Law & Public Safety

New Jersey woman charged with sex assault of girl

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in Morris County are accusing a woman of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. Authorities have charged 25-year-old Whitney Ball of Wharton with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child ...

Missing kayaker’s body recovered from reservoir

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine how a missing kayaker died in northern New Jersey's Round Valley Reservoir. Divers recovered 20-year-old Chen Shao's body 150 yards off the shore on Thursday. The ...

NJ man sentenced in fatal college party shooting

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey college student from Virginia. The Essex County prosecutor's office says Marcus J. Bascus was sentenced Thursday after pleading ...

Community Leaders Say Federal Monitors Will Be Watched Closely

The federal Department of Justice is putting monitors in place to oversee the Newark Police Department. Community activists say they will be paying attention to the monitors' work.

Trenton on Track to Match Last Year’s High Murder Rate

So far this year, 20 murders have taken place in Trenton and it's on pace to match last year's high number. Groups are trying to curb the violence in the city.

14 Men Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced the arrest of 14 men accused of possessing child pornography, including two school bus drivers.

2012 Distracted Driving Law Rarely Used

Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis' Law was signed in July of 2012, but no one has been prosecuted in New Jersey.

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, of ...

Family seeks shutdown of beach where man drowned

The family of a Pennsylvania man who drowned when the sand allegedly gave way beneath his feet in 2012 has filed a lawsuit seeking the closure of that part of the beach. Sandra Smith of Horsham, Pennsylvania is suing North Wildwood, Cape May County ...

NJ man charged with assaulting woman in auto shop

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A woman who stopped by a Roselle auto shop to see about a car repair was allegedly held against her will and assaulted for several hours before being rescued by police. Fifty-two-year-old Ricky Suepoi of Westfield has been ...