Law & Public Safety

Federal highway official faces wire fraud charges

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Wire fraud charges have been filed against a federal official accused of using a straw company to get grant funds that he also oversaw as part of his job. Federal prosecutors say Lawrence Cullari Jr., the assistant division ...

New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal ...

2 inmates briefly escape from state youth facility

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State officials say two inmates who escaped from a juvenile detention center in central New Jersey have been captured. The two men, whose names were not released, were reported missing around 11 a.m. Wednesday from ...

Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask. Jurors in Morris County announced Wednesday that 66-year-old Anthony Novellino was guilty of murder. They ...

Prosecutors: Man posed as teen to get child porn

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man posed as a teenage boy online to ask underage girls to produce sexually explicit images of themselves and then distributed the images to others. Erik Vanderbeck of Bayonne is ...

Burglar who fled to Canada gets more jail time

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Another state prison term has been handed down to a New Jersey man who fled to Canada just before he was due to be sentenced for stealing from his neighbors after Tropical Storm Irene. Hunterdon County prosecutors announced ...

Boy, 9, dies in ATV accident in Hunterdon County

KINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — State Police say a nine-year-old died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash in Hunterdon County. The boy was riding the all-terrain vehicle in a backyard off Route 519 in Kingwood Township on Tuesday. State Police ...

No injuries in Palisades Park fire

PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a stubborn fire in a two-story office building in Palisades Park. It took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to bring the fire at the offices of a law firm and ...

Texas-based drug ring leader gets nearly 23 years

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the leader of a Texas-based drug ring that supplied at least eight other states has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison. Alejandro "Alex" Gonzales of Alvin was sentenced Tuesday in Beaumont. ...

NJ’s top court proposes change to spousal immunity

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court is proposing an exception to the law that keeps conversations between a husband and wife private. The court on Tuesday ruled in the case of an Ocean County couple whose calls and text messages were ...