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Public Assistance Sought in Locating Child Sex Assault Suspect

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Walter Sosa Credits: Union County Prosecutors' Office
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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating Walter Sosa, a Plainfield man wanted for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Sosa, 33, a registered sex offender in neighboring Somerset County, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with alleged conduct occurring during the last seven months in Plainfield.

Sosa’s last known home address was on the 800 block of East Front Street in Plainfield, and he has been known to frequent other areas in the city and neighboring North Plainfield. Investigators believe that he may be moving from place to place in that immediate area, and his aliases include “Walter Osmin,” “Sosa Solorzano,” “Daniel Soto,” and “Danny Soto.”

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The fresh criminal charges against Sosa were filed on Saturday, Aug, 5, and investigators have been attempting to locate and arrest him ever since. The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing a recent photo of Sosa in the hopes that a member of the public may have seen him during recent days.

Anyone with information about Sosa’s whereabouts is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Sgt. Timothy Durkin at 973-698-9529 or Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186.

Convictions on first-degree crimes are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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"Black History - the Musical" at Union Public Library

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UNION, NJ - Looking for a way to kick off Black History month?

The Union Public Library is presenting "Black History- the Musical" on Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m. Created by actress, playwright, and local resident Lisa G. Fleming, this live musical production takes us on a journey through American black history.

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A Taste of Franklin 2nd Annual Heritage Potluck

UNION, NJ - Open to the Union community, the Franklin School PTA is holding it's second annual Heritage Potluck dinner on Friday, Feb. 23, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Performances by the Children of the Music Institute begins at 7:00, tasting begins at 7:45.  There will be a buffet-style sampling of delicious food and desserts representing various countries and cultures all prepared by ...

NJDOT Reps to be at Union Town Hall on Jan. 18 to Discuss Construction Plans for Rt. 22 and Morris Ave.

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Union High School's December Female Athlete of the Month: Shylehn Ebuenga-Smith

January 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - Shylehn Ebuenga-Smith has been chosen Union High School’s December Female Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Ebuenga-Smith, a junior, has a personal record in Winter Track and Field in the 55m race and is lead-off runner for 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams.

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Kya' Smith Named to East Stroudsburg University Dean's List

January 17, 2018

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - Kya' Smith of Union was named to the East Stroudsburg University Fall 2017 Dean's List. Smith is a Freshman majoring in Early Childhood Educ (PreK-4).

Smith was among 1,555 students named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students ...

Michael Ioannou Makes Dean's List at Lehigh University

BETHLEHEM, PA - Dean's List status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Michael Ioannou of Union in the Fall2017 semester.

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Two from Union Make Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania

YORK, PA - Over 1400 students were named to the Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania for the Fall 2017 semester, including two Union students:

Rae-Yanna Johnson is a senior Political Science major and Laura Roberts is a sophomore Nursing major.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or ...

Clark Man, Formerly of Plainfield, Found Dead After Ex-Girlfriend Killed in Trenton; Investigation Ongoing

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CLARK, NJ — The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is still investigating the death of Gladys Barrera, the former girlfriend of Fred Terrible, 58, who died on Jan. 3 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just days after Barrera was killed in Trenton on New Year’s Eve, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos.

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Dog Found in Roselle Still Being Held at Newark Shelter

ROSELLE, NJ - A dog that was found on January 9, is still being held at the Newark Animal Shelter because no owner has claimed him. 

Roselle Police said the dog was found in the area of the Roselle side of Warinanco Park. The dog has a distinct blue eye and brown eye. Police also said the animal was checked and had no chip or tags. 

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Podcast: Cranford Radio Interviews New Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has elected Elizabeth resident Sergio Granados to serve as their chairman for 2018.

At Sunday’s reorganization meeting, Granados outlined his initiatives for the coming year.

On Thursday, he spoke with Cranford Radio to discuss them further.

 

Brain Cancer Study Opens at Overlook Medical Center - One of Four Sites in Country

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Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

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Volunteers Are Needed for March 15-16 Union County Teen Arts Festival

Do you like working with artists, teachers and students? The Union County Teen Arts Festival provides an opportunity for volunteers to get involved.

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