Law & Public Safety

Authorities identify man killed in house fire

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have used dental records to identify the man who was killed in a fast-moving fire last weekend that destroyed his home and severely damaged another in northwestern New Jersey. Sparta police tell The Star-Ledger ...

NJ man pleads guilty to forcing religious divorce

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted his role in a scheme to force a Jewish man to grant his wife a religious divorce. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old David Wax of Lakewood pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a complaint ...

Nevada trademark award upheld against poker player

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a $60,000 judgment against a long-time poker player for infringing on the trademark of a Nevada company that makes books and videos about gambling. The Las Vegas Sun ...

Parishioners chase man who steals church donations

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing donations from a New Jersey church. Delvonte Olmo-Pagan of Camden is held on $960,000 bail, charged with robbery, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm and weapons charges. ...

Ex-teacher admits touching, texting student

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A fired West Central High School teacher in Morris County has admitted sexually touching and texting a 15-year-old female student. Thirty-one-year-old David Scheck of North Brunswick pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal ...

10 NJ Transit workers disciplined over vehicle use

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit has disciplined ten employees after it installed GPS tracking in its vehicles to eliminate fraud and abuse. Three of the employees were fired and one was suspended for 30 days. NJ Transit outfitted 480 ...

New Jersey police chief to earn $300K plus

NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A police chief in northern New Jersey stands to earn more than $300,000 this year. New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro's new contract includes nearly $110,000 in one-time payouts for vacation and accumulated sick ...

Union City fire spreads through 5 buildings

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters are dosing hot spots after gaining control of a fire that damaged five buildings in Union City. Officials say the fire broke out in a building on New York Avenue around 2 a.m. Tuesday and the flames quickly ...

Resident killed, 6 firefighters hurt in house fire

SOUTH TOMS RIVERS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a house fire in South Toms River has claimed the life of one person and sent six firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1htmHmj ) that the ...

Some NFL retirees fault concussion deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims is under attack again, this time from retirees who say they would get nothing for their residual health problems. Seven former players asked Monday to intervene in ...