Law & Public Safety

2 arrested in illegal poison gas disposal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say two men have been arrested for leaving cylinders that contained poisonous gases at a warehouse in Roanoke. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says 62-year-old George L. Ryals III, of ...

Trenton’s ex-mayor reports to federal prison

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The former mayor of New Jersey's capital city is behind bars. Former Trenton Mayor Tony Mack reported to a medium-security federal prison in West Virginia on Thursday. A judge sentenced Mack to nearly five years in prison ...

Bill limits NJ employers on crime records

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Employers in New Jersey might be limited from asking job applicants about their criminal records. The state Senate and Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent employers from asking applicants to check a box ...

Sayreville cop admits stealing

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a Sayreville police officer has admitted stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the town's housing authority. Fifty-one-year-old Stephen Gulick pleaded guilty to theft by deception. The Middlesex ...

NJ Assembly passes bestiality bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that would make it illegal for people to have sex with animals. But the measure may hit a dead-end because there's no companion legislation in the state Senate. Thirty-seven states ...

NYC creates public defender system for immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) — Poor New York City immigrants who otherwise would have faced the complicated immigration system with its threat of deportation on their own will now get legal representation to help them. It's due to a program advocates say is the ...

New Jersey lawmakers legalize sports betting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Christie a bill that would legalize sports gambling at casinos and race tracks. Both chambers of the Legislature overwhelmingly passed the bill on Thursday, just three days after it ...

Fulop Flexes Muscle, Demotes Police Chief, Promises More Changes to Come

Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan received a letter from Mayor Steve Fulop saying the demotion was due to structural changes and concern with the number of lawsuits filed against the chief for retaliation.

NJ Jewelry Stores Face Charges for Improper Gold Buying Practices

Division of Consumer Affairs inspectors and undercover officers found gold buyers breaking the rules.

NJ woman admits filing for false $350k tax return

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to filing a false tax return that sought a refund of more than $350,000. The Internal Revenue Service's criminal division said Thursday that 62-year-old Halina Okla entered her plea in ...