PERTH AMBOY, NJ—The city government has agreed to spend $150,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a civil lawsuit brought by one of its employees, alleging that a former Police Director had sexual harassed her on numerous occasions.

A civilian employee at the Perth Amboy Police Department (PAPD) records clerk Nalda Capo, filed the lawsuit against former Perth Amboy Police Chief, Benjamin Ruiz,

The complaint againt Ruiz, a close ally of Mayor Wilda Diaz, was filed at the Middlesex County Courthouse on December 10, 2015.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City firefighters rescued an unidentified woman who had become trapped as she climbed up one of the two Route 1 bridges connecting Edison and New Brunswick, according to a report on TapInto New Brunswick.

The woman was apparently climbing the arches of the Morris Goodkind bridge, which carries cars along Route 1 North over the Raritan River, when the New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) recieved a call on October 21.

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NEWARK, NJ—The federal government charged 21 people, including six New Jersey residents, with serious crimes related to a scheme that they used a made-up university to help more than 1,000 "foreign nationals," mostly from China and India, maintain visas.

The accused were characterized as "brokers, recruiters, and employers" who engaged in a conspiracy to fraudulently "mantain student and foreign worker visas through a 'pay-to-stay' New Jersey college."

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Another jury in St. Louis awarded a different woman millions of dollars over claims that Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) baby powder, which contains talc, caused her ovarian cancer.

The loss, J&J’s third in a row over an alleged injury from using the pharmaceutical giant’s simple talcum powder, this time, resulted in a $70 million award, reports Bloomberg. 

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Local cops are investigating a shooting that took place following a large party in the early morning hours of October 16, according to a report on TapInto New Brunswick.

According to the report, police said that a vehicle was struck with gunfire near the intersection of Hassart and Welton Streets in the First Ward.  The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) did not otherwise publicize the incident.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the first time since November 2001, a drought warning has been declared for several counties in the Garden State.

October 21 saw Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin sign an Administrative Order designating a drought warning for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

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