EO teen found dead in car

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi announced March 18 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from East Orange, is investigating the fatal shooting of Rashawn Y. Simmons, 19, of East Orange. At approximately 9 p.m. […]

18-year-old shot, killed in Chinese food restaurant

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced March 18 that 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 Deante Barr, 18, of Newark. Barr was fatally shot at […]

Jury convicts man of violating Community Supervision for Life

Jury convicts man of violating Community Supervision for Life

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced March 15 that Frank Womack, 59, of Newark, was convicted by an Essex County jury of four counts of violating Community Supervision for Life following a one-day trial before Superior Court Judge Arthur Batista. The jury deliberated for 14 minutes before finding him […]

Reputed gang leader sentenced to life plus 10 years

Reputed gang leader sentenced to life plus 10 years

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced March 15 that Naim “Stackz-Strafford” Jones, 42, of Newark, was sentenced to life plus 10 years by Superior Court Judge James W. Donohue after being convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses related the murder of William Porter IV, age 23. […]

Law enforcement seizes half a million dollars in drugs and guns

Law enforcement seizes half a million dollars in drugs and guns

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced March 14 that detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, whose members include detectives from the Newark Police Department, Rutgers Police Department and the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, executed three search […]

East Orange man charged with sexually assaulting 15-year-old

East Orange man charged with sexually assaulting 15-year-old

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced March 14 that Michael Bordo, 42, of East Orange, has been charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and luring — all second-degree offenses. It is alleged that the crimes occurred between Oct. 1, 2018, and March 5, 2019, in […]

Juvenile arrested for carjacking off-duty police officer

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced March 11 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a police-involved shooting that occurred when a juvenile allegedly carjacked an off-duty Newark police officer. On Saturday, March 9, at approximately 2 p.m. in the area of 9 Schley Ave., an off-duty police officer […]

Cedar Grove man sentenced to 50 months in prison

NEWARK, NJ — A Cedar Grove man was sentenced on March 7 in Newark federal court to 50 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud New Jersey state benefit programs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Brian Catanzarite, 43, a former gym owner, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael […]

Newark gang member sentenced to 19 years in prison

NEWARK, NJ — A member of the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips was sentenced on March 4 in Newark federal court to 19 years in federal prison for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy that involved using other gang members to intimidate a witness during a state criminal trial, as well as […]

Newark man sentenced to year and half in prison for SNAP fraud

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man was sentenced March 6 to 18 months in prison for his role in a food stamps fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Manuel Venegas, 54, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of Supplemental […]