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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.


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 decades ago were made available Tuesday by lawyers seeking the release of the names and information of all accused scout leaders.


Person struck, killed by freight train in Bergen County

A person was struck and killed by a freight train in Bergenfield on Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed. The CSX train hit the pedestrian near Main Street around 2 p.m., according to a statement from the rail freight company.


Sneak Peek: Wood-Ridge's Newest Ice Cream Shop to Offer a European Cafe Experience

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- “We are going to bring a European style cafe to Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights,” said Adam Mucci, owner of the soon-to-be-open FM Cafe in Wood-Ridge. Located on Valley Bloulevard, FM Cafe will hold its soft opening on Friday, April 26, offering free samples from 3 to 5 p.m. They


Chanel Lewis sentenced to life in prison for murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

QUEENS — More than two and a half years after the murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, and after two trials and the postponement of the killer’s initial sentencing, Chanel Lewis learned his fate Tuesday.


Cafe Matisse in Rutherford Rolls Out Spring Menu

Cafe Matisse, the venerable Bergen County dining institution, has launched their spring menu. As always overseen by Chef Peter Loria — who is also handling pastry chef duties — the menu (View Menu) aims to showcase colors for the spring, while offering flavor combinations that are thought out.


Murphy endorsing McGowan in Rutherford Dem mayoral primary

Gov. Phil Murphy is taking sides in a contested Democratic primary for mayor of Rutherford, backing a candidate who was one of his earliest supporters in his bid for governor. Murphy will appear at a fundraiser on Monday for council president Stephanie McGowan and her slate of council candidates. Mc


Next year, you won’t be able to use your license to get on a plane. But N.J. isn’t giving out new IDs yet.

A federal mandate will make your current New Jersey driver’s license useless if you want to use it to fly from any U.S. airport -- unless you upgrade it to a more secure “Real ID” license by October 2020. But, while most other states have already started issuing the Real IDs, no one in New Jersey ha


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


In Opioid Epidemic First, Drug Company Executive Charged With Conspiracy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the first time in the nation’s opioid crisis, criminal charges have been filed against a drug company executive who’s accused of illegally distributing prescription drugs.


Easter Bunny hailed as hero in Florida; facing criminal charges in NJ

A man in a bunny costume who was hailed as a hero in Florida for intervening in a fight between a man and woman on Easter Sunday is wanted on charges of breaking into a car in South Brunswick.


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


Passaic Co. Business Sells Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Worth $240,000

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ — A winning Jersey Cash 5 lottery ticket for the game's Monday drawing was sold in Passaic County. The ticket is worth $240,480 and one of three jackpot-winning tickets sold, New Jersey Lottery officials announced. The jackpot was $721,000.


N.J. town is getting so big, its school district says it’ll sue to stop ‘overcrowding crisis’

There’s been so much development in Edison, the board of education says it’s planning to sue the township for what it’s called an “overcrowding crisis” in local schools.


Leader of N.J. agency that’s been called a patronage pit resigns

A top official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration resigned Tuesday as the head of an embattled state agency. Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Murphy’s pick to head the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, submitted a letter of resignation, according to a copy of it provided the governor’s office.


Lodi Motorcyclist, 24, Critically Injured In Crash

A 24-year-old motorcyclist from Lodi was critically injured in a crash in a Wawa parking lot Tuesday night, authorities confirmed. No other vehicles were involved, they said. Josey Munez, a tow truck driver and landscaper, underwent several hours of surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center fo


Traffic stop leads to capture of fake cab driver, woman locked inside van with stolen license plate: NYSP

BROOKLYN, New York — A Brooklyn man has been arrested after he locked a woman inside of his vehicle while pretending to be a taxi driver, New York State Police said Tuesday. Troopers from the Brooklyn station arrested Calvin F. Alexander, 30, of Brooklyn, for being in possession of a stolen Pennsylv


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,


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.


They say this town is the hardest to pronounce in NJ

A recent Reader’s Digest piece sought to find the hardest to pronounce town in all fifty states. This has New Jersey written all over it! We have towns like Bogota, outsiders will say it like they’d say Bogota Columbia. But it’s Buh-GO-ta. Closter is often debated. But if you ask the locals it is sa