Law & Justice

July 24, 2021

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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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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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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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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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. today, police reported that a sergeant in the area of City Hall noticed the statue of Floyd was defaced with graffiti.

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NEWARK, NJ — The newly constructed justice building in the heart of Newark was dedicated Thursday to a man who spent his life seeking justice — Martin Luther King Jr. Dignitaries from around the county and state joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Gov. Phil Murphy as they ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  The winning design for a monument honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman that will be placed in Washington Park in Newark has been chosen. Newark city officials held a contest earlier this year for five artists to submit their proposed designs for the project. Artist Nina ...

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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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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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WAYNE, NJ — The results of the Wayne Valley Mascot ThoughtExchange survey showed more support for keeping the Indians mascot then it did for changing it, according to Tamika Reese, a diversity consultant hired by the school district. The results of this survey seemed to be the deciding factor in ...

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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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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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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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HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken celebrated the LGBTQ+ community over the weekend with events to officially recognize World Pride Month. Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Hudson Pride Center, elected officials and residents raised the Pride Flag outside City Hall on Saturday. Newly repainted Pride ...

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CLINTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January. Murphy's administration released an investigative report ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — After a week filled with rain, it was a hot and sunny day on the plaza at City Hall. A resolution that was passed by the city council in August 2020 renamed the area as “Black Lives Matter Plaza," and on Saturday, Plainfield held a dedication ceremony that included the unveiling of ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A crowd of approximately 75 people gathered under the blazing sun on the verdant grounds of the Ambulance Corps Building in Hawthorne to celebrate the first official Pride Day in town, the product of a partnership between the mayor, council, administration, and the Hawthorne Pride ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Welcome Home Jersey City, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides educational, employment and material support for refugees and asylees, will sponsor a World Refugee Day Festival 2021 in conjunction with First Friends of NJ and NY, a nonprofit providing services to ...

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WAYNE, NJ – For the first time in Wayne’s history, the pride flag was raised at Town Hall. It was first flown on June 1, the first day of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and will stay up till the end of June. Members of the LGBTQ community in Wayne are excited and proud that the flag is flying in their ...

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PRINCETON, NJ -- A 16-year-old Canadian teen has pled guilty to making a bomb threat against Princeton University in September 2020. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced on Tuesday that the teen, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, pleaded guilty in Mercer County ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Gerry Boyce and Bob Landau had a quiet moment together, looking at the rainbow colors of the Pride flag before it was officially raised over town. “I never thought I’d see this in my life,” Boyce told Landau, his partner of 40 years come this September. The couple expressed ...

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LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - The Township held its second annual rainbow flag raising ceremony in honor of Gay Pride Month in front of Town Hall on June 1. Leading the ceremony was Mayor James Damiano, along with Council President Anthony Sgobba, Councilman Chris Vancheri, Councilman Al Kahwaty and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 62-word statement from the Rutgers president attempted to re-enforce the university’s stance against hatred and bigotry, while seemingly seeking to defuse a potential political powder keg. Instead, local leaders who stand on opposing sides of the Israel-Palestinian conflict ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 62-word statement from the Rutgers president attempted to re-enforce the university’s stance against hatred and bigotry, while seemingly seeking to defuse a potential political powder keg. Instead, local leaders who stand on opposing sides of the Israel-Palestinian conflict ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – The retired chief of the Bordentown Township Police Department was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for lying to FBI agents who were questioning him about violating an 18-year-old man’s civil rights during an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Governor Murphy has nominated Morristown Town Attorney, Vij Pawar to the New Jersey Superior Court, announced town officials.  Pawar has served as Director of Law to Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty since 2010, overseeing much of the Town’s expansion and growth over the last decade, ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – A 43-year-old Jersey City woman is facing five years in prison for her admitted role in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to solicit and receive kickbacks and bribes from individuals associated with a Union City pharmacy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – President Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams to the U.S. District Court, a choice that would make her the first Black judge to preside on the federal bench in Camden. Williams, a federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in New Jersey since ...

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