Former Essex County Elections Official Pleads Guilty To Tampering With Records

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that former Essex County Superintendent of Elections Carmine Casciano pleaded guilty today to tampering with public records.

Avenel Man Charged In Scheme To Smuggle Cell Phones & Drugs Into State Prison

NEWARK – A former corrections officer from Avenel was one of 35 people indicted on charges that they conspired to smuggle pre-paid cell phones and drugs into Northern State Prison in Newark, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today.

New Unemployment Claims On The Upswing

STATE — In the week ending Sept. 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 465,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 453,000, according to data released today by the federal government.

Violent Crime Continued To Rise In Elizabeth

ELIZABETH – According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, 1,288 incidents of violent crime were reported in Elizabeth last year. That was a 14.6 percent increase from the 1,124 incidents reported in 2008, and a 56.5 percent increase from the 823 incidents in 2005.