Law & Public Safety

Founder of radical Islamic website gets 2½ years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The founder of a radical Islamic website that praised figures like Osama bin Laden and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for using the site to threaten against Jewish groups. Yousef ...

New Jersey lawmakers subpoenaed on bridge probe

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers investigating the traffic jams at the heart of the scandal engulfing Gov. Chris Christie say federal prosecutors have ordered them to share documents they have gathered. The committee co-chairs said in a ...

Ohio man awaits verdict in New Jersey beach arrest

BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An Ohio man is awaiting a verdict after a day at a New Jersey beach ended with his arrest. Charles Placa is charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass. It all started when the 59-year-old ...

Wrongfully convicted man allowed to sue officers

A New Jersey man who was wrongfully convicted of the 1985 murders of two children under his care can sue the police officers who he says fabricated a confession that led to his conviction. In an opinion released Thursday, U.S. 3rd Circuit Judge ...

New fire burning in south NJ as 4 others ebb

A new forest fire is burning in southern New Jersey, even as crews have subdued four others that broke out a day earlier. The latest fire was reported around 11 a.m. Friday in Shamong Township in Burlington County, where 50 acres of the Wharton ...

2 rescued from capsized boat

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two men are safe after their boat capsized in a New Jersey recreation area thanks to the actions of a birdwatcher and a good Samaritan. Strong winds turned the boat over at Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton ...

Vigil set for injured police officer

LODI, N.J. (AP) — Officials have suspended a Lodi High School teacher with pay after he pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from what authorities say was an alcohol-related crash that critically injured a Bergen County Police Department officer. ...

Ex-suspect in boy’s disappearance stays in prison

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A convicted child molester long suspected in a notorious 1979 New York City child disappearance case will spend six to 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to register an address under Megan's Law the last time he ...

Officials to probe NJ man’s suicide at Pa. prison

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials say the death of a New Jersey man in a Pennsylvania prison will be investigated and prison procedures will be reviewed. LancasterOnline.com (http://bit.ly/1jWCMCW) said 26-year-old Patrick Kanney, of Pennsauken, ...

NJ woman can make case for withdrawing murder plea

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Middlesex County woman who admitted smothering her 6-year-old son in 2005 has been allowed to make a case for withdrawing her guilty plea. Alice O'Donnell has been serving a 30-year prison sentence without a chance for ...