Law & Public Safety

NY man pleads guilty to forcing religious divorce

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man has admitted traveling to New Jersey as part of a plan to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce through threats of violence. New Jersey's U.S. Attorney's office says 30-year-old Simcha ...

Prosecutors: Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting another man who had argued with the shooter's female cousin. Essex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Anthony Burrows of Newark will ...

Man charged with murder in college student’s death

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a central New Jersey man accused in the fatal beating of a college student from Tennessee. Middlesex County prosecutors say 38-year-old Timothy Puskas of New Brunswick was notified ...

Authorities: Mom holds kids hostage in family home

BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a mother briefly held her two young children hostage inside their northern New Jersey home before she peacefully surrendered to police. No injuries were reported in the incident, which started around 10:20 ...

Doctor admits role in medical lab bribery scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm. Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Surender Gorukanti of Brooklyn pleaded guilty Tuesday to ...

Court: Christie improperly cut pollution rules

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled the Christie administration improperly repealed regulations that cut power plant pollution. The appeal stems from a 2012 lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the way the state ...

Man admits assaulting officers while in stolen car

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man accused of injuring two police officers while fleeing in a stolen car has pleaded guilty to numerous counts. Union County prosecutors announced Tuesday that 28-year-old Antoine Trent of Newark has ...

NJ schools can bring alleged bullies into lawsuit

A New Jersey judge has ruled that a school district can try to make the families of alleged bullies pay if the district is held liable in a negligence lawsuit. The ruling last week is part of a lawsuit filed by a former student at Flemington-Raritan ...

Missing New Jersey horse found

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A missing horse is back in the barn following a nine-day search that spanned parts of New Jersey and New York. Chief had bolted after he slipped on ice and his rider had dismounted on March 15. The family that rescued the ...

Dog rescued from ledge in New Jersey park

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — A rescuer rappelled about 50 feet to rescue a dog that may have been abandoned after it became trapped in a ravine in New Jersey's Garret Mountain Park. A hiker who heard the dog barking alerted authorities to its ...