Law & Public Safety

Former union official sentenced on extortion count

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former delegate of an International Longshoremen's Association chapter in New Jersey is now headed to prison for conspiring to extort Christmas tributes from members. Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Robert Ruiz, of ...

Sayreville HS Anti-Bullying Rating Calls System into Question

Sayreville War Memorial High School had a grade of 71 out of 75 for its anti-bullying efforts from 2011 to 2013, which some say shows the system of self reporting is flawed.

Towns Reconsider Curfews After Lawsuit

After a Wanaque teen sued over the town's curfew and won, other municipalities are rescinding their curfews for teens.

Woman admits role in tax check fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New Jersey woman has admitted defrauding the Federal Treasury department out of $940,000 in income tax return checks. Rosemary Valerio, of Middlesex, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a complaint ...

Wisconsin man sentenced for threatening judge

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who is identified with the Sovereign Citizen movement has been sentenced to prison for threatening and filing false charges against a judge and 27 other officials in New Jersey. Camden County prosecutors ...

Man indicted in fatal hit-and-run accident

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has been indicted aggravated manslaughter charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that killed a man earlier this year. Morris County prosecutors say 27-year-old Edward Koloski, of Rockaway ...

Man faces murder charges in deadly brawl with teen

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man who was found stabbed this week is now charged with murder in the shooting death of a teenage boy. Authorities say 19-year-old Dequan Rogers, of Franklin Township, was injured Monday night ...

911 call released in fire that killed Cooper CEO

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Audio from a 911 call reporting the fire that killed the president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife indicates that a neighbor heard banging coming from inside the house shortly before first ...

Prosecutors: No link found in 2 fatal shootings

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say the shooting deaths of two men in Elizabeth do not appear to be connected. Both shootings took place Tuesday night and occurred about 30 minutes apart. Motives for both sayings remain under investigation, and ...

Prosecutors: Man sentenced on child porn charges

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who admitted downloading images and videos of child sex abuse has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors say 24-year-old Joshua Babilonia of Fair Lawn must also ...