Law & Justice

August 2, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Marvin Arugeta, 35, of El Salvador has been extradited back to New Jersey to face murder charges in the 2004 fatal shooting of Miguel Gamez, 31, of Newark. On Feb. 15, 2004, at around 1 am, Gamez, and three other ...

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Newark, NJ -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Gregory Bentley, 24, was sentenced to 26 years in New Jersey State Prison yesterday by the Honorable Marysol Rosero, Judge of the Superior Court. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Three members of the New Jersey set of the violent street gang “Grape Street Crips” – including its long-time leader – were convicted by a federal jury today of racketeering conspiracy and a host of murders, shootings, and drug trafficking crimes, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, FBI ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the fatal shooting of Marquee Bradley-Glanton, 30, of Easton, ...

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Man Found Guilty of Felony Murder  – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Rakeem Johnson, 37, of Newark of first degree armed robbery, felony murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Lavelle Davis, 38, of Galloway and Jimmy Mays, 35, of Egg Harbor Township, were sentenced to more than 100 years in New Jersey State Prison for murdering three people in Maplewood in 2017, stated Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino on Wednesday. Mays was sentenced to ...

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TRENTON, NJ - On November 27, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. a Millburn family returned home from vacation and ended up being the victim of an armed carjacking where their 13-year old daughter was held at gunpoint. Ahmed Anthony,  30, who was arrested on January 11, 2018 plead guilty to first-degree carjacking ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a Plainfield pedestrian on May 15 has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Charges have been filed against Mario Infante of New Street in Plainfield following an ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program has increased the reward from up to $10,000 to up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The mayor and council of Mountainside have gone on record stating they had no knowledge of the incidents alleged in the lawsuit filed on May 11 against the borough “until the filing of the lawsuit.” The borough has also “retained former New Jersey State Police Superintendent ...

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Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Kevin Jimenez, 29, of Belleville, has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It is ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today. The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey was arrested today, Wednesday, for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Basralian is charged ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court. The ...

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ROSELAND, NJ — Nearly a year after Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard was accused of using his position on the governing body to trade a vote for a favor, the councilman was arrested on Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit official misconduct. Leonard was absent from the public council ...

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NEWARK, NJ - After deliberating for a week, an Essex County jury found Lavelle T. Davis, 37, of Galloway, and Jimmy P. Mays, 34, formerly of Egg Harbor Township, guilty of the January, 2017, murders of Michael Davis, 45, of Maplewood, Roshana Kelson, 30, of Paterson, and Lance Fraser, 44, of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Nearly four years after 19-year-old Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hall Prep, was gunned down on Walker Road in West Orange by a man who recently pled guilty to six charges, including charges of first-degree terrorism and murder, Ali Muhammad Brown was ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - An arrest has been made in connection with the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Akirah M. Townes in Montclair Friday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Montclair Police Chief Todd M. Conforti have announced. An investigation by detectives from the Essex ...

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Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Gregory Bentley, 24, of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy and weapons charges following a trial before the Honorable Marysol Rosero, Judge of the Superior ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association.  In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun ...

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NEWARK, NJ –Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted of Eddie Gonzalez, 39, of Newark of impersonating a law enforcement officer and making false reports against an ex-girlfriend. A jury convicted Gonzalez of four counts of making ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a fatal shooting at a restaurant on Springfield Avenue on Saturday night, according to a press release issued on Sunday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Acting Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul. The Maplewood Police Department and the Essex ...

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MONTGOMERY, NJ – An 84-year-old township resident has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against an 8- and 12-year-old and as many as seven other children while a bus driver going back to the 1960s, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Edward Atoeff of Cherry ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In the case against Ali Muhammad Brown, who was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin of Livingston, acting Essex County prosecutor, Robert Laurino announced on Tuesday that Brown pled guilty before Hon. Ronald Wigler, judge of the Superior Court.  Brown fatally shot ...

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ESSEX COUNTY,  NJ - A nineteen-year old Hackensack man has pled guilty to making a series of online threats against Livingston High School, including that he would "murder everyone" at the school, according to an announcement by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino. Additional charges ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – An arrest was made Monday morning of a student who, it turned out, brought several imitation guns into a classroom, according to police. Eric Jacobs, 20, of Millburn carried three imitation firearms, including one resembling a rifle and two others resembling handguns, police ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in Livingston, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal ...

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TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her announced Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. Authorities indicated that the 11-count state grand jury indictment ...

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Newark, NJ -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal ...

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