Law & Public Safety

Prosecutors: Man posed as teen to get child porn

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man posed as a teenage boy online to ask underage girls to produce sexually explicit images of themselves and then distributed the images to others. Erik Vanderbeck of Bayonne is ...

Burglar who fled to Canada gets more jail time

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Another state prison term has been handed down to a New Jersey man who fled to Canada just before he was due to be sentenced for stealing from his neighbors after Tropical Storm Irene. Hunterdon County prosecutors announced ...

Boy, 9, dies in ATV accident in Hunterdon County

KINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — State Police say a nine-year-old died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash in Hunterdon County. The boy was riding the all-terrain vehicle in a backyard off Route 519 in Kingwood Township on Tuesday. State Police ...

No injuries in Palisades Park fire

PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a stubborn fire in a two-story office building in Palisades Park. It took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to bring the fire at the offices of a law firm and ...

Texas-based drug ring leader gets nearly 23 years

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the leader of a Texas-based drug ring that supplied at least eight other states has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison. Alejandro "Alex" Gonzales of Alvin was sentenced Tuesday in Beaumont. ...

NJ’s top court proposes change to spousal immunity

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court is proposing an exception to the law that keeps conversations between a husband and wife private. The court on Tuesday ruled in the case of an Ocean County couple whose calls and text messages were ...

New Brunswick police probe vehicle fires

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Police are investigating a string of vehicle fires that have occurred across New Brunswick in the last two weeks. Police say six vehicles have been torched since July 7, including two on Tuesday. Most of the fires were ...

South Jersey teacher accused of sex assault

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in Cape May County are accusing a Middle Township High School teacher of having sex with a student. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Joseph Towns with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, child ...

Justice Department Says Newark PD Needs Major Overhaul

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that the Department of Justice found several problems during an investigation of the Newark Police Department.

Former Police Chief Says Fulop Tried to Punish Port Authority with Traffic

Former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has accused Mayor Steven Fulop of directing police to conduct traffic stops to back up traffic leading to the Holland Tunnel.