Law & Public Safety

Discarded cigarette sparks deadly apartment fire

TUCKERTON, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a discarded cigarette sparked an accidental fire that killed a man at a southern New Jersey apartment complex. The fire at the Village on the Green complex in Tuckerton was reported around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. ...

Whole Foods recalls salads in 3 northeast states

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) — Whole Foods is recalling two pre-packaged salads sold in three northeastern states due to a mislabeling of allergens. The mini four-ounce containers of pre-packaged Caesar salad and Mesclun goat cheese salad were sold ...

NJ tax preparer sentenced to 18 months for scam

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns. Kellar Covington Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months by a federal judge in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in February to assisting in the ...

Coast Guard comes to aid of distressed kayaker

PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has come to the aid of a man whose kayak capsized in waters off central New Jersey. The man was near Port Monmouth when they kayak filled with water and became unstable on Tuesday. He used his cell phone ...

Man pleads guilty in fraudulent investment scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has admitted that he fraudulently obtained $500,000 by promising investors favorable returns on funds that would be used to finance educational television programming for teenagers. Federal prosecutors ...

Prosecutor: Driver in deadly crash was drunk

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man who allegedly was driving drunk when his car crashed earlier this year, killing a passenger, has been charged with vehicular homicide. Monmouth County prosecutors say bail has been set at $75,000 cash ...

Prosecutor: Couple’s deaths ruled murder-suicide

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — The deaths of a northern New Jersey couple whose bodies were found inside their home last weekend have been ruled a murder-suicide. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp announced the findings Tuesday. Knapp said the ...

Man charged in drive-by shooting that wounded 6

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Attempted murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man accused of wounding six people during a drive-by shooting last month. Paterson police say 21-year-old city resident Delshawn Lowery was arrested ...

New Jersey appealing order on ocean sound blasting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration says it will appeal a judge's ruling that allowed scientists to go ahead with blasting sound waves in the ocean for research. The state government says the research could harm ...

Incoming assignment judge to make history

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Monmouth County's next assignment judge will make judicial history in New Jersey. Judge Lisa Thornton will be the first black woman to serve as an assignment judge in the state's modern court system. Thornton will replace ...