JERSEY CITY-PRISONER RE-ENTRY
Pelosi, Christie to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Jim McGreevey and other officials at the ribbon-cutting of a new prisoner re-entry center in Jersey City.
The Monday event will celebrate the opening of Martin's Place on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The new center offers addiction treatment, housing assistance and job training programs.
The center is designed to help ex-offenders beat addiction and prevent them from re-offending and ending up back in jail.
McGreevey says the program is unique because it provides numerous services under one roof.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says he hopes the center will serve as a national model while benefiting thousands of people in his city.
He says the bipartisan guest list highlights the severity of the issue.
Assembly taking up 6 domestic violence bills
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are taking up a half-dozen bills aimed at preventing domestic violence.
Among the measures up for a vote in the Assembly on Monday is one that would allow victims of domestic violence to testify via closed-circuit video, rather than be required to appear in the courtroom with the suspected offender.
Some women's shelter workers say that would be crucial in protecting women who agree to testify. But court officials say there could be some logistical complications.
The bills being considered also include four of five measures advanced last week by an Assembly committee.
But the full chamber is not yet taking up a measure aimed at helping get victims of domestic violence out of jail.
ENGAGED COUPLE SLAIN
Convicted killer sentenced for 3 more slayings
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A man serving two life sentences for the fatal shootings of a northern New Jersey couple killed after their engagement party has now been sentenced to several more decades in prison for three other slayings.
Shiquan Bellamy of Jersey City received three concurrent 25-year terms during a recent court hearing. He had pleaded guilty earlier this year to aggravated manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of three city residents
Bellamy was convicted in September 2013 on numerous counts - including murder, carjacking and robbery - stemming from the botched carjacking and execution-style murders of 27-year-old Michael Muchiaki and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Nia Haqq.
Both victims were shot twice in the head outside their Jersey City home in April 2010, shortly after they had attended their engagement party.
Authorities: 2 killed, 1 hurt when car hits tree
SCOTHCPLAINS, N.J. (AP) - Two men were killed and another was injured when a car struck a tree in northern New Jersey.
But it's not yet clear what caused the single-car crash in Scotch Plains, which occurred around 9:45 p.m. Saturday on Route 22 east.
Authorities say the car's driver and the front-seat passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The injured person, who was sitting in the backseat, was flown to a hospital, but further details on his condition have not been disclosed.
The names of the three men have not been disclosed.
Authorities say it does not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the accident.
MAN KILLED BY CAR
Authorities: Elderly man struck, killed by car
(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )
SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a 90-year-old man who was struck and killed while trying to cross a southern New Jersey roadway apparently was looking for his parked car when the accident occurred.
The Press of Atlantic City reports Frank Bendel, of Moorestown, was struck around 8:30 p.m. Friday on Mays Landing Road in Somers Point. He was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Authorities say Bendel had eaten dinner at a restaurant not far from where he was hit. But he apparently forgot where he had parked and then became confused while looking for the vehicle.
Police found his car parked in a lot next to the restaurant.
No charges have been filed against the driver who hit Bendel, but the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities: Distraught woman crashes into cruiser
(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com )
EDISON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a distraught woman who was trying to drive away from police instead crashed into police cruiser in a neighboring town.
Edison police tell The Star-Ledger that the woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for observation. Her name was not disclosed.
It was not clear if any officers were injured in the incident, which started around 4 p.m. Sunday.
Authorities say the incident began in Edison and involved a township police cruiser, but the collision occurred in Piscataway, near the boundary that separates the two municipalities.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.
Man crashes stolen car during police pursuit
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Charges are pending against the driver of a stolen car who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase along the Garden State Parkway in northern New Jersey.
Authorities say the pursuit started shortly after the vehicle was reported stolen in Englewood around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Paramus police soon located the car and began following it as the driver entered the southbound lanes of the parkway near Saddle Brook.
A brief chase then ensued with Paramus police being joined by state police troopers. The vehicle eventually crashed into the median near exit 149 in Essex County.
No injuries were reported in the pursuit or the crash, and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The suspect's name has not been disclosed.
2 inmates escape from youth detention center
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey.
WABC-TV reports that 18-year-old Hakim Walls and 20-year-old Jermaine Jackson, both of Bridgeton, are considered dangerous.
Officials say the two men and a juvenile inmate fled on foot from the Cumberland County Detention Center in Hopewell Township after they overpowered a guard Saturday night. But the juvenile was captured a short time later.
Walls and Jackson were both being held on weapons charges. Though both are adults, they were being held at a youth detention center because they were minors when they were originally sentenced.
POWER OUTAGE-AMUSEMENT PARK
Riders briefly stuck in amusement park outage
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A power outage at a New Jersey amusement park left some patrons briefly stuck on rides, but no injuries were reported.
But it's not yet known what caused Sunday's outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township.
Park spokeswoman Kaitlyn Turi says all guests who were on rides when the outage occurred were safely unloaded within 20 minutes.
Power was restored to portions of the park a short time later, and following a safety check some rides resumed normal operations. The specific rides affected by the outage were not immediately disclosed.
In August, the Nitro roller coaster at Great Adventure lost power partway up its 233-foot peak, forcing riders to walk down along the tracks to the ground.
New Miss America: Red cup talent was from movie
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The new Miss America won her crown after singing a Pharrell Williams song while playing with a red plastic cup, a performance she says was inspired by a similar scene in a move.
Miss America Kira Kazantsev said Sunday she was inspired by the 2012 movie "Pitch Perfect" in which Anna Kendrick's character auditions for an a capella group by performing rhythmically with a cup.
But she also says she did it to show future contestants they can win the Miss America pageant by performing whatever talent routine they like, regardless of what others think of it.
Kazantsev came under withering criticism on social media sites for her talent performance after winning the title.
She says she had the time of her life doing the cup routine.
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