Law & Public Safety

Authorities ID woman killed in house fire

ESSEX FELLS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the woman killed when a fast-moving fire roared through her northern New Jersey home. Essex County prosecutors say the fire that killed 60-year-old Michelle Meoli does not appear to be ...

Authorities: Man sexually assaults girl in park

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old man sexually assaulted a young girl in a central New Jersey park, shortly after he had encountered her at a nearby store. Middlesex County prosecutors say Carlos Ocon of New Brunswick was ...

Ex-teacher sentenced for student sex assaults

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students is now headed to prison. Middlesex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville received a four-year state ...

Lightning sparks fire in wooden water tower

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Lightning apparently sparked a fire in a wooden water tower that stands on top of an abandoned building in Camden. Authorities say no injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Firefighters ...

Cop pleads not guilty in fire at captain’s home

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey police officer has pleaded not guilty to several charges stemming from a firebomb attack at the home of his police captain. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1rvNnsD) reports Edison police officer ...

NJ court: Polluters can file court claims earlier

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Polluters in New Jersey won't have to wait for the completion of an environmental review and remediation action before they can file court claims to get others to share in the cleanup. New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Monday in ...

State: Home warranty firm used deceptive practices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — State officials say a central New Jersey company that sells home warranties used deceptive tactics to refuse consumers' claims for product repairs or replacement. Consumer affairs officials announced Monday that they have filed ...

Authorities: Mom drove drunk with son in pickup

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey mom faces numerous charges after she allegedly drove drunk with her young son in the car and tried to elude police following a hit-and-run accident. Vineland police say 43-year-old Tina Orange of ...

The Situation agrees to anger management classes

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management. Former "Jersey Shore" star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he ...

Mercer County prosecutor planning to retire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The longtime prosecutor for the county that includes New Jersey's capital city is planning to retire soon. Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini tells The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1mUm4nJ ) that h has asked Gov. ...