Law & Public Safety

Employees of NJ university victims of ID fraud

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of employees at a New Jersey university say their identities were stolen by someone who filed federal tax returns in their names. Union leaders at New Jersey City University tell The Jersey Journal ...

Body identified as that of missing New Jersey man

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a body found in a heavily wooded ravine in Calvert County is that of a missing New Jersey man. Police found the body of 29-year-old Hani Heiba of Springfield about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a ...

$500K bail for NJ baby-sitter in toddler’s death

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A baby-sitter charged in the death of a 4-year-old girl has had her bail raised to $500,000. Sakita Covington was arraigned Friday in state Superior Court in Essex County. She had previously been held on $50,000 bail. The ...

New Jersey lawmakers move bill on campus assaults

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee has advanced a bill that would make colleges pay $50,000 fines if they fail to report student-on-student sexual assault allegations. Reporting is already required. But the bill's sponsor, ...

21 NJ county bar groups urge Rabner reappointment

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court chief justice is getting a vote of confidence from attorneys across the state. County bar associations from all 21 counties have signed petitions urging Gov. Chris Christie to reappoint Chief ...

Northern NJ restaurant owners admit tax fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a northern New Jersey restaurant have admitted filing false tax returns that cheated the government out of nearly $300,000. Nicola Esposito of Franklin Lakes and Giovanni Esposito of Mahwah each pleaded guilty ...

Belmar bans smoking on beach, boardwalk

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Belmar is the latest Jersey shore town to ban smoking on its beaches and boardwalk. The year-round ban will take effect on Memorial Day weekend. The town had previously allowed smoking in designated areas. Mayor Matt Doherty ...

Parents protest crossing where 3 children were hit

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Parents and children are demanding safer crossings after three children were struck walking home from school by a vehicle driven by New Brunswick's fire director. They plan to attend Thursday night's Middlesex County ...

Poll: US split on legal pot, against online bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that Americans are split over whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. But the poll finds them solidly opposed to online gambling. A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll ...

Wrongful death case against ex-coach settled

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school baseball coach will pay $275,000 to help settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a player who committed suicide. The suit claimed 18-year-old Andrew Clark Jr. of Spring Lake ...