TRENTON — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service are urging residents in Middlesex and Union counties to be careful about disposing of any woody debris caused by Hurricane Irene or for using recently cut wood as firewood.
ELIZABETH — A Union County Grand Jury returned an eight count indictment against two Plainfield men yesterday, charging one with kidnapping and both with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman earlier this year, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
SCOTCH PLAINS – A 38-year-old Watchung man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting and threatening a Scotch Plains teenager after the Barclays Golf Tournament, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.
ELIZABETH – Federal marshals arrested a suspect in a North Carolina fatal shooting Wednesday morning in Elizabeth, according to a report by the Fayettville Observer.
UNION COUNTY — Union County is not among those areas eligible for federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene, but residents may begin the registration process with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in anticipation of its addition to the eligible list.
STATE – On Wednesday, President Barack Obama officially declared that New Jersey is a disaster area in the wake of Hurricane Irene as federal officials visited the state to get a first-hand look at the damage.
STATE – To better respond to the public’s general health concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Health and Senior Services opened a toll-free public health call center to provide callers with information about prevention and treatment of mold, disposal of spoiled food due to power outages and water concerns.
STATE – Most New Jersey residents who lost electrical service after Hurricane Irene have had their power restored. As of 9 a.m. this morning, 15,000 PSE&G customers remained without power. In their most recent update, JCP&L said that 69,000 customers were still without service.
TRENTON — Rivers and streams across New Jersey that were inundated by rains and subsequent runoff caused by Hurricane Irene have now dropped below peak flood levels, though it will another few days before all rivers are completely below flood stage and flood waters totally recede.