Law & Justice

May 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey. The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with ...

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TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.” The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information. Over the course of four years ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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TRENTON,NJ — Motorists now have a new option for their driver's license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available, announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A husband and wife were arrested on weapons charges last week after a stand-off at a Hudson County hotel, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Rahim Harris, 42, of Maplewood is charged by complaint with one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Capitol Police Officer and South River native Brian Sicknick lost his life following the savage attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.  He was one of three police officers who were sprayed with chemicals used to repel animals in the wild.  One officer had minor ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Two men have been arrested and charged with assault for the attack that led to the death of South River native Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died following injuries he sustained during the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, according to multiple media ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he will nominate Rockaway Township native Rachel Wainer Apter to serve as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Wainer Apter, 40, previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murphy spoke of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With the threat of foreclosures looming across the state and country because of the economic downturn, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a new law that provides direct assistance to those faced with losing their home. The measure, sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today. Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, and Nasheed Jackson, 24, of ...

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ESSEX COUNTY — Benjamin Avrut, who has been held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark since his arrest for the Jan. 4 homicide of his mother, Gwen Avrut, has been denied bail. The decision came at his Feb. 9 detention hearing. The Maplewood resident, 35, will remain in the ...

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Longtime Civil Rights Activists Who Fought for the Desegregation of Plainfield Schools  PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to name the new school building that will be built on the site of the former Woodland Elementary School The Charles and Anna Booker ...

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COLTS NECK, NJ — According to a secret recording by an anonymous informant, a Colts Neck resident, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, traveled to the District of Columbia to participate in a rally and protest at the U.S. Capitol. He is enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and also works as a contractor ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Fairfield woman who documented her activity on her Facebook page has been charged after an FBI investigation with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. Rasha N. Abual-Ragheb was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with unlawful entry and violent ...

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The spilled his blood. They took a son away from his parents. They took a sibling away from their brother. SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Senator Cory Booker eulogized U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick today and called him "the very definition of a hero" and said that he was proud to say the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The detention hearing for Benjamin Avrut, arrested for killing his mother in her South Orange Avenue home, has been postponed.  The hearing, originally set for today, is now scheduled for Jan. 19. Katherine Carter, public information officer for the Essex County Prosecutor's ...

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NEWARK — South Orange resident Carl Dorsey III, 39, has been identified as the victim in the fatal officer-involved shooting by the Newark Police Department that occurred just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2021. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is investigating. According to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Cedar Grove resident who has been a soldier in the Lucchese Crime Family admitted on Wednesday that he planned and carried out an aggravated assault on the current husband of one of the former stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey." According to an ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Clifford Brower, 57, of Linden has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child following a joint investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and the Newark Police Department. Brower, a pastor at Blessed Assurance Church in Newark, is alleged to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The social justice public art initiative that painted the words “All Black Lives Matter” in the streets of Newark this summer has added two more murals to its collection, the city announced Thursday.  The project, which leverages a partnership with the city to fund public art by ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host a virtual public hearing on Saturday, December 5. The focus of this public hearing will be on addiction treatment and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) practices at the Essex County Correctional ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1649) on Friday protecting the home addresses and phone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure. The bill, known as “Daniel’s Law,” is named in memory of Dan Anderl, the late son of U.S. District ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Corey N. Blanton, 28, of Maplewood was sentenced to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Robert A. Kirsch today for stealing the identity of a bank account holder and using a fraudulently obtained debit card to make over $67,000 in purchases and ...

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NEWARK, N.J. — A Millburn resident appeared before a federal judge today on charges that he produced and possessed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release. Antonio Del Prado, 59, of Millburn, has been charged by complaint with one count of ...

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High rates of COVID-19 in prisons prompted the state to let thousands out of custody. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. New ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020. Three days after Ginsburg’s death, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 150 people gathered on the steps of Maplewood Town Hall for a Shofar service to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Members of the crowd brought out posters with phrases like “We Must Now Be Ruthless” and “Dissent is Patriotic” to celebrate Justice ...

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