Vanessa Torres

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Detectives were spotted investigating another shooting that took place near Throop Avenue and Comstock Street in the city's Second Ward.

    It was shortly before mignight on Sunday, August 5, and it looked like it might be the last major crime of the day.

    It was a day that already had seen two men injured in an aggravated assault on the other side of the city.

    But more crime was still to come before the clock struck midnight.

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    EDISON, NJ— El departamento del alguacil del condado de Middlesex tendrá otra academia para civiles que durará ocho semanas este otoño.

    Se está aceptando aplicaciones corrientemente, y no se aceptarán después del 14 de agosto.

    Los solicitantes deberán tener por lo menos 18 años, deben residir dentro del condado de Middlesex, y no pueden tener condenas por delito mayor, no pueden ser buscados por cualquier crimen, y deben someterse a una comprobación de antecedentes.

    (Police)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Healthcare continues to be one of the top political issues in the country today, as evidenced by a July 24 rally in New Brunswick, which is sometimes called "the Healthcare City."

    Citizens are fed up with Congress for the constant, seemingly never-ending battle over healthcare legislation, which culminated with the narrow defeat of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early moring hours of July 28.

    Both of New Jersey's Senators opposed the bill, which failed by one vote.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In June and July, Rutgers University's Zimmerli Art Museum held its annual summer art program, where teaching artists help local kids "explore their creative sides and develop new skills in the arts."

    The program is open to children between the ages of seven and 14, and its faculty is led by Wes Sherman, an independent artist and Master's in Fine Arts graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.  Sherman has been with the Zimmerli for 16 years.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—While most residents were taking in the festivities during the 4th of July, residents of one Fourth Ward neighborhood experienced a "large disturbance," according to police.

    Allegedly, a man was waving around a weapon that looked like a handgun—but may have turned out to be an imitation firearm—on the grounds of the New Brunswick Housing Authority's Scwartz-Robeson public housing complex.

    (Police)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On June 28, at approximately 12:44am, the New Brunswick Fire Department and city police responded to a fire at the home of Loretta Katko.

    The home was under a heavy fire that led to extreme damage on both the first, and second floors of the home, located at 29 Stockton Road, in the Edgebrooke section of the city's First Ward.

    According to a press release published by the New Brunswick Police Department, "Upon their arrival heavy smoke was observed pushing out from the eaves of the structure."

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    CARTERET, NJ—El policía Joseph Reiman fue suspendido y acusado con tres cuentas de mala conducta oficial del segundo grado después de presuntamente golpear a un joven local y no prender la camera que es parte de su uniforme.

    El asalto ocurrió poco después de que la victima de 16 años fue involucrada en un choque el 31 de Mayo, y ocasionó heridas serias a la víctima, y cargos serios para Reiman.

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    EDISON, NJ—The Middlesex County Sheriff's Department is holding another eight-week-long civilian academy course this fall.

    Applications are currently being accepted, and are due "no later than" August 14.

    Applicants must be at least 18 years old, reside within the County of Middlesex, have no felony convictions, not be wanted for any crime, and submit to a limited background check.

    The academy will  take place at the Middlesex County Training Center Located at North Patrol Road in Edison.

    (Police)
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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Joe Keleman, a  Piscataway resident and volunteer firefighter for Dunellen Fire Department, is currently facing treatment for multiple injuries after a  gas explosion in his home.

    The home is located at 85 Hopkinson Avenue, where the explosion shook the neighborhood around 4 a.m. on June 11, 2017.

    The gas company for the area, PS&G, was contacted about the explosion.

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    CARTERET, NJ—Nicholas Schneiderman, a 43-year-old man from Carteret, was indicted by a state grand jury June 20 on charges including insurance fraud and theft by deception.

    The charges came after Schneiderman allegedly tried to impersonate his deceased mother to acquire a lower price on renter's insurance using her senior discount.

    He also allegedly made false claims related to his mother's jewelry, and other valuables stolen from him during 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

    (Police)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County is hosting a free paper-shredding event for residents on Friday, July 7, in the parking lot of New Brunswick High School, which is located at 1000 Somerset Street.

    The event is part of a program that has been put in place by the county government to help county residents securely recycle their unwanted paper documents.

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    CARTERET, NJ—Police Officer Joseph Reiman was suspended and charged with three counts of second-degree, official misconduct after allegedly beating a local teenager and failing to activate the camera that was a part of his uniform.

    That assault occurred shortly after the 16-year-old victim was involved in a crash on May 31, and led to serious injuries for the teen, and serious charges for Reiman.

    In addition to the official misconduct counts, Reiman also faces a third-degree aggravated assault charge.

    (Police)
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    TRENTON, NJ—Federal judge Michael A. Shipp issued an order stating that the state's ban on "stun guns" is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, and should no longer be enforced by the state.

    The case, NJ Second Amendment Society & Mark Cheeseman vs. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino & Superintendent of NJ State Police Col Rick Fuentes, was considered to be a large win for supporters of the Second Amendment.