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Aircraft Swerves to Avoid Drone

Gloucester , NJ: An aircraft traveling over South Jersey Sunday afternoon was forced to make a sharp turn to avoid a drone in the air, the FAA said. According to FAA officials, the pilot of a Piper PA28 aircraft spotted an unmanned aircraft system, or drone, in the air in Washington Township, about 25 miles northwest of the Sewell Airport. The pilot reported to the FAA that he was forced to make an evasive turn to avoid hitting the drone. The…
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Wrong Way Fatal. Driver’s Blood Alcohol 3 Times Legal Limit

INDICTED: Linden NJ cop who drove in fatal wrong-way crash charged, sources say Share More:  Two Linden men — city police Officer Frank Viggiano, and city resident, Joseph Rodriguez, both 28 — were killed, and a third man, Linden Officer Patrik Kudlac, 23, was critically injured when the car in which they were riding, driven by fellow off-duty Officer Pedro Abad, crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer as Abad was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the West Shore Expressway on…
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New Jersey State Troopers to Wear Body Cameras

The New Jersey State Police will spend $ 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…
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Arrests of Americans Aiding ISIS Soar, Fueled by Social Media

The charges range from providing material support to terrorists to weapons possession to conspiracy. Most of those charged are US citizens. And 16 were stopped at the airport with a ticket in their pockets with apparent plans to join the Islamic State. Arrests nationwide of Americans on ISIS-related charges are growing, and FBI Director James Comey said the threat from the terror organization has become a bigger menace to the United States than al-Qa'ida -- the group responsible for the…
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Inside the ISIS Case That Ensnared 5 Friends

They appeared to be a tight circle of friends. There was Nader Saadeh, a 20-year-old New Jersey man who federal prosecutors say began trolling the internet for jihadist websites before leaving for Jordan in an apparent effort to join ISIS. His older brother, Alaa Saadeh, 23, told a friend to lie if the FBI came knocking. Samuel Topaz, a talented musician and classmate of Nader Saadeh at Fort Lee High School, was converted by him to Islam. He posted "selfies"…
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Could Twitter Stop the Next Terrorist Attack?

Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials. In private meetings on Capitol Hill, industry officials have told lawmakers and congressional staff that they already ban grisly content like beheadings and alert law enforcement if they suspect someone might get hurt, as soon as they are aware of a threat. But tech officials also said…
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The Garden State (NJ) State Agricultural Perserved, Not for Pipeline

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has provided a procedural overview that highlights many potential roadblocks for pipeline development in New Jersey. These procedures deny attempts for intrastate gas pipelines and electric utilities to cut through preserved farms. The procedures show statewide implications for pipeline companies to adhere to, including no other mechanism to obtain rights of land without condemnation, and setbacks to obtain eminent domain. It includes a long approval process for right of easement, compensation of impacts to…
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DEP Adopts Dangerous Coastal (CAFRA ) Rules – putting our Coast, First Responders, at Risk

ATLANTIC STRONG: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has just adopted the new Coastal Area rules. These rules open up our coasts for more development without the consideration of sea level rise, putting more people in harm’s way. There is no program to do resiliency or restore natural systems. Instead of looking to strengthen coastal protections and encourage more regional planning we end up with more loopholes and waivers, weakening coastal protections instead of strengthening them. “These new…
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NJ: Gunnison Beach 3rd Best Nude Beach in the US

Sandy Hook, NJ: Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook has many beaches. One beach is Gunnison Beach. It is the largest clothing-optional beach on the Atlantic Coast, has been named the third best nude beach in the by Foursquare. Sandy Hook, NJ is the farthest beach north in NJ and borders the Atlantic Highlands mountain thrust coastal region.
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NJ Transit to Buy Train Cameras Recommended by Federal Safety Board

NJ Transit's board will vote on a $7 million contract Wednesday to install inward facing cameras in locomotives and rail cars with engineer's cabs. Inward facing cameras have been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after several train crashes, including the fatal May 12 Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia that killed 8 passengers and injured 200. NJ Transit started the process to buy the cameras earlier this year, prior to the Amtrak crash, said Jennifer Nelson, an NJ Transit spokeswoman.…
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Bomb Threats Force Relocation of a Paterson Summer School Program

Paterson, NJ: About 90 students taking summer classes in Paterson were evacuated to other locations Wednesday morning after authorities received bomb threats against Schools 3 and 8, officials said. City police and the Passaic County Sheriff's bomb squad checked both locations and found no explosives, officials said. The students from School 3 were relocated to the Father English Community Center nearby, while the youths from School 8 went to St. Agnes School, officials said. Classes resumed at those locations, officials…
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Exercise Brings Heavily Armed Officers Into PATH Stations

Newark, NJ: The attention of many PATH riders was grabbed Tuesday when the Port Authority Police Department's Emergency Services unit carried out a training operation at several New York and New Jersey locations. Decked out in bulletproof vests, helmets and guns, Port Authority police were posted around the stations as part of an enhanced safety program called Operation Safe PATH, which helps both new and veteran Port Authority officers "get acquainted" with the system's various stations and surrounding areas, Port Authority…
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Denville School Shooter Drill Goes Beyond Lockdown

Denville , NJ:   Rockaway Officer Scott Haigh ripped off his belt and wrapped it around the doorknob on the inside of room B23 at Valleyview Middle School in Denville as others stacked desks, chairs, and tables behind a door to prevent a shooter from entering the room. Haigh, a school resource officer at Morris Hills High School, pulled tightly on the belt, successfully stopping the shooter from getting inside the room. It was a much more successful tactic then…
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Report of School Security Task Force

Trenton, NJ – A multi-agency task force charged with studying how to improve school security for students and employees of New Jersey's public schools has issued its final report. The New Jersey School Security Task Force, representing the state Department of Education, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the Schools Development Authority, as well as four state-level education associations, made 42 recommendations in the report, which was commissioned by the Legislature. "New Jersey has always taken an active role…
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