Law & Public Safety

Teacher admits sexual assaults of 2 male students

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey high school teacher has admitted that she sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students. Middlesex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville faces a four-year state prison ...

Inmate indicted in attack on corrections officer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state prison inmate accused of choking and beating a corrections officer last month has been indicted on attempted murder charges. Fuquan Alexander was also charged with aggravated assault in the indictment ...

Christie political adviser demands email evidence

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for a key figure in a political payback scandal involving Gov. Chris Christie's administration has given state investigators five days to turn over emails referenced in a court hearing. Lawyer Kevin Marino says the ...

Woman sentenced in beating of ex-boyfriend

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Four people have been sentenced in the beating of a man who was attacked and robbed after his ex-girlfriend lured him to a northern New Jersey schoolyard. NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1cRk7dB) reports 20-year-old Margaux Tocci of ...

Authorities: Bank robber leaves car keys in bank

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a would-be bank robber was captured after he left the keys to his getaway vehicle inside the bank. Lakewood police say 48-year-old Donald Van Arsdale of Jackson was arrested Tuesday afternoon, shortly after he ...

Man jailed in Fla. bank robbery gets bomb charges

MIAMI (AP) — A man already jailed on charges of using a fake bomb in a South Florida bank robbery attempt is being charged with using bomb threats in trying to extort millions of dollars from the Publix supermarket chain. Federal court documents ...

Mom of NJ teen killer says she is not be liable

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — The mother of a New Jersey teenager who strangled a girl says she should not be held liable for damages in a lawsuit filed. In court papers filed last week, Anita Saunders says her son and ex-husband should be responsible for ...

New Jersey judge blocks dad from delivery room

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Women in New Jersey can block a baby's father from the delivery room. A state judge, citing a woman's right to privacy, ruled that mothers can decide who will be with them when giving birth. In an opinion released Monday, the ...

NY brothers plead guilty in NJ in divorce case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two Brooklyn brothers have 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. Thirty-four-year-old Avrohom Goldstein and his 31-year-old ...

Heroin found on toddler at NJ daycare

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a father after 48 packets of heroin were found in his 2-year-old son's jacket at a northern New Jersey daycare center. An employee at Michael's Energy Factory in Paterson made the discovery. Police say ...