In their daily report, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced enforcement actions related to COVID-19 on Wednesday, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.

There are 18 people in Lakewood who have been charged with violating Governor Phil Murphy's executive orders including the stay at home order and other ordinances.

The Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Lakewood Police have charged Shmuel Hirth, 49, Asher Jacobs, 23, Shmuel Weneintraub, 21, Pinchos Sinsky, 19, Shcomo Rosenfeld, 18, Arych Penstien, 22, Yuhuda Bronspigez, 25, and Rivka Jacobs, 47, with violating the emergency orders.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan said that Lakewood Police responded to a report of a school that was open in the first block of Drake Road where they found a group of male students at the school who had been given permission to study there by the head of the school, Shmuel Hirth.

Rivka Jacobs is the mother of one of the students, who is a juvenile.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Lakewood Police charged Yakov Makukha, 40, Pinchos Aron, 25, Miriam Aron, 33, Yehudah Aron, 36, Tziporah Aron, 33, Yaakov Wiesner, Peninah Wiesner, 30, Ephraim Aron, 34, and Shmarya Aron, 20, with violating the emergency orders.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan said that Lakewood Police responded to Read Place on a report of a back yard wedding.

Police officers found a van in the driveway which was being occupied by two adults and three children.

The driver told police that she was there for family photos for a wedding.

In the back yard, there was a photographer, Yakov Makukha, photographing a family of six.

Summonses were issued to all of the adults who were present.

In another separate incident, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and Lakewood Police charged Alexander Ellinson, 64, of Lakewood Tuesday with disorderly conduct.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan said that as Lakewood Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s were investigating a report of a large gathering at a home on 8th Street, Ellinson, a neighbor, pulled up in his SUV and began yelling at police about their actions at his neighbor’s house.

Ellinson then allegedly continued to yell and nearly struck a police officer as he drove away.

Police eventually stopped him and issued a summons.

The Morris County Prosecutors Office and Morris Plains Police charged Robert Murphy, 19, of Bayville, Tuesday with attempted aggravated sexual assault (2nd degree), endangering the welfare of a child (3rd degree), and violating the emergency orders.

Murphy allegedly had arranged to meet an underage girl at Community Park in Morris Plains for sexual activity.

He allegedly contacted the girl through social media.

The victim’s parents became aware in advance and alerted police, who arrested Murphy when he showed up at the park at about 11 p.m.

AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan said that violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 but violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses.
Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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