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New Jersey Lawmaker Murdered Near Her Home

Police investigate the slaying of Eunice Dwumfour, 30, of Sayreville

(Newser) - A 30-year-old councilwoman in New Jersey has been shot to death, and police in Sayreville are attempting to figure out why. Coverage:
  • The shooting: Eunice Dwumfour, a member of the Sayreville Borough Council, was shot multiple times Wednesday evening while in her SUV outside her own home, reports

Yale Honors Girl Scientist Who Had Cops Called on Her

Bobbi Wilson's lanternflies added to university's collection

(Newser) - Yale University has honored the 9-year-old girl whose neighbor reported her to police for working on a science project. The October incident in Caldwell, New Jersey, "touched off a national discussion about racial profiling," per the Guardian , which reports Bobbi Wilson was spraying an insecticide outside her home...

Woman, 29, Arrested After Enrolling at NJ High School

Hyejeong Shin attended classes for 4 days after providing false documents, police say

(Newser) - Students at a New Jersey high school say they're feeling unsafe after a woman pretending to be almost half her age was admitted to the school and attended classes for four days before the ruse was detected. Hyejeong Shin, 29, was arrested last week and charged with one count...

Cops: Middle School Art Teacher ODs in Front of Students

They allegedly watched as school nurse treated him for fentanyl on classroom floor

(Newser) - On the morning of Nov. 29, a New Jersey middle school art teacher allegedly overdosed on fentanyl in front of his students. Police say Frank Thompson, 57, "was discovered and observed in distress by students" and was "unconscious and unresponsive" on the floor of a Roosevelt Intermediate School...

Her Fake Feel-Good Story Just Went Even More South

Katelyn McClure gets 3 more years in jail in case involving fake $400K fundraiser for homeless man

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman who pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend spread a feel-good story about a homeless veteran that garnered more than $400,000 in online donations has been sentenced to three years in prison on state theft charges. Burlington County prosecutors say Katelyn McClure, 32, wasn't present...

Netflix to Make 'Transformative' Investment in Jersey

Streaming company is planning $900M facility at former Army base at Jersey Shore

(Newser) - Netflix said Wednesday it plans to build a state-of-the-art production facility at a former Army base at the Jersey Shore that will cost more than $900 million and create thousands of jobs. The California-based company will pay $55 million for a 292-acre site on the former Fort Monmouth military base...

Candidate Who Lost by 3 Votes Calls Daughter's Ballot Bogus

New Jersey official says she didn't meet residency requirement and voted for his opponent

(Newser) - A Republican township official in New Jersey who lost reelection by three votes wants the mail-in ballot cast by his daughter, who voted Democratic in the Nov. 8 election, thrown out. The Republican Party of Morris County maintains that several young Democrats cast ballots by mail though they didn't...

Cops Alerted to Alleged Puppy Mill Smelled Odor From Driveway

They say 180 animals were found in Brick Township home in New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey police officers who arrived at a Brick Township home Friday night after receiving a tip about a possible puppy mill spoke with two women in the home's driveway—and could smell what was inside, reports . Upon entering the home, the stench and conditions were such...

A Boardwalk Landmark Is Shutting Down

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum in Atlantic City will close Dec. 31

(Newser) - Believe it or not, an iconic part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is closing soon. The Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum said Thursday that it will close on Dec. 31 after more than 26 years of tempting Boardwalk strollers with oddities including shrunken heads, mutant animals and models...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Jobs

Washington tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - After a tumultuous couple of years marred by the pandemic, the job market is looking up, with many employers eagerly seeking new workers for their payrolls. Conditions for the job hunt are better in some states than in others, and WalletHub is here to break it all down. The site...

This State's Road Signs Were Too Much for the Feds
This State's Road Signs
Were Too Much for the Feds
in case you missed it

This State's Road Signs Were Too Much for the Feds

New Jersey DOT forced by FHWA to take down humorous messages promoting highway safety

(Newser) - Quirky highway signs described as "quintessential New Jersey" that were designed to raise awareness on road safety have been getting the thumbs-up from motorists in the Garden State. But the feds apparently didn't approve and reportedly directed them to be switched off. "Hold on to your butts—...

Suspect Charged in Synagogue Threat
Suspect Charged in
Synagogue Threat

Suspect Charged in Synagogue Threat

Prosecutor says suspect shared document reflecting his 'hatred of Jews'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old New Jersey man has been charged with threatening to attack a synagogue last week. The FBI had issued a warning after receiving what it called a broad threat to the state's synagogues. Prosecutors said Thursday that Omar Alkattoul of Sayreville had shared links to a document he'...

FBI Warns of 'Broad Threat' to NJ Synagogues
FBI: Threat to
NJ Synagogues
Is Resolved

FBI: Threat to NJ Synagogues Is Resolved

Agents say they questioned a man with radical views but don't specify whether he's in custody

(Newser) - Religious leaders in New Jersey were assured Friday by the FBI that the threat to synagogues they were warned about the day before no longer exists. The agent in charge of the agency's Newark office said the FBI had identified a man who holds "radical extremist views,"...

Hunt Is On for Man Who Allegedly Shot 2 Cops
'They've Caught
the Guy—the Bad Guy'

'They've Caught the Guy—the Bad Guy'

Kendall Howard of East Orange, NJ, allegedly shot 2 cops on Tuesday

(Newser) - Update: "Within the past half-hour, they’ve caught the guy—the bad guy," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared Wednesday in reference to the man suspected of shooting two police officers on Tuesday. Kendall Howard, 30, was taken into custody late morning, reports . SWAT team members...

Dr. Oz Mocked After 'Atlantic Coast' Comment

Pennsylvania is not on the Atlantic coast

(Newser) - Dr. Mehmet Oz has long come under scrutiny over the question of whether he's actually a "carpetbagger" from New Jersey running for Senate in neighboring Pennsylvania, and his latest comment isn't helping much with that issue. Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday, Oz said, "...

Muslim Student 'in Shock' at Teacher's Reply to His Question
Muslim Student in NJ
Sues Over Teacher's Remark

Muslim Student in NJ Sues Over Teacher's Remark

He says he asked for more time to finish assignment and was told, 'We don't negotiate with terrorists'

(Newser) - Update: A Muslim student in New Jersey is suing a district and a teacher, saying he was "devastated and humiliated" last year at Ridgefield High School when he asked the teacher for more time to complete an assignment and was loudly told, "We don't negotiate with terrorists....

A Princeton University Student Disappeared Last Week
A Missing Princeton
Student Is Found Dead

A Missing Princeton Student Is Found Dead

Misrach Ewunetie hadn't been seen since last week

(Newser) - Update: A Princeton student who went missing last week has been found dead, reports the AP . The body of 20-year-old Misrach Ewunetie, an Ohio native, was discovered behind tennis courts on the New Jersey campus Thursday afternoon, authorities say. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri says there are no obvious signs...

Comic Nabs Late-Night Spot With Best Response to Can Thrower
Comic Dodges Thrown Drink,
Has Epic Response

Comic Dodges Thrown Drink, Has Epic Response

Ariel Elias chugged the seltzer because, at that point, 'I really needed a drink'

(Newser) - Comic Ariel Elias turned what could have been her worst night onstage into one of her best, landing her in talks for a set on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The comic was performing at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, on Saturday when a female audience member...

Jersey Car Rally Gets a Little Too Fast and Furious

Unsanctioned event reportedly got destructive

(Newser) - Officials say a pop-up car rally over the weekend in southern New Jersey led to multiple crashes and the deaths of at least two people, the AP reports. Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron told NJ Advance Media on Sunday that there were a series of car crashes related to the “...

Teen Dies of Football Injuries: He 'Fought a Good Fight'

Xavier McClain, 16, was critically injured Sept. 9 while playing for Linden, NJ, team

(Newser) - Tragic news out of New Jersey, where a sophomore at Linden High School was injured during a football game earlier this month. Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, said to be a good friend of the family of Xavier McClain, announced on social media Thursday that the 16-year-old had died of what...

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