Law & Public Safety

Man sentenced for having 24 kilograms of cocaine

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York man who had 24 kilograms of cocaine in his car when he was stopped by New Jersey state police last year has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Beningo Gomez-Morales, a 24-year-old Spring Valley resident, ...

After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark's police department will undergo independent monitoring after a federal investigation found what it calls "a pattern of unconstitutional policing." The probe found problems with the department's stop-and-arrest policies, ...

Autopsy reports released in fatal cop shooting

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in an ambush earlier this month died from a gunshot wound to the head. The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/UnLQd1) reports the preliminary findings from autopsies ...

Cop accidentally shoots himself when dog attacks

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New Jersey police officer accidentally shot himself when a dog apparently attacked him. Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, tells NJ.com ...

Israel Solidarity Rally Held in Whippany

Sen. Bob Menedez was among the officials at the Israel Solidarity Rally in Whippany to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Man pleads guilty in string of robberies

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Newark man has admitted his role in a series of 11 robberies at businesses and other sites in northern New Jersey. Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Mojica pleaded guilty Monday to robbery, conspiracy ...

Man, teen charged with murder in Newark slaying

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a Newark man and a teenage boy accused in the fatal shooting of a city man last month. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced the charges against 18-year-old Kaseem ...

Bail cut to $2M for suspect in scooter shooting

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A suspect in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in northern New Jersey has had his bail lowered to $2 million cash. But a lawyer for Jhymiere Moore says his client ...

Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich dies at 83

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A longtime New Jersey law enforcement official has died. Union County officials say county Sheriff Ralph Froehlich died at a hospital in Elizabeth on Sunday night. They told The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1sFG7y1) that ...

Doctor’s license revoked over prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey physician who officials say engaged in a "grossly negligent pattern" of prescribing painkillers has had his medical license revoked. State officials announced the action Monday, saying it became effective ...