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A man suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the front door of a synagogue in northern New Jersey last weekend has been taken into custody. Nicholas Malindretos is charged with attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building. The 26-year-old Clifton man was due to make his initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Newark, and it wasn’t known if he has an attorney. The incident occurred early Sunday at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield. Authorities say a man lit a Molotov cocktail and threw it at the door. They say the glass bottle broke but didn’t cause any damage to the temple, and the suspect fled down the driveway.

Authorities say a 30-year-old New Jersey woman who was recently elected to her borough council was found shot to death in an SUV parked outside her home. The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office says Sayreville Borough Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was found in the vehicle at around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not arrested anyone for the shooting or released the names of any suspects or a possible motive for the attack. Dwumfour, a Republican, was elected to her first three-year term in 2021, when she ousted a Democratic incumbent. Colleagues recalled her as a soft-spoken devout Christian who could maintain her composure in contentious situations.

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