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Contaminated Water Cover-Up, Unborn Baby Killed Top State News

Other top stories this week include a New Brunswick man who pleaded guilty to perpetrating one of the nation's largest and longest running tax fraud schemes and a West Deptford woman who admitted to a fatal scissor stabbing.

Water Officials Charged with Hiding High Contaminant Levels

Two top officials of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC), which serves South Orange, have been charged with manipulating water test results, according to Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

Baby Killed in Route 206 Chester Crash

An expectant mother lost her baby after she was struck while driving on Route 206 in Chester Township Tuesday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

New Brunswick Man Pleads Guilty in Massive Tax Fraud Scheme

Manuel Rodriguez, 50, of New Brunswick and Bennie Haynes, 53, of Dayton, a former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, pleaded guilty for their roles in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced on Monday.

West Deptford Woman Admits to Fatal Neck Stabbing

A West Deptford woman pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a man in the neck with scissors and stealing from him as he died. She also conspired to distribute heroin in jail, according to her plea.

Triton Teachers Plead Guilty in Student Sex Scandal

Two Triton Regional High School teachers may serve just 30 days under house arrest after entering guilty pleas in connection with a teacher-student sex scandal that rocked the Runnemede school last fall.

Rapper Jim Jones Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Fair Lawn

Fair Lawn resident and rap mogul Jim Jones was arrested Wednesday after he "got out of line" with an officer who was handling a parking complaint in front of the Dipset founder's Ward Street home,police said.

Mayor's Former Aide Claims Township Paid for Her Silence in Harassment Claim

A former aide to Toms River's mayor claims that she was sexually harassed and paid $143,300 for her silence, according to an Asbury Park Press report published Friday

Miss America Returning to Atlantic City

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno welcomed the pageant back to its birthplace Thursday after it spent six years in Las Vegas.

Three members of a Bergen County burglary ring known as the “James Bond Gang” were arrested after they broke into and ransacked a Sparta residence Wednesday, Township Police Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said. The alleged gang is believed to be responsible for dozens of burglaries of high-end homes in Morris and Somerset counties, as well as other parts of the tri-state area.

Real Housewives Kickback Doc Sentenced to 5 Months

A Franklin Lakes doctor who appeared on The Real Housewives was sentenced Wednesday to five months in prison, five months of home confinement and fined $30,000 for his role in a payment-for-patients scheme in which he took envelopes of cash in exchange for making patient referrals, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Hurricane Sandy Con Artist Spent Weeks Fooling Shelter Officials

When David Scott Ruddy was arrested in Woodbridge for allegedly flimflamming Hurricane Sandy victims out of $50,000 in FEMA funds, there was one person who not only knew who he was, but had been calling and warning officials about him for months.

Alleged Rhinoceros Horn Smuggler Indicted by Newark Grand Jury

Three people were charged this week with wildlife smuggling and related charges for their alleged roles in an international rhino horn smuggling ring in Newark, Miami and New York City, officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Perfect SAT Scores Cause for Morristown Students' Celebration

Morristown High School seniors Brett Harvey and Catherine Wong received perfect scores of 2400 in their Scholastic Assessment Tests in spring 2012, two of only 360 students nationwide to achieve that feat, according to Interim Principal Ethel  Minchello.

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