Vella Trial Begins Next Week

ELIZABETH—A close political associate of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will begin a criminal trial in federal court with jury selection starting Monday, Jan. 12 before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton. Ray Vella, 32, of Elizabeth, owner of…

Special Delivery

  Special Delivery—Solymar Herrera, daughter of Edith Fass and Antonio Herrera of Perth Amboy, was the first baby of the New Year born at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Solymar, the couple’s fourth child, arrived at 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 1,…

Fallen Firefighter Remembered At Funeral

ELIZABETH – More than 1,000 firefighters and law enforcement officers assembled for Monday’s funeral for Elizabeth firefighter Gary Stephens. The 28-year veteran was struck by a fire truck after he responded to an early-morning call on Jan. 2. Firefighters from…

South Brunswick Official Named To Replace Crabiel

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – County Democrats have chosen South Brunswick Deputy Mayor Carol Barrett to replace the late David B. Crabiel on the county Board of Chosen Freeholders. A special convention was held Sunday at East Brunswick Vo-Tech High School to…

Man Charged In Perth Amboy Stabbing Pleads Not Guilty

NEW BRUNSWICK – A Keyport man charged with stabbing a 25-year-old Perth Amboy man to death pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bail. Jose Rodriguez-Cuevas, 25, was charged with the weekend murder of Gerardo Ramos-Balico and…

Man Driving Stolen SUV Killed In Collision

CARTERET – An 18-year-old Carteret man driving a stolen SUV was killed when the vehicle collided head-on with a tractor trailer early Saturday morning, authorities said. Dwain Allen was driving south in the northbound lane of Industrial Avenue early Saturday…

Former PTA Treasurer Charged With Theft

LINDEN – A former Linden PTA treasurer has been charged with stealing approximately $8,000 of the organization’s money, officials from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office say. Dawn Wagner, 38, has been charged with one count of theft and one count…