No 2018 Run Against Lance for Craig Heard

March 20, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Asserting it's more important to keep Democrats at bay than to become a Congressman, Succasunna resident Craig Heard said Monday he will not wage a primary election challenge this year against U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.).

Heard, who unsuccessfully tried to beat Lance in the 2016 GOP primary, had been weighing another run against the 5-term ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

Franklin Township: Township Clerk Reinstated and Charges Dismissed

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Insurance fraud charges against Franklin Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy have been dropped, according to officials. 

"Ann Marie McCarthy has been reinstated," Township Manager Bob Vornlocker said in an email. "All charges filed by the Somerset County Prosecutor have been unconditionally administratively dismissed."

In January TAPinto ...

Bayonne Schools Receive Twitter Threat Related to Possible School Shooting

BAYONNE, NJ - A Twitter threat describing a potential school shooting has been made to all Bayonne Public Schools.

The threat, made via Twitter from account @IMorenalaz, specifically called out Henry Harris Community School, John M. Bailey Community School, Midtown Community School, Nicholas Oresco Community School and finally Bayonne High School. 

The threat was first reported by ...

Newark Suspects Charged in Warren Residential Robbery

WARREN, NJ - Two men from Newark have been charged with the burglary of a Warren Township residence on Feb. 21, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Ras Loyd, 25, of Broad Street and Thomas Waller, 28, of Grummant Avenue, both in Newark, face multiple charges, according to Robertson.

The prosecutor provided the following account:

Warren Township Police received a ...

Plainfield Man Indicted for Fatal Stabbing on New Year’s Eve in Plainfield

ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday that a grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against a Plainfield man who is charged with fatally stabbing his roommate following an argument shortly before midnight this past New Year’s Eve.

According to the report, Darin Jose Cano Vasquez, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and third- and ...

Franklin Township: SPCO Explains Why Kids Were Safe Last Friday

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - In response to public outcry the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office issued a letter, which has been published to the Franklin Township Public School website. 

"I want you to know that Somerset County law enforcement and in particular the Franklin Police Department is well trained in how to handle school safety-related issues and that certain ...

Millburn Resident and Rabbi Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in Livingston, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Dantowitz was arrested on Feb.

Springfield Acupuncturist Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced Friday that Edward Raskin, 55, of Chatham Township, Morris County was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

Raskin is a Springfield-based acupuncturist and was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a patient in his ...

Sentencing for former Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet Postponed

NEWARK, NJ - Sentencing for former Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet is postponed to April 9. 

Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his bribery case in May 9, 2017. The state dismissed four counts because they could not be proven. Chalet also handed over a $15,000 check to the court.

Chalet was indicted by a grand jury on ...

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