Law & Public Safety

Indictment: Doctor improperly wrote prescriptions

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey doctor has been indicted on charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs. Liviu Holca of Stafford Township also faces weapons charges in the 25-count indictment made public on Monday by Ocean ...

Arrests made in shooting deaths of 2 students

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A double-murder suspect from Washington and two other people have been charged in the fatal shooting of a college student in northern New Jersey. Essex County prosecutors announced Monday that 29-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown of ...

Investigators: Deadly house fire ruled an accident

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a southern New Jersey house fire that killed a woman last weekend was an accident. Ocean County authorities say firefighters found the body of 66-year-old Grace Merkel early Saturday, after they ...

NJ court rules for defendant in rap lyrics case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that violent rap lyrics should not have been admitted into evidence in a man's attempted murder trial. Vonte Skinner was convicted of shooting a fellow drug dealer in 2005. His conviction ...

Man killed after turning down ride from police

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man whose car had broken down was struck and killed in Jersey City after he turned down a ride from police. Police say the Spring Lake resident told officers he had lost control of the vehicle and his car became disabled ...

15 treated for intoxication after fight on train

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say two people were hospitalized and 15 were treated for "high level intoxication" after officers responded to a report of a fight on a New Jersey Transit train. The Long Branch-bound train stopped at the ...

Deaths of woman, her foster child ruled a homicide

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — The deaths of a woman and a young girl who were found inside their central New Jersey apartment have been ruled a homicide. Monmouth County prosecutors say the determination was made Sunday, two days after Long Branch ...

Man sought for child sex assaults, wife charged

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are looking for southern New Jersey man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for several years. Meanwhile, the man's wife is facing child abuse and child endangerment charges for allegedly failing to ...

2 firefighters, resident injured in house fire

CLOSTER, N.J. (AP) — Two firefighters and a resident suffered minor injuries when a fire destroyed a northern New Jersey home. The Record (http://bit.ly/1sieXel) reports that roughly 50 firefighters battled the blaze in Closter for nearly four ...

Prosecutor: Ongoing feud spurs shooting of 4 teens

SALEM CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four teenagers were wounded in a weekend shooting that authorities say was sparked by an ongoing feud between rival factions in southern New Jersey. Authorities say the three boys and a girl, who range in age from 14 to 17, ...