Law & Public Safety

Teachers union treasurer charged with theft

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The treasurer of the teachers union in a southern New Jersey school district has been accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the group. Wayne Wedderman is charged with theft and computer theft. Bail was set at $20,000 ...

Ex-day care worker sentenced for abusing children

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former daycare worker caught on tape abusing children last year has been sentenced to five years in state prison. Hudson County prosecutors say 27-year-old Ann Bactawar had pleaded guilty in September to three counts of ...

3 face charges after man shot during robbery

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Two brothers and a woman face charges following a shooting at a northern New Jersey high-rise apartment building last week that left a man seriously injured. Authorities initially learned of the shooting after the ...

Man faces several charges after shooting, standoff

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly tried to shoot his boss and then kept police at bay for several hours at a central New Jersey home has been charged with attempted murder. Long Branch police tell the Asbury Park Press ...

Mom charged after boy accidentally shoots sister

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded by her 12-year-old brother as he played with a handgun in their Newark, New Jersey home, and the children's mother faces child endangerment charges. City police tell NJ.com ...

Newark fire displaces more than 40 people

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two homes were destroyed and two others were severely damaged when a multialarm fire roared through a neighborhood in Newark, displacing more than 40 people. No injuries were reported in the four-alarm fire, which broke out ...

Woman struck, killed in hit-and-run crash

NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — An elderly woman was struck and killed by a van while trying to cross a street in northern New Jersey. Nutley police say the accident occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday in the area of Centre Street and Ravine Avenue. The ...

Man sentenced for fatally shooting acquaintance

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who fatally shot an acquaintance he had argued with has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Jarrett Palmer had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter in the December 2011 shooting ...

Man gets 33-year sentence in park sex assault

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in a central New Jersey park has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. Mercer County prosecutors say the attack occurred in 2005, but Humberto Gonzalez wasn't charged ...

Feds investigating Connecticut plane crash

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Federal officials are beginning an investigation of the crash of a small plane that went down near a Connecticut home and left the New Jersey pilot with only minor injuries. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration ...