Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Five New York women were arrested in raid conducted by plainclothes police officers after receiving complaints of alleged prostitution, officials said.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest of 5 Queens, N.Y. women on alleged prostitution charges Tuesday, May 14, but were unable to discuss the case in detail Wednesday, citing the continuing investigation. The five women were arrested from four different massage parlors all located in close proximity on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. Police also seized approximately $2,400 in the raid, which was conducted by plainclothes officers, said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit. Arrested were: Yu Lanni, 42, at Zen Massage and Therapy, Neilan Xu, 49, at Spa Oasis, Xianyu Jin, 40, at Angel Spa, Jaeryeong Kimnam, 45, at Michelle Nails & Spa and Fenyu Piao, 41. …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Five Queens, N.Y. women arrested after investigation by Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Cedar Grove police and other agencies.
Raids of four Cedar Grove massage parlors Tuesday led to the arrest of five Queens women on prostitution charges, authorities said. An investigation began in early spring after complaints arose about workers allegedly engaging in prostitution, officials at the prosecutor’s office and Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet announced late Tuesday night. Detectives from the Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic county prosecutor’s offices – working with detectives from Cedar Grove and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office - raided Zen Massage and Therapy, 908-B1 Pompton Ave., Spa Oasis, 412 Pompton Ave., Angel Spa, 569B Pompton Ave. and Michelle Nails & Spa 1064 Pompton Ave., acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said in a statement…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Disbarred attorney Matthew Kirnan of Ramsey receives 7-year jail sentence for stealing $750,000 in mortgage, inheritance funds from clients.
Former Verona mayor Matthew Kirnan, a West Caldwell lawyer who bilked three clients of $750,000, was sentenced Monday by a Superior Court judge in Newark. Officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson handed down a seven-year prison sentence to the disbarred Ramsey resident. The judge noted Kirnan had previously been arrested by the FBI for filing fraudulent IRS documents and was on one-year probation for practicing law under false impression in Bergen County. Between 2009 and 2010, Kirnan took money belonging to two clients that was supposed to be used to pay their outstanding mortgages and another client that was to help pay inheritance taxes. Instead of depositing the money in his attorney …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber says Marie Trusits was struck by a car while crossing Bloomfield Avenue at dusk.
[UPDATED 4:30 p.m. Wednesday] A 54-year-old Verona woman killed Tuesday night while crossing Bloomfield Avenue in Verona did not cross in a crosswalk, according to Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber. Marie Trusits was struck by the car at 8:45 p.m. near 370 Bloomfield Ave., Huber said, adding she crossed the street as "it was getting dark." The weather was clear at the time of the accident, he said. Trusits was transported to University Hospital in Newark and pronounced dead. No charges have been filed in the incident and the investigation is continuing. This is a breaking news story. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Disbarred Attorney Matthew Kirnan admits he stole $750,000 in mortgage, inheritance funds from clients.
The former mayor of Verona, Matthew Kirnan, has pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 from three clients, officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. Kirnan, 52, a disbarred lawyer, pleaded guilty on Monday before state Superior Court Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson. Between 2009 and 2010, he took money belonging to two clients that was supposed to be used to pay their outstanding mortgages and another client that was to help pay inheritance taxes. Kirnan had a law firm in West Caldwell and practiced real estate law. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal that may require him to spend seven years in prison. “This defendant was a trusted attorney and a respected member of the community, who used that trust to take …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Act of animal cruelty stemmed from argument over parking spot.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A Newark woman who is accused of fatally throwing her neighbor's dog into the oncoming traffic during an argument over a parking spot was indicted on four counts Wednesday, authorities said. Haniyyah Barnes, 25, was indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on charges of second degree burglary, third degree animal cruelty, third degree theft and third degree criminal mischief, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. In August 2011, Barnes allegedly forced her way into her neighbor's home and threatened and assaulted the neighbor over a parking space. When her neighbor's 2-year-old Shih Tzu named Honey Bey ran into the room and barked at her, she grabbed the dog by the throat, ran outside and threw it into oncoming traffic where it …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Members of Essex County Prosecutor's Office visit with middle school students to discuss cyberbullying, stranger danger and sexting.
Members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office visited Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell earlier this week to present “The Internet Child Protection and Internet Safety Program.” Lieutenant Richard Gould and Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Freier of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office addressed the middle schoolers during two morning assemblies designed to teach children how to protect themselves from cyberbulling and use the Internet safely. Gould, who works in the county’s Cyber Crimes Unit, told the students law enforcement is able to retrieve deleted information from not just computers, but also tablets, phones and video game boxes. “Once you post something or send a picture, it’s there forever,” he said. Gould warned students …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Morristown shooting began seven-month investigation into drug, gang and weapons activity.
Seventy law enforcement officers from four counties arrested 24 individuals Friday morning in a drug, gang and weapons sweep that began with an investigation into an attempted murder in Morristown last fall. Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi considered the bust "the largest in Morris County history." Bianchi detailed the police action at a press conference Saturday at the Morris County administration building surrounded by representatives of the crime task force that worked on the case, including prosecutor’s offices from Warren, Essex and Union counties, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Park Police, and 14 municipalities, including 11 from Morris County. The investigation began following an Oct. 8, 2011 shooting on Abbett …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Ania Marcinkiewicz held on $300,000 bail for allegedly fracturing eight-week-old daughter's skull.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A 35-year-old Cedar Grove woman was arrested after she allegedly fractured the skull of her eight-week-old baby girl, officials with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Cedar Grove police officials said. Ania Marcinkiewicz was charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly assaulted her eight-week-old baby girl in her Cedar Grove home sometime between March 22 and March 23 resulting in a fractured skull and other injuries to the child. Marcinkiewicz was also cited for failing to obtain medical attention for the baby after the incident, officials said. She is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $300,…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Jose Luis Rivera's arrest appears to contradict media reports that the Bloomfield businessman's death was carried out by mafia hitman “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli, who afterward committed suicide in a N.J. hotel room
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Special Agent in Charge Michael Ward of the FBI have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the homicide of Bloomfield business owner Joseph Rossi, Sr. Rossi, 58, of Verona, was found shot to death on February 24 at his Floyd Avenue business, an arcade company called Phoenix Amusements. According to a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office at approximately 5:40 pm Friday evening, detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force and special agents of the FBI arrested Jose Luis Rivera, age 48, of Plainfield, N.J., on Friday morning. Rivera has been charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons charges. Rivera has been lodged in the Essex County …