Law & Justice

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care.  Murphy's comments came a day after ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other ...

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MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ – A victim looking to buy drugs was instead pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint and reported the ripoff to police afterwards, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Police have arrested George C. Battle 4th, 18, of Drewes Court, Lawrence in ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Following an event involving the of the excessive use of force and "assaultive conduct," two officers, one from East Brunswick and one from North Plainfield, have been charged with failing to report and prevent guards assaults on inmates. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 59-year-old driving school instructor and resident of the borough faces charges of inappropriate sexual encounters with two students. Steven Collucci, of North Clark Street, is charged with two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Contact involving two 16-year-ol students ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Watchung man was indicted Wednesday for his role in a large-scale heroin trafficking operation that involved the movement of large sums of money, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.   William T. Bouza, 46, of Watchung, New Jersey, is charged by indictment with one ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been indicted on second degree reckless vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan in September 2020. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was indicted Wednesday on charges of second degree ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two suspects have been arrested and charged in the theft of over $250,000 and personal identifying information from at least 50 victims, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. The suspects, identified as Shemar Rogers, 22 and Tariah Darby, also 22, both of ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A local man has been charged with being in possession of more than 10,000 digital images consisting of child sexual abuse material, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.  Joseph Poutre, 55, of Middletown, is charged with a single count of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now b. notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.  The law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway ...

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NEW JERSEY - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Wednesday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a large-scale narcotics distribution ring that operated in Middlesex and Union counties. The investigation was dubbed Operation The Price is Right by ...

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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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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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NEWARK, NJ – A local cardiologist today admitted unlawfully prescribing thousands of Oxycodone pills, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Monday. Raymond Catania, 59, of Warren, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A criminal complaint was filed Monday against a Bridgewater man in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan Borough in September 2020. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, of Maple Street, was previously charged with motor vehicle summonses for driving ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ--A February 26th press release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office requests the public's assistance in providing information related to the unsolved 2016 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Rahway business owner Jamal Gaines. Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Rahway ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – William D. Hoke, Jr., age 47, of Garibaldi Street, Bernardsville, formerly of Warren Township, was charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder and related criminal offenses, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A California man has been arrested after police say he flew to New Jersey to have sex with a 14-year-old girl after the two established a relationship online, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Justin R. Ganutan, 22, of Greyhouse Lane, Stockton, ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -- It's Valentine's Day, and the FBI wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams. Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. These scammers are present on most dating and social media sites. They ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Video surfaced on the internet Friday morning of Logan Kelley, 26, a 2012 Gov. Livingston alumnus from Mountainside and basketball all-star, allegedly murdering a woman in Tijuana, Mexico. Kelley was an all-star basketball player honored by Gov. Livingston High School as ...

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BOUND BROOK, NJ - A North Bergen man has been arrested and charged with Attempted Sexual Assault following a series of phone calls with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl on various online platforms, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The suspect, ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Three North Plainfield residents were arrested following a narcotics investigation, authorities announced on Wednesday. Assorted drugs, a loaded sawed off shotgun, a loaded handgun and a ballistic vest were found with the three individuals at a Somerset Street residence, ...

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ – A 38-year-old mother has been charged with murder in the death of her 4-year-old son, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Elina Gutti, 38, of Cedar Street, South Bound Brook is charged with killing her son, identified as Aiden Singhania after ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Two North Brunswick juveniles have been charged in connection with Wednesday’s shooting death of a Plainfield man at the Renaissance Glen Apartments. The juveniles are both male and are 17 years old, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ –  A Plainfield man has been arrested in the 2019 hit-and-run crash on Valley Road that seriously injured a 12-year-old Watchung boy, authorities said in a release on Friday.    Bryant D. Eggleston, 51, of Plainfield, was behind the wheel of a white 2013 Hyundai Sonata when he ...

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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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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A year-long investigation into a large-scale narcotics trafficking network operating in Hudson, Essex, Bergen and Union Counties, as well as New York City, led to 20 arrests on Tuesday, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. More arrests are expected, she ...

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SPARTA, NJ –A Connecticut man is under arrest marking the end of a burglary spree that stretched back to August 2020.  Victims of Patrick Ryan, 30 of Fairfield spread across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Sparta Police Det. Jeffery McCarrick, on behalf of the Sussex County Detectives ...

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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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