President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert resigned Tuesday in the latest White House shakeup. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Trump was “grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.” Bossert was the point person in the White House on protecting the nation from terror and cyber threats. He also helped spearhead the administration’s response to last year’s hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Girls jump from balcony to escape N.J. dance studio fire: Authorities in Bergen County said several girls jumped from a balcony to escape a fire at a dance studio. The fire happened about 7 p.m. Monday at a multiuse building in Edgewater. Business owner Tony Nehmi told NJ.com he and Edgewater Police Officer Jimmy Dalton were able to help some of the girls down with ladders before they fell. Video shows other girls jumping from the balcony to escape the blaze. The fire was contained about two hours later. Mayor Michael McPartland says about 15 girls were treated for minor injuries.
Gloucester Twp. man faces new charges after regurgitating heroin: Police said a Gloucester Township man arrested on drug charges is facing new counts after county jail guards discovered that he had ingested — and then regurgitated into his mouth — 32 bags of heroin. Township police said officers saw a car traveling at high speed through a work area veer into a parking lot after spotting a police vehicle. The car was stopped and 24-year-old Michael Rosario arrested on outstanding warrants and alleged possession of six bags of heroin and 13 empty bags containing heroin residue. Rosario was taken to the Camden County jail, where guards saw he had regurgitated into his mouth a plastic bag containing 32 additional bags of heroin. He was treated at a hospital and returned to jail.
N.J. man abused puppy, raised funds to pay vet bills, police say: Authorities say a Burlington County man fatally abused his puppy and then raised more than $14,000 through an online fundraiser to pay for the dog’s veterinary care. The investigation into Reid Herjo began in January, when the 24-year-old Shamong Township man was stopped for speeding by Medford police. He told them his German shepherd pup had been struck and injured by an ATV and he was taking it to the vet. Authorities eventually determined the dog had been severely abused and Herjo had caused several fractures and hemorrhaging that required surgery. The dog died Feb. 3 while in Herjo’s care. Herjo was recently charged with animal cruelty and theft by deception.
Bill proposed in N.J. would expand pet owners’ legal recourse: Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a bill that would provide pet owners more legal options when their pets are injured or killed. The Courier News reported attorney and Republican 12th District congressional candidate Daryl Kipnis introduced “Scuffles Law” on Friday. The bill is named after an English bulldog that died last year after a grooming at a PetSmart in Flemington. According to Kipnis, state law only allows pet owners to recover economic damages against a party that harmed their pet. Kipnis said his proposal would give pet owners the opportunity to sue for statutory damages of as much as $10,000 and punitive damages based on emotional distress. The announcement of the bill follows reports of a corgi that died in March at a Toms River PetSmart.
Lawsuit alleges N.J. Catholic school covered up wrestling coaches’ abuse: A former wrestler has sued his Catholic high school, claiming the New Jersey school and church officials conspired to cover up sexual and verbal abuse in its nationally recognized wrestling program. The suit filed Monday alleges Bergen Catholic High School wrestling coaches shared pornographic images with team members, watched wrestlers strip naked and sent athletes inappropriate text messages. It also claims school and Archdiocese of Newark officials worked to shield the coaches. In a statement issued Monday, Brother Brian Walsh — president of the school in Oradell — said the suit was “based on allegations that are unfounded, frivolous and untrue.”
Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore countersues accuser: Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is countersuing a woman who said he sexually touched her when she was 14 and he was 32. Attorneys for Moore filed the defamation counterclaim Monday against Leigh Corfman — who has an ongoing defamation lawsuit against Moore — denying the accusations of misconduct raised by Corfman in an interview with the Washington Post. Corfman is among several women who say Moore romantically or sexually pursued them decades ago when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.
U.S. awards $18.5 billion in recovery grants for Puerto Rico: The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will award $18.5 billion worth of disaster recovery grants to Puerto Rico to help repair homes, businesses and its crumbling power grid as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. It is the largest single amount for such assistance ever awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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——, said Deputy Secretary Pamela Patenaude during a visit to the U.S. territory. “Our goal is to get people back into their homes, get people back to work and to build a stronger Puerto Rico for future generations,” she said.
Effort to move ex-President Polk’s body is revived: The body of former President James K. Polk has been moved three times since he died of cholera in 1849, and now an effort to move it again has taken on a life of its own in the Tennessee Legislature. A much-debated resolution urging that his remains be moved to a fourth resting place appeared dead last month, but was resurrected before winning final approval Monday night in the House. After two moves in the 1800s, the bodies of Polk and his wife, Sarah, were interred on the grounds of the Tennessee Capitol in 1893. The resolution would let them be reinterred at the Polk museum in Columbia, about 50 miles away.