Law & Public Safety

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. ...

Crews battle woodlands fire in south NJ

DOWNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State Forest Fire Service crews are working to contain a forest fire in the Bevans Wildlife Management Area in southern New Jersey. The fire began shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Fueled by strong winds, it is estimated ...

Miami police officer in NJ on US charges

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Miami-Dade police officer, who the FBI says was known as "the Milk Man," has appeared in federal court in New Jersey to face charges he aided a New Jersey-based drug trafficking organization. Lt. Ralph Mata (MAH-tah) of ...

Ex-mayor’s corruption conviction, sentence upheld

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A federal appellate court has upheld the corruption conviction of the former mayor of New Jersey's largest suburb and the prison sentence he received. The ruling made by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in ...

Man charged in theft of woman’s dog on first date

DOVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly stole a woman's Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV during their first date has been charged with two counts of theft. Court records show 23-year-old Honey Ahmed of Elizabeth was arrested early Wednesday. ...