News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDTPosted: Last Edited:
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A report from a state watchdog says lax oversight has allowed corrupt pawn shops, scrap yards and secondhand stores in New Jersey to serve as "cash machines" for addicts looking to swap stolen goods for drug money. The report released Tuesday by the State Commission of Investigation says regulations governing such businesses are "scattershot, inadequate and unevenly enforced." The commission says that the industry is being exploited by criminals and mob associates.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A Democratic party official says a New Jersey state lawmaker accused of domestic violence has resigned due to "health reasons." Assemblyman Arthur Barclay stepped down Monday, a little more than two weeks after he was arrested. The resignation was announced by Camden County Democratic Party Chairman James Beach, who is also a state senator. The 36-year-old Barclay didn't respond to requests for comment. Barclay was arrested in Camden on June 7 for simple assault domestic violence.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have made a second arrest stemming from a deadly shooting at a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey. Mercer County prosecutors say Davone White is facing three weapons charges. The 26-year-old Trenton resident was among nearly two dozen people wounded in the shooting, and he remained hospitalized Tuesday. About 1,000 people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films when shots rang out early Sunday.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey school district has moved to improve the safety of its buses after a crash last month that killed a student and a teacher. The Paramus Board of Education approved several new safety measures Monday, including stricter background checks for drivers and the purchase of three-point seat belts for all buses. The changes come in the wake of a deadly May 17 crash in Mount Olive involving one of the district's buses.
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