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Plainfield Man Sentenced to Twenty Years for Aggravated Manslaughter

July 14, 2017

A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for being responsible for the 2013 shooting death of a 21-year-old, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Lavarr Nowell, 25, must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence before the possibility of parole under the terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim, who labeled the death of ...

Appellate Judge Dismisses Case Against Westfield Stop & Shop’s Expansion

WESTFIELD, NJ — A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop may finally be over and the supermarket may be allowed to expand after an Appellate Court judge affirmed the lower court’s decision Friday.

The town made its oral argument in May, nearly two years after the Superior Court judge’s decision to allow the ...

Two Sentenced for 2014 Westfield Carjacking

ELIZABETH, NJ — Lamar Randleman, 28, of Newark was sentenced to 25 years in state prison Thursday for his role in a 2014 carjacking in Westfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Friday.  Randleman was convicted on charges of first-degree carjacking and third-degree theft following a two-and-a-half-week trial in April.

Another man who was involved, ...

Driver in Fatal Short Hills Mall Carjacking Sentenced

NEWARK, NJ - Basim Henry, the driver in the deadly shooting at the Short Hills Mall on December 15, 2013, was sentenced to life plus ten years for his role in the killing. Hoboken lawyer Dustin Freidland was gunned down during a carjacking in front of his wife in the parking garage. 

Henry, 36, of South Orange was convicted of murder and felony murder in March of this year.  Henry ...

Plainfield Man Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Weapons Offense

A Union County jury has returned convictions on two of three charges against a Plainfield man accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Scotch Plains in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Thomas H. Outland, 49, was convicted on charges of second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery and fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm but was acquitted on ...

“Warehoused” Film Screening June 20 For World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017, Refugee Assistance Partners NJ (RAP) will host a public screening of the film, “Warehoused.”  An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide, and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year.  Only an extremely small percentage of this number are admitted for resettlement ...

Arrest Made in Plainfield Double Shooting

The Union County Prosecutor's Office, in conjunction with Plainfield Police Division, announced a person has been charged in the shooting of Manuel Berrios.

The full press release follows:

The person charged in connection with a shooting that killed one person and injured another in Plainfield approximately five months ago has been located and arrested, acting Union ...

Union County Sheriff Introduces C.L.E.A.R. Program to Combat Drug Addiction

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, speaking at a recent meeting of business people, asked, “What do you think is the average age of a drug addict?”

“18 years old.”

“20 years old.”

The answer, 47 years old, underscores the seriousness of the current opioid epidemic in the state. It is a widespread scourge that affects all age ...

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