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JimmieSession

Jimmie Session

ELIZABETH—Two Newark men have been arrested and charged with the March 18 shooting death of a Roselle business owner, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said Monday. Additionally the men have been linked to a number of robberies in Elizabeth, Millburn and North Arlington.

Jimmie Session, 42, and Victor Russ, 42, are both charged with felony murder, first degree murder, robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon. Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim set bail for each man at $1 million.

Beginning last December, police believe the two men began robbing liquor and convenience stores in the North Jersey area including two locations in Elizabeth, an additional Roselle location and one in North Arlington where a gun was displayed and a shot fired, said Romankow. They also allegedly robbed a store in Millburn, but did not fire a weapon.

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Junior Achievement

Junior-Achievement

Junior Achievement—Abraham Clark High School students Deneeshah Williams (left), 17, and Brittany Sandifer (right), 17, read to Harrison Elementary School students (from left to right) Kaleigh Villeea, 6, Anaya Hairston, 6, Mustafa Ismael, 6, and Joshua Morales, 5, in Roselle as part of the Junior Achievement program. The program helps ACHS students prepare for careers in academia.

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ELIZABETH – A 32-year-old Linden man has been charged with killing Roselle resident Gregory Fils-Aime in April 2007, authorities said.

Kareem Prunty was arrested Friday night as a result of a joint investigation between the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Linden Police Department. He was being held at Union County Jail in Elizabeth in lieu of $2 million bail, officials said.

Prunty, who had previously served time in federal prison for gun-trafficking, was charged with first degree homicide.

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ELIZABETH—The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, in conjunction with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, has arrested six members of the infamous Bloods street gang – including two from Elizabeth—along with nine of their criminal associates. This wave of arrests began Monday evening, according to Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark Field Office.

During mid-2008 through mid-2009, the task force, in conjunction with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office began to target the activities of the Bloods street gang operation in Union County. Through the use of various sensitive law enforcement techniques, the task force identified the subjects listed below as major figures in the Bloods criminal operation, officials said.

As a result of the investigation, the task force seized approximately a half kilogram of cocaine and a quarter kilograms of heroin, four firearms, and one vehicle. State arrest warrants were issued for the below individuals for various drug and weapons violations, all based on allegations made in criminal complaints: (more…)

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A 31-year-old Georgia man who was charged with murder in last week’s shooting of a Roselle man in North Brunswick apparently committed suicide while in custody, according to the warden at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.

Cadre Williams was pronounced dead about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to an official statement. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Williams’ alleged getaway car driver, Andre D. Trott, was charged with multiple counts of eluding police and aggravated assault following last Thursday’s fatal shooting and subsequent car police chase into Edison. He remains in custody with bail set at $1.5 million.

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STATE – Despite the recession and a growing movement against increased taxes, voters passed a majority of the school budgets in Middlesex and Union counties on Tuesday.

Voters approved school budgets in 16 of 21 Union County school districts, though Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden and Plainfield voters rejected their districts’ spending plans. Eighteen of 24 school budgets passed in Middlesex County; budgets failed in Edison, Carteret, Sayreville, Monroe, Perth Amboy and Helmetta.

While a majority of South Amboy voters agreed to a $42,000 plan to restore middle school sports programs that were eliminated last year, the second question did not receive the sixty percent of the votes needed to pass .

The budgets that failed will now be reviewed by municipal officials, who will decide whether to make cuts. School boards may then accept the cuts or appeal to the state commissioner of education.

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 voteUNION COUNTY – Six Democrats are challenging incumbent Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs in the June primary as she pursues a second term. She became the first woman to serve as Plainfield’s chief executive after defeating Robert Ferraro in 2005.

Two-term Democratic City Councilman and former Freeholder Adrian Mapp is the best-known challenger, but the crowded field also includes five other candidates. Ferraro, Carol Ann Browkaw Boles, an attorney; Thomas Turner, an IT consultant; Martin Cox, a Board of Education member and recently retired city employee; and Rebecca Kelley, a political newcomer, are also seeking the Democratic nomination. James Pivnichny will run unopposed on the Republican slate.

The other race of note is the Republican primary for the 21st Assembly District, which includes Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Summit City, Watchung, Westfield and parts of Somerset, Morris and Essex counties.

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