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Woodbridge Cops Arrested After Brotherly Brawl

September 29, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Two township police officers, who are also siblings, are now on desk duty, awaiting the outcome of assault charges in Ocean City, Md., where the brothers got arrested for scuffling with one another, then allegedly lying about it.

Police in the Maryland resort town confirm news reports that Woodbridge Officer Zachary Manente, 25, and his brother, Officer Jacob Manente, ...

Monroe Woman Killed in South Brunswick Crash

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — A fatal car crash here has caused the death of a woman from Monroe Township, according to police. Authorities are still investigating the Monday night accident.

At 10:30 p.m. Monday, a 2003 Ford van was traveling south on Route 130 when the driver lost control and veered onto the grass northbound divider. The accident tore off a part of the guardrail between Route ...

NY Man Charged in South Brunswick Armed Carjacking

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New York man has been arrested for committing an armed carjacking in South Brunswick Township last year, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. 

Jashawn Robinson, 21, of Queens, New York, has been charged with one count of carjacking and one count of discharging a firearm during a violent crime. He remains in custody awaiting arraignment on ...

Piscataway Murder Victim Identified

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A 31-year-old Plainfield man, who ran his own junk disposal business, was the victim of a fatal shooting in early morning hours of Labor Day, authorities now say.

Police found Jibreel E. Elliott clinging to life from multiple gunshot wounds inside a parked vehicle near Aspen Court at 4 a.m. Monday, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Elliott ...

Sayreville Police Arrest Four Suspects Accused of Vandalizing Cars

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville police received a call about suspicious activity in the area of Modzelewski Terrace at approximately 4:00 a.m. and observed suspects burglarizing two cars on that street.

After the suspects left the area, officers began to check nearby neighborhoods where they located the suspects on Kimball Drive, where, police say, they continued burglarizing ...

Piscataway Murder Under Investigation

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A fatal shooting in the early morning hours of Labor Day has police searching for a gunman and seeking witnesses to help them piece together what happened.

Police found a wounded man inside a parked car near Aspen Court at 4 a.m. Monday after officers were dispatched to investigate 911 calls about gunfire in that area, according to a statement from Middlesex County ...

New Details Emerge About Woodbridge's Murder-Suicide

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Authorities have identified the married couple who died tragically at their home in Fords on Wednesday after a husband apparently shot his wife then turned a handgun on himself.

Police found the body of Lynn N. Jasper, 69, on the front lawn of her home at 21 Soren Street at 4:40 pm Wednesday after officers got dispatched for 911 calls about gunfire. She had been shot ...

Woodbridge Murder-Suicide Claims Two Lives

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday at a home along an ordinarily quiet street in the Fords neighborhood, authorities said.

Police found an “unresponsive woman” collapsed on the front lawn at 21 Soren Street at 4:37 pm after cops got sent to investigate 911 reports of gunfire at that address. The unconscious woman apparently sustained ...

Woodbridge Dedicates Concert Field to Fallen Police Officer

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — This community's most popular concert venue, behind Woodbridge High School, will be dedicated on Tuesday to honor the memory and service of Joseph R. Lewis, the first township police officer to die in the line duty 90 years ago.

Lewis, a motorcycle patrolman, was fatally injured on Sunday, Sept. 18, 1932 in an accident that happened as Lewis pursued speeders along ...


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Minniti and Esteves Score to Rally Union Catholic Boys Soccer Team to Victory Over Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ -- Preston Minniti and Anthony Esteves scored second half goals to propel the Union Catholic boys soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Roselle on Wednesday.

After Roselle took a 1-0 lead, Minniti scored to tie the game in the fist half, and then Esteves scored the game winner in the second half for the Vikings, who improved to 3-5 on the season.

The Union Catholic Gymnastics Team Sefeated Union for First Win of the Season

UNION, NJ -- The Union Catholic gymnastics teams received several strong performances when the Vikings defeated Union, 97.65-93.35, for their first victory of the season on Tuesday in Union.     

Here are the results for the Vikings-

Alexis Roth 3rd 8.85
Gabriella Prati - 8.575
Alana Beardsley - 8.4
Reina Smith - 8.1
Ervnie ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 30, 2022

STATEWIDE – When it comes to polling, the best news is about which politician is failing and how he/she will have to claw back to be re-elected. Oh, the drama! But that story isn’t here sadly, as we can only blandly report that a two-term governor who cannot run for a consecutive term is doing well in the polls. Yes, sleepy stuff here. But voters should still know that ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 23, 2022

OCEANPORT – “No2Netflix” simply won’t chill. The local resident group, who refuses to be individually identified, is throwing darts at a plan to redevelop 300 or so acres of land in the former Fort Monmouth into a film studio for Netflix. The group claims that Netflix, as well as others in the entertainment industry, have “used falsehoods, dubious claims, and ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger & Crotty Attend Space Academy

September 23, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of "Feature Friday," the spotlight shines on high school juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty, who had great summer experiences attending the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Hunsinger and Crotty, who went to the Space Academy through a program with ...

Help for Hurricane Ian's Victims Coming from New Jersey

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with the storm response.

“We are thankful for the 135 men and women who bravely ...

Assembly Speaker at White House on Wednesday to Discuss Hunger Issues

September 28, 2022

WOODBRIDGE - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who has made hunger one of his signature issues in the state Legislature, is leading a New Jersey delegation to the White House today, Sept. 28, for the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

“Over the last five years, knowing that it is our moral obligation to tackle hunger, I’ve worked to make food ...

Finding Help, Hope at Hispanic Resource Fair

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The woman with tears in her eyes couldn’t pay her rent and had nowhere to turn. 

She had lost her job while recovering from spinal surgery and didn’t know where she and her child with autism were going to spend the night.

“We got her assistance and referred her to our housing program,” said Jackie Mondragon, a community ...

Lawmakers: Owners, Tenants Should Seek ANCHOR Tax Rebates

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — As they helped to draft New Jersey’s 2023 fiscal year budget this spring, 19th District lawmakers focused on a new program that may offer significant tax rebates to residential property owners and tenants.

Working across party lines, Sen. Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) were strong advocates for a new, $2 ...