Dumbbell Murder Sentence, Cabbie Killed, Christie Confrontations Top State News
Other top stories include a man who died in a fiery wreck after allegedly attempting to flee from an interrupted rape attempt in Fort Lee and the Florida arrest of a man wanted for murder in Toms River.
A man who tried to sexually assault a woman in Fort Lee died in a fiery wreck early Tuesday after he fled on the Palisades Interstate Parkway and crashed into a tree, authorities said.
Demetrius Diaz-Bridges was sentenced on Friday to 40 years in prison for the murder of Elizabeth O’Brien on Jan. 30, 2008 at her Nolan’s Point Road Home. Diaz-Bridges was convicted of beating the woman to death with a dumbbell.
A 49-year-old cab driver and married father of three was gunned down in Newark early Saturday, authorities said.
Emergency workers responded shortly before 4am to 604 Mt. Prospect Ave. for what was originally believed to be a traffic accident in which a taxi had struck several parked cars, authorities said.
For the second time in a week, the governor lost his cool in public. This time, Christie was on vacation in Seaside Heights when he was caught on video lashing out at a passerby who apparently made a derisive remark about his education policies.
Christie also snapped a reporter for The Record during a press conference about a Monmouth County water emergency. [HuffingtonPost]
A man charged with criminal homicide for a stabbing murder in a Toms River apartment complex was arrested Monday on a fugitive warrant in Orange County, Fla.
A Millburn teenager was in critical condition Thursday after she was struck by the car of a Springfield couple rushing their baby to the hospital, police said.
Millburn's first aid squad transported the teenager to University Hospital in Newark, where she is in critical but stable condition, Millburn Police Capt. Michael Palardy said.
The 18-year-old, who will be a senior at Millburn High School in the fall, was hit in front of the Haagen-Dazs on Millburn Ave. at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Following the announcement that her five year marriage with Tom Cruise was ending, Katie Holmes has hired Jonathan Wolfe, a member of the Skoloff & Wolfe law firm in Livingston, to help her in what is sure to be a public and messy divorce.
The ACLU’s New Jersey chapter introduced a smartphone application that allows state residents to secretly record police stops, protect the recordings from being deleted by displeased officers and report the incidents to civil rights groups. [NJ.com]
An elementary school special education teacher who struck a student in 2010 had the length of her suspension doubled but will keep her job. [NJ.com]
An 18-year-old Randolph resident has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a furniture store box truck Saturday morning on Route 10 in Randolph that shut down the roadway for about a mile in both directions for several hours, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.
The victim has been identified as Brian Smith, according to Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi.
A convicted felon who served time in a New York prison for shooting a police officer was arrested in Mahwah Wednesday after a foot pursuit across Route 17, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said Thursday morning.
After 80 years of being Nutley’s main employer, pharmaceutical giant Roche announced the company would close. The news shook the community to the core. An estimated 1,000 workers were told on June 26 they would be laid off when the company ceases Nutley operations in December 2013.