NJ panel: Christie aide should turn over papers
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Lawyers for a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal involving Gov. Chris Christie's office says the governor's two-time campaign manager should not be allowed to use a blanket objection to avoid turning over subpoenaed documents.
The lawyers say Bill Stepien is trying to "have it both ways" by arguing that the subpoena is too broad when it asks for records of conversations with certain people and too narrow when it asks that he self-select documents related to September's traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.
Oral arguments are Tuesday over whether Stepien and fired Christie aide Bridget Kelly must comply with the subpoenas.
Kelly's lawyer filed papers Friday asserting there's a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination if she gives over what state lawmakers have requested.
2 men are sentenced for running bogus 9/11 charity
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A judge in New Jersey has sentenced two men for operating a bogus 9/11 charity in which they sold T-shirts with the logos of the New York City police and fire departments out of a custom-painted pickup truck.
The judge ordered 67-year-old Mark Niemczyk (NIHM'-chek) of Tinton Falls to serve five years of probation. And 42-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin was sentenced to six months in county jail for violating parole and one year of probation.
The men had pleaded guilty earlier this year to theft by deception.
Prosecutors say the men falsely claimed the proceeds from the sales would benefit the families of 9/11 victims.
As a condition of probation, the men must pay more than $120,000 in fines and investigative costs.
Actress Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' dies at 92
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - The veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners" has died. Sheila MacRae was 92.
MacRae's granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, on Friday told The Associated Press that the actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J.
A singer, dancer and actress, she was married to "Oklahoma" star Gordon MacRae for 26 years and they appeared together in 1964 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the Beatles were featured.
In an earlier version, Audrey Meadows starred with Jackie Gleason as lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice Kramden in "The Honeymooners." Sheila MacRae replaced Meadows as Alice in a later version from 1966-70 on "The Jackie Gleason Show."
A native of London, MacRae made a cameo as herself on "I Love Lucy" in the 50s.
Large crowd gathers to honor NJ firefighter
WALLINGTON, N.J. (AP) - Thousands of firefighters have paid their final respects to one of their own who died in the line of duty in a northern New Jersey town.
Services took place for Gregory Barnas in Wallington Friday. The funeral began with a solemn procession from the funeral home to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
The 57-year-old died after he fell from the roof while working to put out a fire at a restaurant last Friday.
Barnas was a 40-year volunteer of the Bergen County town's fire department and a 29-year veteran of the Jersey City Fire Department, where he was a captain.
Mourners called him a "fireman's fireman" who influenced many as an instructor and mentor.
Firefighters from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania attended his viewing on Thursday.
PORT AUTHORITY-LAWYER LETTER
Guilty plea in NYC for ex-Port Authority lawyer
NEW YORK (AP) - A former deputy general counsel at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has pleaded guilty in New York to submitting a falsified retainer letter.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Friday Christopher Hartwyk supplied a letter supposedly signed by a partner at a corporate law firm in 2009 that incorrectly stated the Port Authority would get a 15 percent discount for legal services. They say Hartwyk knew the firm never agreed to the lower rate.
The 53-year-old Essex, N.J., man pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Information for his attorney wasn't immediately available.
Port Authority Inspector General Robert E. Van Etten says his office discovered the forged letter granting the cheaper billing rates.
He says Hartwyck violated the public trust.
New Jersey affordable housing panel told to meet
A New Jersey court has denied the state government's attempt to delay an order forcing the state Council on Affordable Housing to meet and adopt rules dictating how many homes each town must allocate for lower-income residents.
The initial ruling was issued Friday. Gov. Chris Christie's administration immediately said it was appealing and asked a three-judge panel not to enforce a requirement that the state housing agency meet this month.
But the judges denied the delay request.
The state Attorney General's office says it will appeal to the state Supreme Court on Monday.
The court order says the council must meet starting March 26 and adopt new requirements within six months.
PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE FIRE
3 arrested in fires at NJ prosecutor's office
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - Three people have been arrested in connection with fires that damaged a southern New Jersey county prosecutor's office and a law firm's building.
The Gloucester County prosecutor's office says two men and a woman are in custody. Felix Lopez, Guillermo Veloz and Zilia Perez are charged with multiple offenses including conspiracy and aggravated arson.
The fire at the Cumberland County prosecutor's office in Bridgeton was reported early on January 29. A fire was reported several hours earlier at the law office of Helmer, Conley and Kasselman in Vineland.
No one was injured in either fire.
All of the suspects are from Vineland.
Bail was set at $250,000 for Lopez and $75,000 for Veloz. Perez was released on her own recognizance.
It was not immediately known if they had retained lawyers.
Ex-girlfriend of $338M Powerball winner drops suit
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman has decided not to bet on getting a piece of her former boyfriend's $338 million Powerball win.
Inez Sanchez agreed to drop her lawsuit Friday in state Superior Court in Paterson. The Record reports that in exchange, Powerball winner Pedro Quezada has agreed not to try and recover attorneys' fees from her.
Sanchez's lawyers argued last year that she was entitled to some of the estimated $152 million Quezada will receive after taxes because he purchased the winning lottery ticket based on the couple's shared earnings.
The lawyers said Sanchez and Quezada had lived together for 10 years, had a child and shared ownership of a grocery store, although they never married.
Wife of longtime Yankee Yogi Berra dies at 85
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Carmen Berra, wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, has died. She was 85.
The Yankees confirmed that she died Thursday night in New Jersey's Essex County. The team didn't say how she died.
The couple was married in January 1949 and had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Berra, a catcher, was a 10-time World Series champion with the Yankees and later served as the team's manager.
In addition to her husband, Carmen Berra is survived by three sons including Dale, a former major league baseball player; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her funeral will be private. Donations can be made to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls.
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