Staten Island man arrested for robbery at Home Depot in Linden

LINDEN — On Dec. 24, at 4:20 p.m. police responded to the Home Depot in Aviation Plaza, on a report of a shoplifter fighting with security personnel. Arriving officers had to separate the loss prevention officer, male, 32, and the suspect, later identified as Kenneth V. Iacone, 43, of Staten Island. Iacone was observed on […]

Homicide Task Force investigating Plainfield homicide

PLAINFIELD — A homicide in Plainfield is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced yesterday. The victim, 25-year-old Rashad Daye of Green Brook, was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Several hours earlier, at approximately 5:33 a.m. Wednesday, a Plainfield police officer heard multiple gunshots fired in the area of […]

Elizabeth man killed in Christmas day shooting at go-go bar in Irvington

IRVINGTON — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago announced yesterday that the Irvington Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigation a shooting incident. Five males were shot — three fatally — at Slicks go-go bar on Nye Avenue & 21st Street in Irvington […]

Disbarred Cranford-based attorney admits to stealing from clients

ELIZABETH –A West Orange man who once managed a Cranford-based law practice has admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from half a dozen clients, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Tuesday. Appearing Monday before state Superior Court Judge Robert Mega, 41-year-old Sergio Pastor pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree theft by failure to make […]

Arrest made in shooting of off-duty South Plainfield police officer in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH — A Newark man has been arrested and charged with shooting an off-duty police officer during a suspected attempted robbery outside an Elizabeth nightclub earlier this month, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Friday. Taquan Ward, 21, was arrested without incident Friday morning in Newark and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree possession of a […]

Hillside woman indicted on murder charge

HILLSIDE — A Hillside woman has been indicted on charges she stabbed an acquaintance to death earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Friday. On Friday morning a Union County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Ebony Harris, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, […]

Two Elizabeth women plead guilty to operating counterfeit check scheme

NEWARK – Two Elizabeth women admitted today to conspiring to commit bank fraud by depositing more than half a million dollars in counterfeit checks into different TD Bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Latisha White, 28, and Synethia Bland, 30, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William Martini to one count of bank fraud conspiracy in the […]

Elizabeth man found guilty of aggravated assault on a police officer

ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth man has been convicted of charges he knocked over a police officer with his car and fled the scene following a routine traffic stop in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced today. Hakeem Allen, 27, formerly of Newark, was found guilty of second-degree eluding police and second-degree aggravated assault following a two-week trial […]

Linden police seeking information concerning serious motor vehicle accident last night; pedestrian from Linden in serious condition

LINDEN — On Dec. 19, at approximately 2:19 a.m., a serious motor vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of N. Stiles St. and W. Blancke St. in Linden. Patryk Plichta, 20, of Linden was crossing N. Stiles St. when he was allegedly struck by a 2002 Nissan being operated by Wendell Simpson of Alpine, N.J. The victim was transported […]

Middlesex County man indicted on child pornography charges, alleged sexual assault of Union County teen

UNION COUNTY — A Middlesex County man has been indicted on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Union County resident and also both possessed and produced child pornography involving a second, younger victim, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced today. Philip J. Rainone, 58, of South Amboy is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, second-, […]