Law & Public Safety

NJ man with 32-year rap sheet sentenced to 18 more

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man with a criminal record dating back more than 30 years has been handed an 18-year sentence for his latest crime. Brian Cooper of Paulsboro was found guilty of robbing a Camden woman at a motel in West ...

NJ’s bill for Bridgegate law firm surpasses $6.5M

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. The state attorney general's office ...

Judge to arson suspect: ankle monitor or jail

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ordered an arson suspect to wear an ankle monitor after the man was allegedly found at the home where a fire was set in April. Aaron Fletcher had been ordered not to have contact with his former residence in ...

NJ teacher charged with sexual contact with girl

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former band teacher at a southern New Jersey high school has been charged with having sexual contact with a female student. Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced the charges against Christian Reynolds ...

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in abduction

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after they were abducted from a roadside farm stand in northern New York. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain disclosed the alleged abuse Saturday — a ...

Christie faces mounting suits over public records

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came into office promising a new era of transparency. But lawyers, media organizations and watchdog groups say his administration routinely stonewalls most basic public records requests. That ...

Eviction delayed at ‘Real Housewives’ stars’ home

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" co-stars Melissa and Joe Gorga can't evict a tenant from their mansion just yet because it isn't a registered rental property. Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor said Friday he would hear ...

NJ men sentenced in human trafficking case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Five New Jersey men who pleaded guilty to running a human trafficking and prostitution ring in May are receiving prison time. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says that Jose Cruz Romeo-Flores of Lakewood and four associates ...

Teen mother faces charges in infant’s death

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A Paterson teenager is charged with delinquency for allegedly causing the death of her 2-month-old son. Authorities say the mother's alleged actions would have resulted in charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare ...

Tennessee man sought after missed court appearance

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — A central Tennessee man facing multiple sex-related charged involving a minor is being sought after police say he cut off an ankle monitor and skipped town ahead of a court date. Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold says ...