East Orange woman found fatally shot in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes Newark police detectives, is investigating the fatal shooting of Juan Sharonda Fonrose, 25, of East Orange, according to a Sept. 30 press release from the ECPO. On Sept. 28 at about 2:47 p.m., Fonrose was found, suffering from gunshot wounds, on […]

Grand jury indicts 14 corrections officers on conspiracy, misconduct charges in inmate assaults at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility

TRENTON, NJ — A state grand jury voted Sept. 27 to indict 14 corrections officers who were charged after a January 2021 incident at the Hunterdon County–based Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, in which inmates were forcibly removed from cells and some were beaten, leaving two of the victims severely injured. Grand jurors returned […]

Juvenile arrested in connection with homicide of Irvington man

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé announced Sept. 27 that a 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the recent fatal shooting of Kyle Eley, 50, of Irvington.  On Sept. 14, Newark police discovered […]

Former NHA director of IT sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzlement

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Housing Authority’s former director of information technology was sentenced Sept. 28 to two years in prison for using his position to embezzle NHA funds to purchase cell phones and other electronic devices, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Venancio Diaz, 57, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge […]

Homicide in West Orange, another man injured

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and West Orange Police Chief James Abbott announced Sept. 28 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, along with the Crime Scene Investigations Bureau, is investigating the fatal shooting of Corington Valentin, 21, of Newark. On Sept. 27 at 3:23 […]

32-year-old arrested for muder of East Orange man

NEWARK, NJ — Marquis McCray, 32, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with the murder Wayne Jones, 41, of East Orange, according to a Sept. 29 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. On Sept. 17, just before midnight, police found Jones on the 100 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Newark; he was […]

East Orange man stabbed to death

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, along with the East Orange Police Department, is investigating the fatal stabbing of Joshua Mewborn, 33, of East Orange, according to a Sept. 23 press release from the ECPO. On Sept. 21 at 2:55 p.m., police were notified of a stabbing on […]

28-year-old Montclair man fatally shot in Orange

ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, along with the Orange Police Department, is investigating the fatal shooting of Katon Washington, 28, of Montclair, according to a Sept. 23 press release from the ECPO. On Sept. 22 at 12:56 a.m., police were notified of a shooting in the area of […]

Irvington man sentenced to prison for unemployment fraud

NEWARK, NJ — A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced to 13 months in prison for conspiring to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced Sept. 22. Ross Clayton, 31, of Irvington, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals to an information charging him with […]

Belleville man sentenced to seven years for robbery

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Sept. 21 that Judge Patrick J. Arre sentenced Jose Rivera, 58, of Belleville, to seven years in New Jersey State Prison for second-degree robbery. On July 8, 2022, Rivera was convicted by an Essex County jury of second-degree robbery of a gas station […]

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