Law & Public Safety

Man convicted of sex crimes returned to New Jersey

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man who fled the country shortly before he was convicted of sex crimes against a young boy has been returned to New Jersey. Union County prosecutors say 47-year-old Nikolaos Katogiritis was tracked to the ...

New Jersey to receive $543K in drug settlement

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will receive more than $500,000 as part of a nationwide settlement with a drugmaker over allegations that the company improperly promoted medications including the attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR. ...

5 years for woman in unemployment benefits scam

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Another defendant in a scheme to steal unemployment benefits from New Jersey has been sentenced to prison. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Friday that Monique Valentine was sentenced to five years in state ...

Authorities on Edge, Security Increased Throughout Region, Threat Unclear

Officials have increased security as a deterrent to terrorists and assurance to residents.

Law Enforcement Concerned About Smartphone Encryption

The FBI director said he's worried that so-called unlockable systems for smartphones will impede investigations.

DEP Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

The Department of Environmental Protection's "Don't Waste Our Open Space" campaign has netted charges against 20 in six months.

Woman whose home had 300 dead animals is sentenced

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A former SPCA volunteer has been sentenced to probation after more than 300 dead animals were found in her home. A state Superior Court judge in Monmouth County sentenced 56-year-old Gretchen Rell on Friday to five years of ...

Mother and 3 children struck by car

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A mother and one of her three children are in critical condition after they were struck by a car in central New Jersey. WNBC-TV (http://bit.ly/1t2Q44b ) reports that after a vehicle stopped to allow pedestrians to cross a road, ...

State: $450K in fines pending in dumping crackdown

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's crackdown on illegal dumping at state parks and recreational areas is adding up. The Department of Environmental Protection began the campaign six months ago and released its latest numbers Friday. It says the ...

Indictment says 2 men shopped Saddam family guns

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men have been indicted for allegedly trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by the family of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. David Phillip Ryan and Carlos Quirola-Ordonez were initially charged in 2012 ...