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Volume 10       Number 4                                                                                October 2007

                                    Message From The Prosecutor
                                Twenty years ago, the          and assistant prosecutors and the victim advocate
                            late Prosecutor John H.            who work in our Domestic Violence Unit know so
                            Stamler      instituted     a      well, the most dangerous time is when the victim
                            countywide policy requiring        leaves the abusive relationship.
                            any person who committed               If you have questions or concerns about a case,
                            an act of violence against a       proper protocol or handling of domestic violence
                            spouse or person living with       cases, reach out for Assistant Prosecutor Susan
                            them to appear before a            Gleason or any of the members of her staff at the
                            Superior Court Judge in order      numbers provided on the back of each edition of The
                            to decide if any firearms          Newsletter.
                            could be sold off to a dealer          With the help of every local department, they
                            or returned with conditions        develop evidence for court to prosecute violations of
  Theodore J. Romankow      such as anger management           restraining orders and handle all the forfeiture
                                                               hearings where dangerous guns are often seized for
 counseling, installation of triggerlocks or other safety      safekeeping and then forfeited. They also provide
 concerns. That policy was quickly expanded statewide          advice and guidance where needed and work with
 and is still a powerful part of our Domestic Violence         the staff of Project Protect at our countywide shelter
 statute in New Jersey.                                        on a regular basis.
      The law, among the toughest in the nation,                   Once again, I salute you for your intervention
 specifies situations where police must make arrests           efforts when it comes to preventing domestic abuse,
 where there are signs of injury and where the courts          holding the offenders accountable and doing all in
 must take specific actions to protect victims. Across our     our power to protect and serve each victim. Not just
 nation this month, those who protect victims such as          in October, but 24/7/365.
 police officers and the staff from our battered women’s                                     Theodore J. Romankow
 shelter are joining forces to promote awareness and
 recognize those who tirelessly serve. October is
 Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I am pausing                             Donate a Phone.
 to salute you, the more than 2000 law enforcement
 officers who protect and serve our citizens when it
                                                                                 Because what’s
 comes to these domestic dangers in the home.                                     useless to you,
      The FBI reports that a woman is battered every 12
 seconds across America, and family violence is the                           is priceless to her.
 number one cause of emergency room visits by
 women. The officers also recognize that children
 witnessing domestic violence have a far greater
 chance of becoming domestic violence victims or                     The “Call To Protect” countywide effort
 abusers.
                                                                    by citizens and law enforcement is putting
      This household violence is a pattern of coercive
                                                                  cellular phones with programmed call minutes
 domination and control based on or supported by
 violence and emotional manipulation. Typical forms of           in the hands of crime victims and those at-risk.
 violence include name calling, degrading and                               Urge your local residents to
 humiliating the victim in front of others, interrupting the       recycle their newer model cell phones with
 victim’s sleep, leaving a weapon nearby for the victim                  the Victim Witness Advocacy Unit.
 to see, controlling all access to money and isolating the                Drop off boxes are located at the
 victim from friends and family. And, as the detectives                   Union County Police Department.
                                                                                      In This Issue
ALERT.....................................................................................................................................................................................................    2

Special Prosecutions Unit: The Best Way To Get Your Investigation Onto The Right Track......................................................                                                                 5

The Union County Grand Jury: A Practical Primer for Police Officers.........................................................................................                                                  8

Achieving and Maintaining Proper Fitness: A Guide for the Law Enforcement Officer............................................................... 11

Crime Stoppers of Union County.......................................................................................................................................................... 13

Terrorism / Domestic Homeland Security TIPS Hotline..................................................................................................................                                        13

Recent Legislation................................................................................................................................................................................ 14

Gang Hotline Phone Number............................................................................................................................................................... 14

Summary of Recent Cases................................................................................................................................................................... 15

Roll Call!................................................................................................................................................................................................. 17

Honoring Union County’s Fallen Officers........................................................................................................................................... 23


                                                                            ALERT!!!
                          Weapons we wish were not manufactured or so readily available to the general public
                         and other dangers you should be aware of. Be Warned...Be Careful...Be Safe!
                                                    SHOTGUN DISGUISED AS WORKING FLASHLIGHT
                                                                The ARES Defense Systems Company
                                                             is currently selling a working Mag-Light
                                                             flashlight, called “The Companion,” which is
                                                             actually a .410 shotgun. The weapon
                                                             works by removing a safety pin, which
                                                             allows the bullet to be fired by a spring
                                                             loaded firing pin. The projectile exits
                                                             through the end cap.
                                                                This weapon can be purchased on the
                                                             Internet. It is also available in the Mini-Mag
                                                             size which fires a .380 round.



                                                             Submitted by
                                                             Deputy Chief Gregory
                                                             Clay, Union County
                                                             Prosecutor’s Office


                            NEW STUDENT DRUG CRAZE REPORTED: “STRAWBERRY POP ROCKS”
An Internet warning about cautioning children to beware of sweetened and
flavored forms of methamphetamine which has “popped up” (pun intended) has
some foundation in truth, according to www.snopes.com (Urban Legends). The
substance was first found in Nevada, during a search of a gang member’s
apartment in January 2007. DEA agents also report colored meth being found
in eight other states. The subject of this particular email warns of a strawberry
colored meth” aka “Strawberry Quick,” which resembles rock candy or Pop
Rocks and smells like strawberry, being circulated in schools and results in
students ending up in the emergency room in a “dire condition.” Although the
email touts that other flavors are available, including chocolate, peanut butter,
cola, cherry, grape and orange flavors, this claim is still unsubstantiated, as are
the additional details of the email. The good news, snopes reports, is that
methamphetamine use is down in much of the country for the second year
running, with a steady decline in 1st time users in the past few years.
Submitted by Assistant Prosecutor Deborah White and Karen Positan,
Union County Prosecutor’s Office                                                                                                                                 ...continued on next page...
                                                                                                  Page 2
A L E R T !
                       from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office
                      and Union County Superintendent of Schools
                                             in cooperation with the
                                      Union County Police Chiefs Association,
                   Union County Narcotics Strike Force and Crime Stoppers of Union County, Inc.


The new face of heroin is called
                                                                           CHEESE.
 Black tar heroin

                         +                                       =
                                 or generic tablets


                         “Cheese” is the new Teenage Heroin Market.
                           It is highly addictive and very dangerous!
                          Nicknames to look for in text messages on cell-phones:

  Cheese...Chees...Cheez...Chez...Chz...Queso...Keso...Kso...
                                    Users have become quite proficient at hiding their heroin/”cheese.”
 This tan-colored powder                                                    Look for ingenious places!
    is usually snorted                                              • Tennis shoes -- under the soles,
     through the nose                                               slipped under the loop in the tongue •
                                                                    Clothes -- hoodies & pants -- in cuffs,
  with a tube, straw,                 One student used his          waistbands, pockets • Backpacks,
  or small ballpoint pen.             car radio face plate.         book bags • Girl’s bras • Hair buns or
                                                                    twists • Binders, inside books • Inside
                                                                    color markers • Belt Buckles • Battery
                                                                    compartments of cell phones • Building
                                                                    hiding places: restrooms, classrooms,
                                                                    unlocked lockers, gym lockers, desks
Manufacturing/Distribution
                                    Symptoms of Use                Drowsiness and Lethargy Euphoria    Excessive
 Packaging:                         Thirst Disorientation        Sleepiness and Hunger Sudden change in grades &
  - small paper bindle              friends
         (weight varies) or
                                    Symptoms of Withdrawal (may begin within a few hours of use)
  - zip lock baggie
                                      Mood Swings    Insomnia    Headache, chills, nausea, vomiting        Muscle
         (weight consistent)
                                    spasms/ bone pain Anxiety, agitation, disorientation May last five to six days
 A single dose or “bump”
                                    Overdose Risks
 typically costs $2, or can
                                       Heroin, morphine (heroin metabolite) and diphenhydramine HCl are all CNS
 purchase it at $10/gram.
                                    and respiratory depressants Overdose or combination with other depressants
 End users purchase “bumps”         (i.e. alcohol) can cause respiratory arrest and subsequent death
  of “cheese” from other
                                   Information as it appears in the “Cheese” PowerPoint Presentation prepared by TEA Region X
  juveniles or, in some cases,     Conference Presentation by Jeremy Liebbe, CPES, DISD Police Department in cooperation with the
 directly from adult dealers.      Dallas ISD Police and Safe and Drug-Free Schools/Abstinence Education Programs, February 2007.
                                   Submitted to The Newsletter by Linden Police Sgt. Jon Parham.
                                                      Page 3
ALERT! -- continued
                                     AUTO COMPARTMENT HIDES COCAINE




                    Trap Door                      Electric Piston
                                                                                         Kilo of Cocaine   Electric Piston
   During a recent motor vehicle stop, Florida Troopers recovered a half kilo of cocaine which was hidden in a false
compartment. The troopers reportedly became suspicious when the driver would not make eye contact and appeared
nervous, with shaking hands. The troopers noticed two rivets with star-head screws on the top and bottom of the license
plate holder .
                                                   Submitted by Detective Paul Han, Union County Prosecutor’s Office
       The following items appear in a WEAPONS ALERT provided to us by U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
                                    Their introductory caveat is worth repeating here:
                   Many times, “everyday” items are modified to be used as weapons.
                            Most are invented by the bad guy on the street.
                  Understand, many criminals are the smartest people you’ll ever meet.
                  NEVER underestimate the guy who was “dumb enough to get caught.”

                                                 THE BLOODSUCKER


                                                                                   This weapon is designed with a slanted
                                                                                   tip to aggravate a wound and
                                                                                   accelerate the victim’s bleeding. It
                                                                                   resembles a pen when in a pocket and
                                                                                   a cap is on it.



                                       A PEN THAT WRITES -- AND SHOOTS

A standard ballpoint pen casing hiding a 2 5/8’’ surgical
steel blade, serrated towards the handle. It has been
modified from a Parker ballpoint pen, and are sold at
gun shops for $4.00. The weapon still writes as a pen.



                          COMPARTMENT HAT STORES CONTRABAND, WEAPONS

This hat is made by Hawaiian Island Creations and sold
around the world. It usually has the pictured logo.
Inside the hat, the front of the sweatband detaches with
velcro and the entire inside of the hat is a compartment.
The discovering officer who tested the hat effectively
concealed a .25 Beretta semi-automatic.




                          Thanks to all of you for sharing this important information!
   Please keep alerting US to any “heads-up” Alert items that we can include in upcoming issues of The Newsletter!
                                AND REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
                                                            Page 4
Special Prosecutions Unit: The Best Way To Get Your Investigation Onto The Right Track
                                                    By Assistant Prosecutor William Kolano, Legal Supervisor
                                                                                   Special Prosecutions Unit
   In 2007, virtually every criminal investigation ventures into cyberworld. Gone are the days when a
thorough investigation entailed visiting the scene, taking statements, gathering evidence, canvassing for
witnesses and writing a report. All of these steps must still be taken. Today law enforcement is expected
to go further. The proliferation of electronic media has forever changed the landscape of police work.
    I suspect everyone reading this article does so with a cellular telephone attached to his or her person. It’s
likely that you have made a call or received a call or a text message in between the time this Newsletter
was picked up and read and put down. As with law enforcement personnel, criminals, victims and witnesses
are rarely far from their cellular telephones. Phone records have become the modern day equivalent of the
neighborhood canvas.
   Nowhere has this reality been more apparent than in the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Union County
Prosecutor’s Office where the large majority of subscriber information requests are handled. Consequently,
a “new procedure” has been put in place to streamline the process for obtaining subscriber information. Of
course, a new procedure means, yes, a new form. But fear not, the form exists in cyberworld and we have
it so you don’t have to print it out -- unless you want it.
   Let us talk about historical context.

What is subscriber information?

Subscriber information is the record or other information pertaining to a subscriber or customer of the service
other than the contents of a phone call. It includes names, address, telephone number or other subscriber
number or identity, lengths of service provided to the subscriber or customer and the types of services the
subscriber or customer utilized. Subscriber information is not toll billing records - meaning it does not
include a listing of calls made or received by the subscriber. The good news is that subscriber information
can be obtained by way of a Grand Jury Subpoena.
                                                                              Only the Prosecutor or
The Grand Jury Subpoena                                                        Assistant Prosecutors
The Grand Jury is a separate hybridized constitutional entity. It           can authorize or direct that
falls under the auspices of our judiciary. It is hybridized because it   a Grand Jury Subpoena be issued.
is the Prosecutor who is charged with marshaling evidence to be
brought before the Grand Jury. What that means in practice is that neither local police officers nor
investigators from the Prosecutor’s Office have any authority to issue Grand Jury Subpoenas. Only the
Prosecutor or assistant prosecutors can authorize or direct that a Grand Jury Subpoena be issued. This is true
throughout the State and is not merely a Union County policy.
   To be valid, a Grand Jury Subpoena must issue at the direction of the Prosecutor or assistant prosecutor.
It must be returnable on a day that the Grand Jury is in session. The subpoenaed evidence must be relevant
to the crime and the person(s) under investigation. Lastly, it must involve a matter over which the Grand
Jury has jurisdiction. The assistant prosecutor issuing the Grand Jury Subpoena has the duty and is
                                           accountable to assure that all the necessary pre-requisites are met.
    The most common reason                 Hence the new form which appears on the following page.
         that a request for a                 The most common reason that a request for a Grand Jury
       Grand Jury Subpoena                 Subpoena for subscriber information is refused is for lack of
     for subscriber information            jurisdiction. The Grand Jury has the authority to investigate
                                           crimes, namely crimes of the first, second, third and fourth degree.
           is refused is for               Disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons do not fall under
         lack of jurisdiction.             the authority of the Grand Jury. Consequently, the most often
                                           requested Grand Jury Subpoena for subscriber information is for
harassing phone calls.
   A Grand Jury Subpoena cannot issue for subscriber information if the only conceivable offense is disorderly
persons harassment. Note: This information can be obtained by way of a Communications Information Order
(CIO) and is beyond the scope of this article.
                                                                                           ...continued on next page
                                                     Page 5
Special Prosecutions Unit -- continued

Telephone Subscriber Information Subpoena Request Form


                                    TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION
                                         SUBPOENA REQUEST FORM

Detective              __________________________________________________________________________
Police Department      __________________________________________________________________________
Case Number            __________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number       __________________________________________________________________________
Fax Number             __________________________________________________________________________


Details Summary of Crime (Police Reports are not a substitute): _____________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________


Carrier                __________________________________________________________________________
Address                __________________________________________________________________________
Contact Person         __________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number       __________________________________________________________________________
Fax Number             __________________________________________________________________________


Telephone Number(s) __________________________________________________________________________
Date(s)                __________________________________________________________________________




    Any request for the Grand Jury Subpoena for telephone subscriber information must be completed in its
entirety before it will be considered. As you can see, most of the information is self-explanatory, e.g., name
of the requesting party, case number, etc.
    The procedure requires that the requesting officer supply all pertinent information regarding the carrier.
This includes the proper legal name of the entity to be subpoenaed. The date category should include the
dates for which you have reason to believe the telephone was utilized.
    Lastly, a detailed summary must be provided. A detailed summary includes enough information to
establish a basis to believe that a crime occurred within the jurisdiction of Union County. The summary must
include an explanation of why obtaining the subscriber information is relevant to the investigation. In other
words, write enough to explain why identifying the subscriber is relevant and how it will further the
investigation of a crime. Unless there is a request for more information, do not send (or attach) copies of
police reports. Reports cannot be substituted for the detailed summary.                   ...continued on next page
                                                      Page 6
Special Prosecutions Unit -- continued
                                                                                        m
                                                                     The form will be e-mailed to you.
   So how does this work in a practical sense? The requesting             Complete it and send it back.
officer telephones the Union County Prosecutor’s Office requesting
                                                                           This avoids the “phone tag”
a Grand Jury Subpoena for subscriber information. You will be
asked for an e-mail address. The form will be e-mailed to you. The                     u
                                                                          and follow-up phone call for
form itself can be edited in that you can simply input the                additional information delay,
information on the form. When the form is complete, send it back        resulting in a quicker turnaround
via the same e-mail from which you received it. An assistant                 time between the request
prosecutor will review the form and the substance of the request.               and the issuance of
If it is satisfactory, the Grand Jury Subpoena will be prepared and           a Grand Jury Subpoena.
issued from this Office. Upon receipt a copy of the Grand Jury
Subpoena and the information itself will be forwarded to the requesting officer.
   This procedure has been utilized on a case by case basis by the Special Prosecutions Unit for over a six
month period. It has proven to be successful. It avoids the “phone tag” and follow-up phone call for
additional information delay resulting in a quicker turnaround time between the request and the issuance of
a Grand Jury Subpoena. Additionally, it assures that there is a proper basis and demonstrates documentation
for the issuance of the Grand Jury Subpoena.
Although not significant to local police departments, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office must account to
the Office of the Attorney General for the issuance of all Grand Jury Subpoenas for subscriber information.
This procedure also streamlines that reporting function. One last note regarding telephone subscriber
information. A request for subscriber information should be made only after the investigating officer is
assured that the telephone number is unlisted.
What about computer communications?
Everything written above is equally applicable for the issuance of a Grand Jury Subpoena to obtain Internet
Provider (IP) address information. However, instead of providing the targeted telephone number, the IP
address with date and time must be provided. Thus, for example, the Grand Jury Subpoena can be utilized
to learn that Dwayne Defendant is the subscriber to AOL IP #XYZ123 on August 23, 2007 at 1:30 p.m.

                              INTERNET PROVIDER ADDRESS INFORMATION
                                     SUBPOENA REQUEST FORM

Detective            __________________________________________________________________________
Police Department    __________________________________________________________________________
Case Number          __________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number     __________________________________________________________________________
Fax Number           __________________________________________________________________________

Details Summary of Crime (Police Reports are not a substitute): _____________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Institution          __________________________________________________________________________
Address              __________________________________________________________________________
Contact Person       __________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number     __________________________________________________________________________
Fax Number           __________________________________________________________________________

IP address(es)       __________________________________________________________________________
Date(s)and Time(s)   __________________________________________________________________________

                                                  Page 7
The Union County Grand Jury: A Practical Primer for Police Officers
                                                                            by Assistant Prosecutor Alan Silver
                                                                                              Grand Jury Unit

  You made a great arrest or conducted a terrific investigation. The defendant was charged
 with the crime and you move on to your next shift or investigation. Time goes by and that
 work you performed becomes a mere memory. THEN IT HAPPENS. You open your mail
 and realize that you are being subpoenaed to the Union County Grand Jury.
  You experience one of the following reactions:
  (a) PANIC              Throw the subpoena aside and hope the case goes away.
  (b) BOREDOM            Put subpoena on the bottom of the pile; check out the rest of the mail; leave it to
                            your memory to show up on the requested date and time, and hope for the best.
  (c) ELATION               Check your calendar; recognize that you are not scheduled for work that day and
                            that you can put in for overtime; mark your calendar; bless the prosecutor; appear
                            on time; KA-CHING!!
  (d) RESPONSIBILITY        Put subpoena at the top of the pile; mark you calendar with the grand jury date;
                            make sure your reports are available; call the prosecutor to advise regarding your
                            availability.

  The purpose of this article is to review the workings of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Grand Jury
Unit and, hopefully, enhance your next experience with us.
  The Grand Jury Unit currently consists of three assistant prosecutors -- Dave Schneider (Supervisor),
Jason Gareis, and myself, along with a detective -- Sergeant James Weinberg, clerical workers Eileen
McGuire, Tara Sindone and Jason Jaeger, and a clerical supervisor, Christine Nicol-Peters.
                                              The Grand Jury Unit is responsible for the vast majority of
      The Grand Jury Unit                indictable cases that have not previously been disposed of at the
         is responsible for              Predisposition Conference (PDC). We present our cases to a grand
       the vast majority of              jury panel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We do not present certain
          indictable cases               cases handled by specialized units within our Office –- e.g. Major
                                         Crimes, Special Prosecutions, NSF and Child Abuse. Prosecutors in
    that have not previously             those units present their cases to a separate grand jury panel on
 been disposed of at the PDC.            Wednesdays and, possibly, Fridays.
  The Grand Jury Unit prosecutors review each case to ensure the adequacy of the proofs. The grand jury
may return an indictment if, based on the evidence and reasonable inferences that may be drawn, they
conclude that:
                   (1) a crime has been committed and (2) the accused has committed it.
  This standard is much lower than “proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” the standard necessary for
conviction. As prosecutors, we are cognizant of the two separate standards and look to screen out those
cases with little hope for conviction. Such cases can be remanded to the municipal court by downgrading
the charges to disorderly persons’ or petty disorderly persons’ offenses. In some cases, the charges will be
administratively dismissed.
  “Why do we do this?” “Isn’t it better to keep the indictable charges and allow the defendant to plead
guilty to lesser charges?”
  I hear these questions all the time – and sometimes wrestle with them myself. The answer is that we don’t
want to clog the Superior Court calendars with cases that cannot be proved, e.g. a receiving stolen property
case involving a stolen car where the keys were found in the ignition, there was no damage to the car and
there is no way to prove that the defendant knew the car was stolen; or cases that a jury will likely nullify,
e.g. possession of a small amount of drugs.
  The vast majority of cases we receive are prepared for indictment. In many instances, especially in the
non-drug cases, the prosecutor screening the case will determine that an additional statement or some other
investigation is needed. If you were the case detective, please do not be offended. Sometimes we are able
to get a recalcitrant witness to cooperate based on the power of a grand jury subpoena. Often, we will try
to get the witness to give us a sworn statement in lieu of testifying before the grand jury. Naturally, you
should continue to obtain all important statements when you conduct your investigation. ...continued on next page
                                                      Page 8
The Union County Grand Jury -- continued
As case detective, you are the person most familiar with the case and in the best position to take the
statement. If a key witness avoids you, however, or is uncooperative, then please note this in your report.
We will attempt to get that person to come to grand jury, and we may ask you to come in as well to take a
statement. Sometimes, we will direct the witness to schedule an appointment to provide you with a sworn
statement at your headquarters. If the case needs just one or two statements, we will have our detective
handle them. If a more substantial investigation is needed, then we may ask you to continue your
investigation. Again, please do not be offended; we simply want the case to stick.
  After the case has been strengthened, we will present it for indictment. Of the cases we present, over
99% are indicted. A no-bill, which occurs when fewer than 12 jurors vote in favor of an indictment, is
extremely rare. While this may sound good for our egos, I retain my humility recalling the words of former
New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sol Wachtler who remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand
jury to “indict a ham sandwich.”
  The Grand Jury Unit currently indicts approximately 20-25 cases per week. We present cases on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with most cases heard before 12:30 p.m. when we break for
lunch. We usually reserve the afternoon for a small number of lengthier, more complex cases.
  We typically schedule police witnesses throughout the morning, on a staggered basis, to have a steady
stream of cases. We endeavor to keep the jury busy with as little down-time as possible. You can assist us
greatly by showing up on time. If you are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. but show up at 10:30 a.m. we may be
“down” early in the morning and “backed up” with too many witnesses later. If you know in advance that
you will be late, please let us know so that we can re-schedule
another officer to switch his time slot for yours. Such basic If you know in advance
communication helps everyone. Occasionally, an officer simply does that you will be late,
not appear or advises us of his unavailability at the last moment.
Upon inquiry, the officer states that he never received the subpoena please let us know
or “just got it yesterday.” Usually, we mail out subpoenas three to
four weeks in advance. We stamp “Grand Jury Subpoena Enclosed” on so that we can re-schedule   s
the outside of the envelopes we mail to you so that the subpoenas can
be given priority. They should be delivered to you immediately.        another officer to switch
  The reason for this is simple. We have to move these cases,
especially if the defendant is sitting in jail. Two years ago, Judge his time slot for yours.
Barisonek instituted a practice to reduce the backlog of un-indicted
cases. If a case has not been indicted within approximately four Such basic communication
months after the complaint has been signed, the case will be helps everyone.
dismissed without prejudice over the prosecutor’s objection. If the
defendant was being detained in jail solely based on the newly-
dismissed charges, he would have to be released. This four-month time frame is not unreasonable. The
Grand Jury Unit prosecutors strive to meet this deadline. When a case is dismissed without prejudice, we
are normally able to resurrect the case. Even so, we are under time pressure to present cases; please work
with us to meet the deadline. If you have any trouble receiving subpoenas in the future, please speak with
your supervisor.
  We are located on the 6th floor of the Old Annex Building at the Court House Complex in Elizabeth. You
can park your police vehicle on Elizabethtown Plaza, on Rahway Avenue near the Andrew K. Ruotolo Justice
Complex, or in the Ruotolo parking lot.
Upon arrival at the 6th floor, Sergeant Mark Muscatello, or one of his colleagues, will greet you.
  Please sign in so that we know what time you arrived. We generally try to present our cases in the order
that you sign in. Sergeant Muscatello will then direct you to the police officer waiting room and contact the
prosecutor assigned to your case. Our waiting room is equipped with television and magazines (courtesy of
Dave Schneider and Grand Jury Clerk, par excellence, Rose Marie Burroughs). Ms. Burroughs keeps the grand
jury running smoothly and efficiently and always with a smile on her face. She will greet you, ask if you need
water, and constantly remind you to keep your voices up when you testify.
The prosecutor will meet you in the waiting room and bring you into his office.
   We generally discuss the case with you and prepare for your testimony. Unlike your trial testimony, hearsay
is permitted. We can, therefore, usually present our case with only one witness who is familiar with the
entire case including the reports of fellow officers and witness statements. Occasionally, we will present two
witnesses on a case but rarely more than that. Leading questions are also permissible. These questions
convey the significant information in the body of the question and call for a “yes” or “no” answer.
                                                                                         ...continued on next page
                                                   Page 9
 The Union County Grand Jury -- continued
 For example, “On June 1, 2007, at approximately 4:00 pm, were you and your partner on patrol in the area
 of 5th and Main?” is a leading question.
 We will typically use your reports to distill the requisite information to secure an indictment.
   We do this to minimize opportunities for defense counsel at trial to cross-examine you based on
 discrepancies between your grand jury testimony and your report. Please note that the defense attorney
 will obtain a transcript of your testimony for his use at trial. It is therefore incumbent upon you to verify
 the accuracy of your report when you meet with the prosecutor at grand jury. Any significant errors can be
 addressed at grand jury and your “correct” testimony can be presented to the grand jury and can later be
 used as a prior consistent statement at trial.
 After meeting with the prosecutor, you will be ushered back to the waiting room to await your turn to
 testify.
   The prosecutor will provide preliminary instructions to the jury and possibly make a brief opening
 statement. You will then be summoned into the grand jury room.
 When you enter the room, you will be directed to the witness desk located next to the grand jury
 foreperson’s desk.
   The foreperson will administer the oath to you, and then ask you to be seated. The prosecutor will then
 ask you the necessary questions. Upon completion of our questions, we will give the jurors an opportunity
 to ask questions as well. Most experienced juries ask few, if any, questions.
 When the questioning is over, you will be asked to leave the grand jury room.
   You should then return to the waiting room. The prosecutor will remind the jury of the proposed
 indictment, address legal issues and turn the case over to the foreperson to begin deliberations. Please
 remain in the waiting room until the prosecutor excuses you.
   At this point, I would like to offer some personal observations. Working in this unit gives staff attorneys
 the opportunity to work with the jurors and learn what they think about our cases. We also have the pleasure
 of working with most of the detectives and many police officers throughout the county. While some may
 view this work as merely a perfunctory step in the criminal justice system, I encourage you not to think this
 way.
   ◆ Use your time at grand jury productively.
   ◆ Practice making a good first impression.
   ◆ Dress in uniform or business attire.
   ◆ Greet the jurors when you enter the room or begin your testimony.
   ◆ Speak up.
   ◆ Try to make eye contact with some of the jurors while you testify.
 The skills you need to develop to testify well at trial can be honed at grand jury.

By making a good impression,                       Consider the average juror whose only connection to
                                               police officers is the occasional speeding ticket. By making a
you reflect well                               good impression, you reflect well not only upon yourself but
                                               upon your entire department and law enforcement, in
not only upon yourself                         general. I had one case, recently, when a juror asked me to
                                               bring back into the room a narcotics detective who had
but upon your entire department                testified regarding several undercover buys. The juror
                                               thanked Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Keith
and law enforcement, in general.               Johnson for performing this dangerous work and other jurors
                                               erupted in applause. While this may not occur in every case,
 do not waste your opportunity to score public relations points with a group of 23 citizens.
   So, how did you react to your last grand jury subpoena? How will you react to your next one? I trust that
 you will respond with reaction “d”.
   Call the prosecutor upon receiving the subpoena. We can work out scheduling conflicts so that everyone
 benefits. We can address questions about the case to assist our screening function and presentations, and
 save each other’s time. By working with us, we can all increase our professionalism, maintain positive
 working relationships, and further the cause of justice. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit
 here.
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Achieving and Maintaining Proper Fitness: A Guide For The Law Enforcement Officer
                                                By Detective Ed Hanewald, Lead Physical Training Instructor
                                                                           John H. Stamler Police Academy
   A police officer’s job is similar to that of the military. Besides the obvious of protecting our country and
fighting a “war on the streets”, law enforcement officers can be involved in hours of “boredom’ followed in
an instant by intense, unpredictable, life threatening action. It is a profession like the military where your
body may have to perform at high levels of fitness. Why then do we expect our men and women of the
military to be in shape but it is almost accepted in the law enforcement community to be out of shape?
   The absence of physical fitness will not only jeopardize the officer’s life, but put the public at risk as well
when an officer cannot perform. The end result could end up in someone’s death.

                      Fitness in law enforcement IS extremely important.
            Maintaining proper fitness gives an officer several advantages on the job.

   Despite what some officers believe, fitness in law enforcement IS extremely important. Maintaining proper
fitness gives an officer several advantages on the job.

Foremost, proper fitness will directly lead to better job performance.
More strength and power means being able to protect yourself by controlling,
subduing, and overpowering anyone threatening the officer’s life or unwilling
to accept arrest. The lack of strength and power could result in an escape
leading to more possible crimes or having the officer badly beaten or worse!

Better fitness also means more endurance and cardiovascular health.
Climbing stairs, carrying equipment for distances, or chasing down
suspects become just part of the job instead of impossible tasks.
After all, isn’t that what the public expects out of all law enforcement
officers?

Participating in a regular fitness program has also proven to
reduce stress. In my opinion, if all law enforcement officers
participated in a regular exercise program, the law enforcement
community would see a dramatic decrease in alcohol abuse, violent
behavior, or suicidal thoughts. Officers need to find a stress release from
the negative encounters they face on the job.
What better stress release than exercise!

Another advantage of staying fit for the job is giving the officer
more “command presence”.
If an officer stays in shape, looks sharp in their uniform, and is able to
perform the job well, the public will automatically have more respect for that
officer. More respect will lead to having more authority over the public in
the time of crisis or whenever an officer needs to give orders or instructions.
The public is going to judge an officer’s ability to perform their job by
appearance alone. Any officer who appears sloppy and out of shape could
become more of a “target” for anyone who is considering violent actions.
The public is more out to also seek the help of a “squared away” officer
and not a sloppy one. This creates “command presence”. Let’s face it,
we all know of our “doughnut” reputation, and doesn’t the public
make fun of “sloppy, out-of-shape officer’s?!

A final advantage of proper fitness is officer reliability.
A lot of officers who refuse to stay in shape especially those who allow themselves to become significantly
overweight become health risks on the job. A recent study found that 76% of officers who did not exercise at
least 2-3 times a week had either high blood pressure, back and knee problems, elevated cholesterol or heart
related problems. A lot of these officers become regular sick day call outs or leave of absence candidates.
Their roles become limited on the job as well.                                         ...continued on next page

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   Staying in shape for law enforcement takes time and effort but is not an impossible task. I believe there
is no one great solution to proper fitness for the job. I do believe however there are certain guidelines one
should follow when staying in shape for the job.

First, I believe in the concept of “total fitness”. I design my Police Recruit program on this concept. Total
fitness is quite simply training the body equally in strength, power, speed, endurance, and cardiovascular
health. A police officer should train like an athlete. Designing a program where the body is being trained in
each one of these components 1-2 times a week assures complete training.
   Variety and constant change is another guideline that should be followed. Performing the same routine
week after week leads to boredom, lack of motivation, and maybe even quitting. I like to vary my style of
workouts to always keep my body and mind fresh. As an example, I may concentrate on just calisthenics for
a few weeks then switch to weight training for a few weeks. This concept also prevents the body from
reaching a plateau (no more progress).
   Whichever exercise program a law enforcement officer becomes involved in there should also be days of
rest and recovery. Three to four days a week at 40-60 minutes a day of intense exercising is more than
enough for anyone who is also watching their diet and getting proper rest. The other days should be spent
resting to supply the body with recovery periods. Too much training can lead to overtraining. Lack of muscle
development, inability to sleep, and elevated heart rates are a few of the signs of overtraining.
   We as law enforcement officers need as much as an advantage as we can get on the job. Having to battle
criminals, terrorism, long hours, stress, and, at times, public criticism is enough. Proper fitness simply makes
this fight much easier.
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FITNESS..........................................
                                                                             Day 1 Weight training:
                 Plan to weight train 2-3 days each week.                          chest, back, abdominals
                 Target each muscle group. Perform 3-4 different             Day 2 30-45 minutes of
                 exercises for each muscle group. For each exercise,               cardiovascular training
                 do 2-3 sets of 10-12 repetitions                            Day 3 Weight training:
                                                                                   legs, shoulders, abdominals
                 Plan to perform cardiovascular exercise 2-3 days
                 each week.                                                  Day 4 Rest
                 Each cardiovascular session should last 30 minutes.         Day 5 30-45 minutes of
                 Work up to 45-60 minutes.                                         cardiovascular training
                                                                             Day 6 Weight training:
                 Change exercises and routines every 2 weeks to stay               arms, abdominals
                 fresh and motivated.
                                                                             Day 7 Rest

 ADVANCED FITNESS ROUTINE.............................................................................................
 Three examples for individuals who require a higher level of fitness training.

 Circuit Training
 Circuit training is an excellent source for advanced training.
 Select 4-6 exercises hitting most of the muscle groups. Perform each exercise 12-15 repetitions.
 Rest only a few seconds between each exercise and 1-2 minutes between each rotation.
 Complete 3-4 rotations.
 Finish each workout with 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular training of choice (e.g., running, stationary
 bike, heavy work bag)

 Dual Activity Fitness Training
 Select two physical activities such as biking and running or hitting a heavy bag and jumping rope.
 For 45-60 minutes, alternate between the two activities, switching every 8-10 minutes.
 Add calesthenics or dumbbell exercises between each activity to add to the intensity.

 High Resolution Calisthenics
 Select 5-7 calisthenics to perform. Next, select a high number of repetitions to complete, such as 300-500.
 Perform the calisthenics selected, switching every 15-20 repetitions until the set goal amount has been
 reached. Rest only when needed.

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       Two Union County Officers Finish In Top Half of New York City Urbanatholon
   Five months of dedicated physical preparation by Detective Ed
Hanewald (Union County Prosecutor’s Office) and Officer Patrick Grady        After running 7 miles,
(Clark Police Department) helped them to finish in the top half of a
three-event Urbanatholon, held in New York City in September. Over              the officers had to
1,000 participants from the tri-state area and as far away as California          climb 52 flights
and Japan competed in the event, which started in Central Park and
ended in Battery Park. Sponsored by Men’s Health Magazine, the event                   of stairs.
included 8.1 miles of running, climbing stairs, and three areas of
obstacles, including leaping over barricades and 5’ marine hurdles,
                                                                               That’s 2,288 steps.
climbing through drain tunnels, and balancing on a scaffolding maze,            Yes, they counted
and hills and stairs along the route. After running 7 miles, the officers
had to climb 52 flights of stairs -- which they counted at 2,288 steps.       each and every one!
Both officers finished within seconds of each other, at about 1:44:00.
   Detective Hanewald said, “Pat and I ran the event for two reasons. First, this event gave us the incentive
to step up our own conditioning program and test our own abilities. Second, we wanted to do something to
send a message to all new law enforcement personnel that you can stay in shape no matter your age. Both
of us are 38-years-old, and have 15 years on the job, and we were able to finish this event!”
   He encouraged all officers to seek out local events to test their mettle and simply for the fun of it.
       Law Enforcement Joins In Union County 150th Anniversary Celebration Event




Detectives and support staff members from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office turned out in full force this
summer to help the County of Union celebrate its 150th Anniversary event. Citizens who attended the
festivities learned about the functions of the office and received handouts about Identity Theft, Shaken Baby
Syndrome, Cyber-Bullying and other computer crimes.


                                    Union County Crime Stoppers
                               Crime Doesn't Pay, But We Do!
                    Up to $5,000 for information leading to arrest and indictment of criminals
                            Call 908-654-TIPS (908-654-8477)
Take Note! Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline Also Fights Terrorism!
                  Call with information about any suspicious activity related to
                           terrorism and domestic homeland security.
                  Call 908-654-TIPS (908-654-8477)
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                                               Recent Legislation
                                       Please note the following recently enacted legislation.
                         Please contact Executive Assistant Prosecutor Anne K. Frawley (908-527-4650)
                  in the event you have any questions or should you need copies of the text of these statutes.
         Copies of all New Jersey legislation and statutes may also be obtained on the Internet @ www.njleg.state.nj.us/
                              All legislation is effective on the date signed unless otherwise noted.

Chapter 127, Laws of 2007                                                                            Effective August 6, 2007
    This new legislation N.J.S.A. 2C:29-10, includes the definitions of County Correctional Facility, County
Juvenile Detention Facility, Secure Juvenile Facility and State Correctional Facility. This legislation also
criminalizes the possession or use of electronic devices in correctional facilities including county juvenile
detention and secure juvenile facilities. Possession of such device in these facilities is a crime of the third degree.
A person (other than an employee) who sells or transfers such electronic communication device in a correctional
facility is guilty of a third degree. An employee who sells, transfers such device to a person confined in a
correctional facility is guilty of a second degree.

Chapter 128, Laws of 2007                                                                            Effective August 6, 2007
    This new legislation, the “Sex Offender Monitoring Act” allows for sex offenders to be continuously
geographically monitored using a global positioning system. The State Parole Board shall develop procedures for
reporting noncompliance of the monitored subject. A person who is monitored and fails to comply with its
requirements is guilty of a third degree. Any person who tampers with a or vandalizes the GPS device worn is
guilty of a third degree.

Chapter 129, Laws of 2007                                                                            Effective August 6, 2007
    This legislation amends N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14 to include the definition of “Electronic Communication” and to
include it in the definition of “Harassment, intimidation or bullying”. This legislation also adds N.J.S.A. 18A:37-
15.1 that the definition be added in a school’s district’s harassment and bullying prevention policy.

Chapter 145, Laws of 2007                                                                           Effective August 21, 2007
    This legislation amends N.J.S. 2C:33-14 (Interference with Transportation), to now include a bus, light rail
vehicle, railroad locomotive and jitney as a mode of transportation. It also adds to Interference with
Transportation shining, pointing or focusing a laser lighting device beam, directly or indirectly upon a person
operating any vehicle.

Chapter 148, Laws of 2007                                                                           Effective August 21, 2007
   This legislation amends N.J.S. 38A:14-5 that it is a crime of the fourth degree for any person who knowingly
makes unauthorized use of military uniforms, medals or insignias.



                            Rulers available for Union County students!



   Contact Executive Assistant Prosecutor Eileen Walsh at 908-527-4621 or ewalsh@ucnj.org.

                 24/7 Gang Hotline Telephone Number

                 908-354-6366   Gangs, Guns, & Drugs: The Movie
 This 22-minute videotape was prepared by the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office to help law enforcement
   officers educate adults and middle / high school students. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please call
                       Karen Positan at the John H. Stamler Police Academy -- 908-889-9028
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                                            Summary of Recent Cases
                                                                                     by Assistant Prosecutor Sara Liebman,
                                                                                                  Supervisor, Appellate Unit
State v. Marcellus R. Williams (A-26-06)
   In this case out of Union County, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that defendant’s resistance and flight, in
response to an attempted investigatory stop, amounted to obstruction, which broke the link in the chain between the
initial, possibly unconstitutional, investigatory stop and the later seizure of his handgun. The Court reiterated that “the
law should deter and give no incentive to suspects who would endanger the police and themselves by not submitting to
official authority.” Thus, the handgun seized incident to the arrest for obstruction was not the fruit of the initial
interaction between defendant and the police, and even if that initial police action violated the Fourth Amendment,
the handgun was not suppressible.

State v. Alturik Francis (A-31/63-06)
  In this case out of Union County, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously held that to suppress evidence based
on claims of grand jury abuse, defendants bear the burden to show that the prosecutor used the grand jury for an
improper purpose. For pre-indictment investigations, the Court adopted a simple relevance standard to determine
whether the presentation of evidence was proper. For post-indictment investigations, the Court adopted the dominant-
purpose test, requiring defendants to prove that the prosecutor’s dominant purpose in presenting evidence was
improper. But the Court affirmed that part of the Appellate Division’s opinion that allowed the trial use of even
improperly secured grand jury testimony for impeachment purposes, provided that the testimony was reliable. The
Court also ruled that Rule 3:13-4(b) does not provide defendants with a right to prevent prosecutors from investigating
mitigation evidence in capital cases.

State v. Porfirio Jimenez (A-75-06)
   In a majority per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court clarified its opinion from last year when it held that when a
capital defendant raises mental retardation as a bar to the death penalty under Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002),
he or she bears the burden of proving his mental retardation by a preponderance of the evidence. See State v. Jimenez
II, 188 N.J. 390 (2006). The Court held that because mental retardation is akin to a conclusive mitigating factor, if a
single juror finds that defendant has proved his or her mental retardation by a preponderance of the evidence, he or
she is not eligible to receive the death penalty.

State v. Tammy Buczkowski (A-4671-05T1)
In an opinion written by Judge Kestin, the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of defendant’s reckless driving
complaint. Defendant was issued a complaint-summons for reckless driving, but she was not served with it within thirty
days of the offense as N.J.S.A. 39:5-3a requires. The statute expressly establishes a thirty-day deadline after
commission of an offense for service of process, and although the complaint-summons here issued on the 30th day
following the accident, defendant was not notified within the thirty day period either that a charge was being filed
against her or what that charge entailed; a copy of the complaint-summons itself was not mailed to defendant until 142
days after the offense.

State v. Joseph R. Marolda, Sr. (A-2400-05T1)
  In an opinion written by Judge Grall, the Appellate Division affirmed defendant’s guilty plea to first degree
maintaining a drug production facility. The court refused to consider defendant’s Fifth Amendment claim, and complaint
that the trial judge should have dismissed the indictment, because his unconditional guilty plea barred them. Turning
to defendant’s suppression motion, the trial court properly denied it. Learning from a confidential informant that
marijuana was growing in defendant’s cornfield, police arranged for a Coast Guard helicopter to fly over his property;
the helicopter flight very visibly revealed the growing marijuana and someone cutting it. Other officers then drove onto
defendant’s property and ran to the cornfield behind his house, and arrested him as he exited the field. After securing
the cornfield, the officers applied for and received a search warrant for the property, residence, and outbuildings, which
they executed. The record did not support defendant’s claim that the police withheld evidence regarding the
helicopter’s altitude, and the informant’s identity was not material to obtaining the warrant. The Coast Guard’s
assistance did not require suppression of the evidence seized pursuant to the warrant, and open fields are not
constitutionally protected. In addition, they were not part of the curtilage. Finally, the helicopter’s flight over the
residence and curtilage was preparatory and incidental to locating the cornfields, which were not constitutionally
protected.

State v. Charles Brown (A-4980-05T1)
   In an opinion written by Judge Stern, the Appellate Division reversed dismissal of the indictment charging defendant
with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and aggravated assault. A criminal indictment in a domestic violence case
may not be dismissed pursuant to the collateral estoppel doctrine based on a Family Part judge’s finding in domestic
violence proceedings that the victim had failed to prove an act of violence by a preponderance of the evidence. Here,
the Family Part judge, after taking testimony from defendant and the victim, dismissed the domestic violence complaint
and vacated the temporary restraining order based on the evidence presented.                     ...continued on next page...


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Summary of Recent Cases -- continued
State v. Charles Brown (A-4980-05T1) -- continued
The Law Division judge thereafter dismissed the indictment based on the Family Part judge’s adjudication, finding that
collateral estoppel precluded relitigation of the offenses’ elements embodied in the indictment. The Appellate Division
disagreed, holding that the State was not in privity with the victim in her domestic violence action. Such action is
designed to protect an individual victim, a quite different purpose than a criminal case where the State prosecutes a
defendant on the public’s behalf. The prosecutor did not directly participate in the domestic violence hearing, did not
represent the victim at that hearing, did not decide who would testify or what evidence to present, and did not cross-
examine witnesses at the hearing. Thus the Appellate Division declined to bar defendant’s criminal prosecution on the
basis of collateral estoppel, and the fundamental fairness doctrine cannot preclude the State from prosecuting a
defendant indicted for a charge that formed the basis of an unsuccessful domestic violence complaint.

State v. David L. Franchetta, Jr. (A-1498-06T5)
   In an opinion written by Judge Lyons, the Appellate Division affirmed defendant’s conviction for driving under the
influence of cocaine. The “rebound” or “hangover” effect from cocaine ingestion constitutes being under the influence
of a narcotic drug pursuant to the drunk driving statute. During a motor vehicle stop defendant appeared intoxicated
but had no blood alcohol content; a blood sample revealed a cocaine metabolite. N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a) defines that a
person operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a narcotic is guilty of driving while intoxicated, and the
statute’s purpose is to deter and sanction those who disregard the public safety and welfare by operating a motor
vehicle in an impaired state. Although the proofs revealed that the cocaine defendant had ingested was not
pharmacologically active at the time he was stopped, it was clear beyond a reasonable doubt that his cocaine ingestion
physically impaired him.

State v. Robert C. Morgan, Jr., 393 N.J. Super. 411 (App. Div. 2007)
   In an Appellate Division opinion written by Judge Messano, the Appellate Division affirmed defendant’s speeding
conviction. Although absent any proof of the lawful speed limit at a particular location a defendant’s speeding
conviction cannot stand, here the officer’s testimony as to the applicable speed limit was unchallenged. Such testimony
relating the speed limit in a zone in the municipality where the officer works may be sufficient proof of the lawful speed
limit, and if persuaded by such testimony the court need not require the State to prove that fact through a certified
copy of an ordinance or regulation. The appellate court did, however, reject the suggestion that the officer’s testimony
creates a rebuttable presumption of the lawful speed in the area. Defendant neither objected to the testimony as to
the speed limit nor rebutted it, and the judge was entitled to give that testimony such weight as he deemed
appropriate. Finally, the constitutional challenge defendant raised as to the license revocation statute (N.J.S.A. 39:5-
31) was moot because the Law Division vacated his revocation.

State v. Ernest Spell, 395 N.J.Super. 337 (App. Div. 2007)
   In an Appellate Division opinion written by Judge Stern, the court upheld a defendant’s conviction for refusing to
submit to the breathalyzer. That in itself is not noteworthy, but the court changed the requirements regarding the
statement to be read to someone who initially refuses to take the breathalyzer test. There is a second paragraph that
is to be read when a suspect is ambiguous about the refusal. However, the court in Spell ruled that beginning October
1, 2007, that paragraph must be read every time a suspect refuses to submit to a breath test. The court set the October
date to give adequate time to notify law enforcement of this new requirement.

                 Congratulations and Best Wishes to Prosecutor’s Office Retirees!




           A group of recent UCPO retirees take a moment to pose with Prosecutor Ted Romankow (center) and
    Deputy Chief Greg Clay (third from right) at a recent dinner held to honor them and give them a celebratory send-off.
                         From left: Assistant Prosecutor Tom Simon, Detective Sgt. Andre Banks,
             Assistant Prosecutor Steven Kaflowitz (Appellate Unit Supervisor), Nilda Zidonik, Wendy Kenny,
              Executive Assistant Prosecutor Bob O’Leary, Sally Brokow, Assistant Prosecutor Daria Smith,
     Candy Martino, Detective Sgt. Santiago Soto, and Frank Garland, Supervising Senior Forensic Chemist at the Lab.
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                                                    Roll Call!
                                    New Faces at the Prosecutor’s Office
                       Tara L. Yodice, who worked in the      activities involving drugs, organized crime and electronic
                    Appellate Unit when she was sworn         surveillance.
                    over the summer, is the newest              Detective DeBiase, a graduate of Middlesex County
                    Assistant Prosecutor in the Juvenile      College, served as a Top Gun instructor, road trooper,
                    Justice Unit. Tara served as a law        undercover detective, street crimes investigator and as a
                    clerk to Superior Court Judge Ernest      community relations officer. He brings to the office a
                    M. Caposela in Passaic County after       wealth of experience with investigations that included
                    receiving her law degree from the         federal, state, county and local law enforcement
                    Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law      agencies.
Center in Huntington, NY. The Montclair State College
graduate also was a legal intern at the Passaic County                               Our newest Assistant Chemist is Jan
Prosecutor’s Office in Paterson and served as a law clerk                         Pappas, a graduate of the University
in the Clifton law firm of Damian, Taylor, Russo and Finkel                       of Central Florida who comes to the
during law school.                                                                office with a bachelor’s degree in
   Assistant Prosecutor Yodice also has legal experience                          Forensic Science, a minor in
with the Totowa law firm of Berado and Manzi and with                             Chemistry and experience on all types
the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in Morristown.                              of      sophisticated      laboratory
                                                                                  instruments that analyze controlled
                      Assistant Prosecutor Gregory J.                             dangerous substances. Before coming
                   Fleming comes to the Prosecutor’s                              to Union County, she was employed as
                   Office after a clerkship with Superior     an intern with the New Jersey State Police East Regional
                   Court Judge John S. Triarsi and legal      Laboratory in Sea Girl where she helped created drug and
                   experience with the Seton Hall Law         toxicology libraries for new instrumentation at the lab.
                   Family Law Clinic, the Morris County         The Edward Bloustein Scholar received awards for High
                   Prosecutor’s Office and with the Office    Achievement Scholar and from the UCF Forensic Science
                   of the Family Division Manager in the      Association.
                   Essex County Superior Courts in
                 Newark.                                                             Assistant Chemist Suzanne M.
  The Hoboken resident received his law degree from                              Fenske received her bachelor of
Seton Hall University School of Law after graduating from                        science degree in Forensic Science
Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in                                 from the University of North Dakota
Economics and Finance. Assigned to the Appellate Unit,                           and worked as an intern in the Ventura
he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2006.                                   County Sheriff’s Crime Lab where she
                                                                                 assisted in screening biological
                     Joseph DeBiase, who took his oath                           samples and in building a library
                  as detective in the Union County                               database for screening ignitable
                  Prosecutor’s Office, served with the                         liquids.
                  New Jersey State Police in West               She is experienced in Compound, Comparison, Stereo
                  Trenton as a lieutenant in the              and SEM Microscopes and with sophisticated analyzation
                  Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau        equipment from General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
                  and has more than 20 years of               Genetics, Biology and Physics.
                  experience working with statewide
                  detectives, National Guard personnel,         Welcome aboard, and enjoy our best wishes for success
                  local law enforcement officers and          and good health!
federal narcotics detectives on the front of criminal

                                     Congratulations to Roselle Officers
                                                                Acting Chief Denis Kelleher is proud to announce the
                                                              promotions of three new superior officers in the Roselle
                                                              Police Department.        “These men are dedicated,
                                                              experienced officers who have served our borough
                                                              residents well and are more than deserving of their
                                                              elevations in rank,” Chief Kelleher said, adding the new
                                                              officers took their oaths of office at a special ceremony
                                                              at borough hall last month.

                                                                In the photo at left, from left to right, are Lt. Bradley
                                                              Downing, Acting Chief Denis Kelleher, Capt. Jerry
                                                              Orlando and Sgt. Brian Bymes.
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                                     Congratulations to Hillside Officers
   In a township committee meeting on July 31, 2007, five officers of the Hillside Police Department were
permanently promoted to fill positions created by recent retirements.
Vincent Ricciardi was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant. Det. Lt. Ricciardi joined the force in 1994.
Appointed to the Detective Bureau in 1999, he was assigned in 2005 as an investigator to the Cyber Crime Squad,
Newark Division of the FBI. He has served as the department’s Information Technology Officer since 2000. In addition,
Det. Lt. Ricciardi is responsible for founding the Hillside Police Department’s Honor Guard. He has received 5 letters
of commendation and 10 letters of recognition. He merited a Excellent Police Duty award in 1998, Life Saving award
in 2000, and Chief’s award in 2003.
Nicola Lomonte was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Lomonte joined the force in 1995. During his career he
has received 10 letters of commendation and 15 letters of recognition. Lt. Lomonte was assigned to our traffic bureau
in 2000 and supervised the unit as a sergeant from 2005 to 2007. He merited a Excellent Police Duty award in 1997,
1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005. And, a Life Saving award in 1996 and 2000.
Michael Gennaro was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Gennaro joined the force in 1997 and has been our
training coordinator since 2001. He has received 7 letters of commendation and 11 letters of recognition. In 1999 he
received the Excellent Police Duty award and the Chief’s Award in 2003.
David Rodelo was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Rodelo joined the force in 1997. He was assigned as a
member of the Community Safety Bureau from 2003 to 2005. He has received 5 letters of commendation and 14
letters of recognition. In 1998, 2000, and 2005 he received the Excellent Police Duty award. And, he received a
Meritorious Service award in 2000.
Lashonda Burgess was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Burgess joined the force in 2002. She was assigned as
an officer in our Urban Enterprise Zone unit in 2004 and as a School Resource Officer in Hillside High School in 2007.
She has received 2 letters of commendation and 3 letters of recognition. In 2005 she received the Excellent Police
Duty award.




       From left to right: Lieutenant Nicola Lomonte, Detective Lieutenant Vincent Ricciardi, Sergeant David Rodelo,
                     Sergeant Michael Gennaro, Sergeant Lashonda Burgess, and Chief Robert Quinlan.

                            Hillside Officers Congratulated for Valor Awards
   Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette
Jane Kowalski presents Hillside Police Detective
Peter Corvelli (2nd from left) and Officer Joseph
Cocuzza (2nd from right) with resolutions
congratulating them on receiving both the New
Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Valor
Award and the New Jersey State Law Enforcement
Officers Association Valor Award. They are joined
by Hillside Police Captain Salvatore San Filippo.
   On March 11, 2006, Corvelli of Kenilworth and
Cocuzza of Hillside pursued a stolen vehicle
through Hillside. The pursuit ended when the
stolen vehicle crashed and one of the four suspects
was ejected from the vehicle. As they arrested the
first suspect, the vehicle caught fire trapping the
other three suspects in the burning vehicle. With
the vehicle upside down, Corvelli and Cocuzza
managed to rescue all three suspects, one of whom
was unconscious, from the burning vehicle.
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               Union County Comes Out Strong For National Night Out!




           LINDEN’s NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

            Retiring Chief John Miliano and
              Acting Chief Michael Boyle
               presided over the annual
        National Night Out festivities in Linden,
        with many residents, business owners
             and community neighbors --
         including Target store employees --
                      pitching in.




                                 PLAINFIELD’s NATIONAL NIGHT OUT:
      Clockwise from Top Left: Heritage Show choir performs at National Night Out in Plainfield;
              Representatives of Plainfield’s 3rd Ward show off their award for winning
   the National Night Out Ward Challenge; Getting the audience members involved in the activities;
Former National Night Out chair Elizabeth Urquhart and Police Chief Edward Santiago share a minute at
        National Night Out; Harold Gibson and Linda Carter lead the peace walk that kicked off
         Plainfield’s National Night Out, followed by the 2007 Junior Police Academy cadets.




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             Plainfield’s ‘Save A Life Today’s Youth Day Out and COPS Bike Rodeo
                             Photos, clockwise: Officer Harold Carmen fits a young
                             Plainfield resident with a new bike helmet provided by State
                             Farm Insurance; Harold Malone tries his hand at the miniature
                             golf course provided by the Girl Scouts of Washington Rock at
                             the 2007 Youth Day/Bike Rodeo; Employee of High Gear Bike
                             Shop helps repair one of hundreds of bikes brought in for a
                             tune-up; Plainfield children enjoy the “hopper” provided by the
                             Plainfield Fire Division other attractions included a pony ride,
                             entertainment by Plainfield youth and a bike course;
                             Participants in the 2007 Youth Day/Bike Rodeo sponsored by
                             the Plainfield National Night Out Committee and Plainfield COP
                             on August 4, 2007; Lt. Michael Gilliam, Mayor Sharon Robison-
                             Briggs and Council Woman Linda Carter congratulate one of
                             the 20 recipients of a new bike at the 2007 Youth Day/Bike
                             Rodeo in Plainfield




                                    Academy LOOKOUT!
    Latest Course Offerings at Union County’s premier police training facility:
             The John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains
Larry Holtz, Holtz Learning Centers.............................................................................
Juvenile Law & Procedures (Including School Searches) Statutes, Policies & Procedures --
Review & Update                                                                      Tuesday, April 8th
                                                     1 to 5 officers: $99 per officer; 6 or more officers: $75 per officer

New Jersey Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure: Case Law Review and Update
                                                   TWO DAYS -- Wednesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 10
                                                  1 to 5 officers: $175 per officer; 6 or more officers: $125 per officer
New Jersey Legal Update: Title 2C, Title 39, AG Guidelines, Directives and Confession Law
                                                             TWO DAYS -- Thursday, April 17 & Friday, April 18
                                             1 to 5 officers: $175 per officer; 6 or more officers: $125 per officer

Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety...................................................
Police Training Officer (PTO)
                                                Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7, 2008 -- $650 per person
Supervision of Police Personnel (SPP)
                                   Monday, January 28 through Friday, February 8, 2008 -- $1,099 per person
Executive Management Program (EMP)
                                                Monday, April 21 through Friday, May 9, 2008 -- $2,900 per person

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)................................................................
Financial Investigations Practical Skills
                                                                      Monday, April 14 through Friday,April18, 2008
                                                Voting Members: Free; Associate Members: $225; Non-Members: $275
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                  Over 2,000 Citizens Turn Out For Union County D.A.R.E. Day!
                                                By Corporal Dennis Carovillano, Jr., New Providence Police Department;
                                                                 President, Union County D.A.R.E. Officers Association




   For the past 4 years I have been on the executive board of Union County D.A.R.E. Officer Association. Over that
time I have met many men and women dedicated to making a difference in a child’s life, and who make me proud
to be part of such a special team. Since its inception, our association has run annual events to utilize our funding
and resources to provide a day geared towards promoting positive alternatives to drug abuse. For this years event
we decided to join forces with Prevention Links and the Union County Coalition for the Prevention of Substance
Abuse. We combed both the 9th Annual Red Ribbon Day & 5th Annual Union County D.A.R.E. Day, on October 13,
2007 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., in Nomahegan Park, Cranford, N.J. As a resident of Cranford, and having a 10
year old daughter entering the 5th Grade D.A.R.E. program, this event was very special to me.
   I would like to recognize and thank our Executive Board for there continued commitment to our association,
Special Thanks to: Vice President Jerry Fogle- Union Twp. P.D.; Recording Secretary Samuel R. Rocco Jr. - Garwood
P.D.; and Treasurer Andrew McMahon- Union Twp. P.D. In addition to our executive board, our association is lucky to
have many dedicated D.A.R.E. Officers that make our events a success, Special Thanks to: Jim Grady- Kenilworth
P.D.; Gary Moore- Westfield P.D., James Freeden- Summit P.D.; Chad Wilson- New Providence P.D.; Katie Hart-
Auxiliary Officer New Providence P.D.
   To start this years event a parade of support poured into the streets of Kenilworth and was lead by Juvenile Officers
Association President Jim Grady. The parade began at David Brearly High School in Kenilworth and at its conclusion
filled Nomahegan Park in Cranford. The parade demonstrated tremendous solidarity and included many communities
with in Union County. The parade consisted of over 40 peer leaders, over 60 Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)
members, numerous emergency vehicles, D.A.R.E. vehicles, and Union County Municipal Alliances to prevent alcohol
and drug abuse.
   Once in the park a Red Ribbon ceremony was lead by Executive Director of Prevention Links, Diane Litterer to
remember fallen D.E.A. Agent Enrique Camarena who gave the ultimate sacrifice in 1985, when he lost his life in the
line of duty while battling drug traffickers. I joined Diane moments later to introduce the 5th and 6th grade Red
Ribbon Essay Winners, who were chosen from a long list of Union County students to read their “Healthy Choices”
essay to the crowd. These special students exhibited all the qualities that we as D.A.R.E. officers promote and
encourage, and I could not be more proud to have the honor of this introduction.
   Following the essays, the activities began! The first demonstration of positive alternatives to drugs was a
performance by Deidra Shea’s Irish Step Dance Studio, from Cranford and included six beautiful and talented dancers.
This performance was followed by peer leader activities and prizes, D.J. Music & Dancing, 2 helicopters fly-ins,
Inflatable jungle gyms, National Guard Rock Climbing Wall, Daren the D.A.R.E. mascot; The #1 D.A.R.E. car in
America, Scotch Plains D.A.R.E. Unit Activities, and many Union County Emergency Response Teams and equipment
on display.
   Support by the leaders from Union County is the key to our success, which was demonstrated on Saturday when
the following dignitaries were in attendance: Senator Thomas Kean, Jr.; Union County Prosecutor Theodore
Romankow; Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich; Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski (Chair Person); Union
County Freeholder Alexander Miradella.
   An event of this magnitude is a team effort and a majority of its success is a direct result of contribution from
those behind the scenes. That is why I would like to thank all Union County Police Chiefs, Union County
Superintendent of Schools and Municipal Alliances to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse for their unwavering support.
Special Thanks to my chief, New Providence Police Chief Anthony Buccelli, who has allowed me to commit countless
hours as Union County D.A.R.E. President, to run these many events. In addition, I would like to recognize Georgene
Berg of Prevention Links, who is responsible for organizing a majority of the activities and will continue to be an
essential part of her organizations success.
THANKS TO OUR PARTICIPANTS: Peer Leaders: Springfield, Kenilworth, New Providence, Roselle Park, Roselle, Scotch
Plains, Elizabeth; R.O.T.C.: Roselle, Linden, Elizabeth, Hillside; DEA: (Fly-in); National Guard: (Fly-in and rock
climbing wall); Police Departments: Cranford PD, Kenilworth PD, New Providence PD, New Providence Auxiliary PD,
Scotch Plains PD, Union Twp. PD and Union Township Police Explorers, Sayreville Police #1 DARE Car, Union County
S.W.A.T., Narcotic Strike Force, Roselle Park PD; Union Twp Police Explorers; Blue Nights,
Municipal Alliances: Roselle Park, Cranford, Roselle, Garwood, New Providence: Cranford FD and EMS; Kenilworth
FD, Westfield FD, Westfield EMS, Cranford FD.
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       Reward Money Presented For Apprehension of “Hat Bandit” Serial Bank Robber
                                                                Steven Gomez, the 21-year-old bank teller who provided
                                                            the clue that caught the “Hat Bandit” serial bank robber, was
                                                            the happy recipient of $10,000 in reward money at the Union
                                                            County Prosecutor’s Office.
                                                                 Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow, who organized the
                                                            joyous ceremony, highlighted the efforts that Gomez played
                                                            in the apprehension of James Madison, aka the “Hat Bandit.”
                                                                  He was joined by Morris County Prosecutor Robert
                                                            Bianchi, the Sheriffs of Union, Morris and Essex Counties,
                                                            representatives of the FBI, Commerce Bank, Union County
                                                            Crime Stoppers, and other          county Crime stoppers
                                                            organizations.




                Congratulations to Lt. Carl Riley, FBI National Academy Graduate
                              Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow has congratulated Lt. Carl Riley upon his
                           graduation from the prestigious FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Riley
                           completed the 10 week program in September. After graduation, Riley returned to his post as
                           head of the investigative team of the Homicide Unit at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
                              The FBI program is internationally known for it academic excellence with its mission to
                           “support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law
                           enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges.”
                           The 10 week program includes advanced management, investigative and fitness training for a
                           select group of officers who have especially outstanding records within their agencies. The
                           graduating class was composed of men and women from all over the United States and 23
                           other countries.
                              “Lt. Riley deserves a lot of credit. It is quite an honor to be accepted into this program,”
                           Romankow said. “With all the challenges that members of law enforcement face today, it’s
                           especially essential for us to stay abreast of the latest training and techniques being used
                           across the country.”
                              Riley has been a member of the law enforcement community for over 18 years. Before
                           joining the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998, he was a detective in the Essex County
                           Prosecutor’s Office and a police officer with the Shrewsbury Police Department.
                           Congratulations to 2007 POMA Award Recipients
   Principal Clerk Transcriber Cheryl Berner and Legal Secretary Christine
Peoples were named from among support personnel across the state to receive
special service awards from the Prosecutors Office Management Association
(POMA) this month. Both dedicated veteran employees, Cheryl and Christine
were the recipients of the 2007 Annual Prosecutor’s Office Management
Association (POMA) Awards Program, selected by the Union County Prosecutor’s
Office Clerical Supervisors. They were congratulated by the administrative staff
and their co-workers at a celebration breakfast at the courthouse complex in mid-
October.                                                                                Cheryl Berner     Christine Peoples
   Cheryl Berner has been with the UCPO for eight
years. She is currently assigned to the Westfield
Laboratory.
   Christine Peoples has been with the UPCO for
nine years. She is currently assigned to the
Administrative Staff.
   We congratulate both recipients, who have
proven time and again to be assets to the UCPO,
on their outstanding accomplishment.




                            We salute all those who serve our great nation,
                        and offer our prayers for their success and safe return.
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                          Honoring Union County’s Fallen Officers -- Part 3
               This regular series in ‘The Newsletter,’ which commenced with the April 2007 issue,
                            is dedicated to honoring Union County’s thirty fallen officers,
  whose names are currently inscribed on the ‘In The Line Of Duty’ memorial at the John H. Stamler Police Academy.




      Police Officer Jacob Kraus -- Rahway PD                            Police Officer James Lynch -- Rahway PD

          Veteran Rahway Police Officer Jacob Kraus and Officer James Lynch were shot and killed on Wednesday,
February 26, 1919 as they searched for a suspect in an assault case. The following account of the incident has been taken
from an account provided by the Rahway Police Department, supplemented with information from an article that appeared
at that time in the Newark Evening News.
  Rahway Police Officer Jacob Kraus, a 14-year-veteran, and Officer James Lynch, a 2-year-veteran, were shot and killed
on Wednesday, February 26, 1919 as they searched for a suspect in an assault case.
  Officer Lynch was off-duty and in plain cloths when he came upon a fight in front of a pool hall in the area of Irving Street
and Central Avenue. The crown recognized him as a police officer and fled on foot. One of the men that was involved in
the fight sustained facial injuries and Officer Lynch escorted him to police headquarters for treatment for his injuries.
  While walking him to Headquarters, Officer Lynch observed that one of the suspects that had fled was wearing a red
sweater and was hiding in a hallway at 8 Main Street. Leaving the victim at Headquarters, Officer Lynch returned to the
Main Street Address with Officer Kraus to look for the man in the red sweater. When they arrived, the suspect was gone.
The officers entered the building and proceeded up the stairs to an apartment and knocked on the door. They requested
permission to enter “in the name of the law to secure a man that had been seen entering the house”. When the door
opened, the man inside opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun, killing both officers.
   According to an article that appeared at that time in the Newark Evening News, “Officer Kraus came downstairs and
faintly remarked, “I’m through,” and started for the police station...He was barely able to reach headquarters, where he
sank into a chair and murmured “7 Main Street” to the desk sergeant...He was hurried to the Rahway hospital and he
passed away soon after reaching the institution...The desk sergeant realized the seriousness of the affair, but did not know
that Officer Lynch had been shot. Through his police boxes and by fast use of the telephone, he had every available
member of the department hastening to the scene in a few minutes...The officers were told to surround the house and not
allow anyone to escape...After the desk sergeant had called the various officers, the suspect ran a distance of nearly three
blocks in his underclothes and told the sergeant that two men had shot at his home, but he didn’t know who did the
shooting...The officers arrived in minutes and stationed themselves on guard as directed not to allow anyone to escape.
They did not know their brother officer, Mr. Lynch, was dead in the apartment at the head of the stairs, only a few feet from
them...”...An autopsy revealed “six bullets had entered Officer Lynch’s body, one passing through the heart and out through
the back, one through the abdomen, another through the groin and three bullets in the legs. One bullet killed Officer Kraus,
passing through a lung and grazing the heart.”
   The suspect was apprehended and charged with murder. He was not, however, the suspect that the officers were
originally searching for. That suspect was later located and it was determined that he had nothing to do with the murder
of Officer Lynch or Officer Kraus.
  The suspect who shot the officers claimed that he believed the men entering his apartment were thieves and did not
realize they were police officers, and was later found not guilty at trial,

                        The Union County Police Chiefs Association was organized in 1949 as an association dedicated to the service
                        of the people of Union County, New Jersey. The stated purposes for the association was “to secure a closer
                        relationship among police officials throughout Union County, and to secure unity of action in police matters,
                        and elevate the standards for police institutions; to further the adoption of humane efforts in the enforcement
                        of laws, the advancement along all lines pertaining to the prevention and detection of crime, and the promotion
                        of police and education in general.” The association, which represents the county’s 21 municipalities, Union
                        County Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Kean University Police Department, continues
                        to strive to achieve the goals set forth by their predecessors 57 years ago. Kenilworth Police Chief William
                        Dowd currently serves as president for a one-year term.

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                             Union County Prosecutor’s Office Telephone Numbers
Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow...............................................................................................................         527-4510
First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr..............................................................................................           527-4502
Executive Assistant Prosecutor Henry W. Jaeger.........................................................................................                527-4549
Executive Assistant Prosecutor Anne K. Frawley..........................................................................................               527-4650
Executive Assistant Prosecutor Eileen Walsh................................................................................................            527-4621
Investigations Supervisor David J. Hancock..................................................................................................           527-4661
Trial Supervisor Regina Caulfield...................................................................................................................   527-4515
Chief of Investigations Robert T. Buccino......................................................................................................        527-4615
Office Supervisor Dina Apuzzio......................................................................................................................   527-4583
Administrative Services Unit                                                           Major Crimes Unit
    Prosecutor’s Agent Michael J. Breunig......... 527-2354
                                                                                               Child Abuse
Appellate Section                                                                                  Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado..... 965-3879
    Assistant Prosecutor Sara Liebman.............. 527-4593                                       Lieutenant Tracy Diaz............................. 965-3885
Asset Forfeiture Section                                                                       Homicide
    Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Haluszczak.... 527-4578                                           Assistant Prosecutor Ann M. Luvera...... 527-4689
Auto Theft Task Force
    Detective Michael Melillo.................................298-7840                 Media Relations & Public Information
                                                                                          Exec. Assistant Prosecutor Eileen Walsh...... 527-4621
Community Prosecutions Unit
[formerly Save A Life Today (S.A.L.T.)]                                                Narcotic Strike Force
    Assistant Prosecutor Tiffany Wilson.............. 791-7130                            Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour.... 810-6545
    Detective Keith Johnson................................ 791-7130                      Captain Joseph F. Vitelli................................ 810-6551
                                                                                          Lieutenant Ronald G. Reale.......................... 810-6552
Criminal Case Control Unit
    Lieutenant Guy Steward................................ 527-4606                    PDC Unit
Domestic Violence Unit                                                                    Assistant Prosecutor Al Zabady..................... 527-4526
    Assistant Prosecutor Susan Gleason............ 527-4580                            Plainfield Project
Elizabeth Project                                                                          Assistant Prosecutor Tiffany Wilson............. 226-0124
    Assistant Prosecutor Deborah A. White........ 558-2054                             Released Offenders Unit
Grand Jury Unit                                                                           Assistant Prosecutor Sue Lewis.................... 527-4435
    Assistant Prosecutor David Schneider........... 527-4675
                                                                                       Special Offenders Unit
    Lieutenant Abdel Anderson............................ 527-4545
                                                                                          Assistant Prosecutor Maureen O’Brien......... 527-4557
Insurance Fraud Unit
    Assistant Prosecutor James O. Tansey......... 527-4670                             Special Prosecutions Unit
                                                                                          Assistant Prosecutor William Kolano............. 527-4673
Intelligence Unit                                                                         Lieutenant Steven Siegel............................... 527-4658
    Lieutenant Kevin Foley.................................. 810-6571
                                                                                               Arson
John H. Stamler Police Academy                                                                    Sergeant Richard Stamler....................... 527-4914
    Chief Anton “Sandy” W. Danco, Director....... 889-6112
Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force                                                             Bias & Hate Crimes
    Deputy Chief Gregory Clay........................... 527-4657                                 Sergeant Ana Zsak................................. 527-4619
    Captain Edward Fitzgerald............................ 527-4604                                Sergeant Vincent G. Gagliardi................. 527-4696

   Critical Infrastructure Coordinator                                                         High-Tech Task Force
       Philip C. Spinelli...................................... 527-4724                          Exec. Asst. Prosecutor Anne K. Frawley. 527-4650
                                                                                                  Detective Michael Hoose........................ 527-4563
Juvenile Justice Unit
   Assistant Prosecutor Doreen Yanik............... 527-4631                                   Sex Crimes
                                                                                                  Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel....... 558-2518
Laboratory
   Sergeant Joseph R. Koury............................. 654-9847                      Victim / Witness Unit
                                                                                           Coordinator Elaine O'Neal............................. 965-3897
Newsletter Editors
   Editor-in-Chief..........................................................................                    Executive Assistant Robert P. O’Leary
   Recent Legislation...................................................................             Executive Assistant Prosecutor Anne K. Frawley
   Recent Case Law.....................................................................                            Assistant Prosecutor Sara Liebman
   Newsletter Layout & Production..............................................                  Assistant Public Information Officer Karen E. Positan
   Print Production.......................................................................                                  Dora Ottaviano, Sign Shop
             The Newsletter is published quarterly in January, April, July and October by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for use by
               law enforcement officers. The opinions and recommendations appearing in articles do not necessarily represent those of
       the Union County Prosecutor’s Office unless otherwise stated. The submission of articles from law enforcement agencies is encouraged.
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