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School Teacher Sex Assaults, Fashionista Suicide Top State News

Other top stories this week include a dentist charged in a multi-million dollar Medicaid scam and a rough week for the commissioner of the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority.

A Pine Hill Middle School teacher, soccer coach and former councilman was indicted on 92 counts of child abuse, including sexual assault and child pornography, authorities announced last week.

Fifth-Grade Teacher Charged with Sex Assault of 10-Year-Old Student

A fifth-grade West Orange teacher was arrested Thursday morning on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to officials at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

Fashionista Penned List Of Women Banned From Funeral Before GWB Plunge

The tragic tale of a 22-year-old aspiring fashion designer who took her own life by jumping from the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday —allegedly a victim of bullying, according to the NY Post — has attracted widespread attention on social networking sites.

Livingston Dentist Charged in $5.5M Medicaid Scam

A dentist from Livingston accused in a scam that bilked more than $5.5M from Medicaid over six years was indicted Thursday, along with six of her alleged accomplices, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Thursday.

County Exec Demands Resignation of Utility Commissioner

It's been a rough week for Ridgewood Village Manager Ken Gabbert. On Monday, Patch broke the news the council majority would call for Gabbert to resign his post on Wednesday night. Then, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan got in on the action, calling for the part-time commissioner of the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority to step down from that post.

Child Porn Indictment Served to Former DPW Super

Former Morristown Department of Public Works Superintendent Charles Jones was indicted on charges of distributing child pornography over the Internet, according to U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

The army veteran son of former Fair Lawn mayor and current Bergen County Freeholder Chairman David Ganz was found dead in his Orlando, Fla. home this week.

West Orange Council President Accepts DWI Plea Deal

West Orange Council President Victor Cirilo accepted a plea deal in Verona Municipal Court Wednesday night on charges stemming from a DWI incident last November.


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