HELMETTA, NJ—A volunteer firefighter has been arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Daniel Leal, a 24-year-old man from Helmetta was arrested at his home on January 5, following an investigation done by the Helmetta Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO).

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University recently blamed "glitches" for payment problems after updating their financial system, which shells out more than $700 million every year to over tens of thousands of vendors.

Staff were working overtime during the school's winter break to catch up on a backlog that amounted to more than 12,600 unpaid bills.

The financial glitches mainly affected third-party procurement services such as restaurants and guest speakers.

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MONROE, NJ—Authorities announced on January 5 that a man was arrested after allegedly killing his 46-year-old stepfather.

Joao C. Torres, age 26, is accused of killing his stepfather, Christopher Ernst Sr., the 46-year-old man who owned a home along with Torres' mother.

Torres' allegedly left Ernst's body in the garage of the home they shared at 5 Garvey Drive in Monroe Township, where police found Ernst's body. 

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, scored a legislative victory when President Barack Obama signed the "21st Century Cures Act" on December 19.

The law, which passed Congress with support from both major political parties, is intended to fund the fight against opioid and heroin abuse, advance medical research in cancer, and progress the efforts in reforming mental health.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's police and fire departments were busy on the first day of 2017, dealing with a slew of bad car crashes that thankfully left no one fatally injured.

Authorities had to respond to at least four crashes in the Hub City before sunrise on January 1, including one that knocked out power to a nursing home and the Raritan Gardens neighborhood.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Former Rutgers Assistant Basketball Coach Eric Murdock received $500,000 to split with his attorney after a years-long legal battle with his former employer, according to NJ.com's Keith Sargeant.

In 2014, Murdock's explosive allegations about Coach Mike Rice mistreating players garnered national media attention and led to the ouster of multiple university officials including Rice and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Carolyn Sheldon, a 76-year-old Towship resident, became the 45th and final person killed on the highways of Middlesex County in 2016 on December 28.

The crash occurred at Finnegans Lane and Route 1, a particularly dangerous intersection where residents have been complaining about the lack of safety.

The intersection, located near the border of North Brunswick and South Brunswick, plays host to two gas stations and an office building that is home to one of the county's most powerful law firms.

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