Levon Putney

levon Levon PutneySince words can’t begin to describe how excited I am to work for WCBS 880, I may as well begin with a little about myself. After all…it is a bio!

First, yes…my parents named me after Elton John’s ’70s hit, so go ahead and sing a verse if you cross my path…I love it. I’m originally from 3rd Ward in Houston, Texas (and still a proud Houstonian…especially with sports), but prior to WCBS I lived for six years in the great city of Cleveland, where I was a Reporter for WTAM 1100. While there, the Associated Press gave me a few awards–including one for covering a story where I watched over 27-hundred people strip nude for a photo shoot. Yeah. That’s probably why I wear glasses…

Before Cleveland, I spent a year and a half at WENY in Elmira, New York and eight months making minimum wage at a country station in Columbia, Missouri. I now think “The Gambler” is one of the greatest songs ever. My career actually got started at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I graduated in 1996 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. I learned a heck of a lot. The book lessons came in handy, too.

These days, I call Jersey City, NJ home, and the Garden State is my beat. This means I want to know what’s up with every issue, group and area around New Jersey.

I still can’t think of any mind-blowing, descriptive phrases to note how happy I am to be a News Reporter for WCBS 880 in New York. By the way, I love NYC. So maybe the best I can say is, “I feel right at home.”

NJ Couple To Hold 5K Run To Raise Money For Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims

A north Jersey couple with ties to Japan have put together a benefit 5K run on Sunday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to raise money to help Japan’s recovery efforts.

10/29/2011

Residents Voice Complaints To Power Companies On Handling Of Post-Irene Outages In NJ

Residents and town leaders met with power companies Thursday night in Scotch Plains.

10/21/2011

Dharun Ravi Rejects Plea Deal In Rutgers Spycam Case; February Trial Date Set

Ravi faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, for the September 2010 incident. Those charges could land Ravi in prison for 10 years, if convicted.

10/20/2011

Jersey City, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy Aganist Natural Gas Pipeline

A natural gas pipeline bound for Manhattan is planned to go under parts of Hudson County and both supporters and opponents got to voice their opinions at a meeting in Jersey City on Wednesday night.

10/20/2011

Commuters Can Use Smartphones To Buy Tickets After NJ TRANSIT Partners With Google Wallet

Instead of digging cash out of your wallet to buy train or bus tickets NJ TRANSIT commuters will now be able to use their smartphones to just tap and pay.

10/19/2011

Toll enforcement sign on the Garden State Parkway (credit; New Jersey Turnpike Authority)

Cameras To Catch Garden State Parkway Toll Cheats Starting Monday

Motorists who use the exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway better make sure they’re carrying coins starting Monday. Cameras will be activated at all 84 exact-change lanes to catch toll cheats.

10/14/2011

Alexander Higgins, left, of Brick N.J., and Justin Phillips, of Cranford, N.J., work at their computers at a table across from the Statehouse as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement - Trenton, NJ - Oct 14, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Occupy Wall Street Protesters In Trenton Told To Remove Tents

Participants aligned with the Occupy Wall Street protest have removed their tents from New Jersey’s World War II Memorial in Trenton after police told them they could not keep any “permanent structures” at the site.

10/14/2011

St. Philip's Academy - Newark, NJ (file / credit: St. Philip's Academy)

Donations Help Newark St. Philip’s Academy Pay Off Mortgage

Head of school Miguel Brito says they got several anonymous gifts totaling $22 million, paying off the mortgage.

10/14/2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie Returns To New Jersey Touting Property Tax Savings

On Wednesday Christie was in Paramus – a key campaign district for Republicans – to meet with retirees to talk about their property taxes.

10/13/2011

Cleanup Resumes At American Cyanamid Superfund Site In Bridgewater

According to EPA spokesperson Bonnie Bellow, about 200 million gallons of water flooded the property and electricity was “totally knocked out” by the storms.

10/07/2011

P.S. 9 - Passaic, NJ (file / credit: Passaic City Schools)

Counseling Helps Young Storm Victims At Passaic School

P.S. 9 took in over 200 children from Paterson and other neighboring towns whose schools were flooded out after last month’s storms. The new students need help fitting in.

10/07/2011

The stage for the Korean Harvest Festival under construction at Overpeck Park - Ridgefield, NJ - Oct 6, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

New York Korean Festival Taking Place In New Jersey This Weekend

Organizers say problems obtaining permits forced them to move New York’s annual Korean harvest festival to New Jersey.

10/06/2011

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NJ Assemblyman Wants NJTV’s Contract Scrapped

A New Jersey assemblyman is calling on the governor to scrap NJTV after what he calls an “unacceptable” lack of coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference on Tuesday.

10/05/2011

Despite Heavy Rain, Flooding, Plenty Of Pumpkins To Go Around In New Jersey

Even with the flooding some farms have had this year, many are ready for the upcoming pumpkin season.

10/02/2011

Report: New Jersey Bad About Providing Free Breakfast For Eligible Students

The Garden State ranks 46th in the country when it comes to states taking part in the school breakfast program.

09/30/2011

Many NJ Residents Still Dealing With Flood Damage

New Jersey homeowners are slowly recovering from flooding that devastated much of the state, but in most cases the damage is already done.

09/28/2011

Middle Schooler Jared Rodriguez greets Gov. Chris Christie at Roy W. Brown Middle School - Bergenfield, NJ - Sep 14, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Takes Education Reform Push To Bergenfield, Touts New Teacher Data System

According to Gov. Chris Christie, the biggest problem in education in New Jersey is comfort.

09/14/2011

Memorial Middle School - Woodland Park, NJ - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Woodland Park Middle School Still Cleaning Up From Flooding

A chalkboard and other classroom materials damaged by the recent flooding are being tossed into large trash bins outside Memorial Middle School.

09/13/2011

NJ DEP Gives OK To Baykeeper Oyster Project In Raritan Bay

State officials said Monday that the NY/NJ Baykeeper can go ahead with plans to establish an oyster colony at a protected pier at the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Monmouth County.

09/13/2011

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Multistate Settlement Reached In Medicaid Fraud Case

A New Jersey man, Richard West, filed a whistleblower complaint against Maxim Healthcare Systems after figuring out he’d been overbilled.

09/12/2011

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Officials Want Probe Of Elizabeth School Lunch Program

The action comes amid a report that a principal, the school board president, and a supervisor of custodians had enrolled their children in the free or reduced lunch program even though they don’t meet requirements.

08/23/2011

Man Accidentally Shoots Self Near Newark Toy Gun Exchange Event

Mayor Cory Booker said a shooting near the toy gun exchange event illustrates just how vital such initiatives are to curbing the cycle of violence.

08/22/2011

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Rep. Frank Pallone Opposes New Fee Structure For Sandy Hook

The price to park and hang out for a day at Sandy Hook could go from $10 one-day passes to $20 two-day passes, if the National Park Service’s proposal goes through.

08/22/2011

Fitch Downgrades NJ Bonds; Gov. Christie Says Downgrade In Line With Moody, S&P Rating Cuts

Fitch Ratings has downgraded New Jersey’s general obligation bonds to AA- from AA.

08/18/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Hillsborough, NJ - Aug 3, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Again Says He’s Not Running For President After Added Attention From Karl Rove

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a darling of the Republican party. Rumors, questions and talk of him running for president just keep coming up.

08/18/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at Tehrune Orchards - Princeton, NJ - Aug 17, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Says He Still Hasn’t Decided On Toll Hike

The Port Authority board is slated to vote on a massive proposed toll and fare hike. After that, it heads to the governors of New Jersey and New York.

08/17/2011

Hinchliffe Stadium - Paterson, NJ (file / credit: Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium)

Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium Among NJ Sites Getting Money For Restoration

More than $10 million in state funds were cleared Monday to protect New Jersey’s historical assets, including President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace.

08/16/2011

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Judge Lifts Holds On New Jersey Foreclosures

A New Jersey judge has ruled that four major banks can resume uncontested foreclosure actions in the state under court monitoring.

08/16/2011

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New Jersey State Police Under Fire For Minority Recruiting Practices

A decade after a discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.

08/16/2011

FBI Has Job Openings For Special Agents, Other Positions

If you’ve always wanted to work in federal law enforcement, you’re in luck. The FBI is hiring.

08/13/2011

Palisades Park High School - Palisades Park, NJ (credit: Palisades Park School District)

Severe Punishment Averted In Palisades Park School Brawl

In the end, a 19-year-old didn’t get probation or even community service for punching a fellow student last year in Palisades Park High School cafeteria.

08/12/2011

Statue Of Liberty To Close For Yearlong Renovations To Make Interior Safer, More Accessible

Starting October 29, the monument will be getting a $27.25 million makeover.

08/11/2011

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Revenues Keep Dropping In Atlantic City

Revenues have been down for 34 straight months, but experts say the almost three-year long streak could be broken soon.

08/10/2011

Gov. Chris Christie appears at a bill signing - Barnegat, NJ - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie On Planned Port Authority Toll Hike: ‘You’re Kidding, Right?’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is putting in his two cents when it comes to the proposed massive toll and fare hike from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

08/08/2011

Shoppers in Union City, NJ - Mar 28, 2011 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Survey: New Jersey Retailers Looking To Hire More

Levin Management is out with its mid-year survey of 1,000 retailers in the Garden State.

08/05/2011

Veterans Burial Ceremony - Garfield, NJ - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Unclaimed Military Veterans’ Remains Buried In New Jersey

Veterans from around the Garden State gathered at the VFW Post in Garfield Thursday as part of the Mission of Honor’s efforts to never let those who served be forgotten.

08/05/2011

Report: Pharmaceuticals Lead In Job Cuts Announced In July; New Jersey Hardest Hit

It’s no real surprise that a report from consultants Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. lists the Garden State as has having the region’s highest number of upcoming job cuts.

08/03/2011

Dunkin' Donuts - Rockaway, NJ - Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Rockaway Dunkin’ Donuts Worker Accused Of Selling Sex During Late Night Shifts

Ordering “extra sugar” at the Dunkin’ Donuts along Route 46 in Rockaway Township apparently got you more than just a sweet cup of coffee.

08/02/2011

Newark, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Friday Declared Stop The Violence Day In Newark

The Enough is Enough Coalition is teaming with other local anti-violence groups to get out their message and have Friday declared Stop the Violence Day in Newark.

07/29/2011

Brides Scramble As Morristown Wedding Boutique Abruptly Closes

The mother of the store’s owner says customers have been told to dispute charges with credit card companies. However, the credit card companies are telling some customers it’s too late for that.

07/29/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at Port Newark - Newark, NJ - Jul 27, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Announces Expansion Of Port Newark

With New Jersey’s unemployment rate outpacing the nation, Gov. Chris Christie visited Port Newark on Wednesday to tout a $500 million deal that could lead to 800 new jobs.

07/28/2011

FBI In New Jersey Launches Health Care Fraud Awareness Drive

Citing an estimated $7.5 million in losses in New Jersey from health care fraud in 2010, the FBI’s Newark office unveiled a series of digital advertisements that will be placed in shopping mall kiosks and on highway billboards across the state.

07/25/2011

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Long Beach Township Looks To Remedy Reverse 911 Shortfall

During one of the winter storms this past season, Long Beach Township sent out a reverse 911 advisory on conditions, but was short some 2,500 homes.

07/25/2011

Cleanup of Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ - Jul 21, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Clean Shores Program Tackling Trash At Liberty State Park

Old 2x4s, tree branches, gas cans, soda cans and water bottles. It’s all being picked up by a detail of about a dozen prison inmates along the Liberty State Park shoreline over the next couple weeks.

07/21/2011

A helicopter is seen after making an emergency landing - South Brunswick, NJ - Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Helicopter Crashes Behind South Brunswick School

South Brunswick Police Sgt. Jim Ryan says the 27-year-old pilot and a 44-year-old female passenger sustained chest and back injuries.

07/20/2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie To Allow Medical Marijuana Law To Go Forward

Christie says he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana despite his concerns over whether federal authorities could prosecute state regulators.

07/19/2011

Newark Launches First-Ever Youth Public Safety Academy

Mayor Cory Booker has joined forces with police officers, firefighters and prosecutors to recruit about 40 children, ages 10-14, to attend a special summer camp where they will learn to report crimes, stay away from gangs and carry fire hoses.

07/19/2011

Gov. Christie Trying To Put Some Money Back Into Budget

After first taking state aid away from about two dozen urban areas in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is now trying to find a way to put that money back in the budget.

07/18/2011

A Continental Airlines jet is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City Area Airports Look At Expansion

While the Port Authority takes in proposals to do an airport capacity study Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia, one local aviation advocate says the first thing to do is upgrade the air traffic control system.

07/08/2011

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New Jersey Police Departments Allowed To Test For Steroids

Those who test positive will need a doctor’s letter saying there’s a legitimate medical reason and that they’re still fit for duty.

07/07/2011

Kean University - Union, NJ (file / credit: Kean University)

Two New Jersey Colleges Warned By Accreditation Board

Essex County College and Kean University have been warned by the regional organization which grants accreditation for not having quality systems to track if school and student goals are being met.

07/06/2011

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New Jersey Drivers In Favor Of Red Light Cameras, Survey Finds

A survey done in New Jersey by The National Coalition for Safer Roads found that 77-percent of registered voters favor red light cameras.

07/06/2011

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Tri-State Area Foodies Saddened By Ostrich Egg Shortage

If you’ve got a craving for an ostrich egg omelet you might need to find something else to eat.

07/05/2011

State Police Urging Boaters To Be Safe On The Water

For all the boaters heading out this weekend, be careful. Extra marine patrols are out on the water.

07/03/2011

Dave Warden shows off marijuana seen at a dispensery - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 19, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

New Jersey Reacts To Federal Statement On Medical Marijuana

The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.

07/01/2011

Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Signs New Jersey Budget Averting Government Shutdown

Despite signing the budget, Christie harshly criticized the Democratic legislature, saying they were reverting “to more of the same unrealistic, fantasy budgeting that has plagued Trenton for years.”

06/30/2011

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End Of Month Means Long Lines At New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

Drivers want to be on the road enjoying the hot sumnmer months, not stuck at the Motor Vehicle Commission. But that’s exactly where many New Jerseyans were for hours on Thursday.

06/30/2011

New Jersey Beaches Get High Marks For Minimal Sewage Runoff

While most beachgoers know to get out of the water when a thunderstorm’s coming, not everyone knows that after it rains is the worst time to go swimming.

06/30/2011

Gay Couples File Suit Against N.J. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it’s the only way to solve inequities created by the state’s four-year-old civil union law.

06/29/2011

Gov. Chris Christie Signs NJ Public Employees Benefits Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed landmark employee benefits legislation requiring a half-million public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits.

06/28/2011

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Underage Drinking Patrols Being Beefed Up Along Jersey Shore

Underage drinking is a longstanding problem for cops along the Jersey Shore.

06/28/2011

Sprague Energy Opens New Biodiesel Terminal In Newark

A Westchester-based energy company has gone green in Newark.

06/25/2011

Political Analysts Say Christie’s Public Employee Benefits Reform ‘Significant’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a deal to reform public employee benefits is his greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2010.

06/24/2011

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Thousands Protest As Vote On NJ Public Worker Benefits Nears

Thousands of unionized public workers protested outside the Statehouse against legislation that would require a half-million government employees to make sharply higher health care and pension contributions.

06/23/2011

An NJ Transit train is seen at Penn Station - New York, NY - Oct 26, 2010 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Morning Amtrak Power Problems Snarl NJ Transit, Highlight Aging Infrastructure

Amtrak officials are eyeing an electrical substation in Richmond, Va., as the possible source of a voltage problem that halted trains between New York and Philadelphia.

06/23/2011

Gov. Christie Holds Town Hall As Legislators Grapple With Budget, Public Worker Pensions

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to North Jersey to hold his 20th town hall of the year as big issues loom at the Statehouse. Wednesday’s town hall event is being held at the Fair Lawn Community Center.

06/22/2011

Summit Considers Ban On Posting Photos Of Schoolchildren Online

Not every parent wants a picture or video of their child or children posted online.

06/20/2011

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Gov. Christie Wants Assurance From Feds Before Implementing Medical Marijuana Programs

Christie said in an interview on New Jersey Network’s “On the Line” show that he won’t ask people to do things that might result in prosecution.

06/17/2011

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NJ Assemblyman Introducing Gay Marriage Bill

The debate over gay marriage in New York has inspired at least one New Jersey lawmaker to try again in the Garden State with similar legislation.

06/17/2011

New Jersey Coast Guard Suspends Search For ‘Missing’ Sailboat

The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a 33-foot sailboat off Sandy Hook. Officials say they think the distress call may be a hoax.

06/15/2011

International Immigrant Smuggling Ring Busted By New Jersey Feds

Federal officials in New Jersey have arrested six suspects in connection with a human smuggling ring that had been running since 2008.

06/15/2011

New Documentary Focuses On Efforts To Restore And Revitalize Raritan River

“Rescuing a River: The Raritan” will be shown Tuesday night at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen before airing Wednesday on NJN.

06/14/2011

Governor Christie Pushes Public-Private Partnership To Run Some Schools

Several other states allow for-profit firms to run public schools, but New Jersey hasn’t yet tried it.

06/09/2011

The Great Falls is seen from Chopper 880 - Paterson, NJ (file / credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Paterson’s Great Falls Diverted For Cleanup Work

About 20 New Jersey Youth Corps student volunteers were working on the cleanup in the scorching heat.

06/09/2011

A Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train is seen at the Port Imperial station - Weehawken, NJ - Sep 25, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

New Jersey Transit Announces New Mobile Communication Initiatives

New Jersey Transit passengers can now send text messages to alert authorities about suspicious activity and get schedule information on their phones.

06/08/2011

Firefighters respond to a blaze at a Seton Hall University dorm - South Orange, NJ - Jan 19, 2000 (credit: AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)

Film “After The Fire” Looks At Aftermath of Deadly Seton Hall Dorm Fire

One of the films being featured at this year’s Hoboken International Film Festival looks at a dark day in the history of New Jersey and its educational institutions.

06/08/2011

Traffic is seen streaming on to the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Gov. Chris Christie Surprised To Learn He Supports Port Authority Toll Hike

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he just found out through a newspaper that he supports raising Hudson River tolls by $2.

06/07/2011

Thirteen/WNET President Neal Shapiro and Gov. Chris Christie at the Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - Jun 6, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

New York’s WNET Will Take Over New Jersey Network

Saying that New Jersey doesn’t need and cannot afford its own television station, Gov. Christie on Monday announced a deal that calls for transfer operations of the state-owned New Jersey Network.

06/06/2011

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Nearly 15,000 Public Workers To Retire In New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a spike in public worker retirements is no surprise as the state wrestles with benefits changes.

06/06/2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Newark Mayor: City Crime Fighting Heating Up For Summer

A spike in violent crimes since last year and fears of a hot summer to come in Newark, Mayor Cory Booker told the crowd inside Calvary Gospel Church the city will strictly enforce curfew laws.

06/05/2011

Travolta, Latifah, Bennett Set For Induction Into NJ Hall Of Fame

NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880/AP) — Some of the Garden State’s greatest will be honored Sunday evening as the newest inductees into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are a who’s who of luminaries from entertainment, sports and the arts. The list includes actors John Travolta and Queen Latifah, singer Tony Bennett, business magnate Martha […]

06/05/2011

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Jersey City Police Cracking Down On Illegal Guns

Jersey City police have been cracking down on illegal guns in the hopes of a safer summer with Operation Summer Shield.

06/03/2011

Funeral Procession for William Johnson - Newark, NJ - Jun 2, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Funeral Held For Newark Police Officer William Johnson Killed In Drive-By

As loudspeakers broadcast a sermon onto a Newark sidewalk where hundreds of police officers stood at attention, a young girl’s wailing could be heard from inside the church: “I want my daddy back.”

06/02/2011

New K-9s Joining Gloucester Township Police Force

It’s graduation day for K-9 units in Camden County. One of the new graduates is Maximus, a German shepherd from the Gloucester Township Police Department.

06/01/2011

Wayne Man Rediscovers Rare Marilyn Monroe Photos He Bought At Garage Sale

A New Jersey man could make some serious money from auctioning off some apparently rare photos of Marilyn Monroe that he’s discovered twice.

05/31/2011

Anne Patterson is seen with Gov. Chris Christie at the Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - May 3, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

New Jersey Supreme Court Nominee Anne Patterson Testifying Before Senate Judiciary Committee

The Mendham woman’s confirmation hearing comes more than a year after Gov. Chris Christie picked her to join a court he says it too activist.

05/31/2011

Gov. Chris Christie To Pull N.J. From Greenhouse Gas Program

Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that New Jersey will withdraw from a 10-state regional greenhouse gas reduction program by the end of the year, saying the program is ineffective at combating global warming.

05/26/2011

Garden State Parkway Widened In Time For Memorial Day Holiday

Transportation officials have opened a new third lane in each direction along a 17-mile stretch between Toms River and Long Beach Island.

05/26/2011

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After 24 Years, Sandcastles Now Legal In Belmar

People in one Jersey Shore borough have probably been breaking the law for years without even knowing it.

05/26/2011

American Flags Are Placed At Soldiers' Graves (file / credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

American Flags Back On Veterans’ Graves At Totowa Cemetery

Most of the American flags are flying again over the graves of veterans at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa after a groundskeeper pulled them up last week.

05/25/2011

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New Jersey Turnpike Authority Ends E-ZPass Break For Non-New Jersey Customers

Drivers who have E-ZPass accounts in other states soon won’t get off-peak discounts when they pass through New Jersey.

05/24/2011

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New Jersey Graduated Driver’s License Celebrates 10 Years

The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers is down over 40 percent since New Jersey’s Graduated Driver’s License began ten years ago.

05/20/2011

Cadets at the United States Military Academy - West Point, NY (file / credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

West Point Cadet Profile: Michael Nilsen, Of Brooklyn, Follows His Heart To Become A Leader

When Michael Nilsen told his parents he wanted to go to West Point, they were less than thrilled. But he’s convinced this is right.

05/20/2011

Mayor Cory Booker plays a game of one on one Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty at the Prudential Center - Newark, NJ - May 19, 2011 (credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Welcomes New York Liberty To Prudential Center

Madison Square Garden is undergoing a renovation, which means the New York Liberty WNBA team will be playing at the Prudential Center in Newark.

05/19/2011

Main Street - Paterson, NJ (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Paterson Getting New Cameras To Help With Diminished Police Force

Since 80 percent of Paterson falls within an Urban Enterprise Zone, the city is using UEZ grant money to buy over 50 new surveillance cameras.

05/19/2011

Bats in the evening (file / credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Plan To Fight Bat Die-Off Welcomed In New Jersey

The Interior Department launched a national plan to combat a mysterious disease that has killed more than a million bats in the eastern and southern U.S. and is spreading.

05/18/2011

Mosquito larvae are seen in a pool in Concord, CA - May 9, 2008 (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New Jersey Using Fish To Control Mosquito Larvae Population

A 20-year-old state DEP program doles out 150,000 fish a year to eat up larvae.

05/18/2011

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Paterson, N.J. Increases Inspections Of Hookah Bars

Several towns in north Jersey are trying to crackdown on certain smoking lounges, which have turned into teenage hangouts.

05/17/2011

N.J. AG Awaiting Fed’s Response About Medical Marijuana Prosecution

New Jersey officials are awaiting responses from federal prosecutors whether licensed medical marijuana sellers would face arrest.

05/15/2011

Christie: Private Operators To Run Meadowlands, Monmouth Park Racetracks

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a deal has been reached to lease the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racetracks to private operators who will run them without state purse subsidies.

05/13/2011

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