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County News: Zach Braff in S.O., Medical Marijuana Shop Opens, FBI Seeks Help with Bank Robber

Each week Patch highlights some of the top headlines from around Essex County.

North Caldwell Man Charged With Transporting Explosives Without a Permit

A North Caldwell man was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with transporting a PVC pipe stuffed with explosives without a permit, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Nursing Home Worker Accused of Snapping Pic of Patient's Privates Indicted

A nursing home worker and her friend accused of posting a Facebook photo of an elderly patient's genitalia were indicted Monday, the Attorney General's office announced.

Millburn police are searching for a man who stole almost $80,000 in Rolex watches from Ross Simons in The Mall at Short Hills on Nov. 28. 

Bomb threats at both Roosevelt Middle School and the Jewish Community Center in West Orange forced the evacuation of both buildings Monday, police said.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Montclair

Marijuana has arrived in Montclair. 

Greenleaf Compassion Center, located at 395 Bloomfield Ave., opened this week and became the first medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. 

Caldwell Burglar Linked to Crimes Around State

A man suspected of burglarizing five Caldwell restaurants in March has been tied to more than 150 burglaries in northern New Jersey over the last two years, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Nutley Offering Employment Help to Residents

The Nutley Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday night that the township has six slots available for jobs with the township that could last up to six months and will pay $12,000 for each of the positions.

It might be hard to believe, but Dickens Village has been an annual holiday tradition in Maplewood for 51 years.

Zach Braff Joins South Orange MS Hall of Fame

Zach Braff joined the South Orange Middle School Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Braff was welcomed to his alma mater by current students, staff, and faculty, including teachers who knew him as a teen.

GSP Watchung Ave. Bridge Project Nears Completion

Commuters who pass through the Garden State Parkway's Exit 151 interchange will finally see an end to construction delays. 

Protesters Say No to Walmart in Newark

More than 100 people rallied on the steps of city hall Monday to protest the purported construction of a Walmart along Springfield Avenue, echoing charges heard elsewhere that the retail giant does not provide a decent living for its employees and has a ruinous effect on local economies. 

FBI Seeks Help Identifying TD Bank Robber

The FBI is seeking the public’s help identifying the man who robbed a TD Bank on Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange on Monday.

Police Pursue Leads in Cedar Grove Burglary Investigation

Cedar Grove Police have recovered fingerprints and a glove from car believed to be involved in a Nov. 20 burglary of an Eileen Drive residence, officials said Thursday.

Reward Offered for Information on Murder of Newark Man Last Year

The Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers program is offering an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a 21-year-old city man a year ago. 

State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40th District) told Jersey Central Power & Light officials Wednesday morning their request for a $31.5-million rate hike following Hurricane Sandy was “insulting.”

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