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Brutal Stabbing in Store, Alleged 'Papa Smurf' Mobster Arrested Top State News

Alleged armed kidnapping of 71-year-old woman, firefighter admits to arson and a Newark teen allegedly points shotgun at a police officer also among top headlines.

Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Bed Bath & Beyond Stabbing

Tyrik S. Haynes, 19, of Middletown, is being held at the county jail on $1 million bail after being charged with first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Haynes is accused of stabbing a Keansburg woman 12 times at the Middletown Bed, Bath and Beyond on Thursday.

Alleged Ramsey Mobster 'PapaSmurf' Accused of Running Trash Scam

A reputed local mobster known as "Papa Smurf" could face nearly two centuries in prison after he was charged Wednesday with conspiring to grab control of the waste management industry in New York and New Jersey. The mob-targeted federal sweep netted a dozen others.

Ramsey resident Carmine Franco, 77, is a known associate of the Genovese Crime Family, federal law enforcement officials said.

Two East Rutherford residents are facing carjacking and kidnapping charges for allegedly holding a 71-year-old woman at gunpoint at a Parsippany parking lot and then stuffing her in the trunk of her car.

House Approves $50.7 Billion Sandy Relief Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to approve a Hurricane Sandy relief package totaling $50.7 billion. Local lawmakers battled House Republicans for months, who claimed the relief aid was filled with government "pork."

Montclair State Reverses Student's Suspension Over Online Fat Jokes

Joseph Aziz, a 26-year-old student from Weehawken, was suspended by Montclair State University after posting YouTube videos in which he called a fellow student "fat." The university later reversed its ruling.

Newark Teen Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Shotgun at Police

A 17-year-old Newark youth was arrested Wednesday after he fired several rounds from a shotgun and aimed the weapon at a police officer, the Newark Police Department claimed. 

Deptford Firefighter Admits to Arson

A 23-year-old firefighter from Deptford, Michael S. Petrilak, pleaded guilty to setting a house on fire in January. He testified that he and co-defendant Lewis Brooks Jr., 20, used gasoline to set a vacant home on fire. The pair will make restitution payments.

Madison Boy Who Inspired Community Dies

Six-year-old Jake Harter, whose battle against an incurable disease inspired the Madison community, succumbed to connatal Pelizaeus-Merzbacher last week. The disease left Harter with limited mobility and few ways to communicate.

YOSEMITE SAM January 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM
MAKE SURE YOU DEMOCRAPS BAN KNIVES AS WELL..........
Citizen Jane January 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM
You must be able recognize that if this teenager's mother had guns this could have easily been dozens of people instead of one poor woman. Your comment actually points out the difference by ignoring reality and I don't even have to call you an insulting name to make my point.
TommyPaine January 21, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Your rage, Sam, is exactly why we don't want you armed. But you'll still get to keep your guns despite the obvious fact of your lack of control and the disrespect you display towards your neighbors.
Janet Kroenke January 21, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Uh, Yosemite, there are both Democrats and Republicans who support new gun laws. And most people are fools where guns are concerned. This is just the tip of the iceberg: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/19/1473881/two-people-accidentally-shot-at-a-gun-show-safety-checkpoint-on-gun-appreciation-day/ It's easy to shoot someone, much harder to stab someone. Knives are a functioning tool for people. They can be used in cooking, to sculpt, to open packages, to scale fish, etc. etc. How can you even compare the two? Sorry, Yosemite, but the days of the Wild West are over.
Janet Kroenke January 21, 2013 at 04:44 AM
It's interesting that the screen name you have adopted is Yosemite Sam--an irrational, gun slinging, grouch with a hair-trigger temper. If this is how you see yourself, you should never be allowed to have access to guns.
Jay Bell January 22, 2013 at 06:26 AM
It's not about banning guns, it's about better healthcare coverage instead of Obama's watered-down law. There should have been a public option, instead of the giveaway to insure companies "mandate." Austerity is draining resources that can be used to improve and enhance the healthcare system which would include MENTAL and dental!! www.firebrandcentral.com
Robert Bicentennial 1976 January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM
To the two Janets, Hanoi Jane and Fake Tommy Paine, Guns do not kill people and neither do knives for that matter. People kill people through their intent to kill. You could be stabbed in the neck with a pencil, which are also functioning tools for humans who like to write, so the functioning tool argument is illogical and flawed. Should we ban pencils too, morons??? You idiot liberals fail to realize that some people are evil and cannot be medicated or rehabilitated. If a person wants to inflict physical harm on another, does the object with which he does so really make a difference? Wake up, tree huggers!
TommyPaine January 22, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Then why leave WMD s around ?
Citizen Jane January 23, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Obviously it does make a difference, you can kill a lot more people with a gun that holds numerous bullets a lot more effectively than with a knife or a pencil. By the way, not a moron or an idiot or unpatriotic - too bad you have resort to those tactics, instead of respectfully stating your opinion - it doesn't speak well of your character.
Monk January 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM
WMDs are fine, except in the hands of madmen.
Janet Kroenke January 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM
And I could knock you unconscious with a 2X4 and cut off your balls. The tool argument is not flawed, you are flawed and yes, anything can be used as a weapon, but that takes the kind of balls a gun owner doesn't have. It's very unlikely that a person wielding a knife could have cause the kind of damage the shooter inflicted on a theater full of people in Aurora. Robert, nobody is taking your rifle, nobody is taking your pistol, what the hell more do you need? Oh wait, you think there's going to be a government takeover. I assure you, if that day came, the military would nail your sorry ass to the wall and send your remains home in a CD case.
Janet Kroenke January 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Are you a Tea bagger Robert? You sound like one. You generalize people. If somebody is for stricter gun control, you call them a "Tree Hugger" or they must be a Liberal. Where did the Tree Hugger thing come from and how does it relate to gun control? That doesn't even make sense. As for Liberal--there are both Liberals and Conservatives on both sides of the gun control issue--so why are you saying this? Are you that unaware of what's going on?

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