A former community college honors student has been sentenced to 33 years in prison in the death of a marijuana dealer authorities say was shot by the defendant's former boyfriend. The felony murder sentence imposed Friday on 21-year-old Raquel Garajau will require the ex-Brookdale Community College student to serve 30 years before being eligible for parole, The Asbury Park Press reported. Monmouth County prosecutors said she and Joseph Villani plotted to kill Trupal Patel to steal and sell his marijuana stash. Patel's body was found in Shark River Park in Wall Township in February 2017. The defense argued she was a young woman in love who may have helped her boyfriend clean up the crime scene, but didn't help plan the robbery or murder. Villani, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated manslaughter, and although he earlier insisted that Garajau had no role in the killing, said she helped plan the robbery and discussed cleaning up the crime scene afterward. Top Tri-State … [Read more...] about NJ Ex-Honors Student Gets 33 Years in Marijuana Dealer’s Death
Family and friends will say their final goodbyes to the 27-year-old man who walked into a police station in New Jersey, wound up unresponsive while being transported by police to the hospital -- then declared dead two days later. Jameek Lowery's funeral will be held Friday. His death has sparked outrage in the city of Paterson. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh previously announced several new initiatives aimed at repairing trust between police and the community in the days following Lowery's death. Sayegh has promised the city will provide answers as to how Lowery died. Authorities are looking into whether the New Jersey man who died at the hospital after going on a livestreamed rant inside a police station may have had spinal meningitis, sources familiar with the investigation say. Katherine Creag reports. (Published Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019) Lowery first called 911 at around 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 5, saying he had taken ecstasy and was paranoid, according to a … [Read more...] about Loved Ones Prepare to Say Final Goodbyes to Jameek Lowery, Man in NJ Police HQ Rant Death
Murphy, a Democrat, criticized the tax incentive programs, which were issued during Republican Chris Christie's tenure and expire this year, in his first State of the State address Tuesday. Murphy said the state "awarded" $11 billion - $8 billion of which came under Christine, who left office last year - over 13 years. "To those who bemoan our inability to pay for even the most basic items in our budget, let me say that this, simply put, is nuts," Murphy said. Murphy focused on and criticized $11 billion New Jersey approved for businesses that are supposed to be contingent on them meeting certain conditions, but did not mention the state only paid out about $700 million under Christie. On Wednesday, Murphy unveiled five new incentive programs, but he's proposing a cap for how much the state could award under his plan. Two of the biggest programs he put forth would be worth a combined $300 million. Top Tri-State News Photos His focus on tax incentives comes after a state … [Read more...] about Why are Tax Incentives Taking Center Stage in NJ?
The NJ Transit Board of Directors approved the $65.8 million purchase of 85 articulated buses today, allowing for a one-for-one replacement of the current bus fleet, which has been in service for over 15 years. The move is in an effort to increase reliability and improve customer experience, the transit agency said. The new 60-foot buses will be manufactured by New Flyer of America and will feature customer amenities such as USB charging ports and low flooring. The contract with New Flyer of America will be funded through both the Federal Transit Administration funds and Transportation Trust funds. “This purchase allows NJ TRANSIT to continue retiring our older buses in the fleet, which increases mechanical reliability and ultimately helps us better serve our customers,’’ said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett. Top Tri-State News Photos Features to the new vehicles include wheelchair ramps, security camera systems, bicycles racks and an improved … [Read more...] about NJ Transit to Add Dozens of New Buses to Fleet
A man who had knee surgery at a New Jersey surgical facility accused of using unacceptable drug storage methods and sterilization practices has tested positive for hepatitis B, his attorney says. HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey was hit with a class action lawsuit and temporarily shuttered after state investigators said the facility may have exposed more than 3,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Attorney Jack Jacilla on Tuesday said his client David Kinlock tested positive for hepatitis B. Kinlock, who lives in New Jersey, had knee surgery at the center, Jacilla said. Kinlock was tested for the blood-borne disease after HealthPlus contacted former patients to notify them of the potential exposure, according to NorthJersey.com. A second patient has also tested positive for hepatitis B, the outlet reported. According to an inspection conducted in September, HealthPlus suffered from a troubling list of infecetion control lapses. Chris Glorioso … [Read more...] about Man Who Had Knee Surgery at NJ Surgery Center That May Have Exposed Patients to HIV, Hepatitis Tests Positive: Attorney