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 […]

Man arrested for two murders after brief standoff

NEWARK, NJ — Michael Mayse, 33, of Newark, was arrested after a brief standoff the night of Dec. 16 for two murders, according to a press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Mayse is charged with the murder of Keyshawn Jones, 23, of Newark, who was fatally shot on Sunday, Dec. 15, at approximately […]

Two men convicted of East Orange robbery

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Brothers Fuquan Knight, 28, and Shaquan Knight, 20, both of East Orange, have been convicted of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, according to a Dec. 12 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Fuquan Knight was also convicted of third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and possession […]

Newark man sentenced to 75 years for killing brother and cat

NEWARK, NJ — Ervwakine Pryor, 41, of Newark, was sentenced to 75 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of his brother Jovan Johnson, 29, also of Newark. The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare, according to a Dec. 10 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. According to […]

East Orange man convicted of aggravated assault

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County jury convicted Fritz Belony, 57, of East Orange, of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to a Dec. 10 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The trial was heard by Superior Court Judge Arthur Batista. Belony […]

Sheriff’s officers rescue abandoned, unresponsive infant girl

NEWARK, NJ — An abandoned and unresponsive infant girl was rescued from an illegally parked motor vehicle outside Veterans Memorial Park the morning of Dec. 10 by Essex County Sheriff’s officers, according to a press release. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said officers were on routine patrol when they spotted the vehicle.  “Immediately upon approaching the illegally […]

16-year-old arrested for killing 15-year-old

NEWARK, NJ — A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with the murder of 15-year-old Elijah Alvarez, of Newark, according to a Dec. 11 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The arrested juvenile, who is not being named at this time because of his age, has also been charged with felony murder, attempted […]