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Ex-priest indicted on charges he sexually assaulted teen

A former New Jersey priest who fled to Ecuador more than a decade ago after a teen boy accused him of sexual assault has been indicted. Union County prosecutors say a grand jury indicted 52-year-old Manuel Espinoza on sexual assault and criminal sexual contact charges. The boy told another priest and a nun in 2003…

Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications

Washington state and California have sued New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, saying that for years the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse. In the latest legal actions over the problem-prone devices, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Kamala Harris of California on Tuesday accused the health…

Embattled South Brunswick Schools Superintendent Resigns

The embattled South Brunswick schools superintendent is stepping down.  Dr. Jerry Jellig is accused of intimidating union members, acting inappropriately toward women and shady spending.  The board accepted his resignation at a meeting last night, two weeks after protests triggered his administrative leave. Jellig's last day will be May 31st.  Former superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney…

New Jersey set to try again on beach, park smoking ban

Measures to restrict smoking at public beaches and ban it entirely at parks are scheduled for a vote in the New Jersey Legislature. The Senate and Assembly are expected to give final approval Thursday to a bill that was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2014. It would ban smoking at publicly owned beaches and…

Lawmakers address security delays at Newark Liberty airport

Help is on the way to address long lines and long wait times for travelers at Newark Liberty Airport. The Transportation Security Administration is adding more than 100 more agents at the airport by the end of the month. U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and fellow Democratic Congressmen Albio Sires and Donald Payne…

FEMA aims to reform flood insurance program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking changes to the national flood insurance program aimed at increasing transparency and oversight. The actions come following complaints that insurers lowballed and shortchanged homeowners who sustained damage from Superstorm Sandy. Deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation Roy Wright wants FEMA to take control of the process so…

School districts approve policy for transgender students

Two New Jersey school districts have approved policies dealing with transgender students. Beginning Tuesday, Highland Park students can use locker rooms and participate in student activities - including sports - based on their gender identity. Highland Park Board officials say the measure had been in the works before North Carolina passed a law that directs…

New Jersey couple charged after newborn goes missing

Prosecutors say a New Jersey couple has been charged with unlawful disposal of a newborn after the boy went missing. Middlesex County prosecutors and New Brunswick police say Jaciel Torres-Lopez and Mercedes Sanchez-Torres were charged last week. Torres-Lopez has been jailed since his arrest last week. Sanchez-Torres was charged last week at an area hospital,…

High school student sentenced for beating another student

A judge has ordered a 17-year-old New Brunswick High School student to serve 60 days in a youth detention center for assaulting another student. The boy pleaded guilty to juvenile delinquency for a charge that would have been the equivalent of aggravated assault if committed by an adult. His name has not been released because…

Youth group leader admits to sexual assault

A former leader of a boys' youth organization sentenced to prison on federal child pornography charges has admitted sexually assaulting two boys. Union County prosecutors say 46-year-old Gregory Aker, of Linden, admitted to inappropriately touching the boys for his own sexual gratification. The religious school teacher was sentenced last month to eight years in prison…