Lisa Berkman

  • Photo Credit: The South Amboy Sayreville Times

    SAYREVILLE, NJ–A police officer lost his job after admitting he covered up his patrol car's dashboard camera while running a “quick, personal errand.”

    James P. Pizzillo, age 33, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of tampering with public records on August 3.

    Pizzillo was admitted into the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program by Judge Michael Toto on September 25.

    The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office had recommended one to five years of probation, without any jail time.

  • Photo Credit: Borough of Jamesburg

     JAMESBURG, NJ—A 49-year old Jamesburg Borough Councilman is facing possession of cocaine charges, and several traffic violations, after crashing into a parked vehicle on July 7. 

    Thomas Busco, who is also a member of the Borough Council's Police Committee, was “unresponsive” as he rear-ended a legally parked Hyundai Genesis on Buckelew Avenue, according to the crash report.

    Busco was allegedly found with the drug in his 2010 blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • Photo Credit: Middlesex Borough

    MIDDLESEX, NJ–El inspector de incendios de Middlesex Borough ha sido acusado de conspiración para cometer extorsión con amenazas de fuerza, violencia y miedo para extorsionar al dueño de una compañía de construcción y renovación de edificios.

    El Ministerio de Justicia de los Estados Unidos cargó a dos hombres en la conspiración: Inspector Billy A. Donnerstag y su presunto cómplice, Joseph P. Martinelli.

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    MIDDLESEX, NJ–A Middlesex Borough fire inspector has been charged with conspiracy to commit extortion using threats of force, violence, and fear to extort the owner of a real estate development and construction company.

    The U.S. Department of Justice charged the two men in the conspiracy: Inspector Billy A. Donnerstag, and his alleged accomplice, Joseph P. Martinelli.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEWARK, NJ—The Lietenant Governor and a former Ambassador to Germany celebrated their victories in the primary election for the state's highest office on June 6.

    Both Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy will face off in November's general election, along with up to five independent candidates who submitted petitions to get on the ballot.

    Murphy was widely favored to secure the nomination, but Guadagno's path was more competitive.  Both secured about 48% of the vote statewide.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    SPOTSWOOD, NJ—The Spotswood Board of Education has been found in violation of transparency regulations in the state's Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), according to a January 7 ruling.

    Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Lisa M. Vignuolo ruled that the Board did not sufficiently disclose the details of closed-door meetings and violated the law in five different ways.