Law & Public Safety

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 ...

1 woman dead in New Jersey rowhouse fire

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say one woman is dead in a rowhouse fire in New Jersey. Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh says the blaze broke out in the home's basement at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Three others in the ...

24 months for former loan officer in mortgage scam

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former loan officer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a $40 million scam. Robert Serao of Bayville had previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy. Nine ...

Police: NJ Turnpike employee struck, killed

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — State police say a New Jersey Turnpike maintenance employee has been struck and killed on the roadway. The accident occurred Thursday morning at about 10:30 a.m. in Kearny. Police say Turnpike employee Anthony Gallone of ...

Guatemalan Teen Fights to Stay in New Jersey

A teenager who traveled from Guatamala to the U.S. and is living with an uncle in Morristown is fighting deportation.

New Jersey appeals on ocean blasting plan

New Jersey is asking a federal appeals court to block a seismic research plan involving blasting the ocean floor with loud sound waves. The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday for an ...