July 30, 2015 |
The New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, Gov. Christie's office said Tuesday while also announcing new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. While state police cruisers have had dashboard cameras for years, this will be the first time troopers will wear cameras. The equipment is expected to be rolled out during the next few months, with all troopers on patrol getting the gear by the middle of next year.
November 20, 2014 |
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said. "His father was a police officer in Philly - John J. Sr. - in the traffic division," Ken Schilling said. John J. Jr. was a Philadelphia police officer from April 1956 to June 1980, a police spokeswoman said. Ken Schilling said he is a detective with the Egg Harbor Police Department and his brother, John, is "a sergeant first class in the New Jersey State Police.
January 17, 2013 |
In a power play amid the widespread power failure left by Hurricane Sandy, a civilian employee of the New Jersey state police forced two vendors in Burlington County to hand over free a generator, authorities said Tuesday. Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, threatened the two men with fines and confiscation if they did not give her a free generator, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a news release. Friedman was charged Tuesday with theft by deception. The men, from South Carolina, were selling generators at Routes 206 and 537 in Springfield Township, when Friedman came up to them on Oct. 31, according to the news release.
November 23, 2012 |
A man was pronounced dead by New Jersey State Police on Thanksgiving Day shortly after he jumped off the New Hope Toll Bridge along Rte. 202 in Bucks County, police said. Police received the report of a person lying face down in the Delaware River at 1:32 p.m. Rescue units and a dive team were dispatched to the scene, according to Breaking News Network, a firm which monitors police radio traffic. Rescue units lost sight of the floating form until 1:52 p.m., when the man was recovered in full cardiac arrest, the news network reported.
October 9, 2011
A professional bull rider was trampled and killed by a bull Sunday at a traveling rodeo making its annual stop in Dutch Neck Village, Hopewell Township, N.J., just south of Bridgeton. The accident happened a little after 7:30 p.m. New Jersey State Police said 24-year-old Rigoberto Flores of Brentwood, N.Y., was riding the bull when he was thrown off and then crushed. State Police said the rider was taken to Vineland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of chest injuries.
September 18, 2011
A Gloucester County man was charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving after an accident early Saturday that left a passenger dead and another hospitalized. Arrested was Karon Blanton, 32, of Woodbury. Police say he was driving under the influence and with a suspended license. Blanton was driving south on I-295 near milepost 20 in West Deptford Township at 1 a.m. when he lost control, veered onto the right shoulder and hit a tree and a guardrail. The crash killed front-seat passenger Jenita Noel, 31, of Sewell.
June 15, 2011 |
The governor isn't getting a free ride. That's what New Jersey's top cop told an Assembly committee Tuesday after Democrats convened a hearing to investigate the controversy known as Coptergate. When helicopters transport Gov. Christie, according to State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes, pilots conduct a variety of other missions at the same time, such as homeland-security checks of bridges, surveillance of urban areas, and searches for missing boaters. In fact, Fuentes said, during almost all of the 35 trips taken by the governor and his staff since Christie took office in 2010, there were at least two additional missions being carried out beyond transport.
March 1, 2010 |
New Jersey State Police charged a Brick Township couple with beating a man to death, then dumping his body and setting it on fire in Burlington County, authorities said yesterday. The body was left in the woods off county Route 532 in Woodland Township around 4 a.m. on Tuesday. State police said an accelerant was used to set the body on fire. The flames started a brush fire that was seen by passing motorists. State police were able to identify the victim from his fingerprints as Eric Pagan, 37, of Ocean Grove in Monmouth County.
September 7, 2009 |
After a 90-minute, 150-mile car chase up and down the New Jersey Turnpike, a woman was arrested Saturday night and charged with criminally restraining her female passenger, according to New Jersey State Police. Eleanor Valdenarro, 44, of Dumont, N.J., was also charged with eluding police and making terroristic threats. Her passenger, a 54-year-old Jersey City woman whose name was not released, called 911 around 8 p.m. Saturday to say she was being held against her will in a blue Ford Explorer, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said yesterday.
December 7, 2006 |
New Jersey State Police leaders readily acknowledge that not too long ago, their investigations branch grabbed whatever bad guys it could - what Col. Joseph "Rick" Fuentes, the superintendent, termed "low-hanging fruit. " These days, the force is taking a new approach to crime-busting, using the gathering, analysis and sharing of information to pinpoint - then target - the most dangerous threats and pervasive criminals. New Jersey officials say they are the first in the country to institute "intelligence-led policing" in a comprehensive way, with the help of a new state-of-the-art intelligence center.