Law & Public Safety

Prosecutors: Arson suspect wanted cops to kill him

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man purposely set his car on fire at a southern New Jersey business so police officers would respond there and kill him during a confrontation. Ocean County prosecutors say 26-year-old Thomas Foti, ...

Prosecutors: Bank robbery suspect said he had bomb

WALL, N.J. (AP) — Bail has been set at $200,000 cash for a man who allegedly robbed a bank in central New Jersey. Authorities say 46-year-old Daniel Rathsmith, of Wall, entered the Santander Bank in Belmar shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday and handed ...

Man found dead aboard sailboat in New Jersey

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — State Police are awaiting autopsy results after a New York man was found dead aboard a sailboat that ran aground on a New Jersey beach. State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says witnesses observed the 29-foot vessel drifting ...

Sons hire investigator to solve parents’ deaths

SKILLMAN, N.J. (AP) — The sons of a hospital executive and his wife have hired an expert to help investigate their parents' mysterious deaths in their New Jersey home. Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan and his wife Joyce, a retired teacher, ...

Bear in fatal NJ attack was acting ‘predatory’

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the first known fatal bear attack in New Jersey was unprovoked and the bear was acting in a "predatory" manner. Officials attribute the death of a 22-year-old Rutgers University student from Edison to ...

Judge denies former NBA player’s fraud appeal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has rejected a former NBA player's appeal of his fraud conviction. Tate George was convicted last fall on four wire fraud counts in what prosecutors contend was a real estate Ponzi scheme. Among the victims were pro ...

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has given nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat in their bid to isolate her. The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone called it "a good day" and said ...

Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed friend

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A teenager who was critically injured in a crash earlier this year that killed his friend has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1DCNFCZ ) ...

Man charged with wire fraud on FedEx shipping

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man has been indicted on wire fraud charges for using Department of Defense discounts to ship products though FedEx. The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says Anthony Caruso was indicted ...

Atlantic City boardwalk chair company boss guilty

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a company that operates rolling chairs on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the IRS out of nearly $120,000. Prosecutors say William Boland pleaded guilty in front of U.S. ...