Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A JUDGE has praised the work of Limerick Gardaí who intercepted an “armed posse” on their way to the home of a family who were subjected to a high level of “premeditated intimidation”.Detective Garda Ivan Muldoon told Limerick Circuit Court that Gardaí received confidential information that eight men were on the way to a house at Bru na Grudhain, Castletroy in Limerick on October 16, 2013.The men, who were travelling in a Volkswagen Golf car, were armed with a variety of weapons including a pick axe handle, screwdrivers and a car jack.Gardaí, who had earlier evacuated Christopher and Nora O’Donnell and their children from the house, intercepted the car before “serious damage could be done”.Detective Muldoon said the incident was connected to a dispute between members of two extended families.Three men before the court, Shane Ryan Casey (21) of April Rise, Old Cork Road; Jason Stokes (23) of Woodpark, Castleconnell and Wesley Stokes (20) of Curragh Birin, Castletroy pleaded guilty to the possession of weapons.Shane Ryan Casey also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the house in Castletroy and to two other charges dating back to September 2, 2013 where he was found in possession of a hurley and with causing criminal damage to the former home of the O’Donnell family.Stating that such intimidatory incidents could not be tolerated in society, Judge Tom O’Donnell they were “premeditated and always carried out by a large group to maximise the fear”.Following their guilty pleas which were entered last year, the court heard that both Wesley and Jason Stokes had engaged well with the Probation services.Suspending an 18-month prison sentence for three years for both Jason and Wesley Stokes, Judge O’Donnell said they were part of a “maximum effort to intimidate the family, but it was extremely fortunate that the armed posse was intercepted by Gardaí”.Jailing Shane Ryan Casey for two years and six months for the four offences, the judge said he was one of the “main protagonists” in the incident and he had to take a serious view of that.As he was taken into custody, Casey, who has previous convictions for beating a horse to death, shouted profanities at the court claiming that he just wanted to “spend time with his woman” and warned that “there’s a new family feud in Limerick”. WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsGardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posseBy Staff Reporter – February 24, 2016 1169 Print Facebook Linkedin Email Previous article#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 3Next articlePrisoner jumped out Garda Station window while consulting with solicitor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
A funeral mass was offered April 10 at St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City for Russell F. Maffei, 57, a lifelong Jersey City resident. He died suddenly on Sunday, April 2 from injuries sustained in an accident in North Bergen. He was the son of the late Evelyn and Francis J. Maffei, godfather of Jonathan, Corinne, and Hope Louise Kobus and much loved by numerous cousins of the Chiesa, Maffei and Sonzogni Families who considered him not just a cousin but a brother and part of their families. He was a communicant of St. Aedan’s Church.Russell currently worked as a Legislative Liaison for the Meadowlands Commission, a part of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and served in various levels of government service. Russell felt proudest of being part of Governor Whitman’s administration, the state Board of Municipal Utilities and a legislative liaison for state Sen. Gerald Cardinale whom Russell greatly admired and continued to support for over 25 years. During his career, Russell served as Commissioner of the Hudson County Board of Elections and was a municipal employee with Jersey City under Mayor Healy who would bestow the key to the city upon Russell when he left his job.Russell was a dedicated, proud, loyal, and undeterred Republican who chose to stay working in an overwhelmingly Democratic county as he followed in the footsteps of his family who were instrumental in starting the Jersey City Republican Party during the time of Mayor Hague. Russell was active in organizing and supporting the GOP at all levels and worked tirelessly for Republican candidates for over 40 years of his life. Most recently he provided counsel and his support to his friend of many years, Assemblyman Robert Auth, with whom he attended the GOP presidential convention and later the presidential inauguration.At present, Russell was a state committeeman for the State of New Jersey Republican Committee, an elected position in which he received several thousand votes and was the municipal chairman for the Jersey City Republican Party, a role he had been in for several decades, volunteer positions that required much of his time, efforts, and talents and benefitted from his intellect. Russell was more than his political activities and ideology to all who were privileged to know him as he had a vast and diverse mix of friends and associates whom will miss him dearly. He treated everyone well, regardless of their status or political leanings and was a great friend, confidant and companion to many.Service arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.