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State Wrap: Antifreeze Death, Murder Case Cracked, Bat Lawsuit

Other top stories include the takedown of an alleged organized crime syndicate that police say has solved a 2004 murder and more evidence that Newark mayor Cory Booker might take a run at governor in 2013.

A Brooklawn woman is accused of fatally poisoning her grandmother-in-law with antifreeze during a visit to the Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, where the victim had been recovering after a fall.

The company that makes Louisville Slugger baseball bats, along with The Sports Authority and the New Jersey State Little League, have settled a lawsuit with a former Little Leaguer from Wayne for $14.5 million. Steven Domalewski, who suffered brain damage after he was struck in the chest between heartbeats by a line drive in 2006, will receive more than $9 million.

Three members of a violent New York City organized crime ring were charged this week in the 2004 ambush killing of an Englewood father gunned down in his driveway, city police said Thursday. 

A Galloway man confessed at least five times that he threw his 3-month-old daughter off a Garden State Parkway bridge and into a river in February 2010, a jury heard Friday in New Brunswick, according to The Star-Ledger.

Newark mayor Cory Booker and his political consultant Mark Matzen have reportedly been meeting with state Democratic county chairs to discuss challenging Republican Gov. Chris Christie in 2013, according to PolitickerNJ.

Four Toms River men were arrested Thursday at a motor vehicle stop that police said allegedly turned up more than 1,500 bags of heroin.

Two Bergen County police officers were indicted Monday on charges they worked to hide evidence and lied to investigators following a six-town car chase where one officer allegedly opened fire on a burglary suspect in Bogota.

A 13-year-old Newark boy is dead after the car police said he and three other juveniles took in an armed carjacking crashed in Irvington after a 10-minute police chase through Essex County. 

Garfield Woman Sues State, Operator of Newark Halfway House Following Sister's Murder

A Garfield woman is suing the state and the operator of a halfway house for wrongful death following the 2010 murder of her sister allegedly by a parolee who had been staying at one of the state's privatized correctional facilities. [NorthJersey.com]

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