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.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On October 3, the city's longtime Chief Housing Inspector resigned, after being suspended without pay for more than nine months following his arrest in a city vehicle that cops say contained a "distribution quantity" of cocaine.
It was one of the most bizarre "only in New Brunswick" stories when it all went down, and it continues to be today.
Just days before Christmas, Michael Mahony was allegedly caught using his city vehicle to transport as much as eleven ounces of cocaine, sources said.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With Superintendent of Schools Richard Kaplan in his final year, the city's school board has hired a former appointee of ex-Governor James McGreevey to lead the district's search for a new superintendent.
Tonight will be the second opportunity for residents, parents, students, or other concerned citizens to make their voices heard on what they want to see in the next leader in the auditorium at the Lord Stirling Community School on George Street, starting at 6:30pm tonight.
FRANKLIN, NJ—Authorities have connected two crimes that occurred in quick succession, charging the 19-year-old victim of a stabbing with fatally shooting 17-year-old Joell Burton in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, on Route 27.
Dequan S. Rogers, age 19, of Alcorne Street in Franklin Township, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, as well as possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—University officials confirmed they will move forward with plans for a parking deck near the nexus of Mine and Union Streets in the Hub City, and that at least one building will be torn down to accomodate the facility.
Coincidentally, that building is home to the main offices of the official Rutgers student newspaper, The Daily Targum, which has the largest ciruculation of any newspaper based in New Brunswick.
Last summer, Daily Targum leadership said they expected their building would be knocked down within a year.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It all began more than five years ago when the Rutgers Catholic Center re-located from its Mine Street location to a brand-new building on Somerset Street.
That move left two houses and a smaller building on Mine Street vacant. Rutgers University purchased the properties, 17 and 29 Mine Street, for $1.85 million in 2008.
FRANKLIN, NJ—Authorities have not released any information on the shooting of a 17-year-old man near the border between Franklin Township and New Brunswick.
News 12 New Jersey reported that the family of Joell Burton says the 17-year-old teenager was the victim of the incident, which occurred in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, located on Somerset Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Gregg Mast, the President of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, has not responded to multiple inquiries about a controversial proposed housing development scheduled for a hearing at tonight's New Brunswick Planning Board meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for 7:30pm in the Middlesex County Administration Building, and renderings for the application are titled "New Brunswick Theological Seminary Housing."
PISCATAWAY, NJ—A memorial for Caitlyn Kovacs, a Rutgers student who passed away last month, has been scheduled for Saturday, October 11, from 2-5pm at the Busch Campus Center on Bartholemew Road.
Kovacs was a popular sophomore at Rutgers, pursuing a major in Animal Science, and also had many friends from her hometown of South Brunswick, where her parents reside in the Monmouth Junction section.
Kovacs graduated from South Brunswick High School, where she was a journalist with the school newspaper, "The Viking Vibe."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In a victory for citizens fighting against a controversial new building proposed for Mine Street, more than 130 people came to the August 12 Planning Board meeting, forcing officials to re-schedule it because the room was not large enough.
It was second time in as many tries that the Planning Board hearing had to be cancelled by officials due to overcrowding.
The meeting has since been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on October 14 in a larger venue: the Middlesex County Administration Building, at 75 Bayard Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A physical altercation in the city's Second Ward took a turn for the worst yesterday at approximately 7:45pm, leaving a 16-year-old child shot in the shoulder.
Police responded to a home on Hale Street where they found the male victim, who had been shot nearly two blocks away near the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Baldwin Street.
The victim lives in New Brunswick, and attends an an alternative school outside of the city, according to police.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police and emergency medical personnel responded to reports of a shooting at the Quentin Gardens Apartments at approximately 9pm on the evening of October 5.
A male victim was found lying in the street, according to police radio transmissions.
But officers on the scene weren't immediately sure if the victim was shot in the incident.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On the heels of an ethics complaint filed by the author of this article, the city's longtime Planning Board attorney has agreed to sit out an upcoming hearing on a controversial development application.
Filed on August 20, the complaint alleges that Benjamin Bucca has improperly used his position as the Planning Board's attorney to favor his other employer, Rutgers University, where he serves as the womens' tennis coach.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A strong turnout from Franklin's Democratic Committee sent their Chairman to the State Assembly, in a vote between two relatively unknown politicians today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Joseph Danielsen, a former Fire Commissioner and Planning Board member in Franklin Township, won a vote of the committee members who hail from his hometown, as well as those from New Brunswick, Milltown, Piscataway, and North Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Further investigation into the murders of two men in Cumberland County has led to the arrests of three New Brunswick men and one Somerset man, and new charges for a man arrested last week and accused of running a human trafficking operation that exploited undocumented immigrants in a statewide network of prostitution houses.
UPDATE (7:18PM): Rutgers University released the following statement from Senior VP Bruce Fehn: "In addition to serving as executive director of police services, Kenneth B. Cop will now oversee emergency management and emergency services operations for the university. He is replacing James E. Kohl in this role.... All other functions within Administration and Public Safety will report directly to me."
"I would like to thank Jay for his nearly 15 years of service to Rutgers and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two former city cops are out of a job for the second time in less than a year after their resignation from new civilian jobs they had taken too quickly after leaving their law enforcement positions.
Michael Bacorn left his police officer job on December 1, one month before fellow New Brunswick officer Charles Savoth.
Bacorn began collecting a pension that amounts to $90,711 per year, and Savoth began collecting a pension that adds up to $79,719.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Margaret Brennan, 68, a longtime employee of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA), was charged with stealing more than $57,000 from the agency over a three-year period.
Brennan worked for the MCUA for 29 years, and according to published reports, earned an annual salary of $151,040.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A miniature park sprouted up in downtown on Friday September 20, spanning five spaces on Bayard Street and commemorating a holiday of sorts.
The occasion was "PARK(ing) Day," on which people occupy parking spaces with temporary "parklets" in cities across the world.
The PARK(ing) Day movement began with a parking space in San Francisco in 2005, and spread around the world by 2011.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In front of a packed courtroom, Judge Bradley Ferencz sentenced Ernie Feist to five years in jail for a drunk driving crash that injured multiple innocent people.
Feist had pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by auto, but according to published reports, will be eligible for parole within a year or less because the charges are in the third and fourth degree.
Feist had two public jobs, one with Monroe Township and the other with Perth Amboy, and also manages his own engineering firm, Feist Engineering.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At 10:20pm last night, New Brunswick police officers responded to the Tropicana Restaurant & Bar on Georges Road, after an officer called for assistance in responding to a "large fight and possible stabbing."
According to a police press release, they arrived to find several people injured by others who were hit with broken glass bottles and one man chasing another with a knife in the parking lot.
UPDATE (11:21 am): This article has been updated to include statements issued by the Rutgers President and the DKE International Fraternity.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A 19-year-old Rutgers sophomore died in the early morning hours of Sunday September 21, after being taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital from a fraternity house by friends.
Caitlyn P. Kovacs, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, was pronounced dead at 3:19 am, according to a statement released by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick couple was arrested on September 18 for harboring undocumented immigrants and employing them in brothels located throughout New Jersey, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
Juan Fredy Hernandez-Zozaya, 36, and his wife, Elizabeth Rojas Rojas, 33, are being charged with harboring aliens for the purpose of prostitution, and harboring aliens for the purpose of financial gain.
TRENTON, NJ—One of New Brunswick's three elected representatives in Trenton could be leaving office soon if the State Senate approves a nomination made by Chris Christie.
On September 18, Christie announced three nominations for Commissioners to serve on the state's Board of Public Utilities, including longtime Democratic Assemblyman Updendra Chivukula.
The new job would include an annual salary increase for Chivukula, from the $49,000 earned by Assembly representatives, to the $125,000 paid to the BPU's commissioners.
UPDATE: The City Council voted 4-0 to approve the water privatization deal with NJ American Water, with Council President Rebecca Escobar abstaining because she was not aware that a vote would be held.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council will again revisit a controversial deal made by Mayor James Cahill to privatize the management and day-to-day operations of the city's embattled Water Utility.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Rutgers University Police arrested nine people for a slew of offenses during the course of the evening Saturday night, while Piscataway police arrested two more for disorderly conduct.
It wasn't just any Saturday night, though. It was the first-ever Big 10 football game for Rutgers University, and the first football game to sell out the stadium in years.
Rutgers lost to Penn State 13-10, but the 8pm kickoff time led to many arrests before the game even started.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—In a historic football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Penn State Nittany Lions, Penn State beat Rutgers 13-10 in front of a capacity crowd.
With 53,774 in attendance, the crowd was the largest in the history of the Rutgers football program, and the game was the first conference game since the school officially joined the Big Ten Athletic Conference.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials announced that their controversial plans to charge for parking in Buccleuch Park raised $3,540 last Saturday.
But after paying city police and New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) employees to enforce the new rules, the city netted just over $1,050.
The controversial plans were in the works for several months, but the first time the details were revealed came at the September 3 City Council meeting, just three days before the plans were put into effect.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Once foreclosed and abandoned, a property on Stratford Place in the city's Fourth Ward has been renovated and sold to a popular man affiliated with the city's non-profit sector who says he looks forward to raising his family in the Hub City.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--At 11:38pm last night, a marked police vehicle and another vehicle were involved in a bad crash in the city's First Ward that left one person trapped inside a totalled Nissan Altima.
Police radio transmissions suggest the supervisor behind the wheel of NBPD unit #904, a Dodge Charger, and may have been en route to reports of a man with a gun, and subsequently reports of a man with a knife walking around in the Gardens at Raritan apartment complex.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two recent assaults in close proximity have raised questions about when Rutgers University police decide to notify the public of violent crimes near the school's campuses.
On Friday morning, police radio transmissions described that a man was assaulted near the intersection of Hamilton and High Streets, the second assault on the same block in less than a week.
Based on the police radio transmissions, this incident sounded far more serious than the assault that occurred four nights earlier.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City Council voted 3-0 on Wednesday to immediately raise the salary of the city's crossing guards, in response to a crash where Fire Director Robert Rawls seriously injured three children on their way home from school.
Rawls was driving a city-owned SUV at the time, one of multiple city vehicles he has crashed and at one of at least nineteen crashes he has been involved in during his driving career.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Yesterday, a crowd gathered in front of one of the city's most historic churches to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the building's life.
After years of work on the part of domestic violence survivors and advocates, the historic First Reformed Church will soon be transformed into 10 units of supportive housing for female survivors of domestic violence.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government is working to make the city safer for cyclists, says Planning Director Glenn Patterson.
One component of Patterson's efforts is a new initative to install seven "bike corrals" throughout the city.
The first one was installed near the Hidden Grounds coffee shop on Friday, at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Mine Street.
One of the owners of Hidden Grounds said the installation was a welcome improvement, and one the small business requested previously.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In an effort to make Rutgers University's enrollment process more competitive and selective, University President Robert Barchi set out to shrink the size of this year's freshman class.
But those efforts were surprisingly unsuccessful, leaving the state university with its largest incoming class yet.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Without proper approvals, the New Brunswick Parking Authority is already selling Rutgers football fans $23 gameday parking spots in Buccleuch Park, the city's largest park.
Not only has the City Council not approved the deal, but the decision to start charging for parking there may be a risky one, due to a deed restriction that says the city "shall forfeit all rights to [Buccleuch Park]" if the premises are ever diverted towards any use besides a public park.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A 54-year-old city resident was seriously injured at approximately 4pm yesterday, when he rode his bike into an open car door in front of the Burger King on George Street, according to police.
An unlicensed driver, 31-year-old Melvin Martinez-Romero, had pulled over his silver Toyota Camry to drop off a passenger when Adolfo Guzman struck the car door and received a laceration to his neck.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mayor and Acting Water Director Jim Cahill was unusually dismissive of questions about an unpopular water privatization deal that officials originally said would expire last week.
In July, New Brunswick Today exposed the secret privatization deal with NJ American Water, which was signed by Cahill without consulting the City Council, the public, or leaders in the two other communities who purchase water from the city.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Local police are searching for three suspects in a violent slashing that occurred Sunday night around 11:20pm near the Hamilton Gardens Apartments, located at 300 Hamilton Street.
The victim was slashed in the throat, according to police radio transmissions.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wolfson Deck, one of the largest parking structures in downtown New Brunswick, could soon be converted into a small park and a new building, according to officials.
Wolfson is the oldest of the New Brunswick Parking Authority's nine parking garages, located on Neilsen Street between New and George Streets.
County officials announced plans for a small county "pocket park" earlier this year, which would be the first county park in New Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mayor James Cahill has appointed a longtime business partner of his to become the city's Chief Municipal Judge for the next three years.
James P. Hoebich also serves as municipal judge for at least two other Middlesex County municipalities, Piscataway and Sayreville, and has previously served as a judge in South Amboy.
The New Brunswick City Council is set to vote Wednesday August 20 at 5:30pm on whether or not it would to approve Hoebich's judgeship, which would take effect on August 31.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government, perhaps in a hunt for money to pay for numerous new parking decks paid for with borrowed money, approved a new charge for parking on College Avenue when Rutgers has home football games.
Previously, parking on the main drag of the university was free on weekends.
But, under the new ordinance, approved unanimously on August 6 by the City Council, the parking meters on College Avenue will now charge parkers a whopping $10, but that their parking space will be good for a full 24 hours.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On August 5, residents gathered at outdoor events across the city to build community and meet the officers who police their streets.
The annual tradition, known as National Night Out, is an anti-crime event that takes place in many communities across the country on the first Tuesday in August.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials have broken a promise to find a larger venue for tonight's Planning Board meeting on a controversial development project planned for Mine Street.
The plans, which have been changed since the last time they were presented, call for a 52-unit apartment building on land that was once home to the Rutgers University Catholic Center.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A seven-year veteran of the city's police force has been treated and released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital following a harrowing experience.
Officer Keven M. Hendricks was identified as the victim of the alleged "assault by auto," having been dragged from a vehicle by 24-year-old Somerset resident Donnell Cook for roughly 50 feet.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Fire Director Robert Rawls ascended through the ranks of the New Brunswick Fire Department to become its leader in 2006, despite a serious red flag that would have kept most people out of higher office.
Six days before Christmas in 1989, while Rawls was a firefighter, he was involved in an incident and later convicted of shoplifting and two counts of simple assault.
HELMETTA, NJ—Richard Recine resigned from the Helmetta police force this week, after a bizarre ordeal where he and the town's Police Director Robert Manney forced a citizen to leave a public building.
A video of the incident has sparked a controversy that put the tiniest town in Middlesex County in the national spotlight, attracting attention from online media outlets and outrage about the cross-over between politics and policework.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An unidentified city police officer was injured after being dragged 50 feet by a motor vehicle shortly after 2:30am this morning.
Police arrested 24-year-old Donnell Cook after a chase that ended in a crash with a parked vehicle, and left the officer in Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital.
"The officer sustained multiple broken bones, abrasions and internal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle incident," reads the official press release.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--At 2:25am yesterday morning, four parked vehicles sustained damage after gunshots rang out in the New Brunswick Apartments, a garden apartment complex located in the city's First Ward.
Officially located at 33 Commercial Avenue, the apartment complex has 206 units spread across 15 buildings, making it the sixth-largest private apartment complex in the city.
The incident is at least the second shooting shooting incident in the complex in as many weeks.
UPDATE (5:39PM): This article has been updated to include the identities of the victims and additional information about the incidents.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Summertime is usually quiet in the city's Sixth Ward neighborhood, a unique area that is typically dominated by college student renters during the rest of the year.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On the morning of July 20, a city police officer was alerted to a nearby stolen vehicle thanks to a technological tool that is becoming more and more common in law enforcement.
At approximately 8:40 am, the license plate readers on an unmarked city cop car told Officer Adan Ramirez that he was in the vicinity of a 2000 Lexus 300 that had been reported stolen the previous day. That occurred near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Construction cranes are a familiar site in the Hub City, lifting heavy loads high into the sky to facilitate the city's highly noticeable redevelopment efforts.
But at approximately 10:17 am yesterday, a newly-erected crane installed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital had a major malfunction that caused the city to shut down a section of Route 27 near the city's busiest intersection.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are are investigating a crash involving a 5-year old boy from New Brunswick, who was riding a scooter near the Lord Stirling Community School.
The boy was struck near the intersection of Welton Street and Throop Avenue by a red 2001 Dodge van driven by a 53-year-old city woman, Aidi Miranda, who remained at the scene and was not charged.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Los funcionarios de la ciudad sabian bien que Robert Rawls tenía tendencia de provocar accidentes mientras manejaba varios vehiculos de la ciudad te todo terreno, pagados por los contribuyentes de la ciudad.
De hecho, la ciudad recibio dos avisos de reclamos de dos victimas que fueron golpeadas por Rawls en dos incidentes diferentes en los ultimo cinco años, no incluyendo las familias de los tres niños que golpeo con su auto el 6 de Mayo.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials were well aware that Robert Rawls had a tendancy to get into car crashes while driving various city-owned sport utility vehicles he was given to drive at taxpayer expense.
In fact, the city recieved notices of claims from two victims who were struck by Rawls in two different incidents in the past five years, not counting the families of the three children he struck on May 6.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Characterizing the resignation of Water Director Frank Marascia and Treatment Plant Supervisor as an "emergency," Mayor Jim Cahill quietly made himself the Water Director late last month.
Within a week of Marascia's last day, Cahill signed an agreement to bring in an outside company to run the day-to-day operations starting July 7.
UPDATE (7/21): Fire Director Robert Rawls' traffic court case, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed until further notice.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A major source of funding for Mayor Jim Cahill's political campaigns is the city's public employees, including many of the ten department heads that he hires and fires.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Ronald Bellafronte, a city employee who served a three-month suspension without pay for using a racial slur to describe a city attorney, will not return to his job as a housing inspector.
Instead, Bellafronte was transferred to a position the city's embattled Water Utility just eleven days after the department's Director resigned.
UPDATE (7/17): The City Council voted 5-0 to approve the privatization agreement with American Water, after hearing from only a fraction of those present who wished to speak on the issue.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police reports obtained by New Brunswick Today revealed the strange circumstances surrounding the alleged suicide of former Water Director Shawn Maloney.
Maloney's body was found by Distribution Division Supervisor Willie Weaver shortly after his death from a gunshot wound on February 9, 2007.
AVANZE NOTICIERO (7/21): El caso en corte por violaciones a las leyes de trafico de Robert Rawls, director del departamento de Bomberos que estaba programada para mañana ha sido pospuesta sin fecha definida.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Los oficiales de la corte confirmaron que el caso del estado de New Jersey vs. Robert Rawls, en referencia al accidente del 6 de Mayo en donde tres niños fueron heridos mientras volvian a sus casas de la escuela, ha sido transferido fuera de la ciudad.
UPDATE: Fire Director Robert Rawls' traffic court case, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed until August 19 at 1pm.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Court officials confirmed this week that the State of New Jersey vs. Robert Rawls, a traffic court case involving a crash that injured three children on their way home from school on May 6, has been transferred out of the city.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This reporter observed a strange sight on Thursday, June 26: a New Brunswick Police officer throwing out two traffic ticket booklets, including one with two parking tickets that were never filed with the court.
Parked near Old Man Rafferty's on Albany Street, a uniformed New Brunswick police officer was spotted nonchalantly cleaning out the trunk of his unmarked car.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mayor James Cahill assumed control of the city's embattled Water Utility this week and is already making controversial changes without consulting City Council members,
Last night's Council agenda did not address a privatization deal that was signed following the unexpected resignation of Water Director Frank Marascia. Neither was it mentioned until New Brunswick Today asked why Marascia was not at the meeting.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities confirmed that Marcin Gadkowski, 36, was the man found dead in an strip of Johnson & Johnson property next to the New Brunswick train station yesterday.
Family members told NJ.com that Gadkowski worked a construction job Monday through Friday in Philadelphia. He lived with his sister in Old Bridge on weekends, according to the report.
UPDATE (7/1): The body has been identified as Marcin Gadkowski.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City Hall and NJTransit confirmed that a body was found this morning around 11am this morning next to the New Brunswick train station.
"A passerby on the train platform called in the body," said city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw, who indicated the body was found on Johnson & Johnson property.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— Multiple sources say students in Rutgers University's Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) Summer Institute were forced to endure a “military style” ritual last summer at the hands of a Rutgers employee on their second night on campus.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The same year that Mayor Jim Cahill announced plans for a new "Wellness Center" in downtown, a national credit rating agency downgraded the city's rating, expressing doubts about that project and another one involving the same players.
HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—New Brunswick's tiny neighbor to the north has a new Mayor, Gayle Brill-Mittler, a Councilwoman whose ascension to Mayor creates the need for another temporary appointment.
Brill-Mittler takes over for Gary Minkoff, who resigned earlier this month to pursue a work opportunity.
The new mayor's nomination was unanimously approved by the Borough Council at a special meeting last night.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, longtime board attorney George Hendricks ordered school security guards to cease efforts to distribute the print edition of this newspaper.
Saying that New Brunswick Today "has a lot of political information in it," officials declared that it could not be distributed on school grounds.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sources say that staff layoffs, at least for managers, are part of a deal to outsource the management of the Rutgers University Telefund, as an outside company prepares to take over July 1.
The operation will still remain at 303 George Street in downtown New Brunswick, and officials maintain it "will continue to employ approximately 100 students each semester."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city’s two red light traffic cameras are scheduled to be removed later this year, leaving the fate of the pilot program unknown.
HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—With a year and half remaining on his term in the tiny borough's largest office, Democrat Gary Minkoff resigned Tuesday June 10 to take advantage of an unspecified professional opportunity.
Minkoff's abrupt departure calls into effect state laws that put the burden of finding a replacement on two different organizations, one political and one governmental.
UPDATE (4:10pm): Police confirmed the victim is a 26-year-old female from Hillsborough. She "remains in critical, but stable condition" according to the NBPD, which is investigating the crime.
"The initial investigation suggests the victim and the attacker were familiar with each other prior to the shooting," said the official press release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Drew Weiss at (732) 745-5217.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—No court has assumed responsibility for handling two traffic tickets issued after the city's Fire Director struck three children in a crosswalk more than a month ago.
The tickets, which would typically be heard in New Brunswick Municipal Court, are expected to be transferred to a different jurisdiction due to the obvious conflict of interest.
But officials have not yet determined which municipal court will handle the case.
UPDATE (6/12): The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has released a corrected version of the press release, indicating the original one had "erronously reported the date in which three men were assaulted."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The county's acting prosecutor Andrew Carey and city police director Anthony Caputo announced yesterday that "a New Brunswick man was arrested and charged with the murder of another city resident and wounding two other men with a broken bottle."
UPDATE (6/11): Authorities revealed yesterday that 53-year-old Anastacio Hernandez, the man beaten in this incident, died the following day, while two others were stabbed with a broken bottle, treated at a hospital, and released.
CRANBURY, NJ—At approximately 1 am this morning, a vehicle transporting actor Tracy Morgan from a comedy show in Delaware was involved in a tragic crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
According to the State Police and Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, a 62-year-old passenger in the vehicle, James McNair of Peekskill, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:53 a.m.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A large pole holding up a either a traffic light fell on a person after it was struck by a car at the intersection of Jersey Avenue and Handy Street.
Dispatchers told cops that 9-1-1 was "going off the hook" around 2 am, sending police, ambulances, and PSE&G electric workers to the scene.
A city police officer was able to lift the pole off of the injured pedestrian according to police radio transmissions while emergency medical personnel and firefighters hurried to the scene.
UPDATE (8:19PM): Authorities have not identified the victim, except to say that she is a 50-year-old woman from Crosswicks, NJ.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to the New Brunswick Parking Authority, police are investigating a potential suicide at the 11-story Plum Street Parking Deck.
'There was a body found on the sidewalk early this morning," said NBPA Executive Director Mitch Karon. "It appears it was a jumper…police conducting an investigation."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney was in a unique position of power Monday morning, as he fielded questions about S1860, the controversial bill to expand the Rutgers Board of Governors from 15 to 19 members.
Despite concerns about its legality, the Senate's Higher Education Committee approved the bill by a 3-2 vote along party lines, with all three Democrats reluctantly siding with Sweeney.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mayor Jim Cahill appears poised to continue in office for another four years, without a prominent electoral challenge for the first time in his seven campaigns.
The Middlesex County Division of Elections confirmed this morning that no one has filed petitions to run against Cahill or his running mates, Councilman Kevin Egan and Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The joint campaign committee for Mayor Jim Cahill and his two running mates has raised $90,400 so far, according to their latest required report.
Cahill is likely to run unopposed for an unprecedented seventh term as mayor this fall, in part thanks to his sizable campaign warchest.
Among the more surprising names to appear on the campaign finance reports were Mario Vargas and Jun Choi.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New reporting from NBC's Brian Thompson shows that New Brunswick Fire Director Robert Rawls did not call 911 after striking three students in his city-owend SUV, contrary to claims made by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--At 12:42am last night, police responded to reports of five shots in the Second Ward neighborhood.
Within minutes, the crime scene was located at a home at 177 Hale Street, located near the intersection with Remsen Avenue. Two victims had been hit.
City resident Gregorio Hernandez, age 28, was in bad shape, according to police radio transmissions. He was pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—TheFreshGrocer is cutting and running on the Hub City after a failed attempt to open their first supermarket in New Jersey.
After telling the city they would close on May 24, the store abruptly shut down for good at 1:30pm this afternoon.
The store stopped paying its $78,000 monthly rent after just two or three months, according to NJ.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County's top government attorney also works for some of New Brunswick's biggest developers including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, leading many to ask if there is an inherent conflict of interest at play.
Tom Kelso doesn't meet the traditional definition of a "double-dipper," because he only has one public job and is not yet collecting a pension.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A report issued in March by Rutgers University suggested major changes to Livingston Avenue, but the changes proposed came too late to prevent a tragic crash that seriously injured three local children last week.
However, some ideas in the 24-page report have now been fast-tracked by Middlesex County, which owns the dangerous road.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Newly-released crime statistics show that the city has experienced a surge in armed robberies during the first part of 2014, while the city's two major police departments were engaged in a bitter jurisdictional dispute that still has not been resolved.
Since December 6, the Rutgers Police Department has been forced to adapt to a much smaller chunk of the city where its officers are allowed to enforce motor vehicle laws such as drunk driving.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—From late November through early March, the city's struggling water utility purchased millions of gallons of water each day from neighboring East Brunswick, but now city officials are faced with a bill in excess of $1 million.
The reason for the bulk fluid purchase was that the city had to shut down a large portion of its Comstock Street treatment plant to investigate the performance of the plant's eight gravity filters, which represent half of the plant.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Ed Spencer's nearly two-year reign as President of New Brunswick's Board of Education (BOE) ended Tuesday, as BOE Vice President Patricia Sadowski was chosen by fellow board members to become the body's President.
Sadowski, a Rutgers Village resident and nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, has served on the board for many years, and was elected to a three-year term in April 2013.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 30, 2004, Robert Rawls allegedly injured two Rutgers University employees who were crossing in a crosswalk at the intersection of George and Liberty Streets.
One woman leaped out of the way and averted injury. Another had her pelvis broken in three places, while a third person sufferred full body contusions, according to a source.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to media reports, Fire Director Robert Rawls has been issued two summonses for an accident he was involved in Tuesday afternoon in his city vehicle while on-duty.
A spokesperson for Mayor James Cahill told NJ.com that Rawls was charged with careless driving and failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Ronald Bellafronte, a longtime New Brunswick housing inspector who was suspended without pay since March 5, will return to work.
UPDATE (10:03PM): Corey Berrian has turned himself in, as of this afternoon, according to a press release issued by the New Brunswick Police Department.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Police detectives have identified Corey Berrian as the second suspect involved in Tuesday’s shooting on Livingston Avenue.
Berrian is a fugitive and police are asking for the public's help in tracking him down.
UPDATE (5/8): The Mayor's Office has provided a statement confirming that the store will cease operations on May 24.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick's new downtown supermarket, theFreshGrocer, will be closing for good just 18 months after opening to the public.
"I can confirm that the store is closing," said Santina Stankevich, a spokesperson for Wakefern, the distributor for the store and owner of the FreshGrocer trademark.
Stankevich said she was not sure when the store would be closing.
UPDATE (10:10PM): This story has been updated to include information from NBC New York and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick's Fire Director was involved in a car accident that seriously injured three children this afternoon on Livingston Avenue.
The youngest of the children was a six-year-old boy, who was struck along with two 14-year-old girls, one of whom sufferred a broken leg, according to NBC New York.
UPDATE (5/7): NJ.com has reported that Jerome K. Williams of New Brunswick was the individual arrested. Police are still seeking another individual who was in the car with him and the as-yet-unidentified occupants of the green Hyundai Santa Fe that was also involved.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police received reports of shots being fired from automobiles in the vicinity of Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Suydam Street at about 12:11 pm this afternoon.