Friday, February 18, 2011

Three Men Arrested for Burning 8' Cross in NJ; Believed African-American Family Owned Cross

Three men have been arrested and charged in connection to a burning cross spotted off the side of a highway in southern New Jersey, the Associated Press website reports today (February 18, 2011).

State Police spokesman Stephen Jones says the three men were seen near the 8-by-4-foot wooden cross , which was set ablaze off Route 9 in Bass River Township, NJ around 8 p.m. last Wednesday.

The three men arrested are Nicholas Comis, 22, Daniel Enders, 22, and Christopher Hurrll, 21, all of New Jersey. Investigators say an African-American family lives near the area where the cross was located.

The three men have been charged with bias intimidation and conspiracy to commit arson. The charges carry a three- to five-year prison sentence upon conviction.

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