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Hometown Heroes 2019: Olivia Cruz

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. - In 2013, when she was 17 years old, Olivia Cruz learned about how many children were living in poverty right in her home of Cumberland County. She further learned that properly fitting shoes in good condition was one item difficult to obtain from donation centers.


Bridgeton Free Public Library Events for March

BRIDGETON, N.J. - The Bridgeton Free Public Library has posted its events for the month of March. Included among them are a fun Minecraft Club event on March 27th at 4:00 p.m. where kids can learn STEM concepts while playing the popular game, as well as events for adults like a poetry workshop on Ma


New Jersey Senate approves bill that could keep Trump off state’s 2020 ballot

The Democrat-controlled New Jersey Senate approved a bill that would keep presidential candidates off the state’s 2020 ballot unless they release their tax returns. The bill — which was passed Thursday in a 23-11 vote largely along party lines — needs the approval of an Assembly committee and the fu


Collecting coins for cop canines in Cumberland County

Fifth-graders from nine schools in Cumberland County are competing to collect “Pennies for Boomer” to benefit the county Sheriff Department’s K-9 unit. The informal contest is named in honor of Boomer, a K-9 officer who died from cancer in 2016. Students will be soliciting donations of pennies throu


The history of CAL girls basketball title games

Ocean City and Middle Township will meet the Cape-Atlantic League high school girls basketball title noon Saturday at Stockton University. Here's a look back at the history of CAL girls basketball title games.


Singer R. Kelly in Chicago Police Custody

R. Kelly surrendered to Chicago police Friday night after being ushered away from his West Side recording studio in a black van. Kelly was indicted on charges of criminal sexual abuse in Illinois' Cook County, court records showed Friday, following decades of allegations the singer sexually abused u


Plumstead police: Woman stole $38K in jewelry from K-Mart

Police say a Bridgeton woman last month used bolt cutters to break into three jewelry boxes at K-Mart in Plumstead before making off with rings and a pendant worth more than $38,000.


Vineland Police Say Don’t Open Your Door For This Guy

A warning from Vineland Police: Be wary of who you let into your home. Police have provided the accompanying photo of a man they believe is the same man who's been posing as a Vineland Municipal Electric Utility, trying to talk himself into people's homes.


Man Gets 40 Years for Beating Sleeping Girlfriend to Death With Hammer in New Jersey Home

A man who used a hammer to fatally beat his sleeping girlfriend at her South Jersey home has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison. Lashaun Smith had pleaded guilty last month to murder in the November 2017 death of 28-year-old Sarah Phillips. The prison sentence was handed down Friday. He must


Shooter sought after 2 wounded in Millville

Two men were wounded in an early Thursday morning shooting in Millville and police are seeking the shooter, authorities said. Officers responded to the 200 block of North 6th Street around midnight for a report of shots fired, but initially were unable to locate any victims.


NJ Mother Accused Of Killing Son Has 'Severe Postpartum': Report

BRIDGETON, NJ - The South Jersey woman accused of killing her 23-month-old son will reportedly remain in jail until her trial. Nakira M. Griner, 24, of Bridgeton, missed her court appearance on Tuesday because she's suffering from a severe form of postpartum depression, The Associated Press reports.


Bridgeton mom ordered held in killing of toddler son

A Bridgeton woman accused of killing her toddler son and trying to hide his remains was ordered held in Cumberland County Jail on Tuesday. Nakira Griner didn’t appear at the hearing, with attorney Kimberly Schultz said it would be “detrimental” to the mother of two who is in protective custody and o


[NATL-Chi}'Empire' Producers Remove Smollett's Character From Final 2 Episodes of Season

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett is being removed from the final two episodes of the season, producers announced Friday, one day after Smollett turned himself in to police over accusations he staged a hate crime attack on himself to boost his career.


Tanker truck crash, fuel spill shuts down New Jersey highway

MARLBORO, New Jersey (WABC) -- A tanker truck crash and fuel spill has completely shut down a New Jersey highway Friday morning. The crash involved more than one truck and happened just before 10 a.m. on Route 9 at CR 520/Robertsville Road in Marlboro.


Suspect arrested in spree of more than 50 New Jersey burglaries

MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey man was under arrest in connection with a burglary spree involving more than 50 homes since last year. Saveon Hayles, 29, formerly of Montclair, was arrested Monday in Jersey City.


Officials identify body of woman found in mobile home fire

VINELAND-- Investigators identified the body of a woman who died in a fire that ripped through a mobile home park Wednesday as Donna Gonzales. Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was identified after an autopsy Thursday.


VIDEO: Alleged drunk driver speeds down New Jersey sidewalk

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WPVI) -- Recently released video shows an alleged drunk driver going out of control and onto a sidewalk in New Jersey. The incident happened the night of February 9 in Jersey City.


Police search for man posing as city electric worker

VINELAND-- Police are searching for a man they say is claiming to work for the city's electric utility in order to get access into people's homes. Police received a report Wednesday that a man identified himself as a worker with the city municipal electric utility at home in the area of Edna and Jun


41 blockbuster movies you didn't know filmed in New Jersey

Can you feel it in the air? It's Oscars season once again — the 91st annual Academy Awards air 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC — and that means everyone is talking about the year’s best films. Who saw “Green Book,” who thought “A Star Is Born” was overrated, who is pulling for “Black Panther”; the same convers


New Jersey Sheriffs: mostly white guys

New Jersey has had sheriffs since the 1600’s when the King of England appointed them as their representative of royal authority in the colonies. Since then, the office of county sheriff has been held largely by white men.