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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 26, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP’s New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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MORRISVILLE, Pa. _ Police found a Pennsylvania woman and her adult daughter in an apartment with the bodies of five relatives they had killed, including three children, authorities said Tuesday. Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, were charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy. Among The victims was Shana Decree’s sister Jamilla Campbell, of Trenton, New Jersey. SENT: 487 words, photos and video.


NEWARK _ An appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will spend less time in prison for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. A judge sentenced Bill Baroni to 18 months Tuesday, down from two years. Baroni was an executive of the authority that operates the bridge. He was convicted in 2016 and sentenced to 24 months in what prosecutors said was a plot to create traffic jams to retaliate against a mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m.


NEWARK _ A former school superintendent who made headlines after he was charged with defecating on another high school’s track has asked New Jersey’s attorney general to investigate whether police acted unlawfully when they took his mug shot and released it to the media. SENT: 311 words, photos.


_ MISSING WOMAN-MURDER CHARGES _ Jury deliberations are due to resume in the trial of a man accused of strangling a former high school classmate and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge.

_ PURSUIT-THREE OFFICERS INJURED _ A police pursuit in a central New Jersey community ended in a three-vehicle crash that left three officers injured.

_ MISSING GIRL FOUND DEAD _A New Jersey man has admitted killing and sexually assaulting his 11-year-old neighbor, just days before his trial was due to start.

_ RUTGERS-MENINGITIS _ Officials at Rutgers University say two students have been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and both students were hospitalized.

_ PEOPLE-TAMMY SYTCH _ A former pro wrestler known as “Sunny” in the ring has been arrested on her sixth charge of drunken driving.



NEW YORK _ The Rutgers women’s basketball team overcame some turmoil off the court over the past few days to beat Wisconsin. The school announced on Sunday that Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer would step away from the program to rest on the advice of doctors. That news was sandwiched between two players being dismissed from the team. Buy Doug Feinberg. SENT: 624 words, photos.


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