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    A 28-year-old Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to charges of raping three young girls, two of whom he got pregnant, authorities said. Isaiah W. Banks-Carey's plea deal calls for a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison and Carey must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He must also register pursuant to Megan’s Law, be under Parole Supervision for Life, and submit to an Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center Sexual Offender Evaluation. He must also have no contact with the victims.  Banks-Carey admitted that between the dates of Jan. 1, 2018 through Nov. 22, 2019, he committed three separate acts of sexual intercourse with the two victims, which resulted in the defendant impregnating the victims on three occasions. The aggravated sexual assaults occurred when the victims were 11, 12, and 13 years old and the defendant was acting as a father figure to them in their home in Atlantic City, the prosecutor said. On Sept. 4, 2019, Detectives from the Special Victims Unit and members of the Atlantic...
    A 28-year-old Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to charges of raping three young girls, two of whom he got pregnant, authorities said. Isaiah W. Banks-Carey's plea deal calls for a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison and Carey must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He must also register pursuant to Megan’s Law, be under Parole Supervision for Life, and submit to an Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center Sexual Offender Evaluation. He must also have no contact with the victims.  Banks-Carey admitted that between the dates of Jan. 1, 2018 through Nov. 22, 2019, he committed three separate acts of sexual intercourse with the two victims, which resulted in the defendant impregnating the victims on three occasions. The aggravated sexual assaults occurred when the victims were 11, 12, and 13 years old and the defendant was acting as a father figure to them in their home in Atlantic City, the prosecutor said. On Sept. 4, 2019, Detectives from the Special Victims Unit and members of the Atlantic...
    Two people have been charged in a double shooting that left one man dead another wounded last month, authorities announced. Joseph Dowdell, 33, is accused of gunning down Tameel Grimes, 31, on the 300 block of New Street just after midnight on Saturday, July 23, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said. Dowdell was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree assault and two weapons offenses. Meanwhile, Shanade McDaniel, 31, was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution. It was not clear why. Grimes was pronounced dead at the scene while a second victim, who suffered from a gunshot wound, was found on Norfolk and Hartford streets. He survived and was treated at University Hospital. The second-degree assault charge against Dowdell arises from the attack on the second victim. The investigation, which is being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. Calls will be kept confidential. These are accusations. All defendants are...
    A 28-year-old Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to charges of raping three young girls, two of whom he got pregnant, authorities said. Isaiah W. Banks-Carey's plea deal calls for a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison and Carey must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He must also register pursuant to Megan’s Law, be under Parole Supervision for Life, and submit to an Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center Sexual Offender Evaluation. He must also have no contact with the victims.  Banks-Carey admitted that between the dates of Jan. 1, 2018 through Nov. 22, 2019, he committed three separate acts of sexual intercourse with the two victims, which resulted in the defendant impregnating the victims on three occasions. The aggravated sexual assaults occurred when the victims were 11, 12, and 13 years old and the defendant was acting as a father figure to them in their home in Atlantic City, the prosecutor said. On Sept. 4, 2019, Detectives from the Special Victims Unit and members of the Atlantic...
    (CNN)Seven murder convictions tied to a former Chicago detective were vacated Tuesday after the Cook County State's Attorney's Office declined to oppose petitions by defense attorneys alleging investigatory misconduct by the disgraced officer.The cases are the latest tied to former detective Reynaldo Guevara's alleged police misconduct that ranged from coercive interrogation tactics to hiding evidence, according to State's Attorney Kim Foxx.Two people were expected to be released Tuesday while five others had already been released from prison, Foxx's office said in a release. An eighth person whose case the prosecutor has dropped remained in custody "pending further court hearings," according to the release."We are not taking a position on innocence. What we are saying is that we cannot stand by these convictions based on the serious allegations of misconduct and findings of credibility against Detective (Reynaldo) Guevara," Foxx said at a news conference Tuesday.The eight people each served decades in prison. The convictions were handed down for homicides that occurred between 1989 and 1996, Foxx told reporters.Read MoreGuevara also has been accused of intimidating witnesses and falsifying evidence in multiple...
    Newly appointed Hillsborough State Attorney Susan Lopez reversed the decision by her DeSantis-sacked predecessor, Andrew Warren, not to pursue the death penalty against an alleged teacher slayer in one of her first high-profile moves since taking office. Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) appointed Lopez to take the reins after suspending Warren for his stated refusal to enforce Florida's law banning abortion after 15 weeks. Lopez's office will now pursue the death penalty for Matthew Terry, who is accused of murdering third grade teacher Kay Baker. FLORIDA ATTORNEY BLASTS DESANTIS AS ‘ORWELLIAN THOUGHT POLICE’ FOR SUSPENDING HIM Warren's office opted not to pursue the death penalty against Terry due to Baker's family wishes, he confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times. Prosecutors for Hillsborough filed the notice of intent to pursue the death penalty in Florida court last Friday — the day of the deadline for that filing. Judge Susan Lopez, left, acting Florida state attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit, speaks during a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley...
    A prosecutor who clashed with Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón over a controversial case involving a transgender defendant is now the subject of an internal investigation and also has been accused of making offensive remarks about the defendant. The investigation into Shea Sanna, a deputy district attorney, stems from allegations that he misused county resources, released confidential information and made inappropriate public statements, said Greg Smith, Sanna’s attorney. The allegations against Sanna, Smith said, were made in a vaguely worded letter from an outside law firm conducting the investigation. In an interview, Sanna said he “absolutely” believes the investigation is an attempt to retaliate against him, and Smith said he feared the move could have a “chilling effect” on other prosecutors who are critical of Gascón. But Sanna has also been accused of making insensitive remarks about Hannah Tubbs, a 26-year-old transgender woman who in 2014, when she was 17, sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in Palmdale, according to Alisa Blair, a former senior official under Gascón who resigned last week. Tubbs was not arrested...
    A 26-year-old man from Cape May County is accused of having sex with a minor, and other crimes, authorities said. Abdul Blackmon, a resident of the Whitesboro section of Middle Township was charged on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and charged with manufacturing child pornography and sexual assault, among other charges, according to Cape May Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland. The charges stem from Blackmon having a sexual relationship with a minor which was investigated by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. Blackman was being held at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Sutherland stated this is an ongoing investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit at (609) 465-1135, or anonymously through the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Anonymous TIP system by visiting cmcpo.tips from any computer, tablet, or smart phone. Information can also be reported to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at (609) 889-3597.
    A 26-year-old man from Cape May County is accused of having sex with a minor, and other crimes, authorities said. Abdul Blackmon, a resident of the Whitesboro section of Middle Township was charged on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and charged with manufacturing child pornography and sexual assault, among other charges, according to Cape May Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland. The charges stem from Blackmon having a sexual relationship with a minor which was investigated by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. Blackman was being held at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Sutherland stated this is an ongoing investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit at (609) 465-1135, or anonymously through the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Anonymous TIP system by visiting cmcpo.tips from any computer, tablet, or smart phone. Information can also be reported to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at (609) 889-3597.
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ousted San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled from his post in June, said Thursday that he will not campaign for his old seat in the November election. The progressive criminal justice reformer tweeted that nonstop campaigning has taken a toll on his family, which includes his son born last September and his elderly father, a former Weather Underground radical who was released from prison after serving more than four decades for his role in a fatal robbery. “My son is on the verge of taking his first step and speaking his first word,” Boudin said. “My wife’s research on multiple sclerosis at (University of California, San Francisco) deserves the same support she has offered my work.” Boudin said that sitting out the November election does not preclude him for running for district attorney in 2023 for a full four-year term. Boudin, 41, was recalled from office in June barely three years after he won office in November 2019 — amid frustration and anxiety over the pandemic and viral footage of...
    (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended Tampa's elected prosecutor, Andrew Warren, for pledging not to use his office to go after people who seek and provide abortions or on doctors that provide gender affirming care to transgender people. DeSantis also accused Warren of not pursuing criminals to the fullest extent of his powers as the state attorney of Hillsborough County. "To take a position that you have veto powers over the laws of the state is untenable," DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa surrounded by law enforcement. The move by DeSantis, a Republican, to remove a Democrat twice elected by Hillsborough voters drew an immediate and sharp rebuke from Democratic state lawmakers and officials. Minority Leader Sen. Lauren Book said DeSantis was "behaving more like a dictator than 'America's governor.'" And Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate for governor, called Warren's suspension "a politically motivated attack on a universally respected state attorney democratically elected to exercise prosecutorial discretion.""Ron DeSantis is a pathetic bully," Fried said.Read MoreA spokeswoman for Warren did not immediately respond to a request...
    (CNN)A Virginia police officer who pepper-sprayed an Army lieutenant and pushed him to the ground during a traffic stop in 2020 should not face state charges, a special prosecutor says, though he formally referred the case to the US Attorney's Office for a federal civil rights investigation."Although I find the video very disturbing and frankly unsettling, (Officer Raymond) Gutierrez's use of force to remove (Caron) Nazario did not violate state law as he had given multiple commands for Nazario to exit the vehicle," Special Prosecutor and Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell wrote after his investigation.Two Windsor Police officers pulled over 2nd Lt. Nazario, who is Black, in December 2020 and repeatedly used pepper spray on him and pointed their guns at him, according to a news release from former Attorney General Mark Herring's Office. Officer Gutierrez was fired after the incident but another officer remained on the job, Windsor Town Manager William Saunders previously confirmed to CNN.CNN previously reported on the video that captured the encounter."The problematic issue, however, were Gutierrez's statements throughout the entire ordeal, which would lead a reasonable...
    TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — An alleged migrant smuggler was killed by police near the Mexico-Guatemala border early Monday after the driver of the pickup truck he was traveling in ignored police officers’ order to stop. The Chiapas state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five migrants, whose nationalities were not given, were also traveling in the truck with the driver and the man who was shot. The state prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The driver told investigators they had picked up the migrants in Comitan de Dominguez on the Mexican side of the border. They were headed north when they encountered municipal police from San Cristobal de las Casas. Someone in the truck opened fire on police, who then responded by shooting at the truck, according to an official in the state prosecutor’s office who was not authorized to speak about the case. The victim’s death sparked protests in San Cristobal and a police vehicle was burned. While receiving less attention than other migratory routes in southern Mexico, smugglers frequently use the sparsely-populated...
    A 25-year veteran prosecutor in Chicago announced his resignation on Friday, arguing that he had "zero confidence" in the leadership of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. James Murphy, a former assistant state's attorney, detailed his strife with his Democratic boss, saying her office's mission vision and value statements were "just a PR stunt." SOROS-BACKED DISTRICT ATTORNEY FACES GROWING BACKLASH AS CRIME SPIKES "I would love to continue to fight for the victims of crime and to continue to stand with each of you, especially in the face of the overwhelming crime that is crippling our communities. However, I can no longer work for this Administration. I have zero confidence in their leadership," Murphy wrote, according to CWB Chicago. Murphy said that Foxx's office, the second-largest prosecutor's office in the country, which oversees the city of Chicago, has been "hemorrhaging talent" over the past few years, leaving the rest of those working there "overworked, overstressed, and under-resourced." Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. (Teresa Crawford/AP) Murphy added that he first started contemplating leaving...
    (The Center Square) – There could be a criminal case filed in the alleged workers’ compensation fraud case fraught with political implications that allegedly includes Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. A spokesperson for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul told The Center Square late Wednesday evening in an email that allegations of workers comp fraud against Jenny Thornley were sent to the appellate prosecutor’s office, the same entity handling a separate criminal case filed late last year in Sangamon County alleging overtime fraud. “The Attorney General’s office moved the [overtime] case forward by referring allegations of theft and forgery to the State Appellate Prosecutor’s office, and criminal charges are pending against Ms. Thornley as a result,” Raoul press secretary Annie Thompson said. “Just as we referred the theft and forgery allegations, we have referred allegations that Ms. Thornley committed workers compensation fraud to the appellate prosecutor’s office. Our understanding is the matter is under review by that office.” Messages to the Appellate Prosecutor's Office were not returned. Following investigations over overtime...
    A 35-year-old man from Egg Harbor Township has been charged in connection with the distribution of child abuse images and videos via SnapChat, authorities said. William Roman Jr., was arrested without incident, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office  The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a referral of inappropriate content distributed on the social media application SnapChat. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor Detectives to identify Roman and additional videos of child sexual exploitation in his possession, the prosecutor said. Roman is charged with second-degree offenses surrounding the possession and distribution of child abuse images via a social messaging service. Roman was also charged with third-degree possession of child abuse images. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Egg Harbor Township Police Department. Roman was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/and provide information by filling...
    A Pennsylvania man admitted traveling to New Jersey for what he thought would be sex with a 14-year-old partner, federal authorities said. Quentin Anthony Blount, 29, of Easton, was one of a dozen men nabbed in an undercover roundup of accused predators who investigators said trolled social media for what would be the statutory rape of underage girls and boys. He took a deal from the government rather than risk trial, pleading guilty on Thursday to traveling with the intent to engage in sex. Blount, like the other defendants, virtually hooked up with what he thought was an underage teen after spotting what was a bogus social media profile, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. He was actually communicating with an undercover investigator, part of a joint operation of federal authorities and their colleagues from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and local police departments. "After an extensive conversation with the undercover officer, Blount agreed to pay in order to have sex with the minor," Sellinger said Thursday. He then traveled to an arranged meeting location in Somerset County, where he...
    A Maryland delegate is facing charges of abusing his office and misusing state funds, according to top prosecutor Charlton Howard III announced. In Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Richard K. Impallaria, Maryland State Delegate representing District 7, was charged with multiple counts of misconduct in office, felony theft, and embezzlement, prosecutors announced on Wednesday, July 27. It is alleged that Impallaria facilitated rental payments from the General Assembly to his personal landlord by using state funding for a “district office” that was actually a building outside of his district. The building was used to store Impallaria's personal items, according to prosecutors, and it was next door to his own personal cottage, which shared the same landlords, who received, on average, double the amount of rent for his “district office" than any other buildings in the area. During the same month the General Assembly began paying rent on the office, and after 10 years of monthly rent payments, Impallaria allegedly then stopped paying rent on the cottage, which he maintained. In total, between July 2012 and the end of May...
    A 20-year-old Lakewood man was driving drunk at 90 mph when he crashed head-on killing a passenger in the other car, authorities said. On Wednesday, July 27, Mordechai Berkowitz, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and assault by auto in a fatal crash that occurred on July 22, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.  The crash resulted in the death of Juana Lopez-Hernandez, 44, a citizen of Mexico.  Berkowitz also was charged with the motor vehicle offenses of driving while intoxicated, speeding, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane, Billhimer said. On July 22, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Lakewood police responded to South Lake Drive and East Lake Park Drive for a report of a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. Subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department determined that a 2018 Chevrolet Impala - operated by Berkowitz - was headed eastbound on South Lake Drive when it crossed over the double yellow and collided head-on with a 2017 Toyota Rav4, operated by Maria Flores-Moreno, 35, of Jackson, and occupied by front-seat passenger Lopez-Hernandez. Flores-Moreno...
    A school resource officer who shot and wounded a Kansas high school student after the student shot him four times won’t face charges because he believed his life was in danger, a prosecutor announced Friday. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said school resource officer Erik Clark shot Jaylon Elmore at Olathe East High School after Elmore shot him four times inside an assistant principal’s office on March 4. An assistant principal, Kaleb Stoppel, was shot and wounded during the exchange, “most likely” by two bullets fired by Clark, Howe said in a report. Clark and Stoppel were released from the hospital the same day. Elmore was hospitalized for weeks before he was jailed on $1 million bond on an attempted capital murder charge. He pleaded not guilty. “(Clark) believed that he was going to die when Jaylon Elmore drew a handgun and began firing at him,” Howe said in the release. “He watched the muzzle flashes and felt the bullets impact his body. This was a sudden burst of deadly violence without provocation.” According to the report,...
    An apparent murder-suicide is being investigated in Cape May County, authorities said. Thursday morning, July 21, the Middle Township police responded to a residence on West Atlantic Avenue to check the well being of the occupants. Police found two deceased individuals, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department.  Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and the Middle Township Police Department are conducting an investigation. Sutherland said, "This tragic incident was not a random act of violence but appears to have been a murder/suicide."  More information will be released once it is developed and autopsies have been completed by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, the prosecutor said. Sutherland urges anyone who may have information regarding this death investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Prosecutor’s Office Anonymous tip system by visiting cmcpo.tips from any computer tablet or smart phone.
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. decided it was too risky to indict former President Donald Trump and was hung up on the idea he might lose the case, according to the special prosecutor who quit the team earlier this year. “He and the new team were focused on the risk that we could lose the case,” said Mark Pomerantz, who quit in protest in February and finally spoke openly about the case on The Cutting Edge, a podcast hosted by Columbia Law School professor John C. Coffee Jr. and U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Pomerantz, a former New York prosecutor who came out of retirement to join the case at the request of previous Manhattan district attorney, Cy Vance. But he and the other top prosecutor on the team, Carey Dunne, both resigned when Bragg wouldn’t finish what his predecessor started. The DA’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast. On the podcast, Pomerantz wondered aloud if the new DA just wasn’t ready to be inundated with a flood of evidence...
    A 30-year-old man from Ocean County has been indicted in connection with the death of his 6-year-old son, authorities said. Christopher Gregor, of Monroe Township, was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Ocean County on a murder charge in connection with the death on April 2, 2021, at Southern Ocean Medical Center in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, authorities said. The mother had said she tried to protect her son against her husband. She identified the child as Corey Micciolo.  Gregor was also indicted on a child endangerment charge, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. On April 3, 2021, a post-mortem examination was performed by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, and it was determined that the boy sustained injuries due to blunt force trauma.  In the course of investigating the child’s death, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad, and Barnegat Township Police Department, discovered evidence that revealed that Gregor had committed acts of abuse against the child in Barnegat Township on March 20, 2021.  On March 9, 2022, Gregor was taken into custody by...
    A 21-year-old man from South Jersey is accused of sharing more than 1,000 child pornography images via social media, authorities said.. William K. Edson, of Mays Landing, was arrested on Monday, July 18, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a referral of inappropriate content distributed on the social media messaging and chat application identified as KIK. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor detectives to identify Edson and determine he distributed more than 1,000 images and videos of child sexual exploitation, they said. Edson was arrested and charged with possession and distribution child abuse images via a social messaging service, they said. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Hamilton Township Police Department. Edson was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/ and provide information by filling out...
    A 21-year-old man from South Jersey is accused of sharing more than 1,000 child pornography images via social media, authorities said.. William K. Edson, of Mays Landing, was arrested on Monday, July 18, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a referral of inappropriate content distributed on the social media messaging and chat application identified as KIK. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor detectives to identify Edson and determine he distributed more than 1,000 images and videos of child sexual exploitation, they said. Edson was arrested and charged with possession and distribution child abuse images via a social messaging service, they said. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Hamilton Township Police Department. Edson was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/ and provide information by filling out...
    A 39-year-old Atlantic City man has admitted beating a puppy to death, authorities said. On Friday, July 15, Gary Moore entered a guilty plea to animal cruelty in the death of a 7-pound Yorkshire Terrier puppy named Mommas.  Authorities with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office say Moore stuffed the puppy's body between a mattress and box spring. Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26. On January 7, 2020, Atlantic City police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a very emotionally upset woman who came home to find the body of her deceased puppy, authorities said. Detective Malik Tolbert, one of the officers who responded to the call, entered the victim’s apartment to find her hysterical. She told police she came home from work and could not find her Yorkshire Terrier puppy, Mommas. She continued to look for the dog and eventually found the body of Mommas stuffed between the mattress and box spring of her bed. Mommas was deceased, her body badly beaten. It was determined by forensic experts, that Mommas had suffered fatal blunt force trauma. Following...
    A 63-year-old man from South Jersey has been charged with possessing and distributing more than 1,000 images of child pornography, authorities said. This investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), CyberTip, according to Acting Cape May County Prosecutor Saverio Carroccia and Middle Township Police Chief Chris Leusner. As a result of this investigation, a warranted search was made on Friday, July 15, at a residence on Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House by members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, New Jersey State Police (ICAC), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Middle Township Police Department. Multiple computers and mobile devices at the residence were seized as evidence. It was determined that the suspect, Ronald Curll, was not home at the time of the search, the prosecutor said. Curll was ultimately located on Monday, July 18, in Rio Grande, the prosecutor said. Curll was charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography. Curll was then processed and placed in the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending court proceedings.  This investigation is part of the...
    A 30-year-old man was charged after providing Fentanyl to a man who later overdosed at a Morris County hotel and died, authorities announced. John P. Rowe, of Budd Lake, was charged with first-degree strict liability for drug-induced death, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said in a joint release alongside local officials. Officers responding to a report of an unresponsive male at the Mount Olive Days Inn hotel found the 19-year-old victim — identified only as “G.B.” — unconscious on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, Carroll said. The victim was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead the following day. The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office found his cause of death to be fentanyl toxicity. A follow-up investigation found that Rowe sold the victim fentanyl in Morristown two days prior to his death, Carroll said. Rowe was previously charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, conspiring to distribute drugs, and possession of drugs, authorities said. Rowe was being detained in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings in accordance with bail reform. Anyone with additional information about this...
    A 20-year-old Egg Harbor Township fugitive has been charged with murder in connection with a February shooting in Somers Point, authorities said. It is alleged that Tyreek Crawford shot and killed Joshua Hannah in the Somers Point Village Apartments at 50 Mays Landing Road, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Crawford has not been arrested. He is currently a fugitive and wanted for murder, the prosecutor said. Two weapons charges have also been filed against Crawford related to the shooting. On Feb. 10, 2022, at approximately 8:27 p.m., Somers Point police responded to a 9-1-1 call for a shooting within the complex.  Police found Hannah suffering from a gunshot wound. Hannah was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  Anyone with information on this matter – or the location of Tyreek Crawford – is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/ and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the “Submit a Tip” page. Crime Stoppers: People can also call...
    By Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg The Biden administration is vetting Ismail “Izzy” Ramsey to serve as the top federal prosecutor in San Francisco, an office that tackles high-profile crime in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, according to people familiar with the matter. Ramsey, a Harvard-trained former prosecutor turned criminal defense lawyer, is undergoing background checks ahead of his nomination as US Attorney for Northern California, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the choice ahead of a public announcement. The position also requires Senate approval. The San Francisco office’s recent victories include the convictions of Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and former President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani in separate fraud trials over the collapse of the startup. Ramsey, who worked at the office from 1999 to 2003, was recommended to the post by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. If approved, he would join other Black men who have held the post, including Cecil Poole in the 1960s and Billy Hunter in the 1970s. Ramsey didn’t respond to messages seeking comment, nor did the White House....
    A third family member has died as a result of a weekend crash on Route 9, authorities said.  A vehicle struck from behind in Freehold Township carried a couple and their 21-year-old son from Marlboro. The parents, Masoud B. Salib, 61, and his wife, Hanaa I. Salib, 52, died on Sunday, July 3. Their 21-year-old son, Mark M. Salib, who was driving a Honda CR-V, died of his injuries on Tuesday afternoon, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. They are survived by another son. The crash was on Sunday, July 3 at 1:28 p.m. on Route 9 South in Freehold Township. The subsequent investigation revealed that a 2019 Lexus NX, driven by a 74-year-old female from Manalapan, was traveling south on Route 9, when the vehicle side-swiped a 2015 black Lexus RX350, and then side-swiped a white 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, before rear-ending a 2017 black Honda CR-V. The black Honda CR-V then rear-ended a 2009 purple Scion TC. The driver of the Lexus was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Other drivers and passengers sought medical attention for minor injuries. The crash remains under...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s progressive prosecutor could be tossed from office like his counterpart in San Francisco after opponents on Wednesday said they would submit more than enough signatures to qualify for an election to recall District Attorney George Gascón, who they say is soft on crime. The campaign spent about $8 million to gather 717,000 signatures they planned to deliver by truck to the Los Angeles Registrar for verification. Even if 20% of signatures are invalidated, which has been typical in California recall efforts, the number would still exceed the required 567,000. That figure reflects 10% of the registered voters in the nation’s most populated county. Tim Lineberger, a spokesman for the recall campaign, said the signature gathering was the hardest part of the campaign. “I wouldn’t say it’s in the bag or we’ll be complacent, but as far as public opinion is concerned, George Gascón is toast,” he said. If certified, the election would be the latest in a string of recall elections in California that have mostly targeted progressives in a state known for...
    A 24-year-old man was shot to death in Salem City, authorities said. Marquise Coleman, of Salem, was killed near Miller and Carpenter streets shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, according to  Salem County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey. Coleman was taken to Salem Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Telsey said. Telsey, Salem City Chief of Police John Pelura and Salem County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Detectives James Gillespie ask for cooperation from anyone with knowledge of this incident. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Salem City Police Department at 856-935-0033 or Salem County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Johnathan Seidel at 856-935-7510, ext. 8333.
    A 21-year-old man was killed and a 22-year-old woman hurt by knife-wielding suspect in what sources say may have been a love triangle. Jason Khusial was found around 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 at 186 McAdoo Ave., and pronounced dead about 15 minutes later, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The 22-year-old female victim suffered a serious stab wound around 6:40 a.m. at 196 Clinton Ave., and rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where she remained Wednesday in stable condition, Suarez said. Sources say Khusial was believed to have been dating the female victim, and drove himself to the McAdoo Avenue address after he was stabbed. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case.  No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip. All information will be kept confidential.
    A 21-year-old man was killed and a 22-year-old woman hurt by knife-wielding suspect in what sources say may have been a long triangle. Jason Khusial was found around 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 at 186 McAdoo Ave., and pronounced dead about 15 minutes later, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The 22-year-old female victim suffered a serious stab wound around 6:40 a.m. at 196 Clinton Ave., and rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where she remained Wednesday in stable condition, Suarez said. Sources say Khusial was believed to have been dating the female victim, and drove himself to the McAdoo Avenue address after he was stabbed. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case.  No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip. All information will be kept confidential.
    A 58-year-old stabbing suspect was hospitalized after being shot by police responding to the incident in Hudson County July Fourth, police said. Jesus Suazo hurt the victim during an argument before police were flagged down on 23rd Street and Bergenline Avenue in Union City around 7:50 p.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. An officer fired his service weapon during the encounter, striking Suazo, who was hospitalized and in stable condition as of Wednesday, Suarez said. The victim wounded by Suazo suffered non life-threatening injuries, police said. Suazo was charged with aggravated assault and related weapons offenses. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team and Public Integrity Unit immediately notified the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General of the use of force by police, pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4.  The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office has been designated the independent investigator for this officer involved shooting and is investigating the incident in accordance with guidelines set forth by the NJOAG. The investigation in this matter, including the use of force by police, remains active and ongoing. At this time,...
    A laboratory manufacturing the illegal narcotic ecstasy (MDMA) was discovered on a Belgian NATO base that houses nuclear weapons, with two people arrested in the case, according to prosecutors. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office of the Belgian province of Limburg stated that the two people arrested were not employees of the NATO military base and were released after being questioned. “On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the local police of the Kempen discovered a synthetic drugs laboratory, located on the military domain (NATO) in Peer,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement, French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The prosecutor’s office added that the drugs lab “was dismantled by the specialized services of the Federal Police, in collaboration with the National Institute of Criminology (NICC) and the Civil Protection.” According to Le Figaro, the location of the base is an area popular with drug traffickers as it lies between Antwerp and the German Ruhr area. Hundreds of British troops have been barred from NATO deployment after video emerged of orgies with a civilian woman at a military barracks. https://t.co/NXqjyfReAn — Breitbart...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor’s office said Friday that it won’t move forward with a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his refusal to release his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last year. The Austin-based Travis County district attorney’s office said in a letter that it wouldn’t sue because journalists who had requested Paxton’s records didn’t want to testify in court because they might have to reveal their sources, The Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle reported. The district attorney’s office told Paxton in January that he had violated the state’s open record laws and that he must remedy the issue or face a lawsuit. Paxton’s office denied any violations and rejected the demand. Maria Reeve, executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, said, “We were encouraged that the district attorney agreed that Paxton’s office violated the law. We hoped that those facts would be sufficient for a lawsuit to proceed — and that our reporters would not need to testify.” The district...
    A 38-year-old Seaside Heights man broke into a victim's home and stabbed him multiple times, authorities said. Porfirio Serrano-Cruz's 39-year-old victim was flown to  Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with stab wounds to his arms, chest, abdomen and groin after the 5:15 a.m. incident on Thursday, June 30, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. The victim was in critical condition, Billhimer said, while Serrano-Cruz was charged with attempted murder, weapons offenses and possession of Clonazepam without a prescription. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Seaside Park Police Department, Seaside Heights Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit assisted.
    A 21-year-old Central Jersey man was arrested on child porn charges, authorities said. Kevin Roman-Quinones, of Perth Amboy, had more than 1,000 child pornography files, some of which he manufactured, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. He was arrested Thursday, June 30, and charged with second-degree possession of child pornography (over 1000 files), and first-degree manufacturing child pornography.  Roman-Quinones was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court. The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lojek of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-5924 or Detective Hueston of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4268.
    A 24-year-old Hudson County man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 4- and 7-year-old boy, in the presence of other children, authorities said. The state has filed a detention motion for Antonio Yat Pop, whose hearing is scheduled for July 5, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The crimes occurred at a home in West New York on Tuesday, June 28, Suarez said. He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City and remanded to the Hudson County Jail. . Prosecutor Suarez credited the Special Victims Unit and West New York Police Department with the investigation and arrest. Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234. 
    A South Jersey man who was shot by police last month has been charged with several weapons offenses, authorities said. Jalial Whitted, 37 of Absecon was charged in connection with a May 24 standoff with police in the 700 block of New Road in Absecon, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Review of video surveillance showed Whitted displayed a gun inside the store, causing the employees to flee outside. While still inside the store Whitted discharged at least one round, the prosecutor said. The interaction between Whitted and responding police from Absecon and Pleasantville resulted in Whitted suffering gunshot wounds. This is subject to Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office review Whitted was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.  As per New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines, the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) was notified on the day of incident. The DCJ has designated the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office as the Independent Investigative Unit for the shooting with the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability acting as the Independent Supervisory Reviewer. Anyone with information about serious crimes are...
    (CNN)A mother in Detroit has been charged with murder after the body of her 3-year-old son was found in a freezer Friday, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.The child's mother, Azuradee France, 31, was also charged by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy with first-degree child abuse, torture and concealing a death, which are all felonies, officials said.France was arraigned Sunday and pleaded not guilty, the prosecutor's office told CNN.The child's body was discovered early Friday after police officers responded to the home to conduct a wellness check, Detroit Police Chief James White said at a news conference Friday. The officers found the child's body decomposing in a freezer, White said.Investigators said they are unsure at this point how long the child's body was in the freezer or when or how he may have died. The medical examiner's office ruled the boy's death a homicide, police said.Read More"The alleged facts in this case have astounded even the seriously jaded," Worthy said in a statement.Five other children who lived in the house were checked at a hospital and were being placed...
    (CNN) — The Michigan prosecutor reviewing the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya, a Black man who was killed by a White Grand Rapids police officer following a struggle during a traffic stop in April, announced Thursday that he examined the officer’s intent and actions before charging him with one count of second-degree murder. Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Becker announced that the charge is a felony offense that is punishable with up to life in prison with the possibility of parole. READ MORE: 1-Year-Old Boy Dies After Babysitter's Alleged Abuse In Roseville“The elements of second-degree murder are relatively simple,” Becker said during a news conference Thursday. “First, there was a death, a death done by the defendant. Then when the killing occurred, the defendant had one of these three states of mind: an intent to kill, an intent to do great bodily harm, or an intent to do an act that the natural tendency of that would be to cause death or great bodily harm.” Another factor considered, Becker added, was that the death was not justified or excused by self-defense. “Taking...
    QUITO (AP) — Ecuador’s defense minister warned Tuesday the country’s democracy was at risk as Indigenous protesters attacked the prosecutor’s office and demonstrations against the government and rising fuel prices turned increasingly violent in Quito. Ecuador’s capital was virtually paralyzed amid increasing signs of food and fuel shortages and reports of clashes between Indigenous protesters and police. In the morning, protesters punctured the wheels of buses, forcing passengers to walk. In a national broadcast, Defense Minister Luis Lara said the military was watching events with concern amid the “manipulation of social protests and the growth in violence by those who have rejected dialogue.” Lara said that “these actions go beyond a citizen protest; this amounts to a deliberate effort to use violence to threaten democracy, endanger institutions.” The violence marked an escalation of protests that began eight days earlier, when the powerful Indigenous Nationalities Confederation called for an indefinite strike to press its demands that President Guillermo Lasso cut fuel prices, put price controls on agricultural products and increase the education budget, among other issues. Images in local...
    A 26-year-old man from Egg Harbor City has been charged in connection with the distribution of child abuse images and videos via a social messaging application, authorities said. Patrick W. Daly was arrested without incident and was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received multiple referrals of inappropriate content distributed on the social media application KIK.  A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives to identify Daly and locate more than 1000 images and videos of child sexual exploitation in his possession, according to the prosecutor. He was served with three charges surrounding the possession and distribution of child abuse images via a social messaging service, the prosecutor said. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Galloway Township Police Department and the Ocean City Police Department.
    ROME—Police in the southern Italian city of Brindisi say the British woman who has accused Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis of brutal rape has injuries consistent with her allegations. “I was raped for days,” the woman told investigating prosecutor Antonio Negro, according to a summary of the arrest document relayed to The Daily Beast. “We were supposed to work together, but instead he raped me from Sunday evening to Wednesday.” The woman, who Negro’s office says holds a British passport, was left last Wednesday before dawn by the actor outside the Brindisi airport in the province of Puglia, which sits at the heel of Italy’s boot, according to her testimony to police. She says she did not have an airline ticket, but that he gave her money to buy one when the airport opened, according to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office says the woman was discovered cowering in a corner of the small airport by a flight attendant who immediately alerted authorities. “She was destroyed,” the attendant told police, according to the initial investigative document. “She spoke...
    Loudoun County, Virginia, prosecutor Buta Biberaj — a George Soros-funded leftist — in an extraordinarily rare move was removed from a criminal case by a judge for “deliberately misleading the Court and the public” in an attempt to “sell” a plea deal. Biberaj is also under fire from Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R), who said she “care[s] more about criminals” than communities. Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James Plowman, who was Biberaj’s predecessor, handed down an order removing Biberaj and her entire office from the case and has appointed the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to serve as the prosecuting team instead. “The Commonwealth is deliberately misleading the Court, and the public, in an effort to ‘sell’ the plea agreement for some reason that has yet to be explained,” Plowman wrote. “Biberaj and the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is hereby REMOVED AND DISQUALIFIED from further prosecution as counsel of record in this matter.” Fox 5 D.C. reports the judge’s decision was one that “some seasoned attorneys and prosecutors say they have never seen in their career.” The case...
    SWEDESBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Harrison Township police are investigating a commercial accident involving an explosion that left 1 person dead at Timberlane Welding on Wednesday. The incident happened in the area of Swedesboro and Tomlin Station Roads around 10:45 a.m. The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says 47-year-old Bruce A. Cheeseman, of Cedarville, New Jersey, died in the explosion. Police say the area has been contained and there is no danger to the public at this time, but they are asking people to avoid the area if possible. OSHA, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, the Fire Marshal’s Office and Harrison Township police are investigating. The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and Fire Marshall are also involved in the investigation.
    Plowman recused himself from the case "unless the parties agree otherwise," WTTG said, adding that he ordered the Fauquier Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to prosecute the case instead.What's the deal with this prosecutor?The station said Biberaj has been criticized previously — including by former employees — for how she's handling cases and running her office. One former prosecutor speaking on the condition of anonymity because of continued work in the legal field complained to WTTG of being "pushed to bond people out in domestic violence cases" and that Biberaj "pushes to let people out, generally." Criminal indictments in the Loudoun County have fallen 67 percent since Biberaj was elected in 2020, the station said, citing county circuit court data, adding that there were 681 indictments in 2019 compared to 225 in 2021. What's more, the family of a woman murdered last year said the system failed her after her husband was freed following his arrest on assault, strangulation, and abduction charges, WTTG said. Community corrections advised holding Peter Lollobrigido, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office agreed to his release on an unsecured...