Law & Public Safety

Los Angeles man convicted of role in drug ring

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Los Angeles man has been convicted of numerous charges for his role in a transcontinental narcotics network that conducted its operations in New Jersey. Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says 52-year-old Carlos ...

Arrest made in killing of New Jersey girl

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was shot by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in a northern New Jersey neighborhood. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes says ...

Man in custody after Atlantic City standoff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police say an Atlantic City man who shot at them and barricaded himself in a home is in custody. The standoff ended early Wednesday after 35-year-old Christopher Gerace ran naked out the back door of his parents' home ...

NJ man who stole $460K in quarters gets probation

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term. A judge instead sentenced Thomas Rica to five years of probation. Rica ...

Discarded cigarette sparks deadly apartment fire

TUCKERTON, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a discarded cigarette sparked an accidental fire that killed a man at a southern New Jersey apartment complex. The fire at the Village on the Green complex in Tuckerton was reported around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. ...

Whole Foods recalls salads in 3 northeast states

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) — Whole Foods is recalling two pre-packaged salads sold in three northeastern states due to a mislabeling of allergens. The mini four-ounce containers of pre-packaged Caesar salad and Mesclun goat cheese salad were sold ...

NJ tax preparer sentenced to 18 months for scam

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns. Kellar Covington Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months by a federal judge in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in February to assisting in the ...

Coast Guard comes to aid of distressed kayaker

PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has come to the aid of a man whose kayak capsized in waters off central New Jersey. The man was near Port Monmouth when they kayak filled with water and became unstable on Tuesday. He used his cell phone ...

Man pleads guilty in fraudulent investment scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has admitted that he fraudulently obtained $500,000 by promising investors favorable returns on funds that would be used to finance educational television programming for teenagers. Federal prosecutors ...

Prosecutor: Driver in deadly crash was drunk

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man who allegedly was driving drunk when his car crashed earlier this year, killing a passenger, has been charged with vehicular homicide. Monmouth County prosecutors say bail has been set at $75,000 cash ...