December 6, 2015 |
After the call came in to the Delaware County 911 center from a Utah area code, SWAT officers surrounded the Springfield Township home. The caller had reported that a man at that address had just shot his children and was threatening to kill his wife. In neighboring Marple Township, a SWAT team responded to another home after someone called to say he was being held hostage by a man armed with an assault rifle and explosives. In both cases, the first in 2010 and the other three years later, the calls were frightening - and fake.
December 5, 2015 |
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats failed Thursday to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago. After about 90 minutes of debate, the Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto. Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 or so vetoes Democrats have tried to override.
November 30, 2015 |
Her name was "Hope" - a scrawny German shepherd picked up this summer as a stray in York County. With protruding ribs and thinning black-and-tan coat, she didn't look like much. But she had spunk and a drive that Carol Skaziak believed might make her an ideal police dog. Thus began a nine-week rehabilitation project with the ambitious goal of taking a stray of unknown provenance and giving her a future with purpose. It would be an uncertain undertaking with no promise of success.
November 30, 2015 |
After a pregnant patrol officer was ordered to stay home during most of her pregnancy and exhaust all of her accrued vacation and sick days, pickets appeared at the South Jersey police station and protested the decision made by Pemberton Township's administrator. The police union representing Shannon Sawyer also jumped in, filing a grievance that led the Township Council to vote in February in favor of having her return to work immediately. Still, Sawyer was forced to remain home until after her baby boy arrived in late June.
November 27, 2015 |
The charges were serious: A brutal assault that left a young woman bruised and fighting for her life. Testimony on the witness stand was heated, emotional, and, at times, racially charged. But the onlookers who filled the federal courtroom in Camden on Tuesday night were all smiles. Even - especially - the judge presiding over the case. Jamira Greene, a high school senior portraying defense attorney Atticus Finch in a mock trial rendering of the criminal case described in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird , urged the people sitting in the jury box to acquit.
November 11, 2015 |
Now that U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has shown the way, the Pennsylvania legislature must do its part to prevent parents and other relatives who live with someone suspected of being a drug dealer from unfairly losing their homes and property. Robreno approved a settlement last week between the Institute for Justice and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office that puts reasonable limits on civil forfeitures, but the agreement doesn't apply outside the city. Under the state's civil forfeiture law, if police merely suspect that a house, business, car, or cash was involved in a crime, they can seize it and auction it off. The proceeds may then be banked by the local law enforcement agency.
November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Catherine Botticelli has seen some big changes in Washington since she started working there as a lawyer in the 1990s. The reach of Washington regulators has extended and so has their scrutiny of U.S. businesses. More and more, oversight agencies and law enforcement go after not only companies but also the people who run them. "After the  credit crisis, there was this sense that people commit wrongful acts, not just companies," said Botticelli, a senior partner at Dechert L.L.P., a global law firm based in University City.
November 4, 2015 |
Gov. Christie returned to Camden on Monday to praise the Camden County police force, pledging to stand with law enforcement while pushing his campaign-trail accusations that President Obama - who also was in New Jersey to address criminal justice reform - has failed to support police. The Republican governor, who has tried to cast himself as the law-and-order candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said he would sign an executive order declaring Nov. 5 a law enforcement appreciation day in New Jersey.
October 27, 2015 |
On the eighth anniversary of the killing of 19-year-old Rowan University student Donald Farrell, Gloucester County law enforcement officials renewed their appeal for anyone with information about the murder to come forward. Farrell, a sophomore from Morris County in North Jersey, was beaten to death in Glassboro on Oct. 27, 2007 after he was approached by five males near the college's Triad apartment buildings. The assailants asked Farrell for directions to a party, and then punched and kicked him, witnesses told police.
October 23, 2015 |
New Jersey lawmakers are set to spar over gun legislation Thursday in a debate overshadowed by presidential and gubernatorial politics. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), a possible candidate for governor in 2017, has vowed to try a second time to override Gov. Christie's veto of a bill unanimously passed by the Legislature that would require certain people seeking to expunge their mental-health records in order to buy a firearm to notify law enforcement of their petition.