Matt Wozniak

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Out of the eye of the public, Middlesex County quietly made a payment of $20,000 to the estate of a woman who committed suicide inside the county's jail back in 2013.

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    EDISON, NJ—Four Edison police officers, including a Sergeant, resigned and agreed to never hold public jobs in New Jersey ever again as part of a guilty plea in Superior Court.

    At the time the agreement was reached, jury selection was underway for a trial that was sure to attract a lot of publicity.

    The guilty quartet includes Michael Dotro, the troubled 36-year-old Edison police officer who lives in Manalapan, and has been accused of igniting a bomb outside the Monroe Township home of one of his bosses in a separate case.

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    TRENTON, NJ—Rutgers professor Peter F. Strom has been appointed to serve on the New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (SRPLB), which plays crucial role in protecting New Jersey’s environment and cleaning up hazardous waste.

    Strom, a Highland Park resident, has been appointed to be the academic community representative on the board, and has begun serving his four-year term this summer.

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    EDISON, NJ--On March 28, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the newly-renovated Edison Skate Park to celebrate the completion of its construction.

    Located near the Township's Municipal Complex, the old skate park had been worn down by many years of use, and Edison officials  decided that it was time to tear it down and replace it.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 29, a jury found New Brunswick resident Royjabar Nail not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of 24-year-old Joshua Negron, but only after a witness recanted her statement that identified Nail as the killer.

    Nail was accused of shooting Negron at the scene of a streetside vigil for Junio Moronto at the corner of Hale Street and Remsen Avenue.  Moronto had been stabbed to death at the same location two nights earlier.

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    HELMETTA, NJ--The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) annonced on January 21 that animal cruelty charges have been filed against the former director and former assistant director of the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

    Michal Cielesz, 50, the ex-director, and her husband Richard Cielesz, 63, the ex-assistant director, have each been charged with 6 counts of animal cruelty.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The office of Middlesex County Assignment Judge Travis Francis confirmed that Alberto Rivas will be the next Presiding Judge of the Superior Court's Criminal Division.

    Rivas, a resident of the Sixth Ward of Perth Amboy, has been a judge since  January 2010, having been appointed appointed by outgoing Governor John Corzine.

    The role of the Presiding Judge is to supervise the business of the court, and Middlesex County has a lot of business to supervise.

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    UPDATE:An arbitrator has decided to side with the Edison Fire Department in that they should receive pay compensation, but Edison Township is now challenging this arbitral award.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--After almost 4 years of legal arguments between the Edison Fire Department and Edison Township over pay compensation, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that an arbitrator will most likely make the final call.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced on December 9 that Freehold resident Margaret Brennan, age 68, admitted to stealing $57,000 from the Middlesex County Utilities Authority in Sayreville while she was employed there.

    Brennan resigned from her Treasurer and Comptroller job on July 1, having worked for the Utilities Authority for 28 years.

    The Utilities Authority provides wastewater and solid waste management for most of Middlesex County.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—State probation officer Rhonda Battle, age 46, has been charged with official misconduct and bribery after allegedly accepting an undisclosed amount of cash from an unidentified offender.

    According to County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, the offender offered bribes to Battle in exchange for ensuring they passed drug tests and completed his probation.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the City of New Brunswick, forcing the city's cops to stop enforcing two ordinances against panhandling.

    The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by John Fleming, a 50-year-old man who often holds up a sign asking for money on George Street.

    "John Fleming may be homeless, but he's not hopeless or helpless in his battle against the begging ban in New Brunswick," said NJTV reporter Michael Hill.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 9, New Brunswick resident Bruce Sterling, age 44, was found guilty of breaking into the Richardson Street home of a 21-year old Rutgers student and sexually assaulting her at gunpoint over 12 years ago.

    After deliberating for about two hours over the course of two days, a jury sitting in New Brunswick found Sterling guilty of burglary while armed, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, terroristic threats, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and aggravated assault with a weapon.

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    NEWARK, NJ—Attorneys for entertainer Tracy Morgan were vindicated in court Friday when US District Court Judge Michael Shipp ruled that Morgan's civil case against Walmart can move forward, without waiting for the outcome of a related criminal case.

    Morgan's lawyers accused Walmart of engaging in unfair tactics to delay the comedian’s negligence suit against them over a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On October 8, Middlesex County agreed to pay $325,000 to the estate of Humberto Alfonso, who died while in custody at the county’s correctional facility.

    Alfonso was a pre-trial detainee, charged but not tried for a crime, and died in the jail on February 28, 2011.  His family sued the county, but that matter will not end up in a courtroom either.

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    HELMETTA, NJ—Herbert Massa, the administrator for the Borough of Helmetta, submitted his resignation for approval at a November 26 Borough Council meeting.

    Massa's resignation is the latest in a series of resignations and suspensions that come amid a storm of allegations against the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, a facility that the town borrowed nearly $2 million to construct.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 21, Rutgers sent a mass email to all members of its community regarding a new policy on Ebola control that the university is instating.

    The message was sent by Brian L. Strom, the Inaugural Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

    In the new policy Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are restricted from official or authorized travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali, four nations with high reports of Ebola cases.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 19, the City of New Brunswick terminated its contract with the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

    New Brunswick is following the lead of Spotswood, Monroe, and Sayreville, which have already cut ties with the shelter.

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    UPDATE (11/15): The City of New Brunswick announced on its website yesterday it was "temporarily" using Blumig Kennels in East Brunswick, as a result of the quarantine at Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

    HELMETTA, NJ—As of November 13, no animals will be going into or out of the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter following a quarantine by the county Department of Health and a raid by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--New Millennium Bank announced on October 3 that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has terminated their consent order which they agreed to with the bank on November 16, 2010.

    The recent recapitalization of the city-based bank, in which an investor group raised $16.8 million in new capital for the bank, led to the termination of the consent order.

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    UPDATE (11/5): Carol Barrett came in first place with 76,270, with 60% of the vote across the county.  Her running mate Charles Tomaro also won his seat for a full term, but trailed behind Barrett by almost 4,000 votes.  Republican candidates garnered 53,747 and 51,482 votes and 166 write-in votes were cast.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Tuesday is Election Day in New Jersey, and two candidates are going to be elected to the position of Middlesex County Freeholder.

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    HELMETTA, NJ—Sick animals, dirty cages, foul odors, and poor record keeping are just a few of the complaints that have been filed against the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

    Though the shelter is based in the county's tiniest town, and controlled by the local government there, it is responsible for providing animal control and shelter services to 21 communities in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, including New Brunswick.

    One of those towns, Spotswood, has already notified the shelter that it will be terminating their contract.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on October 7 that it had confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 in a second Middlesex County child, raising the total number of confirmed cases in New Jersey to fourteen.

    Confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 have been reported in Camden, Mercer, Burlington, Sussex, Passaic, Essex, Morris, and Middlesex Counties so far.  All of the cases reported involve children ages 14 and under.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The familiar noises of symphony bands and choirs that fill the air of the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers were accompanied by a strange new sound on September 23.

    Musician and composer Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein visited Rutgers to give a presentation on DIY electronic music to students taking the Byrnes seminar “Hacking Sound,” a class in which students learn to build and hack their own electronic instruments.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Further investigation into the murders of two men in Cumberland County has led to the arrests of three New Brunswick men and one Somerset man, and new charges for a man arrested last week and accused of running a human trafficking operation that exploited undocumented immigrants in a statewide network of prostitution houses.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Governor Chris Christie's office announced on September 9 that New Brunswick resident Joyce Sagi has been appointed as the public representative for the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Advisory Board.

    Sagi’s appointment was part of a series of direct appointments made by Governor Christie last week to positions on various boards and commissions throughout New Jersey.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick couple was arrested on September 18 for harboring undocumented immigrants and employing them in brothels located throughout New Jersey, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

    Juan Fredy Hernandez-Zozaya, 36, and his wife, Elizabeth Rojas Rojas, 33, are being charged with harboring aliens for the purpose of prostitution, and harboring aliens for the purpose of financial gain.