Law & Public Safety

Christie: Ray Rice assault of wife ‘unacceptable’

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says former Baltimore Raven's running back Ray Rice showed "an incomprehensible level of violence" toward his fiancee during an assault in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The Ravens cut ...

Police officer sentenced for stealing rent funds

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A Sayreville police officer who admitted stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the town's housing authority will not have to serve a prison sentence. Stephen Gulick instead was ordered Monday to serve three years of ...

Authorities: Dog left in pickup for 2 days dies

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a New Jersey man who allegedly left his dog alone in a pickup truck for two days, where it was found dead. Authorities say Patrick Vansaghi of Howell left "Mischief," his Labrador ...

Police ID Towson student who died off-campus

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Police in Baltimore County are identifying a Towson University student from New Jersey who died in an off-campus residence. Police identified the student Monday as 18-year-old Julia Margaret Ratnaraj. Police say they were called ...

Authorities: Man shot during brawl outside bar

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fight outside a central New Jersey bar ended with one man being shot. New Brunswick police say at least four people were involved in the fight, which broke out around 2:30 a.m. But it's not yet known ...

Deaths of NJ father, son ruled murder-suicide

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Union County say the deaths of a father and son found in their home last weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide. Scotch Plains police found the bodies of 48-year-old Jens Elberling and his 11-year-old ...

Man gunned down in Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed in Newark. Police responding to a report of shots fired arrived on the scene at South Orange Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Monday. Officers learned that the man had been taken to a ...

Attempt to oust bees sparks house fire

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey resident's attempt to get rid of bees sparked a house fire and left 10 firefighters with bee stings. The resident had dumped hot coals in the backyard of the Washington Township home in Mercer County ...

Police: Bodies found in home were father, his son

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the two people found dead inside a northern New Jersey home over the weekend were a father and his 11-year-old son. But they have not said how the pair died or provided further information on the matter, ...

Police say Brooklyn gun killer nabbed red-handed

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a killer is in custody after officers saw him shoot a man dead in Brooklyn and then try to hide the gun. The shooting happened Saturday morning in Brownsville. Police say two plainclothes officers were on patrol when they ...