Law & Public Safety

Students charged in NJ school prank face court

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Some of the 63 students charged after a prank at a New Jersey high school are facing court dates this summer. Two dozen 18-year-olds from Teaneck High School are facing disorderly persons charges and are expected to begin ...

2 charged with stealing dog during home burglary

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two people who claimed they found a dog stolen during a recent break in at a central New Jersey home are now facing burglary charges. Somerset County prosecutors say 20-year-old Charly Garcia and 19-year-old Michele ...

Teenager sentenced for groping women at complex

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who groped several women at a southern New Jersey apartment complex will get treatment at a residential facility for juvenile sexual offenders. Camden County prosecutors say the boy was ordered this week to ...

Police find 40 pounds of pot during traffic stop

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Two New York men face drug charges after police allegedly found more than 40 pounds of marijuana inside their vehicle during a traffic stop in northern New Jersey. Mahwah police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1mG6dZp) that the ...

4 men charged in unemployment claims fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors say four northern New Jersey men conspired to steal more than $180,000 by filing false unemployment claims. The scheme allegedly was developed by 53-year-old Paramus resident Stephen Pirrone, who authorities ...

NJ raises fines for using phones while driving

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey. Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices. First-time offenders would have to pay a fine ...

Christie withdraws judicial nominations after spat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn the nominations of eight people for judgeships in Essex County. His decision came Monday afternoon shortly after the state Senate judiciary committee refused to sign off on one of the nominees ...

New Jersey’s Tent City homeless encampment closes

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A homeless encampment near the Jersey shore that came to be known as Tent City has closed after the last of its 120 occupants was placed in temporary housing. Lakewood town officials and a lawyer who represented the camp's ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of taxi driver

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A Camden man has admitted that he fatally shot a cab driver during a botched robbery last summer. Burlington County prosecutors say 23-year-old Carey Coleman Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter in the ...

New Jersey scores legal win in beach dune case

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project. ...