Law & Public Safety

Accused hit-and-run driver turns himself in

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A motorist who allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident and tried to run down an off-duty police officer has turned himself in. Authorities say 54-year-old Robert Dechert of Lakehurst called police Monday morning ...

Man arrested in NJ charged in NC death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man has been arrested in New Jersey in the stabbing death of a man in North Carolina last month. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told local media outlets that 43-year-old Derek Lamont Kline has been charged with murder in the ...

NJ Transit train hit, kills pedestrian

HAZLET, N.J. (AP) — Trains resumed rolling on New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line after a train struck and killed a man on the tracks. The New York-bound train was carrying approximately 125 passengers and crew when the incident took ...

New Jersey town’s 9-11 memorial vandalized

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Someone vandalized a New Jersey town's Sept. 11 memorial, including painting a beam from the World Trade Center. West Windsor police say the incident took place sometime over the weekend at the memorial in the Ronald ...

2 dead in fiery Belleville crash

BELLEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Two people are dead following a fiery three-vehicle crash on Route 21 in Belleville. The crash happened in the southbound lanes on Monday night. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the crash involved a ...

Boston Marathon suspect’s sister pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) — A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded guilty to misleading a police detective investigating counterfeiting. Ailina Tsarnaeva entered the plea Tuesday in South Boston ...

Judge won’t block Honeywell health screenings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge is allowing Honeywell Inc. to begin penalizing workers who refuse to take medical tests. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had asked the judge to block the program. But Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Man admits leading staged accident ring

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The leader of a ring that staged two car accidents in northern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman says 46-year-old Olivares Liberato-Cohen, of ...

Baraka Unveils ‘Model Neighborhoods’ Strategy For West, South Wards

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced a new initiative to reduce crime and enhance economic development.

Attorney admits cheating clients out of millions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities say a prominent southern New Jersey elder-law attorney has admitted defrauding clients out of millions of dollars and laundering the funds through various bank accounts. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman ...