NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating at least two armed robberies on the same block of Hamilton Street, as several alarming crime trends continue to affect the neighborhood near Rutgers University.

The two recent armed robberies, one at a residence and the other in a convenience store, come on the heels of several similar incidents in the neighborhood over the past several months, and new data that shows a spike in armed robberies in the Hub City.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 24, close to 100 members of the Rutgers community protested at Old Queens, the university's oldest building and home to its administration, for fair faculty and staff contracts from the administration.

The crowd consisted of professors, part-time lecturers, graduate students, undergraduate students, teaching assistants (TA’s), adjunct professors, and alumni.

Formed a large circle around the entrance to Old Queens, they blocked traffic around the building as they spoke in favor of better contracts.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A second already-incarcerated man has been charged in connection with a February 2 home invasion robbery that police now say they believe to be a drug deal gone wrong.

New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) detectives identified Devonta Bethea, a 20-year-old man from Camden, as the second suspect in a robbery that occurred during a "pre-arranged meeting" with a resident at an apartment on Morrell Street.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—More than ten years after a fire destroyed two buildings on Easton Avenue, the property owner is formally asking to build a four-story mixed-use structure in their place.

If the plans are approved by the city's Planning Board at their February 26 meeting, David Abisleiman would be permitted to build an 18-unit apartment building with two storefronts on the ground level on the 9,500 square foot piece of prime real estate, along the busy street.

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EDISON, NJ–Two 22-year-old men were arrested February 24 and charged in connection with the death of 17-year-old girl named Rose Carlin, of Fords.

Carlin was found dead at the Hilton Garden Inn at Raritan Center one day earlier, on February 23.

Press releases from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office indicated that a drug overdose was suspected as the cause of death. Authorities said that an official cause of death will not be available until completion of an autopsy and toxicologically testing.

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TRENTON, NJ—The top spokesperson for the Governor's Office, Michael Drewniak, has announced that he would be leaving his post on Friday, February 27.

The departure comes as Governor Christie continues to pursue a Presidential bid, with speculations that Drewniak would become involved in the 2016 presidential race.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the 53-year-old was not interested in a job with any Presidential campaign, and that it was "unclear" if Drewniak was leaving for another job.

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ—Just hours before the Township's Board of Education was scheduled to meet, news broke that their longtime Business Administrator Dennis DeMarino was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.

Township Police say they found DeMarino had a gram of cocaine in his vehicle of February 18, during a traffic stop initiated after allegedly witnessing a drug deal in the parking lot of the school district administration building.

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