Law & Public Safety

Prosecutors: 2 killed in separate Camden shootings

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been killed in separate shootings in Camden, less than 48 hours after two other men were also gunned down in unrelated shootings. Camden County police say they received a report of a gunshot victim ...

Man accused of lewdness now faces more charges

WALL, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of masturbating in front of a child at a fast-food restaurant last month is now facing several new charges after three more alleged victims came forward. Monmouth County prosecutors say 49-year-old Gregory Rittman, ...

Youth court for players charged with sex assault

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Seven New Jersey high school football players accused of sexually assaulting other members of their team in hazing incidents won't be tried as adults. Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey said Monday family court is ...

Ex-fire commissioner admits stealing funds

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former South Brunswick fire commissioner has admitted stealing more than $700,000 while serving as treasurer of one of the town's fire districts. Charles Hoens III, a 61-year-old South Brunswick ...

Taj Mahal asks union to drop cost-savings appeal

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Describing itself as "a very sick patient lying on his death bed," the Trump Taj Mahal is asking its main union to drop its appeal of a court-ordered cost-savings package designed to help keep the struggling casino alive. ...

Man charged with murder in fatal stabbing of woman

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a verbal dispute between a man and a woman ended with the woman being fatally stabbed. Somerset County prosecutors say 47-year-old Oscar Barrantes-Sequeira, of Somerville, faces murder and weapons charges in ...

Driver in fatal crash charged with death by auto

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey motorist has been charged with death by auto following a single-car crash that killed his passenger. Middlesex County prosecutors say 20-year-old Nicholas Gomes, of Sayreville, was being held Monday on ...

Student charged after school put on lockdown

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A lockdown at a northern new Jersey high school has ended with one student being arrested. Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino says the lockdown was ordered as a precaution shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, after staffers at ...

Authorities: Fatal house fire ruled an accident

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a house fire that killed a northern New Jersey man has been ruled an accident. East Orange fire officials tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1zHdrIr ) that electrical wiring may have sparked the blaze that broke ...

Religious, civic leaders press gun manufacturers

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Religious leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are joining elected and police officials to call on gun manufacturers to tighten distribution systems and develop smart gun technologies. Bridgeport Mayor ...