Friday, May 3, 2013
Morris County authorities report that Carrie Ruffner, last seen Wednesday at parents' home in Basking Ridge, is still missing.
The search continued on Friday for Long Hill resident Carrie Ruffner, 34, who was last seen at her parents home in Basking Ridge on Wednesday evening. Ruffner had not been located as of shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, said Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante. He said he had nothing further to report at that time, but added that further updates would be released as needed. Zelante said the investigation is being handled entirely within Morris County, since that's where Ruffner's home is located. Ruffner, 34, was last seen leaving her parents' house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Ruffner was driving to her own home on Meyersville Road in Long Hill Township and was expected to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Morristown cops said they saw the SUV filled with smoke.
A Morristown resident faces gun and drug charges and two Parsippany men were charged with marijuana possession after Morristown police said they found them in a smoke-filled SUV with a loaded handgun parked on Clyde Potts Drive Monday night. Officer Roberto Rosado said he saw people sitting in a rented 2013 Chevy Tahoe around 9:20 p.m. The inside of the car seemed like it was filled with smoke, said police. When Rosado walked up to the car, he saw that there were three men inside. The driver, a 23-year-old Parsippany resident, rolled down the window and Rosado smelled burnt marijuana, said police. More police officers responded and found an unspecified amount of suspected marijuana in the back of the car and all three were arrested: 21-…
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…
Carrie Ruffner was last seen in Basking Ridge on Wednesday.
A massive search was underway Thursday for a woman who never made it home from her parents' Basking Ridge home a night earlier. Carrie Ruffner, 34, was last seen leaving her parents' house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Ruffner was driving to her own home on Myersville Road in Long Hill Township and was expected to return, but never did. About 50 people participated in a search for Ruffner Thursday near the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge as helicopters searched from above, according to NJ.com. As the search continues for Ruffner, her two children are safe and with relatives. Ruffner is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 130 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. Knapp said she has an athletic…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Picatinny Arsenal Army major and his wife served 17-count indictment on charges of abusing their children through 'neglectful and cruel acts.'
A U.S. Army major stationed at the Picatinny Arsenal surrendered to federal agents Tuesday following his wife's arrest on charges the couple abused their adopted children by breaking their bones, witholding water from them, force-feeding them hot sauce and denying them medical attention. Carolyn Jackson, 35, and John E. Jackson, 37, of Mount Holly, were charged in a 17-count indictment that included 14 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of assault, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. Each face a up to 10 years in prison on each of the 17 counts and a maximum $250,000 fine on each count. Fishman said the crimes were committed on the Morris County Picatinny Arsenal base. The indictment alleges the couple conspired to …
Monday, April 29, 2013
About 17 percent of county bridges rated functionally obsolete.
Of Morris County's 668 bridges, about 7 percent have been rated structurally deficient. Additionally, 17 percent are considered to be functionally obsolete and not in line with current lane and shoulder standards, or occasionally flood, according to National Bridge Inventory data. The average age of a Morris County bridge is 52 years old. About one in four bridges in the state are either in poor condition or unable to handle current traffic loads, the data shows. Each bridge was rated based on structure, substructure and its deck to determine the type of work needed to fully restore the bridge. Some of the more highly-trafficked bridges are under the ownership of the state and recommended work varies from smaller fixes to full-scale …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Follow the posted detours for the time being
Morris Township Police announced that Normandy Heights Road will be closed Friday for most of the day. The road will be closed from Columbia Road to Woodruff Road for construction from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Follow posted detours.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Plan to attack New York City collapsed after carjacked vehicle ran low on gas, police commissioner says.
The Boston Marathon bombers hatched a last-minute plot to detonate their remaining explosives in New York City's Times Square, but the scheme fell apart when they realized that their carjacked SUV was low on gas, city officials said Thursday. Although surviving terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, first told authorities that he and his brother, Tamerlan, planned to "party" in New York City after the Marathon bombings, more questioning revealed that the pair wanted to attack Manhattan last Thursday night, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. “We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists, had they arrived here from Boston, we’re just thankful we didn’t have to find out that answer," New York City Mayor Michael R. …
New Providence motorist died from injuries sustained in accident on Garden State Parkway.
A Morristown man remains in critical condition following a four-vehicle collision Saturday in Middletown, Monmouth County. Michael Aberback, 37, of Morristown has been in critical condition since being admitted to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, spokeswoman Maureen Gillespie said Thursday. Another motorist, Leonard Danduone, 80, of New Providence, was pronounced dead Saturday at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, State Police Sgt. Brian Polite said. The collision occurred at 1:54 p.m. Saturday on the Garden State Parkway when Danduone hit a car head-on after traveling north in the southbound express lane of the Parkway, state police said.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Undercover operation, new fines considered to stop texting, talking and driving around state.
State law enforcement officials are cracking down on distracted drivers in the Garden State announcing a new undercover police operation focusing on drivers who talk and text behind the wheel, a broadcast report said. Authorities told CBS 2 Monday drivers need to be made aware of the dangers involved with the practice. “It appears they’re not getting the message,” Cpl. Dennis Kardos of the North Plainfield Police Department said in the broadcast.” Last year we lost 3,300 lives across the country.” Currently, New Jersey drivers face a $130 ticket for distracted driving, the report said, but under a new bill being considered in the state Legislature, those fines could increase to $200 to $400 for a first offense and $600 to $800 plus three …