Police & Fire

Former NYPD Officer Found Guilty of Firearms Offense In Watchung Incident

Wanda Anthony, a former sergeant with the New York Police Department has been convicted of 2nd degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

 

SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A Staten Island resident and former sergeant with the New York Police Department has been convicted of 2nd degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief following a three-week trial.

At the time of her arrested in 2014, Wanda Anthony. 47, was a sergeant with NYPD. She was later terminated by the department, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The charges stem from an incident outside a home in Watchung April 30, 2014.  Sentencing is scheduled Dec. 1. Anthony faces up to 10 years in jail.

Sign Up for E-News

Robertson provided the following account:

Anthony was off-duty at the time and on a date with a resident of High Tor Drive in Watchung. Shortly after arriving at the residence at 3:30 a.m., there was a physical altercation between the resident's girlfriend and Anthony, who subsequently fired her NYPD-issued 9mm handgun into a car parked in the driveway, shattering the rear driver's side window.

Anthony left the residence, and was located nearby and arrested by Watchung Police Officer Brian McLaughlin.; she denied firing the weapon during an interview with Watchung police detectives. 

A Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office forensics technician later recovered two projectile fragments from the resident’s vehicle, and a Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office ballistics expert matched the projectile fragments to Anthony’s handgun. 

 

 

           . 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerville Christmas Tree Decorated, Wrapped in Lights, Ready for Santa's Magic Touch

November 18, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The stage is set for thel arrival of Santa Claus Nov. 25 with the borough's official Christmas tree decorated, with lights strung and ready to be lit, on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

No snow yet, but with crisp temperatures and brisk winds blowing down Division Street, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas; a few merchants have already begun trimming ...

Coaching Virginia Tech Lacrosse Paige Petty

November 15, 2017

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - It has been suggested that coaching is the language of learning and transformation. Whether on or off the playing field or court, good coaching changes the way we perform. Great coaching changes the way we think. 

Whether working with NFL athletes, some of next season’s draft hopefuls, or the area’s rising female athletes, Brian Martin has built a ...

Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at NJ Department of Environmental Protection

November 8, 2017

Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the State’s environment and natural resources.

This ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, November 21, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

2017 International Juried Exhibition

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, November 21, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

2017 International Juried Exhibition

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, November 22, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

2017 International Juried Exhibition

Arts & Entertainment

Children in Fifth to Eighth Grade Invited to Enter Elks Americanism Essay Contest

November 19, 2017

"Why Our Veterans are America's Heroes".

This is the theme for the Elks Americanism Essay contest. There are two categories ...... 5th and 6th graders and 7th and 8th graders.

The rules and the cover sheet that needs to be filled out and submitted with each essay are on the photos, and may be reproduced. 

Essays cannot be more than 300 words long, and should be ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...