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Caretaker Admits To $237K Theft From Morris Co. Woman: DOJ

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A former business manager for a Morristown assisted living facility admitted to stealing $237,000 from an elderly woman, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Marcella Drakeford, 46, of Jensen Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty to mail fraud for allegedly opening credit cards in the victi


Names of 50 NJ Boy Scout leaders accused of sexual abuse

NEWARK — The names of 50 Boy Scout leaders from New Jersey who were accused of sexually abusing minors were made available Tuesday by lawyers seeking the release of the names and information of all accused scout leaders.


Free Trees Being Given Away In Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey is giving away 60,000 free tree seedlings to residents across the state, including in Morris County. The free trees will be distributed at locations across Morris County (you can see the full list below). Some dates have already passed, but the majority are still upcom


Free Trees for Chatham Residents Saturday, April 27 as Part of New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign

CHATHAM, NJ - Free tree seedlings will be available to Chatham residents on Saturday, April 27 as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.


N.J. man caught sexually assaulting sleeping child when passerby looked in bedroom window faces 25 years in prison

A New Jersey man caught sexually assaulted a sleeping child when a passerby happened to look into a Long Branch bedroom window in 2017 has admitted to multiple charges and faces 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.


Chanel Lewis Faces Sentencing In 2016 Murder Of Queens Jogger Karina Vetrano

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chanel Lewis, the man convicted of murdering Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, will be sentenced today. Earlier this month, Lewis, 22, was found guilty of strangling and sexually abusing the 30-year-old while she was out for a jog in Spring Creek Park near her family’s Howard Bea


'Best Views In Jersey' At $2.2M Morris Co. Home

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Listed for $2.2 million, this stunning Montville home offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The views aren't just from inside the home: the in-ground pool also overlooks the mountains. Read more about it here, and visit realtor.com for even more photos.


Mayor of New Jersey beach town vows to keep playing Kate Smith

The tradition of hearing Kate Smith perform “God Bless America” won’t end in one popular New Jersey beach town, despite moves by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees to distance themselves from the late singer over racist lyrics.


Chatham Borough Police Sergeant Mahoney Honored for Going "Above and Beyond" in his 25 Years of Service

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Police Sergeant Michael J. Mahoney was honored with a resolution commemorating his 25 years of service in a retirement ceremony held at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night.


Witness says couple was raping toddler — NJ man admits it

A Bloomfield man has admitted raping a toddler — a guilty plea that will send him to prison for 25 years without a chance for parole. Jaime Mauricio Leon, 34, was arrested after a witness told police on June 16, 2017, that he had seen a man and a woman sexually abusing a toddler when he looked throu


Hero Easter Bunny in Viral Florida Bar Brawl Video Is Wanted in New Jersey

The Easter Bunny who hopped to the defense of a woman during a caught-on-camera brawl outside a Florida bar over the weekend is a 20-year-old man with a violent past who has an outstanding warrant out of New Jersey, officials say.


New video of vehicle in Staten Island hit-and-run that killed 89-year-old woman

CASTLETON CORNERS, Staten Island — Police have released new video footage of a vehicle they believe fatally struck an 89-year-old woman in Staten Island and fled the scene on Saturday.


NYPD: Help us find driver of minivan that ran down a Staten Island grandma coming home from Easter vigil Mass

Police have released video of the minivan they believe fatally mowed down an 89-year-old Staten Island grandma on her way home from church Saturday night. Cops on Monday released a brief clip of a two-tone older model Toyota Sienna two days after its driver ran down Anastasia Diaz a half-block from


POLICE: Tuesday Crash KOs Power, Shuts Lincoln Park Street Until Midnight

A portion of Boonton Turnpike in Lincoln Park will be closed until 12 a.m. Wednesday after a violent car accident Tuesday morning, police said. A truck collided with a sedan at the intersection of Riverview Avenue before spinning out of control and landing underneath a bent utility pole just before


Morris County Chamber of Commerce Names New Vice President of Membership

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- The Morris County Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Stanzilis of Mount Arlington its new vice president of membership engagement and business development. Stanzilis is responsible for membership sales, retention and overall member experience, including creating, developing an


These North Jersey Towns Have State's Highest Property Taxes

The average property tax bill in New Jersey last year was $8,767, an increase of $77 from $8,690 in 2017. Many towns, though, paid more than $10,000. Millburn residents paid the most in the state ($24,308) with Alpine trailing in the second spot at ($21,299).


South Orange Resident Sells Shirts To Pay For Pup's Surgery

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It struck suddenly, according to rescue dog owner AJ Albrecht. On April 18, Mama Julep woke up unable to use her back legs and in excruciating pain. According to Albrecht, an MRI less than 12 hours later revealed that her L3/L4 vertebrae had herniated, and only emergency spinal su


Driver involved in fatal motorcycle crash issued traffic citations, authorities say

The driver of the car involved in the crash that claimed the life of a 50-year-old motorcycle rider in Jersey City Friday was issued traffic citations but faces no criminal charges, officials said Tuesday.


Cash4Life lottery ticket worth $1K a week for life sold at N.J. ShopRite

The Cash4Life ticket sold in New Jersey worth $1,000 a week for life was bought at a North Jersey supermarket. Someone purchased the lucky ticket at ShopRite in the Essex Green Shopping Center on Prospect Avenue in West Orange, New Jersey Lottery officials announced Tuesday.


New Jersey Has 2 Of The Most Underrated Small Towns In America

If you love small towns, then you're in luck. New Jersey has two of the most underrated small towns in America, according to one publication. The Active Times picked the 50 most underrated small towns in the United States, and the Garden State is home to two of them. So if you're doing a staycation,