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Suspect arrested in New Jersey highway killing

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A 34-year-old man has been accused of gunning down a mother as she drove on a New Jersey highway late Thursday, and prosecutors said they are looking into whether he is connected to two other shootings in the Garden State.

A 34-year-old man has been accused of gunning down a mother as she drove on a New Jersey highway late Thursday, and prosecutors said they are looking into whether he is connected to two other shootings in the Garden State.

Kader Mustafa was charged with murder, attempted murder and weapons crimes in the shooting death of 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun in Freehold, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutors said Mustafa allegedly shot Calhoun as she drove her car onto Halls Mills Road from the New Jersey highway Route 33 bypass from his car, a white 2005 Chevrolet Impala. She was pronounced dead about an hour after the shooting. Her boyfriend and 1-year-old daughter, both also in the car at the time, were unharmed. NBC New York reported.

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Authorities said before Mustafa’s arrest that the shooting appeared to be random.

“We have no information to suggest any nexus to terrorism at this time,” assistant Monmouth County prosecutor Lori Linksey said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Calhoun’s family said they were relieved an arrest has been made.



“I can’t even explain who this person, where he came from, but I’m glad y’all caught him,” said the victim’s uncle, Robert Calhoun.

A prosecutor’s spokesman also said earlier Friday Mustafa was considered a “serial” random shooter. Authorities said later in the day they’re still conducting ballistic tests to determine if Mustafa, who was detained in his vehicle about 8 a.m. Friday could be linked to shootings in Neptune on April 27 and Holmdel on Saturday; no one was hurt in either episode.

Prosecutors added Friday that Mustafa was not involved in the killing of Earl Sanders, a barber who was gunned down while driving in Colts Neck on Sunday.

According to authorities, Mustafa had been discharged from Monmouth Mental Center on Sunday after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed mental issue.

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Attorney information for Mustafa wasn’t immediately available.

Neighbors on his quiet Freehold block said they never saw any indications that he was violent.

“He was a nice guy,” Mike O’Flaherty told News 4. “Seemed like an everyday, normal guy.”

Prosecutors are asking anyone with information about Mustafa or the shootings to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443.

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18th street gang members charged for killing of MS-13 gang rival in Queens

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A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

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According to U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York and detailed in court filings, the defendants are members and associates of the Jamaica, Queens and Kingston, New York chapters of the violent 18th street gang.



On the night of February 2, 2018, a victim, known to the grand jury as John Doe 2, was discovered in the vicinity of 160th Street and 85th Avenue in the Jamaica Hills section of Queens. The victim had been shot multiple times in the head and torso.

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Few days after the murder, Cruz-Mateo admitted in text messages to shooting the victim because he believed the victim was a member of the rival MS-13 gang. Sierra, Chacon, and Ramirez are charged with the murder conspiracy of John Doe 2, along with Cruz-Mateo.

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Missing New York music teacher found dead in woods

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The body of a missing New York City public school music teacher has been found in the woods in the Catskills

The body of a missing New York City public school music teacher has been found in the woods in the Catskills. NBC New York reported.

Keith Johnson, 46, of Queens has not been seen since May 4, when he was spotted in his 2006 gray Hyundai Elantra near P.S. 29, the school where he taught in College Point, according to New York police.

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Johnson, who regularly went hiking and camping, taught music at P.S. 29, and had no mental illness or drug history, sources said. Police previously said his disappearance appeared to be suspicious.



His body was found near Shandaken, a town in Catskill Park in Ulster County. His car was found Saturday afternoon near a hiking trail. The region is known for its hiking.

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It wasn’t clear how music teacher Johnson died. The investigation is ongoing.

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3 police officers sickened after encountering dead body in motel room

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Three Georgia police officers were sickened by an unknown chemical after encountering a dead body in a motel room, officials said.

Three Georgia police officers were sickened by an unknown chemical after encountering a dead body in a motel room, officials said.

Officials were called to the United Inn & Suites in Decatur just after 4 p.m. about a dead body in a motel room on the third floor, according to FOX News. Three Dekalb County police officers entered the room and reported feeling dizzy and nauseous after coming into contact with the chemical that had killed a 48-year-old man in the room.

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“Something in there made the officers sick,” Fire Capt. Eric Jackson said. “We have no idea what, none whatsoever.”

The officers were taken to the hospital and were said to be conscious and alert Saturday night.

Hotel guests near the contaminated room were evacuated shortly after the incident.



“The police were telling us to leave,” one guest told FOX5. “We’ve been out of our room for three hours… What was really the cause?”

HAZMAT crews arrived at the scene and took samples of the substance. Agents with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the incident to identify the chemical.

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An autopsy will be conducted to determine the man’s cause of death, which is not being treated as a homicide.

Police did not release his name as of Sunday, and it’s unclear if the man was exposed to the substance accidentally or on purpose.

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