Avenel Man Charged In Scheme To Smuggle Cell Phones & Drugs Into State Prison

NEWARK – A former corrections officer from Avenel was one of 35 people indicted on charges that they conspired to smuggle pre-paid cell phones and drugs into Northern State Prison in Newark, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today.

US Department Of Labor Provides $3.6 Million To Assist NJ Workers Affected By Pharmaceutical Industry Layoffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $3,644,575 grant to assist about 960 workers affected by layoffs from the pharmaceutical industry in northern New Jersey.

Man Convicted For Launching Computer Virus Attack On Media Sites

CAMDEN – A computer programmer was convicted Wednesday of launching a virus that infected approximately 100,000 computers around the world and directed them to attack media outlets that republished stories that mentioned him, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

New Unemployment Claims On The Upswing

STATE — In the week ending Sept. 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 465,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 453,000, according to data released today by the federal government.

Violent Crime Continued To Rise In Elizabeth

ELIZABETH – According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, 1,288 incidents of violent crime were reported in Elizabeth last year. That was a 14.6 percent increase from the 1,124 incidents reported in 2008, and a 56.5 percent increase from the 823 incidents in 2005.