Law & Justice

June 10, 2021

  SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough resident Patrick M. Hammond, 36, has been sentenced to jail for 14 years following his conviction for setting fire to an occupied Hillsborough home in 2018 with nine people inside. Hammond was convicted of Aggravated Arson, 2nd Degree; Endangering another Person, ...

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ – A 38-year-old mother has been indicted on charges of murder and two lesser charges in the Feb. 6th death of her 4-year-old son, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Elina Gutti, 38, of Cedar Street, South Bound Brook also known as Olga Singhania, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued this week 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, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A Hillsborough man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison Friday for engaging in a $2 million Ponzi scheme targeting elderly investors and for subscribing to a false tax return, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig. Daniel Rivera, 51, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Watchung man was indicted Wednesday for his role in a large-scale heroin trafficking operation that involved the movement of large sums of money, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. William T. Bouza, 46, of Watchung, New Jersey, is charged by indictment with one count ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under a measure signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. The law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway ...

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WASHINGTON -- 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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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kip Bateman that imposes stricter penalties on jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws has been advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee. “Under my legislation, jewelers who pawn off illegally ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A local cardiologist today admitted unlawfully prescribing thousands of Oxycodone pills, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Monday. Raymond Catania, 59, of Warren, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an ...

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MIDDLESEX, NJ - Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Tuesday that former Middlesex Borough Mayor Ronald J. DiMura was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $75,000 from various local political campaigns. DiMura, 64, whose term as mayor ended in December 2019, was sentenced to seven ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County authorities announced the arrest and charging of 22 individuals in an international human trafficking and prostitution organization in and around Bergen County it was announced by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella in a Thursday afternoon virtual press ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Hillsborough man on Wednesday admitted defrauding his former employer by using the employer’s account to make unauthorized purchases of high-end electronic devices and selling those items on after-market websites, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig. Ovais Mayet, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A former meter reader for the New Brunswick Water Department has been sentenced to state prison for participating in a scheme with two other former water department employees to reduce the water and sewer bills of numerous customers in return for bribes, according to the state ...

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A major legislative initiative that would stem the War on Drugs in New Jersey and create the framework for recreational marijuana use in the state is headed to the governor's desk for his signature. One piece of legislation sponsored by Newark's two state senators would decriminalize possession ...

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A Bound Brook man has been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in connection with the Jan. 12 fire that destroyed two apartment buildings under construction on Main Street, Bound Brook and several adjacent buildings. Juan Hector Padilla, age 29, of East Second Street ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Central New Jersey activists will participate in a Saturday afternoon protest at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse while on Sunday evening, Our Revolution of Hillsborough will host a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of a Grand Jury decision in Louisville, Ky earlier this ...

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TRENTON, N.J – A Somerset County man admitted Tuesday hat he concealed his attempts to provide material support to Hamas, according to federal authorities. Jonathan Xie, 21, of Basking Ridge, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo are locked in a dispute over a bias crime/race unit and website created by the sheriff - separate and apart from an already established unit in the prosecutor's office - a development that has ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday rejected state Republicans' effort to halt Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow upwards of $9.9 billion by selling long-term bonds to replace lost tax revenues blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy's intention is to balance the state's ...

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NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard ...

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SOMERVILLE NJ – The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is in the second phase of a restoration project to clean and repair the original stained-glass and lead-glass windows in the former First Dutch Reformed Church, located at 20 North Bridge St. The church, which was built in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and other law enforcement officials from Hunterdon and Warren counties will moderate a Use-Of-Force Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th beginning at 5:30 p.m. The forum will also address other related police-community ...

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