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NJ Man Wrongly Named Mass Murderer, Morris County Prosecutor Removed Top State News

Other top stories around the state this week include the vicious vandalization of a former Wyckoff Township Committee candidate and a good samaritan struck by an alleged drunk driver while attending to a car accident.

Early news reports named Hoboken resident Ryan Lanza, a 24-year-old Quinnipiac University graduate, as the shooter who had massacred 20 school children in a sleepy Connecticut town. Subsequent reports named Lanza's younger brother, Adam, as the actual shooter. 

Governor Orders Attorney General Takeover of Morris Prosecutor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie requested the removal of Robert Bianchi as prosecutor six months after his term expired. Fredric Knapp was sworn in as the new Morris County prosecutor Friday.

Former Committee Candidate Targeted in Vicious Vandalism

More than $10,000 in damages, including spray painted expletives and derogatory terms, were done to former Wyckoff Township Committee Candidate Eileen Avia's home, and two residents' cars Saturday night.

Cops: Good Samaritan Hit By One Drunk Driver As He Comes To Aid Of Another

A Paramus man was critically injured Friday night when he was struck by a drunk driver after stopping to aid a second drunk driver who had crashed her car into a pole, authorities said.

Overall crime in New Jersey rose 3 percent from 2010 to 2011, but violent crimes remained the same, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.

Additional Patch coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting:

Sherlach, a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was killed in Friday's deadly shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

West Essex Couple Attended Holiday Show at Sandy Hook Night Before Shooting

A Roseland family attended Sandy Hook Elementary School’s fourth grade holiday show Thursday, the night before alleged gunman Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 children and six adults at the school as well as his own.

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