Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Catherine Hetmanski's husband jumped from the roof of Rahway Hospital in 2002 while he was under the hospital's care. The NJ Supreme Court won't hear her case. She wants help in changing their minds.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 made an indelible impact on Americans. For Catherine Hetmanski, it made her a widow. Her husband, Fred, didn't die at the World Trade Center that day. In fact, he wasn't even in New York City, although he and his wife could see the burning Twin Towers from the deck of their Carteret home. Fred Hetmanski died a little more than a year later, and not just from the severe depression which caused Catherine to have him admitted to a local hospital. Catherine believed he was safe all the while he was in the hospital. Even to the moment when he was left unattended, climbed to the roof of the building, and jumped. After the 9/11 terror attacks, Catherine's world changed. Her husband "thought the world …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Middlesex County Sheriff's Officer Lawrence Madigan has been suspended without pay and charged with simple assaulting of a woman and filing a false report against her.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has announced that a Middlesex County Sheriff's Office has been suspended without pay and charged with simple assault and filing a false report against a Perth Amboy woman. Lawrence Madigan, 51, of Jamesburg was charged Wednesday with submitting a false report, false swearing and tampering with public records, all third and fourth degree offenses, according to a press release from the Prosecutor's Office. He also was charged with filing a false report and simple assault of the woman, both of which are disorderly persons offenses. The charges stem from an incident on Aug. 1 in which the 38-year-old woman was at Family Court in New Brunswick, where Madigan was on patrol. According to the release, the …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem allegedly threw his infant daughter to her death by throwing her off a bridge into the Raritan River.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Opening arguments will begin Wednesday in the murder trial of a Galloway man accused of throwing his infant daughter into the Raritan River. Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, 24, is accused of throwing his daughter, Zara, from the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway on Feb. 16, 2010. Arguments will begin after 9 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz in New Brunswick. Abdur-Raheem is charged with murder, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. He is also charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly attacking the baby’s maternal grandmother and striking her with his vehicle while abducting the infant from the grandmother’s apartment in East Orange. Abdur-Raheem has been jailed on more than $2 …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Doreen Longo wonders when Woodbridge will join them.
Last week, Brick Township's council joined Point Pleasant in passing an ordinance that prohibits the retail sale of dogs and cats inside their borders. Doreen Longo said she was glad to see that some towns in New Jersey are taking the controversial step to discourage live trafficking in companion animals, many of which are purchased from Pennsylvania 'puppy mills' and come to their new owners, sick and diseased. "But not Woodbridge," Longo said. "Woodbridge will never ban the sale of poor puppies and kittens. Longo should know. The dog lover, who hails from Toms River, has been in and out of court in Woodbridge and New Brunswick, the county seat, ever since she purchased a German Shepherd puppy last year from an Avenel pet store. The …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The former PBA Local 165 president and former union delegate allegedly used union credit cards for personal purchases.
Charges were filed today against the former president of Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officers’ Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 165 and a former state delegate for the union, who were both accused of using union credit cards to make unauthorized purchases. Paul Lucarelli, 46, of South River, who is the former president of PBA Local 165, and Mark Papi, 57, of Edison, who is a former state PBA union delegate representing PBA Local 165, were both charged with third-degree theft by unlawful taking. Lucarelli and Papi are accused of spending in excess of $500 on airplane flights for their significant others to attend the national PBA convention, hotel rooms for Lucarelli and a guest, and fireworks, according to the Attorney …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Alleged mobster Frank DiMattina, the owner of the Rahway Ave. banquet hall, faces up to 7 years in prison for forcing a rival to withdraw a bid at gunpoint.
The owner of a Woodbridge banquet hall who is being sentenced today on extortion charges, sought leniency from the court by showing off a 'good citizen' award he won from a police group. Frank DiMattina, tagged by federal prosecutors as a member of the Genovese crime family, is the owner of Ariana's Grand on Rahway Avenue. He was convicted in January of forcing a rival on a Staten Island school lunch contract to withdraw his bid at gunpoint, according to the NY Daily News. Less than three weeks after the conviction, DiMattina was given an 'honored citizen award' from the New Jersey Honor Legion, an organization of 6,000 law enforcement members, for help he's given to fire, police, and EMS groups. The New Jersey Honor Legion's website is …
Monday, March 19, 2012
James Downey, a Woodbridge resident who served as an alternate juror on the webcam spy case, didn't think anti-gay bias was proven.
A Woodbridge resident who served as an alternate juror on the Dharun Ravi trial said he wouldn't have voted to convict the former Rutgers student of anti-gay bias in the use of a secret webcam that led to the suicide of Ravi's gay roommate. “The rest of the charges I’m kind of up in the air about, but as far as the bias charges, there’s no way I would have come back guilty on any of them,” James Downey told The Record Saturday. Ravi, who was born in India, may face deportation in the future. As for now, the jury convicted him on 15 counts of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, and most grueling, bias intimidation. Unbenowst to his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, Ravi had used a webcam to record Clementi's activities with another man in …