N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:53 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Skydiving Tragedy in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/skydiving-tragedy-in-new-jersey HotTopics_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BERNIE WEISENFELD

A 49-year-old Brooklyn NY man died yesterday afternoon while skydiving in Monroe Township, N.J.

Arkady Shenker, 49, was skydiving from Freefall Adventures in Monroe. He wore a specialized parachute known as a "wing suit," which allows a skydiver to move forward while descending. It is unclear whether the suit opened properly. Its functionality will be investigated by federal authorities.

Mr. Shenker landed behind a yard in the 100 block of Tuckahoe Rd., Sewell. He jumped from an airplane at about 2 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m. at Kennedy Hospital, Washington Township NJ.

State Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:06:30 +0000
UPDATE: NJ Police Officer Allows Dog to Attack Women, 57 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-nj-police-officer-allows-dog-to-attack-women-57 k9_opt_copyBY NATALIE PESETSKY

A New Jersey police officer met a 57-year-old woman with his K-9’s jaws after she failed to pull over during a routine traffic stop. Officer Justin Cherry of the Tuckerton Borough Police Department, has been charged with official misconduct and aggravated assault, reported a cbs3 article.

According to an app.com article, when the woman pulled over in the Municipal Building parking lot, the emergency lights had been flashing and she had been driving for 15 miles. Two other officers by whom the arrest was already underway had the situation under control. But when he arrived on the scene, Cherry allegedly allowed his dog to unnecessarily bite her, proven by the falsified police report he used to try to cover up the incident.

State Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:41:20 +0000
UPDATE: Long Branch Tower Jump http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-long-branch-tower-jump HotTopics_opt-1BY BOB HOLT

The deadly fall from the Y107 radio tower in Long Branch on Monday night is being seen as a suicide.

Local police, along with Long Branch and Asbury Park firefighters responded to the call at about 6:30 p.m., and stayed on the scene for over four hours.

A man dove off the roof of the 400-foot high radio tower and crashed through the building’s roof to the second floor. “He fell through the roof of a building and is stuck there,” said Long Branch Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck at the time, according to The Asbury Park Press. “The building is condemned and unsafe.”

Police called the jump a suicide on Tuesday.

NJ.com reported that witnesses at the scene saw the unidentified man at the top of the tower for at least an hour, saw him “swinging” around sections of the tower, and heard him yelling something that could not be understood.

State Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:36:06 +0000
UPDATE: Lodi High School Teacher Charged with Drunk Driving: Is He a Second Offender? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/lodi-high-school-teacher-charged-with-drunk-driving-is-he-a-second-offender

A court appearance has been scheduled this week for the Lodi High School teacher charged in a crash that has critically injured a Bergen County police officer.

Lodi High School students were shocked to discover that the 36-year-old math teacher and track coach, Michael Ettz, had allegedly driven drunk and crashed into a police cruiser, reported CBS local. “He’s a very great person, very outgoing, caring, and would do anything for anybody in need,” said student Lebria Breks.

However, Ettz’s track record clashes with Breks’s opinion, as this was not his first incident of drunk driving. According to northjersey.com, in November 2012, the teacher’s driving privileges were suspended for 240 days after a DWI conviction in Clifton, N.J. Suspensions of this magnitude are only issued to drivers with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.10 percent, pursuant to state law.

State Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:58:05 +0000
First Amendment Violation? Woman Sues N.J. DMV for License Plate Refusal http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/woman-sues-nj-dmv-for-license-plate-refusal

A New Jersey woman filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday claiming they violated her First Amendment right to free speech and equal religious protection when they denied her religious-based vanity license plate request.

Shannon Morgan, a Maurice River Township local, requested a custom license plate printed with “8THEIST”- pretty obviously a shortened moniker for the word “atheist.” The content was flagged for “objectionable content,” which caused Morgan to file an appeal to challenge the objection according to mediaite.com. Morgan tested the website further after the first rejection by entering “BAPTIST,” which the website did not flag and immediately accepted.

State Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:54:18 +0000
Gov. Christie: If You're Pro-Life, You Must Be Pro-Life For The Entire Journey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/gov-christie-if-youre-pro-life-you-must-be-pro-life-for-the-entire-journey CHRISJIM_optBY KEVIN ROBERTS

Governor Christie: I’m pro-life and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life and as do many of my conservative, fellow conservative governors and I say to them you know, it’s great to be pro-life but you need to be pro-life after they get out of the womb too. We have to be pro-life all the way along. And sometimes life presents us with challenges to being pro-life. People make mistakes. People anger us.

State Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:20:52 +0000
UPDATE: Robert Gibase Caught Driving 91 MPH Over Speed Limit http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-robert-gibase-caught-driving-91-mph-over-speed-limit gibase14_optBY BOB HOLT

Do you find yourself rushing around a little too much these days? It’s a little too easy to get caught up in the hustle of today’s world.

But hopefully you’re nothing like former Hammonton resident Robert Gibase.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that Mullica Township police clocked the 51-year old Gibase at driving 146 miles per hour on the White Horse Pike the morning of April 17.

Corporal Jake O’Hara and Patrolman Mike Jamerson clocked Gibase. According to Shore News Today, he was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS, and heading west in a 55-mph speed limit area. The policeman tried to catch up to Gibase, but ended their pursuit when they saw he wasn’t stopping for them at that speed.

State Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:33:57 +0000
UPDATE: Kean Student Shot http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-kean-student-shot kean_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

A fraternity house in Hillside was the scene of a shooting at an off-campus party Friday morning.

An unidentified man was thrown out of a party at the Sigma Theta Chi fraternity house, and returned to wound a teenage Kean University student.

NBC New York reported that a group of partygoers were on the porch and outside the house when the man returned and began shooting. Hillside Police Captain Nick Lomonte said the people "began trying to get back into the home, and the victim was struck in the abdomen."

State Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:13:15 +0000
N.J. Senate President Sweeney in Hot Water http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-senate-president-sweeney-in-hot-water sweeney_opt_copy_copyBY BRETT POUSER

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney is in hot water over accusations that his work as a lobbyist for an iron worker’s union, represents a conflict of interest with his duties as a legislator, reported law360.com.

New Jersey’s Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards’ unanimous decision to begin preliminary investigations came after a complaint was filed in Winter by Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Murray Sabrin.

The complaint is centered around the charge that Sweeney is inappropriately representing the interests of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, which pays him an annual salary of around $165,000 for his duties.

State Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:40:35 +0000
Slashed 24 Times: Pregnant Woman Stabbed to Death by Son http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/pregnant-woman-stabbed-to-death-by-son -811555faf9952e8d_optBY KELSY A. FRANK

On Sunday morning Leon Wilson, 21, stabbed his 42-year-old pregnant mother, Scarlett Wilson, two dozen times inside their Gloucester City home, leading to her death.

When officers arrived at the house on the 600 block of Jersey Avenue after being called on a report of domestic dispute, they encountered Leon covered in blood with a knife still in his hand. He allegedly tossed the knife to the ground after officers ordered him to drop it and they were able to detain him, reported cbsnews.com.

State Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:03:01 +0000