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Delay in trial of man accused of false reports

The state Superior Court trial of a South Harrison man accused of filing false police reports was postponed yesterday while the prosecutor in the case recuperates from an injury.

Terence Jones, a former Philadelphia police officer, is charged with filing false reports that he was harassed by two Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, policemen. The start of his nonjury trial, before Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson in Woodbury, has been tentatively set for today.

Jones accused one officer of improperly searching him and his car after an unwarranted traffic stop in February 2007. Jones said the second officer followed him in his car for several miles a few months later.

Jones also is expected to testify this month in the unrelated trial of a man accused of bias intimidation in a 2006 road-rage incident. Jones, who is black, accused the Salem County man, who is white, of pointing a gun at him and making racial slurs.

- Jan Hefler