Zuckerberg Fundraiser for Christie, New Credit Card Fees and Walmart in Newark?

A roundup of the most popular stories on Patch in January

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.


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