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Mountain Lakes Shooting, Officer Death Tops State News

Mount Arlington officer dies after car crash.

A Kearny man  a receptionist Friday at the Mountain Lakes real estate agency where they both worked. The shooter, identified by police as Kearny resident Leonardo Parera, was killed by officers.

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A Mount Arlington police officer died Sunday morning after he was involved in an accident on Route 80 in Roxbury.

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At least six people were  in Newark on Monday. Officials on the scene said the wounded were between the ages of 17 and 27. 

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The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday that the New Jersey State Police force has become  of the fatal shooting of New Brunswick resident Barry Deloatch. Deloatch, 46, was shot and killed following a pursuit by two New Brunswick police officers on Sept. 22. The State Police Office of Forensic Science is analyzing evidence from the scene.

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New Jersey Fashion Week  in Hoboken Monday night after a two-day program of runway shows. The event, the second annual since its inception, is intended to showcase the work of New Jersey-based talent in the fashion industry, including clothing designers, models and hair and makeup stylists. The shows at the pier on Monday included featured appearances from celebrity guests including Food Network chef and Hoboken resident Chris Nirschel, and Kim Granatell from the reality television show The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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Ocean County is getting $3.9 million in federal aid to  for work on county roads that will be part of the construction of the full interchange 91 of Garden State Parkway in Brick Township. County Engineer Frank Scarantino said re-configuring ramps and roads around the interchange is the county's part of the three-phase project that also includes the New Jersey Turnpike Authority widening the Parkway shoulders and replacing and raising a bridge. The existing timetable calls for the Turnpike to begin the bridge work in the second half of next year, followed by the shoulder widening later in the year, and the county work to begin in 2013.

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A 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, only the second to drive off a Summit lot, was among the final prizes  during the last season of her namesake television show. Toi Jackson, a Maplewood Teacher and South Orange resident, chose Summit to claim her prize on the advice of her husband Isaiah, a retired police officer. The journey to the silver Beetle started when Toi Jackson and her close friend Karla Ridley of Cranford got the invite from Oprah's producers to come to Chicago for a Nov. 16 show taping.

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Cinnaminson Police responded to the home of Michael Banas, 51, on Monday to investigate threatening telephone messages left on an answering machine of a neighboring family. Banas allegedly became enraged and was screaming at police,  with a sledgehammer, police said. Police convinced Banas to put down the sledgehammer and sprayed him with pepper spray when he moved toward an officer in a threatening manner, police said.

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate Michelle Matson, 29, will  of Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," competing to win $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. On the show, which filmed earlier this year, Matson said the 14 contestants compete in different challenges, creating art pieces for each one. Contestants are eliminated in each challenge until a winner is determined, she said.

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A state appellate panel ruled Friday that the daughter of a real estate mogul was not entitled to recoup attorney's fees, after a 9-year battle over half of her late father's $90 million estate. [nj.com]

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Chef Maurice Maglione and a group of young students were at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune on Friday for Child Hunger Day, a program presented by the American Culinary Federation. [Asbury Park Press]

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New Jersey State Police and sanitation workers on Friday started removing belongings that Occupy Wall Street protesters left at the World War II Memorial in Trenton after police told them they could not keep any "permanent structures" at the site. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

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