LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Thursday Sept. 19, the Livingston Municipal Court settled three cases.

Leonid Shtaygrad of 224 Walnut St. pled guilty to an amended charge of theft for shoplifting at Macy’s.  The merchandise Shtaygrad stole was a shirt and a pair of shorts valued at $29.98.

Shtaygrad was required to pay a $250 fine, $50 to the Victims of Crime Compensation Organization, $75 to the Safe Neighborhood Fund, and a $33 court fee.

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Gregory Gamba of 173 Laurel Ave went to court last week for two different charges.  On July 30, Gamba reported a suspicious vehicle driving very slowly past 2 Hastings Lane being operated by two black males.  On July 31, Gamba also reported a burglary and a theft at 2 Hastings Lane. 

Police responded to both calls and after investigating deemed them both to be false.

For reporting a suspicious vehicle, the court amended the charge to a town ordinance for creating disturbance and charges for the false burglary and theft report were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Gamba was required to pay a $750 fine plus $33 court cost.


Karla Najarro, 22, of West Orange was also seen in court on Thursday for a DWI and Careless Driving charge.

On May 29, Najarro was in a car accident on Springbrook Lane.  According to Livingston Police, she was driving at what appeared to be a high rate of speed when she lost control at a curve near number 46. She hit the driveway lamppost on one side of the street and then crossed to the other side of the street and hit a utility pole.

Najarro was fined $256 plus $33 court cost, $75 to the Safe Neighborhood Fund and a $200 DWI surcharge. 

She also loses her license for three months and is required to complete 12 hours at the Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center.