Law & Public Safety

Fire chief: Woman killed in fire at cluttered home

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fire officials say they had a hard time getting to a woman on the second floor of a house on fire in New Jersey because of an extreme amount of clutter and she later died. Jersey City Fire Chief Darren Rivers says that ...

1 injured in south Jersey chemical plant blast

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured. It happened at the Johnson Matthey plant in West Deptford just after 5:30 a.m. Friday. Plant ...

AA jet diverts to St. Louis amid passenger concern

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines jet bound from New Jersey to North Texas safely diverted to St. Louis amid security concerns about a passenger's use of an electronic device. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely (HEWG'-lee) says Flight ...

Man guilty in crash that killed NJ police officer

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a man of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was on his way home on Thanksgiving after working a drunken driving detail. The panel in Ocean County also found ...

Late NJ judge’s daughter charged with murder

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are accusing the daughter of a deceased municipal judge in northern New Jersey of beating her boyfriend to death on Valentine's Day. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office says 59-year-old Andrea Consales is ...

New Jersey conducts hurricane drill

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 300 police and transportation officials participated in a hurricane evacuation drill in New Jersey. The object of Thursday's exercise was to test response time and communications in the event that officials ...

3 house fires hit Galloway Township

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Three house fires kept firefighters busy in a southern New Jersey town. Galloway Township police say lightning strikes are believed responsible for the fires that destroyed two homes on First Avenue Thursday. A pot ...

2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two more men have been charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in New Jersey. Passaic County prosecutors said Friday that 21-year-old Jeffery Ellerbee was ...

1 woman dead in New Jersey rowhouse fire

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say one woman is dead in a rowhouse fire in New Jersey. Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh says the blaze broke out in the home's basement at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Three others in the ...

24 months for former loan officer in mortgage scam

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former loan officer for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a $40 million scam. Robert Serao of Bayville had previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy. Nine ...