Law & Justice

May 14, 2020

NEWARK, NJ – A Paterson man was due in federal court Thursday to face charges of producing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. According to court documents, Jose Minaya, 24, used a web-based application in July 2019 to engage an 11-year-old ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A motor vehicle stop by members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office in the early hours of Saturday led to the arrest of a 22-year-old Paterson man previously identified as the suspect in an Easter Sunday shooting. According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M.

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PATERSON, NJ - An anonymous tip to a member of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office led the arrest of an alleged drug dealer in the early hours of Monday, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. In a statement Berdnik announced that PCSO Officer Angelo Calabro received the tip at ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A pair of Paterson brothers face up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charge of Attempted Murder in connection with a shooting law enforcement officials say they were involved in Thursday in the area of Hamilton Avenue. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M.

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PATERSON, NJ - A 19-year-old Paterson man faces decades in prison following his arrest in connection with a January 11 shooting. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Leighmeir Singletary, was arrested Thursday following a joint ...

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WAYNE, NJ - While the COVID-19 public heath crisis has shut down much of our day-to-day lives it hasn't brought a halt  to child abuse, Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Executive Director of Passaic County CASA, lamented. "In fact," she said, "studies show that instances of abuse and neglect rise when ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- As health care workers combat the spread of COVID-19, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) is leading New Jersey's leading the fight against disinformation, rumors, and scams to take advantage of the public during the pandemic.  On Thursday, NJOHSP ...

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PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – As COVID-19 continues to spread across New Jersey, law enforcement officers from throughout Passaic County are undergoing testing, officials said. In Passaic County – which now has more than 5,000 confirmed coronavirus cases – officers are on the frontline of the pandemic and ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 37-year-old Paterson man is under arrest in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting that sent a 33-year-old man to St. Joseph’s Health with a non-fatal gunshot wound. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Wayne A.

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PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department issued 40 summonses Monday for violations of emergency orders enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy and Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced Wednesday. Included in these ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Six maximum custody inmates as Passaic County Jail face additional charges including Rioting, Arson, and Aggravated Assault after a Saturday incident. According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik the incident began when the two inmates refused to lock their cells and an additional four ...

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PATERSON, NJ – A total of 40 inmates at Passaic County Jail are temporarily free as part of the state’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to authorities. Though the March 22 state Supreme Court order, which led to the release of more than 700 low-risk county jail detainees ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson man faces Attempted Murder charges, and up to 20 years in prison, after his alleged involvement in a Sunday shooting, law enforcement officials have announced. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, an ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 37-year-old Paterson faces 20 years in prison after being arrested and charged Wednesday in connection with the February 27 robbery of the Valley National Bank in Little Falls, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. According to reports Ortiz is said to be one of two suspects ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A March 3 prostitution bust that led to three arrests at 401 Main Street did little to slow business, concerned citizens said, leading to another sting on March 13, and an additional four arrests. According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Felipe Fernandez, 44, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - What Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale characterized a “relentless prostitution operation” led to two arrests Saturday. Speziale said that the operation came in response to new complaints about “street walkers” in the area of Van Houten Street, between East 18th ...

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PATERSON, NJ - An alleged drug mill operating on 9th Avenue in Paterson has been shut down after a two-month investigation, according to a statement shared on the New Jersey State Police’s Facebook page. The statement reads that four men were arrested, and more than $100,000 worth of drugs was ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Two men are in Passaic County Jail after members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office’s Bureau of Narcotics arrested them following an alleged hand-to-hand narcotics sale. According to Sheriff Richard H Berdnik, detectives were in the area of Main Street and Bloomfield Avenue ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Tuesday takedown of what New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal described as a “major opioid mill” in Paterson offered evidence, Mayor Andre Sayegh said, that “criminals don’t discriminate in terms of where they are willing to establish their illegal operations.” The two ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 22-year-old Paterson man could spend the entirety of his possible working years behind bars following his indictment for distributing the heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a New Jersey resident, officials announced Friday. According to U.S. Attorney Craig ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 29-year-old Paterson man wanted in connection with a September 24 shooting was recently extradited to New Jersey from Georgia where he had been in jail since October 29. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Keith ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A heroin distribution ring operating out of Paterson and supplying the illegal drugs throughout Passaic and Bergen Counties was interrupted Wednesday following a two-month investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics, Gangs and Violent Crimes Task ...

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PATERSON, NJ –  Regardless of one’s political inclinations, it is hard to argue the accessibility of Mayor Andre Sayegh, the tech savvy official who always seems just a phone call or text away. On Wednesday, surrounded by state officials, professionals from St. Joseph’s Health, community ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson resident Jesus Herrera, 64, will remain behind bars and faces up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of two charges related to the 2017 road death of Luis Arrango.  During the trial that started on January 8, the jury heard that on November 11, 2017, Herrera ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Paterson’s Erik Lowe, a former commissioner with the now-defunct Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority, will spend up to 35 months in prison for engaging in two separate schemes to steal funds from the agency he served for more than six years., U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson City Council members that said they were surprised to hear about a grant received by the Paterson Public Library to expand services to formerly incarcerated residents got a full review of the program from Library Director Corey Fleming Tuesday. Fresh Start @ Your Library, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A sergeant with the Paterson Police Department became the eighth local law enforcement official accused of and arrested for corruption, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. According to a statement Sergeant Michael Cheff, 49, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Paterson woman will spend up to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty in a Middlesex County courtroom on December 23 to second degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. As previously reported, Elizabeth Gomez, 43, was behind the wheel of a 2007 BMW X3 in ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Animal Control Officer John DeCando is hoping for a post-Christmas miracle for one Paterson puppy. According to DeCando, a concerned resident was passing by JFK High School on Saturday when she saw the sickly looking puppy on the sidewalk. DeCando was notified after the ...

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PATERSON, NJ -  A 56-year-old Paterson man faces up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison following his Saturday arrest in connection with a shooting that took place on September 15. According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald, and ...

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