NJ man faces charges stemming from gang initiation

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have accused a New Jersey man of trying to lure Orthodox Jewish women as part of a gang initiation. Lakewood police have charged 18-year-old Rafael Laurano-Flores with obstruction, resisting arrest, bias ...

Suit Claims Newark Archdiocese Failed to Pay Taxes on Monuments

The Monument Builders of New Jersey president claims the Newark Archdiocese is taking away business while not paying taxes on monuments as it should.

Muslim group to appeal ruling on police spying

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department over its surveillance of Muslims. Attorneys with Muslim Advocates and the Center for ...

NJ man out of priesthood after court order broken

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been officially removed from the priesthood after admitting he violated a court order against unsupervised contact with minors. Fifty-three-year-old Michael Fugee had agreed in November to seek laicization ...

Archbishop Myers’ Retirement Home Draws Ire of Some Catholics

Several Catholic parishioners are upset with what they say are lavish accommodations for Archbishop John Myers' retirement home.

NY man pleads guilty in NJ in alleged divorce ring

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Brooklyn man has admitted to traveling to New Jersey to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce - called a 'get' - through threats of violence. The U.S. attorney's office says David Hellman pleaded guilty ...

Ukranian Church Leader: NATO Military Would Cause Devastation in Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Primate Metropolitan Antony said that sending NATO military forces to Ukraine would cause unnecessary devastation to the country.

Priest accused of sex crime following NJ wedding

PROSPECT PARK, N.J. (AP) — A retired New Jersey priest has been charged with engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a man after officiating at a wedding. Morris County prosecutors say the Rev. Philip Briganti, who now lives in El Paso, Texas, ...

NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department's intelligence unit didn't discriminate against Muslims with far-reaching surveillance aimed at identifying "budding terrorist conspiracies" at Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey, a ...

NJ church organist faces child sex assault charges

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a longtime church organist in southern New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting five young boys over a 30-year period. Winslow police say 71-year-old Joseph Cuthbert of Sicklerville faces five counts each of ...