"New Jersey's largest police department will be placed under federal oversight for repeatedly violating residents' civil rights, using excessive force and failing to discipline officers for a wide range of misconduct, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
The Newark Police Department, a 1,000-member force that patrols one of the most violent cities in the Northeast, will be subject to court-ordered reform, a move that comes after a three-year investigation into rampant misconduct in the agency, according to the Justice Department and court documents." read more
A former Arcadia, California, police officer pleaded no contest Friday to stealing nearly $42,000 from a police association while serving as treasurer, using the money to buy such items as cigars and motorcycle parts. Christian E. Blesch, 36, pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft by embezzlement and was set to be sentenced Sept. 30, when he will be ordered to serve 180 days in county jail and placed on probation for three years. Deputy Dist. Atty. Geoffrey Rendon said Blesch began stealing funds from the Arcadia Police Officers' Association since 2011. read more
Kia Motors is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul hatchbacks from the 2014 model year because the steering system may fail, the automaker said in a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The pinion plug on the steering gear assembly had "an improper application of thread-locking adhesive," Kia said, adding that "the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly, causing the loss of steering, which could result in a crash." The automaker said it learned of the problem as a result of a warranty claim and that it was not aware of any accidents related to the defect. read more
Radical conservatives in the U.S. have been energized by the armed standoff between federal officials and right-wing militiamen at the Bundy ranch in Nevada in April, according to a new report by an extremist watchdog group. The Southern Poverty Law Center's report, released Thursday, also called the U.S. Bureau of Land Management response to rancher Cliven Bundy "a failure of the federal government to come to terms with the true nature of the war in the West." A spokeswoman for the BLM in Nevada declined to comment on the report's conclusions. read more
Two men were arrested on suspicion of smoking heroin inside a Chuck E. Cheese bathroom in Costa Mesa, California, earlier this week. Police arrested Colin Zborowski, 28, and Daniel Lubach, 27, Tuesday night after another patron called police and reported that two men may be inside the restroom doing drugs, according to Costa Mesa police. When officers arrived, they found Zborowski and Lubach inside a stall smoking, officials said. The pair were "a couple of knuckleheads," who, for some reason, chose to meet with their heroin dealer at Chuck E. Cheese and opted to smoke it in the restaurant's bathroom, said Sgt. Patrick Wessel.