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Girl, grandmother treated for carbon monoxide caused by generator

A young girl and her grandmother were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after using a generator when Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to their South Brunswick home, police said. The 9-year-old and her 61-year-old grandmother were taken to Princeton Medical Center around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, after running the generator for about eight hours, police said. The grandmother originally thought she was having a heart attack, police said, but officers soon realized a generator next to

Man charged with murder in Middlesex County stabbing death

A Piscataway man has been charged with stabbing a man to death during a fight in the township, police said. William Johnson, 40, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose following the Tuesday night death, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. Johnson is accused of stabbing Lawrence Darby, 32, also of Piscataway, in his leg in a School Street driveway, police said. He allegedly fled to his home, where he was later arrested by police, police said. D

Tropical Storm Isaias blows roofs off Wildwood motels, businesses

Several motels lost their roofs as Tropical Storm Isaias raged across the Jersey Shore Tuesday morning, although Wildwood was spared from the worst of the damage, officials said. Wildwood Mayor Byron told NJ Advance Media Byron there was some damage around town, but that the outcome could have been much worse given the size and strength of the storm. “We had a couple motels, like The Brittany, lost its roof,” Wildwood Mayor Byron told NJ Advance Media. The motel said most of the damage was al

See photos, videos of damage from Tropical Storm Isaias across N.J.

Tropical Storm Isaias began its battering of New Jersey Tuesday morning, causing at least two tornadoes and downing power lines across the Shore area. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes touched down in the Strathmere section of Upper Township, Cape May County, and Barnegat, Ocean County, on Tuesday. The extent of the damage was not yet clear early Tuesday afternoon. A video taken near Long Beach Island shows a large storm cloud approaching a bridge, with wind whipping up the trai

New limits on indoor gatherings could be hard to enforce, police say

Gov. Phil Murphy said enforcement of a new mandate restricting indoor gatherings to just 25 people — including house parties, which have led to an increase in coronavirus cases — will fall on local police, but some police chiefs are worried about how to make that happen. “We may have a situation where we’re able to go to the house and speak to the homeowner, and say, ‘we believe you’re over the limit and it’s something you need to rectify,’ but we don’t have the authority or the right to go int

N.J.‘s giant hot air balloon festival canceled because of the coronavirus

The 38th annual New Jersey hot air balloon festival has been cancelled for 2020 because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, event organizers said on Monday. Originally pushed back from July to October, the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank will now take place the weekend of July 24, 2021, at the Solberg Airport in Readington Township. This is the first year the festival will not take place since 1983. “We hoped that when we decided in the spring to move t

District cancels busing plans citing lack of interest by families amid new coronavirus schedule

Students in the Metuchen School District won’t be running to catch the bus this school year, after the district opted to forgo busing citing coronavirus concerns and a lack of interest from families who pay for the service. Busing is only required by state law if a student lives more than two miles from school for elementary students, or two and a half miles from the middle or high schools. Metuchen is less than three square miles and does not have any homes that fall outside those boundaries,

2nd man charged in attempted murder in Middlesex County

A second person has been charged with attempted murder in connection to a South Brunswick shooting earlier this month, officials said. Jayvin Almestica, 20, of Georgia, was arrested in Delaware last week following the July 11 shooting, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. Almestica and Jahmil Alvarez, 19, of South Brunswick, are accused of shooting an 18-year-old outside of the Royal Oaks Apartments clubhouse on Henderson Road. The 18-year-old was waiting for an Uber at the time

17-year-old fatally struck by NJ Transit train in Morris County

A 17-year-old girl was fatally struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Morris County Monday afternoon, a transit spokesman said. The New Providence teen was struck near Long Hill Township around 3:50 p.m., Jim Smith said. Her name was not released. None of the five passengers or crew on board were injured. The train departed Hoboken at 2:40 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Gladstone at 4:13 p.m. Service was suspended in the area as a result of the crash for about four hours. An investigat

N.J. district’s reopening plan offers coronavirus tests every other week for students, staff

The Lakewood school board has approved a reopening plan in which students will attend classes five days per week and regular coronavirus tests will be offered upon request to teachers and students - and possibly family members, according to the board’s attorney. Families may opt for all-remote learning, a statewide option outlined last week by Gov. Phil Murphy, but all students will transition to in-person instruction following winter break in January “unless there is a health related school cl

Popular Jersey Shore bar closes for cleaning after employee tests positive for coronavirus

A popular Jersey Shore tiki bar was closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Captain’s Inn in Forked River temporarily closed after an employee tested positive, the bar said on Facebook and Instagram posts. The infection came from an “outside influence,” and the employee is not symptomatic, they said. The bar plans to reopen on Tuesday after being closed on Sunday and Monday. It’s not clear when the last time the employee worked was. A manager did not re

Fighter jets intercept airplane during Trump’s N.J. visit

Two airplanes flew into restricted airspace over Morris County during President Trump’s visit to New Jersey this weekend, federal officials confirmed. On Saturday morning, a Cessna 172 airplane was intercepted by an AF-15 fighter plane as it flew into restricted airspace, Capt. Cameron Hillier, a spokesperson for NORAD, told NJ Advance Media. The Cessna was rerouted to a nearby airport. Around 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, a different personal aircraft flew into the restricted airspace near Bedminster

Bagged salads sold under store brands including Walmart, Aldi, ShopRite recalled after more than 600 get sick

Bagged salads mixes sold under multiple store brand names including Walmart, Aldi and ShopRite been recalled in 31 states after more than 600 people have been sickened by parasites in 11 of those states, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration. The salads made by Fresh Express, which is based in Illinois, are contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause an intestinal illness after being ingested. The outbreak has affected 641 people in 11 states, with no cases reported

Can vote-by-mail be fixed for November election? Election officials warn of problems.

Returned ballots, misprinted ballots, and significant mail delays were just some issues New Jersey voters encountered during the July mail-in primary, and county clerks say significant improvements would have to be made if the November election is held the same way. Lack of awareness surrounding the elections was one of the biggest hurdles counties has to overcome, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello told NJ Advance Media this week as county offices neared the end of a three-week stint of

‘Melrose Place’ actress Amy Locane faces sentencing for 4th time on fatal DWI crash

A former Melrose Place actress will be sentenced to jail for the fourth time, after three previous convictions stemming from a fatal 2010 DWI crash were thrown out. Amy Locane, 48, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and assault by auto for a June 2010 crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured her husband, Fred. Her first two sentences, handed down by Judge Robert Reed, who has since retired, were overturned after appellate panels ruled they were too short under min

Man admits to causing friend’s death while boating drunk on Lake Hopatcong

A Morris County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of a friend while drunkenly boating on Lake Hopatcong last summer. Nicholas Zarantonello, 25, of Lake Hoptacong, pleaded guilty to strict liability death by vessel and operating a vessel under the influence in Superior Court of Morris County on Tuesday. Zarantonello admitted to being drunk while driving a pontoon boat on the lake last August. Jason A. Gil, 24, of Mount Arlington, went overboard and his body was found two

N.J. neighborhood rocked by shooting that killed son of federal judge, iured her husband

A usually quiet North Brunswick neighborhood is on edge Monday morning hours after a gunman dressed as a FedEx driver shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge and wounded her husband. “I had fallen asleep reading around 3 p.m. and woke up suddenly (a while later),” said Marion Costanza, a neighbor and longtime family friend. “Something woke me up, I swear to God I thought I heard a shot. I thought, it’s not the Fourth of July.” Daniel Anderl, the son of U.S. District Judge Esther

Man fatally shot by police was 24-years-old, holding a replica gun, state says

The man fatally shot by police in Morris Township Tuesday afternoon was identified Wednesday as a 24-year-old township man. Timothy O’Shea was shot dead at his Fairchild Avenue home after police were called there due to a domestic disturbance, the state Attorney General’s office said. A 911 caller told police that O’Shea had cut himself and had a pistol. Police officers from three different departments responded, and the caller was taken to safety when police arrived, the AG’s office said. Ar

School negligence led to student’s sexual assault in stairwell, lawsuit says

A former South Brunswick High School student is suing the district, saying the negligence of its leaders led to her sexual assault in a school stairwell. The student, who is only identified by her initials, filed suit in Superior Court of Middlesex County on July 1. The school district, board of education, and high school are all named as defendants. During February 2016, when the student was a freshman, she was sexually assaulted by another student in a stairwell while walking to class, the l

89-year-old found drowned in backyard pool

An 89-year-old woman was found drowned in her backyard pool early Tuesday morning, police said. The woman, from the Whippany section of Hanover, was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Tuesday morning, Hanover police Capt. Dave White told NJ Advance Media. She was found floating in her in-ground backyard pool around 8 a.m., when her son came to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment, White said. She was fully dressed at the time, and did not know how to swim. Her son called 911, and she wa
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