Law & Justice

January 28, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Matthew T. Toriello’s opioid addiction followed a pattern that has become too common. To ease pain from a back injury, Toriello started taking a prescription painkiller six-and-a-half years ago, his father, John Toriello, said. It led to an opioid addiction that in June 2019 ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A former executive at a New Jersey publication company pleaded guilty today to defrauding the company by embezzling millions of dollars for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nestor Charriez, 60, of Scotch Plains, pleaded guilty before U.S. District ...

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Updated at 11:18 a.m. ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office, as detailed in a news release issued by the City of Summit, has charged former City of Summit Department of Community Programs assistant director James Colucci, Jr. with two counts of theft by deception in the third ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A female corrections officer working at the Union County Jail has lodged a lawsuit claiming her supervisor made daily sexual overtures to her, and the county retaliated when she complained of sexual harassment. The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth Dec. 3 claims that ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A North Jersey oral and maxillofacial surgeon is in hot water for practicing what the state is calling “hit and run” dentistry that resulted in harm to more than a dozen patients across four counties between 2010 and 2015.  The Board of Dentistry revoked the license of Dr. Andrew ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Tammi and Todd Oberstein made official the adoption of a 15-month-old girl. Genna is the newest member of the family from Westfield, which was among those from across Union County at the courthouse’s Cherry Street Annex Friday for the official adoption proceedings for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The state police trooper who hit a 14-year-old Westfield girl while driving on Central Avenue in 2017 was texting in the moments leading up the fatal crash, evidence contained in the court record for a civil lawsuit against the trooper shows. While investigators cleared state ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Prosecutors have charged a Westfield based home contractor with stealing over $100,000 from a pair of clients, authorities said Friday. Ralph A. Rapuano Jr., 37, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and second-degree theft by failure to make proper disposition of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Westfield man is anticipated to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to a child a pornography charge, authorities said Wednesday. Gregory L. Brown, 37, of the 300 block of John Street, admitted to having “thousands of digital files constituting images ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - A Morristown man was indicted on nine federal charges in connection with the HIzballah's Islamic Jihad Organization, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Authorities believe the Alexei Saab, also known as Ali Hassan Saab, Alex Saab or Rachid) conducted surveillance of ...

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 ELIZABETH, NJ - A formerly Summit-based pediatric gastroenterologist, who was arrested earlier this year and charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients on numerous occasions, now has been criminally charged in connection with similar alleged incidents involving two additional patients, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Former Diocese of Newark Bishop, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick sexually harassed Seton Hall University seminarians during his time with the Diocese, according an independent report released by the University’s Board of Regents on Tuesday afternoon. Patrick M. Murray, Chairman of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s payment of $395,000 to settle sexual harassment claims lodged by two of its employees was a “business decision” to avoid a costly trial over claims it staunchly denies, the settlement agreement states. While the man accused in the lawsuit remains employed by Union ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ —  A custodian employed by the New Providence Board of Education at Salt Brook Elementary School, was arrested and charged with attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl and other crimes last week in Colonie, N.Y.  TAPinto first learned of the arrest and charges today, Wednesday, ...

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According to an updated press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DuVaul announced that authorities have charged a suspect in connection with the double homicide in Maplewood, NJ on Saturday August ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A Fanwood man has been charged with being under the influence of drugs when he caused a motor vehicle collision that left a 94-year-old woman dead and two others injured in Union earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Union Police Director Daniel ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several organizations from the city and beyond will band together Friday to call for the closure of ICE detention centers in the state. The Lights For Liberty Rally will start at the intersection of Albany and George streets at 6:30 p.m. Central Jersey Democratic ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Tyshkov, a Summit-based pediatric gastroenterologist, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients on numerous occasions over the course of several years, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.   Tyshkov, 62, of ...

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LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eight Rutgers football players who were either suspended or dismissed from the team over their involvement in a credit card scheme avoided jail sentences this week when a judge admitted them to a probationary program, according to news reports. Superior Court Judge Pedro ...

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information. A prior version of this story did not make clear the status of Gran Centurions Hall. The catering hall remains open. Business is uninterrupted. CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual ...

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