NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—If the Garden of Eden were in Middlesex County, it would be Rutgers Gardens, especially in blooming months.

Tucked snugly behind Route 1 and Ryders Lane, kissing the tranquil Weston Mill Pond, the unassuming 178-acre retreat is known to local nature lovers as a simple yet indispensable sanctuary of green peace and quiet reflection.

But with solid growing support from the community—young, old, and canine—Rutgers Gardens hosts more fruitful activity than ever.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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