Panic has gripped Jefferson County, New Jersey, after a deadly green anaconda reportedly about 15 to 16 feet long was spotted roaming about Lake Hopatcong several times in recent weeks.
State officials and other private citizens are now seeking to capture or kill it as the creature can turn extremely deadly when threatened.
Reptile specialist Gerald Andrejcak told NJ.com Friday that he had been tracking media reports about the snake on Facebook, but only learned it was the deadly green anaconda last Thursday, after spotting the reptile just before entering the lake by kayak at a boathouse in the area. more >>
Father's Day turned into a nightmare for an Irvington, New Jersey, woman Sunday while she sat in church waiting for her grandson and his mother to come help her remember his deceased father in a special Father's Day service at Solid Rock Church. Stephon Sydney, his mother and four other family members were wailing for help in a tragic house fire that killed them all.
Iris Sydney learned the devastating news that her grandson, Stephon, and his mother, Noreen Johnson, 43, had perished with four other relatives from a sheriff's deputy who was waiting at her door as she returned from church, according to The Associated Press. The mother and son had travelled all the way from Crawford, Georgia, for the special occasion.
"I can't believe this," said the devastated woman as she clutched a portrait of the boy and his mother and stared at the charred remains of the house where they died Sunday. more >>
Popular actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, 45, is reportedly in critical condition after the limo bus he was traveling in early Saturday morning was involved in a crash along the New Jersey Turnpike that left one person dead and several others injured.
State police told NBC10.com that the limo bus the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" actor was traveling in, overturned at about 1 a.m. Saturday. Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police told CNN that the accident happened in Mercer County.
Authorities report that one person died and seven others are being treated for injuries. more >>
Former actress and abortion counselor Emily Letts, who posted a video on YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical procedure for an early first trimester abortion, is being called out by some pro-life advocates as having possibly faked the video due to its glaring inconsistencies.
Letts, 25, is working as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. Her video has already garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and she also wrote a column that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine to help promote the abortion video.
In 2003, the clinic that employes Letts paid an undisclosed settlement in a malpractice lawsuit that was filed against the facility after the abortionist on staff, Charles Benjamin, performed a second trimester abortion on a 17-year-old student from Pennsylvania without obtaining parental consent. more >>
A New Jersey mayor recently canceled a naturalization event in his town after federal authorities said he could not hold a prayer at the ceremony.
Mayor Daniel Reiman of Carteret, N.J., told local media outlets that officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would not allow him to hold a non-denominational prayer at the beginning of Saturday's ceremony that would celebrate the naturalization of U.S. citizens at Cateret's Burough Hall. For this reason, Reiman canceled the naturalization event and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services moved their ceremony to their Newark office.
"I wasn't going to budge," Reiman told The Star-Ledger, adding that nondenominational prayers have long been a part of official town functions. "It's certainly part of the fabric of our community." more >>
A New Jersey abortion activist who recently filmed her abortion procedure said she did so to show women that "there is such thing as a positive abortion story," adding that to her the procedure felt "as birth-like as it could be."
Emily Letts, a 25-year-old counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, uploaded the video of her abortion procedure to YouTube in March, and Cosmopolitan magazine published an article by Letts, retelling her experience, on May 5.
In the Cosmopolitan article, Letts explained that last November, she unexpectedly became pregnant, and had no long-time partner. Letts writes that after recovering from the shock of realizing she was pregnant, "I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn't ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn't involved in my decision." more >>