Three men charged with armed robbery spree

NEWARK, NJ — Three Union County men have been charged with robbing liquor stores in Middlesex, Union and Essex counties at gunpoint in November 2018, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Feb. 21 press release. Paul Jimenez, 29; Jaime Fontanez, 41; and Vincent Chan-Guillen, 28, all of Elizabeth, are charged by complaint with one […]

Ohio man admits to armed robbery of Orange store

ORANGE, NJ — An Ohio man admitted on Feb. 7 that he robbed a mobile communications company retail store in Orange at gunpoint in June 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Frederick A. White, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of […]

Crips member sentenced to 35 years for murder, attempted murder

NEWARK, NJ — A member of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips was sentenced Dec. 7 to 35 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy that included a double murder, a separate attempted murder and conspiring to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Ahmad Manley, aka “Fresh” and “Moddy G,” 32, […]

2 Iranian men indicted for deploying ransomware to extort hospitals and municipalities

NEWARK, NJ — An indictment returned by a federal grand jury was unsealed Nov. 28 in Newark, charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, announced U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the district of […]

Drug supplier to violent street gang admits drug trafficking

Drug supplier to violent street gang admits drug trafficking

NEWARK, NJ — On Nov. 14, a long-time drug supplier to members and associates of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute kilograms of heroin, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Hanee Cureton, aka “City” and “Fat Boy,” 34, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox […]

Montclair man charged with murder captured in Cuba

Montclair man charged with murder captured in Cuba

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Nov. 7 that James R. Ray III, 55, of Montclair, has been captured in Cuba and returned to New Jersey to face murder charges for fatally shooting Angela M. Bledsoe, 44, also of Montclair. “Today we have […]

Know how to report voting irregularities, abuses or frauds

Know how to report voting irregularities, abuses or frauds

NEWARK, NJ — U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Oct. 31 that senior trial counsel Allen B.K. Urgent will lead the office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 6 general election. Urgent, senior trial counsel Mark McCarren and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel Vidoni have been appointed to serve […]

Irvington commended for crime reduction statistics

Irvington commended for crime reduction statistics

IRVINGTON, NJ — When the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its 2017 compilation of crime statistics and Irvington Township ranked 20th in the nation for crime reduction, the Municipal Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, commending the Police Division, Public Safety Department Director Tracy Bowers and Mayor Tony Vauss’ […]

District of NJ announces progress with Project Safe Neighborhoods

District of NJ announces progress with Project Safe Neighborhoods

NEWARK, NJ — One year ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has made the centerpiece of the department’s violent crime reduction strategy, according to an Oct. 1 press release from the U.S Attorney’s District of New Jersey Office. PSN is an […]

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