Law & Public Safety

Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in $40.8M mortgage scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former lawyer in New Jersey has admitted taking part in a $40.8 million mortgage scheme that operated in three states. Joseph Witkowski of Flemington pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to ...

New Jersey man charged with murder in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man has been arraigned on murder and other charges in connection with a Staten Island shooting. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1tgsuGL ) says Steven Bonfiglio of Manalapan, N.J., was re-arrested Monday. ...

Officer struck by car while directing traffic

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer who was struck by a car while directing traffic on a central New Jersey roadway is expected to recover from his injuries. The Middletown Township officer was struck Monday morning by a ...

Philadelphia man admits involvement in drug ring

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man has admitted his role in a major southern New Jersey drug distribution network. Thirty-three-year-old Christian Serrano pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. New Jersey authorities will ...

New Jersey doctor gets 2 years in bribe scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey doctor who was arrested last year in a medical lab kickback scheme is now going to federal prison. Dennis Aponte received a two-year sentence Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark. The Cedar Grove ...

Woman’s car stolen while she donates clothes

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man drove off in a woman's car while she and her mother dropped off used clothing at a charity collection bin in northern New Jersey. Linden police tell mycentraljersey.com (http://mycj.co/1qbXgei) that the ...

Prosecutors: Accountant stole nearly $1M

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a southern New Jersey accountant stole nearly $1 million from her clients' tax refunds and social security benefits Doreen Gentile of Toms River was arrested Monday and charged with 14 counts of mail ...

Authorities: 3 women injured in hit-and-run crash

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Three women were hospitalized after the car they were in was struck by a hit-and-run driver in northern New Jersey. Paterson authorities say the crash occurred around 12:10 a.m. Monday on Madison Avenue and 10th Avenue. One ...

2 retired detectives back to crack old murders

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Two celebrated retired detectives are returning to work to try to crack some of Camden's most vexing murder cases. Marty Devlin and Joe Forte have joined the Camden County Police Department as consultants focusing solely on ...

Police: Dad drove drunk with young kids in the car

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Child endangerment charges have been filed against a southern New Jersey father who allegedly was driving drunk with his two young children in the car. Galloway Township police say 30-year-old Paul Dessicino of Mays ...