WATCH: Reporter April Ryan Has Her Bodyguard Forcibly Remove NBToday Camera and Reporter

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Today’s camera equipment was briefly stolen by a bodyguard who proceeded to violently force this reporter out of a hotel lobby.

Newly-released video shows the bodyguard, Joel Morris, getting physical with the author of this article on August 3 shortly after 8:30pm at the Heldrich Hotel.

The video was handed over to the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) two days later, only after this reporter questioned the department about why it had not yet been retrieved.

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Middlesex County Trial Court Administrator Leaves Position Suddenly For Unknown Reasons

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The top official overseeing the state court system in Middlesex County appears to have been ousted from office abruptly.

Dawn Brevard-Waters first became a Trial Court Administrator (TCA) nearly four years ago, following the retirement of Gregory Edwards, who had served in the role for 45 years.

As TCA, Brevard-Waters was the highest-ranking staff executive in the “vicinage,” which covers all 25 towns in Middlesex County.

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UPDATE: Two Men Injured in Broad Daylight Shooting on Seaman Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police were seen investigating an apparent shooting on Seaman Street in the Fourth Ward around noon on July 25.

New Brunswick Today’s Carlos Ramirez broadcast live from the scene the investigation, located between Livingston Avenue and Drift Street, near the headquarters of the city’s Fire Department.

“Around 40 minutes ago, shots were fired,” said Ramirez at 12:52pm. “EMS was soon seen taking a man into their ambulance. It’s unknown his condition at this moment.”

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Radio Host to Take Over as Mayor’s Spokesman

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Bert Baron, an award-winning radio host in the area, will be joining the administration of Mayor James Cahill.

The AM radio host will take over the role of “public information officer” from Jennifer Bradshaw, who joined Cahill’s team in 2014.

“Upon her return, she will assume a new role in the field of Personnel management with the City’s Administration department, reporting to City Administrator Daniel A. Torrisi,” reads the statement released by the city government on July 24.

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Crane at Hamilton and Easton Collapses Into Homes During Storm

MASSIVE CRANE BUILDING 9-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING DAMAGES HOMES ON HAMILTON AND CONDICT

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A brief storm appears to have downed a massive construction crane, causing serious damage to at least two structures.

The crane at 78 Easton Avenue came down at approximately 7pm on Sunday, July 21. CBS New York’s reported wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour around that time.

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SCOOP: Another New Brunswick Official Quietly Charged in Criminal Bribery Scheme

GUILLERMO QUINONES, JR. BECOMES 4TH NEW BRUNSWICK WATER UTILITY EMPLOYEE CRIMINALLY CHARGED SINCE 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 49-year-old city employee has been charged with bribery and official misconduct in a widening investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Guillermo Quinones, Jr. was quietly hit with the two criminal charges on April 16, making him the fourth Water Utility worker in the administration of Mayor James Cahill to be charged with crimes in the past four years.

One official, who covered up problems with the city’s drinking water, did time in state prison. Two more have pleaded guilty and are awaiting multi-year prison sentences.

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City Fails to Release Environmental Statement After Board Approves Apartments For Contaminated Land

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY WERE NOT CONSULTED BEFORE ZONING BOARD RUSHED TO GRANT APPROVAL TO DEVELOPER TIED TO “DIRTY DIRT” CASE

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city’s Zoning Board unanimously voted to approve plans for a new five-story building that would take over public property for a private purpose, all on a site that requires significant environmental remediation.

In the process, the city’s Acting Planning Director claimed that the Environmental Commission had been consulted, a claim that members of the commission dispute.

City officials also struggled to provide an explanation for why a required environmental statement about the development had been withheld from this newspaper prior to the hearing, and promised to release it swiftly–a promise they went on to break.

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