Newark man enters guilty plea in vehicular homicide

NEWARK, NJ — Gustavo Palomo, 39, of Newark, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide for causing the death of 19-year-old Jaleel McCauley, of Newark, according to a Dec. 30 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for his guilty plea, entered before presiding Criminal Division Judge Ronald Wigler, Palomo is expected to […]

Tax preparer admits conspiring to commit tax fraud

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Maplewood tax preparer admitted her role in conspiring to defraud the IRS and filing false personal tax returns for a New Jersey business owner and two other individuals, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Dec. 30 press release. Zenobia Williams, 52, of Maplewood, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin […]

Essex County jury convicts serial killer on all counts

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County jury convicted serial killer Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, of Orange, on three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of three young women he killed between August and November 2016, and the kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder of a fourth woman, according to a Dec. 23 press release […]

Law enforcement seizes more than $9,000 in drug-trafficking investigation

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, more than $9,000 in illegal narcotics and narcotics sales were seized Dec. 26 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested two adult males, according to a press release from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers […]

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 13, Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced final results of “Operation Jacked” and “Operation 17 Corridor,” major investigations and prosecutions that targeted international carjacking and stolen car-trafficking rings. The operations led to arrests and charges against more than 50 ring members in 2014 and 2015, and recovery of approximately 250 stolen […]

Former mail carrier admits stealing credit cards from the mail

NEWARK, NJ — A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier admitted on Dec. 18 that he had intercepted and removed envelopes containing credit cards from the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jaquan Miller, 30, of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with […]

Authorities arrest man for Belleville homicide

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Harry Gonzalez, 29, of Bloomfield, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Ralph Jeudi, 32, of Hillside, according to a Dec. 17 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. It is alleged that Gonzalez shot Jeudi on Dec. 10 and dumped his body in the parking lot of a […]

Four charged with killing man who was walking home from work

IRVINGTON, NJ — Four people have been charged with the murder of Samuel V. Gbotoe, a 62-year-old airport worker who was violently assaulted in Irvington on his way home from work, according to a Dec. 17 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. On March 13, at approximately 7:11 a.m., Irvington police responded to […]

Essex County jury convicts man of murder

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County jury has convicted Christopher Poole, 26, of Newark, of murdering Rasheed “O.J.” Olabode, 27, also of Newark, according to a Dec. 17 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. “The victim did not know the defendant, but (the defendant) shot him at point-blank range in cold blood as […]