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Fanwood Resident Pleads Guilty in Rutgers University Hack

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – A 21-year-old Fanwood resident, Paras Jha, and two other defendants have pleaded guilty in three cybercrime cases. Jha, a former Rutgers student, admitted to launching a cyber attack on the university's computer network. He and two others also pleaded guilty to creating and operating two "botnets" that targeted “Internet of Things” ...

Route 22 Car Dealership Agrees to Repay $37,500 in Stolen Deposits

WATCHUNG, NJ - Liccardi Ford Lincoln, a car dealer on Route 22 West in Watchung, has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired.

Liccardi Ford Lincoln and Liccardi Auto Group in Watchung agreed to reimburse the consumers to resolve the Division’s investigation, Attorney General ...

79 Arrests Made in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests of 79 targeted sex offenders and persons possessing child pornography have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California,  NJ Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced on Friday..

“Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection initiative, was led by the New Jersey Regional ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Role in 2015 Fatal Shooting of Innocent Bystander

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield man has admitted to being responsible for a shooting that took the life of an innocent bystander in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Abdul Ward, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch in connection with the death of 31-year-old Wilson ...

Former Westfield Gymnastics Instructor Charged with Sexual Assault of Child

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. with new information.

ELIZABETH, NJ — A former instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student at Surgent’s Elite School of Gymnastics in Westfield over the course of more than six months, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday.

Jorge Rodriguez, 34, formerly of Elizabeth and currently ...

Plainfield Man Indicted for Sexual Assault of a Minor

ELIZABETH, NJ -- A Union County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against a Plainfield man charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Thursday. 

Walter Sosa, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree ...

Students Call for Removal Rutgers Professor Behind Anti-Semitic Facebook Rants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Student activists are pushing for the suspension of a professor ​who has allegedly posted dozens of ​outrageously ​anti-Semitic posts on his Facebook profile.

The petition, started by Rutgers first-year student Miriam Waghalter, asks that the university take “swift action” against Michael Chikindas, a microbiology professor at the food science department, ...

Owners of Westfield's ‘Watcher House’ Considering Appeal After Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The current owners of the notorious “Watcher House” at 657 Boulevard are considering an appeal after Superior Court Judge Camille M. Kenny dismissed the civil lawsuit against the former owners on Wednesday, according to the family’s attorney, Lee Levitt.

In a statement provided by the Broaddus family to their attorney, they maintain that, in ...

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