Law & Justice

August 29, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Criminal charges have been dropped against six people, including Maplewood resident Kristin Peck, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, according to Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Daniel K. Dxrams, 39, of Maplewood, was indicted on Friday on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and nine substance counts of mail fraud in connection with an alleged debt elimination scheme to unlawfully discharge his obligations for a Rolls Royce, a Bentley and two Mercedes ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Lavelle Davis, 38, of Galloway and Jimmy Mays, 35, of Egg Harbor Township, were sentenced to more than 100 years in New Jersey State Prison for murdering three people in Maplewood in 2017, stated Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino on Wednesday. Mays was sentenced to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office continue to wait for their day in court. A trial that was expected to take place Tuesday was put off until a future date at the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - After deliberating for a week, an Essex County jury found Lavelle T. Davis, 37, of Galloway, and Jimmy P. Mays, 34, formerly of Egg Harbor Township, guilty of the January, 2017, murders of Michael Davis, 45, of Maplewood, Roshana Kelson, 30, of Paterson, and Lance Fraser, 44, of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A South Orange man was sentenced to 135 months in prison for his participation in the September 2015 armed robbery of a club in Passaic, stated U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito in a press release on March 2. Keontrae Lawrence, a/k/a “Taz,” 29, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Five individuals, including Daniel K. Dxrams of Maplewood, were arrested and charged last month with using phony money orders, cashier’s checks, receipts and other fabricated documents to fraudulently discharge mortgages, student loans, and other financial obligations, according to a ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ – The Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau obtained a state grand jury indictment on Wednesday, April 4, charging Corey N. Blanton, 25, of Maplewood, with third-degree counts of impersonation/theft of identity, theft by deception, and fraudulent use of a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If a Maplewood Township tree’s limb falls on your car in a rain storm and causes hundreds of dollars in damage, does the Township pay for it? Not always. Just ask Kathryn Carliner of Dunnell Road.  Carliner, a five-year resident of the area, is disputing Town Hall’s rejection ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court. Peck, who is a member of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Gery Destra of Maplewood was sentenced to 29 years in New Jersey State Prison on Thursday, Jan. 25, for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl, stated Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino in a press release. Destra was convicted in October, 2017, of aggravated sexual ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The final three defendants in the shooting death of Dustin Friedland, 30, in 2013 at The Mall at Short Hills faced a judge on Thursday, Jan. 18, to learn their sentences. The Honorable Michael L. Ravin handed down lengthy terms for shooter Hanif Thompson and co-defendants Karif Ford ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three lawsuits have been filed against the South Orange Maplewood School District -- the most recent just two month ago -- by students of a former Columbia High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with up to six under-aged boys. Nicole Dufault, who was arrested in ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A man assaulted a woman Wednesday morning outside of a daycare center at 495 Valley St., according to a press release from Maplewood police. The police reported receiving calls at about 8:45 a.m., and upon arrival, the woman who was the victim told officers that the father of her ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - While residents engage in the annual fall leaf removal chore of suburban life, Maplewood’s controversial leaf blower ban is facing its own troubles as a new lawsuit opposing the ban is filed, and township workers are ignoring some parts of the new law. The New Jersey Landscaper ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Gery Destra of Maplewood has been convicted by an Essex County Jury of sexually assualting a seven-year-old girl, according to a release from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino. “It took a great deal of bravery and courage for the child to come to court, much less talk ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Malcolm Boyer, a South Orange resident, pleaded guilty Wednesday night in South Orange Municipal Court to the charge of animal cruelty after a dog in his care died. Boyer was hired to care for Kathy and Marc Handelman's two dogs, Frankie and Cooper, in their South Orange house ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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