Man gets 20 years in prison for shooting ex’s date

NEWARK, NJ — Rahiym Washington, 32, of Newark, was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison after an Essex County jury found him guilty of second-degree aggravated assault for shooting his friend and leaving him paralyzed, according to a Jan. 23 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The crime occurred on […]

Man arrested for conspiracy to commit murder

NEWARK, NJ — Hassan S. Shoulars, 26, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the death of Avent Holston, 27, of Newark, according to a Jan. 22 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Holston was fatally shot on Oct. 28 on the 300 block of […]

Sheriff’s detectives recover handgun, $2K in drugs during stop

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and close to $2,000 in illegal narcotics were seized the evening of Jan. 16 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested an adult male. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted […]

Bloomfield woman indicted for $30M fraud scheme

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County woman and a Canadian man were indicted Jan. 17 for their roles in a securities fraud scheme that induced victims to invest $30 million worth of cash and cryptocurrency based on fraudulent misrepresentations, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Edith Pardo, 68, of Bloomfield, and Boaz Manor, 46, of Toronto, […]

East Orange man shot to death in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the fatal shooting of Marquis Forman, 27, of East Orange, according to a Jan. 16 press release from the ECPO. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Forman was shot on the […]

Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Dequan Lewis, 24, of Vauxhall, and Isaiah Gavin, 18, of Elizabeth, were apprehended by police on Jan. 10 after Maplewood patrol officers responded to 200 Boyden Ave., Avalon Bay Apartments, on the report of a disturbance of a possible robbery or shooting.  According to police, Lewis and Gavin used a crowbar to […]

Former Newark police officer admits to bribery

NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark police officer admitted on Jan. 9 that he solicited and accepted cash payments from a brothel owner in Newark in exchange for protecting brothels from police action, and that he failed to report those cash payments on his personal federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Julio […]

Two corrections officers charged with tampering with records

NEWARK, NJ — Two corrections officers have been charged with falsifying records while on the job at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark, according to a Jan. 6 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Raymond Distasi, 52, of Roxbury, has been charged with one count of tampering with […]

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