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Author Archives: David Jay Glassman

Law Enforcement Anticipates a Post-Pandemic Crime Surge

Police in New Jersey and across the nation are bracing for what they believe could be a serious uptick in crime in the second half of 2021, as lockdowns and social distancing measures fade away and people reemerge into society carrying the burden of pandemic-induced stress. Increased gun violence is particularly concerning for law enforcement…. Read More »

Child Pornography Sweep by NJ Prosecutor Leads to Mass Arrests

A New Jersey county prosecutor’s program targeting online sexual exploitation of children has led to multiple arrests on child pornography and related charges since mid-2020. Operation Safe Quarantine, begun by Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina in the early weeks of the pandemic, resulted in the arrests of 10 people last July on charges of possessing… Read More »

New Jersey Sees Overall Drop in Crime in 2020 but a Sharp Rise in Violence

Police department data shows that New Jersey had a significant decrease in total crime in 2020 but also that there has been a disturbing spike in homicides and other violent offenses during the pandemic. Crimes of violence have increased, which officials attribute to the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and to the desperation many… Read More »

Mass Release of Prisoners Underway in N.J. to Check Spread of Coronavirus

COVID-19 is most likely to be transmitted in enclosed, crowded environments, which puts inmates in highly populated prisons at a high risk of contracting it. As the virus surges nationwide, New Jersey is engaging in a mass release of prisoners in an attempt to slow the spread. The state Department of Corrections has released more… Read More »

Newton Man Faces Money Laundering Charges After Email Scheme Is Uncovered

A Newton small business owner could be facing jail time for laundering more than $75,000 in proceeds from an email scam he allegedly ran in 2017 and 2018. Robert J. Herburger, 60, is charged with having sent fraudulent emails to employees at multiple businesses seeking money for an apparently legitimate reason. Herburger then took the… Read More »

South Jersey Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

A sales executive for a New Jersey pharmaceutical sales company has admitted to charges that he masterminded a years-long prescription drug fraud and money laundering operation that caused health benefits programs and insurers to lose more than $50 million. William Hickman, a Northfield resident, pleaded guilty to two federal criminal counts, which, combined, could trigger… Read More »

What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules?

During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and… Read More »

How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people who have violated government edicts designed to reduce… Read More »

What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into… Read More »

Trump Administration Directs ICE Crackdown in Sanctuary Cities, Potentially Targeting Newark

The New York Times has reported a plan by the Trump administration to relocate a specially trained tactical unit of U.S. border patrol agents to boost enforcement efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in sanctuary cities across the country. Though the administration did not provide specific details about when new crackdowns will occur… Read More »