Law & Justice

January 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ— If you have an outstanding arrest warrant for a municipal court case issued before 2003, your case may have been dismissed. The New Jersey Supreme Court today dismissed over 780,000 minor municipal court warrants that have gone unresolved for 15 years or more. One of the cases ...

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Three people who stood trial and were convicted for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man in his home a little more than five years ago have been sentenced to a combined total of 140 years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Persons convicted of driving while intoxicated in Monmouth County between 2008 and 2016— whose breath tests may have been mishandled — are being informed that they can take steps to find out whether their cases can be dismissed. In a December 20 letter, the Monmouth County ...

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Two men have been criminally charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man outside an Elizabeth nightclub earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday. Dashaun Jackson, 27, and Lucian Faulcon, 29, both are charged with murder and a ...

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As your holiday shopping days wane, it is important to stay alert for scams, misleading advertising or unfair business practices whether you make online or in-store purchases. Consider the following advice, compiled from various consumer affairs resources. When You’re Out Shopping: Make ...

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NEW JERSEY — Police officers across the state are now restricted from asking you certain questions because of a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. Grewal’s policy — which applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies — also limits the types of ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted five men and one woman for the murder of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, 24 of North Plainfield, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The indictments for murder and related crimes were returned on Nov. 13 ...

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A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts against all three people who stood trial for their roles in the fatal shooting of Jose Disla-Cordero, a Plainfield man, in his home nearly five years ago, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Alejandro Lopez, 30, ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A 43-year old Plainfield man has admitted to posting threatening messages online against U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. DeReal Finklin pleaded guilty on October 19 to one count of fourth-degree cyberharassment before Superior ...

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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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