Ex-Christie aides: Withdraw traffic jam subpoenas
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two figures in a political payback plot that has overshadowed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration will attempt to convince a judge that they shouldn't be forced to turn over documents to a legislative panel.
Lawyers for former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien and fired Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly have asked the judge to throw out their subpoenas.
They say handing over personal emails, text messages and planning calendars would be like testifying against themselves.
They also cite the possibility of criminal prosecution as a legal basis for not complying with a request for correspondence involving a plot to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.
More than a dozen individuals and organizations close to Christie have complied with similar subpoenas.
Oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday.
ILLEGAL NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING
Shots fired near memorial for club shooting victim
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say at least two people were shot and wounded while standing at a memorial set up near an illegal nightclub where a fatal shooting had occurred the day before.
Mercer County prosecutors say that shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, several shots were fired into a group of about 20 people gathered at the site on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Trenton. But further details were not immediately available.
The gunfire came just hours after authorities had identified the man killed in the shooting early Saturday.
Prosecutors said 43-year-old Trenton resident Charles White was shot in the head. He later died at a hospital.
Three other people wounded in the shooting remained hospitalized Sunday, including a 30-year old Trenton man shot in the heart, lung and lower extremities.
Man gets 21-year sentence in violent sex assault
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted in the violent sexual assault of a northern New Jersey woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Union County prosecutors say 32-year-old Edwin Chimilio-Calletano of Plainfield will be on lifetime parole supervision under the sentence imposed Friday. He was convicted last October on six charges, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and weapons offenses.
The attack occurred in August 2011, when the 22-year-old victim was grabbed from behind after she left her job at a neighborhood bar. She was beaten with a socket wrench, dragged behind a building and sexually assaulted.
A resident heard the woman's screams and called police, who arrested Chimilio-Calletano as her emerged from behind the building.
The victim suffered a severe leg injury and bruising to her arms, legs, and back.
PARKING SPOT BRAWL
Woman's finger almost bitten off in parking brawl
(Information in the following story is from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/ )
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Police say a dispute over a parking spot at a southern New Jersey mall ended when a woman bit and almost severed the finger of another driver.
The fight at the Cherry Hill Mall involved three women and occurred around 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside Nordstrom's. Details about the dispute were not disclosed, but authorities say it began as a verbal argument before it turned physical.
The Courier-Post reports that the injured woman was a 42-year-old Philadelphia resident. She was in stable condition at a hospital.
Police are searching for the biter and say she could face aggravated assault charges.
Teacher charged over 'inappropriate' online chat
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Child endangerment charges have been filed against a teacher accused of having an inappropriate online conversation with a 14-year-old male student.
Middlesex County prosecutors say 33-year-old Cara Conroy of South Brunswick was suspended without pay from her job as a special education teacher at North Brunswick High School following her arrest. She has taught in the district since September 2005.
Prosecutors said investigators learned that Conroy and the boy had chatted online Wednesday and discussed engaging in sexual activity with each other. The investigation began after the boy's mother contacted authorities.
Prosecutors said the teen was not a special education student, but did not disclose further details about him.
A telephone number for Conroy could not be located Sunday, and it was not known if she had retained an attorney.
Squatters flee fire that guts 2 vacant buildings
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Dozens of firefighters battled a multialarm blaze that engulfed two abandoned buildings in Paterson that apparently were being occupied by several squatters.
No injuries were reported in the fire on Fair Street, which broke out around 1 p.m. Sunday. The blaze was contained about two hours later, but was expected to keep burning for a few more hours.
Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino told The Record that squatters came out of the buildings as crews arrived, but he said no one lived legally at either site. It was not immediately clear how many squatters may have been in either building.
The cause of the three-alarm fire remains under investigation.
CONDO FIRE-5 DISPLACED
Dryer fire at condo leaves 5 residents displaced
(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com )
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - Five people were displaced when a dryer fire damaged a condominium in southern New Jersey.
No injuries were reported in the fire at the Sixty Acre Reserve development in Jackson, which broke out around 3:50 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the blaze remains under investigation but is not considered suspicious
Jackson police tell the Asbury Park Press that the fire caused smoke damage to the second-story home and damaged a downstairs unit. Leaky hoses on a nearby washing machine also contributed to water damage in both units.
The American Red Cross' Jersey Coast chapter is assisting the displaced residents with temporary housing and other matters.
FATAL PARKWAY CRASH
1 killed, 2 others hurt in 3-vehicle Parkway crash
(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com )
CLARK, N.J. (AP) - State police say a man was killed and two other people were injured when three vehicles collided on the Garden State Parkway in northern New Jersey.
It's not yet known what caused the crash, which occurred around 3:45 a.m. Sunday in Clark.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that the man who was killed, 22-year-old Linden resident Hector Gomez, was found in the roadway. He died a short time later at a hospital.
The drivers of the other vehicles, 18-year-old Brittany Echevarria of Cranford and 37-year-old Jason Star of Asbury Park, were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
Some southbound lanes of the highway were closed while authorities investigated the accident, but no major travel delays were reported.
MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION
Cops uncover marijuana-growing operation at home
(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities allegedly found an "elaborate" marijuana-growing operation at a southern New Jersey home after they went there as part of a credit-card fraud investigation.
The Press of Atlantic City reports police found 87 marijuana plants in the Hamilton Township home on Friday. They also seized stolen merchandise valued $15,000, items believed to be the proceeds from a fraudulent credit card operation.
Twenty-six-year-old Luis Alba was charged with cultivation of marijuana, as well as possessing and distributing the drug. His 23-year-old girlfriend, Miluska Jimenez-Espinoza, was charged with credit card fraud.
Authorities also removed a 3-year-old from the home and placed the child with a family member.
Alba's bail was set at $100,000 cash, while Jimenez-Espinoza was released on a summons.
Telephone numbers for both suspects could not be found Sunday.
ST PATRICK'S PARADE
Zombies among revelers at St. Patrick's Day parade
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Dozens of zombies were among the hundreds of revelers who filled the streets of a Jersey Shore community to celebrate the Irish and all things green.
Sunday's event in Asbury Park marked the first time the city has held a St. Patrick's Day parade. It featured several local bands and numerous community groups.
The event also gave the zombies a chance to strut their stuff in familiar surroundings. Asbury Park is home to the annual Zombie Walk, which draws thousands of costumed characters to the city each fall.
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