Law & Public Safety

Rooftop fire sparks evacuation of New Jersey mall

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey mall was evacuated after a fire broke out on the roof of one of its stores, but no injuries were reported. It's not yet known what sparked Tuesday afternoon's fire at the Macy's store in the Westfield ...

Car strikes New Jersey pair in N. Indiana; 1 dead

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Police say one of two people from New Jersey struck by a car in northern Indiana has died from his injuries. Elkhart Assistant Police Chief Laura Koch says 66-year-old Darryl Foyuth of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, died at South ...

Final report on New Jersey derailment released

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on systemic flaws leading up to a 2012 train derailment that leaked a dangerous gas in southern New Jersey. The report was approved by the NTSB last month, ...

Authorities: Teen injured in fall from zip line

HAWTHORNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New Jersey teenager broke his leg when the T-shirt he was using to slide down a zip line tore, causing him to fall 30 feet. The Record (http://bit.ly/1tGCgzd) reports the 15-year-old boy underwent ...

Dover police say weekend shooting was self-defense

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dover police say a weekend shooting that left a New Jersey man dead was self-defense. Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Shamarr Willingham of Dover after 33-year-old Yusif Lamb of Montclair, New Jersey, ...

Man charged in stabbing pleads not guilty

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man accused of stabbing his housemate in the heart last week has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and weapons charges. The Record (http://bit.ly/1onA2PR) reports that Jose Wilbur Hernandez-Cerrito ...

NJ crackdown spurs illegal dumping charges

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials say a boat, contractor debris and a box spring and mattress were among the items that were illegally dumped in New Jersey state parks and lands. The items were discovered as part of an ongoing crackdown that ...

Woman found beaten to death in Cumberland County

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State Police detectives are seeking help as they investigate the murder of a woman found beaten to death in Cumberland County. Hunters discovered the body of 37-year-old Jennifer Cruz-Chavez of Bridgeton in a wooded ...

Man charged in fatal Newark shooting

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in a shooting that claimed the life of a Newark resident. Bail is set at $1 million for 38-year-old Cornelius Jones of Newark. Jones is charged with murder and weapons offenses stemming from Monday's ...

Off-duty police officer killed in motorcycle crash

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Longport police are mourning the death of a 21-year veteran of their department who died in an off-duty motorcycle crash. Police say Sgt. Charles Adams was traveling along Harding Highway in Franklin Township in ...