EDISON, NJ—The Middlesex County Sheriff's Department is holding another eight-week-long civilian academy course this fall.

Applications are currently being accepted, and are due "no later than" August 14.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, reside within the County of Middlesex, have no felony convictions, not be wanted for any crime, and submit to a limited background check.

The academy will  take place at the Middlesex County Training Center Located at North Patrol Road in Edison.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating the assault and robbery of a Rutgers-affiliated man by a group of four males on Senior Street, according to a university crime alert.

The incident occurred between Wyckoff and Sicard Streets on June 22 at approximately 12:15am, according to the alert issued by the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD)

The victim, a 21-year old male who resides in New Brunswick, was struck by four assailants and robbed of his cellular phone.

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COLTS NECK, NJ–Retro Fitness, the growing NJ-based company, hired its first chief operations officer (COO) recently.

While Retro has grown to 61 locations throughout the Garden State, it's also been busy franchising its “low-cost” gym model in other states as well.

The new COO, former Starbucks executive Mike Rogers, is reportedly a savvy leader who was employed by the coffee giant for two decades.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Mickey Vanderpool, age 61, severely beat a Newark woman "sometime in June 2016," according to an official statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

On June 26, Vanderpool was sentenced to serve at least 85% of his eight-year prison term before being eligible for parole, three months after pleading guilty to 2nd-degree assault charges on March 23.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University's Zimmerli Art Museum opened their newest exhibition, "Cats vs. Dogs: Illustrations for Children’s Literature," on July 1 in the Duvoisin Gallery.

The series depicts cats and dogs alongside each other in many adventures that display their most notable characteristics: the calm and curious behavior of cats, as well as the playful and excited behavior of dogs.

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PISCATAWAY, NJ—Joe Keleman, a  Piscataway resident and volunteer firefighter for Dunellen Fire Department, is currently facing treatment for multiple injuries after a  gas explosion in his home.

The home is located at 85 Hopkinson Avenue, where the explosion shook the neighborhood around 4 a.m. on June 11, 2017.

The gas company for the area, PS&G, was contacted about the explosion.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hub City resident Scarlett Angelina is featured the second season of the show American Grit, a "military-inspired competition that follows 17 of the country's fiercest men and women."

American Grit is a reality competition show filmed in Hampton Island, Georgia, and hosted by WWE superstar John Cena.  The show airs on Sundays at 9:00pm on Fox.

Angelina graduated from Middlesex County College and Rutgers University, and is currently a model, actress, and publicist.

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