October 16, 2023 ONNJ Top Stories

Grandma Stabbed 5-year-old Granddaughter

A Passaic County woman is facing multiple charges after prosecutors said she stabbed her 5-year-old granddaughter multiple times. On October 11, Paterson Police responded to a reported stabbing, where they found a 5-year-old girl with multiple stab wounds. The girl’s grandmother, Aurora Villacorta, is being held in a local jail. No motive was given for the attack. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said the child was in stable condition Thursday morning. The police report says Villacorta is being held with the following charges: Aggravated Assault, Secon Degree; Aggravated Assault, Third Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Fourth Degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Third Degree; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Second Degree.”

ANCHOR Tax Payments Going Out This Week

New Jersey began paying out the latest round of ANCHOR property tax rebates. The Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) is a property tax relief that was established by the Governor and legislature last year. State officials announced that the first 700-thousand eligible residents should start seeing the money in their bank accounts, with paper checks going out this week.

Murphy on a 9-day Trade Mission in Asia

Governor Murphy is currently overseas in Asia on a 9-day trade mission. He and an entourage of government and business leaders from the Garden State will visit Japan and South Korea in a series of overseas economic missions. Murphy has previously visited Israel, Germany, India, and Ireland on similar trips.

Nurses Back at Bargaining Table

Union leaders for 17-hundred striking nurses at RWJ Barnabas in New Brunswick returned to the bargaining table Sunday, 73 days after their walkout started.

The two sides met all day Tuesday and Wednesday without reaching an agreement. Hospital officials have spent $87 million on replacement nurses since the strike began. Staffing levels at the hospital remain the sticking point for the Nurses Union.


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