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    One New Jersey mom claims that she has found high levels of carcinogens in samples of dust and soil from the town where more than 100 high school students and staff members have been diagnosed with brain tumors.  Edyta Komorek, 45, a mom whose students attend Colonia High School in Colonia, New Jersey, says that through independent research, she has found cancer-causing chemicals that could be to blame for the cancer cluster.  Officials within Colonia and Woodbridge Township, the township where Colonia is located, had previously stated that their research found no dangerous levels of carcinogens.  Now, Komorek, an environmental scientist, has refuted those claims, backing them up with her own evidence.  New Jersey mom Edyta Komorek is seeking answers about a possible cancer cluster at her children's school. @eriellereshef reports. pic.twitter.com/nYE7hrhz2N— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 19, 2022 Edyta Komorek, 45, said that she found dangerously high levels of pesticides and carcinogens in soil and dust samples collected from Colonia High School in New Jersey Koromek told Good Morning America that she pulled her two daughters from the school...
    South Jersey healthcare worker and dedicated mother of three Niced “Liz” Andujar-Heredia died unexpectedly at Inspira Medical Center on Thursday, Sept. 29. She was 40. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Liz graduated as a licensed practical nurse from Cumberland County College, her obituary says. Liz had most recently lived in Vineland and worked for United Healthcare as a Health and Social Services Coordinator. She was known for her bubbly personality and “contagious laugh,” her memorial says. She loved cooking, spending time with her family, and cuddling with her cats. Above all, Liz embraced her role as a caring and devoted mother to her three children, Gabriel Daniel, Layla Liz, and Emmanuel Daniel Sotomayor. “Liz was loved by everyone and could light up a room,” her obituary says. “Liz worked hard for her children and they were her world.” In addition to her children, Liz leaves behind her parents, Anderson and Ramona Andujar-Heredia; children's father, Daniel Sotomayor; her sister, Kate Liz Andujar and brother-in-law, Hulley Donald Still; brothers, Otniel, Natanael, and Wilbert Andujar; sister-in-law, Angela Michelle Andujar; nephew, Miqueas Alexander Andujar;...
    The mascot for a Chuck E. Cheese location in New Jersey has become the latest mascot to be accused of racism.  The incident allegedly occurred on July 30, when a woman who goes by the name Umm Safa took her children to the location in the North Jersey town of Wayne.  She posted a video of the encounter to Twitter and wrote: 'My 2-year-old was racially discriminated against. As you can see, he gives all of the [white] kids [high fives] and PURPOSELY ignored my black baby.' Umm Safa - real name Natyana Muhammad - claims that when she confronted the person playing the musical mouse, he ignored her and that the restaurant's manager, who she named as Angie Valasquez, 'made excuses for him'.  The video does show her daughter popping up and down before attempting to high five Chuck E. The character clearly high fives several other kids before ignoring the young girl.  'When she turned around she was excited to see him, she saw that he was giving all the other kids high fives,' Muhammad told ABC7. 'She put...
    MTV confirms that Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 will merge into one new show. The network also announced a new The Hills reboot along with a major shakeup for Jersey Shore. 2Teen mom OG poster Cast PhotoCredit: MTV 2Teen Mom 2 cast MTV From left : Jade Cline, Kailyn Lowry Leah Messer, Ashley Jones, Briana DeJesusCredit: MTV After weeks of speculation online and from fans, MTV confirmed that it's making changes within the Teen Mom franchise. On Tuesday, the network announced once and for all that Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 will merge into one show called Teen Mom: The Next Chapter. The show will premiere in the near future, according to MTV, though a date has yet to be announced. Viewers can still expect new seasons of Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, Teen Mom Girls Night In, and Teen Mom: Family Reunion. More Teen Mom'VERY HURT' Teen Mom Ashley SLAMS MTV producers for CUTTING footage of her major milestoneKIAYA'S CURVES Teen Mom Kiaya shows off major weight loss in crop top & short...
    BAYONNE, New Jersey (WABC) -- It was six years ago that the mosquito-borne illness Zika was a major concern.If a pregnant woman was infected, her child faced the risk of being born with a small head, brain damage or other birth defects.Darah was the first child born in the U.S. to a mother with Zika in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 2016.She has undergone extensive medical care which continues to this day. Thanks to the treatments, Darah is now thriving.Her mother is grateful that her child, born with Zika, has access to the medical options in the United States."She's seeing more specialists now because she has she has different types of needs," Claudia Fumes said.Fumes was bitten by an infected mosquito when she was pregnant. Eyewitness News covered Darah's birth at Hackensack University Medical Center in 2016.Every two years, the family must renew a special medical pass that allows them to stay in the U.S. for Darah's well-being.Fumes said taking her back to their home country of Honduras would begin a nightmare."We wouldn't have doctors and specialists that would help her,...
    The mother of a black 14-year-old boy who was seen in a viral video being tackled by two police officers, at a New Jersey mall after a fight with a white-passing teen who was allowed to walk free - says she wants the cops to be stripped of their badges. Z'Kye Husain was tackled, pinned down and arrested after fighting with the older boy, who has only been named as Joey, at Bridgewater Commons Mall on February 13. Cellphone footage of his arrest, while Joey, who says he's Latino, was allowed to walk away, sparked outrage after it went viral and has sparked an investigation by the local prosecutor's office. Now Husain and his mother have hit out at the cops - and questioned why it was only the black teen who was arrested. 'I hate to say this, but if it wasn't for race, then what is it?” Husain's mother Eboné asked during an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. 'What made them tackle my son and not the other kid? What made them be so aggressive with my son and not the...
    CARLSTADT, New Jersey (WABC) -- Proud pizza makers across the state of New Jersey came together to settle once and for all who has the best slice in the first ever Pizza Bowl.The state's four most popular pizzerias -as cited in a recent poll- competed to see who has the best slice this weekend.The Pizza Bowl was made possible by members of the Jersey Pizza Joints Facebook group, which was started by Guy Madsen during the pandemic ."How do you really determine who's got the best but by voting and polling?" said Madsen. "We used Facebook to grow our group from twenty-five to now about fifty-four thousand people. So after running a month's long voting campaign we were able to cut down to the top thirty-two regions in the state. Those thirty-two went to sixteen, then to eight and then the fabulous four."The competition took place at Redd's in Carlstadt and featured a free-style pizza tossing demonstration.In addition to the first Pizza Bowl, event organizers inducted three pizza joints into the first Pizza Hall of Fame. Inductees included Patsy's in...
    A New Jersey mother spoke out Wednesday after parents were asked to mask up at a school board meeting shortly after teachers were seen taking photos without masks.  PENNSYLVANIA PARENTS RESPOND TO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER OP-ED: ‘IF HE DOESN’T WORK FOR US, WHO DOES HE WORK FOR?' Ridgewood, New Jersey, mother of two Ashley Laub joined "Fox & Friends," saying the incident was symbolic of the type of hypocrisy parents have seen on COVID-related policies. "It's the epitome of rules for thee and not for me," Laub told Carley Shimkus. "We're not just seeing it here in New Jersey and at this meeting, but we're seeing it across the board, across the country. "We deserve as parents a proactive plan to get back to normalcy for our kids in the schools, and that plan better be implemented consistently, which unfortunately we did not see on Monday night," she continued.  VIRGINIA MOTHER SLAMS SCHOOLS FOR NOT FOLLOWING GOVERNOR'S ORDER ON MASKS: ‘PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE’ VideoLaub attended the Ridgewood Public School Board meeting earlier this week when the incident took place, explaining...
    A New Jersey police officer was arrested earlier this month after allegedly hitting and killing a nurse with his vehicle, then transporting the body away from the scene before ultimately returning it. Newark Officer Louis Santiago, 25, of Bloomfield, was off duty at the time of the incident, which occurred around 3 a.m. Nov. 1 near Exit 151 of the Garden State Parkway, the New York Post reported. The deceased person was identified as Damian Dymka, 29, of Garfield, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Santiago was traveling northbound in a 2005 Honda Accord with passenger Albert Guzman, 25, when the incident occurred, the Post reported. Santiago had struck Dymka after drifting off the roadway and onto the shoulder, where Dymka was located.  GEORGIA POLICE OFFICER'S SHOOTING DEATH LEADS TO 3RD ARREST, AUTHORITIES SAY Neither Santiago nor Guzman contacted 911 nor tried to assist the victim, the report said. Instead, they traveled away from the scene and back several times before loading Dymka’s body into the Accord and driving the corpse to the home of Santiago’s mother, purportedly to...
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- The New Jersey mother accused of abuse and neglect after her teen daughter ran away appeared in court virtually Tuesday morning.Jamie Moore, 40, has been ordered to home confinement while she awaits trial.Eyewitness News obtained the criminal complaint against Moore following her arrest last week.She is charged with two counts of child endangerment and accused of physical abuse and neglect.Moore is accused of stabbing the teen with a steak knife, spraying her in the face with bleach, pulling out her braids, and hitting her in the head with a frying pan.She also allegedly hit her daughter with hangers and a broom handle and put her knees on her neck so she couldn't breathe.Moore is also accused of educational neglect for not enrolling the 14-year-old in school this year and forcing her to log out of online school last year.The criminal complaint also alleges that Moore forced her daughter to panhandle to bring in a certain amount of money.Prosecutors say the day her daughter left home, Moore told her to find a lost debit card and...
    A teenage girl who disappeared for nearly a month told investigators she’d run away to escape horrific abuse at the hands of her mother, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Jashyah Moore, 14, detailed extreme instances of neglect and mistreatment by her mother, Jamie Moore, over a number of years. The complaint describes Moore’s abuse, alleging she stabbed her daughter in the shoulder with a steak knife, “causing a laceration that is still visible.” Moore also allegedly sprayed bleach in her daughter’s eyes, pulled her braids out, and would hit her with several objects, including a frying pan. She would also strike her daughter with her hands, and put her knees on Jashyah’s neck and back, “causing her to struggle to breathe,” according to the complaint. The 14-year-old was allegedly “forced to cook” for herself and her younger brother, or else neither would eat that day. Her mother is also accused of “educational neglect,” keeping the girl from attending or enrolling in classes. Instead, the complaint alleges, Moore sent Jashyah out to panhandle, a...
    HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- New details have been released about the New Jersey mother charged with abuse after she reported her 14-year-old daughter missing.Eyewitness News obtained the criminal complaint against 39-year-old Jamie Moore on Monday following her arrest last weekShe is charged with child endangerment and accused of physical abuse and neglect.Moore is accused of stabbing the teen with a steak knife, spraying her in the face with bleach, pulling out her braids and hitting her in the head with a frying pan.She also allegedly hit her daughter with hangers and a broom handle and put her knees on her neck so she couldn't breathe.Moore is also accused of educational neglect for not enrolling the 14-year-old in school.The criminal complaint also alleges that Moore forced her daughter to panhandle to ring in a certain amount of money.Prosecutors says the day her daughter left home, Moore told her to find a lost debit card and if she didn't, not to come home.Her daughter was fearful she would be beaten if she returned home without it.Moore's daughter was found last Thursday in...
    A New Jersey mother has been charged with murder after her car was found crashed into a ditch on Tuesday morning, and her two children bound and restrained, dead in their car seats. Police in Hillsborough concluded that 36-year-old Yuhwei Chou, of Skillman, New Jersey, killed her children. She has been charged with murder for the deaths of Samantha Ross, aged seven, and 10-month-old Paul Ross. Their cause of death has not been declared.  Yuhwei Chou, 36, of Skillman, New Jersey, has been charged with murder after her two children - Samantha Ross, seven, and 10-month-old Paul Ross - were found dead in their car seats in her car Chou is currently being held at Somerset County jail (pictured) The family's car was found beside a road by a tow-truck driver, who happened to be passing shortly before 8am on Tuesday.  The driver's father, Robert Long, told CBS that his son called him in a frantic state, having found the mother and two dead children near Mountain View Road. 'He was shook up,' Long said.  'He said he found a lady in...
    JERSEY Shore fans gushed over Nicole “Snooki" Polozzi’s adorable new photo with her daughter Giovanna as the pair looked like “twins.” The 33-year-old celebrated National Daughters Day, as well as Giovanna turning 7, with a sweet snap of the two of them and a fun-filled “cheer party.” 4Credit: Instagram Snooki shares three kids with her husband, Jionni LaValle – sons Lorenzo and Angelo and daughter Giovanna “Sissy.” As the only girl, the 7-year-old was front and center on her mom’s Instagram for National Daughters Day on Saturday, with the two posing in their cheerleading practice attire. They matched in white sneakers, black shorts, and large polka-dot bows in their hair, with only their shirts differing as Sissy wore a white T-shirt and Snooki had on a black “cheer mom” tee. The Jersey Shore star captioned the cute snap: “My bestie for life ???? #nationaldaughtersday” Her MTV co-star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino sweetly commented: “Beautiful photo ????” Fans were shocked by how similar the mother-and-daughter duo looked, especially as they couldn’t help but notice how youthful Snooki looked.  Most read in...
    A heroic New Jersey woman who drowned while trying to save her neighbors from flash floods last week made one last call to her mom as the floodwaters reached her neck.  Shakia Garrett, 33, had been visiting her neighbors Jose Torres, 71, Rosa Espinal, 72, and their 38-year-old son, Jose, in the city of Elizabeth on Wednesday. She returned home before remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed into the area on Wednesday. But as the floodwaters began to rise, Shakia rushed back to their Oakwood Plaza apartment in an attempt to rescue the family.  But mom Sharon told NJ.com how she got a desperate call from her daughter as flash flooding hit the city, and the apartment complex was overwhelmed. In the brief phone call, Shakia said: 'I can't swim, Mommy.'  'She was crying,' said Sharon, who lives just three miles away. 'We just couldn't get to her.' The four got trapped, and were among the 27 confirmed deaths in New Jersey. Officials are still searching for four others who were swept away in the floods. Shakia Garrett, 33, died in the...
    THE Jersey Shore star Angelina Pivarnick almost slipped out of her bikini in her new photo after having had a boob job and butt lift. 1NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Chris Larangeira and Angelina Pivarnick attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)Credit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in EntertainmentExclusiveAROD’S REBOUND ARod parties with mystery women on same day JLo confirms Ben Affleck romanceBreaking'enough is enough' Britney's longtime manager speaks out after 12 years of silenceDID IT AGAIN Britney fans beg her 'lay low' after she shows nipples in SECOND topless picTEEN-Y BIKINI Teen Mom Farrah Abraham shocks fans with selfie and barely-there bikiniJENNY FROM THE YACHT JLo kisses Ben Affleck as they celebrate 52nd birthday on $110M yachtFATHER LIKE SON Teen Mom Cheyenne says fans are 'rude' for saying son looks like her fiancé More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best...
    HIGHLAND PARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Funeral services were held on Friday night for the New Jersey mother found murdered after an Amber Alert.Family and friends gathered in Highland Park to remember Yasemin Uyar.Police say Uyar and her 2-year-old son, Sebastian, were kidnapped from Rahway two weeks ago by the boy's father, Tyler Rios.The boy and the father were found alive in Tennessee. Uyar's body was later discovered near a highway.ALSO READ | 3 discovered dead inside Farmingville home; baby found aliveEMBED More News Videos Authorities say one man and two women were found shot inside. A baby was found inside the home unharmed. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    A woman who went missing in New Jersey with her son was found dead in a wooded area in Tennessee Saturday, according to authorities. Yasemin Uyar, 24, and her two-year-old son Sebastian Rios, were allegedly abducted Friday by 27-year-old Tyler Rios, the estranged father of Sebastian, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Tyler Rios was pinned as a suspect when Sebastian did not arrive at daycare Friday and Uyar never appeared for work, according to the report. New Jersey State Police issued an Amber Alert after family members failed to locate Uyar and Sebastian. Authorities eventually located Tyler and Sebastian in Monterey, Tennessee, early Saturday morning where Tyler was taken into police custody. UPDATE: Sebastian Rios, the 2-year-old subject of yesterday’s Amber Alert, has been safely located. His father, Tyler Rios is in custody. More information to follow. — Union County Prosecutor’s Office (@UCPONJ) July 10, 2021 Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo said authorities were “relieved that Sebastian Rios has been found safe and that Tyler Rios is in custody” but were desperately looking for Uyar. Uyar’s...
    More On: abductions Wife on Mars: Woman claims she’s dating an alien, fed up with Earthmen Russian man reportedly admits to brutally killing ex-US Marine in Russia Blood evidence links Texas teen to brutal killing of 4-year-old Teen charged with abducting slain 4-year-old claims cops have wrong guy The mother of an abducted toddler boy has been found dead, New Jersey authorities said Sunday, and the tot’s father has been accused of kidnapping the pair. Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, NJ, is accused of abducting Sebastian Rios, 2, and Yasemin Uyar, 24, of Rahway, NJ, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Friday afternoon after the tot didn’t show up for day care and his mom didn’t arrive at work.  Prosecutors said they found the child Saturday in Monterey, Tenn., where his dad was nabbed. Uyar’s body was found the same day in a wooded area off Interstate 40, they said. Uyar’s mother, Karen Uyar, claimed Rios told authorities where the body was, NJ.com reported. She recalled her daughter as a “great mom.”...
    JERSEY Shore fans think Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's newborn son, Romeo, already looks like his twin in an adorable new photo. Mike and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their first child at the end of May. 12JERSEY Shore fans think Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino's newborn son, Romeo, already looks like his twin in an adorable new photoCredit: Instagram 12Credit: Instagram 12Mike and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their first child at the end of MayCredit: Instagram/Mike Sorrentino Romeo's Instagram account, run by Lauren, shared a pic of the baby captioned: "Just popping in to say hi." Followers commented: "Looking like daddy sitch." Others wrote: "Just like him!" More agreed: "Omgggggggg. he looks like a mini Mike here!!" 12Credit: Instagram 12Credit: Instagram 12Credit: Instagram 12Credit: Instagram Other fans added: "Holy moly! It’s a mini Mike!" Another follower weighed in: "Daddy’s twin for realllll" Others went on: "Literally if you photoshopped Mikes's face onto baby sitch." Over the weekend, Mike celebrated turning 39 years old in a sweet birthday post with Romeo 12Romeo was born and weighed in at six pounds, eight ounces, and...
    More On: murders Louisiana rapper shot dead by members of a rival group SC man murdered with mom had drunken alter ego: report Son of prominent SC legal family found murdered with mom may have been target Blood evidence links Texas teen to brutal killing of 4-year-old A New Jersey man who raped and killed a 7-year-old Girl Scout after she knocked on his door to sell him cookies has died in prison, reports said. Joseph McGowan was sentenced to life in prison following the 1973 murder of Joan D’Alessandro and died June 5 while serving out his term at the South Woods State Prison in Cumberland County, the New Jersey Department of Corrections said, according to NorthJersey.com.  His cause of death wasn’t immediately known.   McGowan was working as a chemistry teacher and lived three doors down from Joan at the time of her death, the outlet said.  “She said, ‘Goodbye, Mommy. I’ll be right back,’” mom Rosemarie D’Alessandro told News 12 of her daughter’s last words to her.  McGowan admitted to the murder and little Joan’s body was...
    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Sunday will be an extra special Mother’s Day for one New Jersey family. A little boy’s life was saved thanks to a selfless gift from his mom. READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Vlad Mosyuk Killed In New City Car Crash Paul Kudowitz is doing what every 7-year-old should be doing — bouncing up and down, exploring with curiosity and letting loose with the people who love him. His hugs and all his little boy energy are not something parents Laura and Brian take for granted. “The truth is that while I was pregnant, you know, there was really no guarantee he would survive,” Laura Kudowitz told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. Paul did survive, but he was born with a rare kidney condition that affects 1 in 5,000 people. It would only be a matter of time before he needed a transplant. “Our biggest prayer was that one of us would be a match,” Laura Kudowitz said. The Englewood family’s prayer was answered at the height of the pandemic last spring when they found out Mom was a match. The...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- A mother from New Jersey is sharing her emotional journey a year after giving birth to her baby daughter while in a coma, fighting COVID-19."I was like hey girl, I'm going to take care of you, I love you. Don't be afraid, everything is going to be ok," Donna Molina said.Everything is better than okay, on the first birthday for Harley. But her little life didn't start out that way."She's my only girl, I've got three sons," Molina said while in tears. "You're here one day and you could be gone the next."Last year, Molina became infected with COVID when she was pregnant with Harley, delivering her two months prematurely.EMBED More News Videos Toni Yates has more on a woman in New Jersey who met her baby for the very first time Thursday after going into a coma while battling COVID-19. The 33-year-old mother was in an induced coma for 11 days and had to be separated from her newborn for almost 40 days, just to be sure there was no threat of the virus."They did...
    CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) – Two young girls got quite the surprise in Cape May. And it was an extra special birthday for one of them! She got the best present anyone could ask for. Their military mother returned from overseas. READ MORE: Lots Of Screaming: Witness Recalls Moment Father, 2 Children Plunged 15 Feet From Camelback Chairlift Eyewitness News was at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School on Monday. READ MORE: Man Robbed Of More Than $300,000 Worth Of Jewelry Outside Byblos Restaurant And Hookah Bar In Rittenhouse, Philadelphia Police Say Christine Czaja is a chief warrant officer with the New Jersey Army National Guard. She has been stationed overseas since last June. She returned home to surprise her two daughters, Skylar and Riley. MORE NEWS: Officer-Involved Shooting Outside Convenience Store In Hamilton Township Sends Suspect To Hospital Officer Czaja also brought birthday cupcakes for Skylar’s class.
    CARTERET, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey on Wednesday were investigating after a child was killed and his mother was injured in an attack by two dogs. Few details have been released about the attack, which occured Tuesday at a home on Laurel Street. The 3-year-old and his mother were flown to a hospital. In a joint statement, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Police Chief Dennis McFadden said a preliminary investigation determined the 3-year-old died and his mother was seriously injured. Authorities have not released their names. Officials have not said if the dogs belonged to the family. In a statement, Mayor Dan Reiman said “prayers are with the family affected. ” The investigation was ongoing. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Jersey, Associated PressRelated ArticlesBest StatesTax Revenues Up 6.5%Best States10 States With the Highest Incarceration RatesBest States10 Least Obese StatesBest States5 Facts From the Best States RankingsBest StatesPandemic Is States’ Most Pressing IssueBest StatesThe 10 Richest StatesBest States Rankings #1Washington #2Minnesota ...
    A New Jersey mom who spent nearly half of her life addicted to heroin and crack is fighting for custody of her 9-year-old daughter after three years of sobriety. Madison McManus was 15 years old when her then-boyfriend introduced her to the hard drugs  "I was always very self conscious and never felt comfortable in my own skin," the now-28-year-old said. "I felt like I wasn't a part of. But alcohol and drugs brought me out of myself.  "They were like a temporary mask and I didn't have to worry about if I was good enough or going to fit in. I didn't care." Avoiding the social pressures of adolescence felt euphoric, McManus said. It didn't take long for things to spiral out of control, though, landing McManus in rehab several times. When McManus turned 19, she became pregnant with her daughter and stopped using. But after her daughter was born, McManus began using again. "I didn’t know it was a relapse because I didn’t know anything about recovery," the mom says. "It got out of control when my daughter...
    A New Jersey mom who spent nearly half of her life addicted to heroin and crack is fighting for custody of her 9-year-old daughter after three years of sobriety. Madison McManus was 15 years old when her then-boyfriend introduced her to the hard drugs  "I was always very self conscious and never felt comfortable in my own skin," the now-28-year-old said. "I felt like I wasn't a part of. But alcohol and drugs brought me out of myself.  "They were like a temporary mask and I didn't have to worry about if I was good enough or going to fit in. I didn't care." Avoiding the social pressures of adolescence felt euphoric, McManus said. It didn't take long for things to spiral out of control, though, landing McManus in rehab several times. When McManus turned 19, she became pregnant with her daughter and stopped using. But after her daughter was born, McManus began using again. "I didn’t know it was a relapse because I didn’t know anything about recovery," the mom says. "It got out of control when my daughter...
    PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- There are 19 new members of the Paterson police -- including one woman who now joins her mother in making history in the department.The men and women graduated Tuesday from the Essex County Academy to officially become officers.The diverse class included one woman who is no stranger to the force. She will now serve alongside her mother who is a sergeant and has been with Paterson police for 16 years.They are the first mother-daughter pair in the department's history.ALSO READ | Meet the New Jersey woman blazing a trail for female firefightersEMBED More News Videos Crystal Cranmore reports on Battalion Chief Audra Carter. "Considering that this is a male-dominated field, it's just interesting to see that by coincidence, we're the first mother and daughter, she has made a big change in the Paterson Police Department and I plan to do the same," Officer Waleska Herrera said.Herrera has worked for this moment her entire life and studied criminal justice both in high school and college.As for her mom's best advice? Listen to you senior officers.ALSO READ...
    PATERSON, N.J. -- On one of the hardest days of their lives, the family of Joanna Jimenez talked about their last joyous gathering - her baby shower.Baby Ashton was born Feb. 13 - it was an emergency delivery because Jimenez was battling COVID. His mom lost her battle, never having the chance to hold, in her arms, the baby she carried with care for nearly nine months.Jimenez leaves behind her three boys -- 15-year-old Jordan, 18-month-old Christian, baby Ashton. She also leaves behind her devastated husband, Chad Augustus."I'm just trying to stay strong...every day I want to let my emotions out, but I'm trying to stay strong for the kids and the family," said Augustus.The family has started a GoFundMe page to help her three boys begin their lives, without the mother that family and friends called "the glue of the gathering.""I've had so many experiences and memories with her - she's always been by my side," said best friend Cynthia Sanchez."I'm so proud of her for the woman she became after she had kids - she dedicated her life...
    PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- On one of the hardest days of their lives, the family of Joanna Jimenez talked about their last joyous gathering - her baby shower.Baby Ashton was born February 13 - it was an emergency delivery because Jimenez was battling COVID. His mom lost her battle, never having the chance to hold, in her arms, the baby she carried with care for nearly nine months.Jimenez leaves behind her three boys -- 15-year-old Jordan, 18-month-old Christian, baby Ashton. She also leaves behind her devastated husband, Chad Augustus."I'm just trying to stay strong...every day I want to let my emotions out, but I'm trying to stay strong for the kids and the family," said Augustus.The family has started a GoFundMe page to help her three boys begin their lives, without the mother that family and friends called 'the glue of the gathering.'"I've had so many experiences and memories with her - she's always been by my side," said best friend Cynthia Sanchez."I'm so proud of her for the woman she became after she had kids - she dedicated...
    The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey pond after her six-year-old boy was discovered screaming out for help nearby.  Police were called to Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening.  There they found the bodies of the mom and her son, 11, in the pond 'with footprints going into the water', acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll told NBC.  The woman's younger boy was unharmed.  It is not clear why the mother and her two sons, who have not been named, were at the park and why two of them entered the water.  DailyMail.com has contacted the Morris County Prosecutor for comment.  The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey river with her six-year-old boy left screaming out for help nearby Police discovered the youngster alone in Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening. He was unharmed. They then found the bodies of his mom and brother in the pond 'with footprints, pictured, going into the water', acting Morris...
    THE Real Housewives of New Jersey is returning to Bravo after the last season finished in February 2020. Season 11 of the show promises to deliver a host of emotional episodes like fans have never seen. 5The Real Housewives of New Jersey castCredit: TV Company When is season 11 of RHONJ? The new season of RHONJ premieres on Wednesday, February 17 at 9/8c. This season's drama will air on Bravo on Wednesday nights at 9 pm. 5Teresa Guidice on an episode of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New JerseyCredit: Bravo Who will be on this season? Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jackie Goldschneider, and Jennifer Aydin are all returning for what is sure to be a "very emotional" Season 11. In the season premiere, Teresa Giudice and her daughters start a new chapter in their lives after "tragically losing her father and ending her marriage." 5Dina Manzo, Amber Marchese, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Nicole NapolitanoCredit: Getty - Contributor Giudice was deported to Italy after serving time in prison for tax fraud and is in talks to film his own reality show in the European country. "Ready to get back in the dating...
    BOUND BROOK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A mother from New Jersey is accused of murdering her four-year-old son.Elina Gutti, 38, of South Bound Brook called 911 early Saturday morning, saying she had injuries to her wrist.When police responded, they found her son, Aiden Singhania, in his bedroom with severe lacerations. He was pronounced dead a short time later.Police recovered a knife at the scene.Gutti is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.ALSO READ | Woman rescued from Hudson River after sneaking on pier to take picturesEMBED More News Videos A woman was rescued from the Hudson River after sneaking onto a pier to take pictures. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    GLEN ROCK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The COVID vaccine offers hope for this pandemic, but the coronavirus is still destroying families. CBS2’s Nick Caloway spoke to Nancy Hubbard, a United States Postal Service worker in New Jersey who is reeling after losing two loved ones in the last month. “I mean, she was just the best. I mean, the absolute best,” Hubbard said. That’s how she describes her twin sister and best friend, Penny. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage They loved to meet their favorite soap stars, and they loved animals. Then earlier this month, the coronavirus devastated their family. “I thought I just was sick. Then it turned out to be COVID. Then...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/CNN) — A New Jersey nurse said it took one family member letting their guard down “for one second” for COVID-19 to infect seven of the eight people in her household. Sofia Burke spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon through an oxygen mask Wednesday. (credit: CNN) She said she had been treating coronavirus patients throughout the pandemic, but now she and members of her family — from her 2-year-old diabetic daughter to her now-deceased 98-year-old father — are among the more than 13.9 million people who have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States. In light of the recent surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, health experts have cautioned that gathering for the holidays could make things much worse. And Burke is now among those urging Americans to take the virus seriously. “We’re fighting a virus, we’re fighting a pandemic that will kill us,” she said. “We need to fight together to save our individual families.” Her family’s infections began with an act of kindness, Burke said. Her mother gave a ride to an elderly, sick friend who said she...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- A nurse in New Jersey is speaking out from her hospital bed, after COVID spread through her family.Nurse Sofia Burke lost her father to the virus last week.She says her family became infected after her mother "let her guard down for one moment" and gave a friend a ride home."My mother is home with oxygen unable to breathe on her own after being in the hospital for six days," Burke said. "My child, my two year old with diabetes, contracted the virus. She had to endure high fever and now has COVID."Burke says everyone needs to take the virus seriously."This thing is so real. You can't let your guard down for one second," she warns.MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGEDo you have coronavirus symptoms?Where to get tested for COVID-19 coronavirusNew CDC guidelines on masksHow coronavirus changed the New York regionUPDATES New York CityNew JerseyLong IslandWestchester and Hudson ValleyConnecticut Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirusSubmit a News Tip
    A New Jersey man has been arrested in Florida and charged with shooting to death his ex-girlfriend, more than a month after the woman was found laying mortally wounded in the middle of the street.   Eric Seddens, 38, of Camden, was charged on Monday with one count of first-degree murder and one count of third-degree absconding parole stemming from the September killing of 33-year-old Ashley Allen. Police responded to the intersection of 8th and Walnut street in Camden on September 29 shortly before midnight for a report of an injured woman laying in the road.  Eric Seddens, 38 (left), has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Allen, 33 (right) in New Jersey in late September  Allen was found mortally wounded at this intersection of 8th and Walnut streets in Camden, New Jersey, on September 29  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Dramatic moment off-duty NYPD cop shoots a 28-year-old... Reporter covering grisly discovery of human remains in... Share this article Share Allen, a...
    ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) -- The death toll now stands at four, including three children, after two additional bodies were found Tuesday following a five-alarm fire that tore through a building in New Jersey.The flames broke out around 6 p.m. Monday in a building on Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth that includes apartments and commercial space, apparently traced to a soda machine in a first-floor dollar store.Rescue efforts were impeded by locked bars on a converted door and an incredible amount of smoke."The fire and police department did a miraculous job early, but the smoke overcame them," said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, who called it a "sad day."RELATED | 2 workers rescued from dangling scaffolding in Lower ManhattanEMBED More News Videos Kemberley Richardson has more on a daring rescue that saved two workers hanging from a scaffolding in Lower Manhattan. The youngest victim was identified as 8-year-old Daniela Marquez, while her 10-year-old sister Paola was among those found Tuesday morning.Their mother, Merlyn Vasquez, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.A family friend, 11-year-old Elizabeth Correas, was also killed, along...
    In the past week or so, four states — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Mexico — have categorized Colorado as a high-risk location because of rising COVID-19 rates, and mandated that visitors from Colorado quarantine prior to moving freely within their borders. While some of the numbers that led to Colorado's recent undesirable status have started to moderate, the latest figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show that current hospitalizations have risen to a level not seen for months. Here are the COVID-19 stats in major categories as updated by the CDPHE at 4 p.m. October 4, juxtaposed with those from one week earlier. 73,076 cases (up 3,367 from September 27) 7,673 hospitalizations (up 150 from September 27) 64 counties (unchanged) 2,068 deaths among cases (up 27 from September 27) 1,968 deaths due to COVID-19 (up 28 from September 27) 798 outbreaks (up 62 from September 27) Related Stories Polis: White House COVID-19 Safety Protocols Weren't Good Enough Jared Polis's Mom on Trump Racism and New Hate Groups Film COVID-19: Greek House Sh*t Show...
    Foodgod — the Kim Kardashian friend who legally changed his name from Jonathan Cheban —  says he was robbed of a $250,000 watch when two goons with guns held him up in New Jersey Sunday, a report said. The 46-year-old victim — who had “Foodgod” tattooed on his arm while Kardashian filmed it on Snapchat — told cops he was arriving at his friend’s house Sunday night in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. when two young men approached him, his mom and a friend in the driveway asking what time it was, according to a TMZ report. Foodgod told his mom and friend to go inside, as one of the men cornered them between cars and pointed a gun at his mom’s head, the report said, citing Foodgod’s recounting to police. Foodgod asked the man what he wanted and the man went for his pricey Richard Mille timepiece, all while a second man with a gun stood nearby, the outlet reported. The unmasked gunmen fled on foot when neighbors came out to see what was going on, the report said. Sources...
    New Jersey college officers need dad and mom to construct up “masks endurance” of their children earlier than the beginning of the brand new educational 12 months, in line with a report. With many districts set to require close to fixed masks use to mitigate coronavirus considerations, performing Summit superintendent Robert Gardella recommended mothers and dads to get their children used to them now earlier than they hit the hallways. “Please discover reusable/washable face coverings that your little one is snug carrying and progressively construct up the period of time they’ll tolerate carrying them,” Gardella wrote earlier this month. Mother and father and academics have puzzled how amenable college students will likely be to maintaining the coverings on whereas in class buildings – particularly youthful and extra stressed children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has beneficial that each one youngsters older than 2 put on masks. Consultants have provided tricks to dad and mom who need their children to embrace masks, from having them put them on their dolls and toys to stressing that superheroes usually have parts of...
    AN 8-year-old girl and two adults were found dead in the swimming pool of a New Jersey home, cops have confirmed. An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of their deaths following the grim discovery at the property on Clearview Road in East Brunswick,NJ, on Monday afternoon. 3 Police are investigating following the grim discovery at a house on Clearview Road in East Brunswick, NJCredit: NBC New York 3 Responders found the three victims submerged in about 4ft of water in an oval-shaped pool at the propertyCredit: NBC New York A 911 call was received at around 4.18pm from a neighbor reporting a possible fall victim after they heard screams. However, when emergency responders arrived, they found the three victims submerged in about 4ft of water in an oval-shaped pool, with forces now investigating a drowning. Alongside the young child, the other bodies were identified as the girl’s 32-year-old mother and 62-year-old uncle. Speaking at a press conference outside the property, Lieutenant Frank Sutter said: “A neighbor heard screaming and dialled 911. "It came in as a fall...
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