Freeholders Join Students at Opening for Union Co. Vo-Tech’s Law and Justice Mini Academy

September 12, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholders joined students, teachers and administrators of the Union County Vocational Technical in marking the opening of the new Law and Justice Mini Academy, a four-year program designed to prepare students for careers in public service, law, and criminal justice and as proactive citizens.

“We are proud of our investment in our award-winning ...

Fugitive Child Sex Assault Suspect of Plainfield Apprehended in Texas

A fugitive who remained at large for several weeks after being charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a child in Plainfield has been apprehended in Texas, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Walter Sosa, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

A ...

Judge Rules to Allow Three Names to be Added to Plainfield Board of Ed Election Ballot

ELIZABETH, NJ - A suit that was filed against Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi by three Plainfield residents was heard by Judge Mark R. Ciarrocca this morning in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Elizabeth.

The order to show cause was filed by the three petitioners to seek a determination of the court that their petitions submitted for the Plainfield Board of Education election be ...

Plainfield Shooting Defendant Indicted on Murder, Attempted Murder Charges

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Union County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against the person charged in connection with a shooting that killed one person and injured another in Plainfield last December, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Isaiah Mayo-Givens, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, and two related weapons ...

Former Edison Police Officer Pleads Guilty In Attempted Murder Case

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Former Edison police officer Michael Dotro admitted he tried to kill a township police captain in 2013 by trying to burn down his Monroe home, officials said Monday.

Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, pleaded guilty Monday to a count of attempted murder in the first degree and one count of arson in the second degree when he set fire to his supervisor’s home in Monroe ...

Three Who Missed Filing Deadline for Plainfield Board of Ed Seats File Suit Against Union County Clerk

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The deadline to file the appropriate paperwork for positions on the School Board was Monday, July 31st by 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Union County Clerk in Elizabeth.  Three potential candidates from Plainfield attempted to submit minutes after the deadline passed, but were denied.

MORE:  School Board Petitions Due July 31

Plaintiffs Eric J. Andrews, ...

Former Edison Police Officer Facing More Charges

EDISON, NJ – Former police officer Michael Dotro is facing even more charges after allegedly tampering with a witness in one of the criminal cases pending against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

In a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, officials said Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, is now charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering ...

5 Men Plead Guilty in Violent Robbery at Elizabeth Scrap Metal Yard

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two men late last week pleaded guilty in connection to a violent 2014 robbery at an Elizabeth scrap metal yard, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Rafael Clemmons, 30, of Irvington, admitted to first-degree kidnapping, while Sharod Saunders, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Three other men pleaded guilty in the case earlier ...

2 Leaders of Heroin Operation Plead Guilty After Multi-Million Drug Bust

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two leaders of a drug ring pleaded guilty after they were caught with millions-of-dollars’ worth of heroin about three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said yesterday.

William Camino, 38, and his second-in-command, Yakin “Yaya” Bryant, 37, both admitted to first-degree racketeering and first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2014 Homicide

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield man who fatally shot an acquaintance over a game of dice has been sentenced to life in prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Johnathan Sylvester, who was 28 at the time of the killing of 24-year-old Rashawn Bryant, was sentenced Friday by state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. on ...

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