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Babysitter Charged With Murder, Alleged Family Drug Ring Busted, Hospital Sexual Assault Top State News

Other top stories this week include a New Jersey marine killed in Afghanistan, five heroic Freehold Borough police officers and a Toms River teacher charged with having sexual contact with a student.


Babysitter Charged in Shaking Death of 14-Month-Old

A Toms River babysitter is being held on $250,000 bail with no 10 percent option after being charged with the murder of a 14-month-old child, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday.

A Blackwood man was arrested Wednesday along with his son and daughter as conspirators in a drug ring that distributed multi-kilogram quantities of Colombian cocaine, as well as other narcotics, according to authorities.

Hospital Employee Charged With Sexually Assaulting Patients

An emergency room worker at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro was arrested on Saturday and charged with forcing a female patient to improperly touch him, and in a separate incident, was charged with sexually assaulting a female patient. 

Central Regional High School Graduate Killed In Afghanistan

Marine Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, was killed on Nov. 26, the Department of Defense announced. Monahan, of Island Heights, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Freehold Police Officers Save 3 From Burning Piscataway Home

Five Freehold Borough police officers saved the lives of three Piscataway residents after they observed smoke coming from a home on River Road.

Toms River Teacher Charged with Sexual Contact with Student

A 31-year-old teacher in the Toms River Regional school system was charged with criminal sexual contact against a student, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

School Custodian Charged with Secretly Filming Students

Gloucester Catholic Junior-Senior High School’s head custodian allegedly installed hidden video cameras throughout the school, capturing images of students and staff undressing, as well as everyday school activities.

Serial Burglar Suspected in 150 Burglaries Across North Jersey

The prosecutor's office has formed a task force to stop a serial burglar suspected in some 150 commercial break-ins across four New Jersey counties.

Former Community College President Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Former Brookdale Community College President Peter F. Burnham received a five-year prison sentence after bilking the college, Monmouth University and the federal government of over $44,000 in items and services, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has announced.

Coach Bus Bursts Into Flames on Rt. 17

A northbound commuter bus being used to train a half-dozen bus drivers caught fire Friday morning, causing substantial traffic on Route 17, according to the Ramsey Fire Department.

Second Bloomfield Gas Station Accused of Price Gouging

Jenny’s Shell Station, at 461 Bloomfield Ave., is being sued by the state for allegedly raising the price of regular gasoline from $3.70 to $4.50 per gallon after Hurricane Sandy.


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