Law & Public Safety

Ex-sheriff’s officer sentenced in extortion case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Essex County sheriff's officer has been sentenced in an extortion case. Fifty-year-old John Balsamo of West Long Branch received a 15-month sentence Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty to using ...

Man sentenced for sex relationship with teen girl

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who admitted taking his daughter's teenage friend across state lines so they could engage in sexual activity is now headed to prison. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Michael Kulick of Dennis ...

Michael Drewniak Testifies About GWB Lane Closures

Christie Spokesman Michael Drewniak testified in front of the select committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Former dockworkers plead guilty in union probe

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Three former New Jersey dockworkers have admitted to conspiring to extort Christmas tributes from members of a local branch of the International Longshoremen's Association. Federal prosecutors say 82-year-old Vincent Aulisi of ...

2 more homeowners accused of Sandy fraud

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two more New Jersey residents face allegations of filing fraudulent applications for Superstorm Sandy aid. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says 53-year-old Carol Suto of Clifton and 56-year-old Debra Weigman of Berkeley ...

Camouflaged hunter struck, killed on highway

SOUTHAMPTON, N.J. (AP) — State police say a hunter wearing "very elaborate" camouflage was killed when two vehicles struck him as he tried to cross a southern New Jersey highway. The Courier-Post (http://on.cpsj.com/RCGNUV) reports the accident ...

Gang member sentenced for role in murder plot

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors say a southern New Jersey street gang member who admitted his role in a conspiracy to kill a fellow gang member has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Monaud Toussaint must serve 8 ½ years of the term ...

Prosecutors: Man pleads guilty in overdose death

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drug distribution charges in the heroin overdose death of a southern New Jersey man. Ocean County prosecutors say 23-year-old Rasan McGee faces a seven-year prison ...

Ex-NJ Transit official admits accepting bribe

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former New Jersey Transit supervisor has admitted she agreed to accept an $8,000 bribe and power washing services in connection with a snow removal contract. Donna Schiereck pleaded guilty Tuesday and ...

Essex County man arrested in real estate scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Livingston man on charges stemming from what they say was a real estate investment scheme that bilked people out of $4 million. Officials have charged 50-year-old Abbe Edelman of wire fraud. ...