Law & Justice

September 18, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Somerset County man has admitted to fatally shooting a 22 year-old Plainfield resident, Andres Chach, in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Tuesday. Jose Romero-Aguirre, a.k.a. “Coñejo,” 32, a North Plainfield resident and member of the ...

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  NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ– Two additional people have been arrested on charges stemming from a North Plainfield homicide while trying to flee to Mexico, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The third suspect wanted in the homicide death of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24-year, of North Plainfield, has surrendered to police and charges have been upgraded to one suspect already in custody, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Three Plainfield men were charged in relation to the on-going homicide investigation of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24, of North Plainfield, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced to a total of 148 years in state prison after being convicted for 60 crimes, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Thursday. Rasheed Powell, 43, was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on who ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 204 months in prison for robbing seven banks, and attempting to rob an eighth bank while brandishing a firearm, committing one carjacking and attempting to commit three additional carjackings, and taking a hostage at gunpoint while fleeing, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday that a Union County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against the Middlesex County man charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian strike that took place in Plainfield a little more than three ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tiray Summers, 38, of Plainfield, was charged in the death of his three-week old son, Trayvon Summers, which occurred on Sunday, July 22nd, according to Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Summers was arrested Wednesday and charges filed on Thursday.   At ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - When a woman was changing in a dressing room of an Edison clothing store, she did not know that she was being photographed against her will by a federal officer. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said today ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ruddy Custodio, 30, of Piscataway was charged on July 16, 2018 with vehicular homicide in the second degree caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  On July 16, 2018, Custodio lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and hit a curb, causing ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Christopher Koller, 41, of Piscataway was sentenced Thursday to 66 ½ years in a New Jersey state prison for the murder of Beth Bezek, a 31-year-old Raritan woman, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey. The sentence was imposed after Koller was found guilty by a jury ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A North Plainfield man has admitted to shooting a man in Plainfield earlier this year, then shooting at police responding to the scene moments later, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday. Junus Ellison, 28, of North Plainfield pleaded guilty ...

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A Plainfield resident has admitted responsibility for neglect that resulted in the deaths of multiple puppies, according to both the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Suzie Bourdouvales, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts ...

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The Middlesex County man charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian strike that took place in Plainfield nearly two months ago has been additionally charged with second-degree death by auto after it was determined that speed and alcohol both played a factor in the incident, acting Union ...

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WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2018) — As the House prepares to vote on more than 20 bills aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic over the next two weeks, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced a resolution that seeks parity in the treatment of drug use and addiction and a formal apology for the War ...

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A Rahway resident who strangled his girlfriend in 2015, killing her, has been sentenced to 47 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, was ordered to serve a minimum of 85 percent of a 40-year sentence for ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Five individuals including a Hillsborough resident  were sentenced Friday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Nearly four years after 19-year-old Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hall Prep, was gunned down on Walker Road in West Orange by a man who recently pled guilty to six charges, including charges of first-degree terrorism and murder, Ali Muhammad Brown was ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Newark man responsible for the 2005 strangulation death of a Plainfield woman has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Monday.   Dorian Gillon, 52, must serve at least 85 percent of that term ...

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NEWARK – Two Plainfield tax preparers were arrested on Friday on charges of filing scores of fraudulent tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Samuel Davis Jr., 52, and Kyna Felder-Ruiz, 35, both of Plainfield, were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 11, 2018. Davis ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association.  In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will join other mayors from Union County municipalities in signing the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles'. The mayors will officially commit to the Statement of Principles and make brief remarks on April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office has issued a follow-up statement on Wednesday night's shooting investigation in Plainfield. Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan said in a statement on Thursday that members of the Plainfield Police Division who responded to the ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, a brother and sister from Plainfield were indicted on Monday on drug distribution, felony possession of a firearm, obstruction of justice, and other charges resulting from a violent encounter with law enforcement officers in October 2017, U.S. Attorney ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – According to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, a Plainfield man admitted on Monday to robbing seven banks, and attempting to rob an eighth bank while brandishing a firearm; committing one carjacking and attempting to commit three additional carjackings; and taking a hostage at gunpoint ...

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TRENTON, NJ – According to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, his office has obtained three indictments charging fifteen alleged leaders and members of three separate cocaine trafficking networks that operated Plainfield. The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime ...

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MONMOUTH, N.J. -  A former Rumson high school student was arrested in Ithaca New York. Maximilien R. Reynolds, 19, was charged with Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device/Silencer, False Statement in Acquisition of a Firearm and False Statement in Required Firearm Record. Specifically, he ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation to require public elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey to install panic alarms and red emergency lights for use in security emergencies was approved Monday by an Assembly committee. It was sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph R. Caputo, Cleopatra Tucker, Annette ...

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A Plainfield man charged with shooting an innocent man in 2015 has been sentenced to state prison for 27 years and six months, Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday. In accordance with the No Early Release Act of New Jersey, Abdul Ward, 26, must serve at least 85 percent of ...

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