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Man Found Guilty in Carteret Killing Gets 25-Year Sentence

CARTERET, NJ–Two men, one from Cartertet and another from Essex County, are headed to state prison for their role in the death of a Maryland man who was visiting relatives in Carteret on April 5, 2013.

Their victim, Deonte Shackleford, was just 26 years old when he was shot and killed in the borough, during his visit from Baltimore.

Both 24-year-old Daniel Gillens, of Newark, and 30-year-old Hakeem Mercer, of Carteret, had pleaded guilty to lesser crimes than the ones they had been charged with in a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Monroe Claims Red Division Title Over Zebras in Close Battle

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Matt Mischler has been a nightmare for the New Brunswick Zebras' soccer team.

Collectively, he has scored seven goals against them in three matches, including a hat-trick to knock them out of the semifinals of the state tournament last season.

The new Red Division champion Monroe Falcons (14-1-1) are 3-0 against the Zebras (11-3-2) within the past year, having beaten them 4-1 in a match earlier on.

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$17 Billion Mega-Merger Between Walgreens and Rite Aid on Hold

DEERFIELD, IL—Walgreens Boots Alliance, which operates 146 Walgreens stores in New Jersey, reported better than expected quarterly profit, although sales came up light. 

The drugstore giant also extended its deadline to acquire Rite Aid, saying the $17 billion merger should close by January 27, 2017, rather than the end of this month, according to a news release.

If approved, the deal would yield the largest drugstore chain in the country.

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MCPO Touts Three Heroin Dealing Arrests After Six-Month Investigation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) issued a press release on September 30 touting three arrests that resulted in the "recovery" of what they claimed was $20,000 worth of heroin, as well as six handguns and a bulletproof vest.

The official statement claimed the trio was "running a street-level drug sales operation that netted thousands of dollars annually."

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Homecoming King Throws 5 Touchdowns as Zebras Overpower Edison

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Believe it or not, this game was tied 7-7 at halftime, but ended with a total of 53 points on the scoreboard.

It was a tale of two halves for the New Brunswick Zebras football team, who were clicking on offense in the second half and pulled away from the Edison Eagles on homecoming night to pick up another Red Division win.

It was also a big night for Zebras quarterback Jah'Bree Seawright-Jeffery, one of the team's most gifted and talented athletes.