CBS 2: Man Allegedly Armed With Knife Shot By Police In Asbury Park

September 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting that happened Monday morning in Asbury Park.

A man allegedly armed with a knife was shot by police on Main Street near Sewall Avenue, CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported.

The extent of the suspect’s injuries are not known. One officer was also stabbed and another officer was reported to be having difficulty breathing, Langford reported.

Few other details are known. Video from the scene shows multiple police vehicles and crime scene tape in the area.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

Stay with as this story continues to develop.

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Indictable Offense In New Jersey

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on MAJOR DEAL NEWS:


What is an indictable offense in New Jersey?

What is known as a “felony” in many other states is an indictable offense in New Jersey. New Jersey has abolished the felony classification and the term “felony” is no longer used. In New Jersey, a crime is an indictable offense, not a “felony.” However, in State v. Doyle, the New Jersey courts recognized that indictable offenses or crimes in New Jersey are “equatable” to felonies. 200 A.2d 606 (N.J. 1964) All persons accused of indictable offenses or crimes are entitled to an indictment by a grand jury or a trial by jury. Indictable offenses are classified into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degrees. N.J.S.A. 2C:43-1; [4] The most serious offenses are in the first degree category. “Indictable” means that a grand jury has found that there is enough evidence to support a formal charge and require that the defendant stand…

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Bear kills Rutgers student, animal found circling body in woods

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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A Rutgers University student hiking in the woods of northern New Jersey was mauled to death Sunday by a 300-pound black bear in what authorities said was a highly unusual attack.

Darsh Patel, 22, a senior majoring in information technology and informatics, was killed in a heavily wooded area known as the Apshawa Preserve after becoming separated from a group of four friends with whom he was hiking, West Milford Township Police Chief Timothy Storbeck said in a statement.

“The group of five hikers encountered a black bear in the woods that began to follow them, they became frightened and attempted to flee the area,” the statement said. “During the confusion, the group became separated as they ran in different directions.”


Four of the young men later found one another and contacted police. Patel’s body was later discovered in the woods, with the bear still about 30 to…

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$20K Reward Offered After Police Patrol Car Struck By Bullet In Pemberton

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

PEMBERTON, N.J., (CBS) – Police are investigating after they say a marked Pemberton Township patrol vehicle was struck by a bullet Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. while the patrol vehicle was parked in the intersection of Lemmon Avenue and Norcross Lane.

The bullet struck the roof but did not penetrate the interior compartment.

The Pemberton Township police officer in the car was not injured.

On Thursday, the NJ Cop Shot program posted a $20,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan said, “This is just the latest in an alarming recent trend of shooting at police in New Jersey. This suspect had the full intent to kill an officer and only missed by inches. Someone out there knows who this suspect is and we hope the reward will give them the incentive to come forward.”

Authorities say it…

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Man shot dead inside Newark store

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV:

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NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) – Police are looking for the gunman who shot a man dead inside a Newark store.

The victim, Michael Jones, 33, had reportedly just opened the variety store on South Orange Avenue.

Authorities say Jones was shot in the head.

Police have not released any information on a potential suspect.

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Prosecutor: NJ Man Sought Sex Encounter With Teen

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old southern New Jersey man was arrested when he showed up for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a teenage girl.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 66-year-old Richard Jones of Brick tried to persuade a prostitute to “facilitate a meeting” so he could have sex with a girl he thought was 14.

But the teen actually was an undercover police officer.

Jones was arrested Friday when he arrived at the site where prosecutors say he had agreed to meet the girl, but they did not disclose further information on the arrest. He was charged with attempted sexual assault and his bail was set at $125,000 cash.

It wasn’t known Saturday if Jones had retained an attorney. He could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Black Bears in New Jersey

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on This Is My New Jersey:

For the first time in over 150 years, there was a fatal bear attack in New Jersey. Five friends were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered a black bear. According to the four survivors, the bear was following them and acting in an aggressive manner. Unfortunately, one of the group did not survive.

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New Jersey black bear (photo credit: NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife)

Since the incident, there has been much discussion about bear safety and what to do if you encounter a bear. How to manage the bear population is a regular point of debate in my great state. That, however, is not the point of this post. I felt I should share some thoughts about bear safety.

The American black bear is native to New Jersey. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings…

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