Law & Justice

July 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC — It only took a few hours on Tuesday for a jury to return a verdict in the trial of the South Carolina man charged with killing Robbinsville Township’s Samantha Josephson after he allegedly posed as an Uber driver in 2019. Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, South Carolina, was ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced gun buyback events in Passaic, Essex and Atlantic counties, and East Orange has one of the sites. The "Guns for Cash" buy back program is in partnership with Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, acting Essex County ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced.  Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark community leader and executive director of local nonprofit Project Ready Shennell McCloud will join 26 social justice leaders from around the nation to participate in a highly competitive 2021 Converge Social Justice Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a signature ...

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, ...

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PRINCETON, NJ - We never could have imagined linking a new book titled Democracy Rules, written by Princeton University politics professor Jan-Werner Muller, with a recently published letter to the readers of the Princeton Alumni Weekly written by the chair of the magazine’s editorial board. As ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The 21-year-old Paterson man that was behind the wheel of the car that fatally struck Marinus Lalumia, 81, of Clifton on Sunday was traveling at an excessive speed when the collision occurred, an investigation has revealed.  According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes ...

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Prosecutor's Office announced today that 27-year-old Tyler Rios, already facing kidnapping charges related to the Amber Alert abduction of his two-year-old son Sebastian Rios, will now face murder charges in the death of the boy's mother, 24-year-old Rahway resident ...

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TRENTON – Strangulation Assault is now a crime of the second degree, punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $150,000 or both, announced  Governor Phil Murphy Governor Murphy, with primary sponsors Senators M. Teresa Ruiz, Joseph Cryan, and Sandra Cunningham, and Assembly ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutors Office just released the following statemenT: Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is now offering a reward of up to $50,000 for ...

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RAHWAY and HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — On Monday, July 12, Karen Uyar, the mother of Yasemin Uyar, the 24-year-old Rahway resident authorities believe was abducted by her son's father and later killed in Tennessee, spoke to the media during a short press conference. On Friday, July 9, an Amber Alert was ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The mother of a Rahway child, who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday, has been found dead in Tennessee, and charges are pending for the father who is suspected of abducting the mother and son, authorities said Sunday. The father, Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, is ...

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CAMDEN, N.J. – A Holmdel man admitted he conspired to defraud New Jersey county health benefits programs and conspired to engage in money laundering and obstruct justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Paul Camarda, 39, of Holmdel, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S.

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NEWARK, NJ — Property that once sat within an arm’s reach of where Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation Founder Elaine Helms was born in Newark will now become a first-of-its-kind supportive housing project for homeless LGBTQ individuals.  Located on the corner of Roseville and Sussex ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced today that he will be resigning his post later this month.  Grewal, the country's first Sikh Attorney General, will become the Director of Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission on July 26. Governor Murphy lauded the many ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The LGBTQ+ Pride flag flew over the Nutley Family Service Bureau annex on Chestnut St. this week as part of the pride month celebrations throughout the community. On June 1, the Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners proclaimed June 2021 "LGBTQ+ Pride Month." The proclamation ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd unveiled last week near the steps of Newark City Hall was defaced late Wednesday night, authorities said. Before 6 a.m. Thursday, police reported that a sergeant in the area of City Hall noticed the statue of Floyd was defaced with graffiti.

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NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley held its first Juneteenth celebration at the Nutley AMVETS on Saturday, June 19. The attendees, half masked, packed the Park Avenue building indicating what the holiday meant to Nutley residents as well as a step out of the pandemic. The ceremony was a collaboration between the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — As many Americans are only recently learning about Juneteenth, a celebration that has been part of the American experience since 1866, they are also discovering the hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song with roots dating back to 1900.  When NJ Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Less than 24 hours after the City of Paterson recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday for the first time, both through a flag raising at City Hall and by hosting Governor Phil Murphy for the signing of legislation blocking landlords from discriminating against potential tenants ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For nearly three decades, community leaders in Newark have come together on June 19 to recognize the liberation of enslaved people in the U.S. While New Jersey celebrated Juneteenth as a state holiday on Saturday for the first time, in Newark, that celebration was met with calls for ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Harry W. Chenoweth Building, known more commonly as Nutley Town Hall, was illuminated in the colors of the Pan-African flag ahead of the township's first annual Juneteenth celebration. The building will be illuminated again on Juneteenth, June 19.   At the June 1 open public ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- This week The U.S. Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi, a Fanwood native, to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a vote of 81-16. He is the first Muslim federal judge in our nation’s history. “Another barrier has been broken, and it has been ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley showed up proudly on Thursday evening, June 10 when Nutley Pride LGBTQ+ held its first official Pride Month ceremony on the front lawn of the Nutley Municipal Building at 1 Kennedy Drive. Mayor Mauro G. Tucci read and delivered the township proclamation, signed by four of 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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NEWARK, NJ — The City of Newark will pay the former city attorney $300,000 to settle the federal lawsuit he filed claiming he was retaliated against because he objected to a multimillion-dollar development deal, according to documents and his attorney. The tentative settlement with Willie ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Pride is hosting their second annual 'Chalk it up to LOVE' event at Memorial Park today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is part of Nutley's LGBTQ+ Pride Month series of celebrations.  Patrick Koslecki, co-founder of Nutley Pride, told us that 'Chalk It Up To LOVE' is the ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Pride displays throughout our region continue to dazzle during June. Adding to the illuminating celebration of equality, utility provider PSEG plans to light up a substation in the northwest corner of Hoboken as a salute to the LGBTQ+ community. News of this endeavor comes via ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The community is invited to celebrate Pride month with “Nutley PRIDE” at an illuminating event that will include a public reading of the Township of Nutley Pride Month proclamation tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at town hall.  Nutley Pride states "All are welcome ! We want to see ...

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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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