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—After a week of fierce protests against her, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has decided not to give the commencement address at Rutgers on May 18.
Rice said she was did not want the "distraction" to take away from the commencement ceremony in Piscataway.
"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Roughly 100 high school students left class early this morning, and many more wore red clothing to school, to protest the proposed non-renewal of contracts with some of their favorite teachers.
Superintendent Richard Kaplan confirmed that the school was put under "lockdown" for about twenty minutes.
"We did go into a lockdown. About a hundred youngsters... decided to leave their classes and walk through the hall in a disruptive manner."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Nearly 50 Rutgers students opposed to commencement speaker Condoleezza Rice stormed into Old Queens around 12:30pm yesterday, demanding a meeting with University President Robert Barchi, who was not in his office.
The protestors held their ground inside the administration building for over six hours, while several dozen others gathered outside, chanting in solidarity.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-Frente a una inconsistencia en el registro público, funcionarios de la ciudad admitieron el viernes que un oficial de policía que disparó y mató a Barry DeLoatch, un residente de la ciudad desarmado de 47 años de edad en septiembre del 2011, se mantuvo en nómina durante 15 meses antes de que su renuncia entrara en vigor.
El viernes, la nueva portavoz de la ciudad Jennifer Bradshaw respondió a preguntas interminables sobre la fecha de renuncia del ex policía de la ciudad Brad Berdel.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--According to unofficial results, the Board of Education's $197 million budget was approved by a nearly 3:1 margin.
According to NJ.com, the final tally including mail-in votes was 201-73.
Turnout was low yesterday, mostly because only three candidates were running for three open seats on the board.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the third school board election in city history, voters will suffer from a shortage of candidates to choose from, including one whose credentials and sources of income are a mystery.
Last year, a total of twelve candidates sought election to five open seats on the school board, which had previously been appointed by the city's mayor for over a century.
But this year, there are only three candidates seeking the three open seats on the board, effectively leaving voters without a choice.
Editor's Note: Registered voters can vote in today's school election at their regular polling locations between 7am and 9pm.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Voters in the Hub City will decide whether to give their seal of approval to the New Brunswick Board of Education's 2014-2015 budget, as approved at the board's March 25 meeting.
The $198 million budget, and in particular the $27 million to be raised from local property taxes, will be put to city voters tomorrow in the form of a ballot question.
UPDATE (11:54am): Middlesex County Assignment Judge Travis Francis ruled that NBToday Editor Charles Kratovil was the prevailing party in the public records lawsuit, and the City of New Brunswick will be required to pay his attorney's fees.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government has been all over the place in its battle with this newspaper over police transparency.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Recreation Park, known to locals as Pine Street Park, was the scene of a shooting involving two members of the same family yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:15pm.
According to police radio transmissions, one man called the police to report his uncle, Demetrius Daniels, was shooting at him from a vehicle. Others called to report hearing gunshots.
"Caller said his uncle is shooting at him from a Ford truck at Pine Street Park," says a dispatcher on the police channel.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Tomorrow, one of the city's most prominent non-profit agencies, is moving forward with a project to improve a large swath of the Hub City.
The area, which stretches from Somerset Street to Livingston Avenue in the city's Fourth and Fifth Wards, is being dubbed the "Esperanza" neighborhood by the agency.
The word is Spanish for "hope."
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Despite a recent political shakeup in this unique city, a developer from New Brunswick still seems poised to move forward with a plan to develop prime real estate that, until recently, belonged to the public.
On December 13, Boraie Development secured eight acres of vacant land from the Atlantic City Housing Authority for a fraction of its assessed value.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–En el centro de la ciudad de New Brunswick se puede observar la estantería casi vacía.
Mientras se observa la estantería casi vacía, los archivos de la Autoridad de Estacionamientos de New Brunswick notificaron el incumplimiento de pago en contra de los dueños del supermercado.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick, NJ-Autoridades anuncian hoy que Raheem Fuqua, un residente de la ciudad de 30 años murio el 3 de Marzo por las heridas sufridas el ___Sabado a la tarde___ en Seaman Street.
Fuqua estuvo en condicion crítica en el Hospital Robert Wood Johnson, el mismo edificio donde estuvo hospitalizado despues de ser baleado tres veces en Octubre del 2012.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's police unions have agreed to four more years of raises on March 25, six days before City Mayor Jim Cahill announced that he was running for a seventh four-year term.
The new four-year agreements, if approved by City Council and ratified by members of both unions, would last through December 31, 2017.
The agreements call for all police to receive 1.5% raises for 2014, a 2.0% raise in 2015, 1.5% in 2016, and 2.0% in 2017.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In addition to deciding who will represent students in the Rutgers University Student Assembly next year, underclassmen are also being asked to vote whether to add small fees for organizations that support student issue to university tuition bills.
If the student body approves one or both of the fees in this today's online election, and at least 10% of the 25,000 eligible student voters cast ballots one way or the other, the fees will survive to the next stage of implementation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Faced with an inconsistency in the public record, city officials admitted on Friday that a police officer who shot and killed Barry Deloatch, an unarmed 47-year-old city resident in September 2011 stayed on the payroll for 15 months before his resignation took effect.
On Friday, new city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw responded to longstanding questions about the resignation date of former city cop Brad Berdel.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sandray Lemay-Callahan was killed crossing Route 1, one of the tri-state area's most dangerous highways for pedestrians on a Wednesday night last fall.
Sadly, her death was one of many on the route that traverses Middlesex County and has historically connected New Brunswick to cities like Trenton, Elizabeth, Newark, and Jersey City.
More than 16% of pedestrian deaths in Middlesex County occurred on the fabled highway.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—The body of a 17-year-old New Brunswick girl was discovered early Wednesday morning in Elmwood Cemetery, near the border between New Brunswick and North Brunswick.
Just 10 hours later, Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey issued a one-paragraph statement saying there was no reason to believe there was foul play:
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On March 5, New Brunswick housing inspector Ronald Bellafronte was suspended without pay for allegedly using a racial slur to refer to Assistant City Attorney Charly Gayden.
Bellafronte joined Chief Housing Inspector Mike Mahoney and former water treatment plant operator Edward O'Rourke as the latest city employee suspended without pay.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's parking authority will begin enforcing alternate side parking regulations on Tuesday April 1, requiring drivers to park on only one side of certain streets twice each week.
The unpopular regulations are meant to allow the Department of Public Works' street sweepers to go right up to the curb, but violators frequently end up in the way, leading to large numbers of parking tickets.
TRENTON, NJ—Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday afternoon that one of his closest confidants has resigned from one of the most powerful appointed positions in his administration.
Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who led Christie's transition team in 2009 and whose private law firm has seen business boom since Christie appointed him to serve on the authority's Board of Directors, resigned effective immediately.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's longtime Mayor James Cahill has hired a new public information officer who will take over for embattled spokesman Russell Marchetta on Monday.
Marchetta will be transferred to a newly-created position: Assistant Business Administrator.
Jennifer Bradshaw, a Rutgers alumna who lives in Highland Park, will take over the spokesperson job. She served as the editor of New Brunswick's Patch.com news website since it launched in 2011.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In front of a crowded courtroom, at least a half-dozen television cameras were trained on Timothy Puskas, a 38-year-old man who authorities say is a killer.
Puskas was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault in an unrelated case, and charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the murder of a college student who was found dead in a stranger's backyard.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Around 1:40pm this afternoon, a large portion of a bar building collapsed onto the sidewalk near the intersection of Seaman Street and Commercial Avenue.
D'Gala, located at 156 Commercial Avenue, was closed this afternoon and city officials were on scene assessing the damage.
A neighbor who frequently complains about the bar's impact on surrounding properties said that, as a huge chunk of stucco siding fell off the building, it sounded like a high-speed car accident.
UPDATE (7:05pm): This article has been updated to include comments from NJTransit.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—One person was killed after being struck by a train at the New Brunswick train station shortly before 5pm.
"According to eyewitness reports, the subject was leaning in the path of the oncoming train," said William Smith, an NJTransit spokesperson.
Four more people standing on the platform were injured as the train struck the person, who was identified only as an adult male.
UPDATE (10:24pm): This story has been updated to include more information about the previous charges against the accused.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities announced this afternoon that a suspect who was already in custody has been charged with the murder of William McCaw, a college student found dead in a Hartwell Street backyard more than a month ago.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Less than a week after Gov. Chris Christie agreed to call the state's top law enforcement official about a brewing police jurisdiction controversy in New Brunswick, both police departments announced a new and unprecedented collaboration.
Yesterday morning, the New Brunswick Police Department issued a press release announcing that city police would host an unspecified number of Rutgers University police officers at their regular muster sessions.
FRANKLIN, NJ—Yesterday at 5:03am, Township police responded to a strange car accident where a running UHaul truck was left behind after smashing into a dollar store on Route 27.
Police responded because of an activated burglar alarm at the Family Dollar, located just across the border from New Brunswick near the intersection with Terminal Road.
"Upon arrival they found a Uhaul Truck had struck and gone through the front glass," said police spokesman Sgt. Phil Rizzo.
SOUTH RIVER, NJ—A contingent of more than a dozen activists, including many Rutgers students on Spring Break, confronted Governor Chris Christie about an issue that hasn't been addressed at any of his 2014 Town Halls.
The protestors went after the Governor's administration for approving $4.8 million in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief funding to help build Somerset Mews, a luxury apartment building in New Brunswick that was approved long before Sandy struck.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A letter sent home yesterdays with students at the McKinley Elementary School told parents and guardians that "children were experiencing upset stomachs in the cafeteria during the final lunch period" on Thursday March 20.
The finding quickly launched an investigation by the Middlesex County Health Department, which appears to have concluded.
Earlier this afternoon, the Health Department issued a statement saying the investigation did not turn any evidence of foodborne illness.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—What is believed to be a pipe bomb exploded this morning at a small business located on Livingston Avenue, just four blocks south of the border from New Brunswick.
Asbury-Ms. Locksmithing at 1007 Livingston Avenue was the site where one man was injured in the small explosion, according to a report on News12 New Jersey.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A newly-released city memo confirms officially for the first time that changes were made to the motor vehicle jurisdiction of the Rutgers Police Department in December 2013.
The city's police department has been skirting the issue for months, saying the maps are "always" changing and constantly revisited.
But a new memo obtained via the state's public records law confirms that New Brunswick Police Director Anthony Caputo did in fact restrict the RUPD's jurisdiction in early December.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The city appears to have given up on its battle to keep secret the official jurisdiction maps for the city's two major police departments.
A spokesman for Mayor Jim Cahill had previously said this newspaper's interest "in these maps does not outweigh the overall interests of the public to keep these maps confidential to protect the operations of the police departments and in turn the security and safety of our residents."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Thursday March 13, Rutgers University officials announced a major change in their policies for reporting crimes to the public.
"Under the new policy, all students, faculty, and staff on the New Brunswick Campus will be notified of serious crimes against persons that occur... anywhere in the fifth and sixth wards of the City of New Brunswick," read the announcement.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In front of a packed audience at City Hall's Council Chambers, the Planning Board announced it would hold off on a controversial plan for a new Sixth Ward apartment complex in an effort to hear more testimony.
Their meeting went on for more than three hours Tuesday night, as the developer, experts, and opponents testified before the board on the proposed 57-unit apartment building, and a 43-space underground parking garage.
FALLS TOWNSHIP, PA—Jonathan Rodriguez, a 21-year-old New Brunswick resident who was charged with the recent murder of Raheem Fuqua, was arrested by a joint task force Friday morning.
According to published reports, Rodriguez was arraigned on a charge of being a fugitive from justice and was taken to Bucks County prison, where he is awaiting extradition. At the time of his arrest, authorities said he was in the company of two Central New Jersey men and large quanitities of heroin
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three men with at least two guns broke into a home at 82 Louis Street and pistol-whipped a Rutgers student early yesterday morning, according to a Rutgers crime alert and police radio transmissions.
Police first learned of the situation at 3:56 am, but because many officers were on meal break at the time, a police car on Route 1 was dispatched.
"I know some of the other cars are on [meal break]. Can you start heading over to 82 Louis Street?" asked the dispatcher calmly.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Amidst an increase in unsolved, violent, and seemingly random crimes against Rutgers University students, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office released a sketch this week of a possible suspect in one of the cases.
In the early morning hours of January 31, authorities say a man attacked a 24-year-old Rutgers student walking on Townsend Street, and sexually assaulted her.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, the city's powerful Planning Board will decide whether or not two small homes on Mine Street will be replaced with a 57-unit apartment complex that homeowners say will stick out like a sore thumb on their quaint block.
Over time, the block has become overrun with Rutgers student rental properties, but the street is one of the few that have retained its 20th-century character with a mix of two-story homes, fraternities, sororities, and Rutgers offices.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey Spotlight, a statewide online news service, has named the 15 most corrupt politicians of all-time and New Brunswick's controversial former mayor John Lynch Jr. made the list.
Coming in at number five, Lynch was "once one of the most powerful men in New Jersey politics," according to Spotlight's Collen O'Dea.
Lynch, who followed in his father's footsteps by being elected both Mayor and State Senator, was a controversial figure in New Brunswick's redevelopment efforts.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Middlesex County-based good government organization is hosting a statewide environmental conference on the fourth floor of Rutgers University's Alexander Library tonight at 6pm.
"Hear from leading experts who are working on the front lines to address environmental issues and implement solutions," reads an announcement of the event on the Citizens Campaign website.
traducido por Fernando Flower
New Brunswick, NJ - Los residentes se encuentran decepcionados al enterarse que el nuevo supermercado de la ciudad FreshGrocer ya no permanecerá abierto las 24 horas.
Tras más de un año de no cerrar, incluso para los días feriados, la tienda recorto sus horas por primera vez el domingo 26 de enero.
traducido por Michelle Vera
New Brunswick, NJ - Un sótano en el quinto distrito presentaron un “solo en New Brunswick” momento en Enero 27, 2014, durante una banda de covers con la temática de pizza y su famoso cantante entretenieron casi unos 200 espectadores.
Mientras actuaciones musicales en vivo en sótanos son comunes por todo Hub City, el espectaculo fue único por el acto principal, The Pizza Underground, y su lider, Maculay Culkin, el ex estrella infantil.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities announced today that Raheem Fuqua, a 30-year-old city resident died this morning from gunshot wounds sufferred Saturday afternoon on Seaman Street.
Fuqua was in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the same building where he was hospitalized after being shot three times in October 2012.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tomorrow at 4pm, a deadline to run in the city's third-ever school board election will pass and so far only one candidate has announced they are running.
Due to a unique situation created by New Brunswick's switch to an elected school board, Diana Fajardo was elected last year in a landslide, but secured only a one-year term. Typically, terms on the board last three years.
MILLTOWN, NJ—Boro officials may not being trying very hard to get the word out, but representatives of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be present at a meeting in Milltown's Boro Hall to address serious violations committed by the New Brunswick Water Utility.
UPDATE (7:50pm): This article was updated to include information from police radio transmissions.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating a shooting that took place around 3:24pm today on Seaman Street between Joyce Kilmer and Railroad Avenues in the city's Fourth Ward.
According to police on scene, there were two people injured, one of them seriously. Both have been taken to an area hospital.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University's administration has been extraordinarily quiet about the recent killing of a former student just blocks from campus, while a spokesman for New Brunswick police falsely claimed that Rutgers had alerted "all of their students" of the incident.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As rumors spread that New Brunswick's new downtown supermarket will close its doors for good in a matter of weeks, the market's landlord today filed a court notice saying the store is already far behind on its rent payments.
Officials at the New Brunswick Parking Authority, the owner of the building, confirmed late this evening that the supermarket owes $784,754, the equivalent of nine months, in back rent. The store has been open for business for just over fifteen months.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the community copes with a tragic murder just blocks from the Rutgers campus, a lawsuit has been filed by the editor of this newspaper seeking official police maps that show how the city's two major police departments divide responsibility for public safety.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Steven Parkey Jr. brutally killed Nikki Adams, a 15-year-old New Brunswick resident, in an Edison motel room on October 3, 1990. But their story did not end there.
On February 7, after several twists and turns, and more than a decade with no developments in the case, Parkey admitted he committed aggrivated manslaughter, while a jury was deliberating his fate.
Parkey pleaded guilty to the charges after new DNA analysis introduced in a recent trial linked him to the murder.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 13, 2011, a person was injured in a rear-end car accident at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Park Boulevard during a busy rush hour.
Just 21 minutes later, another rear-end accident occurred. According to police reports, the roads were clear and dry that evening, but one thing was special about this intersection.
A year earlier, city officials turned on two red light cameras designed to catch motorists running the traffic light located between St. Peter's University Hospital and Buccluech Park.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A state government official confirmed this week that no press showed up to a September 23 event celebrating a controversial luxury highrise that received millions of dollars intended to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two law firms connected to allies of Gov. Chris Christie have been working with Boraie Development, a city-based developer that received millions in state funding, tax incentives, and government loans.
Wolff & Samson and Gibbons PC have each worked with Boraie in different capacities over the past several years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Christie administration officials admitted there were two errors in a press release touting the credentials of a politically-connected developer that received $4.8 million in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds to help fund a luxury apartment tower going up on Somerset Street.
UPDATE (2/8): The Department of Community Affairs has responded to this article, admitting errors in the September 23 press release and claiming that Boraie Development has created affordable housing opportunities in other New Brunswick neighborhoods.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City public schools will be closed on Wednesday for the second day this week due to inclement weather.
A mix of various precipitation is expected to descend on New Brunswick tonight, and apparently the forecast was concerning enough to cause the district to close once again.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The city school system will be closed on Monday February 3, due to a weather forecast that calls for several inches of snow overnight.
Though snow has not yet begun to fall, the school board announced the closure via their Nixle emergency alert system.
However, the message blasted out to residents at 10:38pm included an erroneous date: "Due to inclement weather, New Brunswick Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Residents were disappointed to find the city's newest supermarket, the FreshGrocer, will be no longer be open around the clock.
After more than a year of never closing, even for holidays, the store cut back its hours for the first time on Sunday January 26.
The New Brunswick FreshGrocer store is now open from 7am-10pm every day, according to signs posted in the store.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A familiar face at City Hall quietly left the administration of Mayor James Cahill last month, around the same time two major scandals befell the administration.
For nearly five years, Michael Beltranena worked as one of Cahill's closest aides and had previously served as the city's Police Director for eight years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Fifth Ward basement was home to an "only in New Brunswick" moment last night, as a pizza-themed cover band and its famous lead singer entertained a crowd of nearly 200.
While live musical performances in basements are common throughout the Hub City, last night's show was unique because of the headliner: The Pizza Underground, and its frontman, former child star Macaulay Culkin.
MILLTOWN, NJ—This tiny town of 7,000 drinks water produced by New Brunswick's embattled Water Utility, but Milltown's residents have been in the dark about serious problems with the water quality that were covered up.
FRANKLIN, NJ—Al anochecer del domingo, se le disparó a un residente y rapero exitoso llamado Eric Andrews Jr. en la barbería de la calle Somerset.
Según la Fiscalía del Condado de Somerset, el señor Andrews, conocido por su nombre artístico 'E-9', fue asesinado en la barbería ‘Nu Trendz Hair Salon’ poco antes de las 18:00 horas.
New Brunswick, New Jersey-- El alcalde James Cahill y el director de la policía Anthony Caputo juramentaron a cuatro nuevos oficiales de policía a principios de este año.
La ciudad anunció las contrataciones el 4 de diciembre, pero sus nombres no se hicieron públicos durante varias semanas. Los nuevos oficiales son: Justin M. Brugnoli, Andrew W. Puccio, Luis R. Berrios Jr. y Richard C. Regan.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- Los cinco miembros del consejo de la ciudad se reúnen públicamente dos veces al mes durante sus reuniones regulares, y se les paga $9000.00 dólares anualmente por hacerlo.
La presidente del consejo, Recebecca Escobar, es una hablante nativa de español.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's school system used their new emergency alert system to announce all city schools will close tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22.
The announcement came at 7:13pm this evening, after an arduous rush hour plagued city commuters as numerous accidents led to traffic gridlock.
UPDATE (1/21): Due to inclement weather, tonight's meeting of the school board has been postponed to next Tuesday 1/28 @ 7pm in the NBHS auditorium.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, the city's board of education will have its first public meeting of the year at 7pm in the auditorium of New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to the results of a public records request filed by New Brunswick Today, more than sixty city employees draw salaries in excess of $100,000.
And only one of them, New Brunswick police Sgt. Ann Chapman-Scattergood ($111,218), is a woman.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A report issued by Rutgers University late last year confirmed major mistakes and miscommunications between the school and its host city during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Sheriff Millie Scott announced on January 17 that an additional five employees in her department had been suspended without pay, pending termination.
All were departmentally charged with bribery, though no criminal charges have been filed.
TRENTON, NJ—On January 13, State Senators on the Judiciary Committee narrowly approved Gov. Chris Christie's controversial nomination of Bruce Kaplan to become a Middlesex County Superior Court Judge.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Gov. Chris Christie has quietly nominated Bruce Kaplan, a former Middlesex County official with deep ties to New Brunswick's disgraced former mayor, to become the county's next Superior Court judge.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Michael Mahony, the city's chief housing inspector since 1994 "was arrested and taken into custody near his residence while driving a city- owned vehicle," according to a State Police.
Mahony "was found with a distribution quantity of cocaine during the arrest," according to today's press release describing his December 19 arrest.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After weeks of suspense, the State Police finally announced some details of "Operation Smoke Screen," an investigation they say brought down a drug distribution network based in New Brunswick.
Police say that their ten-month investigation yielded ten arrests in total, and helped them seize 36 weapons, 1.5 kilos of cocaine, 12 ounces of MDMA, two pounds of marijuana, and several other illegal drugs. Twenty-two of the 36 weapons were illegal guns.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's police director will continue to serve on the New Brunswick Parking Authority's Board of Commissioners for a full five-year term, after the city council unanimously approved his re-appointment last week.
Police Director Anthony Caputo retired in 2010 and, in addition to $376,234 in unused sick and vacation pay, Caputo received another parting gift: a coveted appointment to serve on the powerful parking authority.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Shortly before 7:30pm tonight, residents reported an armed home invasion in the city's Fifth Ward.
According to police radio transmissions, victims told police that three men, including one brandishing a handgun, entered their home at 24 Louis Street.
Police arrested three individuals a short time later in the vicinity and transported them in separate cars to headquarters for interrogation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council's five members face the public twice every month at their regular meetings, and they are each paid $9,000 annually to do so.
Members of the public are permitted to ask questions and give comments on every law being passed by the council at the appropriate time on the meeting's agenda. At the end of the meetings, the public is invited to ask questions or give comments on any topic or topics they desire.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Board of Education announced tonight that city schools will be closed Friday due to the impending snowstorm.
Snow is supposed to continue through the evening and into Friday and ending before the traditional school day ends.
Total accumulation is expected to be between 5 and 8 inches, according to weather.com.
Temperatures are supposed to fall as low as 15 degrees overnight in New Brunswick, and as low as 2 degrees Friday night.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In response to predictions of cold and snowy weather Thursday evening, the city's parking authority opened parking decks to city residents at 4pm.
Meanwhile, authorities declared a "CODE BLUE," which means Elijah's Promise, the city's only soup kitchen, will be open for shelter overnight.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Another public worker has been arrested as the State Police move to charge several people involved in a local drug and weapons sales network.
One week after being arrested and charged with conspiracy, Michael D. Vitanza has been suspended without pay from a job he has held since 1984 with North Brunswick Township.
A secretary for North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack confirmed that Vitanza, a laborer with the township's Department of Public Works, was suspended on Friday December 27.
FRANKLIN, NJ—Early Sunday evening, a New Brunswick resident and successful hip-hop musician named Eric J. Andrews Jr. was fatally shot inside a hair salon on Somerset Street.
According to the Somerset County Prosecutor's office, Andrews, who also went by the stage name E-9, was gunned down inside Nu Trendz Hair Salon at 563 Somerset Street, shortly before 6pm.
Together, E-9 and his childhood friend 6FO frequently collaborated and were scheduled to perform at a New York City club tonight for New Year's Eve.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Mayor James Cahill and Police Director Anthony Caputo swore in four new police officers earlier this month.
The city announced the hirings on December 4, but their names were not made public for weeks. The new officers are: Justin M. Brugnoli, Andrew W. Puccio, Luis R. Berrios Jr., and Richard C. Regan.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A man who owns four city properties was arrested Thursday and remains in jail, but officials won't say whether it is related to a "far-reaching" investigation that may have ended the career of New Brunswick's chief housing inspector.
Paul Cano III, a resident of Platte Av. in North Brunswick, was arrested Thursday on charges for possessing weapons and illegal drugs. He is still at the Middlesex County Jail, being held on $250,000 bail, according to jail officials.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Michael Mahony, the longtime chief housing inspector for the City of New Brunswick, made donations to help keep his boss, Mayor Jim Cahill, in office.
Mahony spent a night in jail last week, and is currently facing charges that he dealt cocaine. The mayor suspended Mahony after New Brunswick Today inquired about his job status.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Michael Mahony, the city's chief housing inspector since 1994, was arrested Thursday morning by State Police and charged with possession and intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance .
Authorities say the raids that nabbed Mahony were part of a "larger investigation" that continues.
According to the Middlesex County Department of Corrections, Mahony spent one night at the county jail before he was released on $150,000 bail yesterday.
UPDATE (12/21): This article has been updated to reflect additional comments from Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to confidential sources, a dispute between Rutgers' police department and the NBPD's civilian director Anthony Caputo has led to a strange situation: limited police powers for the Rutgers officers outside of the school's campus.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Officials confirmed at Wednesday's City Council meeting that the city's embattled Water Utility was fined in 2008 for violating federal regulations on water quality testing.
Though it is a matter of public record, the violation and the fine had not been previously reported in the press.
The violation occurred in October 2007, and the state's Department of Environmental Protection decided it was significant enough to issue a $2,500 fine to the city a year later.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As expected, Patricia Ruggeri was sentenced to 364 days in jail and ordered to re-pay the $26,090 in student fees that she admitted to stealing while a Vice Principal at New Brunswick's Adult School.
Ruggeri will also be forever barred from public employment in the State of New Jersey.
HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—It seems as if the entire small town of Highland Park is up in arms over their new superintendent's sudden decision to cut loose nine employees in the middle of the school year, outside of the district's budgeting process.
Tim Capone, who was hired in August by the district, has come under fire for his handling of the debacle, in which both the President and Vice President of the school system's union were not fired, but instead laid off.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The high school's boys varsity bowling team enjoyed an upset 3-1 victory yesterday over a perennial power, the Mustangs of Iselin's John F. Kennedy High School.
The Zebras, who ended a 7-game losing streak against the Mustangs, were led by senior Wilson Toribio and sophomore Edward Diaz, according to coach Mike Mitchell.
The boys and girls bowling teams will both face off against the Piscataway Chiefs this afternoon at 3:45 pm at the Brunswick Zone bowling alley on Carolier Lane in North Brunswick.
Lees en español abajo NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The football team at New Brunswick High School will be playing in a new division next season, after a re-alignment in the Greater Middlesex Conference.
The Zebras will join the Blue Division beginning next fall, after playing in the White Division this year.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For weeks, New Brunswick's Mayor has attempted to stay far away from an evolving scandal in the Water Utility, which repeatedly failed to notify residents of water quality problems for over three years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—One of the New Brunswick Water Utility's biggest customers has yet to publicly address the admitted cover-up of water quailty problems that took place between 2010 and 2013.
Rutgers President Bob Barchi twice declined to answer questions about the issue after last week's Board of Governors meeting. Barchi answered several other questions asked by the media.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new person is supervising New Brunswick's water treatment plant this week, for the first time since a major water quality cover-up became public last month.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers finally released a long-awaited report detailing the chaos that unfolded in New Brunswick and Piscataway during Hurricane Sandy, but the report is missing more than 100 pages.
Dated March 28, the document speaks to "significant confusion for some about the chain of command during the emergency" and details major miscommunications and lack of communication between Rutgers and the City of New Brunswick.