ATLANTIC CITY FUTURE
Mayor: 6 potential buyers for Revel casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's mayor says there are six potential buyers for the Revel Casino Hotel, which is up for sale next month at a bankruptcy auction.
Don Guardian also says his administration has been in talks with the current owners of the former Atlantic Club casino about selling it to a new buyer.
It was not immediately clear whether a new buyer would seek to operate the Atlantic Club as a casino.
However, a deed restriction as part of the sale from Caesars Entertainment to a Florida firm prohibits the building from being used again as a casino.
Showboat casino workers to protest planned closing
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Several hundred workers at Atlantic City's Showboat casino will stage a rally to protest its planned Aug. 31 shutdown.
Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union says about 200 Showboat workers are expected to participate in Thursday night's rally, which is designed to help swing public opinion against the casino closing. The Showboat is one of three casinos in Atlantic City that could close by September.
The workers say they want owner Caesars Entertainment to sell the still-profitable Showboat to someone who will continue to operate it as a casino.
In addition to the Showboat, Trump Plaza plans to close by Sept. 16, and Revel could also shut down if a buyer is not found in a bankruptcy court auction next month.
New Jersey lawmakers consider bail changes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are planning to gather opinions on whether it's a good idea to overhaul the state's bail system.
Doing so would require an amendment to the state constitution. Some lawmakers want to take that to voters in November, but they would need to take action by next month for that to happen.
A state Senate committee hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Under the proposed changes, suspects who are considered dangerous could be held without possibility of bail and lower-level suspects could be freed while they await trial without posting bail.
TEACHER SLAIN-PIG MASK
Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.
Jurors in Morris County announced Wednesday that 66-year-old Anthony Novellino was guilty of murder. They deliberated about three hours over two days.
Prosecutors say Novellino attacked his ex-wife, Judith, at their home in June 2010. They had recently finalized their divorce, and Judith was packing items to take to her apartment when she was stabbed.
Judith Novellino was a high school English teacher. Their adult daughter found her body.
Anthony Novellino was captured several days after the killing in Washington state, where he fled to meet a woman he had been communicating with online.
He faces at least 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.
TRAFFIC DISPUTE-OFFICER CHARGED
Indictment: Cop pulled gun during traffic dispute
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A veteran Newark police officer stands accused of pursuing a man while off-duty and pulling a handgun on him following a traffic dispute earlier this year.
An Essex County grand jury on Wednesday indicted David Hudson on charges of official misconduct, aggravated assault and two weapons counts. The 43-year-old Irvington resident has served on the Newark force for 21 years.
Prosecutors say Hudson was off-duty when the dispute happened on March 8.
Hudson allegedly pursued the other car, which was occupied by a couple and their 11-year-old son, along several local roads and on Interstate 280. Hudson eventually got out of his vehicle and allegedly pointed a gun at the man driving the other car.
A telephone number for Hudson could not be located Wednesday night.
2 men charged with soliciting children for sex
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Attorney General's Office says two men have been arrested after they allegedly arranged to meet children for sex in separate incidents in Dover.
Prosecutors say 49-year-old Steve A. Moore of Dagsboro and 51-year-old Mark Cavill of Bloomingdale, New Jersey, have each been charged with sexual solicitation of a child under 18.
Authorities say the men communicated online with law enforcers posing as underage teen girls and arranged to meet with them. Prosecutors say Moore was arrested Tuesday at Tidbury Park, and Cavill was taken into custody Friday at a fast food restaurant.
FEDERAL OFFICIAL-WIRE FRAUD
Federal highway official faces wire fraud charges
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wire fraud charges have been filed against a federal official accused of using a straw company to get grant funds that he also oversaw as part of his job.
Federal prosecutors say Lawrence Cullari Jr., the assistant division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration's New Jersey division, also falsified federal disclosure documents related to the matter. He was arrested Wednesday at his office in West Trenton.
Besides wire fraud, the 42-year-old Tinton Falls resident also faces five counts of making false statements. He was released on $100,000 bond after making his initial court appearance, where he was represented by a federal public defender.
A telephone number for Cullari could not be located Wednesday. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Family of Georgia man shot in park gets $1.5M
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The family of an unarmed Georgia man fatally shot in a northern New Jersey park by a county sheriff's officer has settled a wrongful death lawsuit.
Defarra "Dean" Gaymon, who headed the Atlanta City Employees Credit Union, was in New Jersey for a high school reunion in 2010. He was shot by an undercover sheriff's detective who was investigating public sex in Branch Brook Park.
Gaymon's wife and four children settled Tuesday for $1.5 million and will receive about $730,000 when attorneys' fees and costs are subtracted. As part of the settlement, the Essex County sheriff's office did not admit any wrongdoing.
Authorities said the 48-year-old Gaymon approached the detective and, after a chase, the officer fired one shot when Gaymon allegedly reached in his pocket and lunged at him.
FALSE CARJACKING CLAIM
Prosecutors: Man falsely claimed he was carjacked
PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a central New Jersey man lied when he claimed he had been carjacked by someone who then crashed his vehicle into several parked cars.
Union County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Darwin Edward of New Brunswick has been charged with insurance fraud and false swearing. His bail was set at $35,000.
A telephone number for Edward could not be located Wednesday, and it was not known if he has retained a lawyer. He could face several years in prison if convicted.
The charges stem from an April 2013 accident in Plainfield.
Prosecutors say Edward claimed someone carjacked his Lexus SC400 sports coupe and drove off in it, striking several cars and wrecking his vehicle. They say the matter ultimately cost his insurance company about $30,000 in claims.
2 inmates briefly escape from state youth facility
BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - State officials say two inmates who escaped from a juvenile detention center in central New Jersey have been captured.
The two men, whose names were not released, were reported missing around 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Albert Elias Residential Community Home. That's located on the campus of the state Juvenile Justice Commission's Johnstone Campus in Bordentown Township.
The men were found early Wednesday afternoon, not far from the campus by staffers with the JJC's Office of Investigations.
Further information on the inmates and how the escape occurred were not disclosed.
New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over the logo it uses for its two pizza shops and on merchandise sold online. It says the company is trying to trade upon the fame of the Garden State Parkway logo to attract customers and potential franchisees.
A lawyer for the company defends the company's use of the logo and says there's no way anyone would confuse a highway and a pizza place 1,300 miles away.
The turnpike authority calls the Garden State Parkway one of the most iconic and well known highways in the country.
Gov. Christie: Colorado winnable for GOP
DENVER (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Colorado's governor's race winnable for Republicans and pledged to visit the state often to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez.
During a stop at a downtown Denver diner Wednesday, Christie was also unapologetic about his April remarks during a radio show in which he said Colorado's marijuana industry has hurt the state's quality of life. Christie says he stands by his comments.
Christie also praised Beauprez and says the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie chairs, will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the November election.
Beauprez is facing Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, and recent polls suggest the race is close.
While in Denver, Christie attended a fundraiser with Beauprez before heading to Aspen Wednesday evening and Thursday for RGA events.
Port Authority approves new chairman Degnan
NEW YORK (AP) - John Degnan has taken over as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The Port Authority's board of commissioners on Wednesday formally approved the former New Jersey attorney general to head the bistate agency.
Degnan replaces David Samson, who resigned in March. Samson has been the focus of criminal investigations into Port Authority contracts with companies connected to his law firm.
The Port Authority has been under heightened scrutiny since it was revealed that two staffers were behind apparently politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last fall.
Degnan's first official act Wednesday was to change the arrangement of the furniture in the board room, so the executive and deputy executive director faced the public instead of sitting with their backs to them.
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