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Retired N.J. superintendent on trial today in Canada for alleged sex crimes

The allegations against the former North Warren schools chief date back to the 1970s, when he was a new teacher in Nova Scotia.

Brian Fogelson was a wanted man when he retir…

N.J. State Police investigate suicide at I-80 overlook

Foul play is not suspected in the death in Warren County.

New Jersey State Police on Tuesday afternoon investigated an apparent suicide at an overlook off Interstate 80&nbsp…

Welcome to Blairstown, N.J.’s 1st Appalachian Trail Community

It is hoped the designation will bolster tourism and economic activity.

Blairstown Township has a population of about 6,000 people, not counting the through-hikers.
The rura…

I-80 accident victim, other 2 in car were Cornell students

Peiran “Joyce” Shi, 20, was originally from Shenzhen, China, according to the university in Ithaca, New York.

The 20-year-old woman fatally injured in Monday night’s crash on Interstate 80 in Warren County was originally from China, and was a student at Cornell University.

Peiran “Joyce” Shi, a native of Shenzhen, was a student in the Ithaca, New York, school’s College of Arts & Sciences, said Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life at Cornell.

Shi, who lived in Ithaca, was with two other Cornell students, both of whom were treated and released from an area hospital, Lombardi said in a statement.

Cornell Physics extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Peiran “Joyce” Shi.

— Cornell Physics (@CornellPhysics) April 4, 2017

The three were in a Mercedes-Benz that collided with another vehicle while headed west on I-80 approaching Exit 4 in Knowlton Township, according to New Jersey State Police.

A rear passenger, Shi was ejected when the Mercedes hit a tree about 9:30 p.m. at mile-marker 6.2, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office. The other two occupants were up front and escaped with minor injuries.

Shi was flown for treatment to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill. She was pronounced dead there at 11:45 p.m. of multiple blunt-force injuries, and her death was ruled an accident.

20-year-old dies in I-80 wreck

Shi planned to major in physics and pursued many academic and extracurricular interests at Cornell, including foreign languages, electronic circuits and karate, according to Lombardi.

“On behalf of the university community, I extend our deepest condolences to Joyce’s family and friends,” Lombardi stated. “Please keep them in your thoughts as we mourn this tremendous loss to the Cornell community.”

State police were continuing to investigate the crash and were not immediately identifying other people in the Mercedes or in the second vehicle, a Mitsubishi.

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Car hits tree off I-80 in N.J., injuries reported

The impact on traffic wasn’t immediately available.

A car struck a tree just before 2 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 80 West in Knowlton Township, the Warren County Department of Public Safety says.

Injuries were reported in the crash at 1:53 p.m.

Its impact on traffic wasn’t immediately available.

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Crash pushed state police car into troopers conducting I-80 traffic stop

A third person was also injured when a dump truck pushed a patrol car into a traffic stop, state police say.

A dump truck struck a New Jersey State Police car on Interstate …

69-year-old hangs himself off Route 46 in Warren County

He was found near a Knowlton Township ice cream and burger shop.

A 69-year-old man hanged himself Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide near a Warren County ice cream and b…

20-acre brush fire contained in northern Warren County

No injuries or structure damage was reported.

A 20-acre brush fire — large for the hilly terrain of northwest New Jersey — was among two doused Friday afternoon in on…

3 Warren County homicide cases that could be resolved this year

The cases date back to 2013 and ’14.

The wheels of justice continue turning in Warren County.

There are three homicide cases, the oldest dating back to 2013 and ’14, that could be resolved this year. Here’s where they stand, according to prosecutors.


Salim Newton murder trial begins in Warren CountySalim Newton listens in Warren County court on Oct. 24, 2016. (Tim Wynkoop | contributor) 

The case: The 30-year-old is accused in the September 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Melissa Williams, the mother of his child, in her Phillipsburg home. Newton was arrested about a month later in Virginia.

Status: A trial date is to be determined at a Feb. 16 hearing. A trial was started in November, but halted when Newton changed attorneys.


Ralph AtkinsonRalph A. Atkinson, of Knowlton Township, is accused of killing his girlfriend in 2014. (Courtesy photo) 

The case: The 41-year-old from Knowlton Township is charged in two separate cases. In the first, he is accused of killing his girlfriend, 45-year-old Margaret Graf-White, with a knife and hammer in May 2014 at the woman’s West Stewart Street home in Washington. In the second, he is accused of recording sex acts with a child between 2012 and 2014.

Status: Atkinson has claimed to be mentally unfit to stand trial. The state is verifying the claim and a hearing is scheduled Feb. 23. If he were to face a jury, prosecutors have said the cases would be tried separately.


Daniel LawrenceDaniel J. Lawrence, of Washington, is charged with fatally stabbing a man in 2014. (Courtesy photo) 

The case: The 29-year-old from Washington is accused of fatally stabbing 30-year-old Warren Moore, of Jersey City, with a 3-inch folding knife during a confrontation in September 2014 outside Lawrence’s East Washington Avenue home.

Status: A May 1 trial has been scheduled.

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Remembering the N.J. trooper slain 35 years ago on I-80

Two radicals opened fire on Philip Lamonaco after being pulled over in Warren County.

It has been 35 years since Philip Lamonaco’s final patrol. He only lived to be 32.
The New J…