Law & Justice

May 12, 2021

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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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — A local wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution.  John DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, including ...

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TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers 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 “M” ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – The sudden passing of six-year-old Corey Micciolo, a Collin School first-grader, has his family looking for answers. Corey’s parents, Breana Micciolo of Englishtown and Christopher Gregor of Barnegat, shared custody of the young child. According to Corey’s obituary, he died ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Ocean County Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter sentenced a Barnegat man to seven years in New Jersey State Prison today. Jeydon Lowe, 25, plead guilty to Vehicular Homicide and will need to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence to be eligible for parole. Ocean County ...

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NEW JERSEY — With the stroke of a pen in February, New Jersey was one of fifteen states plus Washington DC to legalize recreational marijuana while also decriminalizing it. What that means for many who partake is still a mystery. The feds have yet to legalize it, and each state has unique laws to ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday on bias and hate crimes, one week after a shooting rampage in Atlanta, Georgia that left eight dead, including six Asian women. The roundtable took place ...

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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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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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LAKEWOOD, NJ-  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer announced that there is an open homicide investigation involving a Little Egg Harbor resident.  On February 21, 2021, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Lakewood Township Police were summoned to ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - I have long admired former Prosecutor Tom Kelaher.  I went to High School with his son, Michael, and have fond memories of Mr. Kelaher as a great father and family man.  As I became older, that fondness grew as I learned more about Mr. Kelaher and his service to our country and ...

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TOMS RIVER — Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on Tuesday that Michael Pillarella, 26, of Manahawkin, was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide after a motor vehicle crash that took place in Little Egg Harbor Township during the evening hours of January ...

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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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TOMS RIVER, NJ - The Ocean County Prosecutors Office announced on February 1 that Manahawkin resident Michael Pillarella, 26 of Manahawkin was charged with a number of crimes after a motor vehicle collision in Little Egg Harbor on January 30. Pillarella was arrested and charged with two counts ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- In a closed-door briefing before members of Congress, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman apologized for the department's security failures during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters, which resulted in the death of South River ...

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JACKSON, NJ - The Ocean County Prosecutor's office today announced their investigation of a fatal accident that occurred on Christmas Eve by Exit 21 on I-95 in Jackson. A social media post by the victim's granddaughter, Megan Shtab, expressed her desperation in looking for answers. According to ...

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BARNEGAT — Jim Stewart, who lived in the Settlers Landing section of Barnegat was 11 years old on August 16, 1980. That awful date was the day a double murder shook Barnegat and all of Southern Ocean County.  Stewart never forgot that day because his friend and classmate Norman Ball was ...

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LACEY, NJ  - The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office released information today regarding the arrest of Edward Chandler, 54, of Manalapan.  Chandler has been charged with Aggravated Assault, resulting  in the death of Robert Clarke, 78, of Whiting. According to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D.

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — On Thursday, September 24, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that former employees of Vetwork, a Lacey Township based nonprofit organization that benefits veterans in Ocean County, were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking in violation of N.J.S.A.

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LACEY, NJ – Holtec Decommissioning International filed two separate lawsuits against the Township of Lacey Planning Board last week. The state action only names the planning board, while the verified complaint filed in federal court also names Lacey Township.  Oyster Creek Environmental Protect, ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - A virtual municipal court session in Barnegat was cut short yesterday when an unknown attacker hijacked the proceedings.  Court officials were particularly horrified when a multitude of “Zoom Bombs” interrupted the scheduled docket. The courts closed statewide earlier this year in ...

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SHIP BOTTOM, NJ — A Ship Bottom businessman accused of damaging the vehicles of a local competitor rejected a plea offer from Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Alexander Becker on Tuesday, September 15.  The underlying matter was first reported by TAPinto Stafford-LBI in March. Ray Dietrich, ...

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TRENTON – The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is celebrating milestone anniversaries of New Jersey's nationally acclaimed teen driver laws. In a recent press release issued by the Office of the Attorney General the state recognized successes by launching "Stick to It" campaign.   As crashes ...

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Republican challenge also questions limits on what state can pay back 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. Arguments before the ...

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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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BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat officials were slapped with a lawsuit yesterday filed by Charles Cunliffe, a Democratic nominee for Township Committee. Cunliffe alleges local government authorities deprived him of his right to make public comments during their committee meetings. Cunliffe’s complaint, ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – A gunman apparently posing as a delivery man gained entrance to U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ North Brunswick home and shot her husband and their son on Sunday night. The shooting, confirmed to TAPinto New Brunswick by a spokesperson in the FBI’s Newark Office, left ...

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Dan Anderl, a 2018 graduate of Saint Joseph High School and the son of Federal Judge Esther Salas was shot and killed at his family's home in North Brunswick on Sunday evening, according to multiple media reports. Anderl, 20, was a rising junior at Catholic ...

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