Law & Public Safety

NJ court rules for defendant in rap lyrics case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that violent rap lyrics should not have been admitted into evidence in a man's attempted murder trial. Vonte Skinner was convicted of shooting a fellow drug dealer in 2005. His conviction ...

Man killed after turning down ride from police

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man whose car had broken down was struck and killed in Jersey City after he turned down a ride from police. Police say the Spring Lake resident told officers he had lost control of the vehicle and his car became disabled ...

15 treated for intoxication after fight on train

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say two people were hospitalized and 15 were treated for "high level intoxication" after officers responded to a report of a fight on a New Jersey Transit train. The Long Branch-bound train stopped at the ...

Deaths of woman, her foster child ruled a homicide

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — The deaths of a woman and a young girl who were found inside their central New Jersey apartment have been ruled a homicide. Monmouth County prosecutors say the determination was made Sunday, two days after Long Branch ...

Man sought for child sex assaults, wife charged

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are looking for southern New Jersey man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for several years. Meanwhile, the man's wife is facing child abuse and child endangerment charges for allegedly failing to ...

2 firefighters, resident injured in house fire

CLOSTER, N.J. (AP) — Two firefighters and a resident suffered minor injuries when a fire destroyed a northern New Jersey home. The Record (http://bit.ly/1sieXel) reports that roughly 50 firefighters battled the blaze in Closter for nearly four ...

Prosecutor: Ongoing feud spurs shooting of 4 teens

SALEM CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four teenagers were wounded in a weekend shooting that authorities say was sparked by an ongoing feud between rival factions in southern New Jersey. Authorities say the three boys and a girl, who range in age from 14 to 17, ...

Boy lost in NYC calls it ‘greatest day of my life’

NEW YORK (AP) — A 9-year-old boy who got separated from his family at the Central Park Zoo says being lost for two hours in New York City was the greatest day of his life. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1uXw09Q ) that Chris Villavicencio ...

2 vehicles hit, kill man trying to cross highway

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian struck by two vehicles on a southern New Jersey highway has died from his injuries. Toms River police say 30-year-old Jagit Singh-Kandah of Lakewood was walking south across Route 70, near ...

Deadly house fire not considered suspicious

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a southern New Jersey house fire that killed a woman is not considered suspicious. But it's still not clear what sparked the blaze or what caused the death of 66-year-old Grace Merkel. Firefighters found ...