Law & Public Safety

Bill limits NJ employers on crime records

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Employers in New Jersey might be limited from asking job applicants about their criminal records. The state Senate and Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent employers from asking applicants to check a box ...

Sayreville cop admits stealing

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a Sayreville police officer has admitted stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the town's housing authority. Fifty-one-year-old Stephen Gulick pleaded guilty to theft by deception. The Middlesex ...

NJ Assembly passes bestiality bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that would make it illegal for people to have sex with animals. But the measure may hit a dead-end because there's no companion legislation in the state Senate. Thirty-seven states ...

NYC creates public defender system for immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) — Poor New York City immigrants who otherwise would have faced the complicated immigration system with its threat of deportation on their own will now get legal representation to help them. It's due to a program advocates say is the ...

New Jersey lawmakers legalize sports betting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Christie a bill that would legalize sports gambling at casinos and race tracks. Both chambers of the Legislature overwhelmingly passed the bill on Thursday, just three days after it ...

Fulop Flexes Muscle, Demotes Police Chief, Promises More Changes to Come

Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan received a letter from Mayor Steve Fulop saying the demotion was due to structural changes and concern with the number of lawsuits filed against the chief for retaliation.

NJ Jewelry Stores Face Charges for Improper Gold Buying Practices

Division of Consumer Affairs inspectors and undercover officers found gold buyers breaking the rules.

NJ woman admits filing for false $350k tax return

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to filing a false tax return that sought a refund of more than $350,000. The Internal Revenue Service's criminal division said Thursday that 62-year-old Halina Okla entered her plea in ...

170 arrested in sweep of Paterson neighborhood

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey's third largest city have arrested about 170 people and seized money, drugs and weapons during a two-week sweep. Paterson Police Director Glenn Brown tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1qyLLih ) that the ...

Judges: Retirees have right to pension increases

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that retired public workers have a right to cost-of-living increases in their pensions. But in an opinion Thursday, a three-judge panel leaves it to a lower court judge to decide ...