Law & Public Safety

Passenger killed, driver hurt in New Jersey crash

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a woman was killed when the car she was riding in struck a tree after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Middle Township police tell The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1fZRUma) ...

Former Minnesota QB Nelson arrested in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has been jailed following an altercation in Mankato that sent a former Minnesota State player to the hospital in critical condition. A police statement says officers came ...

Van, motorcycle crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed when his bike and a van collided on a northern New Jersey roadway. Rahway police tell The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1si6MfW) that 24-year-old John Hudak of Linden was northbound on St. Georges Avenue ...

Fallen support frame mistaken for gunshots at mall

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the noise from a fallen metal support frame inside a department store was mistaken for gunshots as shoppers evacuated over a fire outside a New Jersey mall. The panic at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus began ...

Driver convicted on vehicular homicide charge

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said was driving under the influence of drugs has been convicted of vehicular homicide charges stemming from a 2009 crash in central New Jersey. Vincent Laing of Eatontown was also convicted on a drug ...

Gun buyback program set for Monmouth County

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Officials have announced another gun buyback program for Monmouth County. Acting County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says residents can anonymously turn in weapons during the event scheduled for May 16-17. Collection ...

Police: Man punches girlfriend, hits her with car

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — Attempted murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face before hitting and dragging her with his car Moonachie police say 18-year-old Oscar Pedraza of ...

1 dead, 3 hurt in crash on New Jersey Turnpike

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One man was killed and three people were injured when a car driven by an accused drunken driver struck a concrete barrier on the New Jersey Turnpike in northern New Jersey. State police tell The Star-Ledger ...

Police: Car fire may have led to mall evacuation

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities believe a car fire may have led to reports of gunshots at the same New Jersey mall where a man killed himself last year. The Garden State Plaza was evacuated Saturday night following reports of gunfire. But New ...

Officer, woman suffer minor injuries in crash

WESTWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey police officer and a woman escaped serious injury when their vehicles collided. Westwood police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1mKKNRz) that officer Michael Fortunat was trying to catch up to another ...