27-year-old 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 Avent Holston, 27, of Newark, according to an Oct. 29 press release from the prosecutor’s office. Just before 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, Newark police responded to a report […]

Authorities investigate shooting homicide in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Newark that occurred early Sunday morning, Oct. 27, according to a press release from the Newark Public Safety Division.  At approximately 2:40 a.m., Newark police officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 100 block of Hartford Street. Arriving […]

Newark man found guilty of murdering brother and killing cat

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County jury has convicted Ervwakine Pryor, 41, of Newark, of murder for fatally shooting his brother, Jovan Johnson, 29, also of Newark, according to an Oct. 25 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. “This defendant senselessly murdered his own brother and his daughter’s cat, Skylar, over money. He […]

Woman admits to scalding 3-year-old

NEWARK, NJ — Patricia Buchan, 29, of Newark admitted to scalding a 3-year-old boy who had been entrusted to her care, according to an Oct. 18 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Appearing before Superior Court Judge Verna Leath, Buchan told the court that on Dec. 4, 2018, the 3-year-old urinated on the […]

Newark man admits role in drug distribution

NEWARK, NJ — On Oct. 11, a Newark man admitted possessing heroin that was seized from him at Newark Penn Station, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jeremy Lorenzo, 30, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin. According […]

Man sentenced to 25 years for shooting driver after fender bender

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Jerome Bearfield, 28, of Newark, was sentenced to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing 51-year-old Basil Howard, of East Orange, following a fender bender, according to an Oct. 11 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The sentence was imposed by Ronald D. Wigler, the presiding Essex […]

Correctional officer pleads guilty to drug smuggling

NEWARK, NJ — Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced that a suspended senior correctional police officer at Northern State Prison in Newark pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to smuggling fentanyl and marijuana to an inmate in the prison in exchange for money. Roberto Reyes-Jackson, 30, of Irvington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit official misconduct before Superior […]

Newark code enforcement officer pleads guilty to taking bribes

Newark code enforcement officer pleads guilty to taking bribes

NEWARK, NJ — Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a suspended code enforcement officer for Newark pleaded guilty Oct. 8 to taking bribes from a man seeking to operate an after-hours social club. Tajji Williams, 43, of Newark, was on trial before an Essex County jury when he decided to plead guilty. Williams pleaded […]