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Law & Justice

June 24, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A Union County jury returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday, June 22, against a 49-year-old Plainfield man accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Scotch Plains in 2015, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Friday. Thomas H. Outland was convicted on charges ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Plainfield man who was previously convicted of several felonies was sentenced to 144 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and oxycodone and for illegally possessing a handgun in furtherance of his drug distribution, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County grand jury has returned a 17-count indictment against a Plainfield man charged in two violent sexual assaults that happened in Westfield and Plainfield last October, the Union County Prosecutor announced. Terence Rhue, 23, is charged with three counts of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. "Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.” Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison. The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli ...

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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced on Wednesday a $141 million settlement with the financial software company Intuit Inc. that resolves a multi-state investigation into claims Intuit misled consumers into paying for online tax preparation services instead of using the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The FBI Newark Field Office is seeing an increase in reports of sextortion involving teenaged boys and wants parents and guardians to be on alert. Sextortion is an online crime that typically begins with contact through social media or another online platform, such as a gaming site.

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TRENTON, NJ — Senior citizens would not lose their property tax benefits if they downsize or relocate within New Jersey under a law proposed by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex).  The measure, which recently passed the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, revised ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – One of DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP’s newest partners, Mark J. Semeraro, successfully secured another victory at the Appellate Division in the defense of employment liability claims, as they pertain to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). Mr. Semeraro ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, was instrumental in securing an agreement for the sale of the Borough of Bound Brook’s wastewater collection system to New Jersey American Water. Equity Partner Ryan J. Scerbo, on behalf of the firm, provided counsel to Bound Brook on the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle on Tuesday announced her support for legislation that would amend New Jersey’s bail reform law, signed into law in 2014, to require individuals charged with firearm-related crimes be detained prior to trial. Brindle said she was concerned “about the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A New Jersey-based political consultant admitted hiring two men to kill a longtime associate who had worked for him on various political campaigns, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced Tuesday. Sean Caddle, 44, of Hamburg, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S.

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TRENTON – Certain juvenile justice fines, fees, costs and other monetary penalties have been eliminated under the legislation (S-S-3319/A-5507) that was signed by Governor Murphy on January 10. The legislation acts to improve the juvenile justice system by eliminating unnecessary ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey’s anti-bullying statute, already among the nation’s most stringent, will be strengthened even further under legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The bipartisan legislation (S-1790), which Senators Joe Pennacchio, R-Essex/Morris/Passaic, and ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey “porch pirates” may want to think twice, or face harsher consequences for their thievery, thanks for a new law that is making its way through the New Jersey Legislature. Championed by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), the measure, which cleared the Assembly earlier ...

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Scammers don’t take a holiday, unfortunately, and the top thing on their list right now is stealing people’s hard-earned money. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Philadelphia Office is reminding the public to be vigilant about seasonal shopping scams. The two most ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Friday that a jury returned guilty verdicts on several charges filed against a former Plainfield Police Sergeant who exploited her position to further a scheme to steal money from the city and citizens of Plainfield by ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Veterans who may have been discharged from the military under less than honorable circumstances may now have an opportunity to clear their records, and be eligible for important benefits, thanks to a new partnership between The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) and the ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A terrifying killing of a NJ student became the subject of discussion for the past few months as Congress aimed to provide safeguards for federal judges, as they have often been left vulnerable threats and intimidation.  Daniel Anderl, resident of North Brunswick and a 2018 ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - A criminal complaint has been filed by the Essex County Prosecutors Office against Jamie Moore (40), the mother of JaShyah Moore, who went missing for about one month. The complaint details the horrific treatment of the teen, who is said to have preferred to stay in the shelter ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Plainfield man charged in a Westfield home invasion and sexual assault will remain jailed pending his December court date, a state court judge said Friday. Standing before Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh, 22-year-old Terence J. Rhue agreed to his ongoing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A voluntary gun buyback event held in three Union County towns has exceeded the organizers' expectations, prompting authorities to allocate additional forfeiture funds for the initiative, the county prosecutor said Tuesday. Flanked by county and local law enforcement leaders, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Flooded by calls from Scotch Plains self-storage customers from Westfield and other towns in his district who have been denied access to their personal belongings following Hurricane Ida, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is planning to introduce legislation to protect their ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A former executive at a New Jersey publication company was sentenced Monday to 75 months in prison for embezzling tens of millions of dollars for his own benefit, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Nestor Charriez, 60, of Scotch Plains, previously pleaded ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Among those frustrated by his inability to visit his unit at Public Storage on Route 22 in Scotch Plains is two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants legend Carl Banks, who stored mementos of his stellar NFL career at the storage facility.  Items in the storage unit ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Late last month Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Jimenez found John Q. Angeline, not guilty of sexually assaulting his stepson. The decision ended a criminal proceeding that has lasted over half a decade. Over six years ago, John Q. Angeline, a former South Plainfield ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has entered into a five-year, $2.6 million contract to send prisoners to Hudson County for substance abuse treatment and reentry program services. The agreement with the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was approved at the Sept. 23 Board of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Objecting to the largest challenge to the constitutional right to abortion in decades, nearly 300 people gathered at a rally in Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park Saturday. The rally was among hundreds that were planned across the state and nation in advance of the Supreme Court ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ — State Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy during a ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday. In attendance were Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza; ...

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