NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Miami-Dade police officer, who the FBI says was known as "the Milk Man," has appeared in federal court in New Jersey to face charges he aided a New Jersey-based drug trafficking organization. Lieutenant Ralph Mata (MAH-tah) of Broward County, Florida, made a first appearance today on charges of drug trafficking and illegal money transactions. He was not required to enter a plea.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A federal appellate court has upheld the corruption conviction of the former mayor of New Jersey's largest suburb and the prison sentence he received. The ruling made by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia was made public today. Former Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo was convicted in November 2012 of extortion, money laundering and bribery-related counts.
SOUTH TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey woman faces charges for allegedly causing a man's drug-related death last year. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced the arrest of Jeana Ganun today, one day after the 34-year-old South Toms River resident was charged with manslaughter and strict liability drug induced death.
DOVER, N.J. (AP) - A man who allegedly stole a woman's Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV during their first date has been charged with two counts of theft. Court records show 23-year-old Honey Ahmed of Elizabeth was arrested early today. His bail was set at $50,000 and it wasn't known if he has retained an attorney.
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