Arrest in '76 Murder, Fallen Marine, Mayor's Attack on Devils Top NJ News
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The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a 51-year-old man Monday in connection with the 1976 murder of Westfield resident Lena Triano. Triano, 57, was discovered hogtied inside her home on March 15, 1976, after having been stabbed, bludgeoned and raped.
Hundreds of residents paid their last respects to fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine Tuesday during a procession through his hometown of Waldwick.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Wednesday unleashed a half-decade's worth of frustration with the owner of the New Jersey Devils, repeatedly referring to Jeff Vanderbeek as a "liar" and "bamboozler" who has cheated Newark and state residents. Speaking at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, the hockey team's home since the arena was completed in 2007, Booker said New Jerseyans should be "spitting mad" following an arbitrator's ruling yesterday upholding an agreement guaranteeing the team millions in back payments from parking revenue and for other costs.
The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that a human smiley face made in Mahwah last summer broke the world record for the biggest one ever created. The smiley, which was made up of 2,226 people wearing yellow and black ponchos, was the result of the Mahwah Police Department’s Youth Leadership Academy 2011 summer project.
The leader of a New Jersey mosque that was listed in a secret NYPD surveillance report is using the incident to try and recruit new members and promote a more positive view of Muslims. Imam Mustafa El-Amin of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark ran an advertisement Thursday in the Star-Ledger urging people to read the Quran, denouncing terrorism and emphasizing that his mosque has an "open-door" policy. [Washington Post]
A group field a lawsuit Thursday hoping to block a housing development on what many believe to be the site of Gen. George Washington's counterattack and first victory against the British during the Battle of Princeton in 1777. The suit, filed by the Princeton Battlefield Society, is not a surprise to many who have been following the saga for more than a decade.
With team work, a will to solve the mystery and a bit of luck, officers this week arrested a man they believe drove the vehicle that struck and killed Jhasleidy Benjumea-Bastides, 28, of Passaic, and Jose Fernandez-Minaya, 35, of Brooklyn, on March 17. In custody is Jason Askew of Paterson, who has been charged with leaving an accident scene, tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension. [NorthJersey.com]
While a grand jury convenes over whether to hold a trial of the shooting death of Barry Deloatch by officers with the New Brunswick Police Department, another suit is quietly going on involving the two officers who were involved with the Deloatch case.
Has the car lost its cool with young people? The love affair that previous generations have had with their cars may be on the wane, suggests a report about driving trends among people ages 16 to 34. [Asbury Park Press]
The plan to make the entire Hudson County waterfront pedestrian friendly is now one step closer to completion with the grand opening Tuesday afternoon of the Hudson River Walkway Pavilion at the Weehawken Cove. The 800-foot walkway enables pedestrians to walk safely from Hoboken to neighboring Weehawken and vice versa.
A pick-up truck driver was dead while 11 intermediate students and a bus driver suffered minor injuries in a collision in Toms River. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said 34 students were on the bus.
The Elle Foundation grants second wishes to children with cancer.
Gov. Chris Christie may say that he and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney agree on property tax relief, but don't believe it, Sweeney told the audience at a town hall meeting at Camden County College Monday evening. The Democrat spent much of the meeting distancing himself from Christie, saying that the governor's tax relief plan is too complicated and focuses more on helping wealthy New Jersey taxpayers, not the middle class.