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Teen soccer player seriously hurt in 3-car crash

(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), )

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A soccer player on her way to compete in a charity tournament was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash that also injured three of her teammates.

Hamilton Township police tell The Press of Atlantic City that the accident on Route 40 occurred around 8:45 a.m., when an eastbound pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Nicholas Gareffi of Vineland apparently crossed the center lane.

The truck struck a westbound box truck driven by 48-year-old Darrel Jacobs of Vineland, then hit a car driven by 18-year-old Madelyn Williscroft of Linwood.

Gareffi's car then struck several trees and caught fire, while Williscroft's car spun out.

Williscroft and two passengers were treated at a hospital for "mild to moderate" injuries. But another passenger had more serious injuries and was flown to a hospital.


Police: Train didn't kill man found near tracks

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), )

BOGOTA, N.J. (AP) - Investigators say a man found dead near railroad tracks in northern New Jersey apparently was not struck and killed by a train.

But how the man ended up there and what caused his death remain unclear.

Bogota police tell The Record that two pedestrians found 50-year-old Michael Clifford late Friday night in a secluded area along the tracks near Elm Avenue. The discovery came after the pedestrians noticed a "pungent odor" in the area.

Authorities have not said how long the body may have been at the site. but it appeared to have been at least a couple of days. They say Clifford was a known homeless man who frequented the Bogota and Hackensack areas.

Train traffic in the area was delayed while the death was investigated.


Motorist gets prison term in fatal highway crash

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A woman convicted on several charges stemming from a fatal crash on a southern New Jersey highway has been sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Authorities have said 52-year-old Diane Williams of Estell Manor was driving drunk on Halloween night in 2008 when her vehicle struck a guardrail and collided with another car on Route 557. But at trial, she claimed a passenger who was seriously injured in the crash was actually driving.

The driver of the other car and two passengers in that vehicle were also seriously injured in the accident. One of those passengers, 84-year-old Estella Mills of Weymouth Township, died eight days later from her injuries.

Williams was convicted in June on a vehicular homicide count and three counts of assault by auto.


Prosecutor: Driver charged in fatal crash

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Death by auto charges have been filed against a man who allegedly was under the influence of drugs when he crashed into a building last month, killing one passenger and seriously injuring another.

Bergen County prosecutors say 20-year-old Tamer Ammar of Fort Lee also faces assault by auto charges and numerous motor vehicle citations stemming from the July 24 crash in Ridgefield. The charges were announced Saturday.

Authorities say Ammar's speeding car was northbound on Broad Avenue when he lost control. The vehicle went onto a sidewalk and into the southbound lane before hitting the building.

Ammar and his two passengers - Miles Reme and James Racanelli, both 20-year-old Fort Lee residents- were all seriously injured. Reme died a short time later.

Ammar remains hospitalized. It wasn't known Saturday if he's retained an attorney.


College trustee resigns in wake of ethics probe

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - Another high-ranking official at a northwestern New Jersey community college has resigned in the wake of an ethics probe stemming from a renovation contract.

Glenn Gavan decided this week to step down as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sussex County Community College in Newton. It was announced Friday.

Gavan had served on the 11-member board since 2008 and as its chair since November 2012. His resignation came after an independent investigation determined he and two other board members had a conflict of interest with the engineering firm hired for renovation work on campus.

The investigation concluded Gavan and two other trustees - Glen Vetrano and Ed Leppert - had conflicts with Sparta-based CP Engineering. But it also found they were unaware of their ethical obligations under state law.

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