Law & Public Safety

2 brothers face charges in commercial burglaries

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania brothers face federal charges for their alleged roles in a string of commercial burglaries throughout New Jersey. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Eliezer Medina and his 38-year-old brother, Jose Medina each face a ...

Man admits 9 bank heists in southern New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Burlington County man has pleaded guilty to robbing nine banks in southern New Jersey over a three-and-a-half month span. Shalir Hall pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden on Friday. The 21-year-old from Edgewater Park ...

Truck driver in Morgan crash seeks delay of case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver facing criminal charges stemming from a highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed one of Morgan's friends is asking that a federal lawsuit be delayed. Kevin Roper's attorney filed a ...

Man sentenced for conning dementia-stricken friend

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Essex County man who admitted scamming a dementia-stricken neighbor has been sentenced to five years in state prison. The state attorney general's office says Gilbert Vaughn will also have to pay $50,000 in restitution under ...

Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness. Army Maj. John Jackson and his wife, ...

Ex-CFO sentenced for bilking NYC brokerage firm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former chief financial officer of a New York City-based brokerage firm is going from Wall Street to prison. A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday sentenced 43-year-old Greg Albanese of Manalapan to 33 months in prison for ...

‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro charged with DWI

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have charged "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro with three misdemeanor counts of drunken-driving. A criminal complaint says Bartolo Valastro, of Montville, New Jersey, was pulled over in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen ...

Teen to be tried as adult in stabbing, carjacking

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy who allegedly stabbed a central New Jersey woman and stole her car last year has been indicted on attempted murder and carjacking charges. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says ...

Infant’s remains found at recycling facility

FARMINGDALE, N.J. (AP) — State Police say the remains of a female infant were found at a central New Jersey recycling facility. The discovery was made Tuesday by an employee who was moving trash at the ReCommunity Recycling facility in ...

Man sentenced in crash that killed police officer

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is headed to state prison for causing a fiery alcohol-related crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was headed home after working a drunken driving detail. Ocean County prosecutors say ...