Gang Member Sentenced to 42 years for Murder in Linden

June 30, 2017

LINDEN, NJ - A string of 2011 shootings in Elizabeth and nearby towns was related to a feud involving a gang member from Linden who was sent to state prison today, officials said.

Eugene Cady, 27, was sentenced to 42 years for the gang-related murder in Linden, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced today. 

Cady, a member of the Rollin’ 30s set of the Crips street ...

Man Admits to Fatal Car Crash in Elizabeth After Police Chase

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Rahway man admitted to killing a person two years ago in a car crash after a police chase, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said today.

Surpris Ophilien, Jr., 32, fled from police in his vehicle and struck another man in a car on July 18, 2015, authorities said. Twenty-five-year-old Edward Coleman, of East Orange, was critically hurt in the collision and ...

Elizabeth Substitute Teacher Arrested and Charged with Having Sexual Relationship with Student

ELIZABETH, NJ - Nataly Lopez, 27,  a substitute teacher at Elizabeth Middle School No. 3, was arrested and charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a student, says acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park who made the announcement on Friday.

Lopez  was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and third-degree endangering the ...

Four Plead Guilty in Elizabeth Robbery/Murder

ELIZABETH, NJ - Four men charged in connection with an attempted robbery that resulted in the death of a Brooklyn man in Elizabeth nearly three years ago have admitted to their roles in the crime.

According to Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Ali Garner, 31 and Keon Lewis, 32, both of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with ...

Roselle Woman Sentenced to Three Years for Accepting Bribes as a Probation Officer in Middlesex County

ELIZABETH, NJ - Rhonda Battle, 48, of Roselle was sentenced to serve three years in a New Jersey state prison for accepting bribes to protect a man who continued using illicit drugs while serving a probationary term for drug offenses. ​

Battle had been employed as a probation officer and was assigned to work with clients who had been admitted to the state Superior Court’s Drug Court ...

Public Statement on Elizabeth Police Use of Force on September 13, 2015

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office has issued the following statement regarding the use of deadly force by Elizabeth police in 2015:

In accordance with the Supplemental Law Enforcement Directive Amending Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive No. 2006-5, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office is releasing the following public statement regarding the nonfatal use ...

Mothers of Shooting Victims Rally to Call Attention to Gun Violence

ELIZABETH, NJ – Two mothers of sons shot to death in Elizabeth helped launch Gun Violence Awareness Month, June 1, at a rally on the corner of Madison Avenue and Lafayette Street, near where one of the victims, Michael Eargle, was killed in April.

The women, Judy Best whose 23-year-old son Jahid Chapman was killed October 19, 2014, and Sharon Smith, mother of 28-year-old Michael Eargle, ...

Edison Man Arrested in Michael Eagle’s Shooting Death

ELIZABETH, NJ – An Edison many has been arrested  in connection with a fatal shooting of 28-year-old Michael Eargle that took place earlier this year in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Elizabeth Police Chief John Brennan jointly announced Thursday.

Eargle was an employee of the Elizabeth Housing Authority, and he grew up in the Mravlag Manor public ...

Elizabeth Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Linden Homicide

ELIZABETH, NJ – James Gilford, 22,  of  Elizabeth, is one of two men to have pleaded guilty in the past week to a Linden homicide that took place a little less than two years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced May 31.

Gilford and Aziz Howard, 37, of Carteret each pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of ...

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