Law & Justice

June 11, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Miguel Botero has been sentenced in connection with the triple fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on October 18, 2019, announced Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker. Botero, 30, was ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Wayne police arrested the same man on consecutive days this weekend. After committing his first crime and being released, the suspect went right back at it the next day, and was picked up and charged again. The following account is from a statement released by the Wayne PD. The First ...

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TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced a wave of 35 indictments secured by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in just over two months charging numerous defendants with illegal gun trafficking and/or possession of illicit weapons, including untraceable ghost guns, ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — A West Orange man faces charges including second degree aggravated assault in relation to a shooting incident that took place on Memorial Day in Ledgewood, authorities said. The man, Michael Mecca, 39, turned himself in on Tuesday, said a statement from Acting Morris County ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Gladys Sicknick of South River, NJ, mother of deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, is pleading with members of the United States Senate to open an investigation into the riot that took place on January 6, 2021.  She has requested a meeting with Senators to encourage ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ – For the first time since May of 2019, New Jersey is open for Memorial Day.  This weekend will kick off the summer season as thousands of motorists will hit New Jersey’s roadways to head to beaches, lakes, State Parks or just across town to a friend’s cookout. Because it has ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Governor Murphy has nominated Morristown Town Attorney, Vij Pawar to the New Jersey Superior Court, announced town officials.  Pawar has served as Director of Law to Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty since 2010, overseeing much of the Town’s expansion and growth over the last decade, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, the Assembly on Thursday sent legislation to the Governor sponsored by Senators Troy Singleton, Linda Greenstein, Shirley Turner and M. Teresa Ruiz, which would require civics instruction in middle ...

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TRENTON – In accordance with Attorney General Directive 2021-04, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal established an online portal—njoag.gov/sentencing—for inmates serving sentences for qualifying non-violent drug offenses, or others on their behalf, to request elimination of their mandatory minimum ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – A 43-year-old Jersey City woman is facing five years in prison for her admitted role in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to solicit and receive kickbacks and bribes from individuals associated with a Union City pharmacy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law a measure sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) that makes animal trunk fighting illegal in New Jersey.  Trunk fighting is the practice of enclosing two or more animals in the trunk or any part of a motor vehicle for the ...

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TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a suspended detective in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was indicted today for installing a Global Positioning System (“GPS”) tracking device on a civilian’s vehicle without obtaining the required warrant from a judge or departmental ...

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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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BAYONNE, NJ - National disasters don’t always bring out the best in people. Often, unscrupulous characters seek to take advantage of people during tough times. As more people across the United States and the State of New Jersey are rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves against COVID-19, ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - A 30 year old Parsippany man has been arrested on a host of drug related charges. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker announced the arrest of Jeremy Mayes, 30, of Parsippany Troy-Hills, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park.  After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Following an event involving the of the excessive use of force and "assaultive conduct," two officers, one from East Brunswick and one from North Plainfield, have been charged with failing to report and prevent guards assaults on inmates. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on ...

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NEW JERSEY AND PARKLAND, FL - Parkland FL, resident Pat Truglia has been charged in New Jersey for his role in a $93 million healthcare fraud scheme.  Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Thursday that Truglia from Parkland, Florida was one of five charged for their roles in massive ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — A local wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution.  John DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, including ...

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TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an unregistered investment adviser has been charged with stealing $644,000 from 24 investors he recruited to invest in an unregulated commodities trading group he founded called Think Big Institute, LLC (“Think Big”). Scott Nicholson, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Morristown resident Elizabeth Valandingham, an attorney, pleaded guilty today to tampering with public records to conceal an illegal straw donor scheme, announced Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.  Valandingham pleaded guilty to an accusation charging her with third-degree ...

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CAMDEN, N.J. – A California man today admitted his role in a large-scale conspiracy to steal 94,000 credit and debit cards from customers at approximately 80 Michaels’ Stores in 19 states and to then use that information to make fraudulent withdrawals from the bank accounts of those customers, ...

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TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that a Hudson County company will pay a former employee $25,000 and implement workplace policy reforms under a settlement to resolve the former employee’s complaint of unlawful pregnancy discrimination, after an investigation by the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The American Rescue Plan was signed into law on March 11. Some funding in this law provided us with our $1,400 economic stimulus payments. It also earmarks billions of dollars for rent and mortgage support, recovery money for states and tribal governments. This law will also be the ...

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NEW JERSEY — With the stroke of a pen in February, New Jersey was one of fifteen states plus Washington DC to legalize recreational marijuana while also decriminalizing it. What that means for many who partake is still a mystery. The feds have yet to legalize it, and each state has unique laws to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now be 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 ...

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Gopal-Lagana- Addiego-Greenstein Measure Would Apply to First-Time Violations   Trenton – Parents would be notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under terms of a bill sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal, Senator Joe Lagana, Senator Dawn ...

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Morristown, NJ— Last week,  Sally Lewis, Kim Rowe, Jaime Seeley, all of Madison were part of a group of volunteers sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  In addition to Lewis, Rowe and Seeley, other volunteers include Bahar Arifkhan (Chatham), Mary Beth Green (Boonton),, Jillian ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- State corrections officials continue to investigate a January 12 incident in which inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, now adding an officer from Piscataway to the list of those charged. Courey James, 31 a ...

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TRENTON — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced  that New Jersey has joined a coalition of states calling on Congress to pass a bill that would protect school children by banning the use of such tactics as physical restraint and seclusion when educators are disciplining students or seeking to ...

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