Law & Public Safety

NJ cop admits extortion, stolen goods scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Jersey City police officer has admitted he stole more than a half a million cigarettes and extorted $20,000 from a person he thought was a drug courier. Mario Rodriguez pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton Friday to ...

NJ man who killed father gets 40-year sentence

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey who admitted fatally shooting his father while robbing him has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Brendan Matos pleaded guilty in February to the 2011 attack on 56-year-old Nelson Matos. At the time ...

Ex-school board prez sentenced for lunch fraud

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The former president of the Elizabeth School Board will not be going to prison for stealing from the district's free lunch program, but she might end up in the cafeteria. A judge on Friday sentenced 49-year-old Marie Munn to 3 ...

1 construction worker dead in collapse

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — One construction worker is dead and another was injured when there was a collapse in the basement of a Maplewood restaurant. One worker escaped injury. Emergency crews remain on the scene at Coda Restaurant and Bar Friday. ...

Shooting leaves 1 wounded in Neptune

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Gunfire has left one person wounded in Neptune. It's the second shooting in the Monmouth County township in five days. Police Sgt. Scott Cox tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1oBGc41 ) the shooting ...

Fire damages home in Ventnor

VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — Fire ripped through one home and damaged two others in Ventnor. The fire broke out around 1:45 a.m. Friday on North Dudley Avenue and was brought under control by 3 a.m. Firefighters found flames and heavy smoke coming from ...

Man gets life for Seton Hall student’s murder

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of killing one student and wounding four others at an off-campus party near Seton Hall University has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. At his sentencing Friday in Newark, Nicholas Welch ...

Ex-NYC disc jockey facing child sex charge dies

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A pioneering former New York City radio personality awaiting trial on a child sex charge has died. Dave Herman was 78. Attorney Marc Agnifilo says Herman died Thursday at University Hospital in Newark. He says Herman was ...

New Jersey man pleads not guilty in wife’s killing

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of killing his estranged wife and kidnapping their sons has pleaded not guilty. John Jordan was in Bergen County Superior Court on Thursday, where he denied murdering 39-year-old Tracey Jordan and ...

Mom pleads guilty in disabled daughter’s death

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her disabled adult daughter, whose decomposed remains were found in the home they shared. Janet Wilson of Manchester pleaded guilty Thursday to second degree ...