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Law & Justice

July 28, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The family of a 14-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an off-duty state police trooper while he was driving to work is due to receive $1.1 million to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from the 2017 crash. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which underwrites the state ...

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WARREN, NJ — A 60-year-old cardiologist from Warren Township was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for prescribing thousands of Oxycodone pills to a patient and his wife without a medical reason, according to the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Raymond Catania, ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – A 24-year-old township resident is facing multiple charges after police found a stolen handgun in a lunch box on his kitchen table, loaded with a large capacity ammunition magazine which contained hollow point bullets, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P.

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 21-year-old Jersey City man has been arrested in connection with the June 12 shooting that left a Newark man dead on a Jersey City Street. A 19-year-old North Plainfield man was also arrested. According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, both Quadre Domnie and Jekhi ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been charged with theft by deception in relation to theft of funds from a non-profit organization in Bridgewater, according to a report from Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald. Jolee Roberts, 55, has been charged with second degree theft by ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District has agreed to pay $250,000 to the parents of a Westfield High School student as settlement in a lawsuit that claims that the district allowed bullying that led to the sophomore’s death by suicide in 2018, records show. In their 2020 lawsuit ...

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SOMERSET  COUNTY, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," said government officials in a message today. To ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Somerset County Superior Court Judge, and Watchung resident, John P. McDonald was sworn to office Friday as Somerset County Prosecutor. McDonald took the oath of office in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, administered by former colleague, Somerset County Superior ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 23-year-old Hillsborough man has been indicted on attempted murder charges in connection with an unprovoked attack during which the victim was stabbed in the back while walking his dog, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart. Safi N. Hill, a resident ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison. The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli ...

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  NEWARK, NJ – A Watchung man Wednesday admitted his role in a drug trafficking network that was responsible for the importation of large quantities of heroin into New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.   William T. Bouza, 45, of Watchung, pleaded guilty by ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti announced Tuesday the arrest of Jose Branch, age 23, of West Fourth Street, Plainfield, in ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - A 68-year-old borough resident has been arrested and charged with multiple sex offenses against a child over a period of years when she was between six- and nine-years-old, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella. Teodoro R. Velazquez of Anderson ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Somerville man is one of 24 suspects facing drug and/or weapons charges following a seven-month investigation coordinated by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, according to Acting Prosecutor Thomas J. Chirichella Jr. Multiple search warrants were executed at the ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A homicide investigation is being conducted in North Plainfield following the shooting death of a North Plainfield man, acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In a press conference Wednesday, Ben Crump, attorney for 14-year-old Z’Kye Husain who is at the heart of a viral video in which he was aggressively handcuffed by Bridgewater Township Police officers following a fight at the Bridgewater Commons Mall, said they are considering a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin J. Russo recently promoted three new supervisors in the law enforcement division and 14 in the correctional division, including the first Black officer promoted to the rank of correctional police in 30 years.  “It’s my pleasure to swear in these new ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – A 17-year-old township resident has been charged with 2nd Degree Death by Auto in connection with an Oct. 8 crash that killed a 17-year-old Somerville High School student, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella. The victim, Vincent "Vinny" Gagliardi, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The family of the Black eighth grade boy who was handcuffed by Bridgewater Police following a fight in the Bridgewater Commons Mall Saturday has retained national Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them, according to a release from the attorney's office. Crump has ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Two men are facing a number of federal charges, accused of stealing checks and using the stolen checks to defraud banks. Nasir Johnson, from Hillside, and Baba Diakite, from East Orange, are charged with bank fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail theft and possess stolen mail ...

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  NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A North Plainfield woman was charged for her role in fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.   Nivah Garcis, 51, of North ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A North Plainfield man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining $862,000 in COVID-19 relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan payments (EIDL) and using the money to travel, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  – The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has identified the victim and police officer involved in a fatal shooting Jan. 9 inside the apartment of the dead man. The victim has been identified as Joshua Mathis 19, of Hillsborough, N.J. The officer who discharged his weapon ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night, Jan. 9 inside an apartment on Corporal Langon Way. The identity of the victim is not being released. No one else was injured. It is the second ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Board of Education last night elected Paul Marini president and John Oliver vice-president, with the incumbent president, Jean Trujillo unable to convince her colleagues that she deserved another term as leader of the nine-member board. Marini was elected by an ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Five days after the abrupt resignation of Business Administrator/Board Secretary Aiman Mahmoud, the Hillsborough School Board sent a message to parents and the school community early Friday morning acknowledging an ongoing audit of the office and an investigation by the Somerset ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor Wednesday confirmed a joint investigation with township police into the finances of the Hillsborough Public Schools following Monday's abrupt resignation of School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Aiman Mahmoud, Also Wednesday, staff ...

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WARREN TOWNSHIP, NJ– Three men are hospitalized after a crash on Mount Horeb Road on Monday, and an  investigation into the circumstances is ongoing , according to a release on Tuesday.  Two men were struck by a motor vehicle on Mount Horeb Road on Monday in Warren, Somerset County Prosecutor ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 27-year-old Somerville is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with distribution of kiddie porn showing graphic sexual abuse of prepubescent children in video and photo stills, according to the US Attorney General's Office New Jersey District.  Marcevan Manasse is charged with ...

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WARREN, NJ — A Warren man was sentenced Friday for submitting fraudulent price quotes to secure three contracts worth $31,428 for his company to supply machine parts to the Keansburg Division of Water and Sewers, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said. Robert Bruno, 71, of Warren, was ...

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