Law & Justice

July 21, 2021

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. – Police are continuing their search Wednesday for a gunman who wounded six people outside a Fayette Street bar early Monday morning. Police found the six gunshot victims at 12:40 a.m. Monday bleeding on a sidewalk outside El Patio Bar & Grill, at the corner of Fayette and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Family Justice Center, a space in the Middlesex County Courthouse that will in time become a safe space for adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek a wide array of services, has named Mildred Torres its director. She will oversee all ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey has denied an appeal by a former volunteer leader at the Eternal Life Christian Center Church in Franklin Township who is currently serving a five-year sentence for criminal sexual contact with a minor. The Appellate Division supports the ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ –  John Zebrowski, a lifelong Sayreville resident, has dedicated his professional career to public service in his community – the last decade as its Chief of Police. Beginning July 1, Zebrowski will have a broad, statewide role, as president of the New Jersey State Association of ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Gladys Sicknick is pleading with members of the Senate to open an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack where her son was killed. Brian SIcknick, Capitol Police Officer who was born in New Brunswick and lived in nearby South River, died hours after the assault from a ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced Wednesday that the Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a former South Amboy woman who was previously sentenced to serve 30 years in prison for the murder of ...

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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 cases that ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Two men have been arrested and charged with assault for the attack that led to the death of Brian Sicknick, a New Brunswick-born U.S. Capitol Police officer who died following injuries he sustained during the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, according to multiple media ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rockaway Township native Rachel Wainer Apter to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Wainer Apter, 40, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murphy spoke of ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County authorities announced the arrest and charging of 22 individuals in an international human trafficking and prostitution organization in and around Bergen County it was announced by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella in a Thursday afternoon virtual press ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A series of stickers posted on local streets in support of a white supremacist group were removed this week and later condemned by the authorities, who said they are investigating. Officials with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said investigators are aware of materials found ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A former meter reader for the New Brunswick Water Department has been sentenced to state prison for participating in a scheme with two other former water department employees to reduce the water and sewer bills of numerous customers in return for bribes, according to the state ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age. Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - There is one teacher employed by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools who doesn’t work on one of the five campuses. She teaches at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. “Of all the jobs I’ve had, this one fulfills me best,” said ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – A former Piscataway firefighter has filed suit in state Superior Court saying that she was sexually harassed on an ongoing basis while assigned to Arbor Hose Company 1 and then was wrongfully terminated. Kira Castellon, a township resident who had been a member of the company ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1649) on Friday protecting the home addresses and phone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure. The bill, known as “Daniel’s Law,” is named in honor of Dan Anderl, the late son of U.S. District ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The former president of a New Jersey-based engineering consulting firm at the center of a million-dollar pay-to-play scandal has had two professional licenses revoked. James Johnston, 58, of New Brunswick, violated multiple rules and regulations governing the practice of ...

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High rates of COVID-19 in prisons prompted the state to let thousands out of custody. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. New ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Middlesex County Superior Court judge said he attempted to contact a potential witness to gauge his availability to appear at a hearing in a legal matter between siblings focused on repairs done to a Millstone home. When Judge Arthur Bergman failed to hold that plenary ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An appeals court has granted a new trial for a South Brunswick man who was charged with killing his parents in 2008, according to recent court documents. Michael Maltese, now 32 and originally from Monmouth Junction, will receive a new trial due to ‘plain error’ by the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Forty-seven members of the New Brunswick High School senior class of 2020 and five chaperones had their trip to Florida canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they have finally received the majority of their money back. A lawsuit the New Brunswick school ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who graduated from the Rutgers Law School of Camden in 2008, made history Thursday. With a unanimous approval (39-0) from the state senate, Pierre-Louis will become the first Black woman to serve as an associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to stop the Board of Education from selling the Lincoln Annex School have hit another roadblock. Their request seeking permission to file an appeal has not been accepted after the appellate court outlined several errors in the ...

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Republican challenge also questions limits on what state can pay back This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Arguments before the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Terrence Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, is scheduled to participate in a protest in the Hub City next month. Activist and advocate Tormel Pittman, a New Brunswick native who is organizing the event, said they are still in the process of picking the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was appropriate that Sunday afternoon’s protest paused on the stretch of Bayard Street between the Middlesex County Courthouse and City Hall. That’s where Gwen Carr told the 400 or so people assembled up and down the block that she’s still fighting for justice more than ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In the call for police reforms and justice system overhauls, now is not the time for the voices of change to slowly grow quiet. That’s why Tormel Pittman said he invited Gwen Carr – Eric Garner’s mother – to lead Sunday’s rally. She’s been a grieving mom, an author, an ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nearly 300 iPhones that were seized by Custom and Border Protections (CBP) were stolen from a warehouse located in the Dayton section of South Brunswick. Joel Cruz, age 27 from Franklin Park, pleaded guilty by video conference before the US District Court to theft from an ...

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