Law & Public Safety

Officials: Distracted driving major problem in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Driver inattention was a major contributing factor in 1.4 million crashes in New Jersey over the past decade, roughly half of the total accidents that occurred during that time. State authorities also say more than 1,600 ...

1 dead, 3 wounded in Vineland

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — One person is dead and three wounded in a series of shootings in Vineland. Police say a 21-year-old man died and another man was shot in the ear in a home on Montrose Street around 1 a.m. Monday. A man was shot in the back ...

2 fire trucks destroyed in Salem brush fire

SALEM, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters escaped injury but two brush trucks were destroyed in a brush fire in Salem. The wind suddenly shifted as firefighters worked to contain the blaze, which burned about 100 acres Sunday. Salem City Councilman Charles ...

South Florida officer gets bail in cocaine case

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida police lieutenant charged in a New Jersey cocaine conspiracy will be released on $500,000 bail before his trial. Miami-Dade police Lt. Ralph Mata's attorney said Monday an agreement on bail was reached with federal ...

2 bodies found in New Jersey side of Hudson River

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Two bodies have been pulled from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Hoboken police Sgt. Dennis Figueroa (fihg-er-OH'-uh) says the two men were 20 to 25 years old. He says the first call to police came in at about 5:30 ...

Christie gets extension in lane closures lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has given Gov. Chris Christie and other defendants more time to file a response to two lawsuits related to last fall's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie was among several defendants scheduled to ...

Former Giant’s son nixes deal in assault case

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The son of a former New York Giants Super Bowl champion has rejected a plea offer in an assault by auto case. The development in the case of Clint Benson was revealed during a court hearing Friday in Somerset County. ...

NJ teen to be tried as adult in sister’s stabbing

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey teenager charged with fatally stabbing his sister in December will be tried as an adult. A state judge in Bergen County issued the ruling on Thursday. Authorities say Travis Gallo, who was 17 at the ...

New Jersey judge says pet bobcat must be tested

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge says he wants to make sure a woman's pet is not a purebred bobcat before returning the animal to her. Stafford Municipal Judge Damian Murray on Friday ordered that the pet be tested. Owner Ginny ...

NJ Bar Association calls for judge protection

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Bar Association is calling for a change to the state constitution that would make it harder for the governor to oust judges. The lawyers' group has been making a major push on judicial independence, saying ...