Sussex County Man Accused of Manufacturing Firearms
A Green Township (Sussex County) man faces 36 weapons, drugs, and cyber harassment charges after a complaint by his ex-girlfriend led authorities to discover illegally manufactured firearms. Michael V. Zaremski (pictured), 25, who is an EMT in Hackettstown (Warren County), was arrested on June 25 after police found a 9 mm handgun with a bullet in the chamber in his EMS jacket, according to an affidavit. He reportedly admitted he carried the weapon while on duty. Police determined Zaremski manufactured the firearm, which lacked serial numbers. Authorities then discovered six assault rifles, a loaded handgun, 18 high-capacity magazines, gun-manufacturing tools, and narcotics in searches of Zaremski’s home and vehicle. His cell phone also had photos of weapons that appeared to be illegal, police said. Zaremski’s ex-girlfriend reported to the Franklin Borough Police Department that Zaremski had posted images of her on a fake social media account wearing a Nazi uniform and hat. He followed her employer on the social media platform, which is owned and managed by individuals who are Jewish. The company terminated her due to the images.
Pennsylvania Man Indicted on Weapons, Explosives Charges
A Pennsylvania man accused of having an arsenal of firearms and explosives at his home and business was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 26. Jason Muzzicato, 43, of Washington Township, is charged with possession of firearms by a person subject to protection from abuse order and possession of an unregistered destructive device. Authorities had been investigating complaints by residents of several late-night explosions that occurred since March. Muzzicato was arrested on June 7 following a raid at both his home and the auto repair shop that he owns. Investigators discovered seven improvised explosive devices and nine firearms, including AR-15 rifles and semi-automatic pistols, according to prosecutors. Court documents indicated that seven of the guns were loaded. Court records also noted that Muzzicato’s truck was modified with toggle switches on the dashboard that released fluids, including paint thinner, and dropped objects, such as nails and ball bearings, that could cause damage to other vehicles. The protection from abuse order against Muzzicato reportedly stemmed from a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. He faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $260,000 fine.
Ohio Man Sentenced to Life for Federal Hate Crimes in Charlottesville Vehicle Ramming
An Ohio man who killed a woman and injured more than two dozen people when he drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on June 28. James Alex Fields, 22, pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crime charges in March, including one hate crime that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Fields’ attorney sought a lesser sentence due to his age and history of mental illness; however, US Judge Michael F. Urbanski called his actions “a crime of premeditation.” Fields drove his vehicle into the crowd at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, after law enforcement declared the event an “unlawful assembly.” A Virginia jury also recommended Fields get life in prison for convictions, including first-degree murder, in state court.