Law & Public Safety

Man sentenced for attack near Independence Hall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man will spend nearly five years behind bars for what prosecutors described as a random, brutal assault on a Philadelphia pedestrian who had sought his help. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 26-year-old Baldwin Centeno to ...

International carjacking ring suspect captured

ALLENDALE, N.J. (AP) — A man sought by authorities probing an international carjacking ring was arrested after he allegedly tried to take a luxury car from a garage at a northern New Jersey home. Authorities say 32-year-old Abdur Abdullah of ...

Worker hospitalized after construction site fall

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a worker was injured when he fell off a ladder at a residential development under construction in northern New Jersey. Morristown police say the man was working in a loft area when the accident occurred ...

Student wounded in frat house party shooting

HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey college student was shot and wounded when a man who had been thrown out of an off-campus house party returned to the residence and opened fire. Hillside police tell The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/PcxuJN) that the ...

Man faces murder charges in Newark stabbing death

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed in the case of a man found stabbed to death in an abandoned Newark home last weekend. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced Friday that 34-year-old Jose Gonzalez of Newark also ...

New Jersey woman sues over ’8THEIST’ license plate

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive. Shannon Morgan said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission ...

Pennsylvania man accused of sex assaults in NJ

MANSFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a Pennsylvania man of sexually assaulting three boys in New Jersey's Warren County. Bruce Naylor Jr. of Tatamy, Pa., is held on $300,000 bail, charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, ...

NY truck driver accused of trying to beat NJ toll

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Port Authority police say a truck driver from New York used a license plate on a hinge to try to beat paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge. Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says an officer observed the ...

New Jersey offering child-support amnesty

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is offering a weeklong amnesty to parents who are behind in child support payments. Those who have arrest warrants or have had their driving privileges revoked can visit county probation offices to make a payment or ...

NJ property owner charged with bribing official

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with trying to bribe an official with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in an effort to get a higher price for his Atlantic City property. The state attorney general's office ...