Law & Justice

February 7, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon County’s decision to enter a shared services agreement with Warren County for housing of its dwindling inmate population was the subject of a report and executive session discussion among the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders Feb. 4. The new shared services ...

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Editor's Note: The article was edited to include a comment from John Lanza's attorney regarding the blood alcohol content reading. RARITAN TWP, NJ - A judge in Somerset County ruled Wednesday against Raritan Township in an OPRA lawsuit filed in September regarding the August DUI charges against ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man who pleaded guilty to armed robberies has been sentenced to state prison, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Brett M. Johnson, 29, of Phillipsburg, was sentenced on Friday by Judge Angela F. Borkowski to a decade in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Christopher T. Rafano became a convicted felon today, but he didn’t receive a prison sentence. Instead, sitting in Superior Court here, Judge Yolanda Ciccone sentenced him to non-custodial probation for three years. But she cautioned Rafano that if he violates the terms of his ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The man accused of robbing a Hunterdon gas station has pleaded guilty to two first-degree armed robbery charges, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Brett M. Johnson, age 29, of Phillipsburg, was arrested on June 7 after an ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man from Randolph has been indicted by a Hunterdon Grand Jury on four counts, including one for the first-degree murder of his grandfather. The indictments were announced by Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael Williams in a press release this afternoon. Justin A.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Two men have admitted their roles in a drug distribution conspiracy after the seizure of fentanyl and heroin at a Bloomsbury rest stop, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Luis Aponte, 48, of Riverside, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Peter ...

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Anthony Koester is the new president of the Hunterdon County Bar Association.  At the annual installation dinner on Sept.17, he was sworn to the post by Judge Thomas C. Miller, the presiding judge for the Civil Division of the Superior Court in the Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage. Koester, a ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Readington man has pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault in a case that began with a missing teenager, according to a press release this morning from Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Darren Pieper was arrested at his home in May after police ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A municipal court judge has dismissed each of the seven charges police filed nearly a year ago against resident Alan Brewer. Sitting in Flemington Municipal Court, Judge Eric Perkins dismissed the charges Sept. 16, court records show. Brewer, who is a candidate for Borough ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 51-year-old borough man has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and will be sentenced Nov. 1, according to a press release from Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Carlos Zacarias, 51, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault, second-degree endangering ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Christopher T. Rafano has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the case that resulted in the death of William D. Hildebrant. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesperson Det. Colin C.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Imagine that your close friend or family member died in an accident, and officials not only wouldn’t tell you how the wreck happened, but that they wouldn’t even confirm the death. That’s exactly what happened to some of those close to William D. Hildebrant, the 34-year-old ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A borough man who admitted in court that he had sexual contact with a child has been sentenced to state prison, Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams announced in a press release. Carlos Hernandez-Escobar, 31, was arrested two years ago after an investigation by ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 68-year-old man has pled guilty to sex crimes that date back more than 20 years. Wayne M. Brisson, of Saint Johns, Fla., pled guilty to second-degree sexual assault, according to a press release today from Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Brisson was ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 52-year-old man who admitted to having sexual contact with a girl younger than 16 has been sentenced to state prison, Hunterdon County Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams announced in a press release today. The incidents happened in Readington and Bedminster. Steven B.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A former corrections officer at the state’s only women’s prison has been sentenced to state prison after being charged with sexual assault. Joel Mercado, 38, of Lyndhurst, was arrested in 2017 on two counts of second-degree official misconduct and two counts of second-degree ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Flemington man has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual contact with a child, according to a press release from Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. Carlos M. Hernandez-Escobar, 31, entered a guilty plea of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child ...

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