NJ WINTRY WEATHER
Slick roads expected in NJ on Sunday
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jerseyans may face some slick roads Sunday and even some icing conditions.
Forecasters say snow and sleet should develop throughout the state Sunday afternoon before turning to rain late in the day.
Freezing rain is also expected to fall during the changeover in the north and also possibly farther south.
The National Weather Service said Saturday it expects less than an inch of snow to remain on the ground by Monday morning's commute in all but northernmost New Jersey, where up to 2 inches could still be around.
NJ Gov. Christie stumps for Otter in N. Idaho
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for a third term at a Republican party campaign fundraising event in northern Idaho.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/IJwObN) the event at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on Friday evening drew about 350 people to hear Christie talk about the Republican Party and why Idaho should re-elect Otter.
Christie says he came to Idaho to make sure no one doubts he backs Otter.
Otter has not officially announced he's seeking a third term, but he's hired a campaign manager.
Christie says the two governors became friends when he joined the Republican Governor's Association that Christie now chairs.
The New Jersey governor easily won re-election in November, but has downplayed his front-runner status for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
ATLANTIC CLUB-CHAPTER 11
Bankrupt NJ casino has $17.7M assets, $16.8M debts
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, which hopes to sell itself at a bankruptcy court auction this month, has laid out its assets and liabilities for the court.
The casino formerly known as the Atlantic City Hilton listed assets, excluding real property, of $17.1 million and liabilities of $16.8 million.
It wouldn't estimate the worth of its real property when asked by The Associated Press.
The filing was made Wednesday with the federal bankruptcy court in Camden.
The Atlantic Club has remained open since filing for Chapter 11 protection last month. The casino could be put up for auction Dec. 17, with the sale completed by March.
The sale comes months after a deal to sell the casino to the PokerStars online gambling website fell through.
GSA WAREHOUSE CLOSING
US to close south NJ warehouse, costing 200 jobs
(Information in the following story is from: Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.), http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com)
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Federal cost-cutting is resulting in the closing of a huge government warehouse in southern New Jersey and the loss of about 200 jobs.
The U.S. General Services Administration announced it will phase out operations at its mammoth distribution center in Burlington Township over the next 12 months.
The warehouse, which is leased, stores a variety of supplies for distribution to federal government offices and military installations.
In recent years, the GSA has been moving to a new supply model allowing government offices to obtain supplies directly from vendors.
A GSA spokeswoman tells the Burlington County Times (http://bit.ly/1d9HcDt ) the closure of warehouse operations in New Jersey and California is expected to generate gross savings of $100 million a year.
The workforce at the warehouse is split between GSA employees and contractors.
Gas price holds steady in NJ, drop predicted
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in New Jersey remains unchanged from a week ago at $3.27.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says that's still lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.45 a gallon.
The national average Friday was one cent lower than New Jersey's.
After a recent uptick, AAA expects prices to head back down as supplies build and drop 10 to 15 cents by year's end.
MISSING NY BOATER
Search for missing NY boater called off in NJ
CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search off the New Jersey coast for a missing Long Island, N.Y., man whose sailboat was found adrift with no one aboard.
The family of 56-year-old Vincent Tangorra of Bethpage says he had been attempting to take the sailboat to North Carolina for the winter when he ran into engine trouble and had to turn back.
Ray Tangorra, also of Bethpage, tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1iKRb93 ) his last contact with Vincent was Thursday night when he was near Cape May.
A personal watercraft Tangorra was towing was spotted adrift off the coast Friday, touching off a Coast Guard search. His empty 37-foot sailboat Polaris was later found nine miles offshore.
His brother is holding out hope the former New York City bus driver is still alive, maybe in a hospital somewhere.
Dispute holds up NJ captain's pension, cash-out
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - A former Parsippany police captain's retirement payout and pension have been held up as a result of township allegations he wrongly got rid of a large amount of police documents.
Retired Capt. James Carifi says in court filings he did nothing wrong because he had computer access and privileges that allowed him to clean off his computer prior to retirement.
Nj.com reports (http://bit.ly/1jyblRM ) Parsippany officials and the ex-captain are due to meet with a court-appointed computer forensic expert to aid the return of records. The township says they number nearly 1 million pages.
The officer retired April 1 but has not yet received any of his $109,000 annual pension. Retirement trustees must decide whether he left in good standing.
Also pending payment is $368,000 owed him for unused time he accrued.
Kean board upholds tenure denial for 6 profs
(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com)
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Kean University trustees have unanimously upheld the denial of tenure to six professors.
The board deliberated about 90 minutes Saturday after hearing nearly three hours of pleas that the school administration's recommendations be rejected.
The trustees did not explain their decision following the meeting in Toms River.
All six teachers were in their fifth year at the public university in Union Township.
Theater professor Anna DeMers was among those denied tenure. She called it disheartening that the trustees "can't even share a single sentence."
Kean Federation of Teachers president James Castiglione tells The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1daPaw5 ) the layoffs will hurt the school's academic programs.
President Dawood Farahi defended the recommendations last month. He said "a lifetime job in the state university system is not an entitlement, it has to be earned."
NJ police sell T-shirts, hoodies to fund K-9 unit
PITTMAN, N.J. (AP) - A police department in southern New Jersey wants to start a K-9 unit but it needs to raise money to do so.
So police in the town of Pittman are starting by selling T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.
Their K-9 Supporter shirts come in either blue or pink. They feature a picture of a German shepherd with the words "Protector of the Innocent" and "Capturer of Criminals."
Orders must be placed at the police station.
Pittman police say they want a K-9 unit in part to battle increased drug crime, the South Jersey Times reports (http://bit.ly/1gO4UYf ).
Newark's interim mayor shaking up City Hall
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When City Councilor Luis Quintana was sworn in as Newark's interim mayor, he was expected to keep a steady hand on government.
Instead, he's shaking up City Hall.
Quintana took over last month after Mayor Cory Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate in October.
Quintana now wants to fire a number of Booker's top advisers.
But Newark has to run all hires through the state as part of an agreement to receive state aid. And Trenton says the personnel moves might not be legal.
Quintana doesn't want to be mayor forever. He'll cede power to a mayor elected in May and return to the City Council.
He says he's bringing in the right people and helping to alleviate frustrations the council had with Booker's administration.
POLICE SHOOTING-PERTH AMBOY
NJ man killed by police called violent by mother
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) - An investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Perth Amboy man has determined that it was the man's mother who initially called police and that in her call she described him as violent.
In the 911 phone call Wednesday the mother of 32-year-old Dixon Rodriguez also said she was refusing to give him his medication because it was harmful to him.
The new details were released Friday by Middlesex County's acting prosecutor, Andrew Carey.
As the officers talked to Rodriguez outside his home, the prosecutor says the man raised his right arm with a knife in his hand, then punched the female officer in the head and tackled her to the ground.
Both officers then fired at him.
The prosecutor says a knife with a five-inch blade was recovered.
Ex-NJ teacher gets 7 years in luring case
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey high school teacher has been sent to prison for seven years for posing online as a teenage boy in what prosecutors say was an attempt to lure a female student into sex.
Fifty-year-old Michael Furey of West Deptford was a biology teacher in Paulsboro when authorities say he sent sexually charged messages to the 17-year-old.
In 2010 prosecutors say he tried to pick the girl up in his vehicle after she visited a friend's house. The victim said it was on a route that only she, her friend and her online acquaintance would have known about.
The 27-year Air Force veteran was convicted of official misconduct and attempted luring. Under Friday's sentence, he'll be eligible for parole in five years.
He'll have to register as a sex offender.
SHORE HOME INVASION
Police seek public help in NJ home invasion
(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com)
BRICK, N.J. (AP) - Police in an Ocean County community are asking for the public's help in finding out why two men broke into a home, bound the resident and then ransacked the place.
Brick police say the two men were dressed all in black and had covered their faces with scarves when they forced their way into the home late Thursday.
Police were called after one of two children at the home escaped to a neighbor's house.
Investigators are searching for any items including clothing left behind by the intruders, who fled on foot. They are asking neighbors who spot such items not to touch them and to call police, the Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/197rgCn ).
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