ELIZABETH—A week after he escaped from guards while on trash duty at the Union County Jail, Phillip Ruddy was captured, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Monday.
ELIZABETH – A stray bullet struck and wounded a 9-year-old boy who was playing in an Elizabeth apartment building last Wednesday afternoon.
TRENTON – Attorney General Anne Milgram announced Tuesday that 31 defendants have been indicted in connection with bank fraud schemes orchestrated by members and associates of the Bloods street gang involving more than $654,000 in counterfeit checks, which resulted in the theft of more than $341,000 from eight banks.
MADISON—According to the quarterly consumer survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, 63 percent of New Jerseyans have lost a job or have a friend or relative who has lost a job in the past year, up nine points from January.
RAHWAY – Sewerage fees will go up $20 a year per household and businesses will see their rates increase by eight percent. Water fees will also increase — for the second time this year – by five percent, bringing the total rise to 10 percent. Residents who use the minimum will pay about $10 a year more.
CARTERET—The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection lifted a 25-year-old ban on new links to the sewer system in West Carteret, paving the way for continued development and redevelopment in the neighborhood.
PERTH AMBOY – Perth Amboy’s school district was one of 20 removed from the federal No Child Left Behind accountability list after meeting yearly progress benchmarks for two years in a row, state officials said.
NEWARK—Union native Matt Melody recently made his professional debut for the Newark Bears.
The former NJIT star pitcher earned a no-decision in his June 28th start against the Bridgeport Bluefish, allowing three earned runs on five hits over four innings.
SANDY HOOK—Fueled by funding from the state Department of Transportation’s I BOAT NJ program, the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant has awarded special grants to marinas throughout the state to help them implement projects and practices that will reduce potential environmental impacts associated with recreational boating.
TRENTON – Legislation to help veterans make the transition from the battlefield to the college classroom has received final legislative approval.