Police: Son of slain woman found at home
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say the person found dead at the home of a couple after the husband allegedly killed his wife at a New Jersey hospital was the couple's son.
Authorities identified the body found Wednesday at the couple's home in Glendora as 35-year-old Ryan Wychowanec (WAY'-choo-whan-ik).
Police say investigators went to the home after 63-year-old Raymond Wychowanec fatally shot his wife Denise at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Authorities say Raymond Wychowanec then wounded himself. He was being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Four-alarm fire rips through New Jersey church
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A four-alarm fire has ripped through a church in northern New Jersey.
The blaze broke out late Wednesday night at the Central Baptist Church in Paterson.
Flames quickly spread through the wooden structure.
Firefighters say it was already burning out of control when they arrived on the scene. They say they struggled to put out the flames, in part, because of extreme heat and humidity.
At least one firefighter was injured. His condition was not immediately available.
The church is considered a total loss.
It's unclear what sparked the inferno.
BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S SISTER
Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat
NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) sister has been accused of threatening to bomb a New York City woman and has been arrested.
Police say Ailina Tsarnaeva (tsahr-neye-EH'-vuh) made the threat via telephone Monday and turned herself in Wednesday. She's charged with aggravated harassment.
Police say the North Bergen, New Jersey, resident is due in court Sept. 30.
Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last October after prosecutors say she didn't cooperate with a counterfeiting investigation. Her lawyer in that case hasn't returned a message seeking comment. A working home phone number for her can't be found.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. He has pleaded not guilty. His brother died after a gunbattle with police.
Pro boxer charged with murder in fatal shooting
(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - Just days after making his in-ring debut, a pro boxer from Atlantic City has been accused of fatally shooting a man earlier this year.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that 24-year-old Omar Curry faces murder and weapons charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Nelson Viera, a 32-year-old Atlantic City resident who was killed in January.
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation, and it's not clear if Curry and Viera knew each other before the shooting occurred.
Curry was arrested Tuesday night and made his initial court appearance Wednesday. He remains jailed on $1 million cash bail, and it was not known if he had retained an attorney.
Curry made his pro debut Saturday, competing in a lightweight bought that ended in a four-round majority draw.
FATAL I-280 CRASH
State Police: Separate I-280 crashes leave 4 dead
EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - Three people were killed and four others were injured in a crash on an interstate highway in northern New Jersey.
State police say a dump truck traveling eastbound on I-280 in East Orange struck a car around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, causing a "fireball" that killed three people in the car. Authorities couldn't identify the victims or determine their gender because they were so badly burned.
At least five other vehicles were struck by the dump truck. Its driver, another adult and two children were all treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
A short time later, a van driver was killed when the vehicle rear-ended a tractor-trailer less than a mile away from the first accident. But authorities say there was no link between the crashes, which remain under investigation.
1 killed in construction zone crash on parkway
ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) - State Police say one worker was killed and another was injured after an SUV ran into the back of their construction equipment on the Garden State Parkway.
The accident occurred at 1:19 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes in Aberdeen.
State Police spokesman Trooper Jeff Flynn says 21-year-old Marc Senatore of Nutley was driving in the center lane when his SUV entered the right lane and hit the equipment. Flynn says the equipment struck the workers and a pickup truck.
Authorities pronounced 45-year-old Cesar Desouza-Caetano of North Bergen dead on the scene.
His co-worker, 60-year-old William Heise of Rockaway, and Senatore were taken to hospitals. The extent of their injuries is not known.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says the men were repairing a bridge.
The crash remains under investigation.
Teen swimmer dies after rescue at NJ beach
SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) - A teenager has died after he was rescued while swimming at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey.
Spokeswoman Daphne Yun says the 17-year-old disappeared while swimming off an unguarded beach between areas C and D after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Yun says nearby lifeguards were able to rescue and resuscitate Sarnad Rizvi of South Plainfield.
Rizvi was taken to Monmouth medical Center, where he died early Wednesday.
Officials have advised of dangerous rip currents generated as Hurricane Cristobal passes far off the coast.
PRISON NURSE-DRUG SMUGGLING
Nurse, inmate admit role in drug smuggling plot
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a prison nurse and a convicted murderer have admitted plotting to distribute 50 decks of heroin by smuggling it into the facility.
The nurse, 40-year-old Christopher Ramdayal of Jersey City, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. That came just days after 60-year-old Frank Booker of Newark pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Surveillance cameras captured Ramdayal in May when he met a woman he thought was a drug dealer. But she actually was an undercover investigator.
Ramdayal will likely get probation when he's sentenced Oct. 3. But he will have to forfeit his job and will be barred from holding public employment.
Booker faces three-year term when he's sentenced. He's already serving a 99-year term at Northern State Prison for the murder count.
Parents say they will boycott Newark schools
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Some parents of Newark schoolchildren say they plan to boycott the city school district when classes begin next week.
Johnnie Lattner, an organizer of the boycott, says it would begin Sept. 4 and continue for at least the first five days of classes. He says retired teachers are being recruited to run "Freedom Schools" during the boycott.
The parents are upset about problems they say have persisted in New Jersey's largest school district since the state took it over nearly 20 years ago.
The most recent anger was set off by problems with a new "One Newark" enrollment system last week that has families rank their preferences for public or private schools across the city rather than just attend the nearest school.
Chicken cutlets recalled over listeria concerns
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.
Federal officials announced the recall by Fairfield-based Tnuva USA on Wednesday.
The possible contamination involving the "Mom's Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets" product was discovered during a routine sampling by federal officials. The company is recalling roughly 8,316 pounds of cutlets that were produced on Aug. 18, 2013 and shipped to the company's distributor in New Jersey.
Officials say the product was held and didn't enter the marketplace. But further investigation determined other products were produced on the same line without clean up between products.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with any of these products.
Listeria can sicken people with weakened immune systems and can cause miscarriages in pregnant women.
Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trend
BALTIMORE (AP) - The opening of Baltimore's first casino highlights a nationwide trend of casinos moving from traditional gambling destinations to other cities.
The Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore opened its doors Tuesday night. A spokesman for an agency representing the casino said it hosted more than 15,000 guests in its first 12 hours.
Gambling experts say rust-belt towns like Philadelphia, Cleveland and now Baltimore have become desirable casino locations, especially as gambling destinations like Atlantic City continue to plunge into economic decline.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called Horseshoe a "springboard" for tourism and development in downtown Baltimore. The casino will employ roughly 2,400 people. Half of those will be from Baltimore.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation President Gary Loveman said Horseshoe is an urban casino meant to "meld into the rest of the city."
CHILD SUPPORT TRUCK
RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
Project Child Support rolled out this week, literally on wheels, to offer parents low-cost legal advice outside court houses.
The project works out of a brightly painted RV. Employees hand out flyers and business cards and invite passing parents to discuss child support cases and payments with an attorney onboard. Sometimes, they even console parents as they leave court hearings.
Founder Kai Patterson says the project provides custodial parents with legal representation and investigative services to find parents who will not pay child support.
It also represents parents without custody who cannot afford to pay their set child support.
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