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A-4 THE RECORD HEW JERSEY THURSDAY. DECEMBER 23, 2000 AROUND NEW JERSEY Father accused of keeping 5-week-old boy in closet JERSEY CITY -Police charged the father of a 5-week-old boy with child endangerment and abuse after finding the c hild strapped into a car seat in a bedroom closet Rashid Mohad, 34, was charged Dec. 19 after the child's aunt called police to report that the baby was being kept in a closet. The infant, who was born prematurely Nov. 19, weighing just 2 pounds 3 ounces, appeared to be in good condition. Still, police took him to Jersey City Medical Center for evaluation. The child, whose name authorities did not release, is in the custody of the state Division of Youth and Family Services. Mohad was being held Wednesday at the Hudson County Correctional Center, although his bail amount was not immediately available. Termination of prisoner's parental rights overturned TRENTON A state appeals court Wednesday gave a career criminal another chance to gain custody of his 12-year-old daughter upon his release from prison. The Appellate Division of Superior Court reversed a trial judge who had terminated the father's parental rights. Terminating the father's rights could also legally cut any bonds the girl formed with his relatives, the panel said. ,t "Recognizing the child's need for permanency and stability as a central factor, it may well be that this child's best interests, including her interest in permanency and stability, will be served by maintaining both her father's role and the role of her foster mother," the court wrote. The state Division of Youth and Family Services had sought to terminate the parental rights of the father, identified only as S.A. He is serving a maximum 20-year sentence foT possession of a handgun and could be released as soon as next year. He previously served time for drug offenses. The child, identified only as S.A.A., has been in the care of a foster mother for most of her life. The girl's birth mother has not participated in her upbringing and was not an active party to the case. New Jerseyans happy, but high taxes are top gripe TRENTON New Jerseyans feel pretty good about the state of their state, but still gripe about high property taxes, according to a recent poll. Almost three quarters, or 71 percent, of those questioned in the poll by Quinnipiac University are satisfied with life in New Jersey. Twenty-one percent are "somewhat dissatisfied," and 7 percent are "very dissatisfied," it said. Highest among residents' con- cerns is taxes, e&pecially property taxes, the university poll said. Twenty-five percent volunteered that response to an open-ended question, followed by 14 percent who said education. Twelve percent said environmental issues top their list. Trailing were auto insurance at 7 percent; crime at 3 percent; and the economy at 2 percent. "Talk about happy. New Jersey voters seem very pleased with the overall quality of life and several components, especially the state's economy," said poll director Maurice Carroll. The university, in Hamden, Conn., conducted the telephone poll from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. Pollsters surveyed 1,261 New Jersey registered voters and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2:8 percentage points. Fire cuts power supply to Atlantic County school HAMMONTON - A Christmas night transformer fire knocked out power to a high school and forced postponement of a holiday basketball tournament, officials said. The fire, which began just before 10 p.m. Monday, bumed a transformer outside Hammonton High School and much of the electrical line to the building, said Betty Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Con-ectiv, a South Jersey power company. Hammonton Fire Capt. Frank Domenico said flames from the burning transformer were higher than the school building when he arrived. Conectiv shut off power to the building and firefighters extinguished the blaze. A basketball tournament had been scheduled at the Atlantic County school Wednesday and tonight. School board president Robert Capoferri said the district had rented a generator to heat portions of the school, but couldn't find one big enough to heat the entire building, so the tournament was postponed. District officials were seeking another site for the tournament, which included teams from Capo May County Vocational-Technical School, Palmyra High School, and Haddoo Township High School. Three duck hunters saved from boat stuck in icy river SALEM Three duck hunters and two Labrador retrievers were rescued when their small boat became stuck in the icy Salem River. The three unidentified men, all from Salem County, and the dogs were not injured. Authorities said the men had been hunting all day Tuesday and were headed back to shore when their boat became stuck in the area of Barber's Basin. The men were later observed by crew members aboard the Bermuda Islander, a freighter docked in the river, who notified authorities around 5 p.m. "The ice got the best of the hunters," Nat Wygor, a captain with the North Bend Hose Company, told Today's Sunbeam of Salem for Wednesday's editions. FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS N.J. fugitive dropped from FBI list Still wanted, if AIDS didn't kill him By KITCKEL MADDUX A New Jersey man who has been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for more than a decade was removed from its rolls Wednesday after authorities said they were no longer receiving tips or leads on his whereabouts. Arthur Lee Washington Jr., a member of the militant Black Liberation Army, has been a fugitive since a 1989 traffic stop in a New Jersey shore town where authorities say he tried to kill a state trooper by opening fire with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. The decision marks the fifth time in the 50-year history of the high-profile most-wanted rolls that the FBI has removed a fugitive for reasons other than capture, verified death, or charges being dropped. In the four previous cases, it found that the fugitives were no longer menaces to society. Because the bureau has "no indication that Washington has done anything criminal since the Monmouth County traffic stop 11 years ago, he "may not pose a dangerous threat to the American public," the FBI said. Law enforcement officials in New Jersey believe Washington is dead. They cite intelligence reports suggesting that he succumbed to serious health problems associated with the AIDS virus. "His presence on the list is no longer generating leads," said Michelle L. Walensky, a spokeswoman for FBI's fugitive section in Washington. "It is therefore felt that the space on the list can be more efficiently used by spotlighting another case that is more recent." The man replacing Washing ton on the list, Eric Franklin Rosser, disappeared shortly after his arrest in February in Thailand at a music school he ran for children in Bangkok, officials said. Rosser, 47, has been charged with producing and shipping videotapes of an 11-year-old girl engaging in a sex act with him, officials said. Officials emphasized that Washington's removal from the list, on which the FBI highlights criminals whose capture ranks as a bureau priority, does not mean that he is no longer wanted. "We're going to keep looking for him," Walensky said. "He's still a wanted fugitive, and all available resources are being utilized in order to apprehend him." 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