Friday, May 24, 2013
After Tina Lunney killed her mother Marie Zoppi, she used her credit cards to pay off debts to a collection agency and for a family vacation to North Carolina.
A Fairfield woman was convicted Friday of strangling her 81-year-old mother with a necktie in 2009, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Tina Lunney, 45, was found guilty of murdering her mother Marie Zoppi after a three-week trial in Newark. The jury convicted Lunney of murder after a day and a half of deliberation. Lunney will be sentenced on July 26 in Newark. Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Dimonetti said she will seek a life sentence based upon the heinous nature of the murder, according to a press release. “This case was all about the money,” Simonetti said in a press release. “Tina Lunney is a heartless killer who crushed her frail mother’s ribs and brutally strangled her with her husband’s necktie. Why? To pay off the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Update from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, April 29
The cause of death of a Caldwell woman who was found unattended in her home Saturday remains under investigation, although the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said Monday it may have been medical. The preliminary investigation shows the 26-year-old woman may have "suffered a medical event," Katherine Carter, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, said Monday. A final autospy report is pending.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Quovella Spruill named deputy chief of county law enforcement agency
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- Paul Milo
Friday, November 16, 2012
For years, when the management of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has had a question or a problem to be resolved, the first response has often been simply to “Ask Q.” “If you want something done, ask Q, and she can do it,” said Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. Quovella M. Spruill -- or “Q,” as she’s known around the Leroy Smith Public Safety Building in Newark -- on Friday officially became the first African-American woman to be named deputy chief of the county law enforcement agency, where she will help oversee a staff of 120 investigators and other personnel. During a swearing-in ceremony Friday, colleagues praised Spruill, who had served as acting deputy since May, for her tremendous work ethic and mastery of the details of law …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Disbarred attorney Matthew Kirnan of Ramsey receives 7-year jail sentence for stealing $750,000 in mortgage, inheritance funds from clients.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Former West Caldwell attorney Matthew Kirnan was sentenced Monday to seven years in state prison for stealing $750,000 from three clients, officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Kirnan, 52, a disbarred lawyer from Ramsey, was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson after pleading guilty before the same judge on July 18. Between 2009 and 2010, Kirnan, who practiced real estate law, admitted to pocketing money that was supposed to be used to pay two clients' outstanding mortgages, as well as money another client was to use to pay inheritance taxes. Instead of depositing the money in his attorney trust account and using it for the intended purpose, Kirnan stole the money, the prosecutor’s office said…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Bloomfield High School junior and soccer star was killed late Saturday night in a car crash on Broughton Avenue
The corner of Broughton Avenue and Walter Street fell completely silent Sunday night, as hundreds of Bloomfield High School students paid tribute to one of their own in an awesome display of Bengal pride. Holding candles and bouquets of flowers, some teens loudly sobbed while others stood quietly in prayer at the scene of a horrific car accident that claimed the life of 16-year-old Christina Lembo, a well-liked soccer star and Bloomfield High School student best remembered for her smile. "She was a nice girl, always laughing," said Monika Pollick, whose 15-year-old daughter, Leah, played soccer with Lembo for years. Nearly 24 hours earlier, Lembo was killed when the Honda Civic she was in the backseat of collided with a Chevrolet Camaro …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Essex County Prosecutor's Office investigating death.
The death of a 69-year-old man whose body was discovered outside his home in Caldwell Monday is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The man was found dead outside his house on Crane Street, a road that runs behind St. Aloysius Church on the northern end of town. Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno said borough police responded to the house at about 2:40 p.m. After a preliminary investigation, the county prosecutor's office was called to the scene, Bongiorno said. The cause of death will be determined by the county medical examiner, according to Katherine Carter, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Three car thefts reported in North Caldwell in last week. Police urging residents to lock their cars.
Police are reminding residents to lock their cars after three unlocked high-end vehicles were reported stolen from North Caldwell in the last week. All three cars were taken from driveways during early morning hours, according to Det. Sgt. Bill Texas. A Mercedes SUV, which was left unlocked with the keys inside, was reported missing on Thursday, August 23. Another Mercedes SUV, also left unlocked, was reported stolen on Wednesday, August 22. The third car, an Infiniti sedan, was reportedly taken from a driveway on Saturday, August 18. In all cases owners woke up in the morning to find their cars gone. Police estimate the thefts occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. Two of the car thefts occurred on the south end close to Bloomfield Avenue…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Disbarred Attorney Matthew Kirnan admits he stole $750,000 in mortgage, inheritance funds from clients.
The former mayor of Verona, Matthew Kirnan, has pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 from three clients, officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. Kirnan, 52, a disbarred lawyer, pleaded guilty on Monday before state Superior Court Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson. Between 2009 and 2010, he took money belonging to two clients that was supposed to be used to pay their outstanding mortgages and another client that was to help pay inheritance taxes. Kirnan had a law firm in West Caldwell and practiced real estate law. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal that may require him to spend seven years in prison. “This defendant was a trusted attorney and a respected member of the community, who used that trust to take …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Morristown shooting began seven-month investigation into drug, gang and weapons activity.
Seventy law enforcement officers from four counties arrested 24 individuals Friday morning in a drug, gang and weapons sweep that began with an investigation into an attempted murder in Morristown last fall. Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi considered the bust "the largest in Morris County history." Bianchi detailed the police action at a press conference Saturday at the Morris County administration building surrounded by representatives of the crime task force that worked on the case, including prosecutor’s offices from Warren, Essex and Union counties, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Park Police, and 14 municipalities, including 11 from Morris County. The investigation began following an Oct. 8, 2011 shooting on Abbett …