Law & Justice

December 10, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - Linden woman, 23-year old Polly Linton of Linden has been charged with recruiting the assistance of an employee from a local Home Depot to help him steal more than $5,000 in home remodeling merchandise earlier this year, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A.

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MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Following a long term drug investigation, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr. announce the arrest of ten individuals and the seizure of over five hundred grams of cocaine and over $10,000. The investigation began in June 2018 ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The historic Marijuana Legalization Act (S-2703), sponsored by Linden-based Senator Nicholas Scutari, was heard in Trenton on Monday and cleared both committees during a joint meeting. The joint meeting featured a twenty-six member panel, which was made up of the Senate Budget ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community. "He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university ...

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NEARBY NEWS - Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A nine-month-long investigation into alleged prostitution at massage establishments in Westfield led to the arrests of a parlor manager from Linden and three other parlor managers this week, authorities said. Authorities charged Jing Liu, 53, of Linden, Qingxia Zhu, 28, of ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man has been sentenced to 24 years in state prison for fatally shooting his neighbor late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Shansey Abernathy, 24, was sentenced Friday by state Superior Court Judge Candido Rodriguez, Jr. for ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - While New Jersey lurches toward legalizing recreational marijuana, one Newark lawmaker is leading the conversation against it.  State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), who on Monday hosted a town hall in Hillside, believes the current legalization bill would lead to more foreclosures in ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail. Brendan Devera, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 204 months in prison for robbing seven banks, and attempting to rob an eighth bank while brandishing a firearm, committing one carjacking and attempting to commit three additional carjackings, and taking a hostage at gunpoint while fleeing, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Jonathan Parham, the former chief of the Linden Police Department, was sworn in as Union County Undersheriff on Friday. Parham was a member of the Linden Police Department for nearly 25 years, moving up the ladder from officer to captain to chief. He joins the staff of Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Roselle man found with more than 40 dogs living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last month has been charged with more than 30 criminal offenses, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday. Evelio J. Calderon, 40, is ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham is set to be sworn in as a Union County Undersheriff, this Friday. As a member of the Linden Police Department for nearly 25 years, Parham has served in each rank from Officer to Captain before his promotion to Chief in September of ...

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LINDEN, NJ – A Linden man was charged with terroristic threats after allegedly threatening an Uber driver on Wednesday. Lenny Dykstra, 55, was arrested outside Linden Police Headquarters just before 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Officers were alerted to a vehicle that sped into the attached parking ...

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LINDEN, NJ – The Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS) NJ is holding classes to assist legal permanent residents to prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. JVS has received a competitive $250,000 two-year grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The grant ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Local, County, and State agencies will be participating in a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency response training exercise on Wednesday in Linden. The exercise is expected to begin approximately 8 a.m. and to last until approximately 3 p.m.  Areas will include parts of ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Roselle man has been charged with the murder of another Roselle man in a shooting that took place in Linden Tuesday evening, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart. According to authorities, Darwin Cadet, 18, of Roselle ...

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LINDEN, 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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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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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 - 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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NEWARK, N.J. – Rapper Juelz Santana, a resident of Totowa, faces weapon charges after allegedly trying to get a loaded firearm through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. The rapper, whose real name is LaRon L. James, 36, surrendered to ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Linden resident has been indicted for the fatal daylight shooting of a 27-year-old Linden man late last year, prosecutors announced Monday. According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, Shansey Abernathy was charged with first-degree murder and two related second-degree ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A man who terrorized, robbed, and sexually assaulted couples staying at two Linden motels has been found guilty by a Union County jury on Friday.  According to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, a Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all 60 counts filed ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Investigators are seeking the public's help in solving the two-year-old murder of a Rahway sneaker entrepreneur, releasing surveillance videos of the two suspects fleeing the scene, Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday. A $10,000 reward is being offered for ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Tenth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey released a statement on Tuesday regarding what she considers an inappropriate use of Linden police department personnel and vehicle by Mayor Derek Armstead. According to Armstead, he contacted police to escort him to and from the event for ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino. Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Two men have been arrested and charged with performing dentistry without a license in Linden, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday. Hector Carro, 73 and Jorge Renteria-Paz, 46, of Roselle are charged with unlawful practice of dentistry, a ...

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LINDEN, NJ – A Linden, New Jersey, man admitted conspiring with officials at the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) and the Jersey City Childhood Development Centers Inc. (JCCDC) to fraudulently obtain payments for services he never provided, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Eduardo Perez, 33, from Elizabeth pleaded guilty on Monday to charges including second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated in connection with the death of 23-year-old Mujahid Henry of Newark.  Perez admitted to driving drunk on the night he struck and killed ...

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