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Municipal Court Rundown: Eight Individuals Charged in Livingston


LIVINGSTON, NJ — The following individuals appeared at the Livingston Municipal Court (LMC) in May on various charges, including shoplifting, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and more.

Creating a Disturbance/Disorderly Conduct:

Akinyele Bradley of Newark was charged with tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The tampering and resisting charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to LMC, and Bradley pled guilty two counts of disorderly conduct. He received a $300 fine, $33 in court costs, $50 to the VCCB and $75 to the SNF.

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Vanderli Dos Santos, also of Newark, who was found in possession of a 2010 Chevy Camaro that was reported stolen out of Newark, was charged with providing false information to a police officer and receiving stolen property. The latter was dismissed due to lack of evidence to verify the vehicle was stolen. The false information charge was amended to creating a disturbance, resulting in a $200 charge and $33 in court costs.

Phillip Lively of South Orange was also charged with disorderly conduct for urinating in public at approximately 9:26 a.m. on Mt. Pleasant Avenue. He pled guilty to an amended charge of creating a disturbance and received a $200 and $33 in court costs.

Ibrahaim Kone of Newark, after being arrested at the Livingston Mall for passing a counterfeit $100 bill at H&M, pled guilty to an amended charge of creating a disturbance in Livingston and received a $200 fine and $33 in court costs. According to LMC, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office downgraded the initial charge to tampering with public records.


LaKeera Berry of Newark was charged with shoplifting a $98 designer jacket from Lord & Taylor. According to LMC, Berry pled guilty to an amended charge of theft and received a $400 fine, $33 in court costs, $50 to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board (VCCB) and $75 to the Safe Neighborhood Fund (SNF).

Nicholas Carrasquillo of Paterson was charged with theft of two 400-pound bales of cardboard (800 pounds total, valued at $52) belonging to Fresh Market. He received a $300 fine, $33 in court costs, 50 to the VCCB and $75 to the SNF.

Possession and Motor Vehicle:

Billy Checkovich of Newark was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana; motor vehicle charges to include an open container of alcohol and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle; criminal charges to include possession of paraphernalia.

According to LMC, the motor vehicle charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement and Checkovich entered into a conditional discharge program for the criminal charges. He also received a one-year term, $33 in court costs, $50 to the VCCB, $75 to the SNF, $500 to Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction (DEDR), $50 to Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), $50 to the State Lab and a $75 conditional discharge fee. 

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