AG releases footage of Jan. 1 fatal officer-involved shooting in Newark

AG releases footage of Jan. 1 fatal officer-involved shooting in Newark

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office released a recording from a security camera that captured a portion of a police encounter that occurred just after midnight on Jan. 1, during which Detective Rod Simpkins of the Newark Police Department fired his service weapon at Carl Dorsey III, 39, of South Orange, fatally […]

Bloomfield man indicted for drug, weapons offenses

NEWARK, NJ — A federal grand jury indicted Cedric Lewis, 30, of Bloomfield, for illegally possessing several firearms, including an AM-15 rifle, as well as quantities of crack-cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced in a Jan. 21 press release. Lewis is charged with two counts of […]

Newark tax preparer admits to tax fraud

NEWARK, NJ — A Pennsylvania man who worked as a tax preparer in Newark admitted to helping his clients file falsified tax returns that generated larger refunds, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced in a Jan. 20 press release. Sylvain Dienhoue, 53, of Tobyhanna, Pa., pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan […]

Newark woman allegedly killed by husband

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the murder of Maria Lasso, 45, of Newark, according to a Jan. 15 press release from the ECPO. It is alleged that on Thursday, Jan. 14, Lasso was attacked by her husband, Jose […]

Newark man admits carjacking and assaulting USPS employee

NEWARK, NJ — On Jan. 13, Wallace Johnson, 32, of Newark, admitted assaulting and carjacking at knifepoint a U.S. Postal Service employee, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced. Johnson pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with carjacking and assaulting a federal employee. According […]

Crips gang member sentenced to 100 months in prison

NEWARK, NJ — A member of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips was sentenced Jan. 12 to 100 months in prison for his role in an attempted murder charged as part of a RICO conspiracy, as well as narcotics trafficking, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Sean Hills, aka “Half A Brain,” “Half” and […]

Former Newark cop sentenced to prison for fraud

NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark police officer was sentenced Jan. 7 to nine years in prison for conspiring to defraud the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation and giving kickbacks to its former executive director, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced. Janell Robinson, 45, of Newark, was previously convicted of one count of conspiracy […]

Orange police arrest armed Lyft passenger

Orange police arrest armed Lyft passenger

ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 5, members of the Orange Police Department Street Crimes Gang & Narcotics Task Force conducted a narcotics investigation on the 300 block of Cleveland Street, due to citizen complaints of open-air narcotics trafficking occurring at this location, according to a Jan. 6 press release from the police department. During […]

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