Law & Public Safety

Man caught in 3-state crime spree appears in court

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of waging a three-state crime spree that ended when he crashed near the George Washington Bridge has made his first court appearance. Thirty-three-year-old Luis Figueroa didn't enter a plea Tuesday afternoon in ...

Judge rejects suit over NJ’s primary system

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey can continue to use its primary system to pick political candidates. A federal judge turned down a lawsuit led by a group of independent voters who challenged rules that only allow registered voters of a particular ...

Police: Thief masqueraded as worker, stole smokes

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Police say a thief masquerading as an employee walked into a southern New Jersey convenience store and walked out with several cartons of cigarettes. Surveillance video shows the man dressed as an employee enter the Wawa ...

Man kills self in NJ hospital

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man killed himself in a New Jersey hospital restroom after setting fire to his home. The suicide occurred Monday afternoon inside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Camden County Prosecutor's Office ...

New Jersey residents split on Christie gun veto

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents are split on Gov. Chris Christie's decision to veto legislation that would have reduced the number of bullets gun magazines can hold. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll out Tuesday finds 49 percent of Garden State ...

NJ Police Departments Get Military Vehicles

Police in Middletown and Bergen County are getting MRAPs, mine resistant armor protected vehicles. Officials say they will be used mainly for water rescues.

Police: Men abandon stolen car after finding child

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say that two men abandoned a vehicle they stole in northern New Jersey after realizing a child was still inside. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1AsOa2D) that a man was loading his car in Elizabeth on Saturday ...

Court: New Jersey must reconsider windmill plan

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A company that wants to build a windmill power project off the coast of Atlantic City has won a victory in court. A New Jersey appeals ruled in favor of Fishermen's Energy in a dispute over the company's plan. The state ...

Police: Burglary suspect strikes 2 police cars

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two northern New Jersey police officers suffered minor injuries while chasing a man they suspected of a residential burglary. Paramus police Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti said that 26-year-old Marquis Z. ...

Christie comes to Perry’s defense after indictment

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming to Rick Perry's defense. The chair of the Republican Governors Association released a statement Monday defending his Texas counterpart, who was slapped with two felony counts of abuse of ...