Charlie Kratovil

Charlie is a community organizer in New Brunswick, and a Rutgers journalism graduate. He can be reached at (732) 993-9697 or editor@NewBrunswickToday.com.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—For this first time in history, a sitting President of the United States of America will speak at the Rutgers University commencement ceremony, which commemorates the graduation of some 12,000 students at the school's football stadium.

    The distinction is an honor for the 249-year-old university that started in New Brunswick, as the current President typically only speaks at two to four such ceremonies each year, including at least one military academy, according to NJ.com.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 9, a 27-year-old man named Diahlo Grant became the second person to lose his life to gun violence in the Hub City this year.

    Authorities say Grant, who lived in the Somerest section of Franklin Township, was killed "during an exchange of gunfire" with Franklin Township police officers at approximately 1:31am near the border between the two towns.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Another city firefighter was arrested on April 8, according to New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) Director Robert Rawls.

    Richard Patterson, a 23-year veteran of the NBFD, is accused of "stealing $5,500 in bogus disability insurance claims," according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    County prosecutor Andrew Carey announced on April 7 that four New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) employees were arrested on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and theft.

    The revelation means that a total of eleven men working for the authority have now been charged with crimes related to their office since 2010.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's free independent newspaper is going to be able to translate even more articles into Spanish and produce more high-quality bilingual videos, thanks to support from our readers and the Beacon Reader Foundation.

    For the second year in a row, New Brunswick Today (NBT) raised over $15,000 using the online crowdfunding platform Beacon Reader, while our "backers" earned souvenirs including NBT pins, subscriptions, t-shirts, mugs, and bumper stickers.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick firefighter is still on the job despite an out-of-state arrest for driving while intoxicated with two young children in his vehicle.

    The incident was first reported by a TV station in New York state, but weeks later City Hall confirmed that, even though the man arrested is the same Carmine Luizza who has been on the New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) since 2002, he's still working there.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County Freeholders and the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) Board of Commissioners have each taken actions this year to clear the way for a Philadelphia-based real estate company to sell much of the former county building, which re-opened as a luxury apartment building in 2003.

    But only one of the public entities admitted that was what it was doing after being questioned by New Brunswick Today.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police and county prosecutors say they have solved a March 7 murder, charging someone arrested "on unrelated charges" the following day with several serious crimes.

    Raymundo Jael Perez-Garcia, 23-year-old city man was arrested on March 8, just one day after he allegedly shot at three men, fatally wounding one of them, at the intersection of Townsend and Drift Streets.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As security in the city's school system comes under increased scrutiny in the wake of a highly-publicized violent attack inside New Brunswick High School (NBHS), one official has been conspicuously absent from the discussion.

    School district officials, and the public relations company they hired, have refused to disclose even the salary of Peter Managarella, who has served as the "Director of School Security" since September 2011.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A tumultuous day for the city's Board of Education ended with more than 100 people attending their meeting, a rare occurence, and many more protesting out front of New Brunswick High School (NBHS). 

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    MILLTOWN, NJ--An 18-year-old Rutgers student was charged with assault after local police sought the public's help in identifying the suspect in a strange case.

    Cole Cadigan, who apparently played football for Wall Township High School, was caught on video allegedly throwing a large soda at an employee of the Taco Bell immediately after purchasing it at the store's drive-thru window.

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    METUCHEN, NJ—On June 21, 2015, Middlesex County investigators determined that a teacher who lived on the St. Joseph's High School campus maintained child pornography on a computer.

    Ten days later, a New Brunswick City Councilman who had been the school's Principal for nine years, announced he would be "assuming a new role" at St. Joseph's.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Five New Brunswick police officers were the guests of honor at the energetic Sunday morning service held at Promise Church of God on March 5.

    Captain Michael Bobadilla accepted a plaque from the church, and addressed the congregation, saying the city has come a long way during his time on the police force.

    "Thank you for putting your life on the line daily to protect and serve the residents of New Brunswick," reads the plaque.  "May God Bless and Keep You Safe."

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ—Though they have filed criminal charges against two officers for lying to cover up a single-car wreck involving another police officer, authorities have failing to make public the details of the incident or identify the officer involved.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Board of Education rejected one of the five candidates that submitted petitions to run for seats on the board in the upcoming April 19 election.

    "Joel Martinez handed in a defective petition because half of the persons who signed were not registered voters. So he only had six valid signatures," said Richard Jannarone, Business Administrator for the district.

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    OLD BRIDGE, NJ--Ronald Franz led the Carteret Police Department for just over three weeks before was suspended without pay following a February 23 drunken driving arrest in Old Bridge.

    Officials confirmed Franz was fired in March, after local police filed an additional charge related to the one-car crash. 

    Franz did not last long in the job, having come out of retirement to take the position on February 1.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Disturbing videos circulated on social media and broadcast on Spanish language television have raised awareness of a violent incident that took place inside New Brunswick High School (NBHS).

    Oscar Aparicio, Jr., a freshman at NBHS, told New Brunswick Today he was assaulted shortly before noon on Thursday, March 10, in the hallways of the school by someone he barely knew.

    The 15-year-old city resident sufferred a fractured nose, a sprained shoulder, and also lost a tooth.

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    NEWARK, NJ—Governor Chris Christie announced a new tentative agreement with the eleven unions representing NJTransit workers on March 11, but decided not to disclose the financial specifics of the deal.

    If approved by the unions involved, the new agreements will run through 2019, and serve to avert a strike that would have impacted commutes across the tri-state area.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ--Less than 24 hours after a season-ending 89-72 loss to Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Rutgers has relieved Eddie Jordan of his head coaching duties.

    The decision did not come as a surprise, but it will come at a significant cost to the university, who will likely be paying Jordan a large sum not to work, on top of whatever they pay his replacement.

    Jordan's firing closes the book on a disappointing tenure when the Scarlet Knights went 29-67 in his three seasons at the helm.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) is now investigating a fatal shooting on Monday night that local authorities had not publicly addressed for nearly three days.

    Marcos Hernandez, a 33-year-old father from Passaic, passed away after being shot in the head at the intersection of Townsend and Drift Streets in the Fourth Ward on Monday, March 7.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council is expected to approve an ordinance for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) #17 union, which represents the city's firefighters.

    The contract calls for two retroactive raises, a 1.5% raise that goes back to July 2015, and 2% raise going back to January 1 of this year.

    It mirrors a deal recently approved for the FMBA local that represents firefighters that have been promoted to leadership positions in the department. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—First responders were dispatched to the corner of Townsend and Drift Streets at about 6:45pm on March 7 following reports of a shooting, according to emergency radio transmissions.

    Crowds formed around the Fourth Ward intersection where two people were apparently shot, according to witnesses who heard multiple shots fired, and then saw the two victims being loaded into the back of ambulances.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In a closed-door meeting, the Rutgers University Board of Governors gave President Robert Barchi a bonus, a retroactive raise, and a sweet new deal that could keep him on the university payroll well into 2018.

    Barchi, age 69, already earned $663,000 every year, $263,000 more than the President of the United States and almost four times as much as the state's Governor.

    He also gets a free house in Piscataway and a myriad of other perks.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An employee of the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) was taken to a local hospital on March 3 after an altercation with the agency's Director of Operations Mark Roedelbronn.

    "Mark almost hit and choked one of the housing [employees]," said one source, describing the 18-employee agency as a "hostile work environment."

    Another source said that Roedelbronn lost his temper and screamed at the female employee multiple times, sticking his finger in her face, and slamming a file folder on her desk.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials repeatedly refused to answer questions about a firearm that former New Brunswick Police Director Joseph Catanese said was stolen from a parked car.

    As we reported, the former cop's gun was allegedly stolen during a six-hour period in June 2013, in between Catanese's time as New Brunswick's Police Director and Assistant City Attorney.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Leonard T. Bier might well be one of the most powerful people in New Jersey, but outside of the parking business and the legal field, he is not well-known.

    Formerly an attorney for Middlesex County, one could say that Bier, age 64, is in the prime of his public-sector career, holding down four public jobs where he often gets to call the shots. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—James Harding has joined Richard Vietch as one of two municipal public defenders, after being approved by City Council on January 16. 

    Harding, a resident of Hillsborough Township who opened his own law practice on Morris Street in 2012, replaces the late James Rollyson, who passed away in 2015.

    Public defenders are not paid very much, and the work, representing the poor who can't afford their own lawyer, is not easy.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Five candidates, including three current Board of Education members hoping to keep their seats, have filed to run in the upcoming April 19 election.

    If all of the candidates' petitions are approved, it could the first time since in three years that there will be a contested election for any public office within the City of New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's new newly-created Parks and Gardens Commission will meet at City Hall for the first time on February 29 at 7pm.

    New Brunswick's City Council approved the first members of the commission on January 20.  The commission was created by an ordinance passed unanimously on September 2, and signed into law by Mayor James Cahill.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The seven-member board that controls the city's Housing Authority was unusually combative during a February 24 public meeting that was captured on video by New Brunswick Today.

    Members of the board repeatedly interrupted this reporter during the "public comment" section of the meeting, raising their voice at times, interrogating this newspaper's videographer, and attempting to pressure this reporter into naming an individual who may be living in public housing illegally.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Multiple people were beaten up by three men early Saturday morning near the intersection of Mine and Union Streets in the Sixth Ward, according to a Rutgers University crime alert.

    The incident occurred on February 27 at approximately 3:30 AM, at the intersection of Mine Street and Union Street.

    The victims are "affiliated with the University," according to the alert, and they told police they were approached by three men while walking.  The alert did not say how many victims there were.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—The powers that be want to expand a landfill "vertically," in an effort to make the county's massive pile of garbage last ten years longer.

    Under the proposed amendment to the county's Solid Waste Management Plan, the Middlesex County landfill could rise to 220 feet above sea level, 55 feet higher than it stands today.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An abandoned and contaminated parking garage is one step closer to being cleaned up after the parking authority's board voted unanimously to approve a three-way agreement with the county government and a non-profit developer that often works with the NBPA.

    The agreement puts New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) in charge of supervising the county government's efforts to conduct required environmental remediation at the site of the Ferren Mall and Parking Deck.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) responded to the scene of a stabbing that occurred during a fight between five to seven individuals at 1am on February 21, and arrived to find two men "bleeding profusely," according to a department press release.

    The incident occurred outside the Holy Virgin Protection Church at 301 Handy Street, a Russian Orthodox house of worship in the city's Fourth Ward, near the Salvation Army between Joyce Kilmer Avenue and the railroad tracks.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In what will be the fifth school board election in New Brunwick's history, voters may decide who is on the school board, or maybe not.

    It depends whether anyone decides to run against the three incumbents, who said they plan to run for election or re-election in the April 19 election.

    In order to run, school board members must get at least 10 signatures from registered voters in New Brunswick on a special candidate petition.  The deadline to submit petitions is 4pm on Monday, February 29.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Over the past two years, the city has seen a sharp increase in both assaults and robberies where the weapon used was a gun, according to State Police statistics.

    Violent crime continues to be a problem for the City of New Brunswick, according to residents, police radio transmissions, and new statistics released by the NJ State Police.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—New Jersey's top law enforcement official wants to keep police videos confidential, at the same time his office is funding the purchase of thousands of cameras to be worn by police across the state.

    On the campus of Rutgers University, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman took questions from the press and admitted that he wants most police videos to be kept secret from the press and the public while criminal cases proceed, and perhaps even after the cases have concluded. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Joseph Catanese, a former New Brunswick Police Director who is now a City Hall attorney, once left a loaded firearm in the glove box of his vehicle, and parked in a public garage for six hours, only to return and find the deadly weapon had been stolen, according to multiple sources.

    "Yeah that was when his gun was stolen from his car," said one law enforcement source familiar with the matter. "I believe it was in the glove box not correctly stored as the statute reads."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Rutgers Univeristy Police Department (RUPD) is investigating an "aggravated assault" reported one block away from campus shortly after midnight on Saturday, February 13.

    According to a university crime alert, the third one in less than a week, at approximately 12:30 AM, a man unaffiliated with the school was "struck" with a "blunt object" on Huntington Street between Sicard Street and College Avenue.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--City police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a Rutgers man was injured just outside of downtown New Brunswick, according to a university crime alert.

    According to the alert, the victim was attacked at about 9:40pm on February 10 near the intersection of Neilsen Street and Morris Street, near the New Brunswick Apartments and the Riverside public housing neighborhood.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The managers of at least two stores on Easton Avenue experienced some very unexpected challenges in the span of three hours on February 9.

    "At approximately 3:59 pm officers responded to 70 Easton Avenue (Scissorhands Barber Shop) to investigate a disturbance," said Captain Joseph T. Miller in response to a question, and a subsequent public records request.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—More than 11 years after Hassan Bass was killed on a city street, the man accused and convicted of killing him is still fighting it in court.

    Prosecutors argued that Brian Fowlkes, 31 years old at the time, had shot Bass, 24, in the back of the head outside the Picken Chicken restaurant on George Street on May 22, 2004.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Executive Director of the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) has ordered his staff to stop issuing "improper parking fines" in the Schwartz Homes and Robeson Village public housing neighborhoods.

    "I have directed [Schwartz-Robeson] staff and management to not issue any more improper parking fines until further notice," wrote Executive Director John Clarke in a February 4 email to New Brunswick Today.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Students, parents, and teachers at the Paul Robeson Community School are in for a major shake-up after this summer, when the school will be closed for renovations.

    Superintendent Aubrey Johnson announced that a two-year, state-financed renovation project on the school will be moving forward in a November 23 press release from the school district.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 31-year-old city man is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times by a Rutgers University student in a fight outside of a downtown bar, according to city police.

    In the same incident, which occurred shortly after last call, a 24-year-old woman from Spotswood was also injured after she was punched repeatedly by two student suspects.

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    UPDATED: The final meeting of the year has been changed from December 30 to December 29, and the September 7 meeting was changed to September 6.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick City Council is scheduled to meet in public 25 times this year.  Anyone is welcome to attend and to speak at the meetings.

    The Council meetings are held on the top floor of City Hall, located at 78 Bayard Street in downtown, on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) has been charging their public housing tenants with $50 parking fines in a roundabout manner, writing the "tickets" up as "work orders."

    Though the only "work" being done by the agency is writing the ticket, the process enables the authority to tack expensive fines onto the subsidized rent of the tenants who reside there.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As more than two feet of snow piled up in the Hub City over the weekend of January 23, the city was being led by an acting mayor.

    It was the largest single-storm snowfall in the recorded history of New Brunswick, with some 28 inches of precipitation reported.

    During the storm New Brunswick Today passed along complaints from our readers to City Hall, such as: "Between ward and powers street by the train tracks we need help so we can get bread and milk for the kids and there's other people need supplies too."

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    EDISON, NJ—Freeholder H. James Polos said that the state's second most populous county used to be "maybe a machine," in his remarks at the Board of Chosen Freeholders' annual re-organization meeting on January 6.

    Polos, a former Mayor of Highland Park, has often been on the outside looking in at the Democratic Party's establishment.

    Yet despite the challenges he has faced, Polos has managed to stay on the Freeholder Board for 18 years.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) does not provide significant information about police actions to the public, but Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) does offer a daily police and fire log.

    The following blotter is based on RUPD's log, as well as press releases, public comments, and crime alerts from RUPD, NBPD, and other law enforcement agencies.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's fire officers and municipal workers will be getting raises, according to ordinances and resolutions approved by the City Council at their January 20 meeting.

    "We have negotiated some considerably significant givebacks in the health and welfar area, paritcuarly the prescription plan has been reconfigured," said Business Administrator Thomas Loughlin.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Scott Campion, one of three public employees arrested in a 2013 NJ State Police takedown of a cocaine and weapons sales operation, resigned his job as a dispatcher at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office on March 20, 2015.

    It was the second time he had resigned from the law enforcement agency, according to multiple sources.  The first time he left the department, he was forced to give up his badge and gun, after pointing that gun at a waitress in an Edison restaurant.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police and City Hall have confirmed rumors of a dead body found in a "wooded area off of Jersey Avenue near Comstock Street," after a video appeared on Facebook showing firefighters and police in the area.

    New Brunswick Today started asking questions after seeing the video on January 29, the same day police were asked to respond to the scene.

    According to New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) Captain JT Miller, police responded "to investigate the report of a deceased individual."

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating an on-campus assault and  robbery that took place at about 6:15pm on January 27, according to a crime alert issued four hours later.

    The incident involved a Rutgers-affiliated victim and four juvenile suspects according to the alert.  It occurred near the intersection of College Farm Road and Ag Extension Way, near the intersection with Route 1.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers police are investigating a "criminal sexual contact" incident that reportedly occurred on January 25 at about 5:00 PM on a Rutgers University bus traveling down George Street.

    According to a university crime alert issued eight hours later, the victim is "affiliated" with the university.  The victim "reported being touched on the thigh and buttocks while standing on a crowded University bus."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Known as "The Ville," short for Robeson Village, it's one of two major public housing neighborhoods on opposite sides of Van Dyke Avenue in the Fourth Ward.

    The neighborhood's residents have been credited with--and also criticized for--taking a stand against a music video being filmed there featuring Jaheim Hoagland, a R&B artist who once called The Ville home.

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    UPDATE (1/26): The plans for the microbrewery and the mixed-use building at 364 Somerset Street were approved 6-0.  Construction Management Associates postponed their hearing on plans for 15 Maple Street until further notice.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear proposals large and small at its annual reorganization meeting on January 25 at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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    UPDATE (1/25): This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Mayor James Cahill was out of town on "personal business" and Thomas Loughlin was the Acting Mayor.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the second consecutive night, the city will open Lord Stirling Community School on George Street to anyone without adequate shelter on January 24.

    The city survived the brunt of the most serious winter storm to hit it in years, without any major power outages.

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    UPDATE (1/25): This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Mayor James Cahill was out of town on "personal business" during the storm, and Business Administrator Thomas Loughlin was serving as Acting Mayor.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The city's Acting Mayor declared a snow emergency in the Hub City, according to a Nixle alert issued by the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) at 12:27pm on January 23.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NJTransit Police are investigating how a 36-year-old man fell almost three stories down an elevator shaft at the city's downtown train station at about 5:40am on January 18.

    The man, who came from New York City, suffered injuries to his back and was taken to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) for treatment after he was rescued by the New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD).

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    TRENTON, NJ—Could Middlesex County be home to the next Revel?  How about Union, Monmouth, Somerset, or even Hunterdon?

    If legislative leaders and Governor Christie have their way in the next election, all five could be possibilities.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—German Nieto was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after they broke into his home pointing guns at his family on the morning of January 5.

    According to Nieto's family, who has lived on Lawrence Street for more than a decade, the authorities were looking for someone else when they arrived, but ultimately decided to take Nieto to jail after the botched 6am raid.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police patrolling the Fourth Ward of the city heard three or four gunshots emanating from the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at about 6pm on Janury 9, according to police radio transmissions.

    Eventually investigators determined that gunfire took place near the McDonald's on Route 27, near the CoachUSA bus station and the Schwartz Homes public housing complex.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In 2015's most contentious Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, the board unanimously approved variances to allow for a small grocery store in the Fourth Ward on October 26.

    The 7-0 vote clears the way for the owner of Marquez Grocery on Jersey Avenue to open up a similar bodega on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

    About one out of every three audience members cheered the decision, which involves the bodega owner's wife relocating her existing beauty salon to make room for the store. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Police confirmed that a New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) vehicle was struck by an SUV shortly before 2am on January 3 near 120 Jersey Avenue.

    At approximately 1:39 am, NBPD unit #959 was struck by a Honda CRV that police say was being driven by an intoxicated woman from New Brunswick.

    It was the second major crash in the same area in as many nights.  Just two nights earlier, a city man was arrested after wrecking a stolen BMW on French Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After several days of secrecy, officials at the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) finally issued a statement about how they intend to replace the agency's longtime leader, Richard Pucci.

    Pucci took political observers by surprise when he announced his retirement from the MCIA in December after 25 years in the powerful position.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 1, city police found a 2002 BMW that had been stolen from Morristown after its driver was involved in a wreck on French Street.

    According to police radio transmissions, police officers briefly chased the suspect who bailed out after crashing into a guardrail on French Street in between Sanford and Delavan Streets at about 11:20pm.

    However, police lost track of the suspect who was last seen "in the backyards of Comstock Street heading towards Hale Street," according to the transmissions.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—North Brunswick Police Department confirmed that over a two-day span, the department executed two different motor vehicle stops that resulted in motorists leaving the stops and fleeing into New Brunswick, resulting in crashes both times.

    City police were surprised to see several North Brunswick police cruisers engaged in a car chase in the Hub City on the evening of January 1.

    At 8:02pm, North Brunswick police executed a motor vehicle stop at Livingston Avenue and Nassau Street, on the border of the two towns.

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    The City of New Brunswick is home to a variety of businesses large and small, from corporate giant Johnson & Johnson to a number of small retail businesses, dining establishments, and precious few places to buy clothing.

    Many of these businesses are part of larger national or international companies, while some are one-of-a-kind local stores, some of which have been based in New Brunswick for decades.

    Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In a surprising turn of events, the city's Ethics Board made history when it decided to fine the President of the City Council $100 for repeated ethics violations on November 12.

    Kevin Egan, who was first elected in 2010 and faced no opposition in the 2014 election cycle, admitted in an apology letter sent to the board two days earlier that he failed to comply with disclosure requirements by not revealing one of his rental properties.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In one of the more serious on-campus criminal incidents reported in 2015, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) responded to the scene of an assault with a weapon at the Henderson Apartments on the night of December 17.

    According to the school's "Daily Crime and Fire Safety Log," one of the three apartment buildings on Labor Center Way was the scene of a number of crimes that occurred shortly before midnight that evening, crimes that have thus far been kept quiet.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The man in charge of relations between the city government and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) will continue to serve on the board of the New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA).

    Kevin McTernan's dayjob is at RWJUH, where he has worked since 1979.

    He has chaired the NBPA Board of Commissioners, a powerful unpaid position, for the last fourteen years.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Violent crimes continue to plague the Hub City this holiday season, as man was shot twice in the lower leg on Harvey Street near French Street, at about 12:15am on December 26.

    The victim ran in the side door of Hub Liquors, a bar that more closely resembles a liquor store, leaving a trail of blood and forcing the establishment to close early.

    The unknown victim was hospitalized but is expected to fully recover from his injuries, according to a crime alert.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A man was stabbed in the abdomen at 317 Seaman Street in the first of many serious crimes on Christmas Day.

    "I got a call... Female saying that someone just stabbed her boyfriend," reported a dispatcher over the police radio, sending city police to the scene at about 1:10am on December 25.

    Shortly thereafter police were calling for an ambulance, reporting the victim had been stabbed in the abdomen.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating an armed robbery that occurred in broad daylight on Handy Street the morning of December 17.

    According to police radio transmissions, no one was injured and the suspect fled on a bicycle after showing a handgun and taking his victim's cell phone at approximately 9:18am.

    It is the latest in a string of violent crimes that city police have not publicized nor solved.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) was caught by New Brunswick Today violating the conditions of a zoning variance granted by the city government earlier this year.

    The city's Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to approve the hospital's request for a 900-square-foot "digital billboard," or "jumbotron," in May.

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    TRENTON, NJ—Joseph Spicuzzo, one of the county's most notoriously corrupt politicians, left a state prison today as a free man, having served just over two years on a nine-year sentence.

    Spicuzzo led the Middlesex County Democratic Organization for many years, and was elected to ten consecutive three-year terms as Sheriff. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Edward O'Rourke, a longtime employee of the New Brunswick Water Utility, admitted to being part of an extensive coverup of water quality problems in New Brunswick, resigned in October and pleaded guilty to serious crimes on December 17.

    The "licensed operator" in New Brunswick until his license was suspended in 2013, O'Rourke has pleaded guilty a second-degree charge of "corruption of public resources" and third-degree violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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    UPDATE (12/17): NBPD Captain JT Miller confirmed the incident, but referred to it as "an assault (laceration with a cutting instrument)."  The victim is 36 years old and was hospitalized with "a non-life threatening injury."

    "The preliminary investigation suggests the assault stems from a domestic relationship," said Miller.

    "The assault is actively being investigated by New Brunswick Police detectives."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the early morning hours of December 8, city police officers chased down a city resident, and punctured his lung while making an arrest, according to the man's attorney.

    The New Brunswick community is organizing a response to the injuries sufferred by 34-year-old Dion Napier at the hands of officers with the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mayor James Cahill has been office since 1991, but the property taxes paid by homeowners here are still based, at least in part, on assessed values determined before he was sworn into office.

    For the first time in 25 years, the city will re-evaluate the value of properties citywide in a move that could drastically affect the taxes paid by many property owners, if the City Council approves the revalution on December 16.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Both city police and Rutgers police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on December 13 at Park Deli Too, a store located in the same building as the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD).

    It's the eighteenth incident to lead to a campuswide crime alert this semester, and the fifth robbery in four days to do so. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three robberies in the early morning hours of December 12 were the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth incidents to generate Rutgers University crime alerts this semester.

    The robberies occurred in a two-hour span between 1:10am and 3:10am, and one of the incidents left two men injured.

    All three incidents occurred near Rutgers' College Avenue campus or its Cook/Douglass campuses in New Brunswick, which are located on opposite ends of the city's downtown.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials confirmed that a firefighter suspended after being hit with criminal charges is the second to be suspended from the New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) this year.

    Dell Walker was suspended without pay on November 23, according to Business Adminstrator Thomas Loughlin III.

    The suspension came three days after the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) announced criminal charges against Walker, a 19-year veteran of the department, for collecting disability payments at the same time he was working.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating a violent robbery on the Cook campus in the Second Ward, where a man affiliated with the school was injured.

    On December 10, at approximately 7:00 PM, the victim was walking "behind the greenhouses" located off of Dudley Road behind parking lot 98A when he encountered several men.

    The men "demanded items of value" from the victim, according to the crime alert issued less than two hours later.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating a "suspicious incident" where a woman was nearly abducted at about 2:30am on December 5, near the intersection of Courtlandt and Duke Streets. 

    According to a Rutgers crime alert issued nearly four days after the incident occured, a female who is affiliated with the university was almost pushed into a vehicle she had declined to get into.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 23-year-old woman from Lawrenceville became the latest person to end their life in an apparent suicide by jumping from a public parking deck on December 1.

    Police told other media outlets they were investigating the incident shortly after it occurred at 2:52pm at the Plum Street parking garage.

    The victim landed on the Prospect Street sidewalk, and was still breathing when she was found, according to police radio transmissions.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ--Rutgers’ weeklong search for a new football coach has come to an end, with the school hiring Ohio State University's co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash to be the team’s 30th head coach.

    Ash has served as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, and won a national championship with the Buckeyes last year.

    Ash will also make almost twice as much as Kyle Flood, the coach who was fired just eight days earlier.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Executive Director of the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) has earned $5,687 in the first nine months of 2015, on top of his annual $155,062 salary, according to the agency's response to a public records request.

    "Any of my time for overtime is redevelopment work, which is done separately from the housing authority time, and yes I am [eligible for overtime]," Clarke explained to the agency's Board of Directors on November 18.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to a press release, New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) officers apprehended two suspects that were "fleeing from the scene of a burglary" during the early morning hours of November 30.

    "The suspects were being chased by one of the victim/residents... as the officers arrived and took the two suspects into custody," reads the release.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Rutgers University officially terminated head football coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann on November 29, in what the school's President termed "a day of change."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two men have been indicted and another four have pleaded guilty so far in the aftermath of arrests targeting a drug and gun sales network that involved the city's Chief Housing Inspector.

    Both Paul Cano, a New Brunswick landlord who owns four rental properties, and Chief Housing Inspector Michael Mahony, have taken deals with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to criminal charges.  But only Cano is expected to go to jail.

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    TRENTON, NJ—Margaret Brennan, the longtime Treasurer and Comptroller of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority will continue recieving a pension, even after she was caught stealing $57,000 from the public agency.

    The Utilities Authority provides wastewater and solid waste management for most of Middlesex County.

    As we reported previously, Brennan pleaded guility to theft and avoided jailtime thanks to a lenient sentence from Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves.

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    UPDATE: After this article was published, Captain Miller confirmed that two people were injured in the crash and provided the following details:

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After pressing for answers for over three weeks, New Brunswick Today has finally learned the details of a previously undisclosed stabbing that occurred near the city's 24-hour Walgreens on Jersey Avenue.

    On November 23, New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) Captain JT Miller confirmed for the first time that there was a stabbing during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 31.

    According to Miller, a 17-year-old was stabbed in the arm at about 2:35 am on October 31.

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    UPDATE (12/3): At a December 2 City Council meeting, Business Administrator Thomas Loughlin confirmed that Dell Walker has been suspended.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) firefighter has been charged with several criminal offenses for allegedly collecting disability payments while still working for the department.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A man was injured in a drive-by shooting on the morning of November 23 near the intersection of Seaman Street and Lee Avenue in the city's Second Ward, according to NJ.com's Alex Napoliello.

    Police radio transmissions confirm the incident was first reported to authorities at approximately10:54 am, shortly after a man was gunned down by someone seen sitting in the back seat of a moving vehicle with three occupants.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) obtained five variances from the city's Zoning Board on May 18, including one that will allow them to add three floors to a brand-new 11-story structure.

    Among the approvals granted for RWJUH properties was another that gave the go-ahead to erect a large digital billboard on the side of the new parking/office building, similar to the "Jumbotron" screens displayed in Times Square.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating a string of armed robberies targeting Rutgers students near the school's campuses in the city, including two involving a handgun and one involving a BB gun.

    The incidents come just two weeks after Halloween weekend, when three young men, including two students, were injured in a gruesome knifefight inside a Rutgers dormitory, and another student reported being robbed on-campus and threatened with a "sharp object."

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—Four people from New Brunswick were arrested in what authorities described as a "a scheme to pass bad checks in four counties and collect more than $100,000 from local banks and check-cashing businesses."

    The Middlesex County Proecutor's Office (MCPO) announced 16 arrests in total, which included individuals from Roselle, Rahway, Mahwah, Linden, Elizabeth, and Ewing as well as one person from Michigan, according to the MCPO press release

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