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Maplewood Teen Sues Police Claiming Post-Fireworks Mistreatment, Racial Slurs

October 4, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A Maplewood teen claiming he was wrongly pepper sprayed, physically abused and discriminated against by police following the 2016 fireworks has filed a federal lawsuit against the Township and former Police Chief Robert Cimino seeking damages for actions that allegedly included punching, kicking and the use of racial slurs.

Jason McDougall, now 18, was 16 years old the night ...

Suspended Maplewood Police Captain’s Lawsuit Claims No Due Process

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Former Maplewood Police Captain Joshua Cummis, who recently retired following outrage over police actions following the July 5, 2016, fireworks, is suing the Township claiming he was wrongly suspended last month prior to his retirement and not given due process.

The lawsuit, filed in Essex County Superior Court on August 31, 2017, preceded the Township Committee’s ...

Essex County Man Facing Prison for Role in Carjacking Ring That Sold Cars Overseas

TRENTON – Frazier Gibson, 31, of Montclair, N.J., pleaded guilty on May 3 to second-degree racketeering and faces a recommended sentence of seven years in prison, including 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility.  He is awaiting sentencing.

Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that another Essex County man associated with the ring, Terrence Wilson, ...

Three Years Since Arrest, Accused Columbia HS Teacher Still Awaits Trial

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sunday, September 17, marks three years since former Columbia High School (CHS) teacher Nicole Dufault was arrested for allegedly having sex with at least six CHS students, most of them age 16 or younger.

But don’t expect the case to be resolved anytime soon, according to her lawyer.

Attorney Timothy Smith, who has represented Dufault since she was taken into ...

Promised Police Brutality Lawsuit Still Not Filed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It has been nearly four weeks since the attorney for a local Maplewood teen accusing the police department of abusing him during the July 5, 2016, incidents announced plans for a federal lawsuit against the cops.

But as of last Friday, no such lawsuit has been filed in either state or federal courts for Jason McDougall, 17, of Maplewood who claimed he was maced, ...

South Orange Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery of Passaic Club

NEWARK, NJ – Keontrae Lawrence, a/k/a "Taz," of South Orange pleaded guilty, admitting his role in an armed robbery of a club in Passaic in September, 2015, stated Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick on September 7.

Lawrence, age 29, leaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with one count ...

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Guilty Verdict in Fatal Newark Shooting

October 14, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that an Essex County jury has convicted Kanem Williamson, 22, of Newark of aggravated manslaughter for shooting a woman at the Bradley Court housing community in Newark.

Following a trial before the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, Williamson was convicted today of aggravated manslaughter, a ...