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Union County Burglary Charges May be Coming

Recent reports have been circulating regarding almost 30 incidents of burglary in Union County. The burglaries are believed to be related and the responsibility of an organized enterprise. Participants ring the doorbell to a home while accomplices approach from the rear. If no one answers the door, the thieves break through and burglarize the property. The majority of the burglary cases arise in Westfield, Berkeley Heights, and Mountainside. Thousands of dollars in theft losses are claimed. The law governing Burglary Charges in Union County is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. It... Read More»

Linden NJ Robbery Results in Injuries

While purse snatchings are common in major cities, I usually do not connect the City of Linden with such a robbery. The exception was the case earlier in the week when a young man knocked a Union County woman to the ground to steal her purse. The woman was initially successful in escaping the theft but the assailant ran her down and slapped her in the face causing her to fall to the ground. The thief made off with the purse and has yet to be apprehended. In accordance with... Read More»

Union County DWI Task Force & Kenilworth Initiating Crackdown

From August 21 through September 7, sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in Union County as part of the "Over the Limit - Under Arrest" campaign.  The first roadblock has been scheduled by Union County and the Kenilworth Police and shall be conducted on August 27, 2009. The roadblock shall be positioned at the interection of Kenilworth Boulevard and Michigan Avenue and shall run from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Roadblocks and DWI checkpoints are actually much more common than many people know. Notwithstanding, the odds of someone encountering one is... Read More»

Union County Drug Distribution Arrest Unsuccessful

For months now, the Union County Prosecutors Office and police throughout the County have been attempting to apprehend a reputed drug dealer. The suspect is alleged to be a kingpin in a cocaine distribution and trafficking ring based out of Elizabeth. He is also believed to be a high level member of the "Bloods". The defendant has a long history with the law. The pending charges involve RICO, maintaining a cocaine drug production facility, distribution of CDS and numerous weapons offenses. His bail is set at $5,000,000 but efforts to... Read More»

Elizabeth NJ Man in Possession of $8.0 Million in Heroin

We read about sizable drug possession busts all the time that involve Union County. Well, there was certainly a sizable one last Friday. In this regard, a Union County man from Elizabeth was charged with possession of between $8,000,000 and $10,000,000 of heroin. The arrest is believed to be the largest seizure of pure heroin (i.e. was not cut for distribution) in related County history. Possession with Intent to Distribute is a First Degree Offense when it involves 5.0 ounces or more of Heroin. These charges undoubtedly carry a First... Read More»

Union Correction Officer Arrested for Conspiracy

If you have been reading the newspapers lately, you probably have seen an article or two concerning prisoners who have come into possession of cell phones.  This is apparently a significant problem for the Union County Correctional Institute and other jails around the state. The issue is not only the mobile telephones themselves but also the fact that it is claimed that many convicts are using them to continue criminal activities within Union County and elsewhere. The heat was so high on this issue that a state corrections officer from... Read More»

Man Arrested in Cranford Carjacking

Approximately one month ago, a woman from Rahway had an unexpected encounter at Diary Queen in Cranford. As she existed her vehicle, a young man pushed her aside and stole her vehicle. The suspect fled the scene and the vehicle was later recovered in Newark. The Cranford Police were able to make an arrest last week. The defendant is a 18 year old man from Newark. He was apprehended at a Fairfield hotel with the assistance of the Fairfield Police Department. The man has been charged with carjacking and bail... Read More»

DWI Penalties in New Jersey

Driving While Intoxicated is a prime target of law enforcement throughout New Jersey.  The State even provides special funding for DWI enforcement in Union County and the municipal police departments within its borders. It may not therefore come as a surprise that approximately 3,000 drinking and driving complaints including DWI, DUI and Refusal to Submit a Breath Sample, were issued in the County of Union last year. The municipalities at the top of the county rankings for DWI arrests are Linden, Union, and Elizabeth.  If you or a loved one... Read More»

Arrested for Car Burglaries in Union County

One of the more  common varieties of burglary is a car break-in. This can be confusing as lay people often equate burglary with home invasion. This is not the case in actuality as the unauthorized entry into any "structure" for purposes of committing a crime suffices. The law considers a car to be a structure for purposes of the burglary statute - N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. A good example of how this law functions occurred this week in Summit.  In this regard, a Newark man was charged with burglary and theft for... Read More»

Union County Jail Escapee Was Assisted

A convict from the Union County jail escaped from custody earlier this summer. The defendant was apparently working outside of the jail on a garbage detail and decided to run. The correction officer(s) were unable to stop him but he was later apprehended in Newark. It now turns out that he may have been assisted in the escape. The Union County Prosecutors Office filed formal charges against an uncle of the escapee earlier this week.  The gentleman is charged with conspiracy and aiding an escape. He is being held at... Read More»