Law & Public Safety

Motive sought for fatal shooting of couple

VERNON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities continue to seek a motive for the fatal shootings of a couple found dead in their northwestern New Jersey home this week. Vernon police say the bodies of 41-year-old Cindy Fortino and her 45-year-old husband, Dean, ...

Contractor indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey contractor has been indicted for his alleged role in a $1 million mortgage fraud scheme, including an alleged bribe of a bank agent to approve a loan on a home that exploded hours ...

Newark man convicted in sex assault on boy, 13

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Newark man of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy months after being released from prison for violating provisions of Megan's Law. A jury in Essex County deliberated over three days before finding ...

Backlash Over Ramapo College Sexual Assault Presentation

Ramapo College has been criticized for a sexual assault prevention presentation that suggested women could help avoid unwanted advances by being mindful of body language, dress, alcohol consumption and facial expressions.

Judge lets Atlantic City seek $32M Revel tax bill

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City will soon get $32 million in unpaid taxes due from the former Revel Casino Hotel. A bankruptcy court judge has issued an order permitting the city to move forward with efforts to collect the unpaid taxes ...

Drug rehab teacher charged with sex assault

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a female teacher at a drug treatment facility in northern New Jersey of having sex with an 18-year-old male who lived at the facility. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office has charged 28-year-old ...

NJ man gets prison for directing child sex acts

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who directed a woman to initiate sexual activities between a 13-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl is going to prison. A judge sentenced 30-year-old Gary Cramer of Bridgeton to 55 years behind bars. Cramer ...

Lawyer presses for more video of arrest

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden County officials are pushing back against complaints that police officers brutalized two men in Camden in June. A lawyer for two men who have sued the county police force held a news conference on Friday calling on ...

Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Nine rookie police officers have lost their jobs because of a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey. Now, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it's re-examining the entire candidate selection and ...

2 accused of bilking New Jersey cemetery

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused two women in northern New Jersey of pocketing cash meant for graves. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office has charged 50-year-old Denis Dagostino and 42-year-old Kathy Barbier with theft by ...