Thursday, May 2, 2013
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…
Monday, February 4, 2013
UPDATED: State police and Liberty Corner volunteers responded to crash on I-78 eastbound early Monday morning.
State police responded to the report of a crash on I-78 eastbound in Bernards Township early Monday morning, and ended up charging the driver with an offense of driving under the influence, according to state police records. The driver was a male but was not identified, according to the preliminary report. The crash took place at milepost 33.1, the report said. The report said that blood was drawn, and the driver charged with a DUI. There was no mention of the extent of injuries, although state police said no one was killed in the crash. The Liberty Corner Fire Co. and First Aid Squad also responded to the accident scene, said Liberty Corner Fire Chief Marc Friedman. Friedman said the accident involved a car and truck and the truck was …
Monday, September 17, 2012
NJSP denied request for public records, stating basic policies are exempt from Open Public Records Act.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed suit against the New Jersey State Police for denying a request for public records detailing its promotion policies. This is the second time this summer that the ACLU-NJ has legally challenged the state for lack of transparency regarding public records. The ACLU-NJ filed the lawsuit on behalf of Richard Rivera, who requested the documents on behalf of the Civil Rights Protection Project of the Latino Leadership Alliance. “The state police is operating in virtual secrecy with no accountability to the public it serves,” said Rivera. “The public has an interest and a right to know what types of policies determine why some officers get promoted, including whether those policies favor …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Attorney General's Office says troopers allegedly altered plates in high-speed escort.
Two New Jersey state troopers accused of leading a high-speed escort on the Garden State Parkway for a fleet of luxury cars have been criminally charged, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced. The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) received complaints regarding the March 2012 caravan to Atlantic City, and the troopers were subsequently suspended without pay in April. In a press conference in Trenton on Friday, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said the troopers who conducted the unauthorized escort "turned our highway into a virtual speedway." "What they did was absolutely wrong," he said. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice into the incident found that the troopers, Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, and Trooper…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Pair has been suspended since April while Attorney General's Office conducts investigation into high-speed escort.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
The two state troopers allegedly involved in a high-speed luxury car escort down the Garden State Parkway in March could be criminally charged Friday and one of the troopers has resigned, according to NJ.com. New Jersey State Police Sgt. Nadir Nassry and Joseph Ventrella were suspended without pay in April, the Attorney General's Office has said. Ventrella was a member of the force for six years and was assigned to the Troop B Tactical Patrol Unit. Nassry, 47, of Phillipsburg, was a trooper of 25 years and was assigned to Totowa Station. NJ.com reported Thursday that the suspended troopers could face third- or fourth-degree criminal charges after they were allegedly caught on video camera escorting luxury cars to Atlantic City at a high …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Michelle Obama among those who attend service for Preston 'Jay' Fairlamb Jr.
Preston "Jay" Fairlamb Jr., by the accounts of those who knew him, was a big man with an even bigger heart. His reach even stretched to the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama was among those who attended the visitation service Tuesday at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church for the 64-year-old Butler man who died in a motorcycle accident in Hardyston last month. While the White House Communications Office did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday, Nancy Regg, media and public relations director for Rolling Thunder, confirmed Obama's appearance at the service. "I was there when she came in," she said. "She was there for five minutes, said her condolences to [Fairlamb's wife] and left." Friends of Fairlamb's said that while …