NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier were ordered to pay a man and his wife a combined $117 million following a major case held in Middlesex County Courthouse.

On April 11, the jury awarded punitive damages of $80 million after it failed to agree with the pharmaceutical giant’s counsel that the company did not act with “malicious conduct” when it deliberately continued to sell talcum powder containing trace amounts of asbestos.

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—An off-duty borough police officer has been suspended from duty after being charged with assault by auto and driving while intoxicated.

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO), Officer Norman E. Brown was driving drunk in Woodbridge in the early morning hours of December 31 when he ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle, seriously injuring two occupants.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 31-year-old man from Old Bridge who admitted to strangling his mother to death in November 2016 will spend at least the next 21 years behind bars.

On March 27, Frank Polera was sentenced on a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of his 61-year-old mother Patricia Polera.

When she died, the victim was employed a customer service supervisor for United Airlines and had three sons, according to an obituary.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A former Rutgers University athlete and New Brunswick High School (NBHS) alum, Nathaniel "Putt" Harris, has been named the NBHS football coach, ending Don Sofilkanich’s four-year tenure at the position.

On February 20, the New Brunswick Board of Education approved the appointment of the former Zebra and NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame member to the head coaching job.

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