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Child Porn Wasn't The Only Disturbing Footage Found On Perth Amboy Man's Cell Phone, Cops Say Child Porn Wasn't The Only Disturbing Footage Found On Perth Amboy Man's Cell Phone, Cops Say
Child Porn Wasn't The Only Disturbing Footage Found On Perth Amboy Man's Cell Phone, Cops Say Detectives made disturbing discoveries on one New Jersey man's electronic devices following a cyber tip, the prosecutor's office said. Osbourne Daubon, 19, of Perth Amboy, became the center of an investigation when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) told investigators that he might have child pornography on his phone, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. In addition to child pornography, a forensic examination also turned up numerous videos of Daubon on the streets of Perth Amboy exposing himself to juveniles and women, Ciccone said alongsi…
Man On FBI's 'Most Wanted' List Since Violent 2009 Woodbridge Robbery Captured In CA Man On FBI's 'Most Wanted' List Since Violent 2009 Woodbridge Robbery Captured In CA
Man On FBI's 'Most Wanted' List Since Violent 2009 Woodbridge Robbery Captured In CA A man who has been on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list for a 2009 armed robbery of a New Jersey restaurant has been captured in California. Kofi Edwards, 51, was arrested without incident in Sacramento, CA following a tip from the public, the FBI's Newark Central Jersey Safe Streets Task Force announced. FBI Newark had offered up to $10,000 leading to Edward’s arrest and will pay out the reward. On March 17, 2009, Edwards and several others allegedly went into a Woodbridge restaurant, using a weapon to rob the business and tie up three people.  Edwards was charged with Hob…
Hours-Long Old Bridge Standoff Ends In Knife-Wielding Man's Arrest, Prosecutor Says Hours-Long Old Bridge Standoff Ends In Knife-Wielding Man's Arrest, Prosecutor Says
Hours-Long Old Bridge Standoff Ends In Knife-Wielding Man's Arrest, Prosecutor Says A 49-year-old man has been arrested after an hours-long standoff with police in Old Bridge, authorities said. Officers responding to reports of a disturbance were met by Giovanni Chiarappa, who was wielding a knife outside of a home on Pensacola Street around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Old Bridge Police Chief Thomas J. Montagna said. Authorities tried to deescalate the situation, but Chiarappa had retreated into the home. After hours of negotiations with Chiarappa, the incident ended peacefully, and Chiarappa walked out of the home witho…
Food Deliveryman Heard Perth Amboy Man Berating Grandmother Before He Beat Her Dead: Affidavit Food Deliveryman Heard Perth Amboy Man Berating Grandmother Before He Beat Her Dead: Affidavit
Food Deliveryman Heard Perth Amboy Man Berating Grandmother Before He Beat Her Dead: Affidavit The 35-year-old man accused of beating his grandmother to death in Middlesex County was "inconsistent and disoriented" in his statement to police and had bruises on his swollen hands, authorities said. Raymond T. Maldonado, of Perth Amboy, has been charged with murder in connection with the Sunday, June 30 death of Awilda Verrette, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone previously said. Maldonado, who had lived in his grandmother's attic, also is charged with violating a restraining order, she said. Verrette, 80, was found unresponsive in a State Street home by a relative ar…
Man, 34, Violates Restraining Order, Killed Grandmother, 80, In Perth Amboy: Officials (UPDATE) Man, 34, Violates Restraining Order, Killed Grandmother, 80, In Perth Amboy: Officials (UPDATE)
Man, 34, Violates Restraining Order, Killed Grandmother, 80, In Perth Amboy: Officials (Update) A 34-year-old man has been charged with violating a restraining order and killing his grandmother in Middlesex County, authorities said. Raymond Maldonado, of Perth Amboy, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Awilda Verrette, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. Verrette, 80, was found unresponsive in a State Street home by a relative around 1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 30, according to Ciccone and Perth Amboy Police Chief Lawrence Cattano. An investigation conducted by Detective Jeremy Harris of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Detective Jose …
DWI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Central Jersey Crash: Prosecutor DWI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Central Jersey Crash: Prosecutor
DWI Driver Sentenced In Fatal Central Jersey Crash: Prosecutor A 21-year-old man from Old Bridge has been sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash, authorities said. James Cannici was sentenced on Friday, June 14 in connection with the fatal crash that occurred at about 11:20 p.m. on July 16, 2023, when he drove the wrong way on Route 18 in Old Bridge, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. Florence Akoma, 45, of Sayreville, a passenger in a Honda Accord involved in the three-car crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda Accord sustained seriou…
DUI Driver Sentenced In NJ Turnpike Crash That Killed Philadelphia Passenger: Prosecutor DUI Driver Sentenced In NJ Turnpike Crash That Killed Philadelphia Passenger: Prosecutor
DUI Driver Sentenced In NJ Turnpike Crash That Killed Philadelphia Passenger: Prosecutor A 32-year-old driver from Philadelphia has been sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a crash that killed his passenger in Edison, authorities said. Yvenson Louis, 32, was sentenced on June 12 in connection with the fatal crash that occurred on March 27, 2023, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. At approximately 2:40 a.m., New Jersey State Police responded to the southbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike at mile marker 87.5. Troopers found two vehicles, a 2012 Dodge Journey that had struck the rear of a 2019 Vo…
Video Shows Arrest Of Out-Of-State Suspect In Deadly Double-Shooting In Carteret (DETAILS) Video Shows Arrest Of Out-Of-State Suspect In Deadly Double-Shooting In Carteret (DETAILS)
Video Shows Arrest Of Out-Of-State Suspect In Deadly Double-Shooting In Carteret (Details) A 19-year-old man from Washington state has been charged in connection with a shooting that left one woman dead and another in critical condition in Carteret, authorities said. Video shared by A.D. Pauro shows Gaurav Gill, of Kent, WA — identified by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone — being taken into custody Wednesday, June 12 in the yard of a Carteret home, following a shooting that left a 29-year-old woman dead and another critical. Arrest Made in Carteret Double Shooting Carteret, New Jersey - Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a... Posted by A.D. Pauro o…
Homicide Suspect Killed By Police Officers At Woodbridge Hotel, AG Says Homicide Suspect Killed By Police Officers At Woodbridge Hotel, AG Says
Homicide Suspect Killed By Police Officers At Woodbridge Hotel, AG Says Two police officers are recovering from injuries after being shot overnight at a hotel in Woodbridge while attempting to track down a homicide suspect. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene, according to New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. The two injured officers were from the Woodbridge Police Department and New York City Police Department, Platkin said. More details from the incident were expected to be released later on Thursday, June 13. "This incident is another reminder that our law enforcement officers risk their lives daily to keep our communities safe," Platki…
2 Females Shot, 1 Dead In Carteret; Suspect Caught, Prosecutor Says (UPDATED) 2 Females Shot, 1 Dead In Carteret; Suspect Caught, Prosecutor Says (UPDATED)
2 Females Shot, 1 Dead In Carteret; Suspect Caught, Prosecutor Says (Updated) Authorities have released additional information in the double shooting Wednesday, June 12 in Carteret. Two females were found having suffered gunshot wounds on Roosevelt Avenue around 9 a.m., and were airlifted to area hospitals, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Carteret Police Chief Dennis McFadden said. As of 2:30 p.m., one victim had died and the other remains critical, Ciccone and McFadden said. As of 4:20 p.m., a suspect was in custody, the prosecutor said, and there was no longer a threat to the community. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective …
Double Carteret Shooting: What We Know Double Carteret Shooting: What We Know
2 Flown In Carteret Shooting Two people were flown to the hospital after being shot in Carteret Wednesday morning, June 12, officials said. The incident happened outside of a Roosevelt Avenue home around 9 a.m., Mayor Dan Reiman said. UPDATE: 2 Females Shot, 1 Dead In Carteret; Suspect Sought, Police Say Carteret Police, mutual aid and other emergency services were on scene as of press time.  Out of an abundance of caution, Minue School located a half-mile away from the incident was locked down, Reiman noted. Further Updates will be provided by the CPD and Middlesex County Prosecutors office as they b…
Undercover Sting Nabs NJ Creeps Seeking Sex With Kids Online, Prosecutor Says Undercover Sting Nabs NJ Creeps Seeking Sex With Kids Online, Prosecutor Says
Undercover Sting Nabs NJ Creeps Seeking Sex With Kids Online, Prosecutor Says An undercover operation targeted toward people trying to lure children into sexual activity online has led to the arrests of four men, authorities in Middlesex County said. "Operation Cruel Summer" is a multi-agency sting between the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, US Secret Service, Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, and various local police departments. The charges were announced by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, who said four men were arrested between June 3 and June 6, 2024. The underage “children” that the perpetrators were speaking with were, in fact, underco…
Driver Killed In Sayreville Crash Driver Killed In Sayreville Crash
Driver Killed In Sayreville Crash A driver was killed in a Saturday, June 8 crash in Sayreville, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 12:15 a.m. on Cheesequake Road, according to New Jersey State Police fatal crash data. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said Sayreville police were not immediately available for more details. 
Central Jersey Man Sentenced In Fatal Hit-Run Crash Central Jersey Man Sentenced In Fatal Hit-Run Crash
Central Jersey Man Sentenced In Fatal Hit-Run Crash A 23-year-old man from Woodbridge has been sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash, authorities said. Antonio Rivera was sentenced on Monday, June 3 in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on August 31, 2023, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. At 5:40 p.m. that day, Woodbridge Police responded to the intersection of Woodbridge Center Drive and Plaza Drive following the report of hit and run.  Police found the victim, Kristen Bruschi, 45, of Fords who was struck by a black Ford Mustang while she …
Woman, 31, Killed, 5 Hospitalized In Route 9 Muscle Car Crash In Old Bridge, Prosecutor Says Woman, 31, Killed, 5 Hospitalized In Route 9 Muscle Car Crash In Old Bridge, Prosecutor Says
1 Dead, 5 Hospitalized In Route 9 Crash One woman was killed and five others hospitalized in a multi-vehicle Route 9 crash overnight, authorities in Middlesex County said. Old Bridge officers responding to Route 9 and Ferry Road found a wrecked Ford Mustang with four occupants and a BMW with two occupants around 1:05 a.m. Sunday, June 2, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. All four of the Mustang's occupants were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment, and were in stable condition as of press time. The driver of the BMW was taken to RWJUH in critical condition while the passenger, Krist…
2-Year-Old Boy Dies Days After Near-Drowning In South Plainfield: Prosecutor 2-Year-Old Boy Dies Days After Near-Drowning In South Plainfield: Prosecutor
2-Year-Old Boy Dies Days After Near-Drowning In South Plainfield: Prosecutor The two-year-old boy who was in critical condition after nearly drowning succumbed to his injuries on Friday, May 31, authorities said. On Tuesday, May 28, at approximately 7:40 p.m., South Plainfield police received a 911 call reporting that a child was found in the pool and wasn’t breathing.  Upon their arrival, authorities performed CPR on the two-year-old and transported him to JFK Hospital. The victim was transferred to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he remained in critical condition until he was pronounced dead on Friday. The drowning comes days after…
2-Year-Old Boy Nearly Drowns In South Plainfield Pool: Prosecutor 2-Year-Old Boy Nearly Drowns In South Plainfield Pool: Prosecutor
Boy Nearly Drowns In South Plainfield A 2-year-old boy remains in critical condition after nearly drowning in a pool in South Plainfield, authorities said. On Tuesday, May 28, at approximately 7:36 p.m.., South Plainfield Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a child was found in the pool and wasn’t breathing, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities performed CPR on the boy and took him to JFK Hospital where he has remained in critical condition, the prosecutor said on Wednesday afternoon, May 29. The incident is being reviewed by Detective Craig Magnani of the …
4-Year-Old Boy Drowns In North Brunswick Pool, Prosecutor Says 4-Year-Old Boy Drowns In North Brunswick Pool, Prosecutor Says
4-Year-Old Boy Drowns In North Brunswick Pool, Prosecutor Says Police are investigating the drowning of a boy in a Central Jersey town over Memorial Day Weekend. The 4-year-old was found lifeless in a residential pool in North Brunswick around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and North Brunswick Police Chief Joseph Battaglia said. Upon their arrival, authorities performed CPR on the boy, who was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Ciccone said. The incident is being investigated by Detective John Hanrahan of the North Brunswick Police Department who…
DUI Driver Charged In Hit-Run Crash With Pedestrian In New Brunswick: Prosecutor DUI Driver Charged In Hit-Run Crash With Pedestrian In New Brunswick: Prosecutor
DUI Driver Charged In New Brunswick Crash A 31-year-old man from Central Jersey was driving under the influence when he fled the scene of a pedestrian crash, authorities said. Abel Bustos-Medel, 31, of New Brunswick, was charged with assault by auto, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI in the crash, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Vincent Sabo of the New Brunswick Police Department. On Monday, May 20, at approximately 1:25 a.m., New Brunswick police responded to 100 Jersey Ave. for a pedestrian hit and run.  Police found a man, 25, of New Brunswick, who sustained serious&…
Unlicensed Teenage Driver Sentenced In Fatal North Brunswick Crash: Prosecutor Unlicensed Teenage Driver Sentenced In Fatal North Brunswick Crash: Prosecutor
Fatal Crash Prison Manuel Centeno-Rodriguez An unlicensed teenage driver was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a rear-end crash that killed a 69-year-old New Brunswick man. Manuel Centeno-Rodriguez, 18, of North Brunswick, was sentenced on Friday, May 3, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Joesph Battaglia of the North Brunswick Police Department. On March 18, Centeno-Rodriguez pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and two counts of fourth-degree assault by auto. On Dec. 19, 2023, at approximately 6:30 a.m., North Brunswick police responded to Rout…
Retired Police Officer Killed, Another Victim Burned In South River Home Explosion (UPDATE) Retired Police Officer Killed, Another Victim Burned In South River Home Explosion (UPDATE)
Kevin Gilbert South River Home Explosion A retired Newark police officer died and another victim was severely burned in a South River home explosion, officials tell Daily Voice. Kevin Gilbert, a 26-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, died in the mysterious explosion around 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, South River Mayor Peter Guindi tells Daily Voice.  Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim suffered burns over 90 percent of his body and was transferred from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to St. Barnabas Hospital, according to Guindi. Guidni said it wasn't immediately clear how the two v…
Second Deadly Explosion In Two Days: 1 Killed, 1 Seriously Hurt In South River, Prosecutor Says Second Deadly Explosion In Two Days: 1 Killed, 1 Seriously Hurt In South River, Prosecutor Says
South River Explosion Kills Kevin Gilbert The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating its second deadly explosion in two days. The incident on Continental Court in South River was reported just after 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. There, two male victims had sustained serious injuries. ALSO SEE: Officer Severely Burned, Retired Cop Dad Killed In NJ Home Explosion  According to Ciccone, Kevin Gilbert, 62, was killed while the second was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with serious injuries. An investigation into the cause of the explosion…
South River Worker Killed, 4 Hurt In Explosion At Old Bridge Manufacturing Company (UPDATE) South River Worker Killed, 4 Hurt In Explosion At Old Bridge Manufacturing Company (UPDATE)
Superior Signal Fire Old Bridge Explosion A fiery explosion left one woman dead and four others hurt at a manufacturing company in Old Bridge on Wednesday, May 1, authorities said. Eileen Marco, 73, of South River, was killed at the scene of the explosion at Superior Signal Company, LLC in Old Bridge at approximately 11:20 a.m., Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. Four other people were injured. Photos from the scene show medical choppers landing at Veteran's Field, located nearby to transport two of the victims with serious injuries. The other two victims were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, …
Blood Trail From Second Floor To Sidewalk Left By Perth Amboy Stabbing Victim: Police Papers Blood Trail From Second Floor To Sidewalk Left By Perth Amboy Stabbing Victim: Police Papers
Luis Alberto Serrano Diaz Perth Amboy Stabbing Jason Torres Newly-obtained documents paint a harrowing picture of a deadly New Jersey stabbing. Jason Torres, 32, left a trail of blood from the second floor of the home where he was stabbed to the sidewalk near Smith and Maple streets in Perth Amboy at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, according to the affidavit for probable cause. The exact address of the stabbing was redacted from police documents, but says surveillance video shows two people leaving the side door of the address and two people leaving the front door, including the victim, before the 911 calls were placed. Jason Torres was…
Stabbing Suspect Killed Someone He Knew In Perth Amboy: Prosecutor Stabbing Suspect Killed Someone He Knew In Perth Amboy: Prosecutor
Luis Alberto Serrano Diaz Perth Amboy Stabbing Jason Torres A 24-year-old Perth Amboy man has been arrested for fatally stabbing a 32-year-old man he knew, authorities said. Luis Alberto Serrano Diaz has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses in connection with the death on Sunday, April 28, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Lawrence Cattano of the Perth Amboy Police Department said. At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, police responded to Smith Street and Maple Street in Perth Amboy for a stabbing.  Police found Jason Torres, of Perth Amboy, who had multiple stab wounds and had co…
Cops ID Perth Amboy Man, 32, Stabbed Dead Cops ID Perth Amboy Man, 32, Stabbed Dead
Perth Amboy Fatal Stabbing Jason Torres A 32-year-old man from Perth Amboy was stabbed to death Sunday, April 28, authorities said. Jason Torres was found collapsed at about 9 p.m. at Smith and Maple streets in Perth Amboy, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Lawrence Cattano of the Perth Amboy Police Department. Torres was taken to Hackensack Merdian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, they said. Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to call Detective Jose Santiago of the Perth Amboy Police…
Fatal Stabbing Reported In Perth Amboy: Prosecutor Fatal Stabbing Reported In Perth Amboy: Prosecutor
Fatal Stabbing Perth Amboy There was a fatal stabbing Sunday night, April 28 in Perth Amboy, authorities said. The stabbing occurred near Smith and Maple streets, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed. UPDATE: Police ID Man, 32, Stabbed Dead In Perth Amboy An office spokeswoman said Monday, April 29 that a press statement was being prepared and was waiting on notification of next of kin. Perth Amboy local scoop posted video on Facebook of the crime scene. 
Former Carteret Middle School Teacher Sexually Assaulted Student: Prosecutor Former Carteret Middle School Teacher Sexually Assaulted Student: Prosecutor
Jeffrey Munguia Sexual Assault Carteret Teacher A 32-year-old former teacher from North Bergen has been charged with sexually assaulting a student at Carteret Middle School, authorities said. Jeffrey Munguia was also charged on Wednesday, April 24 with endangering the welfare of a child, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Carterest Police Chief Dennis McFadden.  The investigation revealed that Munguia was the victim’s teacher at Carteret Middle School when the incident occurred in 2022, they said. He was arrested without incident on Wednesday. The investigation is active and continuing. An…
GOTCHA! Federal, State Team Seize Local Man, 24, In Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism GOTCHA! Federal, State Team Seize Local Man, 24, In Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism
Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism Islamophobia Jacob Beacher UPDATE: An elite law enforcement team captured a 24-year-old local man on Monday who authorities said broke in and trashed the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick earlier this month. Jacob Beacher was due for an initial afternoon appearance on federal hate crime charges in U.S. District Court in Newark on April 22. Beacher broke into the CILRU shortly after 2:30 a.m. April 10 and did an estimated $40,000 worth of damage, state and federal authorities said. It was during the Eid-al-Fitr -- the Islamic holiday commemorating the end of sunrise-to-dusk fasting during…
Elizabeth Driver Charged In Route 35 Sayreville Crash That Killed Passenger Elizabeth Driver Charged In Route 35 Sayreville Crash That Killed Passenger
Brandon Witkowski Zion Jackson A 26-year-old driver from Union County has been charged with vehicular homicide in a Sayreville crash that killed one of his passengers, authorities said. Brandon Witkowski, of Elizabeth, was charged Thursday, April 18, in the Route 35 crash that killed Zion Jackson, 24, of Keansburg, last fall, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. On Oct. 28, 2023, at 5 a.m., authorities responded to Route 35 South in the vicinity of Fred’s Bait and Tackle Shop, following the report of a fatal crash. Police found a 2009 Acura TL that had rolled over onto two parked vehic…
Camden County Man Convicted In Decade-Old Central Jersey Rape Case Camden County Man Convicted In Decade-Old Central Jersey Rape Case
Danny McEaddy Sexual Assault A 40-year-old man from Camden County has been convicted for rape during a home invasion break-in nearly 10 years ago, authorities said. Danny McEaddy, of Sicklerville, was found guilty by a jury on Thursday, April 18, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. On Sept. 21, 2014, a female reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown male who had unlawfully forced his way into her apartment in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge Township.  Based on the DNA analysis of biological samples found at the crime scene, McEaddy was identified as the man who s…