NJ ex-priest jailed after working with kids
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ordered a New Jersey priest held while a grand jury considers whether he violated a legal agreement to stay away from children.
Bail for Michael Fugee (FOO'-gee) remains at $25,000 following his brief court appearance Tuesday in Bergen County, where he's charged with contempt of a judicial order.
Fugee resigned from the Newark Archdiocese earlier this month after he admitted he worked unsupervised with kids.
Fugee was convicted of aggravated criminal assault in 2003, but the conviction was thrown out on a legal technicality.
Fugee reached a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to return to the ministry if his job didn't involve parishioners under 18.
But prosecutors say he had contact with youngsters while working as a priest in Wyckoff and Colts Neck.
NJ hospital lays off dozens
(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com )
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Community Medical Center in Toms River has laid off 68 employees as it eliminated 85 positions.
The hospital blames a reduction in Medicare reimbursement under congressionally mandated automatic budget cuts and restructuring of its health care programs.
The Asbury Park Press reports president and chief executive officer Stephanie Bloom said in a statement the eliminated positions include a cross-section of management, administrative and clinical jobs.
Bloom says the affected employees can receive a severance package or apply for other jobs.
Community medical Center has 2,600 employees and is operated by Barnabas Health.
SUPERSTORM-JERSEY SHORE AWAKENS
Jersey shore readies for 1st post-Sandy summer
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - Visitors to the Jersey shore this weekend will find many of their favorite beaches and boardwalks ready for summer, thanks to a massive rebuilding effort after Superstorm Sandy.
While several neighborhoods remain damaged, all but 1 of the storm-wrecked boardwalks should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, and amusement rides will still be available from Keansburg to Wildwood.
Most beaches will be open, despite losing sand during the storm.
Shore rentals are still available; demand is running at about 75% of what it was at this point last year.
And despite highly publicized devastation in places like Mantoloking (mahn-toh-LOH'-king) and Ortley Beach, large stretches of the shore suffered little damage. Ortley's small boardwalk won't be ready until June.
BUDGET CUTS-JULY FOURTH
Furloughs scrap NJ base's July Fourth event
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has canceled its annual July Fourth celebration due to furloughs caused by congressionally mandated automatic budget cuts.
The annual event featured displays by the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. There also were fireworks.
The Defense Department recently announced furloughs for most civilian employees would begin in July. In a statement, the New Jersey military installation said it relies heavily on those employees to host the event.
NY man sentenced for Atlantic City Boardwalk chase
(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Staten Island, N.Y., man to three years in prison for leading police on a high-speed chase on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Pedestrians and a police officer on a bicycle had to dive out of the way as 28-year-old John Thompson drove down the Boardwalk last year. The chase ended when he stopped to pay the toll on the Atlantic City Expressway.
The Press of Atlantic City reports Thompson pleaded guilty to eluding and driving while intoxicated.
Chris Harrison to host Miss America Pageant
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison will again emcee the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City, N.J.
Harrison has hosted the telecast for the last four years.
The Miss America Organization says he'll be joined by Lara Spencer of "Good Morning America." Spencer served as a judge for the 2012 pageant.
The pageant will take place on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The pageant had been held in Las Vegas the past six years.
Woman charged in attack on nurse in Camden
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a woman launched an unprovoked attack on a nurse who was on a break outside Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
Officials say 26-year-old Monique Moore was with her two children when she grabbed the nurse, punched her in the head and face while yelling about the medical profession on Monday.
Officials say Moore smashed the nurse's face into a wall before a passer-by pulled Moore off the woman.
Moore is held on $20,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault. Her children were turned over to child welfare officials.
Monroe Township house fire case of arson
MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Investigators say a fire that damaged a home in Monroe Township was deliberately set.
Firefighters responded to the blaze in the two-story home on Arlene Drive early Monday. It was brought under control within 15 minutes and no one was injured.
Officials are not releasing details of how the fire was set.
No arrests have been made.
Forklift operator escapes harm from NJ sinkhole
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Officials are trying to determine what caused the floor of a northern New Jersey warehouse to open up, swallowing a forklift and the man who was running it.
Authorities say Danny Rodriguez of Bronx, N.Y., managed to escape serious injury as his forklift sank into the 6- to 10-foot deep hole Monday in the East Rutherford warehouse rented by AM Express Freight.
The hole filled with cooking oil and soy sauce that was stored in the warehouse.
The owner's property manager, Bruce Jordan, told The Record newspaper it appeared the reinforced concrete slab foundation had given way over a long-forgotten basement under the building.
NJ Transit offers early getaway service
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit is offering early getaway service for the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Trains will operate out of New York City on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines starting at approximately 1 p.m. Friday.
Extra buses will operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on more than three dozen bus routes starting around noon.
NJ Transit trains will operate on a weekend and holiday schedule on Monday.
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