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NJ COLLEGE-MUMPS

8 confirmed cases of mumps at New Jersey college

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.

The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

The school says it has told faculty and staff members who are unsure of their immunization status to check with their health providers.

Stevens is encouraging anyone who may have recently visited the campus or had close contact with a student or staff member to contact their doctor if they are exhibiting mumps symptoms. These include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.

CHILD SUPPORT AMNESTY

New Jersey offering child-support amnesty

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is offering a weeklong amnesty to parents who are behind in child support payments.

Those who have arrest warrants or have had their driving privileges revoked can visit county probation offices to make a payment or work out a payment plan between April 28 and May 3.

State officials say they'll work to come up with a settlement agreement regarding a lump sum payment, future payments and ongoing payments, and payments toward arrears. When a settlement is reached, a court order will be drafted to include the agreement as well as discharge the warrant and release the child support license suspension.

New Jersey last offered a child support amnesty program in 2004.

PULASKI SKYWAY CLOSURE

Pulaski Skyway commuters urged to use mass transit

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Officials are advising commuters who use the Pulaski Skyway that this past week was the exception, not the norm.

No major traffic problems have been reported since northbound lanes were closed on Saturday to repair the 81-year-old span on which 74,000 vehicles travel daily between Newark and Jersey City.

Officials say that's because Jersey City schools were closed and traffic was lighter with people observing Easter and Passover holidays.

But officials are expecting traffic volume to return to normal next week.

They're urging motorists to use mass transit including a new park-and-ride bus near Newark airport and new ferry service from Monmouth County during the two-year closure.

PRICEY LAND

Lot sells for $5M in Alpine

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

ALPINE, N.J. (AP) - Land doesn't come cheap in one of New Jersey's priciest communities.

A 2-acre lot in Alpine has sold for $5 million.

Seller Jane Huang tells The Record newspaper it was a good time to sell because there aren't many parcels that size "15 minutes from midtown Manhattan."

Huang bought the land for $1.9 million in 2002.

The lot is surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes, including one that was sold last year for more than $13 million.

The buyer made the purchase through a limited liability company called Stone Tower LLC.

Huang declined to identify the buyer.

MANSFIELD-SEX ASSAULT ARREST

Pennsylvania man accused of sex assaults in NJ

(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com)

MANSFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have accused a Pennsylvania man of sexually assaulting three boys in New Jersey's Warren County.

Bruce Naylor Jr. of Tatamy, Pa., is held on $300,000 bail, charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, child endangerment and refusal to provide DNA.

Mansfield Police Chief Michael Reilly tells The Star-Ledger of Newark two of the boys were 9 years old and the other was 7 years old.

PROPERTY OWNER-BRIBE

NJ property owner charged with bribing official

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been charged with trying to bribe an official with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in an effort to get a higher price for his Atlantic City property.

The state attorney general's office says 69-year-old Anthony J. Christaldi of Cape May Court House was indicted Thursday on bribery charges. It's not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Prosecutors say an official who handles real estate purchases for the CRDA reported Christaldi allegedly paying her a $10,000 bribe.

Prosecutors say Christaldi contacted the CRDA in January about his desire to sell an Atlantic City property to the agency for its redevelopment program.

When his proposed $157,500 purchase price was rejected, prosecutors say Christaldi allegedly offered the bribe in exchange for a better price and expedited paperwork.

TOLL THEFT

NY truck driver accused of trying to beat NJ toll

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Port Authority police say a truck driver from New York used a license plate on a hinge to try to beat paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge.

Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says an officer observed the front license plate on Eric Bonhommer's truck swing up behind the bumper as the vehicle passed through the toll plaza on Thursday.

Police say the officer pulled over the truck and found the license plate was attached to a 12-foot string that snaked through the truck body to the driver's compartment.

The 33-year-old Westbury, N.Y., resident is charged with theft of service and tampering with evidence.

BEACH GARBAGE

Plastics top annual New Jersey beach sweep

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) - Environmentalists say plastics led the debris picked up during New Jersey's annual beach sweep.

Clean Ocean Action says volunteers removed over 325,000 pieces of debris last year from the tip of Cape May to the Raritan Bay shore.

Plastics, including foam, represented nearly 76 percent of the total waste found.

But volunteers also collected offbeat items including a hospital bed, grave marker, metal scooter, refrigerator and a cash register drawer.

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