Law & Public Safety

3 house fires hit Galloway Township

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Three house fires kept firefighters busy in a southern New Jersey town. Galloway Township police say lightning strikes are believed responsible for the fires that destroyed two homes on First Avenue Thursday. A pot ...

2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two more men have been charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in New Jersey. Passaic County prosecutors said Friday that 21-year-old Jeffery Ellerbee was ...

1 woman dead in New Jersey rowhouse fire

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say one woman is dead in a rowhouse fire in New Jersey. Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh says the blaze broke out in the home's basement at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Three others in the ...

24 months for former loan officer in mortgage scam

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former loan officer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a $40 million scam. Robert Serao of Bayville had previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy. Nine ...

Police: NJ Turnpike employee struck, killed

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — State police say a New Jersey Turnpike maintenance employee has been struck and killed on the roadway. The accident occurred Thursday morning at about 10:30 a.m. in Kearny. Police say Turnpike employee Anthony Gallone of ...

Guatemalan Teen Fights to Stay in New Jersey

A teenager who traveled from Guatamala to the U.S. and is living with an uncle in Morristown is fighting deportation.

New Jersey appeals on ocean blasting plan

New Jersey is asking a federal appeals court to block a seismic research plan involving blasting the ocean floor with loud sound waves. The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday for an ...

Man captured in NYC street punch caught on video

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of punching another man on a New York City street has been arrested after climbing onto the rooftop of a toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike. Police say the 32-year-old man got into a dispute ...

Pharmacist sentenced for illegally selling pills

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmacist-in-charge of a northern New Jersey pharmacy is going to prison for his role in a decade-long, $1.5 million health care fraud scheme involving twin brothers who owned the business. A federal judge on Thursday ...

New Jersey to keep sex assault evidence longer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is requiring officials to keep sexual assault medical examination evidence, including DNA results, longer if the accuser doesn't press charges. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced the new directive on ...