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Will NJ crack down on violent teens? Don't count on it

Here are the most important news from New Jersey for Thursday:

Vehicles involved in an accident on White Horse Pike in Magnolia

Vehicles involved in an accident on White Horse Pike in Magnolia (NBC Philadelphia)

MAGNOLIA – A utility worker was killed and three co-workers were seriously injured when a woman drove off the road and into a construction site Wednesday morning.

According to officials, a woman struck a curb and a bush on North White Horse Pike, hitting four workers who were doing repairs for New Jersey American Water around 9:54 a.m.

New Jersey magician arrested for possession of child pornography (MCPO, Google Maps)

(MCPO, Google Maps)

A professional magician from Morris County who is married to a city councilwoman has been charged with possessing child pornography.

Butler resident Scott Morley has been charged with third-degree child endangerment (possession of child sexual abuse material), Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said.

Bicycle police officers take a break while patrolling the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, on Thursday, June 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Bicycle police officers take a break while patrolling the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, on Thursday, June 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY — The New Jersey state police union said Wednesday there must be “real consequences” for drunken, violent teens and adults who cause chaos in public places, following a series of riots in cities along the New Jersey coast over the Memorial Day weekend that included the stabbing of a teen.

Peter Andreyev, president of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, called in a statement for changes to the laws and procedures governing police dealings with disorderly youth and young adults.

Image by Bridgewater PD/Townsquare Media

Image by Bridgewater PD/Townsquare Media

Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench wants to give local police another tool to combat car thefts.

He supports a bill in the council that would allow police to ticket people on private property who pull on the door handle of a vehicle that does not belong to them. The bill also includes penalties for possessing a device that detects whether a key fob has been left in the vehicle.

According to Moench, car thefts are more common along Route 78.

Canva/Townsquare Media Illustration

Canva/Townsquare Media Illustration

According to statistics from the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, more than 16,000 vehicles were stolen in 2023, a 4% increase over 2022.

And these days, thieves don't just steal cars, they also break into private homes to get hold of the vehicle's key fobs.

Join us on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for our special town hall meeting: “Locked down: How to protect your car and home from theft.”

In our discussion, we will examine the reasons for the dramatic increase in auto thefts and what could be done to reduce them. The program will also educate New Jersey residents on how best to avoid becoming victims.

Teachers and educators in New Jersey caught in sex crime raids

The following people were arrested and charged in 2021 and several years prior. Some were convicted and sentenced to prison.

Others accepted probationary plea deals, and some cases were still pending.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt

Why beach tags should never be allowed in New Jersey

And why you might be able to help ensure badges never disappear.

Gallery credit: Mike Brant

How to spot a Benny or Shoobie on the New Jersey shore

A fun way to find out who's who on the New Jersey shore.

Gallery credit: Mike Brant

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