Union man indicted for murder, dismemberment of girlfriend

ELIZABETH — A grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against the Union man charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend last autumn, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park has announced. Matthew Ballister III, 44, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree desecration of human remains, two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension, third-degree […]

Narcotics Search Warrant at Local Business Leads to Multiple Arrests

CRANFORD — Following an undercover investigation by Cranford Police detectives, three local businessmen have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged illegal narcotics distribution scheme operating out of a local convenience store. The investigation began approximately three months ago when Det. Ryan Greco received information that synthetic marijuana, banned by New Jersey criminal statutes since March 2013, […]

Former Elizabeth School Board president found guilty of stealing from free lunch program by falsifying applications for her children

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced that Marie Munn, the former president of the Elizabeth School Board, was convicted at trial yesterday of stealing from the Elizabeth School District’s free lunch program by filing false applications for her own children. The federally funded program offers free and reduced-price lunches for students who otherwise […]

Berkeley Heights man charged with stealing $6 million from employer

UNION COUNTY — A Berkeley Heights man is accused of stealing more than $6 million from his employer during the course of nearly a decade, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Albert Thomson, 48, was charged with second-degree theft by deception. He turned himself in to authorities late on Thursday, when he was being held on $250,000 […]

Newark man sentenced to 10 years for role in robbery, burglary that led to long chase through 3 towns in Union and Essex counties

UNION COUNTY — An Essex County man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his role in a robbery and burglary that led to a prolonged high-speed car chase through three towns, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Under the terms of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, Kendell Grimsley, 42, of Newark must […]

Former transportation head for two Middlesex school districts sentenced to prison for stealing $565,000 from the districts

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced that the former Transportation Manager/Supervisor for the Hazlet and Piscataway School Districts was sentenced to prison today for stealing $565,772 from the two districts by authorizing payments to fictitious bus companies for transportation services that were never provided to the districts. Michelle Pumilia, 40, of Union Beach, […]

Missing Elizabeth woman found dead; husband charged with murder

ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth woman who had been missing for three weeks has been found dead, and her husband has been charged with killing her, announced acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. The body of 32-year-old Karla Jose Villagra Garzon was found by police late Tuesday night in a vacant home on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, Morris […]

Plainfield woman sentenced to 87 months in prison for role as lookout, getaway driver in armed bank robberies

NEWARK — A Plainfield woman was sentenced to 87 months in prison for playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex counties, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Andrea Dorsey, 54, of Plainfield, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging her with three counts of bank robbery. McNulty imposed the sentence […]

Linden woman sentenced to 70 months in prison for fraud leading to theft of $7 million in charity HIV and cancer medication

TRENTON – A Linden woman was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison for her role in defrauding a charity program out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication by using her access to a company hired to administer the program, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.  Lateefah McKenzie Body, 35, was previously convicted […]