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    SCIOTO — Scioto County Prosecutor Shane A. Tieman released a statement Friday concerning the death of Michael Mearan. On October 23, 2020, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Scioto County Prosecutor Tieman announced the indictment of Mearan on 18 felony counts related to human trafficking spanning 15 years. The charges stemmed from criminal activity in southern Ohio that occurred from 2003 to 2018 and involved at least six victims. On Friday, Nov. 26, Mearan was pronounced dead after suffering from “health complications.” On Friday, December 3, 2021, Tieman released a statement about the prosecutor’s involvement in the case and where the county stood with the trial now after Mearan’s death. “The Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office was involved initially in an advisory role with local law enforcement in the investigation into Mr. Mearan. As the scope and depth of the investigation developed, our local law enforcement asked for and received assistance from State and Federal partners,” Tieman said. “Based upon the limited resources of the office and concerns over potential conflicts of interest, based upon Mr. Mearan’s position as a local...
    MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There wasn’t supposed to be a contest for district attorney in Nassau County this year. But when the former county prosecutor, Madeline Singas, was appointed to a judgeship, both parties scrambled. And the Republicans came out on top — in an unexpected landslide. READ MORE: 'Revenge Of The Suburbs': Republicans Replace Democrat Long Island DAsCBS2’s Jennifer McLogan introduces us to Anne Donnelly, a seasoned veteran of the prosecutor’s office. Donnelly led Long Island’s red wave. “I was surprised,” Donnelly said. “I never expected on Election Night it to be that big.” It was a stunning landslide. Career prosecutor Donnelly upset State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, after she turned the campaign into a referendum on New York’s controversial bail reform law. “My message was about crime and safety and how they went too far. The bail reform went too far. There should be some place in the middle. Discretion for the judges is one of the first things they need to give back,” Donnelly said. For 32 years, Donnelly prosecuted for the office she will...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A former Baltimore City homicide prosecutor was indicted on 88 charges including stalking, extortion and harassment, the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor announced Tuesday. According to charging documents, Adam Lane Chaudry allegedly abused court processes like grand jury subpoenas and other official investigative tools for information to stalk his exes while serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the city. He allegedly obtained phone records from his exes and their associates for years. READ MORE: Baltimore City Health Department To Distribute Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits To Community GroupsChaudry allegedly took advantage of his office to extort $10,000 from someone on behalf of a friend, according to the indictment. Further charges Chaudry faces include: harassment, obtaining phone records without authorization, felony theft scheme, and misconduct in office. READ MORE: OIG Report: Department Of Finance Failed To Bill Company For 'Right Of Way' Permits, Costing City $46K“Our justice system, particularly the significant role and power of the grand jury, relies on the integrity of law enforcement officials — especially prosecutors,” Howard said. “Our office will work...
    Authorities have released details in the body that was recovered from the Rockaway River Monday morning.  Police were called to a portion of the river in Boonton where responders pulled a 71-year-old man's body from the ice around 9:50 a.m., Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said. The man's identity was not being released and the investigation was being completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office, he said alongside Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker and Town of Boonton Captain Stephen Jones. The incident was not suspected to be criminal and there was no risk to the public. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau and Boonton Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team were assisting. Anyone with information can call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Town of Boonton Police Department at 973-402-9371.
    An IT worker was charged with attempted murder after beating a 79-year-old attorney in his Fair Lawn office, authorities said. Associates said Friday that Ira J. Levine was out of the intensive care unit following Tuesday’s attack, in which he was struck with what Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella described as a “wooden baton.” His accused assailant, Mohammad Ramadan, 34, of Rochelle Park remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on charges that also include aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and weapons offenses. Ramadan apparently was handling a service issue at Levine's Plaza Road office when an employee heard a commotion and called police at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday. The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson with head injuries, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said without identifying Levine by name. Ramadan had "attempted to kill" him, Musella said. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence. Detectives from Musella’s Major Crimes Unit arrested Ramadan on Wednesday, the prosecutor said. Not much was initially known...
    (CNN)The Milwaukee County district attorney whose office sought low bail leading to the release of the man accused of running over holiday paradegoers in a nearby suburb has been a longtime champion of efforts to reduce mass incarceration by using the discretion afforded prosecutors. Darrell E. Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, now faces murder charges after authorities said he killed six people and wounded more than 60 others by driving through the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday. Brooks was out on bail for two separate allegations of violence, including one where he is accused of using a car to run over a woman less than three weeks earlier. Milwaukee prosecutor John Chisholm's office released a statement Monday morning, saying his office erred in seeking bail of $1,000 in the most recent case involving violent allegations against Brooks. He posted bail about a week after he was charged and was released from custody. More than a dozen remain hospitalized after deadly Waukesha parade crash"The State's bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges...
    Investigators in Union County have released video footage of violent street robberies in hopes that someone can provide information that will lead to an arrest (scroll down for video). Submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 from the Union County Crime Stoppers.  The incidents happened over the course of several weeks during early morning and daytime hours, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Plainfield Police Director Captain David Guarino said Wednesday. The suspects are believed to be a group of between two and four black males utilizing stolen motor vehicles, and targeting lone Hispanic males throughout the city.  “The investigation into these intolerable attacks has been ongoing and was ramped up after four robberies of Hispanic males were reported over this past weekend” Daniel said.  "Evidence gained throughout this investigation has led to information possibly linking the current attacks to numerous additional robberies dating back to the spring of this year." The Prosecutor’s Office and Plainfield Police Department are releasing video footage...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Shelley Bortz PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Charges are expected to be re-filed against Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower Sr.’s son now that the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is handling the case. READ MORE: More Teens Are Getting Illegal Guns, ATF SaysDUI charges against Rich Bower Jr. were recently dropped at his preliminary hearing in exchange for a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person. It seemed as though the case was closed, until the state Attorney General’s Office started asking questions. “By law, this matter should have been referred to our office and not a special prosecutor,” the office said in a statement to KDKA. The 29-year-old Bower Jr. was involved in a DUI crash in August. Police say he hit another driver head-on after crossing the median on Route 119 in Dunbar Township. There were only minor injuries from the crash, but police said Bower Jr.’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Travel: Expect Long Lines At Airport And Traffic On RoadsBut since those charges were dropped, there...
    (CBS Detroit) — A former prosecutor in Shiawassee County is facing charges after allegedly arriving to work drunk and in possession of two firearms while intoxicated, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Officials say Christopher Brown is charged with one count of operating under the influence of alcohol and two counts of possession of a firearm by a person under the influence. READ MORE: Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Here's What You Need To KnowIn August, the then-assistant prosecuting attorney, allegedly arrived at his office nearly two hours after he was scheduled to be in court for a closing argument and admitted to being under the influence, according to the AG’s office. During a preliminary breath test, Brown blew a .113, and blood drawn revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .143 grams per 100 milliliters of blood. A search of his vehicle recovered two loaded firearms, officials say. READ MORE: Kellogg's To Hire Replacements For Some Striking Workers After Talks Stall“Those who swear to uphold the law must also adhere to its principles,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel, whose office...
    A police officer in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, has been charged with kidnapping, perjury and misconduct, according to the state prosecutor’s office. In a statement, Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard III said Phillip Dupree — who was indicted in August for allegedly participating in conspiracies to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud — was indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury. In the latest indictment, Dupree is accused of conducting an illegal traffic stop in D.C., handcuffing and arresting Torrence Sinclair on Aug. 3, 2019. Dupree is accused of using pepper spray on Sinclair while he was still handcuffed. In Tuesday’s statement, the state prosecutor’s office said an ambulance arrived at the scene but did not treat Sinclair for pepper spray effects. Dupree allegedly then took Sinclair to the Fairmount Heights Police Department instead of the Department of Corrections, which is where Dupree allegedly told a dispatcher was his destination. According to the release, Dupree then completed a statement of charges and statement of probable cause, filed with the Prince George’s County District Court. Per the prosecutor:   “Among...
    The horrific events in Waukesha – which left five dead and dozens injured – have prompted questions about how law enforcement might have failed to protect the Wisconsin town.   In recent days, public attention has shifted to the fact that the suspect who plowed his SUV into a crowd gathered for a Christmas parade on Sunday, Darrell Brooks, was released from jail earlier this month on what Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm called an "inappropriately low" bail amount. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTACK: MULTIPLE MILWAUKEE DANCING GRANNIES MEMBERS KILLED: LIVE UPDATES "The state’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks," Chisholm’s office said in a statement. A self-described "progressive," Chisholm has championed left-leaning reforms and previously acknowledged that his proposals could result in a person being let go and committing murder.  Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm. (Milwaukee County District Attorney's office) "Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who's going to...
    (CNN)Criminal charges against a St. Louis County police officer who shot a Black woman were dropped Monday after the victim requested a restorative justice mediation that focuses on repairing the harm caused by an offense. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said Ashley Fountain Hall asked that assault charges be dropped against former Ladue, Missouri, police officer Julia Crews, 39. The charges stemmed from a dispute that took place on April 23, 2019, outside a Schnucks grocery store. Crews mistakenly drew her firearm instead of using her Taser to restrain Hall and shot her in the torso, leading to critical injuries, the office said. Hall lost part of her spleen and suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder, prosecutors said. Read More The prosecutor's office said Crews immediately realized she drew her gun when she intended to use her Taser, then administered aid and apologized "profusely." Crews, who was captured crying in her booking photo, immediately resigned, and her response to the shooting "all played a part in the push for mediation," the office said. Hall, who has since recovered, received...
    Authorities announced an arrest in connection with a deadly Jersey City weekend stabbing. Raymond Chandler, 45, is accused of killing 46-year-old Haldy Thermitus in a vacant West Side Avenue lot on Nov. 19, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Police officers responding to a lot near West Side and Oxford avenues found Thermitus in the back of 562 West Side Ave., with injuries, Suarez said. He was  pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 6:10 p.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the Cause of Death to be multiple sharp force injuries and the Manner of Death to be homicide. Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest. Chandler was arrested on murder charges and various weapons offenses. He was also charged with cocaine possession, Suarez said. He was being held at the Hudson County Jail in Kearny pending his first appearance.
    DETROIT (AP) — Police have arrested a man in connection to the fatal shooting of a Detroit mother who had just returned home after dropping her two children off at school.   READ MORE: Organizations Hosting Turkey Giveaways In Metro Detroit This Weekend Poilce have arrested David Hammond in connection to the fatal shooting of a Detroit mother in her driveway. (Photo provided by Detroit Police Department) David Ariel Hammond, 45, was taken into custody after being wanted for questioning. Hammond was not formally charged with the woman’s death as of Thursday, Nov. 19. Police Chief James White reported that the shooting occurred about 9 a.m. in the woman’s driveway, in the 16900 block of Carlisle Street. The pair had been in a relationship, police said. READ MORE: Attention Kmart Shoppers: Last Michigan Store Closing SundayPolice have not released the woman’s name. The man police arrested was ordered earlier this month to stand trial for arson, felonious assault, domestic violence and home invasion, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Thursday. His ex-girlfriend was the victim in those cases. He...
    District Attorney George Gascón and California Attorney General Rob Bonta are working in tandem as part of an apparent legal strategy that has already overturned the death penalty sentences of four Los Angeles County convicted killers, a high-ranking prosecutor said Tuesday. On Nov. 5, Bonta filed notices of withdrawal in Los Angeles County Superior Court and deferred to the District Attorney’s Office habeas corpus petitions from the condemned inmates challenging their death sentences, records show. In each instance, the District Attorney’s Office then told the court it conceded the inmates’ claims and asked the judge to vacate their death sentences. As a result, each inmate was resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Attorney General’s Office has recently filed at least 20 other withdrawal notices leading Gascon critics to fear that more convicted killers will soon also have their death sentences vacated. “The Constitution of California says that it is the ‘duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.’ Attorney General Bonta is doing exactly...
    The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed sole responsibility for separate investigations at Wall High School: One for allegations of hazing among the school's football team, and the other for purported sexual assaults of juveniles. Members of the Wall Township Police Department had been assisting during the early stages of these investigations, yet in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, "the Department has since been walled off from participating further," according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Multiple MCPO assistant prosecutors and detectives have been assigned to manage the continuing investigations, she said. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reiterates that while these are serious allegations, juvenile records are strictly confidential under state law, so at this time, no specific information about these investigations can be released, Linskey said on Tuesday. Likewise, Superior Court proceedings involving juvenile defendants, meaning defendants under the age of 18, are closed to the public, and the identities of such defendants are kept confidential, she said. The Prosecutor’s Office strongly urges against the spread of misinformation and rumor, both online and otherwise. “As these investigations unfold, we remain fully aware of the intense focus and unique...
    The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed sole responsibility for separate investigations at Wall High School: One for allegations of hazing among the school's football team, and the other for purported sexual assaults of juveniles. Members of the Wall Township Police Department had been assisting during the early stages of these investigations, yet in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, "the Department has since been walled off from participating further," according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Multiple MCPO assistant prosecutors and detectives have been assigned to manage the continuing investigations, she said. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reiterates that while these are serious allegations, juvenile records are strictly confidential under state law, so at this time, no specific information about these investigations can be released, Linskey said on Tuesday. Likewise, Superior Court proceedings involving juvenile defendants, meaning defendants under the age of 18, are closed to the public, and the identities of such defendants are kept confidential, she said. The Prosecutor’s Office strongly urges against the spread of misinformation and rumor, both online and otherwise. “As these investigations unfold, we remain fully aware of the intense focus and unique...
    The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed sole responsibility for conducting separate criminal investigations stemming from allegations that acts of hazing occurred within the Wall Township High School football program and unrelated allegations that one or more sexual assaults involving juveniles took place off campus, Members of the Wall Township Police Department had been assisting during the early stages of these investigations, yet in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, "the Department has since been walled off from participating further," according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Multiple MCPO assistant prosecutors and detectives have been assigned to manage the continuing investigations, she said. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reiterates that while these are serious allegations, juvenile records are strictly confidential under state law, so at this time, no specific information about these investigations can be released, Linskey said on Tuesday. Likewise, Superior Court proceedings involving juvenile defendants, meaning defendants under the age of 18, are closed to the public, and the identities of such defendants are kept confidential, she said. The Prosecutor’s Office strongly urges against the spread of misinformation and rumor, both online and otherwise. “As these investigations unfold, we remain...
    Investigators continue to search for clues more than three decades after the body of a beloved North Jersey businessman was found in a sewer in Morris County. The body of Robert Wunderle, 45, was found by a Rockaway Township Sewer Authority worker in a drainage ditch near Fireman’s Field on Beach Street in Rockaway Borough around 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 1989, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Wunderle, of Canterbury Road in Westfield, was the Vice President of Economics at Supermarkets General Corporation in Woodbridge. He was last seen alive by a coworker at his job around 8:45 p.m. the previous night, authorities said. Wunderle was wearing a business suit and overcoat and was found to have died from gunshot wounds, authorities said. Meanwhile, Wunderle’s company vehicle — a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis — was recovered in Manhattan, according to the MCPO. The case was ruled a homicide, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200.
    A Jersey Shore police officer has been arrested on several charges including burglary, authorities said. Dylan J. Keenan-Hannum, 30, of the Del Haven section of Middle Township, was charged Sunday with burglary, simple assault and making terroristic threats, according to the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. Keenan-Hannum is an officer with the West Wildwood Police Department.  Hannum was being held at the Cape May County jail.  Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619.
    A South Jersey police officer has been arrested on charges of burglary and terroristic threats, authorities said Monday. Dylan J. Keenan-Hannum, 30, of the Del Haven section of Middle Township, was also served a disorderly persons offense and charged with simple assault following his Nov. 14 arrest, the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office announced. The West Wildwood police officer was lodged in the Cape May County Jail pending court proceedings. No further details were released. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619.
    Authorities have identified the 41-year-old man who was shot and killed in South Jersey. Police received a shot spotter call in connection with the incident at 914 North Main St. in Pleasantville, at 9:19 a.m. Saturday. Ivan Smith of Somers Point was found laying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill. Medical personnel performed CPR, but they were unable to revive Smith, Shill said Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. This is an active and ongoing, cooperative investigation between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department. An Atlantic City native, Smith attended Mainland Regional High School and worked at the Deuville Inn in Strathmere, his obituary says. Smith's obit remembers him as "a selfless person who was always there for anyone who needed him. He was always the protector." He is survived by his four children, Lia Smith (Kristen), Naomi Smith (Patty), Jelani Smith ( Jennifer) and Nova (Lia). Smith was also remembered as an avid shoe and clothing collector "who always looked 'FLY'. His laugh could make the worst day brighter."...
    A 45 year-old fugitive, charged with murder in the fatal shooting of another man last month, has been arrested, authorities said  Umar Abdullah was taken into custody on Monday morning in Egg Harbor City by members of the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force, New Jersey State Police, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, Egg Harbor City Police Department and personnel of the ACPO Major Crimes Unit, according to  Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill. At 4:04 a.m. on Oct. 10,  Atlantic City police received a 9-1-1 call to respond to 28 S. Georgia Avenue.  Patrol officers found 35-year-old Mark Wright had been shot, Shill said Wright was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Umar Abdullah, also known as James Collins/James Coger III and nicknamed “Munchie” or “O” was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree certain persons not to possess a weapon. Anyone with information about serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 609-909-7666 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form...
    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — As a jury was deliberating over his fate, a Georgia district attorney on Monday pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from improper acts while in office and agreed to resign. Mark Jones had already been suspended as Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit district attorney after the state attorney general’s office obtained the indictment on Sept. 7. It accused him of trying to influence a police officer’s testimony, offering bribes to prosecutors in his office and trying to influence and prevent the testimony of a crime victim. Jones took office in January, overseeing the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, which serves Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion, Talbot and Taylor counties in west Georgia. After deliberating briefly Thursday and then all day Friday, jurors had indicated Friday afternoon that they were unanimous on three of the nine charges, and the judge instructed them to keep working on the others, according to local news outlets. After about an hour of deliberations Monday, jurors said they had reached a consensus of guilty on five charges, but Jones had decided to agree to a plea deal,...
    Authorities have identified the 41-year-old man who was shot and killed in South Jersey. The shooting occurred at 914 North Main St. in Pleasantville, at 9:19 a.m. Saturday. Police received a shot spotter alert and 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting.  Ivan Smith of Somers Point was found by police laying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill. Medical personnel performed CPR, but they were unable to revive Smith, Shill said Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. This is an active and ongoing, cooperative investigation between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department. Anyone with information about serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 609-909-7666 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. 
    CAMBRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is charged with violating Maryland’s revenge porn statute, the Office of the State Prosecutor said Monday. Bradshaw is charged with 50 counts of distributing revenge porn. Charging documents allege Bradshaw made multiple accounts on Reddit, a community forum website, with usernames that had the name and birthday of the victim, a woman previously in a relationship with him. From those accounts, he posted nude photos of her without her consent on forums related to sex, humiliation, degradation and race, officials said. READ MORE: Gov. Hogan Announces Steps To Combat Anti-Asian Hate And Bias Crimes In MarylandIf convicted, Bradshaw would face a maximum penalty of two years’ incarceration and a $5,000 fine for each count. “Using someone’s private images without their consent is a serious breach of trust and invasion of privacy, and the power and breadth of the internet makes such a violation even more egregious”, said State Prosecutor Charlton Howard, “Our office is committed to protecting victims from those who abuse their positions of power and trust.” READ MORE: Olszewski Proposes Legislation...
    Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in South Jersey. The shooting occurred at 914 Atlantic Ave. in Pleasantville, around 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill.  The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.  This is an active and ongoing, cooperative investigation between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department. Anyone with information about serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 609-909-7666 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. 
    One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-car crash in Colts Neck overnight, authorities said. A female driver from Seaside Heights was heading south on State Highway 18 near milepost 20.8 when the car, a 2011 Mazda, went off the roadway to the right, struck a tree and overturned just before 3 a.m. Sunday, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Chris Swendeman. The car came to a final stop against another tree and ended up upside down in a drainage culvert, Swendeman said. The male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver suffered serious injuries. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was last listed in stable condition.  The victims' names and ages were not released. The crash is still under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County SCART and Colts Neck Police Department. Witnesses are urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kristian DeVito at 1-800-533-7443 or Colts Neck Police Officer Detective Sergeant Morgan Savage at 732-780-7323.
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot in Jersey City early Saturday morning. According to the Hudson County prosecutor’s office, officers responded to the area of Grant Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive just after 4 a.m. after hearing gunshots. When they arrived, they found 41-year-old Ishamell McCany suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police and the prosecutor’s office are investigating. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip.
    A 41-year-old Jersey City man was killed in an overnight shooting, authorities said. Police officers who heard gunshots responded to Grant Avenue and MLK Drive around 4 a.m., where they found Ishamell McCany with a gunshot wound in his torso, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. McCany was rushed ot Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m., Suarez said. The cause and manner of death were pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit was investigating with help from the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests had been made.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website. All information will be kept confidential.
    A married couple was found dead in South Jersey in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said. Franklin Township police in Gloucester County responded at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on a report of a man who died by suicide. Patrol officers found John Kolonich, 46, dead inside his vehicle along Franklinville-Williamstown Road in Franklinville. Kolonich apparently died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor. Police were told that Kolonich’s wife, Melissa, 42, was dead from stab wounds inside their nearby home on Florawood Court in Franklin, the prosecutor’s office said. An investigation “determined that Melissa Kolonich was murdered by John Kolonich," the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.  “At a time after the murder, John Kolonich departed their residence in his vehicle, and, traveling southbound on Franklinville-Williamstown Road, left the roadway, crashing into the backyard of the Sandra Way residence.”
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a six-year-old girl in the Detroit area. Jyon Collins has been charged in connection to a fatal hit-and-run that killed a 6-year-old girl. (Credit: Dearborn Police Department) READ MORE: Teen Charged In Stolen Vehicle Crash In Detroit That Killed PassengerJyon Collins faces arraignment for failure to stop at a scene resulting in death and driving without a license, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Friday. Collins voluntarily turned himself in Wednesday to authorities following Sunday’s crash. READ MORE: Social Streetwear ‘Survived’ Pop-Up Store Opens Nov 13 In Downtown DetroitThe girl was struck in a residential neighborhood of Dearborn. She was crawling beneath a car and another car parked behind it obstructed the view of the victim at the time of the incident, the prosecutor’s office said. Emergency workers took the girl to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she died from her injuries. The girl’s sisters saw her being hit while the family was visiting the girls’ grandmother, WDIV-TV reported. MORE NEWS:...
    U.S. Marshals helped arrested a 29-year-old fugitive in a fatal shooting in South Jersey. Brandon Dennis of Vineland was captured on Friday in connection with the Oct. 23 death of Patrick Trotter of Penns Grove, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office.  Dennis was charged with murder, burglary and several other offenses, said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. On Oct. 23, the Millville Police Department – Criminal Investigations Division and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit investigated the shooting death of Trotter in the 500 block of West Main Street in the City of Millville. On Friday, Dennis was located in Bridgeton and taken into custody, Webb-McRae said. He was being held at the Cumberland County Jail pending court procedures.  Anyone with information about this homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective Shipley of the Millville Police Department at 856-825-7010 or Detective Martinez of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-453-0486.  Anonymous tips also can be shared with the Prosecutor’s Office by visiting CCPO.TIPS from any computer, tablet or smartphone. 
    Investigators continue to search for clues 25 years after a beloved Morris County business owner was shot and killed in his own driveway. Richard Breitbarth, 48, was shot several times and hit with a blunt instrument in the driveway of his home at 17 Baird Pl. in Whippany on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996 between 8:35 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said. Breitbarth was the owner and president of Biophase Systems, Inc., located at 259 New Rd. in Parsippany. He had just returned from a trip to the grocery store, authorities said. The case was ruled a homicide, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200.
    PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating an alleged rape that occurred earlier this year in the presidential Elysee Palace, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday. The prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press the investigation was opened on July 12. But it did not immediately confirm French media reports saying a female soldier guarding the palace had accused a serviceman of rape on July 1. French media have also reported that President Emmanuel Macron was not nearby when the attack allegedly took place but had been at an event earlier in the evening. Macron resides at the Elysee. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the accused serviceman has been questioned as an “assisted witness,” a status that means he was not interviewed as a suspect facing potential charges. The office would not confirm or provide further details. The Elysee has not yet commented in response to an AP request. French media have reported that Defense Minister Florence Parly launched an internal administrative investigation into the alleged rape. News reports have said the accused serviceman was suspended from his post...
    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. —  In the lonely monotony of High Desert State Prison, there were no visitors and little mail for Renwick Drake Jr., so the letter was a curiosity when it arrived in the summer of 2020. It told Drake about a new law, meant to undo too-harsh sentences. Maybe, it said, the district attorney would take another look at his case after 11 years of incarceration. But maybes are dangerous in prison, dealers of counterfeit hope. The letter felt like another false flag from the system that had put Drake behind bars at age 15, when he was a skinny skater who thought he knew everything until, too late, he realized he knew nothing. “Little Ren” to the family he left behind, he’d been inmate No. AL9471 ever since. A letter wasn’t going to get him out, he thought, and neither was the D.A. who put him here. There was only patience and himself. Drake put the letter aside and went back to serving his time. He had 12 years to go. But the maybe had ahold of...
    A Hudson County man wanted on child sex abuse charges was nabbed by members of the U.S Marshals Service in Colombia on Sunday, authorities said. Abel Ore-Guzman, 63, was taken to the U.S. and arrested at Newark International Airport on Tuesday on accusations he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl in Jersey City, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. The alleged assaults took place in late October while Ore-Guzman was renting a room from the victim's family, authorities said. He was charged with sexual assault by contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and attempting to lure or entice a child. Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, Colombian law enforcement, and the United States Marshals Service with the investigation and arrest. Anyone wishing to report a sex crime is urged to call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234. 
    Authorities have identified the 24-year-old victim of last week's fatal shooting in Asbury Park. Dymir Leonard died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.  The fatal shooting has been ruled a homicide and remains under investigation, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Shortly after 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 2, an off-duty Asbury Park police lieutenant driving his personal vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Bangs Avenue when he encountered Leonard, who informed him that he had been shot, Linskey said. Additional officers responded to the area, and Leonard was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Linskey said. An autopsy subsequently yielded the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest, she said. A joint investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department is ongoing. Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Matthew Delgado at 1-800-533-7443.
    An Albany City Court judge has delayed former New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDe Blasio takes step toward potential NY governor campaign Sheriff says he did not coordinate with DA before filing Cuomo complaint Letitia James launches gubernatorial bid, sets up primary battle with Hochul MORE's (D) arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of groping a woman after a prosecutor warned that the criminal complaint filed last week was “potentially defective.” In a letter obtained by NEWS10, Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares asked a county court to push Cuomo’s arraignment back for 60 days while he investigates the case.  “Unfortunately, the filings in this matter are potentially defective in that the police-officer-complainant failed to include a sworn statement by the victim such that the People could proceed with prosecution on these papers,” reads the letter.  A spokesperson for Soares’s office told The Hill that the case was adjourned until Jan. 7, 2022. Cuomo was initially scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 17. The Hill has reached out to an attorney for Cuomo for comment. Cuomo was charged last week with...
    In this image taken from video provided by Office of the NY Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a statement on a pre-recorded video released, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in New York.Office of the NY Governor via AP Andrew Cuomo's arraignment was postponed Friday until January after the Albany County district attorney told the court that the misdemeanor sex-crime complaint against the former New York governor is "potentially defective." The district attorney, David Soares, told the judge in Albany City court that the complaint was "unilaterally and inexplicably filed" in the middle of an investigation by his office, and that it excluded key testimony from the alleged victim. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    A New Jersey man was charged after stealing nearly $57,000 from Hackettstown Livestock Auction Cooperative, authorities said. Howard Hoffman, 66, of Annandale, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and filing a false tax return on Wednesday, according to the Warren County Prosector's Office. The prosecutor's office launched an investigation after cooperative members told them that they were missing approximately $57,000 in cash payments due from customers for livestock purchased at auction between 2016 and 2017. Hoffman, the cooperative's auction master, was responsible for taking payment from customers and depositing the money into the cooperative's bank accounts, according to the county prosecutor's office. A review of the cooperative's financial records showed a cash shortfall of $56,810 during 2016 and 2017, authorities said. A review of Hoffman's bank statements revealed $56,300 in cash deposits into his personal bank account through a variety of ATMs, investigators said. The cash deposits in years prior to 2016 and after 2017 were found to be a "small fraction" of what was deposited during those two years, according to the county prosector's office. Hoffman did not pay taxes...
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    A 32-year-old man from Central Jersey has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for setting fires that destroyed a realty company's offices, authorities said. The suspect also fired a weapon into one of the realtor's buildings, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Leonard J. Mazzarisi, III, 32, formerly of Burgundy Drive in Holmdel, was sentenced on Friday by Superior Court Judge Lourdes Lucas to five years for aggravated arson and an additional five years with 42 months without parole for possession of a weapon For an unlawful purpose, Linskey said. Both sentences are set to run consecutively. Mazzarisi was convicted on July 30 after a month-long jury trial before Judge Lucas. On Aug. 19, 2017, Holmdel police responded to a report of a possible arson at 51 Main St., the location of Neuhaus Realty Agency.  Evidence collected there suggested that a fire that damaged a portion of the rear of the building was purposefully set, Linskey said. A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Holmdel Township Police Department determined the fire was purposefully set by a male captured on video...
    A 36-year-old Jersey City man was struck and killed by a car Wednesday night in Jersey City, authorities said. Phillip Delancy was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center after being struck at 740 Route 440 around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The vehicle that struck Delancy fled the scene, Suarez said. Delancy was pronounced dead at approximately 10:25 p.m. The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. A GoFundMe launched for Delancy's family had raised $3,500 as of Friday morning. "Phillip was a son, a brother, and a loving uncle," the page reads.  "He will always be remembered for his bright personality and dedication to his job. He worked for Old Navy for over 16 years and never missed a day." The events surrounding the crash are under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.  No charges had been filed as of Thursday.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor...
    A pair of Jersey Shore residents have been indicted in charges stemming from the overdose death of a 16-year-old boy, authorities said. David Belk, 45, and Stephanie O’Neill, 44, both of Little Egg Harbor, were indicted by an Ocean County Grand Jury Nov. 4 on charges of strict liability drug induced death, endangering the welfare of a child, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of heroin, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. Belk and O’Neill supplied heroin and fentanyl to the 16-year-old boy, who was found unresponsive on the floor of an East Susquehanna Driver on July 3, Billhimer's office previously said. Responding officers administered lifesaving efforts before the boy was transported to Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Further investigation and toxicology analysis confirmed the presence of heroin and fentanyl in the boy's system, the OCPO said. Based upon the toxicology analysis, the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office said that the heroin and fentanyl found in the victim’s system was the cause of...
    Authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the motorcyclist killed in Monday's Route 4 crash in Teaneck. Albert Spechar, of River Vale, struck a deer while heading east at Teaneck Road just before 5:45 a.m., Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no criminal charges were brought, Musella said. An investigation was conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton.
    A Staten Island, NY, man has been charged with murdering a New Brunswick man, authorities said.  On Monday at 2:39 a.m., police  responded to Easton Avenue and Condict Street after nearby patrol officers heard gunfire.  Patrol officers found  a male victim who sustained a gunshot wound. The victim, who has been identified as Azeem Seawright, 40, of New Brunswick was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A. Caputo said. Minutes after the shooting, Justin Landrum, 20, of Staten Island, was quickly apprehended by New Brunswick patrol officers,  Following a joint investigation by the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Landrum has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose. Landrum is presently in police custody pending a transfer to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he will remain pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court. At present, the shooting does not appear to be a random act. The investigation is active and continuing.  Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is urged to...
    A second Pennsylvania fugitive has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Central Jersey man, authorities said. Devon Melchor, 26, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was charged with first-degree armed robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Plainsboro Police Chief Fred Tavener. Melchor was taken into police custody by authorities in Florida where he was attempting to board an international flight, Ciccone and Tavener said. Melchor’s apprehension was made possible by collaborative efforts by members of the Plainsboro Police Department, New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Newcastle (Delaware) County Police Department, the Norristown (PA) Police Department, the Upper Merion (PA) Police Department, the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorneys Office, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. On Oct. 26, at 3:38 a.m. authorities responded to a residence on Briardale Court on a report of shots fired. Patrol officers found Sree Aravapalli, 54, of Plainsboro who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Ciccone and Taverner said.  Aravapalli was transported from the scene to a nearby...
    A second Pennsylvania man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Central Jersey man, authorities said. Devon Melchor, 26, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was charged with first-degree armed robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Plainsboro Police Chief Fred Tavener. Melchor was taken into police custody by authorities in Florida where he was attempting to board an international flight, Ciccone and Tavener said. Melchor’s apprehension was made possible by collaborative efforts by members of the Plainsboro Police Department, New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Newcastle (Delaware) County Police Department, the Norristown (PA) Police Department, the Upper Merion (PA) Police Department, the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorneys Office, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. On Oct. 26, at 3:38 a.m. authorities responded to a residence on Briardale Court on a report of shots fired. Patrol officers found Sree Aravapalli, 54, of Plainsboro who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Ciccone and Taverner said.  Aravapalli was transported from the scene to a nearby...
    A pharmaceutical executive was tailed for 50 miles from a Pennsylvania casino to his New Jersey home, where he was killed during an alleged attempted robbery as his wife and daughter slept, police said. Fifty-four-year-old Sree Ranga Aravapalli had cashed out his winnings, which was approximately $10,000, in the morning hours on Tuesday at the Parx Casino located in Bensalem when he was seen by 27-year-old Jekai Reid-John from Norristown, Pennsylvania, the New York Post reported. NJ pharma exec followed 50 miles from casino, killed in his home https://t.co/IHcjsJu3xD pic.twitter.com/Q3BVtLlCbd — New York Post (@nypost) October 30, 2021 Reid-John, who was unknown to Aravapalli, reportedly followed the man in his car as he drove back to his neighborhood in Plainsboro, New Jersey, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. The office detailed the incident in a press release on Wednesday: On October 26, 2021, at approximately 3:38 A.M., authorities responded to a residence on Briardale Court following a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers located Sree Aravapalli, 54, of Plainsboro who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Aravapalli was transported from...