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Law & Justice

May 10, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison. The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli ...

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  NEWARK, NJ – A Watchung man Wednesday admitted his role in a drug trafficking network that was responsible for the importation of large quantities of heroin into New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.   William T. Bouza, 45, of Watchung, pleaded guilty by ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - A 68-year-old borough resident has been arrested and charged with multiple sex offenses against a child over a period of years when she was between six- and nine-years-old, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella. Teodoro R. Velazquez of Anderson ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Somerville man is one of 24 suspects facing drug and/or weapons charges following a seven-month investigation coordinated by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, according to Acting Prosecutor Thomas J. Chirichella Jr. Multiple search warrants were executed at the ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A homicide investigation is being conducted in North Plainfield following the shooting death of a North Plainfield man, acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In a press conference Wednesday, Ben Crump, attorney for 14-year-old Z’Kye Husain who is at the heart of a viral video in which he was aggressively handcuffed by Bridgewater Township Police officers following a fight at the Bridgewater Commons Mall, said they are considering a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin J. Russo recently promoted three new supervisors in the law enforcement division and 14 in the correctional division, including the first Black officer promoted to the rank of correctional police in 30 years.  “It’s my pleasure to swear in these new ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – A 17-year-old township resident has been charged with 2nd Degree Death by Auto in connection with an Oct. 8 crash that killed a 17-year-old Somerville High School student, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella. The victim, Vincent "Vinny" Gagliardi, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The family of the Black eighth grade boy who was handcuffed by Bridgewater Police following a fight in the Bridgewater Commons Mall Saturday has retained national Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them, according to a release from the attorney's office. Crump has ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Two men are facing a number of federal charges, accused of stealing checks and using the stolen checks to defraud banks. Nasir Johnson, from Hillside, and Baba Diakite, from East Orange, are charged with bank fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail theft and possess stolen mail ...

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  NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A North Plainfield woman was charged for her role in fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.   Nivah Garcis, 51, of North ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A North Plainfield man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining $862,000 in COVID-19 relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan payments (EIDL) and using the money to travel, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  – The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has identified the victim and police officer involved in a fatal shooting Jan. 9 inside the apartment of the dead man. The victim has been identified as Joshua Mathis 19, of Hillsborough, N.J. The officer who discharged his weapon ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night, Jan. 9 inside an apartment on Corporal Langon Way. The identity of the victim is not being released. No one else was injured. It is the second ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Board of Education last night elected Paul Marini president and John Oliver vice-president, with the incumbent president, Jean Trujillo unable to convince her colleagues that she deserved another term as leader of the nine-member board. Marini was elected by an ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor Wednesday confirmed a joint investigation with township police into the finances of the Hillsborough Public Schools following Monday's abrupt resignation of School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Aiman Mahmoud, Also Wednesday, staff ...

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WARREN TOWNSHIP, NJ– Three men are hospitalized after a crash on Mount Horeb Road on Monday, and an  investigation into the circumstances is ongoing , according to a release on Tuesday.  Two men were struck by a motor vehicle on Mount Horeb Road on Monday in Warren, Somerset County Prosecutor ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 27-year-old Somerville is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with distribution of kiddie porn showing graphic sexual abuse of prepubescent children in video and photo stills, according to the US Attorney General's Office New Jersey District.  Marcevan Manasse is charged with ...

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WARREN, NJ — A Warren man was sentenced Friday for submitting fraudulent price quotes to secure three contracts worth $31,428 for his company to supply machine parts to the Keansburg Division of Water and Sewers, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said. Robert Bruno, 71, of Warren, was ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson confirmed early Friday that two young children found dead in a car alongside Mountainview Road earlier this week were choked to death, according to the autopsy findings. The victims have been identified as Samantha Ross, 7 and ...

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  WATCHUNG, NJ — A Watchung man was arrested for sexually assaulting two teenagers and then giving false statements in his detention hearing, authorities said.   A 16-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted in Bridgewater by fencing instructor Stephen Kovacs, 49, of Ridge Road  in ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A former Bridgewater resident has been found guilty on charges of attempted murder and others stemming from a drive-by shooting in May 2018, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Robert W. Smith, 39, formerly of Stanford Drive, was found guilty of ...

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  HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office has released the identities of the victim and police officers involved in a fatal shooting inside a township residence Sept. 28. Patrick Chin, 43, who lived at the Piedmont Path address where the shooting occurred, was pronounced dead ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An 18-year-old township resident faces child pornography charges after a raid at his Winding Way home uncovered electronic equipment and sexually-explicit images and videos of children under the age of 18, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The ...

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SURF CITY — A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with double murder in Surf City. The woman charged is the daughter of the male victim, John Enders.  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Surf City Police Chief John N. Casella, Jr., announced that Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, of ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy during a ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday. In attendance were Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza; ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A non-profit activist group led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and 18 students have filed a lawsuit challenging Rutgers’ university-wide COVID-19 vaccine student mandate. Scotch Plains-based attorney Julio Gomez, who is representing Georgia-based Children’s Health Defense and the ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Drivers will need to take additional precautions when overtaking or passing pedestrians under a new state law. Motor vehicle operators will now be expected to approach people who are walking or riding devices such as bicycles and scooters with caution. “Safety is an issue that ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Former St. Matthias Pastor, Fr. Douglas J. Haefner, 68, was sentenced to seven years in state prison, according to a press release.  Haefner pleaded guilty in May to one count of second-degree theft, for misappropriating $516,984 of parish funds. The Diocese of Metuchen ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — After a two-year investigation started by Berkeley Heights Police Detectives, multiple suspects were indicted for committing “James Bond” style burglaries in Berkeley Heights and across the state.  A Bergen County Grand Jury has indicted Marc Rainey, Lawal Erskine, and ...

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