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Officers Arrest Grieving Family Members During Wake

ELIZABETH – City police are still searching for suspects in the slaying of 20-year-old Curtis Theodore, the eighth person to be killed in Elizabeth this year.

Theodore, a letter carrier with the Scotch Plains Post Office, was shot in the back of the head while at the wheel of his 1998 Ford Taurus. Police discovered his body at 5:40 a.m. on Friday, June 13.

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OTTAWA, Canada – Colonia’s Jeff Carlson was selected in the first round of the NHL Draft last Friday by the Washington Capitals. The 6-2, 212-pound defenseman was chosen with the 27th overall pick.

Carlson, who was born in Natick, Mass., moved to Colonia when he was 5. He played one season at St. Joseph’s of Metuchen and played youth hockey with the New Jersey Rockets.

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Revised Linden Budget Nears Approval

LINDEN – City Council members approved a slightly revised $92.4 million 2008 budget last week, a month after rejecting a proposed $92.6 million budget. It would increase taxes by $277.55 for the average city homeowner.

The latest budget, which passed on first reading 8-1 on June 17, cuts $154,796 from the original proposal that the council rejected. Lawmakers said the budget’s long-term impact, which will benefit from the consolidation of several city departments, will provide Linden with a stable financial foundation for the future.

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RAHWAY – Police arrested three men Friday who were charged with burglarizing a Midwood Drive home.

Twenty-seven year-old Fords resident Brian Jenkins was arrested after he jumped from the home’s second floor landing, Lt. Joseph Simonetti said, while members of the Rahway SWAT team had to bring out the other two men, Woodbridge resident Donald Russel, 21, and Rahway resident Etay Robinson, 20.

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STATE—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, is issuing a public appeal for blood due to critically low supplies in area hospitals.

New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood services and products to 60 hospitals throughout the state, says that the need for blood has increased beyond seasonal expectations.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY— Local communities throughout Middlesex County are planning concerts, festivals and fireworks displays to celebrate Independence Day.

Sayreville will celebrate on Saturday, June 28, with a festival and fireworks at Kennedy Park, 820 Washington Road. The festival will run from 4-9 p.m., with rides, carnival games, a hot dog eating contest and apple pie bakeoff among the events planned. There will be live music throughout the day, and a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit sayreville.com

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LINDEN – The city will host several fun and free events this holiday weekend at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade on North Wood Avenue across from Linden City Hall.

On Friday, July 4 at 7 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the Sensational Soul Cruisers. Not just another 11-man vocal harmony group with horns, the Sensational Soul Cruisers pay homage to classic performers from Otis Redding and the Drifters to Barry White and the Commodores. With a lifetime of study and hard work, this group captures and emulates the distinctive style and skill of a timeless show band.

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