Law & Public Safety

Daughter fights mom for dog

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman is taking her own mother to court over ownership of a Chihuahua. Jackie Biddle Shuler claims her mom initially agreed to give her the dog and then broke the promise. Shuler flew her mother, Isabel ...

Business owner sentenced for contract fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey business owner has been spared a prison term for falsely claiming that her firm was owned by a service-disabled veteran. Miriam Friedman instead will serve two years of probation with eight months of home ...

Rutgers student’s death ruled an accident

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The alcohol-related death of a Rutgers University student last month has been ruled an accident. Middlesex County prosecutors announced Monday that 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs died from "acute ethanol toxicity." ...

Prosecutors: Man sentenced for knifepoint robbery

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a central New Jersey man convicted of robbing a pedestrian at knifepoint has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison. Ricky Sugar-Ray Booker, of Plainfield, must serve nearly 16 years before he becomes ...

Man charged in shooting that left couple wounded

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the son of a Pleasantville police officer has been charged in an ambush shooting last week that wounded two people in that southern New Jersey community. Andre Graves Byrd is charged with aggravated ...

Slain girl’s estate sues law enforcement agencies

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — The family of a New Jersey girl who was strangled by a teenage boy two years ago is suing several law enforcement agencies. The lawsuit claims police didn't act properly and that if they had, there's "a reasonable chance" ...

Authorities: 2 shot, wounded at apartment complex

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men shot at a central New Jersey apartment complex are expected to survive. New Brunswick police say 30-year-old Ricky Drake, of Piscataway, and 24-year-old New Brunswick resident Ryan Howard were ...

Indictment: 4 cops allegedly planned retaliation

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Four Edison police officers have been indicted on charges that they conspired to retaliate against an officer from another department because he arrested one of the Edison officer's relatives for drunken driving. The indictment ...

Disbarred lawyer sentenced for client theft

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has decided that a disbarred New York City lawyer will not have to serve a prison term for stealing funds from a client. Instead, 48-year-old Jeffrey Squitieri must serve five years of probation and pay ...

Man sentenced in crash that killed police officer

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A drunken driver who led police on a pursuit that ended when he crashed into a police cruiser, killing one officer and severely injuring another, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. The July 2012 crash occurred as ...