$5K Romney Dinner, Train Death in Top State News
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The law office of Bernardsville resident Ed Deutsch confirmed that next Wednesday afternoon he will host a fundraiser at his home for Republican state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, running against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president, is expected to attend the event.
A westbound train struck and killed Waldwick man Mark Moglia just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to NJ Transit Police. Witnesses and transit authorities say Moglia was walking along the track just before he was struck in Ridgewood.
Berkeley Township Police are asking for the public's help in locating Noah Jackson, a ShopRite employee who was stabbed three times in the Bayville store in front of customers and employees last month. Police went to Jackson's Tuckerton home on Friday to arrest him on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, but were unable to locate him, Detective Joseph Robertazzi said.
Authories reported last weekend that Marcanton Macri, of Edgewater, a now-former law partner of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, helped a pair of large-scale marijuana dealers establish a relationship with a crooked bank manager.
The Ramsey school district has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit by a middle school student who was paralyzed when a known bully punched him in the abdomen. The settlement between the district and the family of Sawyer Rosenstein, who had complained to the district about being bullied, was worked out over the past two months but not made public until last week. [ABC News, via AP]
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday that a grand jury will review a police-involved shooting on Jan. 31 that paralyzed a 19-year-old New Brunswick man. Police shot Victor Rodriguez after he allegedly fired blanks.
For 30 minutes, the 14-year-old boy answered a prosecutor's questions calmly and directly, stripping emotion from his testimony as he recounted the night of June 25, 2010. Ravi Sinha maintained that composure as he spoke of his family's stroll around their Old Bridge neighborhood and how it changed in an instant. [NJ.com]
Rhett Hackett conquered years of sexual abuse with a newfound activism to help male survivors of sexual assault.
After suffering two years of dramatic job cuts, not to mention the wrath and budget-slashing zeal of Gov. Chris Christie, it turns out the education sector could be among the best bets for job hunters. At least that's one implication of the jobs report for March released this week, which showed a surge in government hiring—likely in education—even as almost every key sector of New Jersey's economy shed jobs. [NorthJersey.com]
Police charged 27 people in a child porn investigation dubbed "Operation Watchdog," authorities said Tuesday. Twenty-six men and one woman used file sharing programs on the Internet to download or distribute child porn, state police said.
For township resident Craig Potter, biking cross country is much more than a ride. It's about keeping a promise he made to his wife Donna, who passed away in 2009 after battling cancer. [Asbury Park Press]
Two additional suspects have been charged in the Cinnaminson Sewage Authority scandal, a three-pronged scheme that allegedly netted more than $100,000 in stolen public resources, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Cinnaminson Public Safety Director Michael P. King. The family connections continue as one defendant is a former authority employee and brother-in-law of former superintendent Paul Phillips, who was arrested in February.