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Task Force Investigating Plainfield Homicide

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting death of a Plainfield man that occurred earlier this morning, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

At approximately 1:30a.m. Wednesday a man, suffering from a gunshot wound was dropped off at Muhlenberg Hospital by several men who quickly left the hospital, said Romankow. The men were located a short time later and are being interviewed.

The victim, Curtis Stroud DOB 1/13/1980 was pronounced dead at 1:45a.m. and the Union County Homicide Task Force was notified. A short time later, a crime scene was located at the Intersection of Berckman St. and South Avenue. Detectives continue to gather and examine evidence and interview potential witnesses.

This remains an active investigation by the Task Force and Plainfield Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Michael Triarsi at (908) 966-2301

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Task Force Investigating Cranford Homicide

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Cranford Police Department are investigating the death of a woman that occurred on Sunday, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Police were called to a residence on Greaves Place in Cranford shortly after noon on March 13, where they discovered the victim, Pamela Schmidt, 22, of Warren, N.J. unresponsive in a basement room, said Romankow. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy by the county medical examiner determined that Schmidt suffered traumatic injuries and that her death was ruled a homicide, said Romankow.

Investigators have determined a person of interest in connection with the homicide, but no charges have been filed as of Monday morning. This remains an active investigation but residents of Cranford should not feel like they are in danger. This appears to be a tragic isolated incident, said Romankow.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Arrest Made in Cranford Homicide

Earlier this evening the Union County Homicide Task Force arrested and charged William Parisio of Greaves Place in Cranford with the Sunday homicide of Pamela Schmidt, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Parisio DOB 7/4/1988 is being held at the Union County Jail on $400,000 bail. He will make his first court appearance in the coming days.

The arrest was a result of a joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Cranford Police Department.

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Linden Man Arrested in Connection with Concert Scam

A Union County man who pretended to be a high-profile promoter for well known musicians, was arrested this morning after an investigation revealed that he routinely solicited concert venues throughout the country with offer to book the artists, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Yusuf Nadir D.O.B. 3/9/1973 was arrested without incident this morning at his home on the 1200 Block of E. St. Georges Avenue in Linden. He will be held at the Union County Jail $75,000 bail. The arrest was made by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit, said Romankow.

He is charged with counts of 2nd and 3rd Degree Theft by Deception, counts of 2nd and 3rd Degree Criminal impersonation and three counts of 3rd Degree writing bad checks.

According to investigators, since late 2010 Nadir would call concert venues around the country identifying himself using the names of actual talent representatives from artists like Lil Wayne, said Romankow.

During these conversations Nadir would ask venues to deposit a “down payment” for future concert dates into accounts he controlled. As of his arrest, authorities are aware of at least $100,000 in payments received by Nadir from concert venues in Ohio and North Carolina. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of law enforcement around the country as well as promotional companies like Live Nation.

This is an active investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation into Nadir is urged to contact Det. Jamieson Antonio at (908) 527-4558.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Plainfield Man Convicted on Drug Charge

A Plainfield man was found guilty in Union County Superior Court yesterday of 3rd degree drug possession, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Shalid Hannah DOB: 8/29/1971 was first arrested in April 2010 on the 10 block of Everett Place by members of the Plainfield Police Department who were in the area on an unrelated investigation, said Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon, who prosecuted the case.

As officers approached Hannah while he sat inside a vehicle, the defendant threw what would later be identified as nearly ½ ounce of crack cocaine from the window, said McMahon.

He convicted following two hours of deliberation. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17, 2011 before Union County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega.

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Update on Elizabeth Homicide

Authorities have identified the victim who was discovered on Monday afternoon in Elizabeth, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

The victim, Marlon Castaneda DOB: 2/6/1988 of Franklin Street in Elizabeth, had been reported missing by relatives on October 11, 2010. He was last seen alive on October 9, 2010.

Castaneda’s partially decomposed body that was discovered on March 7, 2011 near Pine Street and Front Street in Elizabeth, said Romankow. An autopsy was performed by the county medical examiner on Tuesday and the manner of death determined to be homicide.

This is an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to call Detective Steven Francisco at (908) 514-1722. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Task Force Investigating Elizabeth Homicide

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force is investigating the discovery of a partially decomposed body that was discovered Monday afternoon near Pine Street and Front Street in Elizabeth, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

An autopsy was performed this morning by the county medical examiner and the manner of death was determined to be homicide. Efforts are being made to identify the victim and the Homicide Task Force is continuing to gather and examine evidence, said Romankow.

This is an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to call Detective Steven Francisco at (908) 514-1722. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Newark Man Found Guilty in 2009 Car Chase

Last week a Union County jury convicted a Newark man on 11 different charges stemming from 2009 car chase with police near the Kean University campus, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Shawn Loyal DOB: 3/3/1984 was convicted of the charges, including two counts of 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault and one count of 2nd Degree eluding, stemming from the chase that began on November 18, 2009 in Union Township, said Assistant Prosecutor Brent Bramnick, who prosecuted the case.

According to the investigation Loyal, a verified member of the Bloods street gang, was in a stolen vehicle when members of the Union Township Police Department attempted to pull him over in the vicinity of Kean University, said Bramnick.

Loyal refused to pull over and led the officers on a chase through Union Township, Hillside and eventually into Elizabeth where he crashed into a taxi carrying two passengers and causing serious injury to them, said Bramnick. At that point, Loyal fled the stolen vehicle and led officers on a short foot chase and assaulted one of the officers while he was being placed under arrest, said Bramnick.

Loyal was found guilty of the charges following two days of deliberation and a four-day trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega. Loyal faces up to 30 years in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced on May 27, 2011.

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Arrest made in Rahway Homicide

The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a man yesterday afternoon in connection with a homicide that occurred in the city of Rahway last week, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Miguel M. Floyd DOB: 4/28/1985 was arrested and charged in the shooting death of Pierrelious Betchly, 40, who was discovered at a Wilson Avenue residence just after 5 a.m. on February 21, 2011.

Betchly was transported to University Hospital where he died from his injuries around 2:50p.m. on Monday, said Romankow.

Floyd was arrested on Monday afternoon around 4p.m. following an investigation by the Homicide Task Force and the Rahway Police Department and he is currently being held at the Union County Jail on $500,000 bail.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Update on Elizabeth Shooting

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the Sunday evening shooting of an Elizabeth man who remains in critical condition at University Hospital, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

The 20-year-old victim was shot while inside a vehicle near the area of North Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, said Romankow. The shooting occurred around 8 p.m.

The circumstances around the shooting are under investigation and no arrests have been made, said Romankow. This remains an active investigation by the Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department.

Anyone with information relating to the shooting is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers at (908) 654-TIPS, by texting UCTIP to 274637, or online at www.uctip.org.