Law & Public Safety

Ex-teacher sentenced for touching, texting student

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A former high school music teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually touching and texting a teenage student seven years ago. David Scheck of North Brunswick will also have to register as a sex offender ...

Authorities: Man set at least 12 small wildfires

MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Multiple counts of arson have been filed a southern New Jersey man accused of setting at least 12 small wildfires during a six-week period this summer. State officials say 38-year-old Michael Evangelista, of Mullica ...

Man sentenced again in fatal restaurant shooting

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who had his murder conviction overturned has now been sentenced on a lesser charge. Robert Daniels of Camden received a 15-year sentence Friday. But since he will get credit for five years he's already ...

Where investigations stand in traffic jam scandal

The closures of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a year ago touched off multiple investigations — all funded by taxpayers — into whether they were done for political retribution and, if so, who was ...

Fire crews rescue woman from roof of burning home

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters came to the aid of a woman who was trapped on the roof of a burning three-family home in northern New Jersey. No residents were injured in the three-alarm fire, which broke out early Sunday in Passaic. But two ...

No injuries when water taxi runs aground

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — No injuries were reported when a water taxi carrying 22 people ran aground over a sandbar in the Manasquan River. But authorities say it's not yet clear what caused the accident, which occurred early Sunday. Crews from ...

Prosecutors: Another fatal shooting in Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say man was fatally shot on a Newark street, the third person killed during a series of weekend shootings in the state's largest city. Essex County prosecutors say police officers responding to reports of shots ...

2 males found dead in northern New Jersey home

SCOTHCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say two people were found dead inside a home in northern New Jersey. But their names and further details on what caused their deaths were not immediately disclosed. Union County prosecutors say the bodies ...

Authorities: Man fatally beat dog with TV remote

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a man who allegedly beat his sister's Yorkshire Terrier to death with a television remote. The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/1qpDwqs) reports that 40-year-old Eric Wesley of Glen ...

Authorities: Ex-officer threatened to kill chief

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a former Aberdeen Township police officer stalked and threatened to kill the town's current police chief. But they wouldn't say why 66-year-old Christian Witzig allegedly took those actions. The Asbury Park ...