Domestic violence detention cases to be handled separately

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Feb. 16 that a pilot program with a single judge handling all detention hearings in domestic violence cases started Feb. 15 in Essex County. Superior Court Judge Ramona Santiago is hearing the cases. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office have […]

Woman arrested on drug charges in Irvington

IRVINGTON, NJ — Following the execution of a search warrant for her basement apartment, a female suspect was arrested on drug charges in Irvington by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police officers on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 8. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that, as a result of the search at 356 Union Ave., […]

16 guns removed from Newark’s streets, juvenile arrested

NEWARK, NJ — A juvenile was arrested on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 11, for possession of a loaded .40 caliber handgun. Newark police have removed 16 guns from city streets thus far this week. This arrest came after a citizen reported that a juvenile suspect had pointed a gun at him near the intersection […]

Newark man sentenced to life in prison for murdering store clerk

Newark man sentenced to life in prison for murdering store clerk

NEWARK, NJ — Rick King, 34, of Newark, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for killing Amit Patel, a Newark store clerk. Superior Court Judge Mark Ali sentenced King to life for the first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to a consecutive 40-year sentence for the robbery. In December 2017, an […]

Newark stabbing homicide investigated

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal stabbing. On Sunday, Jan. 28, at approximately 2 p.m. Ricardo Valla, 34, of Newark was stabbed. On Monday Jan. 29, he died from his injuries. He was pronounced dead at University […]

Four guns, three arrests, cash and drugs confiscated

NEWARK, NJ — Police seized four guns, including an assault weapon, during the execution of a series of search warrants on the evening of Friday, Feb. 2. Detectives of the Newark Police Division’s Narcotics Unit and officers from the New Jersey State Police Entry Unit executed search warrants at three locations on Mapes Avenue, following […]

Motor vehicle violation leads to arrest with loaded handgun

NEWARK, NJ — Joseph Bossie, 18, of East Orange, was arrested for possession of a loaded handgun on Wednesday, Jan. 31. At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers patrolling the area of 15th Avenue and South 18th Street observed a vehicle that had committed a motor vehicle violation. They conducted a motor vehicle stop. Officers observed that […]

Two Newark residents arrested for receiving stolen auto

NEWARK, NJ — Varlee Goolsby, 27 and Dwight Peebles, 21, both residents of Newark, were arrested for receiving stolen property, an automobile that was reported stolen on Tuesday, Jan. 30. On Thursday, Feb. 1, at approximately 1:45 p.m., an officer from the 5th Precinct was in the area of Shabazz High School, when she observed […]

Four plead guilty to West Orange home invasion

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Jan. 30 that four men have entered guilty pleas, admitting their roles in a West Orange home invasion in June in which a husband, wife and young child were terrorized. The defendants Edward Bentura, 33, Yodelin Diaz, 25, Lidio Martinez Miese, 30, and Jesus […]

WO resident pleads guilty to wire fraud scheme

NEWARK, NJ — A political consultant admitted her role in a fraud scheme related to contracts with the Newark Watershed Development Corp. and kickbacks to officials there, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Jan. 29. Dianthe Martinez Brooks, 42, of West Orange pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court […]

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