Law & Public Safety

Christie calls special legislative session on bail

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special legislative session for lawmakers to overhaul the state's bail system. The special session will take place Thursday. Christie supports a system that would keep dangerous ...

Black bear gets into house in New Jersey

VERNON, N.J. (AP) — A resident in northern New Jersey got a scare after waking up and finding a black bear in the kitchen. Vernon police say the bear broke a screen and climbed through a window. Its paw turned on the sink faucet and flooded the ...

Coast Guard evacuates boy from cruise ship

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A 4-year-old is in stable condition in an Atlantic City hospital after the Coast Guard flew him from a cruise ship approximately 100 miles southeast of the city. The Norwegian Breakaway on Monday reported the boy had ...

New Jersey man drowns while boating in New York

GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 40-year-old New Jersey man has drowned in a New York lake while swimming during an outing with friends. Police in the Orange County village of Greenwood Lake tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown ...

Wildlife volunteer pleads in deaths of 300 animals

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A longtime volunteer with a local animal protection organization in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. Authorities say they found more than 300 dead birds and animals in the Little Silver home of the ...

Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two people were arrested when a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey. Middletown Township police say the party had been going on for several hours when the fight ...

Mayors of State’s Largest Cities Say They Will Join Forces to Fight Crime

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have teamed up to try to curb crime in the cities.

Authorities ID woman killed in house fire

ESSEX FELLS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the woman killed when a fast-moving fire roared through her northern New Jersey home. Essex County prosecutors say the fire that killed 60-year-old Michelle Meoli does not appear to be ...

Authorities: Man sexually assaults girl in park

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old man sexually assaulted a young girl in a central New Jersey park, shortly after he had encountered her at a nearby store. Middlesex County prosecutors say Carlos Ocon of New Brunswick was ...

Ex-teacher sentenced for student sex assaults

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students is now headed to prison. Middlesex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville received a four-year state ...