Law & Public Safety

Prosecutor: Ongoing feud spurs shooting of 4 teens

SALEM CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four teenagers were wounded in a weekend shooting that authorities say was sparked by an ongoing feud between rival factions in southern New Jersey. Authorities say the three boys and a girl, who range in age from 14 to 17, ...

Boy lost in NYC calls it ‘greatest day of my life’

NEW YORK (AP) — A 9-year-old boy who got separated from his family at the Central Park Zoo says being lost for two hours in New York City was the greatest day of his life. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1uXw09Q ) that Chris Villavicencio ...

2 vehicles hit, kill man trying to cross highway

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian struck by two vehicles on a southern New Jersey highway has died from his injuries. Toms River police say 30-year-old Jagit Singh-Kandah of Lakewood was walking south across Route 70, near ...

Deadly house fire not considered suspicious

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a southern New Jersey house fire that killed a woman is not considered suspicious. But it's still not clear what sparked the blaze or what caused the death of 66-year-old Grace Merkel. Firefighters found ...

Official: Mechanical failure caused food lab blast

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises. Totowa Fire Marshal Allen Del Vecchio tells The Star-Ledger ...

Police: 2 injured in Pharmachem lab explosion

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — A police dispatcher says two people were injured and buildings were damaged in an explosion at Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa in northeastern New Jersey. Dispatcher Carl Baker says the explosion occurred Saturday evening and ...

No injuries in shooting at apartment complex

NEW BRUNSWCIK, N.J. (AP) — No injuries were reported when gunfire was exchanged at a central New Jersey apartment complex. New Brunswick police say the shooting at the 33 Commercial Avenue complex occurred around 2:25 a.m. Saturday, when a car ...

2 men shot, wounded during raucous house party

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two people were shot when several brawls broke out at a central New Jersey house party attended by hundreds of people. New Brunswick police responded to the home around 11:15 p.m. Friday and found more than 500 people in ...

Authorities: Man fatally shot on Newark street

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark police say a 33-year-old man who was found shot on a city street has died from his wounds. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1zIpVgA) says officers responding to reports of shots fired in the city's North Ward found Ronald ...

Cops: Nanny was passed out drunk, then fled home

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey nanny passed out drunk while she was supposed to be watching a little boy, then fled and crashed her car into a fire hydrant when his mother got home. Toms River Township police say 50-year-old ...