Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg agreed to hold a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie next month at Zuckerberg’s California home. In 2010, Zuckerberg, Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker hammered out the details of a $100 million donation the youthful billionaire made to the city’s schools.
The Wall Street Journal reported which would be Newark’s first. A company spokesman for the world’s largest retailer denied there were any imminent plans to build, however.
Police safely disarmed a city youth who had allegedly pointed a shotgun at them. Police Director Samuel Demaio praised the officers for their restraint.
The city sadly saw its first murders of the New Year almost immediately. Among the victims was a 16-year-old boy killed on Court Street, a West Orange man and an Ironbound resident. A Paterson woman was found strangled this past Sunday.
Under a new plan rolled out this month, retailers are now allowed to charge a fee of up to 4 percent on credit card purchases. Retailers charging the fee are obligated to notify customers.
A 64-year-old woman was arrested on drug charges this month, one suspect among a number picked up by the Newark Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Team.
Six teenagers were charged in a carjacking Jan. 14.
The first baby born at Belleville's Clara Maass Medical Center this year was a Newarker, a boy named Preston Zion Parsons.
A man was arrested this month on charges he impersonated a police officer in order to carry out a robbery.
Authorities arrested several people in a multimillion dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving properties in Newark and Elizabeth.