Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Tuesday:

⬛ Prosecutor: NJ man killed his own 80-year-old grandmother

State Street Perth Amboy home registered to homicide victim (Google Maps) Verdette
State Street Perth Amboy home registered to homicide victim (Google Maps)
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A 34-year-old Perth Amboy man has been charged with murder, after his elderly grandmother was found killed in her own home, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Monday evening.

Raymond Maldonado has also been charged with fourth-degree contempt, for violation of a restraining order.

The body of 80-year-old Awilda Verrette was discovered at her State Street residence on Sunday, by a relative who called 911 shortly after 1 p.m.

⬛ NJ court officer accused of stealing $1.5M before move to Florida

Bruce Piekarsky accused of stealing $1.5M (Bergen County Sheriff's Office, Canva)
Bruce Piekarsky accused of stealing $1.5M (Bergen County Sheriff's Office, Canva)
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A longtime court officer from New Jersey has been accused of scamming over $1.5 million dollars from work, before moving south and pursuing a new career as a screenwriter.

Bruce Piekarsky worked for the state Administrative Office of the Courts for a number of years, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

In 2021, Bergen Courts stepped in and took over collecting money in connection with civil court orders previously assigned to Piekarsky.

⬛ Sen. Bob Menendez's defense begins with sister testifying

FILE - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., leaves federal court following the day's proceedings in his bribery trial, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in New York. The sister of Sen. Menendez has come to her brother's defense as the first witness called by his lawyers in the bribery case against Menendez and two New Jersey businessmen. Caridad Gonzalez testified Monday, July 1, three days after prosecutors rested. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister, File)
FILE - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., leaves federal court following the day's proceedings in his bribery trial, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in New York. The sister of Sen. Menendez has come to her brother's defense as the first witness called by his lawyers in the bribery case against Menendez and two New Jersey businessmen. Caridad Gonzalez testified Monday, July 1, three days after prosecutors rested. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez's sister came to her brother’s defense Monday, testifying at the start of the defense presentation at his bribery trial that she wasn't surprised to learn that the Democrat stored cash at home because “it's a Cuban thing.”

Caridad Gonzalez, 80, was called by Menendez's lawyers to support their argument that hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash found in the Menendez's residence during a 2022 raid was not unusual for a man whose parents fled Cuba in 1951 with only the cash hidden at home.

⬛ Man with chainsaw dies weeks after Keansburg, NJ police shooting

Willem Roman (Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals/Google Maps)
Willem Roman (Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals/Google Maps)
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KEANSBURG — A local man who was shot by police on Memorial Day and died over two weeks later has been identified by state officials.

Willem Roman was wielding a running chainsaw when he was shot by a Keansburg police officer on May 27, according to the Attorney General's Office. He died on June 14, the office said on Monday.

Authorities also revealed the identities of the officers involved in the fatal shooting.

⬛ Report: Many folks need more than 1 job to afford a NJ apartment

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New Jersey continues to be one of the nation's most expensive spots for renters, according to a yearly state-by-state report.

With the goal of spending no more than 30% of income on rent, workers would need to earn more than $38 per hour in order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the Garden State, finds the Out of Reach report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

⬛ NJ suspends Trump liquor licenses

Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck
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Liquor licenses have been suspended at two of Donald Trump's golf courses in New jersey.

State officials confirm non-renewals for Trump National facilities in Colts Neck and Bedminster.

State law denies liquor licenses to anyone convicted of a felony involving 'moral turpitude.' Trump's conviction for paying hush money to a porn star could qualify.

A hearing on the matter will be held later this month. Interim liquor permits have been issued until then.

NJ Mosquitos and what colors make them bite you the most

Plus the colors that help repel them.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

17 towns in NJ among 100 hottest real estate markets

New Jersey locations that made the Top 100 list by Realtor.com measuring views on real estate listings and average length of time on the market.

Gallery Credit: Realtor.com

POP QUIZ: Can you guess these NJ theme parks from Google Earth images?

Gallery Credit: Dan Zarrow

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