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Archive for May 13th, 2009

STATE—The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported three new confirmed case of H1N1 flu in New Jersey residents today.

Currently, there are 10 confirmed cases and two probable cases of H1N1 flu in New Jersey.

The newest confirmed cases include a 34-year-old Camden County woman who was not hospitalized and has recovered. She was treated by her health care provider in Philadelphia. A 12-year-old Burlington County boy and a 13-year-old Burlington County girl who are siblings were also diagnosed. Neither was hospitalized. They recovered at home and did not attend school while they were sick, officials said.

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WOODBRIDGE– Flanked by Senior Olympians and Olympic volunteers, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee announced that the township will again host the New Jersey Senior Olympics on Sept. 11, 12 and 13.

In announcing details of the upcoming New Jersey Senior Olympic games from the Woodbridge Community Center and YMCA – the central headquarters and main sporting venue for the upcoming senior competition – McCormac said that the senior games track the goals of the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” which encourages township residents, regardless of age, to engage in a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A 31-year-old Georgia man who was charged with murder in last week’s shooting of a Roselle man in North Brunswick apparently committed suicide while in custody, according to the warden at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.

Cadre Williams was pronounced dead about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to an official statement. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Williams’ alleged getaway car driver, Andre D. Trott, was charged with multiple counts of eluding police and aggravated assault following last Thursday’s fatal shooting and subsequent car police chase into Edison. He remains in custody with bail set at $1.5 million.

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RAHWAY – Authorities are investigating the killing of a 24-year-old Rahway woman who was found dead in her West Main Street apartment Friday.

City police officers discovered the body of Jennea Workman shortly before 9 a.m. on May 8, after getting called to the Cambridge Court apartment at West Main Street and Elizabeth Avenue, authorities said.  Investigators were continuing to conduct interviews and canvass the area around the crime scene Monday, officials said.

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A Carteret woman was convicted of aggravated manslaughter last week in the 2006 killing of a Rahway man.

After three days of deliberations, the jury found Janean Owens, 23, guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit theft, theft and several weapons charges. The acquitted her on charges of murder, felony murder and robbery.

Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz set June 22 as the tentative sentencing date, when Owens could receive more than 30 years in state prison.

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ELIZABETH – Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old Elizabeth man who allegedly shot and killed a father of two in the hallway of an Elizabeth apartment building last month.

An arrest warrant was issued for Laquan Harris, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday. Authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Harris’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Jason Everitt of the Union County Homicide Task Force at 908-347-9176. Union County Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for the arrest and indictment of Harris.

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STATE – Carteret and Sayreville are among 120 New Jersey municipalities that had ordinances restricting where sex offenders could live struck down last week by a state Supreme Court decision.

The high court ruled 6-0 that municipalities are prohibited from banning sex offenders from living next to places where children gather, such as schools or parks. The case involved laws passed by Cherry Hill and Galloway townships. The Carteret and Sayreville ordinances, adopted in 2005, are similar to those invalidated by the court.

The Supreme Court’s decision affirmed a 2008 decision by the state’s Appellate Division that stressed the need to make policies regarding convicted sex offenders more uniform, precluding the “coexistence of municipal regulation.”

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