Law & Public Safety

Man admits $20 million Ponzi scheme in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has admitted running a $20 million Ponzi scheme. Louis Spina faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud when he's sentenced in February. Spina pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton on ...

Former New Jersey man charged with $1.5M fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A North Carolina man is charged with running a scheme to defraud an investment bank that employed him in New Jersey. The U.S. attorney's office says Michael Lieberman was arrested Thursday in Huntersville, North Carolina. He ...

Passenger hurt in New York ferry crash to get $5M

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New court settlements have been reached in the January 2013 New York City commuter ferry crash, including one that will give an injured passenger $5 million. The settlements were signed by a judge in New Jersey in the last two ...

Police find missing Barnegat youngsters

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — Two youngsters who ran away from their homes in southern New Jersey have been found unharmed. Authorities say 12-year-old Caroline Hartman left her Barnegat home Wednesday between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. She was with her ...

Lodi woman accused of beating child with belt

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a 23-year-old Lodi woman of beating a 2-year-old with a belt. Mynasia Petty is held on $100,000 bail, charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Workers at a daycare center called authorities ...

Grand jury indicts man in 3-state crime spree

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal grand jury in New Jersey has indicted a man accused of waging a three-state crime spree from Pennsylvania to New York that ended when he crashed near the George Washington Bridge. Luis Figeuroa faces six counts ...

2 convicted of Woodlynne bakery killing

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in Camden County have convicted two men in the killing of a Woodlynne bakery owner during a botched robbery. Jurors found 36-year-old William Cooper Jr. of Camden and 29-year-old Rashawn Carter of Philadelphia guilty of ...

2 suspects questioned in North Bergen hit-and-run

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are questioning two suspects about a hit-and-run in North Bergen that seriously injured two brothers. No charges have been filed. Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1xFKWKG ) a ...

Judge allows Port Authority toll increase

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists will soon pay more to use the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's bridges and tunnels. A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday denied a request by the American Automobile Associations of New York and North ...

Pot smoke triggers fire alarm at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — It was a case of higher learning that triggered a fire alarm and forced the evacuation of 100 students from a Princeton University dormitory. The alarm went off early Wednesday in a music practice room in the basement of ...