Law & Public Safety

Police: NJ woman faked Pennsylvania assault

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a woman has admitted to filing false assault charges against her ex-boyfriend to prevent him from getting custody of their child. Bensalem police say 30-year-old Rachel Dickstein of Willingboro, N.J. ...

Man arrested in 2012 Camden killing

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force has arrested a man wanted in 2012 New Jersey slaying in Florida. Authorities took 32-year-old Tino Cruz into custody at a friend's home in Jacksonville, Florida. Cruz is charged ...

Fire chief: Woman killed in fire at cluttered home

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fire officials say they had a hard time getting to a woman on the second floor of a house on fire in New Jersey because of an extreme amount of clutter and she later died. Jersey City Fire Chief Darren Rivers says that ...

1 injured in south Jersey chemical plant blast

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured. It happened at the Johnson Matthey plant in West Deptford just after 5:30 a.m. Friday. Plant ...

AA jet diverts to St. Louis amid passenger concern

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines jet bound from New Jersey to North Texas safely diverted to St. Louis amid security concerns about a passenger's use of an electronic device. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely (HEWG'-lee) says Flight ...

Man guilty in crash that killed NJ police officer

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a man of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was on his way home on Thanksgiving after working a drunken driving detail. The panel in Ocean County also found ...

Late NJ judge’s daughter charged with murder

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are accusing the daughter of a deceased municipal judge in northern New Jersey of beating her boyfriend to death on Valentine's Day. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office says 59-year-old Andrea Consales is ...

New Jersey conducts hurricane drill

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 300 police and transportation officials participated in a hurricane evacuation drill in New Jersey. The object of Thursday's exercise was to test response time and communications in the event that officials ...

3 house fires hit Galloway Township

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Three house fires kept firefighters busy in a southern New Jersey town. Galloway Township police say lightning strikes are believed responsible for the fires that destroyed two homes on First Avenue Thursday. A pot ...

2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two more men have been charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in New Jersey. Passaic County prosecutors said Friday that 21-year-old Jeffery Ellerbee was ...