Law & Public Safety


Baraka Unveils ‘Model Neighborhoods’ Strategy For West, South Wards

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced a new initiative to reduce crime and enhance economic development.

Attorney admits cheating clients out of millions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities say a prominent southern New Jersey elder-law attorney has admitted defrauding clients out of millions of dollars and laundering the funds through various bank accounts. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman ...

Company denies man lost job over Playgirl spread

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he'd posed nude in Playgirl magazine. Durham resident Daniel Sawka filed a ...

Newark’s toughest areas focus of pilot reform plan

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two of Newark's most depressed and crime-plagued neighborhoods will be the focus of a concerted effort to turn things around. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the Model Neighborhood plan on Monday at police headquarters in the city's ...

Teen prostitute’s driver gets state prison term

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who drove a 17-year-old prostitute to a hotel for a sexual tryst is now headed to state prison. Morris County prosecutors say Wendy Archelus, of Elizabeth, received a five-year term when he was ...

Authorities: Pennsylvania woman killed in crash

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman was killed in a weekend crash on a central New Jersey highway. Bridgewater police say 34-year-old Candice Gerwer, of Bethlehem, was a passenger in a car driven by her 30-year-old ...

Toms River police seek hit-and-run driver

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Toms River are seeking a motorist who they say fled the scene of an accident and tried to run down an off-duty police officer. Police say 54-year-old Robert Dechert of Lakehurst drove away after hitting ...

New Jersey state trooper catches escaped steer

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state trooper could have used a lasso to collar a wayward steer in Warren County. Buster had escaped from a ranch in Mansfield Township. Sgt. Dave Ortiz came across the steer in a field and managed to ...

Man critically injured in Belmar crash

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a car split in half and the driver was critically injured during a crash in Belmar. Sgt. Mark Walsifer tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1wYy6Dr ) 23-year-old Joao Vicuna of Trenton was driving on Route ...

Authorities: Woman, boy hurt when SUV strikes tree

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A woman and a young boy were seriously injured when the sport utility vehicle they were in struck a tree in southern New Jersey. Franklin Township police tell the South Jersey Times (http://bit.ly/1uktNp2) that the ...