Law & Justice

September 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Elizabeth residents have been charged with leaving an elderly and sickly dog chained up outside in unsanitary conditions without food or water, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.  Moris and Glady Gamez, 47 and 48 years of age, respectively, were both ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -  Over fifty animals were rescued from unsafe and unsanitary living conditions as a result of a pair of independent animal cruelty investigations that took place in Elizabeth in July says, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Supervisor John Esmerado. Rosa Montero who ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -  An investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has deemed Police Officers’ "Use of Force" during a July 2016 vehicle pursuit, legally Justified.  According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), an investigation into the use of deadly force on July 9, 2016, by ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been found guilty by a Union County Jury for the killing of his girlfriend on Easter Sunday two years ago, and fleeing the state with their infant daughter, says Union County Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Supervisor John Esmerado. Following a two-week ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced to a total of 148 years in state prison after being convicted for 60 crimes, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Thursday. Rasheed Powell, 43, was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on who ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on six counts filed against a Newark man who attempted to rob and then shot a man outside an Elizabeth liquor store last year. Gary Jones, 45, of Newark was convicted on charges including first-degree robbery, two second-degree ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Gregory Torres, 23, from Elizabeth has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting death of a Middlesex County resident at a local housing complex in 2014, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Under the terms set down on Friday by state ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Arlie Rodriguez, 46, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder of two Elizabeth women in 2013, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.  At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2013, Elizabeth Police responded ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man arrested earlier this week is accused of the repeated sexual assault of a local girl when she was between the ages of 5 and 8, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Alejandro Londono, 54, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been convicted of killing his wife in their home and dumping her body in an abandoned house 10 miles away, and repeatedly lying to investigators about what took place as they worked to solve the crime, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A gas station worker from Elizabeth has been charged with stealing well over $100,000 annually from his employer for two and a half years, amounting to more than quintuple his regular income, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Mario Rosas Delavega ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Sergio Gomez Ochoa, 37, was sentenced to six years in state prison for vehicular homicide after an alcohol-fueled wreck that took the life of an Elizabeth man last year.  Under the terms set down Friday by State Superior Court Judge John M. Deitch, Ochoa must serve at least 85 ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced to state prison today for his role in a fatal overdose earlier this year. Richard Deo, 37, of Elizabeth, was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with first-degree strict liability for a drug-induced death in connection with a Jan. 27 overdose in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -  A state Superior Court Judge has sentenced three young defendants to a combined total of 67 years in state prison for their roles in the “savage brutality” of a meticulously planned, gang-related, execution-style murder, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man’s sentence has been over turned and all charges dropped in the March 20, 1994 shooting death of 19-year-old Jerry Myers.  Prosecutors in the case concede, based on a claim of ineffective assistance of defense counsel at trial and acknowledging that the case would be ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An off-duty Elizabeth police officer was indicted on Friday in the fatal collision with a motorcycle causing the death of an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017.  Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, was indicted for one count of vehicular homicide in the second ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted for using file-sharing software to share child pornography from his computer devices, which contained approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography.   Jerrel D. Harris, 32, of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A grand jury has indicted four relatives all from Middlesex County in connection with a late-night fatal shooting outside an Elizabeth restaurant earlier this year.  According to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, the jury indicted Tyquan Fuqua, 23, and Almalik ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Community members from Bridgewater, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Linden, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and Summit recently completed child advocacy training in order to serve as extra eyes and ears for family law judges hearing cases involving Union County’s abused, neglected or ...

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NEWARK, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced on Thursday to 115 months in prison for robbing four banks in three states that included New Jersey, Maryland, and New York in January 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Israel Cosme, 36, from Elizabeth, previously pleaded guilty before ...

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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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RAHWAY, NJ - Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage will join12 other mayors from Union County municipalities in signing the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles'. The mayors will officially commit to the Statement of Principles and make brief remarks on April 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - During a press conference in Elizabeth on Wednesday, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office along with multiple other agencies released information on the Easter morning shootout in Elizabeth that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Daniel Louis of Irvington and the attempted murder ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A group of co-workers and friends made up mainly of motorcyclists came together to hold a memorial ride for the Elizabeth man killed in a hit and run accident in Monroe, NJ this past November on Sunday afternoon. Jose Cedillo would have been 45 years old on Monday. On Sunday the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man who was driving drunk on the night he struck and killed a pedestrian in Linden last year before fleeing the scene has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for the crime says, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. At approximately 12:30 a.m.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth resident who stabbed a man to death in a nightclub parking lot in 2016 has been sentenced to fifty-two years in state prison. Rosendo Salomon Gomez-Serpas, 25, must serve nearly forty-nine years of that sentence before the possibility of parole under the terms set ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Jonathan Tavara-Nima, 32, from Elizabeth has been sentenced to twenty-five years in state prison for sexually assaulting a young child he was hired to care for in May of  2017.  An investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Union Police ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A free Citizenship Workshop will be held this Saturday, March 24, at the Santa Isabel Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. located at 908 East Jersey Street in Elizabeth. The Citizenship Drive is an annual event that assists eligible residents to apply for naturalization.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Two men have admitted to playing a role in a gang-related shooting that took the life of a teenager in Elizabeth a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.  Felix Rivera, 19, and 22-year-old Juan Barraza each pleaded ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A former teacher at an Elizabeth middle school has been charged with separately sexually assaulting two of his students numerous times over the course of a decade, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.  A Union County grand jury returned a 14-count ...

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