Law & Public Safety

Escaped New Jersey inmate captured in Philadelphia

DELMONT, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a southern New Jersey prison this week has been captured in Philadelphia. Corrections Department spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer says 38-year-old Michael Gonzalez was captured around 2 ...

Murder suspect’s $1.2M bail won’t be lowered

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A state judge has refused to lower the bail set for a man charged in a deadly daytime shooting at the Jersey Shore earlier this year. During a court hearing Thursday, Monmouth County prosecutors said the $1.2 million cash bail ...

Panel gives update on Port Authority reforms

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A panel commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given its first report on the troubled Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The report released Thursday comes 60 days after the two governors formed ...

New Jersey asks judge to block ocean blasting plan

New Jersey environmental officials went to federal court Thursday trying to block a federally approved research plan that involved blasting the ocean floor off New Jersey with loud sound waves. The state Department of Environmental Protection sought ...

Body found in Ocean City could be missing swimmer

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police in Ocean City say they believe they have found the body of a 14-year-old swimmer missing since Sunday. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1mp5jXe) reports a boater discovered the body floating in the water ...

Christie Veto Deals Blow to Gun Control Advocates

Gun control advocates were dealt a blow when Gov. Christie vetoed a bill that would reduce the firearm magazine capacity from 15 rounds of ammunition to 10.

Some New Jerseyans Travel to PA for Fireworks

Because purchasing fireworks in New Jersey is illegal, some residents travel to Pennsylvania for them.

Lawyer will appeal conviction of ex-mob boss’ son

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for the son of a former Philadelphia mob boss says he'll appeal his client's financial fraud conviction. Lawyer Mike Riley says prosecutors unfairly presented the accusations leveled against Nicodemo S. Scarfo as ...

Judge allows NJ Superfund site lawsuit to proceed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit over the approximately $80 million cleanup of a Superfund site along Raritan Bay to proceed. The ruling means NL Industries can continue its attempt to share the costs of the cleanup of the ...

Christie signs ‘leaving the scene’ boating bill

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is increasing its penalties on boaters who leave the scene of an accident. Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Thursday that makes the crime similar to leaving the scene of a car crash. The new rules make ...