Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Falcone died Tuesday. He wrote a decision regarding the Seton Hall University dorm fire case.
Joseph Falcone, a former Passaic County Prosecutor and state Superior Court judge, died Tuesday, NorthJersey.com reported. Falcone, a Wayne resident, became the Pasasic County assignment judge in 1996, the top judge in the county, the website reported. He also wrote a decision regarding the Seton Hall University dorm fire case. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Wayne resident gave birth in 2009 to a baby later found dead in a garbage bag outside her home a few days later, authorities say.
A judge on Monday found there is sufficient evidence to support a first-degree murder charge against a Wayne woman accused of suffocating her infant shortly after it was born in 2009, according to NorthJersey.com. Keri Barry, then 22, gave birth to a full-term baby Dec. 11, 2009 at her Wayne home. Barry’s family took her to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock where hospital staff realized she had given birth. The family was concerned about the baby, who could not be located. Barry never informed either her family or hospital staff that she had given birth. The Wayne Police Department searched Barry’s home and collected garbage bags where the afterbirth was alleged to have been placed. The baby was found in one of the plastic garbage bags during…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Here is a recap of the top news stories of the week.
North Jersey and Wayne residents and officials criticized Jersey Central Power & Light for the company's lack of response in the days following Superstorm Sandy. A Wayne man has plead not guilty to attempted murder in the shooting a Paterson resident on Nov. 15. Brian Curry, 24, was arrested last week after the Vernon and Paterson police departments conducted a joint attempted murder and narcotics investigation. A 20-year-old Wayne man was drunk when he struck a utility pole and fled before returning to the scene on Parish Drive Sunday night, township police said. Raymond Morales, 20, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Samantha Music has created a product to reduce the risk of…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wayne's Camelia Valdes was appointed to the position by then-Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009. She is the first Latina prosecutor in the state's history.
Camelia Valdes’ life has been a series of firsts. She is the first in her family to graduate from high school. The first in her family to attend college. The first Latina prosecutor in the history of New Jersey. And the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States. Former Gov. Jon Corzine appointed Valdes, a Wayne resident, to the position of Passaic County prosecutor in 2009. “It is incredible that in 2009 were we speaking about ‘the first’ of anything,” Valdes said. “As the chief law enforcement officer, we represent and serve everyone, including minorities and there is a certain level of comfort they experience when they see someone like them.” Valdes was born in Bronx, N.Y., and grew up in Newark. She moved to Wayne…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Thomas Ingham charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
A long-serving Essex County Sheriff’s Officer from Wayne was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a juvenile girl and family friend, authorities said. Thomas Ingham, 48, an Essex County sheriff’s officer, was charged with one count of sexual asault and the alleged touching of a child under the age of 13, and one count of criminal sexual contact against a young girl who was a family friend, said Chris Freid, assistant prosecutor for the Special Victims Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. Ingham was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and lewdness, against both victims who were between the ages of 8 and 14 when the alleged abuse occurred, Freid said. Ingham, who has been with the sheriff's office …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Leonard Joachim accused of sexually assaulting a female patient in August 2011.
A Wayne physician has been indicted on a sexual assault charge, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced earlier this month. Leonard Joachim, 58, of Sparta, was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 13 after a joint investigation by the prosecutor’s office Special Victims Unit, the Wayne Police Department, and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau. The assault occurred when Joachim was treating a female patient on Aug. 31, 2011 at his Hamburg Turnpike office, the prosecutor’s office announced. Joachim was released on $500,000 bail. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners has suspended Joachim’s medical license. Anyone who has additional information related to the investigation should call Kathleen Conklin, an …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Prosecutor said there are no 'obvious' signs 22-year-old Devin O'Keefe was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Officials are waiting on a toxicology report from the state Medical Examiner’s office on a 22-year-old Park Ridge who was killed in a car accident last week. Devin O'Keefe was killed in an accident on Valley Road last week when the Acura he was driving crossed over to the southbound lane and crashed into a BMW, Wayne Police said. Paramedics from St. Joseph's Hospital and the Wayne First Aid Squad rendered aid to Okeefe, but he died from his injuries at the scene. Sumana Mitra, the senior assistant prosecutor in charge of vehicular homicide said that the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wayne Police Department are still investigating the accident. “We are waiting for the toxicology report and sometimes it takes a couple of months …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Jewelry Exchange says it's ceased purchasing secondhand jewelry. Personnel from The Wayne Diamond and Jewelry Exchange allegedly attacked a cameraman and a reporter.
Authorities promise to stay vigilant and keep investigating businesses that purchase secondhand jewelry in light of burglaries that occurred in town earlier this year. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes reaffirmed her office’s commitment to find the stolen items that have not been recovered yet. Valdes and other authorities said Tuesday that a dozen Wayne jewelers allegedly violated state and local laws protecting consumers seeking to trade in their precious metals for money. None of the businesses were licensed to purchase jewelry. “We want to make sure that if people’s homes are being burglarized, and their jewelry is being sold at these places, we have an opportunity to at least recovery some of the jewelry from homes that have …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
More than 170 state civil complaints were filed against the business owners.
A dozen Wayne jewelers allegedly violated state and municipal laws by improperly purchasing precious metals from undercover investigators. More than 170 state civil complaints and 30 municipal code violations were filed against the jewelers for allegedly violating the laws protecting consumers seeking to trade in gold, silver and other precious metals for money. Law enforcement officials announced the alleged violations at a press conference Tuesday. The jewelers are accused of failing to weigh and test the fineness of precious metals in plain view of sellers, not obtaining sellers’ proof of identification, not posting the prices offered for precious metals, and failing to issue receipts. Some sellers allegedly did not use a scale …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Wayne police, prosecutor's office to make announcement on investigation Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement officials will announce Tuesday morning the results of a joint investigation involving cash for gold offerings. Twelve jewelers are accused of violating cash for gold consumer protection laws. Eric Kanefsky, acting director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, and Wayne Police Chief John Reardon will attend the event. The announcement will take place at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office in Paterson at 10 a.m. Check back with Patch Tuesday to find out what officials announced. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.