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Man charged in fatal fight over girlfriend to remain jailed

A Parsippany man charged with stabbing another man to death in a fight over a girlfriend will remain in jail ahead of trial, a Morris County judge ruled on Thursday. Edilson D. Trejo, 21, will remain in the Morris County Correctional Facility as manslaughter, weapons offenses, endangering the welfare of children and hindering apprehension charges against him are pending, Judge Thomas J. Critchley ruled. Trejo is accused of stabbing a man, identified in court documents as B.C., to death during

Mom, grandpa were trying to save 8-year-old when all 3 drowned, police say

A mother and grandfather who drowned in their backyard pool were trying to rescue an 8-year-old girl who had fallen in, police said. An 8-year-old girl, her mother, Nisha Patel, 33, and her paternal grandfather, Bharat Patel, 62, all drowned in the above-ground pool in their East Brunswick home Monday afternoon, police said. The young girl had fallen into the pool, and her grandfather and mother were trying to save her when they too began to drown, East Brunswick Lt. Frank Sutter said. None of

DEP employee missing after working on Lake Hopatcong, police say

A Department of Environmental Protection worker is missing on Lake Hopatcong after his boat capsized, police said. The man went missing around 10:30 a.m. when the aquatic weed harvester he was riding capsized in the Crescent Cove section of the lake, Trooper Alejandro Goez said. The New Jersey State Police dive team is currently conducting a dive operation to find him, Goez said. Chairman of the Lake Hopatcong Commission Ron Smith told NJ Advance Media the man was employed by the DEP and was

Electricity not a factor in drowning deaths of 3 family members, police say

UPDATE: Family members did not know how to swim, police say Electricity was not a factor in the drowning deaths of three members of the same East Brunswick family, officials said on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office told NJ Advance media that the victims were not electrically shocked prior to their deaths by drowning Monday afternoon. It was previously reported an electrician was called to the home to investigate. An 8-year-old girl, her mother, Nisha Patel

Cowboys and Indians dropped as N.J. school district mascots

Students in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District will soon have new teams to cheer for, after the Board of Education voted to drop the Indians and Cowboy mascots its two high schools have used for decades. The Board voted to approve a mascot change during a virtual Monday night board meeting. A new mascot has not yet been selected; students and staff will be involved in the selection process over the next year, the board said in a statement the day after they voted to change the mas

3 family members found dead in pool drowned accidentally, police say

Three members of the same family who were found dead in their pool drowned accidentally, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, who was not named, were pronounced dead Monday afternoon shortly after being found in the pool, police said. Their deaths were ruled accidental. All three lived in the Clearview Road home in East Brunswick, and just moved in recently, neighbors said. A pool company was a

Neighbor heard screaming before 3 family members were found dead in pool, police say

Members of three generations of the same East Brunswick family were found dead in an East Brunswick pool Monday afternoon, after a neighbor heard them screaming, authorities said. An 8-year-old girl, her 32-year-old mother, and a 68-year-old grandfather were found dead in the backyard pool at their Clearview Road home Monday afternoon, police said. It’s not clear exactly how they died and their names have not been released. Police were called to the home around 4:20 p.m. when a neighbor heard

Man killed in Irvington double stabbing, police say

An Irvington man was killed in a double stabbing in the township Sunday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Alfred Julio Hernandez, 28, and a 42-year-old woman, were stabbed on 40th Street, around 2 a.m., acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II said. Hernandez was pronounced dead at University Hospital an hour later, Stephens said. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries. It’s not clear how the two knew each other. No arrests have been made, Stephens said, and no

Suspect in Somerset County murder is brother of former Jets player, Muhammad Wilkerson

The Linden man charged with killing a 30-year-old man in Bridgewater Township over the weekend is the brother of Muhammad Wilkerson, who was a star high school athlete in New Jersey before eventually being drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Hafeez A. Brown, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges after he allegedly fired multiple shots into a vehicle outside a Bridgewater Township residence and struck the driver, Roobino Philemon, of

Jealousy over girlfriend spurred fatal stabbing, police say

A Parsippany man was so angry seeing another man talking to his girlfriend, he allegedly stabbed him to death during a fight, court records show. Edilson D. Trejo, 21, was arrested on charges of manslaughter, weapons offenses, endangering the welfare of children and hindering his apprehension after the Saturday killing, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a statement. Trejo had been drinking with a group, including the victim — a man identified only as B.C. in court documents — a

‘3 months is too long.' Eager clients return to N.J. hair salons on first day back

Sweeney Todd Hair Salon was not even open for business just yet, but Meagan Costello was ready to get her hair colored. Costello arrived at the Milltown salon six minutes before its official 9 a.m. opening time, the first time customers have been allowed inside since Gov. Phil Murphy shuttered them in mid-March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Clutching an iced coffee and wearing a surgical mask, Costello stood just outside the door as stylist Blanca Lopez took her temperature with

N.J. bar has outdoor dining license revoked after beer garden packed with people

UPDATE: Crackdown coming for N.J. bars, restaurants caught with jammed outdoor dining areas, Murphy says UPDATE: N.J. to reopen indoor dining in restaurants on July 2 with capacity limits The same week it reopened for business, one Morristown bar was shuttered again, after officials say they failed to follow new coronavirus regulations on outdoor dining. Tashmoo Bar & Restaurant had its outdoor dining license revoked after overcrowding on Friday night, Morristown officials said in a statement

2 fisherman escape boat fire on Barnegat Bay

Two fishermen escaped a burning boat in Barnegat Bay Sunday afternoon, state police said. A fishing boat caught on fire around 12:15 p.m. in the bay in Brick, just south of Mantoloking, Trooper Alejandro Goez said. Both people onboard got off safely and without any injury, he said. It’s not clear how the fire started, but it originated in the engine and appeared to be accidental, Goez said. The boat was secured by the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Buero, and was extinguished by the

Fatal shooting under investigation in Somerset County

The shooting happened near Bayberry Road and Foothill Road in Bridgewater before midnight, police said. After a 911 call, police found the wounded man driving on Route 22, and began medical treatment, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. A shelter in place was called for the area between 2:10 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. A SWAT team responded to a Bayberry Road home, where the five people inside cooperated without incident, police said. Foothill Roa

Prosecutor shuts down N.J. police department’s makeshift barbershop, launches investigation

The makeshift barbershop set up inside the Woodbridge Township police department is closed for business, after the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office stepped in. Woodbridge Township Police director Robert Hubner was told to end the practice of inviting a barber into the sally port to give officers and civilian employees haircuts as soon as his office became aware of it, Acting Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kuberiet said in a statement Wednesday night. A local barber was invited into the depar

2nd man charged with lighting cop car on fire at riot after Trenton protest

A second man has been charged with trying to light a cop car on fire following a peaceful protest in Trenton in response to the killing of George Floyd in May, federal officials said. Officials say a street camera caught Earlja J. Dudley, 27, of Trenton, and an unidentified man working together to place a flaming object inside the engine well of a marked Trenton police cruiser after the May 31 protest. The fire engulfed the engine, records show. Dudley was identified by police based on prior s

Protester seriously iured when deer runs into march released from hospital

A protester who was seriously injured when a deer ran into the crowd Friday evening has been released from the hospital, South Brunswick police said. The 69-year-old woman was partaking in a march along Stouts Lane when she was injured, police said. The deer ran out from South Brunswick High School property and into the road, hitting the woman and two others. Detective Bryan Sites and a bystander provided immediate medical attention to the woman while awaiting EMS, police said. She was taken

N.J. cops used federal funds to get haircuts in police station during coronavirus lockdown

A New Jersey police department paid a local barber to set up shop and give haircuts to police officers inside the station — as well as paying members of the public, despite an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy that has banned similar personal care services for the past three months. Woodbridge Township Police Director Robert Hubner told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday that the department paid the local barber for the first round of haircuts, totaling $1,605 for time and supplies, using funding

Retired judge approved as new Middlesex County prosecutor

Former Superior Court judge Yolanda Ciccone was approved by the State Senate as the new Middlesex County prosecutor on Monday. Ciccone was approved for a five-year term 38-0 during a remote vote Monday morning, with two state senators not casting votes. She will replace Acting Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet, who has been in the office since August 2019 when Andrew C. Carey left the position to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Camden. It’s not clear when Ciccone will be sworn in. Middlese

School bus driver pleads guilty to child abuse during sexual ‘hide and seek’ on bus

A Kinnelon bus driver admitted to molesting two young children during games of hide-and-seek aboard his school bus during a virtual court hearing on Monday. Thomas Thomasevich, 70, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of child abuse and neglect stemming from the months-long abuse. During the court hearing, held over Zoom, Thomasevich admitted to touching two young students inappropriately over their clothes, and allowing four students t
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