Shirlene Quigley is 'safe & being treated'

(Newser) - A backup dancer who has performed with Beyonce, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott has been found after she went missing Saturday, the AP reports. New Jersey police officer Alex Vazquez said Tuesday that Shirlene Quigley had been found and her family was en route to see her at an undisclosed location.... More »

Dad Jumps From Bridge With 2 Kids; Then, a 'Miracle'

2 boys found injured but alive; father is dead

(Newser) - A father parked his vehicle on a New Jersey overpass, grabbed his two young sons in his arms, maneuvered around an 8-foot-high suicide prevention fence, then jumped, killing himself on Monday, police say. The boys, ages 1 and 3, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An hour earlier, around 7pm, the unidentified man... More »

RV Full of Odd Lollipops Burns on Interstate Bridge

Traffic snarled for hours on NJ-Delaware bridge as pot-laced candy went up in flames

(Newser) - Police say a pot advocacy company's RV carrying marijuana-laced candy burst into flames on a bridge that connects New Jersey and Delaware, causing lane closures and tying up traffic for hours, the AP reports. Weed World Candies tells NBC Philadelphia that more than $50,000 in merchandise was destroyed... More »

Ex-Staffer: Christie Approved Bridgegate Lane Closures

Bridget Anne Kelly testified Friday

(Newser) - Despite what Chris Christie has said, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday that she told him about the 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge a month before they happened, New York Magazine reports. Bridget Anne Kelly is facing charges of conspiracy and fraud for her role... More »

Beloved Walking Bear Feared Dead in Hunt

New Jersey lawmaker wants to end black bear hunts

(Newser) - His unusual walk made him the most beloved bear in New Jersey. But now it appears that Pedals' days of roaming suburban neighborhoods on his two hind legs are over: The black bear is believed to have been killed by a hunter, reports the New York Times . It's not... More »

Judge Greenlights Misconduct Complaint Against Christie

Criminal summons issued for governor in BridgeGate; court bursts into applause

(Newser) - A citizen's official misconduct complaint against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can move forward, a judge in the state ruled Thursday. Bill Brennan, whom the Star-Ledger describes as a "citizen activist" and Christie's office describes as "a known serial complainant and political activist with a history... More »

Feds: Train in New Jersey Crash Was Going Twice Speed Limit

NTSB says it sped up to 21mph before entering the Hoboken station

(Newser) - A New Jersey Transit commuter train sped up and was going twice the 10mph speed limit just before it crashed into Hoboken's terminal last week, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people, the AP reports. The train's engineer hit the emergency brake less... More »

Neighbors Smell Gas, Then Explosion Destroys 2 NJ Homes

Not clear whether anyone was injured in blast

(Newser) - Two New Jersey houses have been destroyed in an explosion that occurred after neighbors reported the smell of gas and firefighters arrived to investigate, the AP reports. It's not yet clear if anyone was injured in the Tuesday morning blast in Paterson. Councilman Andre Sayegh says residents had notified... More »

What Not to Wear to the Beach: Clear Plastic Wrap Bikini

New Jersey man faces lewdness charge, apparently wore the get-up for 2 days

(Newser) - Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge, reports the AP . Per the police report , "Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on the beach, wearing a homemade, clear plastic wrap bikini, where his... More »

NJ Train Crash Victim Had Just Dropped Off Daughter

Gov. Christie says it's too early to speculate about cause

(Newser) - The only person killed in Thursday's horrific New Jersey Transit train crash has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old lawyer who dropped her 18-month-old daughter off at day care before rushing to the train station where she died. "It's incredibly sad that this child... More »

1 Dead, About 100 Injured in New Jersey Train Crash

It smashes into Hoboken station at rush hour

(Newser) - A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete... More »

That Bomb-Filled Bag Turned Homeless NJ Man's Life Around

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20K

(Newser) - A backpack full of pipe bombs intended to cause terror and carnage ended up turning a homeless man's life around instead. Lee Parker and his friend Ivan White alerted police after they found the backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth, NJ, Sunday night. Authorities say the bomb was... More »

Bomb Suspect's Family Eatery Targeted on Yelp

Family complained about anti-Muslim bias years ago

(Newser) - The adage "There's no such thing as bad publicity" probably doesn't ring true for the owners of First American Fried Chicken: The Elizabeth, NJ, restaurant is owned by the family of alleged bomber Ahmad Rahami , and Vice reports that its Yelp page is being spammed with negative... More »

Prosecutors: We'll Prove Christie Knew About Bridgegate

Trial into New Jersey political scandal starts

(Newser) - Remember Bridgegate ? The New Jersey political scandal in which Chris Christie's administration is accused of snarling traffic on the George Washington Bridge to punish a rival mayor is making headlines again as the trial of two Christie allies begins. And if prosecutors are correct in their opening statements,... More »

NJ Men Made Off With Backpack, Then Found Bomb Inside

Devices could have 'killed and maimed many, many people'

(Newser) - A bomb squad robot was destroyed and another had its arm blown off when one of five bombs found in a backpack near a New Jersey train station blew up early Monday . The FBI says the other four devices found will be encased in blastproof material and taken to the... More »

Mayor: 5 Devices Found at NJ Train Station

One exploded while robot tried to disarm it

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor says one of five devices found in a backpack near a train station has exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the device exploded shortly after 12:30am Monday, the AP reports. The FBI is leading... More »

Pipe Bomb Explodes Near Fundraiser for Sailors, Marines

The Semper Five charity race in New Jersey was canceled

(Newser) - Authorities say a pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town shortly before thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity 5K race to benefit marines and sailors. No injuries were reported in the blast in Seaside Park, which occurred around 9:30am Saturday, according to the... More »

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today.... More »

Cops: Man Hasn't Paid Bridge Toll in 6 Years

Levert Caldwell allegedly owes more than $20,000 in tolls and fees

(Newser) - A New Jersey man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a mockery of the entire principle of bridge tolls. USA Today reports police pulled over 42-year-old Levert Caldwell after they say he didn't pay the toll at the state's Outerbridge Crossing. They discovered Caldwell had more than $20,... More »

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