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Archive for April, 2008

Fourth Grader Brings Gun To School

LINDEN – School No. 2 was locked down last Wednesday when an old handgun brought to the school by a fourth grader was accidentally fired. No one was injured, but students and their parents were frightened by the incident.

The fourth grader, whose identity has not been released, was charged with one count of unlawful position of a weapon and one count of possession of a firearm in an educational institution, according to Linden police Lt. Raymond Tyra. He was released to his parents after talking to investigators. School officials said he had been suspended from school. (more…)

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ELIZABETH – Police raids last week resulted in 20 arrests and disrupted operations a drug and weapons operation run by the notorious Latin Kings of Elizabeth.

For months, members of the gang worked around the clock, tending to lines of customers looking for cocaine and marijuana at retail and wholesale levels. According to authorities, the Latin Kings took in approximately $400,000 per week.

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EDISON – Jeremy Zuttah will have the chance to play in the National Football League this season. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound guard from Rutgers was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of Sunday’s NFL Draft.

“It’s a good feeling,” Zuttah said Sunday after learning he had been selected by the Buccaneers. “It’s been a long process, and I’m glad it’s finally over.”

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RAHWAY—Republicans say city homeowners received amended second quarter tax bills last week reflecting an unannounced 12 percent increase in their taxes.

At issue is the sewer fee, which was separated out of the municipal tax bill last year. City Republicans say that if the sewer portion of the taxes was not separated onto a separate bill, the math would show a 12 percent increase.

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Shop Rite, A&P, Bally’s & L’Oreal properties included in acquisition

CLARK—An investment group led by the Fell Organization, a highly respected New York City-based real estate firm with a national portfolio in excess of 20 million square feet, closed last week on the purchase of 75 acres containing 24 properties from the Villa Family.

“I am very pleased to welcome The Fell Organization to Clark Township,” said Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. “This is a real estate entity that has 50 years of experience in real estate management and development. I’m proud that a major full-service real estate firm targeted Clark as a prime location for investment.”

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Police Release Sketch Of Church Robber

RAHWAY – Police have released a composite sketch of a man who is wanted for robbing two Linden women of their purses as they were leaving St. Mark’s Church last week.

Detective Lt. Joseph Simonetti said that officers were sent to the Hamilton Avenue Church last Wednesday evening. They were met by two women who had minor injuries from being attacked by a thief who stole their purses. They had just left the church around 9:45 p.m. when they were attacked. (more…)

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by Jim Whelan

ELIZABETH—The rain held up and the sun came out for the start of North Elizabeth Youth Baseball League’s 41st season on April 12. Teams, coaches, parents, and friends participated in the annual opening day parade starting at the North Elizabeth Train Station to North Elizabeth’s Sissleman Field.

Grand Marshal Ray Vella, who is a supporter of the league, headed the parade along with city officials. Next year the parade will follow the same route, but the field will undergo a $1.5 million renovation, compliments of the city.

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