Law & Justice

July 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC — It only took a few hours on Tuesday for a jury to return a verdict in the trial of the South Carolina man charged with killing Robbinsville Township’s Samantha Josephson after he allegedly posed as an Uber driver in 2019. Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, South Carolina, was ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced.  Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Tyler Rios, 27, charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder in connection with the abduction of his two-year-old-son Sebastian Rios and the death of the boy's mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar, is due to appear in court for the first time today, according to the ...

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Prosecutor's Office announced today that 27-year-old Tyler Rios, already facing kidnapping charges related to the Amber Alert abduction of his two-year-old son Sebastian Rios, will now face murder charges in the death of the boy's mother, 24-year-old Rahway resident ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Paterson man who had previously been deported to Mexico was sentenced to 95 months in prison for coercion and enticement of a minor, as well as for illegally re-entering the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. According to documents filed in this case ...

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RAHWAY and HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — On Monday, July 12, Karen Uyar, the mother of Yasemin Uyar, the 24-year-old Rahway resident authorities believe was abducted by her son's father and later killed in Tennessee, spoke to the media during a short press conference. On Friday, July 9, an Amber Alert was ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - A 47-year-old Summit man, charged with armed robbery for threatening a gas station attendant at knifepoint three years ago, has been found guilty of the crime that occurred in June 2018 incident at the Shell gas station on River Road, acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey has denied an appeal by a former volunteer leader at the Eternal Life Christian Center Church in Franklin Township who is currently serving a five-year sentence for criminal sexual contact with a minor. The Appellate Division supports the ...

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NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey. The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with ...

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TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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On behalf of the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Chairman Alexander Mirabella issued the following statement today: "A jury of Derek Chauvin’s peers heard the testimony and rendered him guilty of murdering George Floyd. Those jurors, from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, ...

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TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ-- The Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is scheduled to take place later this week, and those working in fields dedicated to serving victims are being encouraged to register and learn from a host of ...

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Package Includes Proposals to Require Firearms Safety Training, Mandate Safe Storage of Firearms, Raise the Minimum Age to Purchase Long Guns to 21, and Establish Electronic Ammunition Sales Recordkeeping TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday unveiled a sweeping series of reforms aimed at ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy. The law, sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rockaway Township native Rachel Wainer Apter to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Wainer Apter, 40, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murphy spoke of ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ — A group of Republican lawmakers, including the 30th District’s Sen. Robert Singer, and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson, has introduced a bill that would require parents be notified when their underage children are found in possession of marijuana and alcohol on a first ...

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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 - Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that former Middlesex Borough Mayor Ronald J. DiMura was sentenced to prison today for stealing more than $75,000 from various local political campaigns. DiMura, 64, whose term as mayor ended in December 2019, was sentenced today to seven ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Chief justice rules that with courtrooms closed by pandemic for 11 ...

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TRENTON, NJ –The New Jersey Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to the public on Tuesday warning of the distribution of false information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.  “Various actors, including state and non-state entities, are leveraging pandemic fears and knowledge gaps to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 12-year-old foster child was found chained and padlocked to fan in Newark home on Wednesday by police who were performing a wellness check, authorities said. Wanser Brown, 66, of Newark, was arrested and faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child,  Newark Public Safety ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Hackensack woman was sentenced to 63 months in prison by a federal judge for her involvement in a bank fraud scheme resulting in losses of more than $2 million, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced. Alexis Taylor, 32, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Muhammad Arif, 35, Jersey City, has been charged along with another man in an alleged scheme to defraud multiple financial institutions of more than $1 million, said Acting Attorney Rachael A. Honig. Arif, along with Syed Abbas, 32, were arrested by federal law enforcement on Feb. 3 ...

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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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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A year-long investigation into a large-scale narcotics trafficking network operating in Hudson, Essex, Bergen and Union Counties, as well as New York City, led to 20 arrests on Tuesday, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. More arrests are expected, she ...

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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 which resulted in the death of South River native Brian ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – Legislation to prohibit the sale of cosmetic products that have been tested on animals was passed by the New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee on January 21. The bill, S-1726, is sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Nellie Pou (D-Bergen/Passaic) and would ...

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