Monmouth County soil inspector is charged with taking a bribe

Apparently there’s such a thing as an inspector for the Freehold Soil Conservation District, and police said a guy with that job – whatever it is he does – took a bribe.

Three college students are accused of trying to steal 35 pumpkins

A witness said the three Rider University students had loaded their car with so many pumpkins from a church pumpkin patch that they could barely close the trunk.

Suspect charged in South Village senior housing fire in Trenton

Police say Gerald Hill, 35, tried to set his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend’s building on fire. … And what were these two doing in a senior housing complex, anyway?

Man charged with stealing replica of 19th century paddle boat

State Marine Police answered a report of someone stealing a 58-foot, double-decker paddle wheel boat that’s currently used for booze cruises near Ocean City.

Man falls into Hamilton canal allegedly while running from police

The man, who was not identified, was stopped for reasons that were also not identified. He allegedly ran from his car, climbed a fence and fell into the canal.

Mysterious gasoline fire lit in Trenton senior apartment complex

The fire started in a third-floor hallway of the South Village II complex in Trenton’s South Ward. Sprinklers put it out almost right away, but the cause is still unknown.

Youth group leader endangered kids?

A Newark youth group leader brought more than a dozen teens and pre-teens to Toms River on Saturday to sell products door-to-door. By early evening, calls were coming into the police about three kids who seemed abandoned.

Girls softball team has hotel paid for with stolen credit card

Prosecutors say Andre Harris, a team manager with the New Jersey Thunder, paid for hotel rooms in Florida with a stolen Discover card belonging to a woman in California.

Seven arrests from just three grams of crack at a raid in Trenton

Police started investigating a possible crack house on Tremont Street last month, and finally busted it up Tuesday night, charging the tenant, the owner and five others.

Criminal charges are dropped in Trenton police holding cell death

As police continue investigating whether jail staff falsified records to cover up lax patrol of cells, prosecutors decided not to pursue it as a criminal matter.