Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

New Law in Effect Changes the Way New Jersey Residents Use Car Seats

TRENTON, NJ – New legislation went into effect September 1 that has changed the rules about using infant and child car seats in New Jersey.

The law went into effect September 1 and includes new regulations that require children under the age of two and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.  Older children must remain in a booster seat until they are ...

Elizabeth Police Officer Charged with Health Insurance Fraud

ELIZABETH, NJ-An Elizabeth police officer has been charged with illegally collecting thousands of dollars in insurance benefits, authorities said.

Alana Velazquez, 39, of Rahway, who has served on the force since 2010, is being charged with second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, and three counts of forgery-related crimes.

She is accused of receiving disability ...

Elizabeth Police Release Surveillance Video in Daring Daylight Robbery

ELIZABETH, N.J. – The armed robbery at a jewelry store at the Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall last week was caught on store surveillance video. Police have released the video of four suspects as they entered the Jewelers on Fifth store with weapons drawn September 5th at around 10 a.m., Elizabeth Police said.

The four suspects escaped through the Burlington Coat Factory store, but not ...

Two Elizabeth Men Sentenced to 27 Years in Robbery Turned Murder Case

ELIZABETH, NJ--Two men that were charged in an attempted robbery nearly three years ago in Elizabeth that resulted in the death of a Brooklyn man have been sentenced to 27 years in prison each, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Ali Garner, 31 and Keon Lewis, 32, both of Elizabeth, will not have the possibility of parole until they serve at least 85 percent of their ...

Union County Prosecutor Heads to PSEG, Isenhour Steps Into Position

ELIZABETH, NJ — After more than four years of service, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is heading to work for PSEG, she announced recently. Appointed to take the position is Thomas K. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the office. He formerly served as first assistant prosecutor under Park.

“With over three decades of experience prosecuting defendants and supervising ...

Murder Suspect Identified More Than Two Decades After His Own Death

ELIZABETH, NJ — A murder case more than two decades old has now been closed as police discovered the prime suspect in the crime died when he was struck by a vehicle the same week that the murder occurred in 1993. The man killed in the accident had no identification on him and police tried to ascertain his identity but could not.

The suspect, Wilmane Nicolas, was recently identified ...

Day of Remembrance Ceremony-Honoring Our POW/MIAs

Elizabeth, NJ – A Day of Remembrance to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action will be held Friday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony is being held at the plaza in front of the Union County Courthouse.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all residents and visitors to gather with veterans and their families to join in the POW/MIA Remembrance ...

Protecting DACA-Dreamer Youth and Make the Road New Jersey Plan March In Elizabeth Tonight

Elizabeth, NJ – Make the Road New Jersey, along with Dreamer youth and local and state officials have planned a march this evening in Elizabeth to defend the Trump administration’s possible plans to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

DACA is an Obama-era program which granted about 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children ...

Unidentified Elizabeth Man Found Shot in Paterson

PATERSON — Police discovered a 37 year-old Elizabeth man in the basement of a 10th Avenue building on Saturday, authorities said.

The man, who was not identified, was discovered with a non-fatal gunshot wound. He was found around 3:50 p.m. while police were responding to a report of a burglary in the same area, Deputy Paterson Police Chief Heriberto Rodriguez and Passaic County ...

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