Girl wounded in shooting at vigil dies from her injuries
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage girl shot during a candlelight vigil last weekend has died from her injuries.
Essex County prosecutors say Jayla Green died Thursday but did not disclose further details.
The 16-year-old was among four young women shot Saturday at the vigil in Newark for two teens killed the previous day in the crash of a stolen vehicle. She was shot in the head, while the three other victims were shot in the legs.
Mayor calls for public aid in solving vigil shooting of 4
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Newark is calling on the public to come forward to help solve the shooting that wounded four girls and women, one critically, during a candlelight vigil in the New Jersey city.
Newark police said the victims, who range in age from 16 to 20, were shot at about 9 p.m. Saturday at a vigil near the scene of a double fatal crash.
New commission seeks to stem gentrification in Newark
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's largest city is forming a commission to make sure new development in the city doesn't displace poor and working-class residents.
The Equitable Growth Advisory Committee is expected be formed early in 2019.
It seeks to combat a trend that has seen a lack of affordable housing in Newark even as developers build new buildings and redevelop old ones.
Embattled University Hospital CEO resigning amid criticism
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The CEO of a New Jersey hospital has resigned following an outbreak that may have claimed the lives of three infants.
John Kastanis' departure from University Hospital in Newark was announced Thursday. He will formally leave his post Dec. 14.
Newark mayor defends actions in city’s water crisis
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of New Jersey's largest city denounced comparisons Thursday between high lead levels affecting as many as 18,000 residences and the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, as the city faces a long and costly cleanup and replacement effort.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said his administration is taking multiple steps to address the high levels caused by aging lead service lines that serve private residences, some of which are more than 100 years old.
Newark mayor’s ex-campaign treasurer jailed for embezzlement
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former treasurer for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's election campaign is headed to prison for embezzling more than $220,000 by writing phony checks in the names of consultants and vendors for services that were never performed.
Frederick Murphy Jr. received a 30-month sentence Wednesday and must pay restitution of $277,826. The 56-year-old Bloomfield resident had pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion charges.
Police: Hit-run driver caused turnpike bus crash
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — State police have confirmed that a hit-and-run driver caused a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that overturned a school bus taking families home from a picnic. Dozens of people were sent to hospitals, but no serious injuries were reported.
Sgt. Jeff Flynn says Sunday that a northbound car struck a guardrail and then hit the bus, which hit another car and overturned. It happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday in East Brunswick. The first driver left the scene.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former treasurer for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's election campaign has admitted embezzling more than $220,000 by writing phony checks in the names of consultants and vendors for services that were never performed.
Frederick Murphy Jr., 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion. He faces up to 55 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 11.
Murphy served the Baraka campaign between January 2014 and March 2017.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four years after bucking the Democratic establishment to become mayor of New Jersey's largest city, incumbent Ras Baraka earned re-election in a lopsided victory Tuesday with the help of some of his former detractors, including Sen. Cory Booker.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Voters in Newark have elected incumbent Mayor Ras Baraka to a second four-year term.
Baraka beat Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins in Tuesday's municipal election. Chaneyfield Jenkins was hoping to become the city's first female mayor.
NJ.com reports Baraka told supporters gathered at a Newark hotel, "We won and we won big."
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge ordered the city of Newark on Tuesday not to use police escorts for private events following a lawsuit alleging that Mayor Ras Baraka misused city funds by having officers escort a hip-hop DJ to the mayor's birthday party.
At the same hearing, Superior Court Judge Dennis Carey also dismissed claims in the lawsuit that Baraka violated state election laws by sending a flyer to residents within 90 days of an election.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark is planning to follow New York's lead and provide free legal services for low-income and vulnerable tenants facing eviction.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the proposed ordinance on Tuesday. Last year, De Blasio signed a law making New York the first city in the country to guarantee low-income residents the right to representation in eviction cases.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Three Newark residents are suing Mayor Ras Baraka for allegedly having city police officers escort a hip hop DJ from New York City to the mayor's birthday party.
The lawsuit filed last week claims Baraka misused city funds by having police escort DJ Funkmaster Flex to Baraka's birthday celebration at Newark's Prudential Center on April 9.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The city of Newark has unveiled a computerized system that it hopes will encourage residents to assist with policing.
The "virtual patrol" enables anyone with a computer to gain access to a system of 62 surveillance cameras, a number that is planned to grow to 125.
Officials also said Thursday cellphones will be able to connect to the system in the near future.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's largest city has launched a high-tech way for residents to monitor their neighborhoods and anonymously report any suspicious activity to police.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced details about the "citizen virtual patrol" program on Thursday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Superior Court judge has taken away subpoena powers from Newark's Civilian Complaint Review Board in what the city's mayor calls a "setback to criminal justice reform."
Newark officially regains schools control after 22 years
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Twenty-two years after a state takeover, Newark officially regained control of its schools Thursday, a milestone hailed by local officials as the beginning of a new era for the state's largest city.
Mayor Ras Baraka, a former school principal and son of late poet and activist Amiri Baraka, pushed hard for local control since his election in 2014, but also recognized the efforts of students who organized marches and protests over the years.
6-year-old, 2 men wounded in New Jersey shooting
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old child was among three people shot and wounded in Newark.
The child and two men were shot around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. They were taken to a hospital where they're in stable condition.
Police don't know what caused the shooting and authorities say they have little information on possible suspects.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As Nico Hischier is discovering, being taken No. 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks.
Since being selected by the New Jersey Devils with the top pick Friday night, Hischier has flown from Chicago to New Jersey, watched the New York Red Bulls play a MLS game and gone to a New York Yankees game.
Some Newark police to begin using body cams next week
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Some police officers in New Jersey's largest city will begin using body cameras next week, one of the first visible outgrowths of a federal monitoring agreement reached last year with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sixty-five of the cameras will be used by officers in the city's South Ward beginning Monday, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said Wednesday. Fifteen patrol cars also will begin using in-vehicle cameras.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark's mayor has released the name of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was accidentally shot and killed by another juvenile during a family party at a home in the city.
Mayor Ras Baraka said Monday that an 11-year-old boy was holding the gun when it somehow discharged early Saturday, striking Josiah Coleman. Braka didn't disclose the other child's name or say if the youths were related.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The newest supermarket in New Jersey's largest city is associated more with the state's upscale suburbs than its urban centers.
Whole Foods opened in Newark's redeveloped Hahne's Building on Wednesday.
Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka says the market is what the city needs and an example of how Newark is growing.
Jersey City mayor signs sanctuary city executive order
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed an executive order Friday strengthening policies around the city's status as a sanctuary for people living in the country illegally, despite the threat from President Donald Trump to slash federal funding.
2 ‘sanctuary cities’ in New Jersey won’t change policies
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayors of two major New Jersey cities say they will continue to do all they can to protect residents from deportation.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced their intentions Wednesday. That came the same day President Donald Trump moved to block federal grants from "sanctuary cities," which are locales that don't cooperate with immigration authorities
Landmark former department store reopens after 30 years
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former landmark department store, once a jewel of the city's downtown and later a symbol of its decline, reopened on Monday after 30 years, repurposed as a combination retail and residential hub.
Officials including Mayor Ras Baraka and his predecessor as mayor, Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, celebrated the reopening of the former Hahne & Co. store building.
Newark mayor: 10 percent decrease in violent crime from 2015
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Violent crime in Newark has fallen about 10 percent in the last year, a result partly attributable to greater numbers of police officers, more community engagement and better coordination with state and local law enforcement, Mayor Ras Baraka said Tuesday.
Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose released the statistics on crimes including murder, rape, robbery, assault and burglary.
Delroy Lindo helps Newark mayor feed homeless
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of New Jersey's largest city has gotten an assist from actor Delroy Lindo in his efforts to feed the homeless.
Lindo joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a high school on Friday to feed residents as part of a program to bring holiday cheer.
The event at Weequahic (wee-KWAY'-ick) High School featured sponsors from around the city and also included health screenings and entertainment.
State employee accused of pulling off Muslim woman’s hijab
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of New Jersey's largest city is calling for state officials to fire a Department of Labor employee accused of pulling a Muslim woman's hijab off her head and throwing it on the ground.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the unidentified Employment Services worker mocked a woman's faith at the city's One-Stop Career Center on Dec. 5 before snatching her hijab.
Newark airport workers join national minimum wage protests
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of workers at Newark Liberty International Airport have joined in national protests for a $15 minimum wage.
The airport workers marched between two terminals on Tuesday.
The airport is run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.