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New zip line adventure park coming to N.J.

An Arizona-based adventure park company is expanding to New Jersey Watch video

A long-awaited zip line adventure park in Roxbury is taking a big step forward.

Flagstaff Extreme, an Arizona-based company specializing in the adventure park concept, has agreed to buy two vacant parcels, totaling 48 acres, off Route 46 and Mount Arlington Road.

The deal was announced July 12 by NAI James E. Hanson, a real estate firm representing the seller.

Flagstaff Extreme did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the real estate firm, the company has similar parks throughout the midwest and is seeking to expand to the northeast.

Plans to build a zip line adventure park in Roxbury have been in the works for years. The Roxbury planning board signed off on the concept in 2012, but the initial proposal -- including cargo nets, monkey bridges, swinging ropes and other challenges -- did not materialize.

Told last fall that a new buyer was interested, Roxbury Economic Development Committee (EDC) Chairman Michael Shadiack said he thought the concept had merit, according to TAP Into Roxbury.

"I think it would be a huge draw, something different that would bring people to town and have minimal environmental impact," he told the website.

John J. Schilp, who represented seller Darl Enterprises, LLC, said the existing zip line approval helped facilitate the deal.

"We were able to leverage the location and strong demographics surrounding the area, in addition to the pre-approval, to attract a buyer that could envision the future success of this type of attraction in this market," Schilip said.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:16:00 UTC

Grill counter, fresh sushi. Look inside N.J.'s newest supermarket.

Weis Markets debuts a 54,000-square-foot store at a former A&P location.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:43:00 UTC

Vintage photos: Going 'down the shore' in N.J.

A phrase as 'New Jersey' as 'What exit?"

If you've ever wondered about the etymology of the phrase 'down the shore,' weighs in with an answer:

"In New Jersey, you invariably go "down the shore." Baltimore natives, meanwhile, say they're going "down the ocean" -- but in Baltimorese (make that Bawlmerese), the phrase sounds more like "downy eaushin." The down of "down the shore" and "down the ocean" doesn't necessarily imply a southward journey. As in many dialects along the Eastern Seaboard, 'down' can be used as a preposition indicating movement from the inland toward the shoreline."

MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

Here's a gallery of folks who participated in movement from the inland toward the shoreline in New Jersey, as well as these links to other galleries you may enjoy.

Vintage photos of N.J. folks going 'Down the Shore'

Vintage photos of going down the Shore in N.J.

Vintage photos of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer in N.J.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:30:00 UTC

Cop suspended after threatening to 'do terrible things' to his ex, cops say

Wharton police officer Joseph Lobue was suspended without pay after charges including burglary and terroristic threats.

A police officer has been suspended without pay after accusations that he barged into his ex-girlfriend's home over five straight days, made harassing phone calls and threatened to "do terrible things" to her.

Joseph Lobue, 26, was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, terroristic threats, criminal restraint, stalking and other municipal violations, Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch said in a statement.

Lobue, an officer in the Wharton Police Department, was suspended without pay on July 5, said Lt. David Young, a spokesman.

According to a criminal complaint and probable cause affidavit, Lobue showed up at the woman's house in Andover Township between June 30 to July 4, at night or early in the morning.

The woman reported that Lobue first showed up on the 30th around 2:30 a.m. and "began to harass and berate" her.

"The defendant was advised to not return there as the victim stated the relationship was over," the affidavit says.

But the next day, he arrived at the home again, around 9:30 p.m., and pushed the woman down on the coffee table while trying to get her cell phone. He also allegedly covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from calling for help.

She didn't sleep at her home the next night, but Lobue showed up again "and waited there until very late at night," the affidavit says.

On Independence Day, the woman called police around 3:30 a.m. to report that Lobue broke into her home and was trying to get into her bedroom. Responding officers found a damaged bathroom window and front door.

Lobue will have his first appearance in Sussex County Superior Court on July 25. First Assistant Prosecutor Greg Mueller will represent the state.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:41:57 UTC

Police seek help in unsolved hit-and-run that killed pedestrian

An unidentified man was struck twice on Interstate 80 on Sunday. Police want the public's help finding one of the drivers.

State Police are asking for the public's help as they seek the driver who fled after  hitting a pedestrian, who later died.

A vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 80 in Paterson near milepost 58.9  it struck a man walking in the center lane at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

After the man was struck once, a Honda Civic hit him again, according to police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Honda stayed on the scene and is cooperating with police, but the driver of the first car left the scene after hitting the man, officials said.

Police are still trying to confirm the victim's identity, State Police Spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Jersey State Police Totowa Station at 973-785-9419. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:31:46 UTC