Law & Justice

October 2, 2018

Update from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office:  The Fall 2018 Citizens and Clergy Academy, sponsored by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, has been postponed until further notice. The Citizens and Clergy Academy is a training program designed to familiarize clergy and other members of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - More than 50 people gathered in Ricalton Square at 1 p.m. on Monday in support of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, and all sexual assault survivors, as well as to express their opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Organized by SOMA ...

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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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