Law & Public Safety

Fire that killed Cooper CEO, wife ruled arson

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The fire that killed the president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife has been ruled arson. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced its finding Wednesday afternoon. Investigators ...

Battle over dredge spoils facility headed to court

EAGLESWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Two of New Jersey's largest environmental organizations and a homeowners' group have filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a dredge spoil facility along the Barnegat Bay. The plaintiffs claim the state's ...

Man charged following confrontation with detective

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man allegedly involved in a violent confrontation with a New Jersey state police detective has been captured in New York City. Tarik Smith, of Newark, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and a weapons ...

2 face aggravated arson charges in house fire

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Aggravated arson charges have been filed against two men who allegedly set a fire that destroyed a central New Jersey home last weekend. Middlesex County prosecutors say 24-year-old Terrence Strothers, of South Bound ...

Army National Guard member faces sex abuse charge

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey Army National Guard member sexually abused a woman at a military base in the state earlier this year. Ioannis Karazoupis (Eye-OWE-niss Kah-rah-ZOOP-is), of Flemington, was arrested ...

2 officers face DWI charges, possible suspensions

MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Two southern New Jersey police officers face possible suspensions after being charged with drunken driving. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1rGy1mk) reports that the charges stem from a Sept. 3 incident accident ...

New Jersey cites 26 home improvement contractors

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than two dozen contractors have been cited by New Jersey consumer affairs officials as part of an ongoing crackdown. The state is seeking more than $250,000 overall in civil penalties and consumer restitution from the 26 ...

Newark man admits robbing bank, fleeing in cab

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Newark man who hailed a cab after holding up a bank has pleaded guilty to bank robbery. Sixty-one-year-old Willie Chestnut Jr. faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he's sentenced in January. Chestnut admitted robbing ...

Driver killed in wrong-way crash on I-80

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — State Police say a car going the wrong way on Interstate 80 in northern New Jersey struck a truck head-on, killing a driver. Trooper Alina Spies (spees) says the car, driven by 25-year-old Sean Hernandez of Haworth, was ...

No resolution for Jets player accused of assault

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York Jets practice squad player is due in court in two weeks on domestic violence charges, possibly to have a trial date set. A conference scheduled in Florham Park municipal court Wednesday for Quincy Enunwa was ...