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January 17, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a power play amid the widespread power failure left by Hurricane Sandy, a civilian employee of the New Jersey state police forced two vendors in Burlington County to hand over free a generator, authorities said Tuesday. Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, threatened the two men with fines and confiscation if they did not give her a free generator, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a news release. Friedman was charged Tuesday with theft by deception. The men, from South Carolina, were selling generators at Routes 206 and 537 in Springfield Township, when Friedman came up to them on Oct. 31, according to the news release.
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May 24, 1992 | By Daniel LeDuc, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Several current and former members of the New Jersey State Police are under criminal investigation as part of a probe into fund-raising for a state police museum under construction near Trenton, according to State Police Superintendent Justin J. Dintino. Fund-raising for the $2 million project has been a high-profile endeavor in New Jersey over the last eight years, with some of the state's leading political and business figures attending golf tournaments and black-tie dinners to ante up money for the project.
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April 26, 1996 | For The Inquirer / MICHAEL PLUNKETT
Father and son reported for duty together yesterday from the Pina household of Bordentown. New Jersey State Police employees were taking part in "Take Our Children to Work" Day, so Sgt. Rick Pina (center) brought along his son Ryan, 9, for a close-up look at how things work at the state police headquarters in West Trenton.
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November 23, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man was pronounced dead by New Jersey State Police on Thanksgiving Day shortly after he jumped off the New Hope Toll Bridge along Rte. 202 in Bucks County, police said. Police received the report of a person lying face down in the Delaware River at 1:32 p.m. Rescue units and a dive team were dispatched to the scene, according to Breaking News Network, a firm which monitors police radio traffic. Rescue units lost sight of the floating form until 1:52 p.m., when the man was recovered in full cardiac arrest, the news network reported.
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October 9, 2011
A professional bull rider was trampled and killed by a bull Sunday at a traveling rodeo making its annual stop in Dutch Neck Village, Hopewell Township, N.J., just south of Bridgeton. The accident happened a little after 7:30 p.m. New Jersey State Police said 24-year-old Rigoberto Flores of Brentwood, N.Y., was riding the bull when he was thrown off and then crushed. State Police said the rider was taken to Vineland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of chest injuries.
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September 18, 2011
A Gloucester County man was charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving after an accident early Saturday that left a passenger dead and another hospitalized. Arrested was Karon Blanton, 32, of Woodbury. Police say he was driving under the influence and with a suspended license. Blanton was driving south on I-295 near milepost 20 in West Deptford Township at 1 a.m. when he lost control, veered onto the right shoulder and hit a tree and a guardrail. The crash killed front-seat passenger Jenita Noel, 31, of Sewell.
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May 8, 1999 | By Karen Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A woman was shot to death early yesterday by her estranged husband, minutes before he killed himself and after he violated a court order to stay away from their home on Fostertown Road. One of the couple's three children dialed 911 at 4:47 a.m., New Jersey State Police said, before they fled with their grandmother to a neighbor's home. Twenty-two minutes later, police arrived in time to hear Raymond Cosky shooting himself in the head, said state police spokesman John Hagerty. Kelly Cosky, 34, was found dead in the upstairs bedroom, the victim of numerous gunshots, police said.
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December 23, 1996 | By Gwendolyn Crump, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police searched in vain yesterday for a man seen crawling on the metal beams of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. The man was seen by a motorist climbing and crawling on the bridge about 1:30 p.m. Police closed the bridge in both directions an hour later. Cars were forced to turn around, which caused traffic delays. Coast Guard Petty Officer Dale Caudle of Philadelphia said the bridge police never made contact with the man. "They saw him crawling around, but he sort of disappeared," Caudle said.
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October 13, 1994 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that they had closed their investigation into the reported beating of a woman found lying in a pool of blood Saturday night on Interstate 95 in Bensalem after determining that she had apparently concocted the story and had inflicted the injuries herself. Cpl. Petillo Jones said the 29-year-old North Jersey woman reported a similar incident to New Jersey State Police on Oct. 2 after she was found lying on the shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike near New Brunswick.
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January 30, 1988 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
A state employee was arrested Thursday and charged with official misconduct after allegedly taking a $1,000 cash payment from a state police undercover investigator posing as a representative of a Camden County car-rental agency, officials said. Joseph Hollaway, 42, was charged at his Westfield Township home in Union County at 3:30 p.m. after officials with the New Jersey State Police corruption unit and the organized-crime bureau executed a search warrant, state police said. For the last year and a half, Hollaway has been employed as a liaison between the state Department of Insurance fraud-prevention division and investigation and complaints division, said Tom Hooper, a spokesman for the department.
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July 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, Gov. Christie's office said Tuesday while also announcing new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. While state police cruisers have had dashboard cameras for years, this will be the first time troopers will wear cameras. The equipment is expected to be rolled out during the next few months, with all troopers on patrol getting the gear by the middle of next year.
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November 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said. "His father was a police officer in Philly - John J. Sr. - in the traffic division," Ken Schilling said. John J. Jr. was a Philadelphia police officer from April 1956 to June 1980, a police spokeswoman said. Ken Schilling said he is a detective with the Egg Harbor Police Department and his brother, John, is "a sergeant first class in the New Jersey State Police.
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January 17, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a power play amid the widespread power failure left by Hurricane Sandy, a civilian employee of the New Jersey state police forced two vendors in Burlington County to hand over free a generator, authorities said Tuesday. Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, threatened the two men with fines and confiscation if they did not give her a free generator, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a news release. Friedman was charged Tuesday with theft by deception. The men, from South Carolina, were selling generators at Routes 206 and 537 in Springfield Township, when Friedman came up to them on Oct. 31, according to the news release.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man was pronounced dead by New Jersey State Police on Thanksgiving Day shortly after he jumped off the New Hope Toll Bridge along Rte. 202 in Bucks County, police said. Police received the report of a person lying face down in the Delaware River at 1:32 p.m. Rescue units and a dive team were dispatched to the scene, according to Breaking News Network, a firm which monitors police radio traffic. Rescue units lost sight of the floating form until 1:52 p.m., when the man was recovered in full cardiac arrest, the news network reported.
NEWS
October 9, 2011
A professional bull rider was trampled and killed by a bull Sunday at a traveling rodeo making its annual stop in Dutch Neck Village, Hopewell Township, N.J., just south of Bridgeton. The accident happened a little after 7:30 p.m. New Jersey State Police said 24-year-old Rigoberto Flores of Brentwood, N.Y., was riding the bull when he was thrown off and then crushed. State Police said the rider was taken to Vineland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of chest injuries.
NEWS
September 18, 2011
A Gloucester County man was charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving after an accident early Saturday that left a passenger dead and another hospitalized. Arrested was Karon Blanton, 32, of Woodbury. Police say he was driving under the influence and with a suspended license. Blanton was driving south on I-295 near milepost 20 in West Deptford Township at 1 a.m. when he lost control, veered onto the right shoulder and hit a tree and a guardrail. The crash killed front-seat passenger Jenita Noel, 31, of Sewell.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The governor isn't getting a free ride. That's what New Jersey's top cop told an Assembly committee Tuesday after Democrats convened a hearing to investigate the controversy known as Coptergate. When helicopters transport Gov. Christie, according to State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes, pilots conduct a variety of other missions at the same time, such as homeland-security checks of bridges, surveillance of urban areas, and searches for missing boaters. In fact, Fuentes said, during almost all of the 35 trips taken by the governor and his staff since Christie took office in 2010, there were at least two additional missions being carried out beyond transport.
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March 1, 2010 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey State Police charged a Brick Township couple with beating a man to death, then dumping his body and setting it on fire in Burlington County, authorities said yesterday. The body was left in the woods off county Route 532 in Woodland Township around 4 a.m. on Tuesday. State police said an accelerant was used to set the body on fire. The flames started a brush fire that was seen by passing motorists. State police were able to identify the victim from his fingerprints as Eric Pagan, 37, of Ocean Grove in Monmouth County.
NEWS
September 7, 2009 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a 90-minute, 150-mile car chase up and down the New Jersey Turnpike, a woman was arrested Saturday night and charged with criminally restraining her female passenger, according to New Jersey State Police. Eleanor Valdenarro, 44, of Dumont, N.J., was also charged with eluding police and making terroristic threats. Her passenger, a 54-year-old Jersey City woman whose name was not released, called 911 around 8 p.m. Saturday to say she was being held against her will in a blue Ford Explorer, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said yesterday.
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December 7, 2006 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey State Police leaders readily acknowledge that not too long ago, their investigations branch grabbed whatever bad guys it could - what Col. Joseph "Rick" Fuentes, the superintendent, termed "low-hanging fruit. " These days, the force is taking a new approach to crime-busting, using the gathering, analysis and sharing of information to pinpoint - then target - the most dangerous threats and pervasive criminals. New Jersey officials say they are the first in the country to institute "intelligence-led policing" in a comprehensive way, with the help of a new state-of-the-art intelligence center.
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