Law & Public Safety

Police find 40 pounds of pot during traffic stop

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Two New York men face drug charges after police allegedly found more than 40 pounds of marijuana inside their vehicle during a traffic stop in northern New Jersey. Mahwah police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1mG6dZp) that the ...

4 men charged in unemployment claims fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors say four northern New Jersey men conspired to steal more than $180,000 by filing false unemployment claims. The scheme allegedly was developed by 53-year-old Paramus resident Stephen Pirrone, who authorities ...

NJ raises fines for using phones while driving

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey. Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices. First-time offenders would have to pay a fine ...

Christie withdraws judicial nominations after spat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn the nominations of eight people for judgeships in Essex County. His decision came Monday afternoon shortly after the state Senate judiciary committee refused to sign off on one of the nominees ...

New Jersey’s Tent City homeless encampment closes

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A homeless encampment near the Jersey shore that came to be known as Tent City has closed after the last of its 120 occupants was placed in temporary housing. Lakewood town officials and a lawyer who represented the camp's ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of taxi driver

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A Camden man has admitted that he fatally shot a cab driver during a botched robbery last summer. Burlington County prosecutors say 23-year-old Carey Coleman Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter in the ...

New Jersey scores legal win in beach dune case

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project. ...

Great White Shark Numbers Have Increased

According to a new NOAA report, the number of great white sharks has been on the rise since the 1990s.

Teenager pleads guilty in fatal Camden shooting

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a southern New Jersey teenager has pleaded guilty in a fatal shooting Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo says 17-year-old McQuan Walker of Camden pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter. The ...

Newark church next to home where 6 died is robbed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The pastor of a Newark church that is next-door to a home where a family of six died in a fire earlier this month says his church has been robbed. The Rev. James Johnson, who runs Tree of Life Ministries, says he showed up for ...