Law & Justice

November 17, 2018

    NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted five men and one women for the murder of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, 24 of North Plainfield, according to:Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The indictments for murder and related crimes were returned on Nov.

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The lawsuit against the borough by several Police Department employees continues to rock the council meetings. Mayor Paul Mirabelli gave an update in the form of a written statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. Meanwhile, the cost of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail Thursday, Aug. 23, without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail. Brendan ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – An Indianapolis man traveling through Union County by way of Pennsylvania was arrested in the parking lot of a store on Route 22 in Union after an investigation led to a search of the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of heroin late last week, according to the ...

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NEWARK, N.J. –  A Russia resident and citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for his alleged role in an international procurement network that smuggled over $65 million worth of electronics from the United States to Russia in violation of export control laws, U.S. Attorney Craig ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting. Hennelly, 53, will immediately be starting a new job in the private ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting. Hennelly, 53, will immediately be start a new job in the private ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - A former New York City Police sergeant was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison,  with 42 months to be served without parole, after she was found guilty of second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief in an ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court. The ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Five Mountainside Police Officers and one employee filed a lawsuit against the borough in the Superior Court of New Jersey on May 11, 2018. The borough announced the lawsuit and provided background information regarding the issue on a statement posted on the borough’s ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Scott Peterson, assistant prosecutor in the trial for April Wyckoff’s murder, was honored as part of the county prosecutor’s office’s National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week. Peterson was honored along with Ted Merced, a veteran detective, and Azucena “Susie” Arias, a victim/witness ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association.  In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents from the borough and the township met at the Chatham Borough Firehouse on Saturday to discuss a proactive way the community can address pushing for a ban of military-style assault weapons. Former Chatham Borough Council member Jim Lonergan formed the Facebook ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino. Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. “Considering the high levels of purity found in ...

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According to numerous news reports, corruption and bribery charges against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez are being dropped by the Justice Department. Senator Menendez released the following statement through his Communications Director, Tricia Enright: “From the very beginning, I never wavered in my ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two men have been charged with armed robbery and other related crimes in connection with a hold-up at a Verizon store on Route 22 in Green Brook, which was followed by a chase and apprehension in Piscataway and South Bound Brook, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Middle School mother, Libby Hilsenrath, is the plaintiff, along with her minor child, federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday that names The School District of the Chathams, the Board of Education, the Chatham Middle School principal and teachers as defendents, claiming a violation ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Beth Hatikvah, in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is inviting the community to come together Saturday, Jan. 13, beginning at 10 a.m., for an interactive consideration of Dr. King's legacy. Rodney E. Williams, associate minister of Fountain Baptist Church, will ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The good news for the township is that a recent lawsuit against the township and Ana Minkoff was dismissed. The bad news is that it cost the township just under $5,000 to defend the matter. On Dec. 14, 2017, Union County Superior Court Judge Camille Kenny issued an order ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order. Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not ...

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A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - A car dealer on Route 22 has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs  announced. Liccardi Ford, Inc. (“Liccardi ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - A car dealer on Route 22 has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs  announced. Liccardi Ford, Inc. (“Liccardi ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Edmund ‘Thomas’ Maciejewski spent a couple of hours today collecting signatures at the Berkeley Heights Post Office for the Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act, according to his post on the Berkeley Heights Community Facebook page. He needed to collect at least 30, because the ...

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This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. with new information. ELIZABETH, NJ — A former instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student at Surgent’s Elite School of Gymnastics in Westfield over the course of more than six months, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ--The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Department of Corrections has awarded a grant of $200,000 to Union County. The funds will go to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs at the Union County Correctional Facility, for ...

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