Law & Public Safety

Incoming assignment judge to make history

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Monmouth County's next assignment judge will make judicial history in New Jersey. Judge Lisa Thornton will be the first black woman to serve as an assignment judge in the state's modern court system. Thornton will replace ...

Shooting victim’s organs being donated

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a bullet while riding a scooter in a northern New Jersey neighborhood will help save the lives of others as an organ donor. The Rev. Della Fischer, a spokeswoman for the family ...

Body found in Ocean City is missing teen swimmer

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a body found floating near a southern New Jersey bridge last week is that of a Philadelphia teenager who went missing while swimming with friends late last month. Ocean City police tell The Press of Atlantic ...

Ex-corrections officer sentenced in smuggling case

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who formerly was a corrections officer in New Jersey has been sentenced for conspiring to smuggle cash and a prepaid calling card to an inmate. Nikita Cardwell of Easton received a seven-year sentence ...

Christie defends gun ammo veto

KEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to veto legislation that would have reduced the legal limits on gun ammunition magazines. Christie said Monday that his potential national ambitions did not influence his ...

Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in $40.8M mortgage scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former lawyer in New Jersey has admitted taking part in a $40.8 million mortgage scheme that operated in three states. Joseph Witkowski of Flemington pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to ...

New Jersey man charged with murder in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man has been arraigned on murder and other charges in connection with a Staten Island shooting. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1tgsuGL ) says Steven Bonfiglio of Manalapan, N.J., was re-arrested Monday. ...

Officer struck by car while directing traffic

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer who was struck by a car while directing traffic on a central New Jersey roadway is expected to recover from his injuries. The Middletown Township officer was struck Monday morning by a ...

Philadelphia man admits involvement in drug ring

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man has admitted his role in a major southern New Jersey drug distribution network. Thirty-three-year-old Christian Serrano pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. New Jersey authorities will ...

New Jersey doctor gets 2 years in bribe scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey doctor who was arrested last year in a medical lab kickback scheme is now going to federal prison. Dennis Aponte received a two-year sentence Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark. The Cedar Grove ...