Law & Justice

May 13, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care.  Murphy's comments came a day after ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other ...

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PERTH AMBOY -  City officials and police are mourning the loss of Patrolman Arcadio Rivera Jr., who died after suffering a medical emergency Wednesday that caused him to crash his personal vehicle while off-duty in the city's Harbortown section. Authorities say Rivera, 54, a 26-year veteran cop, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Following an event involving the of the excessive use of force and "assaultive conduct," Lt. Eddie Molina, 42, of East Brunswick, N.J. has been charged with Official Misconduct (Two Counts, 2nd Degree) and Tampering with Public Records or Information (3rd Degree) says a release from ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man has admitted to fraudulently accepting loans from the Payment Protection Program (PPP),  which is designed to provide forgivable loans to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bernard Lopez, age 40, pleaded guilty by video conference to ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man from the Bronx was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing over $140,000 from eight older residents in 2020, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. Osvaldo Thomas, age 41, pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception in the ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ -- April 11 marked the 10-year anniversary of the signing of Sara’s Law, a next of kin emergency notification system created in memory of Sara Elizabeth Dubinin from Sayreville. Sara’s Law is a voluntary, free state-wide Next-of-Kin Registry that allows residents to submit ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In a live-streamed event, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccione, the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police and the NAACP discussed the state’s revised use of force policy for law enforcement. Officials summarized the new guidelines and explained how they ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of North Brunswick, NJ has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from East Brunswick, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka is facing allegations of a ‘culture of retaliation’ against an officer who attempted to report misconduct. According to a lawsuit, Officer Ricardo Moreira was suspended and ostracized from the department for acting under CEPA ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Capitol Police Officer and South River native Brian Sicknick lost his life following the savage attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.  He was one of three police officers who were sprayed with chemicals used to repel animals in the wild.  One officer had minor ...

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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 native Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died following injuries he sustained during the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, according to multiple media ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A bench trial for former South Plainfield English Teacher, John Angeline, is set to begin on Mar. 15 in New Brunswick Superior Criminal Court. Angeline, accused of allegedly molesting his stepson for over four years, was tried by jury in Nov. 2019, which resulted in a mistrial after ...

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NEW JERSEY – Parents may be surprised by some of the new rules put in place by the marijuana law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Feb. 22, 2021.  The new law strips parents’ right to know if their child has been caught with pot or booze. The new law allows for possession of up to six ounces of ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka recently expressed concerns regarding the new rules about underaged possesion of marijuana, saying that he disagrees with provisions which forbid police from informing parents, in a message submitted to the South Brunswick ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department is warning residents to be aware of fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls following numerous reported incidents of fraud in the township. Some residents were wary of the scheme and were able to back out of it, others lost a ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey had denied an appeal to overturn the sentence of John A. Wells, a man who was arrested by South Brunswick and North Brunswick police in 2014 for two consecutive robberies. Mr. Wells was sentenced to 15 consecutive years in 2018 on a count of ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County authorities announced the arrest and charging of 22 individuals in an international human trafficking and prostitution organization in and around Bergen County it was announced by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella in a Thursday afternoon virtual press ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- In a closed-door briefing before members of Congress, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman apologized for the department's security failures during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters, which resulted in the death of South River ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age. Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - There is one teacher employed by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools who doesn’t work on one of the five campuses. She teaches at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. “Of all the jobs I’ve had, this one fulfills me best,” said ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In correctional facilities across the nation, COVID-19 cases are raging, bringing national attention to the long-standing issue of prison reform.   With poor conditions inside prisons, such as minimal sanitation, overcrowded spaces, and limited access to proper ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime Rutgers Law School faculty member, will have a university building renamed in her honor. The Rutgers Board of Governors voted unanimously to honor Ginsburg, a faculty member from 1963 to 1972, at ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – A former Piscataway firefighter has filed suit in state Superior Court saying that she was sexually harassed on an ongoing basis while assigned to Arbor Hose Company 1 and then was wrongfully terminated. Kira Castellon, a township resident who had been a member of the company ...

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A Bound Brook man has been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in connection with the Jan. 12 fire that destroyed two apartment buildings under construction on Main Street, Bound Brook and several adjacent buildings. Juan Hector Padilla, age 29, of East Second Street ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lauren Hersh, a former prosecutor and current advocate for the abolishment of sex trafficking, gave a thoroughly informative presentation about the plight of men, women, and children in the sex trafficking industry on Tuesday, November 10th at the Daniel Pearl Education Center ...

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TRENTON, NJ - An appeals court has ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can release the names of all law enforcement officers who have received major professional discipline in the state, a plan that was announced this past summer following widespread national protests for police ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An appeals court has granted a new trial for a South Brunswick man who was charged with killing his parents in 2008, according to recent court documents. Michael Maltese, now 32 and originally from Monmouth Junction, will receive a new trial due to ‘plain error’ by the ...

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