Law & Justice

July 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC — It only took a few hours on Tuesday for a jury to return a verdict in the trial of the South Carolina man charged with killing Robbinsville Township’s Samantha Josephson after he allegedly posed as an Uber driver in 2019. Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, South Carolina, was ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Wednesday the arrests of 31 individuals, including three from Burlington County, who are charged with sexually exploiting children online. The 31 men were arrested in “Operation 24/7,” a collaborative operation launched to address the ...

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HAMILTON, NJ — Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced the Monday morning arrest of Michael Sanders, 23, Trenton, accused of murdering his nine-month-old baby girl, Malani Sanders, as well as her grandparents in a Hamilton house fire he is accused of igniting. According to the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The team of law enforcement officers providing offender reentry safely into the community got a bit stronger with 23 new parole officer recruits who were recently sworn in to serve by the State Parole Board. The recruits were part of a larger class of newly minted investigators from ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A Burlington County man was sentenced on Monday to 28 months in prison for attempting to interfere with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder when he attempted to set fire to a police vehicle during a May 2020 protest in Trenton.  Killian F. Melecio, 20, of ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO) is being recognized for its work to protect children against internet predators. The BCPO's High-Tech Crimes Unit was honored earlier this week with the 2021 Keith Young New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force ...

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CLINTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners on January 11. The decision comes following the release of an ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced on Wednesday that nine more people have been charged as part of an operation targeting online predatory behavior and the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material. The arrests were conducted as part of the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – A New York man admitted on Thursday to attempting to entice a minor and traveling from New York to Bordentown, NJ to meet an individual, whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity, Acting U.S Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.   Eduardo Silva, 43, of ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – The retired chief of the Bordentown Township Police Department was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for lying to FBI agents who were questioning him about violating an 18-year-old man’s civil rights during an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy signed into law on Tuesday a measure sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) that makes animal trunk fighting illegal in New Jersey.  Trunk fighting is the practice of enclosing two or more animals in the trunk or any part of a motor vehicle for the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Hudson County man admitted on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to use drones to smuggle contraband, including cell phones and tobacco, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix, and to possessing heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Flanked by the state's top law enforcement officials, Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday announced a sweeping series of reforms aimed at reducing the epidemic of gun violence. The Governor said these wide-ranging proposals would build upon previous steps taken in recent years to reduce ...

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BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – Local law enforcement including the Burlington County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office are making the public aware of vaccine scams that are currently circulating via text and e-mail. In March, people around the country began receiving ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday on bias and hate crimes, one week after a shooting rampage in Atlanta, Georgia that left eight dead, including six Asian women. The roundtable took place ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced on Tuesday that a 36-year-old Blackwood man has pled guilty to attempting to meet an underage girl for sex at a park in Bordentown Township. Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Jason McCann pled guilty to ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Two men have been arrested and charged with assault for the attack that led to the death of South River, NJ native Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died following injuries he sustained during the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, according to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rockaway Township native Rachel Wainer Apter to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Wainer Apter, 40, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murphy spoke ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- Local law enforcement agencies, including the Burlington County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, are urging residents to protect themselves against COVID vaccine scams that are especially targeting senior citizens. As more vaccines are ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina has announced that two more County men have been arrested on charges involving child sexual abuse material as part of Operation Safe Quaratine II. Matthew Natale, 22, of the 1400 block of Virginia Court in the Marlton section of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- A 23-year-old Maple Shade man has been arrested and charged with the February 24 murder of a Trenton man, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri has announced. On Thursday, February 25 at approximately 9:30am, Trenton Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to 407 Home ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- A 21-yeard old Union City man was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison for causing the death of a friend while driving impaired and crashing his vehicle in late 2019 on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mansfield Township, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced on Wednesday that the second round of a multi-agency investigation fueled by an increase in threatening online activity towards children during the ongoing pandemic has resulted in the arrests of 15 individuals on charges such ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the FBI's Newark Field Office wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams. Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. These scammers are present on most dating ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – A Burlington County man admitted on Wednesday to stealing more than $350,000 from a special needs trust. Eugene Young, 69, of Mount Holly, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of wire ...

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WILLINGBORO, NJ – A 41-year old Burlington County woman has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a male student she met while substitute teaching, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced on Friday.  Kameelah Kareem of Willingboro was charged with Second Degree Sexual ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- A 29-year-old Browns Mills man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in a Burlington City alley in late 2019 in exchange for a 12-year sentence in New Jersey state prison, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced on Thursday.  John Lewis entered the ...

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CHESTERFIELD, NJ – A Brooklyn man has been charged with running a large-scale marijuana growing operation at a Chesterfield Township farm, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced on Friday.  Weiming Liu, 57, was charged with First Degree Manufacturing Marijuana in a Quantity of 25 ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Burlington County doctor was sentenced on Wednesday to 33 months in prison for his role in a telemedicine scheme to prescribe expensive compounded medications to patients who did not need them. Bernard Ogon, 48, of Burlington Township had previously pleaded guilty before U.S.

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TRENTON, NJ – A Burlington County man admitted on Tuesday to attempting to interfere with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder when he attempted to set fire to a police vehicle during a riot in Trenton last May.  Killian F. Melecio, 20, of Columbus, pleaded guilty by videoconference ...

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