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Local Beat: Finding Out Who’s Naughty or Nice

Thursday Aug 27, 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.

FINDING OUT WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE
The details from the latest Ashley Madison data dump are still being digested by the major media outlets, but some information about the hack has already come to light. Tom Davis of West Orange Patch found data collections via Reddit and Malfideleco that show the distribution of Ashley Madison users around the world without identifying names, and has put together a list of the 100 NJ communities with the most Ashley Madison users. Meanwhile, Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus did an analysis of the massive leak and found that hundreds of the site’s users worked or lived in Parsippany – including members of law enforcement and a former district principal.

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Local Beat: West Orange Receives a Shoutout from Space

Thursday Aug 20, 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.

WEST ORANGE RECEIVES A SHOUTOUT FROM SPACE
One of NASA’s astronauts gave a shoutout to West Orange from onboard the International Space Station on Tuesday. Jackie Goldman-Schatell of TAP into West Orange says Astronaut Scott Kelly posted this picture of his hometown to his Facebook page on Tuesday.

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Local Beat: Disgraced Former Sheriff Denied Parole on 9-Year Prison Sentence

Thursday Aug 13, 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.

DISGRACED FORMER SHERIFF DENIED PAROLE ON 9-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
Former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo’s request for parole was denied by the NJ State Parole Board last month. As a result of his criminal convictions, Spicuzzo won’t be eligible for parole again until September 2016. He is never allowed to hold public office again, and he was required to forfeit his $57,890 annual pension. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today details the long and complex history of crime, cronyism, and corruption that followed Sheriff Spicuzzo’s career as a high-ranking official in New Jersey’s criminal justice system.

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Local Beat: POLITICO, Parsippany Focus Shed Light on Parsippany Super PACs

Thursday Aug 06, 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.

POLITICO, PARSIPPANY FOCUS SHED LIGHT ON PARSIPPANY SUPER PACS
POLITICO and Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus are raising some interesting questions about the involvement of Super PACs in Parsippany’s local council elections. State and federal election laws allow PACs to support issues but prohibit them from having any contact with individual candidates, yet Parsippany Focus has obtained photographs that appear to show a local candidate going in and out of a Super PAC’s headquaters in Parsippany.

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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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