Cop Killer's Sentence, Biden Visit, Berkeley Stabbing, 'Pink Slime' Top This Week's State News
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Jahmell Crockam, the man convicted of murdering Lakewood police officer Cristopher Matlosz, was sentenced at the Ocean County Justice Complex on Thursday to life without parole.
Vice President Joe Biden was the guest of honor at a Democratic Party fundraiser in support of Sen. Robert Menendez's re-election campaign at the Morris Township home of Phillip Sellinger and his wife, Barbara. Tickets for the invitation-only event were $1,000.
Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd.'s chief executive officer, gave "direct instructions" to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage's JP Morgan Chase & Co. accounts in London, according to an email sent by a firm executive. [NJ.com]
A 48-year-old Princeton massage therapist was arrested and charged with four counts of criminal sexual contact against a 16-year-old victim on Feb. 16, but the incident was only made public Friday.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been ordered to reinstate toll-free passage on its bridges and tunnels, along with free parking at area airports, for some agency retirees—benefits stripped from them more than a year ago after Gov. Chris Christie criticized the perk. [NorthJersey.com]
Sammy, a Redtick-Coonhound mix is a certified therapy dog who, along with his owner, Nancy Turner of Somerset, visits patients at Saint Peter's University Hospital. His volunteer work at Saint Peter's, along with visits to special education classes and senior centers has earned him a spot in the New Jersey Veterinary Medical ASsociation's Hall of Fame.
Manchester's school district does not serve foods made with lean finely textured beef, more commonly known as "pink slime," said Superintendent David Trethaway. The federal government says that the beef additive — which is treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria — is safe for consumption and has been in use for years. Despite that assurance, public concern has led some supermarket chains, restaurants and schools to shun the treated beef.
Hoboken spent $98,771.25 on police, emergency management and traffic cops on Leprecon, according to city documents.
Democrats voted down one of Gov. Chris Christie’s two nominees to the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday, handing the hard-charging Republican governor an unusual high-profile defeat. [New York Times]
Two brothers who grew up on the campus of the Delbarton School where their father was a teacher filed a lawsuit Tuesday, claiming the Catholic School and St. Mary's Abbey failed to stop alleged sexual abuse.
Tina Kraus was named Hopatcong's first woman police captain Wednesday night. Kraus, a 20-year member of the Hopatcong police force, was promoted from lieutenant, a post she had held since 2004.
Christopher Page, the Bayville resident being sought in connection with a stabbing at the ShopRite supermarket there, was caught by police in Toms River. Page, 34, of Galleon Court in Bayville, was taken into custody Thursday in downtown Toms River, and charged with attempted murder, according to Lt. Anthony Chiorazzi of the Berkeley Township Police Department.
The 19-year-old man charged in connection with a series of anti-Semitic attacks on area synagogues in Bergen County had a blueprint of a school in Camden County marked for another attack and labeled “Project Anarchy,” according to a report on NorthJersey.com.
A local Muslim community leader has asked Teaneck’s Board of Education to add two school days off for Muslim religious observances. Waheed Khalid of the American Muslim Union said he wants the district to close on two holidays called Eids.