Law & Public Safety

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 ...

Former mob boss’ son convicted of financial fraud

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury in New Jersey has convicted the son of a former Philadelphia mob boss in a financial fraud trial. The panel on Thursday found Nicodemo Scarfo guilty of several counts including racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy ...

Lightning may have sparked Hightstown condo fire

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Lightning is suspected as the cause of a fire that destroyed four condominiums and damaged four others in Hightstown. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of a dwelling in the Wyckoff's Mill development ...

3 dead in crash near Lincoln Tunnel

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Three people are dead in a single-vehicle crash in northern New Jersey that has snarled traffic leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. The crash occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday where Route 3 in North Bergen merges with the Route ...

Murder charges filed in Seattle double killing

SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors have filed aggravated murder charges against a transient accused of the June 1 execution-style shooting deaths of two young Seattle men shortly after they left a gay nightclub. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen ...

APNewsBreak: Ivey: Atlantic City win was all skill

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — World-famous poker player Phil Ivey says his disputed $9.6 million baccarat win at Atlantic City's Borgata casino was all skill, and wants a lawsuit in which the casino accuses him of cheating dismissed. A representative ...

Christie vetoes gun magazine reduction bill

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a gun control bill that would have banned ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The Republican governor on Wednesday returned a bill to lawmakers that would have reduced the legal ...

Man arrested for April shooting in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged in a deadly daytime shooting that took place in April in Asbury Park. The Monmouth County prosecutor's office and the Asbury Park police say Jacquil Jones was arrested Wednesday. The ...

Legislators Unhappy with Christie’s Decision to Withdraw Essex County Judge Nominations

Gov. Christie withdrew his nomination of eight judges to the Essex County courts, unraveling a deal with legislators that had been more than two years in the making.

Man arrested in NJ with van full of fireworks

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say 39 cases of illegal fireworks have been recovered during a traffic stop. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police department says 48-year-old Robert A. Schmidt of Staten ...