Vera Pecoraro was found Saturday evening, July 7, 2012, lying on a sofa in her stately suburban home, her throat cut by a serrated knife that was left nearby, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said.
When Jonathan Zarate of Randolph asked the 16-year-old girl next door to come over, it was with the idea that they’d both watch television in the basement. But as his parents slept upstairs, Zarate beat his neighbor, Jennifer Parks, with a…
Acquaintances described deli owner John Amendola as friendly, outgoing with plenty of personality. But one man who’d known Amendola for nearly 20 years didn’t apparently think so.
“He said, ‘No get out of the cab, no get out of the cab; you must pay.’ I told him, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t have my wallet with me.’ And the guy said, ‘No, no, no. I call…
By pleading guilty, John Staten, of Orange, avoided the murder charge he had faced, and the accompanying potential life sentence if convicted at trial. Under the terms of the agreement, Staten will receive 18 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 19 in Superior Court in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Staten admitted he beat 27-year-old Arthur Downey III with an iron just hours after they met on March 14, 2010, then covered his head with a plastic bag, prosecutors said. The cause of death was bludgeoning and asphyxiation. A roommate discovered Downey’s body the next morning in their Maplewood home.
A 28-year-old man is being held on $1 million bail, charged with murder in the shooting of a teenagerfrom Elizabeth, authorities said Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
The family of a young woman raped and stabbed to death more than 35 years ago is waging a legal battle to keep her killer in prison.
Christopher Righetti, of River Vale, is serving a life sentence in Northern State Prison, Newark, for the 1976 kidnapping, rape and murder of 20-year-old Kim Montelaro, 20, of New Milford. According to published reports, Montelaro was kidnapped from the Paramus Park Mall and later sexually assaulted and stabbed six times. Her body was dumped in a Washington Township swimming area, according to published reports.
Righetti was 16 at the time of the crime. But he was tried as an adult and convicted.
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NEW YORK — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.
Investigators: Maplewood man killed father, grandmother, then held a house party By Tucker Cummings For Morbid New Jersey In a lurid tale straight out of a pulp novel, police investigators say a New Jersey man threw a house party after…
William Parisio, awaiting trial in a murder case that led to a law outlawing “bath salts,” died in the Union County jail on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, according to the Star-Ledger. A cause of death was not released.
NEWARK — Police arrested a 32-year-old Newark man and charged him with a triple shooting that left one man dead and an 81-year-old woman injured inside a mom ‘n’ pop restaurant, police said.
A man out shopping for the holidays was shot in the head and killed in front o this horrified wife Dec. 15, 2013 during a violent carjacking in the parking garage of the upscale Mall at Short Hills. Dustin…
The man accused of stabbing Jennifer Whipkey to death lived a little more than half a football field away from where her body was found, according to the South Jersey Times. That was among testimony heard Thursday during the fourth day in the trial of Brian M. Mertz, charged with the rape and murder of the 22-year-old from East Greenwich Township.
On the morning of Jan. 11, 2008, Stanton Popewiny called police to his grandfather’s home at 38 Woodmere Road in Cedar Grove. The 87-year-old retired psychiatrist, Eugene Hrabarchuck, had fallen in the upstairs bedroom, Popewiny, 24, told the police.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office: On Monday, March 5, 2012, at about 5 p.m., the Lyndhurst Police Department was asked to respond to 103 Page Avenue, Apartment 3 to check on the welfare of the resident. The request…
The victim was Geetha Angara, a well-liked forty-three-year-old hydrochemist. She was the mother of three, the wife of a banker, had a PhD in organic chemistry from New York University, and had worked at the Passaic Valley Water Commission plant for twelve years. In 2004, the plant underwent a $70 million upgrade, during which a chlorine treat- me nt system was replaced by an ozone-based system.
MyFoxPhilly.com reports that the suspected shooter has been shot and killed.