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Local Beat: In Dark of Night, Off-Duty Trooper Fires at Unarmed Teens

Thursday Jul 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

IN DARK OF NIGHT, OFF-DUTY TROOPER FIRES AT UNARMED TEENS
Three young adults were heading to a friend’s house in Sparta earlier this week after a graduation party, but they went to the wrong house. After knocking and ringing the doorbell several times, they found themselves face-to-face with an angry off-duty NJ State Trooper. They tried to flee, but the officer fired three shots from his pistol at their vehicle, striking one of the tires. The young men called the police to report the shooting but instead of receiving assistance, they were arrested. Jennifer Dericks of TAP into Sparta has been covering the story as it continues to unfold.

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Local Beat: Mercer County Blocks Access to Land Eyed for Pipeline Project

Thursday Jul 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

MERCER COUNTY BLOCKS ACCESS TO LAND EYED FOR PIPELINE PROJECT
Mercer County has informed officials associated with the proposed PennEast Pipeline project that they will no longer be given access or be allowed to survey land owned by the county to facilitate their pipeline project. Mary Galioto of MercerMe says the decision to block PennEast came after the company performed soil borings on Balpate Mountain, which the county deemed potentially harmful to the environment.

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Local Beat: Video Captures Takedown of Stolen Englewood Cop Car

Thursday Jul 09, 2015  |  0 comments

VIDEO CAPTURES TAKEDOWN OF STOLEN ENGLEWOOD COP CAR
Dashboard video shows how a Leonia police officer ended a low-speed chase with a carjacker who stole an Englewood Police cruiser by using a precision immobilization technique (PIT) manuever to push him off the road just before one of the busiest intersections in New Jersey at Routes 4 and 17. Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot says the suspect bailed out of the stolen cop car and was arrested immediately after leading police on a violent chase through North Jersey.

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Local Beat: Community, Commuters, Christie, and Tasers

Thursday Jul 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

IN EPIC UPSET, COMMUNITY OPPOSITION DEFEATS CONTROVERSIAL PLAN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
The residents of New Brunswick scored an unprecedented victory over a controversial developer after the Planning Board narrowly voted down a proposal to build a 52-unit apartment building on Mine Street. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says developers rarely lose a bid with a county lawyer on their side, but a surge of community opposition brought significant changes to the proposal.

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Local Beat: Are Sand Mines Destroying Lacey?

Thursday Jun 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

ARE SAND MINES DESTROYING LACEY?
Sand mining operations in Lacey Township are receiving a lot of criticism from local residents and township officials over the environmental impacts such operations are having on the delicate Pine Barrens ecosystem. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says sand mining operations are not required to repair any damage to the environment until after the operation is over, which can take up to 30 years or more.

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Local Beat: Robert Wood Johnson Locked Down for Hours After Bomb Threat

Thursday Jun 11, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON LOCKED DOWN FOR HOURS AFTER BOMB THREAT
The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick was under a “Code Yellow” lockdown for more than two hours on Monday due to a bomb threat. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says patients, visitors, and employees were not allowed to enter or leave the premises as a HAZMAT team was dispatched to sweep the largest hospital in Central Jersey.

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Local Beat: Law Clerk Who Called Trooper’s Death ‘Not That Sad’ Resigns

Thursday Jun 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

LAW CLERK WHO CALLED TROOPER’S DEATH ‘NOT THAT SAD’ RESIGNS
Superior Court Judge Travis Francis has accepted the resignation of Leslie Anderson, the law clerk who was suspended after she posted on Facebook that the death of NJ State Trooper Anthony Raspa was “not that sad, and certainly not ‘tragic.” Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot says Anderson’s post continued at length, accusing Raspa of recklessness and calling the ourpouring of grief and support from the community “absurd, nonsensical, and completely unwarranted.” Pam Hersh of the Highland Park Planet says the Raspa family would like today’s funeral to be open to the public.

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Local Beat: 7-Eleven Robbery Was An Inside Job

Thursday May 28, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

7-ELEVEN ROBBERY WAS AN INSIDE JOB
An investigation into a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Lacey Township has concluded that it was an inside job. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says the man who allegedly robbed the store was dating one of the cashiers who was working at the time of the robbery. The cashier is believed to have played a role in the robbery by filing a false police report. Both have been arrested.

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Local Beat: Big Changes to NJ’s Car Seat Law

Thursday May 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

BIG CHANGES TO NJ’S CAR SEAT LAW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
A new law signed this month means big changes to NJ’s car seat law, and Catherine Donaldson-Evans of New Jersey Family has the lo-down on everything parents need to know to avoid the $50-75 fine for failure to comply. For instance, the new rules, which go into effect in September, now require babies to remain in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or weigh at least 30 pounds.

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Local Beat: How Job Sprawl Keeps New Jerseyans Impoverished

Thursday May 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

HOW JOB SPRAWL KEEPS NEW JERSEYANS IMPOVERISHED
How does the length of your daily commute affect your ability to pay your bills? South Jerseyist takes a closer look at job sprawl – the increasing scarcity of nearby jobs – and the effects it has on New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations, who are forced to travel increasing distances to find meaningful employment.

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Local Beat: Nuclear Power Plant Experiences Material Failures

Thursday May 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT EXPERIENCES MATERIAL FAILURES
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued two new findings last week regarding the safety of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, reports Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter. Oyster Creek – the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country – is set to begin the shutdown process in 2019. The NRC said one of the violations rose to the level of a Code Yellow–one step away from the obviously-serious Code Red–and admonished the plant owners to be more vigilant.

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