Katie covered Morris County and the surrounding area for Patch from 2016-2019.

'Black Out:' Chilling Details In NJ Cop's Alleged Murder Of Wife

JEFFERSON, NJ — A Newark police officer accused of killing his estranged wife and seriously injuring her boyfriend told investigators that he "blacked out" upon realizing the two were inside a bedroom together in the estranged couple's Jefferson Township home. Lt. John Formisano, a 24-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, said he did remember shooting Christine Formisano, 37, who was using the name Christie Solaro at the time of her death. He also remembered shooting her boyfriend, iden

School Recess Would Be Mandatory In NJ Under New Bill

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Think back to your elementary school days: you probably spent recess periods outside, jumping rope and climbing on monkey bars. You might consider recess a vital part of your youth, but the unstructured playtime has never been required in New Jersey schools. Now, two state senators want to change that. Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Hunterdon and Mercer) and Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) introduced a bill making recess mandatory for younger students, and it's gaining support. The
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