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Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Menendez tops Kean in latest Senate race poll

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new poll has the Democratic nominee for
U-S Senate holding a slight lead over his Republican rival.
The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll also shows Democrats
lining up behind Senator Robert Menendez and distancing themselves
from Tom Kean (kayn) Junior.
The poll shows Menendez with a 42 percent to 37 percent edge
over Kean among likely voters.
Menendez’s lead grows to seven points if voters who are leaning
toward a particular candidate are included.
The telephone poll, of 514 probable voters, has a sampling error
of four percentage points.
With about a month to go until the election, 81 percent of
Democratic voters say they support Menendez, while only ten percent
of Democrats say they will support Kean.
Kean had 19 percent of Democrats’ support last month, while
Menendez had 68 percent.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Newark Council approves police director nominee

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Newark is getting a new police director.
The City Council approved Mayor Cory Booker’s nominee by a
six-to-three vote yesterday. Gary McCarthy will start tomorrow.
McCarthy was deputy commissioner for operations in the New York
City Police Department.
Booker says his nominee is a proven leader in crime reduction.
But the 47-year-old’s temperament and judgment have been
questioned.
A judge in Bergen County last month criticized McCarthy for
getting into an argument with police who issued his daughter a
parking ticket in 2005.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 04, 2006

Two more caught in Atlantic City corruption case

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Two more Atlantic City politicians have
pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a corruption sting.
Councilman Ramon Rosario pleaded guilty today an attempted
extortion charge in federal court in Camden. Rosario admitted he
took 14-thousand dollars.
Former Councilman Gibb Jones, who resigned in August, pleaded to
similar charges. Jones admitted he took more than five-thousand
dollars.
They were the second and third city officials convicted in the
operation known as “Steal Pier.”
City Council President Craig Callaway pleaded guilty in August.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News, News | Oct 04, 2006

Nighttime curfew agreed to at Teterboro Airport

TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) – Residents who complain about noise around
Teterboro Airport might get a little peace.
Some air carriers have agreed to a nighttime curfew and a ban on
the noisiest planes.
The new restrictions are voluntary. But Congressman Steven
Rothman of Fair Lawn says he expects 90 percent of operators to
comply by the end of next year.
The new rules cover only about 50 percent of the operators that
fly from Teterboro.
The agreement will eliminate the loudest jets. It also would
create an eleven p-m to six a-m curfew on flights.
Teterboro handles a steady stream of corporate jets and many
small package cargo shipments.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 04, 2006

Suspect dead, Delaware River Port Authority officer wounded

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Gunfire following a traffic stop in Camden
leaves one man dead and a Delaware River Port Authority police
officer wounded.
Camden County prosecutor spokesman Bill Shralow says two patrol
cars pulled the suspect over after his vehicle left the Ben
Franklin Bridge.
Authorities say the suspect started firing after he was asked to
get out of the vehicle because he couldn’t show a license.
Officer Matt Gorman and his partner returned fire.
The suspect was pronounced dead at Cooper Trauma Center. His
name has not been released.
Gorman is in good condition with wounds to his side and ankle.
The 41-year-old husband has two children and is a five-year
veteran of the force.

(By Al Novack, KYW, Philadelphia)