ROAD RAGE-FATAL SHOOTING
NJ officer's wife testifies at Md. murder trial
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The wife of a New Jersey detective has told a jury her husband flashed his badge at an irate driver before the two men stopped for a fatal face-off along Interstate 97.
Marie Walker testified Thursday at the Annapolis trial of Joseph Walker, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office. He's charged with first-degree murder in the June 2013 shooting of Joseph Harvey of Landsdowne.
Walker maintains he fired in self-defense.
His wife says she wasn't aware that her husband had cut off Harvey's vehicle, but she noticed Harvey cursing and gesturing as his Honda swerved toward their family minivan. She says Walker yelled that he was a police officer.
Harvey's passenger testified earlier that Walker pointed a gun at them but he never saw a badge.
NJ Gov. Christie to campaign for Rauner in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Governor Chris Christie will be in Chicago to support Bruce Rauner's (ROW'-nurz) campaign for Illinois governor.
Christie and Rauner are scheduled to visit a Chicago-area business this afternoon. Christie will also headline an evening fundraiser for Rauner at a Chicago hotel.
Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The group sees Rauner's race against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as one of its top two opportunities to pick up a governorship in November. It has donated $1.5 million to Rauner's campaign.
Christie has recently heightened his public profile in the wake of allegations of a political payback scandal. He's seen as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
His visit won't be without its detractors. Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser.
CAMDEN COUNTY BODY
Woman's body found off Camden County road
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a suspect after a woman's body was found on the side of a road in Camden County.
A pizza deliveryman made the discovery on Wilton's Landing Road early Friday.
According to broadcast reports, police are looking for a suspect who drove off in the victim's car.
No names have been released.
Missing kayaker's body recovered from reservoir
(Information in the following story is from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , http://www.mycentraljersey.com )
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine how a missing kayaker died in northern New Jersey's Round Valley Reservoir.
Divers recovered 20-year-old Chen Shao's body 150 yards off the shore on Thursday. The North Brunswick resident was last seen swimming toward an overturned kayak on Wednesday night.
He was not wearing a life vest.
State Police spokeswoman Trooper Alina Spies tells the Courier News of Bridgewater the State Police Marine Unit used side-scan sonar to locate the body.
CHILD SEX ASSAULT
New Jersey woman charged with sex assault of girl
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors in Morris County are accusing a woman of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.
Authorities have charged 25-year-old Whitney Ball of Wharton with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment.
Authorities say Ball would promise the girl candy and then sexually assault her over a three-month period in 2013.
Ball is held on $150,000 bail.
It's not known if she has a lawyer.
NTSB to discuss Paulsboro train derailment
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is wrapping up its investigation into a train derailment that caused a chemical leak in Paulsboro in 2012.
The NTSB on Tuesday will meet in Washington to determine the probable cause of the accident.
Seven cars of a Conrail freight train derailed while traveling on a bridge over Mantua Creek. One tank car released approximately 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride into the creek and surrounding area.
The conductor and several residents were treated for exposure to the chemical.
Many residents reported upper respiratory problems, dizziness and eye irritation in the weeks after the derailment.
JERSEY CITY FIREFIGHTERS
Jersey City getting 26 new firefighters
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Jersey City is getting some new firefighters, including the city's first black woman to wear the uniform.
Mayor Steven Fulop is swearing in the 26 during a ceremony at City Hall today.
The group comprised the 61st class in the fire department's 143-year history.
Air wing at McGuire gets new commander
MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, N.J. (AP) - A military unit at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has a new commander.
Col. James Copher took over the 621st contingency response wing on Thursday. He succeeds Col. Martin Chapin.
Copher's last assignment was in Southwest Asia.
The wing rapidly deploys 1,500 troops to open and operate airfields and to coordinate air mobility operations.
Copher is a pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in various military aircraft.
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