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4/18/2014
A trucker is charged with a fatal accident in Old Bridge that killed a Freehold woman
      Police have arrested a tractor-trailer driver from Mercer County who was allegedly on drugs when he rear-ended a Freehold woman's car on Rt. Nine in Old Bridge, killing her. The Middlesex County prosecutor's office says 49-year-old Stephen Seidl has been charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto for allegedly causing the crash that killed 50-year-old Heidi Bennett of Freehold. Seidl was arrested Thursday at his home in Robbinsville. The prosecutor's spokesman said they did not yet know if Seidl has an attorney. He's in custody on $300,000 bail. The prosecutor's office says investigators determined Seidl was allegedly under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance at the time of the crash.  Prosecutors say on March 31 Seidl fatally ...
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4/18/2014
A Lakewood man, sentenced for massive fraud, now faces more charges
     A Lakewood man who was sentenced less than two months ago for running a Ponzi-style real estate scheme has been indicted on new charges. New Jersey's U.S. attorney said Thursday that Eliyahu Weinstein has been indicted on counts of wire fraud and transacting in criminal proceeds while on pretrial release. Federal prosecutors allege the 38-year-old Lakewood resident and two co-defendants stole more than $6.5 million from an investor by claiming they had special access to Facebook shares before the company went public. Weinstein is also charged with defrauding victims through alleged real estate schemes in Florida. Weinstein was sentenced in February to 22 years in prison for running a scheme in which he bilked investors out of $200 million. ...
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4/18/2014
Governor Christie names an ombudsman and other reforms followed a "Bridgegate" report
     Gov. Chris Christie is following through on some of the recommendations contained in a recent report on the George Washington Bridge scandal. Christie announced Thursday that he has created an office of the ombudsman for the office of the governor, and he named Patrick Hobbs, dean of the Seton Hall University School of Law, to the post. Christie also announced he would eliminate the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and replace it with an office that will focus primarily on responding to the public's needs. He also has proposed new rules that would require government officials to report official misconduct or face prosecution. The measures were among recommendations in the report by law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher ...
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4/18/2014
It looks like New Jersey's jobless rate increased slightly in March
     Preliminary data show New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up to 7.2 in March from 7.1 the previous month as the state lost 1,300 jobs. The report released yesterday by the state Labor Department shows private sector employment declined by 700 jobs, but says that sector has added 2,200 jobs since March 2013. The latest report finds the public sector shedding 600 jobs.
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4/18/2014
Gas prices climb upward in Central Jersey
    Gas prices are back up again in Central Jersey, after barely changing for two weeks in a row.  Following are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending April 18th:       Regular - Central Jersey: $3.37, up 7-cents; National:  $3.66, up 5-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $3.63, up 6-cents; National:  $3.83 up 4-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $3.78, up 6-cents; National:  $4.00, up 5-cents.       Local averages are calculated using the prices at ten gas stations in Edison, Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick.  The national average is calculated by using the AAA's fuel gauge report, which can be found here.
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