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If you're planning on celebrating Labor Day with a barbecue, here are some thing to bear in mind when it comes to your pets. A national study conducted by BluePearl Veterinary Partners found that animal hospitals see an increase in patients during holiday weekends. Here are a couple of reminders to help keep your pet from being one of...
If you're planning on celebrating Labor Day with a barbecue, here are some thing to bear in mind when it comes to your pets.
A national study conducted by BluePearl Veterinary Partners found that animal hospitals see an increase in patients during holiday weekends. Here are a couple of reminders to help keep your pet from being one of those medical emergencies.
* It's not unusual for emergency veterinarians to treat dogs for a corn cob or a rib bone they have swallowed. So be careful of what your dog may find during a backyard barbecue or a gathering at the park.
* Dogs are naturally going to want to participate in the vittles at a barbecue, but be aware of things a pet can't eat: foods that can sicken dogs include: avocados, apple seeds, caffeinated beverages or alcohol, onions, potatoes, grapes, tomatoes, chocolate and sugar-free gum containing xylitol.
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The suspect's father had a relationship with an employee in the prosecutor's office
NEW BRUNSWICK -- A judge has ruled there is no conflict of interest in the county prosecutor handling the murder case against an 18-year-old man, whose father was in a relationship with an employee of the agency as the office brought charges against the teen two years ago.
The revelation of the relationship between the teen's father and the woman provided the first brief look into the contents of the sealed documents at the center of recent proceedings in the murder of 23-year-old Christine Huh, a local pastor's daughter. The nature of the relationship was not disclosed during the Aug. 23 hearing, according to an audio record of pretrial arguments.
In April, a hearing was closed to the public and press so attorneys could discuss the confidential documents before Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves.
Jason Molina, 18, of Bridgewater, is expected to stand trial as an adult in Middlesex County in the death of Huh, who was found stabbed multiple times in the head May 10, 2015, in Skyline Towers in New Brunswick.
Few other details emerged from the confidential documents as Molina's attorneys focused on the woman's relationship with his father to convince the judge to disqualify the prosecutor's office from trying the case.
Molina's attorney, Steven Altman, said the woman, described as an administrative employee of the county agency, likely shared information with the prosecutor's office and gave them an unfair advantage.
The woman's conversations with another employee in the office could make that person a witness during the trial as well, Altman said.
It was not known, however, if the woman discussed the case with anyone in the office. The judge said he would not disqualify the prosecutor's office from handling the case based on a potential witness list.
"'May' is not 'is' in my eyes," Nieves said. "So I'm not thinking that I should disqualify the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office from trying this case."
The woman has since been fired from the agency for violating "the rules and regulations" of the prosecutor's office, Altman said. The prosecutor's office declined to comment on the former employee's dismissal, citing the ongoing case.
The "voluminous" documents in question were provided to Nieves earlier this year. He turned them over to attorneys from both sides, who previously did not have access to the files since they were confidential.
Molina's attorney said he plans to use the relevant information in his defense if the judge allows the seal documents in the trial.
Assistant Prosecutor Allysa Gambarella asked last week that the judge keep the documents sealed, saying the information in them is not related to the case. She called the information "hearsay and double hearsay."
Altman, however, argued that keeping the documents secret would hurt his ability to interview people who might help with his defense argument.
The judge decided to uphold his order to keep the documents sealed but modified it so Altman's investigators could use them to interview potential witnesses.
Huh, the daughter of Bong Kee Huh, senior pastor at Praise Presbyterian Church in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, was visiting friends at the apartment building when she was killed, authorities said.
Gambarella said Molina has confessed to stabbing Huh multiple times in the head with a knife while she slept on a couch. On the last stab, Gambarella said, Molina "twisted to make sure that she was dead."
Molina's defense team argued Huh's death was not a homicide but a crime of passion. He faces 30 years to life in prison if found guilty in Huh's death and is being held on $1 million bail.
The next hearing in the case is set for Oct. 27.
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The event marks the 60th anniversary of the parade.
SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- Crowds turned out to celebrate the 60th annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade on Monday.
Floats, bands and clowns marched from the South Plainfield Police Athletic League to the South Plainfield Middle School on a beautiful day.
The day is scheduled to end with a fireworks display at Spring Lake Park at 8:45pm.
For the last decade, the national nonprofit organization Campus Pride has offered up a list of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the country. And for two years running, New Jersey has topped the list.
At Montclair State University, the LGBTQ Center holds a Pride Awards Ceremony every spring semester, recognizing individuals for their contributions to the community on campus.
At Princeton University, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, created in 2005, works to create a safe and supportive academic environment for students. Its website includes a list of gender-inclusive bathrooms on the venerable campus.
At Rutgers, the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities offers a weekly guide to social-justice programs across campuses and in neighboring communities. Six LGBTQ organizations include Queer and Asian, and Out in Science, Technology, Engineering (oSTEM).
For the last decade, the national nonprofit organization Campus Pride has offered up a list of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the country.
New Jersey leads the nation this year with three of its institutions making the list, more than any other state. The same made the list in 2016.
"In the current political climate, where executive orders by the president of the United States are rescinding decades of progressive work, this work on college campuses is more important than ever," said Dr. Sue Rankin, volunteer director of Campus Pride's Q Research for Higher Education.
Campus Pride, a volunteer-driven network, partners with students, faculty, staff and administrators of more than 1,400 campuses - public and private -- to support and improve the quality of life for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (or queer) communities.
In order to make the Top 25 List, institutions have to score well in a number of metrics, including policies, programs and practices.
Sixteen states are represented in the highest rankings this year, including some that Campus Pride describes as "more conservative," such as North Carolina, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky.
New Jersey of late has taken laudable steps to provide civil rights to the LGBTQ community, as the statewide blog Blue Jersey pointed out in a comprehensive overview last month.
Among other advances, the site applauded recent laws barring health insurers and health-care providers from discriminating in their coverage or services based on gender identity, and mandating guidance from the state commissioner of education to ensure the safety of transgender students.
Other legislation provides lesbians and others access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments if they work for state government or public schools.
These advances come as the White House is doing its level best to erase landmark progress made under previous administrations, most notably by issuing an executive order banning transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military.
New Jersey residents have every right to share a sense of accomplishment that we're showing the way in terms of human rights, as evidenced by the programs at Montclair, Princeton and Rutgers.
But that doesn't mean we can be complacent. Far from it, as recent events show so compellingly.
A teenager was found stabbed to death in Perth Amboy last month
An alleged MS-13 gang member sought in the killing of a teenager in Perth Amboy last month was arrested Friday in Boston, officials said.
Francisco Carlos Ramires, 20, of East Boston, had warrants out of his arrest in Brighton, Mass. for a series of assaults, Boston police said in a news release.
Ramires, also known as Carlos Campos-Cutone, was one of three men taken into custody when police set up surveillance in the area of Royal Street in the city's Allston neighborhood. Earlier, they determined he might be the man wanted for questioning in a New Jersey killing.
Investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office traveled to Massachusetts on Sunday and interviewed Ramires.
During questioning, he admitted to taking part in the killing of Jose David Guardado-Leiva, Boston police said.
Ramires was charged Monday with murder and being a fugitive from justice. He awaits extradition to New Jersey.
The other two men arrested, both 18-year-olds from Boston, are not charged in the death of Guardado-Leiva. One had outstanding warrants while the other was charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
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A jury convicted cousins Dana Kearney, 35, of Perth Amboy, and Joseph Kearney, 28, of Easton, Pa., of murder and conspiracy counts
A jury in Middlesex County Superior Court convicted Dana Kearney, 35, of Perth Amboy, and Joseph Kearney, 28, of Easton, Pa., on a count of murder and conspiracy, among other charges, in the death of Christopher Sharp, Aug. 18, 2013, in the city, the county prosecutor's office said in a release.
Sharp was killed during a house party at Dana Kearney's home on William Street in the city, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, who said Dana Kearney stabbed Sharp as his cousin, Joseph Kearney held him down.
The cousins, along with Shane Timmons, gave police a fake alibi for Dana Kearney when they arrived to investigate, authorities said.
Timmons, 28, also of Easton, Pa., was found guilty for hindering, a second-degree crime, according to the release.
Dana Kearney faces 35 years to life and Joseph Kearney faces 30 years to life when they are sentenced by Judge Joseph Paone on Oct. 30, the office said.
Timmons will be sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, according to authorities.
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Adrian McConney was charged with official misconduct in 2013. He was cleared earlier this year and now seeks back pay.
PISCATAWAY -- An administrative law judge will decide whether or not a former teacher and girls' soccer coach should receive back pay after he was acquitted of charges he had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.
Adrian McConney was charged with official misconduct in 2013 after authorities looked into the alleged relationship between the then-36-year-old and one of his high school students in Piscataway.
Officials said in the charges that the student was under the gym teacher's supervision in his classroom but wouldn't confirm whether or not the teen was on the soccer team.
McConney resigned in April of 2013.
A Superior Court judge dismissed the charges in 2014 ruling that ruling the relationship didn't break any laws since the girl was 18. That decision was overturned the next year by the state appellate court, which reinstated the charges.
McConney was acquitted by a jury in Middlesex County Superior Court in February following a four-week trial.
After the acquittal, McConney moved to receive back pay.
A state administrative law judge ruled in July that the former teacher was entitled to his wages from February 2014, but not a reimbursement of legal fees associated with proceedings.
On Aug. 21, the commissioner of education upheld the ruling but ordered an administrative law judge to rule on the back pay from Sept. 1, 2013, through March 1, 2014.
Officials for the Piscataway School District could not be immediately reached for comment.
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NJ Transit officials want approval to negotiate buying a safe dry place to park trains in to avoid a repeat of locomotives and cars that were flood damaged after Hurricane Sandy.
NJ Transit officials want to purchase 25 acres of land in Middlesex County to create a dry place to park trains to spare them the embarrassment and cost faced after more than 300 trains were damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
NJ Transit officials are scheduled to vote Thursday to negotiate purchasing land and tracks to provide a place on high ground to move trains to from flood prone areas.
Locomotives and rail cars stored in rail yards in upper Hoboken and at the Meadowlands Maintenance Complex were damaged by flood waters following Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012.
NJ Transit officials said they didn't expect the storm surge to flood those rail yards, although several weather forecasters said they predicted that the waters would rise.
Now, officials want to negotiate with Conrail to buy about three miles of track and a total of 25 acres of land in New Brunswick and North Brunswick to create what officials call a "safe haven" to store trains in.
The Delco Lead and County Yard projects are estimated to cost a total of $368 million. A $183 million Federal Transit Administration grant would build a service and inspection building and five new tracks at County Yard in New Brunswick, to hold 144 rail cars and locomotives, NJ Transit officials said.
The state would provide $60 million in matching funds.
The state would pay the entire $125 million to build a second five-mile track next to the Delco lead, an industrial track in North Brunswick along to the Northeast Corridor line, to store 288 trains on during a storm. The work is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2021.
Joseph Clift, a former Long Island Rail Road planning director has lobbied NJ Transit to use federal Sandy funds to build a third Hudson River tunnel to allow the existing 107-year old rail tunnels between New Jersey and Penn Station to be taken out of service. Both were damaged by flood waters from Sandy and need to rehabilitated.
"It's ridiculous with the need for Trans-Hudson work," he said.
Trains could be temporarily stored on rail lines when they're closed during a storm, he said. All of NJ Transit's other $1.26 billion resiliency projects are useless if the tunnels have to be closed, he said.
The accident is expected to be cleared by 11:30 a.m.
NORTH BRUNSWICK -- A crash that caused fuel spill on Route 1 Wednesday morning has forced multiple lane closures and traffic delays in North Brunswick, police said.
Three lanes on the southbound side and one heading north were closed as of 9:30 a.m. with hazmat, police and fire crews on scene, North Brunswick police said in an alert. The delays were between Livingston Avenue and Adams Lane, police said.
The accident scene is expected to be cleared by 11:30 a.m., according to the alert. Additional details about the crash were not immediately available.
511nj.org is reporting 10 to 15 minutes delays in the area.
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Fans can ask questions and chat live with the six NJ.com football writers during our first Live Chat, Wednesdsay, Sept. 6, 7-8 p.m.
WOODBRIDGE -- This isn't a scrimmage. This one counts.
So fans, buckle up and bring it to the first live chat with the NJ.com football writers Wednesday, 7-8 p.m.
To join the chat, use the comments box below or the hashtag #HSFBCHAT.
We changed the day of the chat so there are no conflicts with Sunday Night, Monday Night or Thursday Night football. We know you've been saving up those questions and discussions for the last month.
NJ.com writers Bill Evans, Pat Lanni, Jeremy Schneider, Joe Zedalis, JJ Conrad and Matt Stypulkoski will be prepared to answer your questions and join in discussions about the 2017 season.
Some topics of discussion include:
• The NJ.com Top 20
• The sectional prediction by NJ.com writers
• Sleeper teams
• Top players
• Anything else that comes to mind
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The doctor is accused of submitting false claims to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, between Feb. 6, 2010, and May 21, 2015
EDISON -- Authorities say a township doctor allegedly overcharged insurance companies for five years by misdiagnosing patients and submitting the claims.
Wagih Tadros, 64, whose practice operates in East Brunswick, was charged Wednesday with five counts of health care claims fraud and one count of insurance fraud, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a release.
The doctor is accused of submitting false claims to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, between Feb. 6, 2010, and May 21, 2015, which led to the overpayment, according to Carey.
Tadros was released on a summons and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Oct. 5, the release said.
The prosecutor's office is still investigating the alleged fraud.
Anyone with information can call (732) 745-4328.
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