Wednesday's death of a fisherman at Sandy Hook is ruled accidental. A witness told Middletown police that Ronald Moore, 69, of Union, waded into the surf to fetch equipment and was overpowered by waves. Police seek information from anyone who might have seen the incident.

Retired Bordentown Police Chief Frank Nucera edges toward trial, indicted today for civil rights violations stemming to excessive force in a September 2016 arrest. Federal prosecutors are pursuing it as a hate crime.

A Medford minister, accused of molesting minors over a 16-year span, is under medical care following his Wednesday arrest. Harry L. Thomas faces eight charges related to four juveniles between 1999 and 2015.

New Jersey's bear hunt goes into overtime. State environmental officials said that the 97 recorded bear kills doesn't reach the 20 percent of the population that they want to reduce.

The cause of a Neptune Township police officer's death this week has not been disclosed. John Jackson Jr was ex-Navy with 19 years on the force, and also a lifeguard.

Bakers in the Garden State are challenging New Jersey's ban on the retail sale of home-baked goods. They argue in their lawsuit that it denies them the right to profit from their merchandise. New Jersey is the only state that restricts it.

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