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Livingston Weekly Court News, Feb. 2 - Feb. 9

Eric Paragallo

Monday, February 10, 2014 • 9:48pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Municipal Court settled four cases, for the week of Feb. 2—Feb. 9.

Adam Barker of Livingston was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia including a spoon and bottle cap, possession of a syringe and possession of heroin. The charge of possession of heroin was downgraded by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The latter two charges were dismissed as part of plea agreement. Barker plead guilty to the original charge of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to pay a $500 fine, $33 in court cost fees, $50 to the Victim of Crime Compensation fund, $75 to the State Neighborhood fund, $50 to the State Lab fund, and $500 to the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction fund. 

David Ernst of Madison was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s for attempting to steal socks and boxers valued at $191.12.

Ernst plead guilty to an amended ordinance of creating a disturbance and was sentenced to pay a fine of $200 and $33 in court cost fees. 

Debra Oliver of Newark was charged with shoplifting at Lord and Taylor for attempting to steal four men’s t-shirts valued at $137.50 and with possession of booster bags, which are bags lined with tinfoil that are designed to prevent the stolen contents inside from setting off security devices.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge of shoplifting was dropped. Oliver plead guilty to the reaming charge. For her offence, she was sentenced to serve a 120-day jail term and to pay a $250 fine, $33 in court cost fees, $50 to the Victim of Crime Compensation fund, and $75 to the State Neighborhood fund. 

Caroline Ijoma-Nwosu of Livingston was charged with speeding and obstructing law enforcement. Ijoma-Nwosu was initially pulled over for driving a vehicle 60 mph in a 50 mph zone. Upon the officer’s investigation of Ijoma-Nwosu’s records, it was discovered that a warrant, issued from Hudson County, was out for Ijoma-Nwosu. The officer informed her of the warrant and that she must be taken into custody. Ijoma-Nwosu resisted arrest.

Ijoma-Nwosu plead not guilty to the charge of obstructing law enforcement and the case was taken to trial. The judge found Ijoma-Nwosu guilty and sentenced her to pay a $750 fine, $33 in court cost fees, $50 to the Victim of Crime Compensation fund, and $75 to the State Neighborhood fund. Ijoma-Nwosu was also found guilty of the original charge of speeding and was sentenced to pay an addition $156 fine and an addition $33 in court cost fees.

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