Law & Justice

June 9, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Former Newark Business Administrator and Municipal Court Chief Judge Julien Neals was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Neals was confirmed to the bench by a vote of 63 to 33. He previously served as the chief judge ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Three Newark men on Tuesday were charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with a shooting incident that took place in May, authorities announced. Gilbert Bermudez, 28, Brian Elijah Mitchell, 31, and Jaahan Mitchell, 32, all of Newark, were each ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday admitted to narcotics distribution and firearm offenses in connection with a drug trafficking organization, authorities announced. Ibraaheem Islam, 33, of Newark, pleaded guilty in federal court to information charging him with four offenses. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Two men from Newark were charged for their roles in a burglary attempt that targeted homeowners of Asian descent, authorities announced.  Kevin Burton and Thomas Rodgers, both of Newark, were part of an eight-member interstate crew in connection to the crime, Acting U.S. Attorney ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was charged on Monday in connection to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, authorities announced.  John Fuller, 31, of Newark, was charged by complaint with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, one count ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Monday admitted to illegally possessing a machine gun, authorities announced.  Anthony Reynolds, 26, of Newark, who already had a prior felony conviction, admitted to possession of the illegal firearm, U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig said. Reynolds pleaded guilty to one ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark-based general contracting company on Thursday admitted to violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards which subsequently led to the death of an employee, authorities announced. Trustworthy LLC, also known as “Trustworthy Roofing and Siding” owner, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark Parking Authority employee was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday for distributing narcotics, authorities announced.  Aughkay Green, 50, of Newark, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with possession of heroin and cocaine base with ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 months in prison for his connection in distributing crack in Stephen Crane Village and possessing a handgun, authorities announced.  Ricky Terrell, 24, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a ...

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NEWARK, NJ  — A Newark man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to distributing and conspiring with others to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine, authorities announced. Nasir Williams, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazquez to one count ...

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NEWARK, NJ  – A Newark man was indicted on Wednesday for charges stemming from two shooting incidents, authorities announced.  Antoine Hawkins, 31, of Newark, was indicted on two counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Nearly 24 hours after a verdict was reached in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, Newark officials and social justice advocates gathered to call for nationwide police reform.  “It sends a strong message,” Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Area officials and community leaders responded to the Tuesday murder conviction of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. “On behalf of all of Newark and our residents, we applaud the jury for its decision in the Derek Chauvin case and ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man has been arrested and is charged in connection to a fatal shooting incident, authorities announced.  Marquise Smith, 26, of Newark, was arrested and charged on Monday with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and felony murder for the fatal shooting ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a minor, authorities announced.  Diego Ayala, 35, of Newark, was sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl and filmed the crime, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens announced.  The Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Essex County authorities are offering a reward totaling $5,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those connected to a Newark October homicide.  The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man was arrested on Friday in connection to a fraudulent debit card scheme, authorities announced. Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, New Jersey, were charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Former Newark Business Administrator and Municipal Court Chief Judge Julien Neals has been nominated by President Joe Biden to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Neals was the chief judge of the Newark Municipal Court from 2006 to 2008, was the city's ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Nine Newark residents were charged for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute narcotics, authorities announced.  Seven of the nine Newarkers were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to ...

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NEWARK, NJ –  Two members of the Newark street gang known as the “Famous Boyz” were sentenced to prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, authorities announced.  Malik Minor, 23, of Newark, was sentenced on Tuesday to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Two men admitted to their roles in a Newark carjacking in which a firearm was wielded, authorities announced. Raquin Tanner, 25, of Newark, pleaded guilty on March 10 to one count of aiding and abetting the carjacking, and Rakeem McNair, 21, of Roselle, pleaded guilty on Monday to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A corrections officer from Newark was charged today with smuggling contraband into the Essex County Correctional Facility, authorities announced.  Alray Blackmon Jr., 31, of Newark has been charged with second-degree attempting to provide an electronic communication device to an ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man was arrested on Monday for robbing a local convenience store, authorities announced.  Anthony Gibbs, 60, of Newark, was placed under arrest by Essex County sheriff's officers after robbing a 7-Eleven convenience store, country sheriff Armando Fontoura said.  As ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rachel Wainer Apter, who previously served as a law clerk to former Rutgers-Newark Law School professor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Murphy ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was arrested following a brief pursuit and drive-by shooting near Irvington Park, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced.  Shyiem Bennett, 26, of Newark, was arrested on Tuesday by county sheriff officers and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Newark municipal court will welcome two new judges to the bench.  City officials on Tuesday appointed Gisel Ortiz and Yeneisha Renee Warrick to serve as municipal court judges - replacing incumbents Emilia Perez and Marvin Adames. Both appointees will serve three-year ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Two Newark men were charged on Tuesday with attempted carjacking and discharging a firearm, authorities announced.  Antwan Malone, 34, and Dawan Walker, 24, both of Newark, made their initial appearances on charges stemming from a Feb. 22, attempted carjacking in the city during ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today. Nasheed Jackson, 24, of Newark, Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, pleaded ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three people have been charged by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office after a man was fatally shot in Newark, authorities announced.  The one adult and two juveniles were charged last week in connection with the shooting death of Romel Bottex, 18, of Newark, Acting Essex County ...

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NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County corrections officer from Newark was charged on Thursday with smuggling contraband into the county jail, authorities announced.  Keith Peterman, 29, of Newark was charged with bringing in banned tobacco products to inmates in exchange for money at the Essex County ...

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