99-Year-Old Among Those Charged For Illegal Gathering

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  LAKEWOOD – Police cracked down on an engagement party during the pandemic and charged the hosts with six charges of child endangerment.

  The incident took place at 4:30 p.m. on March 31 on Spruce Street. Police were called on a report of a social gathering which wound up being an engagement party.

  Executive Order 107 bans all gatherings of individuals for any purpose in an effort to slow the progression of COVID-19.

  The hosts, Yaakov Kaufman, 47, and Eti Kaufman, 45, were charged with six counts of child endangerment for each of their six minor children who were in attendance.

  They were also charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor During a State of Emergency. So were their guests: Joshua Lichtenstein, 54; Brocha Lichtenstein, 22; Tzipora Wolfe, 24; Shmuel Kaufman, 23; Syril Lichtenstein, 54; Samuel Wolfe, 27; Michael Zimmerman, 99; and Ruky Zimmerman, 21, all of Lakewood.

  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.