Law & Justice

September 7, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A tree crushed a local man’s car and knocked him unconscious, causing permanent injuries because the town and property owners failed to maintain that tree properly, a lawsuit filed last month claims. David Weinman, of Westfield, claims in the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in ...

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 ELIZABETH, NJ - A formerly Summit-based pediatric gastroenterologist, who was arrested earlier this year and charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients on numerous occasions, now has been criminally charged in connection with similar alleged incidents involving two additional patients, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Union man was arrested along with 30 others in a drug bust that netted $1 million in marijuana, and seven guns recovered.  Joseph Longueira, 50, of Union, was charged with Conspiracy to distribute CDS.  Others charged were from Newark, Hillside Kearny, Bradley Beach, Harrison, ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The 2019 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Friday, Aug. 16 and runs through Monday, Sept. 2, and the Springfield Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies statewide in the Labor Day crackdown. Officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and patrols will ...

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UNION, NJ - A Newark man who allegedly caused a local Walmart to be evacuated Thursday morning due to reports of a person inside brandishing a gun is now in custody and has been criminally charged. Joshua K. Phillips, 20, is charged with third-degree creating a false public alarm, third-degree ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — When Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, an au pair who lived in Maplewood with a New York City comedy club owner and his family, attempted to breakup with her boyfriend Joseph D. Porter in the early morning hours on Saturday, the situation turned deadly. Court documents show that ...

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  According to an updated press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DuVaul announced that authorities have charged a suspect in connection with the double homicide in Maplewood, Nj on Saturday ...

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UNION, NJ – In an incident that placed the entire Township of Union in mourning, a Morris County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the hit-and-run tragedy that left 12-year old Jeremy Maraj fatally injured two weeks ago. Jose V. Marrero, 37, of the Lake Hiawatha section of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A city woman who claims a sheriff’s officer assaulted her at the Union County One Stop Center is suing the sheriff’s office and county government because of that officer's “malicious beating.” Tatianna Cunningham claims in the federal lawsuit filed June 11 that Sheriff’s Officer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The fiancé of the Westfield High School principal who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a stranger has sued the hospital at which he gave the donation and an anesthesiologist who oversaw his care.  The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth by ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- An Elizabeth man who allegedly operated a heroin mill in a neighboring county has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes after tens of thousands of individual doses of the drug were recovered there last week, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding an incident in which a trapped raccoon was set on fire to contact the Plainfield Police or the Union County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities are investigating a case of suspected animal cruelty that occurred last ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several organizations from the city and beyond will band together Friday to call for the closure of ICE detention centers in the state. The Lights For Liberty Rally will start at the intersection of Albany and George streets at 6:30 p.m. Central Jersey Democratic ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A three-week regional search for the primary suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred in Plainfield during Memorial Day Weekendhas resulted in an arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Monday. Djuan Gamble, 26, has been charged with first-degree ...

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UNION, NJ – Two masked men robbed the Quick Check on Stuyvesant Avenue Monday morning in what was the first of two armed robberies to occur in the township this week, police said. The men – one brandishing a handgun – made off with $100 in cash, police said. Shortly after the robbery, a patrol ...

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RICHMOND, VA --  Former State Senator Bill Baroni will leave prison pending bail following an opinion delivered on Monday by United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge Susan Wigenton.  The decision comes just days after the United State Supreme Court announced that it will hear ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America could face up to two decades in prison, federal authorities announced. George Papadakos, 52, of Westfield, the former finance director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - An employee at a Union Township bank branch has been charged with helping orchestrate a counterfeit check scheme aimed at netting nearly six figures in cash, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Monday. Grace E. McCollin, 24, of Irvington is charged with ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, a Springfield resident who was the owner of a business consulting firm was sentenced to 25 months in prison for operating a scheme that artificially inflated the stock price of a publicly ...

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CRANFORD - On Thursday at approximately 12:20 p.m., Patrolman Matthew Siessel conducted a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue for a view obstruction. Following an investigation on scene, Ptl. Siessel arrested the driver, Dominque Williams (25 y/o, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union Township man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for physically assaulting a pregnant, on-duty NJ TRANSIT bus driver in downtown Elizabeth earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Friday. Andre Dawson III, 39, had ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Detectives in Henderson, Nevada, have identified a 25-year-old man wanted in the murder of a priest who once worked at a church in Westfield then was later “credibly accused” of sex abuse. Authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of Derrick Mitchell Decoste in connection with ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Caleb McGillvary, who became an internet sensation known as "Kai the Hatch-Wielding Hitchhiker," was convicted of first-degree murder in a Union County courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.  He is charged with fatally beating 73-year-old attorney Joseph Galfy  in his Clark home on ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A man accused of killing a 73-year-old Clark lawyer in his home testified Wednesday that he was victim of “date rape” by the attorney, and that he beat the older man to fend off a sexual assault. Caleb “Kai” McGillvary said he passed out after eating a hamburger and drinking a ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Essex County resident has been arrested in connection with an incident in which a Hillside man was allegedly carjacked, kidnapped, and robbed at gunpoint earlier this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Hillside Police Department Capt. Lashonda Burgess ...

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information. A prior version of this story did not make clear the status of Gran Centurions Hall. The catering hall remains open. Business is uninterrupted. CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A man who allegedly assaulted and robbed a pregnant, on-duty NJ TRANSIT bus driver of her cell phone in downtown Elizabeth two weeks ago has been identified and apprehended, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, Elizabeth Police Chief John Brennan, and NJ TRANSIT ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man who struck and killed a female pedestrian in Linden in 2017 before attempting to cover up the crime has been sentenced to seven years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. State Superior Court Judge Lisa ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The results of a new statewide data collection project from NJ Advance Media on the use of force in police departments is out. The project, which is known as The Force Report, used Open Public Records Act (OPRA) search requests to document uses of force in police departments ...

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