Law & Public Safety

2 rescued from capsized boat

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two men are safe after their boat capsized in a New Jersey recreation area thanks to the actions of a birdwatcher and a good Samaritan. Strong winds turned the boat over at Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton ...

Vigil set for injured police officer

LODI, N.J. (AP) — Officials have suspended a Lodi High School teacher with pay after he pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from what authorities say was an alcohol-related crash that critically injured a Bergen County Police Department officer. ...

Ex-suspect in boy’s disappearance stays in prison

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A convicted child molester long suspected in a notorious 1979 New York City child disappearance case will spend six to 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to register an address under Megan's Law the last time he ...

Officials to probe NJ man’s suicide at Pa. prison

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials say the death of a New Jersey man in a Pennsylvania prison will be investigated and prison procedures will be reviewed. LancasterOnline.com (http://bit.ly/1jWCMCW) said 26-year-old Patrick Kanney, of Pennsauken, ...

NJ woman can make case for withdrawing murder plea

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Middlesex County woman who admitted smothering her 6-year-old son in 2005 has been allowed to make a case for withdrawing her guilty plea. Alice O'Donnell has been serving a 30-year prison sentence without a chance for ...

Police capture fugitive in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in Puerto Rico have captured a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that U.S. Marshals and Puerto Rico police found Jose A. "Coco" Gomez Lopez ...

2 due in NJ court on murder-for-hire charges

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia auto shop owner and one of his employees are charged with orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot in New Jersey. Ronald Galati and Jerome Johnson are scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday in federal ...

Ex prosecutor, NJ professor to head NYC rent board

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed a law professor and former federal prosecutor to head the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. The mayor's office said Thursday that Rachel Godsil specializes in housing, land use and social ...

NJ cop who accidentally shot self to return to job

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a Flemington police officer who apparently shot himself by accident plans to return to work next week. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office says Detective Sgt. William Svard sustained a minor leg injury ...

Fire closes Carlstadt Post Office

CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — Officials have closed the Carlstadt Post Office following an early-morning fire. Post office boxes and mail pick-up are being transferred to the East Rutherford Post Office at 193 Park Avenue. Home delivery is not affected. ...