Law & Public Safety

Lightning likely to blame for 3 house fires

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Officials believe lightning is likely to blame for three house fires in southern New Jersey. Firefighters arrived on the scene of a fire in the attic of a home on Lynn Drive in West Deptford just before 3 a.m. Thursday. The ...

South Jersey drug probe nets $3.6M in heroin

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a two-month investigation in southern New Jersey led to the seizure of 182,000 bags of heroin worth more than $3.6 million. Police in Cape May and Cumberland counties fanned out with search warrants ...

Woman strangled in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities expect to upgrade charges against a man who they believe strangled his child's mother after an earlier assault in Jersey City. Police first sought 36-year-old Nathan Williams on Tuesday after 33-year-old ...

Man shot, killed on New Jersey interstate

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — State Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot while driving on Interstate 80 in northern New Jersey. State Police say 39-year-old Jeff Mansilla of Hackensack had left a strip club in Bellville around 2 ...

House fire victims’ deaths ruled an accident

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The deaths of six members of a northern New Jersey family who perished in a house fire last weekend have been ruled an accident. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced Wednesday night that 11-year-old Zion ...

NJ Second Amendment Society Pres.: Gun Violence Bill Should Include Due Process

NJ Second Amendment Society President Frank Fiamingo says that a proposed bill in the state to take firearms away from mentally unstable individuals needs to include due process to present clear evidence a mental illness exists.

Alabama AG gets new expert for casino trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died. Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, ...

Swimmer drowns at southern New Jersey lake

DENNIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State officials say a man drowned while swimming in a southern New Jersey lake. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1nPYFHJ) reports that 48-year-old Manuel Osorio of Wildwood was with family members at Lake ...

Jeweler admits role in credit card fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey jewelry store owner who used his business to further one of the nation's largest credit card fraud rings has admitted his role in the scheme. Vinod Dadlani, a 51-year-old Lyndhurst ...

Motive sought for fatal Irvington shooting

IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are seeking a motive for the fatal shooting of a northern New Jersey man. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says 28-year-old Bruce Miles Jr. of Hillside was shot outside a house in Irvington early ...