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Alleged Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old, Higher Taxes Proposed Are Top Local News

Here is a recap of the top Wayne news this week.

Crime, taxes and education dominated the headlines this week. 

A Wayne man, James Perna, 53, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for alleged sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy in 2000, authorities announced this week.

Average Homeowner's Taxes Could Rise $205

The school portion of the average homeowner’s tax bill could increase $205 if the Board of Education approves the 2013-14 budget as it is currently constructed.

The Board discussed the budget at a special public meeting this week.

Board Selects a Replacement to Fill Vacant Seat

The Board of Education selected Rogger Ortiz to fill a vacant spot on the board. Ortiz will serve the rest of former trustee Robyn Kingston's term. Kingston resigned from the board in January and moved to Texas. 

Motorist Charged with DWI

A Wayne man was charged with driving while intoxicated in Parsippany recently, the Parsippany Police Department said this week.

Wayne UNICO Donates $16K to Injured Officer

The Wayne UNICO chapter recently presented Officer Bob Franco with $1,600.

The Italian-American service organization sold Poinsettia plants last year to raise money for Franco.

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