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Always on the scene covering live, breaking news in and around New Brunswick, NJ | Comprometido A Traer Las Noticias Más Actualizadas A La Comunidad De New Brunswick, NJ

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Immigration Agents Arrest “Most Wanted” Fugitive in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 31, agents with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested 37-year-old Javier Atlixqueno-Vaquero, a fugitive on their "most wanted" list, in New Brunswick.

Atlixqueno-Vaquero was reportedly on the #2 spot on the dubious list of undocumented immigrants with serious criminal convictions that the government hopes to remove from the country.

The Mexican citizen had reportedly been convicted of multiple felony charges, including sexually assaulting a minor.

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Allegedly Posing as a Cop, Man Attacks Woman and Takes Her Car

EDISON, NJ—A man was arrested after allegedly attacking and carjacking a woman in the parking lot of an Edison strip mall, all while posing as a police officer.

John Spina, a 44-year-old man from Sayreville, then led actual police all the way to his hometown as they chased the stolen vehicle, before Spina crashed three times and injured himself.

The dramatic scene began to unfold on January 10 in the parking lot of the Wick Plaza shopping mall on Route 1, less than a mile from New Brunswick.

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Woman Gets 30-Year Prison Sentence For 1991 Murder of Her Son

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A woman who was convicted by a jury of killing her son, Timothy Wiltsey, in 1991 has been sentenced to serve 30 years in state prison.

The nation's attention was captured by the news of his disappearance that fall, with his picture and information shared all over news platforms and throughout the community.

Wiltsey's mother, Michele Lodzinski, kept changing her story about how or if the boy had disappeared, or if he had been abducted.

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Man Arrested After Attempted Robbery at Somerset Street Deli

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) confirmed that one person was arrested early morning on January 7, after attempting rob Dani’s Deli And Grocery Store on Somerset Street. 

Charles Bivens, a 32-year-old from Highland Park, was later released on January 10 under New Jersey's new pre-trial detention policies.

Bivens was arrested and charged with Robbery and Tampering with Evidence, according to the NBPD spokesperson.

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Helmetta Firefighter Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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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Murder in Monroe: Man Arrested on Charges of Killing Stepfather

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 Year Began With Several Car Wrecks, Big Power Outage

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.