Law & Public Safety

New Jersey judge rules drum-playing not a nuisance

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The beat will go on for a Morris County teenager. A state Superior Court judge has ruled the teen's drumming practice in his parents' detached garage didn't qualify as a nuisance to his neighbors. Joanne Traetto filed suit ...

1 victim identified in fatal Route 21 crash

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Essex County have identified one of the victims of a fiery crash that killed two people on Route 21 north of Newark. The Essex County prosecutor's office and Belleville police say 26-year-old Jonathan Fontenot of ...

ATM stolen from Newark store in truck smash-grab

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police in Newark are looking for whoever ran a pickup truck into a downtown convenience store and made off with a cash machine. The robbery occurred early Thursday morning at the store on Park Place, across from Military Park ...

NJ man accused of beating another over $10 debt

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jersey City police say a man nearly beat another to death with a tree branch over a $10 drug debt. Thirty-two-year-old Nicholas Rivera is held on $150,000 bail, charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other ...

2 charged after suspicious Turnpike roadblock

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — State Police believe a suspicious roadblock on the New Jersey Turnpike captured by a dashboard camera was a lapse in judgment and not a robbery attempt. A motorist on the Newark Bay Extension in Jersey City early Monday ...

Psychologist faces insurance fraud charges

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Monmouth County have accused a psychologist of submitting approximately 120 fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $15,000. Prosecutors have charged 62-year-old Edward Merski of Old Bridge with health ...

Man gets prison term for running pizzeria scam

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of bilking an investor out of more than $1 million in a phony pizzeria scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Giovanni Arena of Laurel Springs also will have to serve three ...

Officials: Move Over Law Makes Roads Safer

Law enforcement personnel say requiring motorists to slow down and change lanes when they see an emergency vehicle is common sense and increases safety.

Judge suspended over conflict of interest

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state judge who admitted presiding over cases where she had a conflict of interest has been suspended for one month without pay. The punishment of Superior Court Judge Melanie Donohue Appleby was made public ...

Fire guts 2 buildings, but no injuries reported

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a stubborn blaze in northern New Jersey that gutted two buildings. No injuries were reported in the fire, which apparently broke out around 5 a.m. Wednesday on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. ...