SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–Big-box retailer Target Corporation is raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour, with plans to raise it to $15 by the end of 2020.

Target is reportedly competing to fill low-wage jobs as workers are in shorter supply amid a limited labor market.

Target, which employs about 323,000 people, said it will extend the new wage rate to current staff as well as “more than 100,000 hourly team members [it plans on] hiring for the holiday season.”

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A young man accused of stabbing a fellow student with a box-cutter on Delafield Street has been released from county jail to await possible indictment and trial.

Robert Mannifield, age 20, is apparently a student at Rutgers University and a member of the Tau Kapa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity, a fact that was first reported by The Tab.

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ—Police records show that a Caldwell woman was arrested on July 6 by agents with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

Edyta Moczarska, age 42, has been charged in South Plainfield Municipal Court with a slew of financial crimes related to an allegedly years-long credit card fraud scheme.

Based on the details in the complaint, the MCPO is accusing the Caldwell resident of altering credit card statements to conceal more than a half-million dollars in "unauthorized charges."

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A group of protesters organized by the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War held a demonstration on October 2 in downtown New Brunswick to protest President Donald Trump's priorities in the wake Hurricane Maria.

Trump was widely criticized for his attitude towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which were both devastated by the Hurricane in September.

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SAYREVILLE, NJ–A police officer lost his job after admitting he covered up his patrol car's dashboard camera while running a “quick, personal errand.”

James P. Pizzillo, age 33, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of tampering with public records on August 3.

Pizzillo was admitted into the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program by Judge Michael Toto on September 25.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office had recommended one to five years of probation, without any jail time.

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ—A murder case that begin with the body of an 18-year-old man being found on Conrail property in Perth Amboy led to a murder charge against a man from El Salvador who was arrested over 200 miles away on unrelated charges.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) identified the young victim as Perth Amboy resident Jose David Guardado-Leiva on August 28, three days after his body was found by a passerby near William Street.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ– New Brunswick's main cable provider, Altice USA, is offering eligible families and senior citizens fast internet service for just $15 a month.

As of September, "Economy Internet" low-cost broadband service has been available to new residential customers who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or senior citizens eligible for Supplemental Security Income, announced the company recently.

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