Nearly 3,000 people turn themselves in during the first three days of Fugitive Safe Surrender; last day to surrender is today

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that, as of yesterday afternoon, close to 3,000 individuals have taken advantage of the Fugitive Safe Surrender program in Jersey City. The program, which ends today, affords people wanted on non-violent warrants in New Jersey an opportunity to surrender safely at a Jersey City church, […]

Democrats maintain stronghold on Freeholder board; late tally of absentee ballots changes outcome in several local elections

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer UNION COUNTY — Although the Democrat incumbents easily managed to maintain the stronghold that the party has had on the freeholder board for the last 16 years, there were upsets at the local level that could result in political power shifts, while a referendum proved just where taxpayers stand on the issue of secession. It […]

Roselle man sentenced to prison for Child Pornography distribution

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Friday that a Union County man was sentenced to state prison for distributing child pornography over the Internet. He was investigated and prosecuted by the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Craig D. Dotson, 24, of […]

Elizabeth man found guilty of 2004 sexual assaults

ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth man has been convicted of sexually assaulting two female acquaintances six months apart in 2004, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday. A Union County jury deliberated for more than two full days following a three-week trial before finding Clarence Beckett, 33, guilty of two charges of second-degree sexual […]

Murder suspect remains in custody as police search for body of Cranford victim

UNION – Suspect Matthew Ballister III remained in the county jail this morning on $2 million bail but has refused to tell police where he dumped the slain body of his Cranford girlfriend, April Wyckoff. According to police sources, more than 100 law enforcement officers along with the Hudson County K-9 Unit, U.S. Park Police […]

Reward offered for information about armed robbery of Kenilworth coffee shop

UNION COUNTY- Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in connection with the armed robbery of a Kenilworth coffee shop last week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said yesterday. The robbery took place at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 […]

Rahway woman charged with vehicular homicide is first case in Essex County involving texting while driving

NEWARK – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Tuesday that Jennifer Sahoye, 35, of Rahway has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal collision that caused the death of Carlos Carvalho, 58, of Elizabeth. On Oct. 10, Sahoye was involved in a fatal crash on Route 1 & 9 in […]

Union County awarded $2.8 million in Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Funds

UNION COUNTY — As Union County continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that the county has been awarded $2.8 million dollars as part of the Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program. The State grant program will provide eligible households with up to $15,000 in total assistance for […]