Law & Public Safety

Authorities: Man possessed, distributed child porn

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man stands accused of distributing and possessing child pornography. Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman says 37-year-old Thomas Ballard of Egg Harbor Township was arrested Monday after authorities ...

Court: No GPS devices for sex crimes before 2007

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state can't force sex offenders convicted before a GPS monitoring program was signed into law to wear the tracking devices. The justices voted, 4-3, that it was unconstitutional ...

4 suspects indicted in deadly mall carjacking

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four men accused in the fatal carjacking of a young lawyer outside an upscale New Jersey mall last year have been indicted on felony murder charges. The suspects also face murder, carjacking, conspiracy and weapons charges in ...

Man indicted in deadly strip club shooting

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people inside a northern New Jersey strip club last Christmas has been indicted on murder charges. Essex County prosecutors say 19-year-old Anthony Fields of Newark also faces carjacking, ...

Authorities: Man kidnapped, beat ex-girlfriend

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Kidnapping charges have been filed against a central New Jersey man who allegedly took his ex-girlfriend from her home and then repeatedly punched, kicked and choked her. Aberdeen police tell the Asbury Park Press ...

School bus driver cited in crash that injured 7

MEDFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver has been cited for careless driving after she was involved in an accident last weekend that left seven high school students with minor injuries. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1ymJ8XS) ...

Insurance adjuster pleads guilty in fraud scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owner of an insurance adjusting firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and several insurers. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Robert Napolitano, ...

Bank teller admits role in tax check fraud scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey woman has admitted her role in defrauding the federal Treasury Department out of more than $900,000 in income tax return checks. Rosanna Rodriguez, of Middlesex, pleaded guilty Monday to ...

Authorities ID man killed in motorcycle crash

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the motorcyclist who was killed when his bike crashed into a guardrail on a northern New Jersey roadway last weekend. Hudson County authorities tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1paPiAH) ...

Rutgers student dies, alcohol suspected

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of a Rutgers University student. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office says 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs of South Brunswick appeared to be in distress while attending ...