Law & Public Safety

NY police: Ex-NJ woman dies in campfire accident

GLENHAM, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who police say was killed in a campfire accident at her boyfriend's Hudson Valley home. Police in the Dutchess County town of Fishkill tell the Poughkeepsie Journal ...

13 Garfield school workers accused of lunch fraud

GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Garfield's school board has disciplined 13 employees who are accused of under reporting their incomes so their children could receive free or reduced-cost lunches. The Record (http://bit.ly/1v940KW ) newspaper reports two ...

2 NY men found dead in crashed car after NJ trip

WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) — State police say two upstate New York men have been found dead in their crashed car a day after they failed to return from an auto show in New Jersey. Troopers say they were contacted Sunday and told 25-year-old Aaron Vays ...

2 school buses crash in Monmouth County

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police say five children sustained minor injuries after two school buses crashed in Monmouth County. The buses were carrying students from Neptune Township High School and Howell Middle School North. Howell police ...

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" ...