Law & Justice

June 23, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man who owned and operated contracting businesses in Essex County was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for filing false tax returns that failed to report all his personal and corporate income, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Olger Fallas, 50, of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier from Union was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, receiving bribes, and conspiracy. Emerson Pavilus, 46, of Union was charged in a three-count indictment with ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Union man admitted his role in a cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on Wednesday. Jose A. Rivera Jr., 48, of Union, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information ...

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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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UNION, NJ – The Union man sought by police for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend in a township home early Sunday morning is in custody, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A Union business was assessed approximately $2.75 million in back wages, penalties, and fees following a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) investigation into the contractor’s failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage at six job sites. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Union man, who owned and operated contracting businesses in Essex County admitted filing false tax returns that failed to report all his personal and corporate income, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Olger Fallas, 49, of Union, the owner and operator of Olger ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Since he was a young man Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer.  After serving in the Air Force National Guard, Sicknick became a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, DC in 2008.  Yesterday, he lost his life after being attacked by rioters who invaded the Capitol on ...

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NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS NEWARK, N.J. – A Union has been charged with stealing at least $400,000 by using other individuals’ personal identification information to obtain unemployment insurance benefits, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A home health aide from Union and two of her daughters have been charged with stealing over $280,000 from an elderly Summit woman the aide was hired to care for, said Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo. Denise Letren, 64, of Union is charged with second-degree theft, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Union man was arrested on Sunday and charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of an Ohio man. According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Jarell L. Patterson, 30, was arrested in ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Four Vauxhall men were arrested Tuesday for their roles in a conspiracy to steal mail and possess stolen mail, including credit cards and pandemic relief credit cards, fraudulently use the stolen credit cards without authorization, and defraud the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced today that Salvatore DiStefano, a former Oratory Prep Catholic priest who previously served as the chaplain of Oratory Preparatory School in Summit and who recently resided at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in New ...

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UNION, NJ -- Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School. Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a non-profit organization created to address the health and economic crisis in New Jersey caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is providing $2.35 million for critically needed free legal and counseling services to thousands of people and families facing ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Union woman was sentenced to 120 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute over 900 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Lorena Marquez, 48, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, is now just one step away from becoming the first black female Supreme Court Justice ever in New Jersey. On Thursday, the state Senate voted 39-0 to confirm the 39-year-old Pierre-Louis to become the newest ...

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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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