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City Of Elizabeth Outlaws Using Furniture For Parking Spots

Elizabeth is banning the use of furniture to save parking spots on city streets.  City officials say any furniture placed on the street, to mark a spot as reserved, will be tossed into the trash.  Some residents have been using pieces of furniture or objects, like chairs and garbage pails, in locations where parking can…

Kal Penn To Speak At Kean Commencement

Actor Kal Penn will speak at Kean University's commencement ceremony this year.  Penn, who was born in Montclair, will speak at the ceremony on May 18th.  There's no word on whether Penn will be paid but Kean has reportedly given celebrity speakers like filmmaker Spike Lee and singer-songwriter John Legend a speaking fee of 25-thousand…

Linden Mayor Denies Assaulting Veteran Firefighter

The mayor of Linden is denying that he assaulted a firefighter at a fundraising event last week. Veteran firefighter Christopher Lukenda claims the assault happened during a fundraiser for the police department at the Amici III Ristorante on West Elizabeth Avenue Friday.  Lukenda has filed a complaint in municipal court but hasn't elaborated on what…

Middlesex County Man Sentenced In Beating Death Of Student

A Middlesex County man will serve 40 years in prison for the beating death of a former Rutgers college student.  Forty-one-year-old Timothy Puskas was convicted of the murder of 22-year-old William McCaw in January.  McCaw previously attended Rutgers but transferred to Kean University shortly before his death.  Prosecutors say McCaw was walking home from a…

Arrests Made After Bodies Found In RHONJ Star's Car

  Two Paterson men are arrested in the killings of two other men found dead in a burning car owned by "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim DePaola.  Twenty-six-year-old Clarence Williams and 28-year-old Gerry Thomas are in custody on a slew of charges, including felony murder.  Twenty-seven-year-old Aaron Anderson and 25-year-old Antonio Vega Junior…

Perth Amboy Police Release Sketch Of Man Found Dead

Authorities in Perth Amboy are asking the public's help in identifying a man found dead last summer. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced yesterday that a composite sketch has been released of the victim, who was discovered in the woods near Herbert Street and Riverview Drive on August 12th.  Forensic experts have determined he…

Shooting Inside Off-Duty Cop's Manville Home

Officials are investigating a shooting inside an off duty cop's home in Somerset County.  Police say one person was shot just before midnight inside the officer's house in Manville.  Police say the officer heard noises, grabbed his gun and confronted the suspect, believed to be a burglar.  There's no word at this point on the…

NJ Legislature Passes First In Nation Presidential Tax Return Bill

The Democrat-controlled New Jersey Legislature is the first in the nation to pass a presidential tax return bill.  The measure would prevent presidential and vice presidential candidates from appearing on the November ballot in the Garden State unless they disclose their latest tax returns, going back five years.  The bill would apply to the 2020…

Cranford Woman Escapes Injury When Ice Crashes Through Windshield

A Cranford woman is shaken, but uninjured, after a large chunk of ice flew off a box truck and smashed her windshield on the Garden State Parkway Thursday.  It happened around 11:30 a.m. as Rachel Krasnanski was driving in the center lane of the roadway in the southbound direction near mile marker 136.  She was able…

NJ On The Verge Of Banning Puppy Mills

New Jersey is about to ban puppy mills.  Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make large-scale commercial dog-breeding facilities illegal.  Many have been cited for selling sick puppies to pet stores, over the Internet, and through animal brokers.  The bill revises the state's Pet Purchase Protection Act which requires pet shops to disclose the…