Law & Justice

August 8, 2018

Newark, NJ -  Six individuals were charged with stealing eight cars in a multi-county $500,000 high-end car theft ring, including one from Warren Township, acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan announced ...

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WARREN, NJ –  A 14-year old boy died, and a 17-year old boy has been charged with vehicular homicide after a chase in a car stolen from Warren Township on Friday,  Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Warren ...

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WARREN, NJ. - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey filed suit against 12 school districts throughout New Jersey, including Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS), alleging they have “policies that discriminate by asking for state-issued identification, in violation of state ...

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  NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A North Plainfield man has admitted to shooting a man in Plainfield earlier this year, then shooting at police responding to the scene moments later, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.   Junus Ellison, 28, of North Plainfield ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - A former New York City Police sergeant was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison,  with 42 months to be served without parole, after she was found guilty of second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief stemming ...

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 FREEHOLD, NJ  – They got their man and residents are safer for it. An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting Thursday night in Freehold Township and the possible connection to a shooting in Holmdel and Neptune is still underway. This is according to a release issued by Monmouth ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Three borough residents are among 58 men and women arrested for failure to make child support payments during a three-day sweep by Somerset County Sheriff officers. The sweep was conducted in several New Jersey counties on April 17,18 and 19, according to Somerset County ...

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey siblings were convicted of running a multi-million dollar fraudulent invoice scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Thursday. Vishallie Verasawmi, 37, of Green Brook and sister Shevandra Verasawmi, 38, of Matawan, were found guilty of all four counts of an ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Scott Peterson, assistant prosecutor in the trial for April Wyckoff’s murder, was honored as part of the county prosecutor’s office’s National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week. Peterson was honored along with Ted Merced, a veteran detective, and Azucena “Susie” Arias, a victim/witness ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Three Plainfield Police Detectives, responding to the sound of gunshots, were fired upon by a man on Wednesday and one of the Detectives returned fire, leading  to the man’s capture and arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday. The ...

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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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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Fanizzi, 53, a resident ...

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WARREN, NJ – It’s been one month since the shootings at a Parkland, Florida high school that left 17 dead and another 17 injured, and area students have joined in identifying  March 14, 2018 as a day for a nationwide school walkout “We are walking out of WHRHS to show that students are unified ...

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WATCHUNG , NJ - A Watchung man has been arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced today. Pedro L. Carbajal, age 43, of Watchung, was arrested  on charges arising out of the fraudulent activities of Options Staffing, a New Jersey ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ –  Two men were arrested after they were caught in the act of burglarizing a Warren home, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced today.   During a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A 17-year-old male Franklin High School student was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm, according to a news release. The Franklin Warriors compete in the Skyland Conference with the Watchung Hills Warriors. "On Friday, Feb. 23, at approximately 11:30 a.m., ...

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MILLBURN, NJ  — Peter Nguyen, Millburn High School's head volleyball coach and a bookkeeper for the Millburn Township Board of Education, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of sexual contact with a 14-year old female who was a member of the Impact Volleyball Club. Nguyen also faces ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. “Considering the high levels of purity found in ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A senior corrections officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility has been arrested and charged on 15 counts. Ronald Coleman Jr., 39, of Bethlehem Township, Pa., was arrested at his home following a joint investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims ...

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Planning on having a few cold ones during the big game this Sunday? If you do, be sure to assign a designated driver or find alternative means to get to and from your locations.  The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office has put plans in place to keep the community safe from drunk and distracted ...

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                                                                               SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A 38-year-old Hillsborough man faces multiple charges including the manufacture of child pornography after police traced his activities on the Internet., according to Somerset County Prosecutor ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two men have been charged with armed robbery and other related crimes in connection with a hold-up at a Verizon store on Route 22 in Green Brook, which was followed by a chase and apprehension in Piscataway and South Bound Brook, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A North Plainfield police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel in Kenilworth last year was indicted by a Union County grand jury on three counts,  acting Union County Prosecutor Ann M. Luvera announced Thursday.  Mike Jean-Baptiste, 29, is charged ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - An event photographer/videographer has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree, by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson identified the suspect as Paulo Henrique Amorim,  26, of Sanford Avenue, ...

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WARREN, NJ - A New Year's Day traffic stop led to the arrest of a California man, and the seizure of approximately 28 pounds of marijuana and more than $10,000 in cash, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Roberston, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Franklin Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy was arrested and charged last month, for deceiving Horizon Blue Cross for payments of services for which she did not receive, according to court documents.  Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Sept. 1, 2017, McCarthy made it appear as though she ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former Rutgers University varsity football player admitted his role in a series of armed robberies and home invasions, authorities announced on Jan. 8. Tejay Johnson, 26, of Egg Harbor, will spend 15 years behind bars as part of a plea agreement, Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three lawsuits have been filed against the South Orange Maplewood School District -- the most recent just two month ago -- by students of a former Columbia High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with up to six under-aged boys. Nicole Dufault, who was arrested in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Wanna help fight crime? If you live in Somerset County there is an app for that.  Last month's Somerset County Fugitive of the Week Justin Tomlinson, age 29, of Manville was arrested thanks to the STOPit app, according to a joint news release from the Somerset County ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield man has admitted to being responsible for a shooting that took the life of an innocent bystander in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday. Earlier this week, Abdul Ward, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter ...

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