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.

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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.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Carlos Ocon, a 61-year-old New Brunswick resident, was arrested on July 26 and charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.

The assault, which took place on Friday July 25, allegedly occurred in Boyd Park, located between Route 18 and the Raritan River.

Through the investigation, it was determined that Ocon approached the child outside of a store on Remsen Avenue, and led her to Boyd park.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, July 24 at 7pm, there will be a free Wage Theft and Labor Rights workshop hosted by Unity Square and New Labor, located at the Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Avenue.

The workshop will be the second one held today, on the heels of a successful 11am workshop.

Participants will learn about labor rights and the wage and hour laws under state and local ordinances.

The workshop will also address wage theft and how to recover unpaid wages.

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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.

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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.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In response to the harsh treatment in the sweatshops of Bangladesh, as well as the efforts of a collaboration of local student organizations, Rutgers University has cut ties with two clothing manufacturers.

Business relationships with OC Sports/Outdoor Cap and VF Corporation, which owns the Jansport line of apparell, were ended earlier this month.

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