Thursday, May 23, 2013
Grace Park will replace outgoing Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.
A former federal prosecutor will replace outgoing Prosecutor Theodore Romankow as Union County's Acting Prosecutor effective June 17, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced Thursday. Grace Park, of Westfield, who spent several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, will take over for longtime Union County Prosecutor Romankow who announced his resignation earlier this month after serving in the role for more than 10 years. "I am confident that Grace Park will do an outstanding job of leading the effort to bring criminals to justice and protect the residents of Union County, Chiesa said. "Having worked with her at the U.S. Attorney's Office, I know that she is an intelligent, energetic and capable lawyer, and will be extremely …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The infant that Michael Bell Jr., 34, is accused of attacking remains in grave condition at Robert Wood University Hospital.
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Monday, May 13
The following press releases were received from the Union County Prosecutor's Office. Update, May 11 Michael Bell Jr. , 34, was arrested Saturday night in Newark while attempting to flee the state via bus, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. The Union County Homicide Task Force, New Jersey Transit Police Department, and the Amtrak Police Department arrested Bell near Penn Station following a cooperative effort. Bell was transported to the Union County Jail and ordered held without bail by Superior Court Judge Robert Mega. The infant that Bell is accused of attacking remains in grave condition at Robert Wood University Hospital. More information will be released as it becomes available. Original Release, May 10 The Union County …
Monday, May 6, 2013
More than 300 officers from 125 municipalities from all over the state attended a seminar to train them on the signs of autism.
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Monday, May 6
Following an in-depth training session that educated more than 300 law enforcement officers from more than 125 municipalities across the state on recognizing signs of autism, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has purchased and distributed an instructional video for additional training to all those who attended the session recently held in Elizabeth. The video, created by nationally renowned autism/law enforcement trainer Dennis Debbaudt of Port St. Lucie, Florida, details numerous scenarios that people diagnosed across the autism spectrum could produce, and ways that officers and first responders can best react. “The Center for Disease Control predicts that 1 in 49 births in New Jersey will result in a child diagnosed with an autism …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The following arrest information was provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office. It does not indicate a conviction.
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Sunday, April 7
This release was provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office. A former Plainfield resident who fled to Honduras in June 2012 shortly after it was discovered that he had impregnated a 13-year-old girl, was arrested last night in Texas after he attempted to re-enter the country, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Israel Romero, 39, was arrested Tuesday night as he tried to cross into Texas from Mexico, said Romankow. Authorities believe he had been in Honduras since fleeing the country in June 2012 after it was revealed that he had sexually assaulted a female victim first when the girl was 12-years-old and then again after she turned 13-years-old. The assaults took place at his home and were discovered after the victim …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Nearly 300 local, county and federal officers gathered at Union County College in Cranford to learn to effectively communication with those who have autism.
The Centers for Disease Control predicts that one in 49 births in New Jersey will result in a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Subsequently, the chances of a law enforcement official encountering someone in the field with the disorder is significant and could present problems for those not properly trained to deal with such individuals. That's where Dennis Debbaudt comes in. A renowned author and internationally acclaimed autism instructor, Debbaudt spoke to an assembly of nearly 300 law enforcement officials from Union County and more than 100 other local, state and federal agencies during a special day-long training session at Union County College in Cranford Monday. The focus of the training — which was coordinated by …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Police say Lee Toucheque, 62, claimed he had information about the woman that he would release if she did not make a $10,000 donation to his organization.
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Monday, February 18
This release was received from the Union County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities arrested a Hillside, N.J. man earlier today and charged him with 3RD Degree Theft by Extortion, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Members of the Union County Prosecutor's Office were contacted by a Berkeley Heights, N.J. woman earlier this month, who said a man had called her residence and claimed that he had information of a criminal nature against her son. The caller, later identified as Lee Toucheque DOB: 3/31/1950 of Hillside, claimed to be acting on behalf of the alleged victim's family and said that they would not contact the authorities if the woman made a $10,000 donation to a non-profit organization. After ending the initial call…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Union County Prosecutor's Office recently announced that Jennalin M. Garcia-Calle, 28, was arrested following an investigation.
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Monday, January 28
A Plainfield High School teacher was arrested on January 24 and charged with 2nd Sexual Assault and 4th Degree Child Abuse, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and Plainfield Police Division Director Martin Hellwig. The teacher, Jennalin M. Garcia-Calle, DOB: 7/5/1984 of Piscataway, NJ was charged on January 22, 2013 following an investigation that revealed she engaged in a criminal sexual relationship with student at the school. The investigation revealed that the teacher began the relationship with the student in December 2012. Authorities were notified after the victim told a family member about the relationship. Garcia-Calle was arrested in Davie, Florida by members of the US Marshal Service. She is being held in …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Union County Prosecutor's Office arrested a 23-year-old in connection with a murder that took place in 2011.
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Thursday, January 10
On Wednesday the Union County Prosecutor's Office arrested 23-year-old Eugene Cady aka "FU" a Rollin 30's Crip and charged him with the Aug. 21, 2011 murder of Kason Wilson. Wilson was shot and killed in the area of 913 Union St. in the City of Linden, New Jersey, said Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. According to the investigation Wilson was a member of the G-Shine Bloods and his death was the result of warring rival gangs. Cady's bail was set by Judge Stuart Peim at $1 million. He was arrested while in jail on an unrelated gun conviction. He was transported to the Union County Jail and will have a first appearance in the coming days. These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed …
Cyrus Fakroddin, known for walking his goat around Summit, Manhattan, is being held on $250,000 bail. An investigation is being conducted by Summit Police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Summit resident Cyrus Fakroddin was arrested and charged Wednesday with first Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault against a person who was physically helpless and is being held in Union County Jail on $250,000 bail, according to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office. Fakroddin, who is most known for walking his goat, Cocoa, around Summit and Manhattan, was arrested by members of the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Summit Police Department without incident, according to the release. According to the investigation, Fakroddin encountered a mentally and physically incapacitated 19-year-old woman in Manhattan during the early morning hours of Nov. 17, 2012, said Albert Cernadas, Jr, Union County First Assistant …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Abelino Mazariego, 47, was beaten in Promenade Park in July, 2010 and died from his injuries. Three young men, two from Summit, will be sentenced on Mar. 8, 2013.
Three young men charged in 2010 with the death of Abelino Mazariego, a 47-year-old Summit resident, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the case, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. According to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the young men who pled guilty before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim are: According to the release, Fitzgerald was previously charged as a minor. However, he was waived to adult court on Jan. 13, 2011. Under the terms of the pleas each man accepted, Fitzgerald faces 18 years in prison while Dumas and Williams-Clark each face 15 years in prison, according to the release. Sentencing is scheduled for Mar. 8, 2013. During a July 30, 2011 press conference, Romankow said …