Two remaining defendants in Short Hills Mall murder enter guilty pleas

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Oct. 10 that the two remaining defendants in the Short Hill Mall carjacking murder from December 2013 entered guilty pleas. Karif Ford, 35, of Newark and Hanif Thompson, 32, of Irvington pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the crime, which resulted in the […]

Brashear sentenced to 8.5 years in prison

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The former executive director of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. was sentenced Sept. 21 to 102 months in prison for accepting nearly $1 million in kickback payments in exchange for her assistance in awarding work to various vendors and contractors of the agency, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick […]

Crime Stoppers reward offered in murder case

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura announced Sept. 14 that the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steven Damon, 47, of Newark. Damon is wanted for the murder of his wife, Tanya […]

Sheriff’s and police officers arrest three on narcotics charges

NEWARK, NJ — A father and son team of alleged drug dealers along with a third man were arrested Wednesday, Aug. 30, by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield and Irvington police officers which resulted in multiple narcotics charges being filed against the trio. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated […]

Heroin, crack, codeine, cash, stolen car arrests and more

NEWARK, NJ — In separate incidents, two suspects were arrested Aug. 23 by Essex County sheriff’s officers and a high-powered handgun, a large cache of illegal narcotics, a stolen car and cash from drug proceeds were recovered. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a press release that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics staged a […]

Sheriff’s office arrests reputed members of the Bloods

NEWARK, NJ — A reputed member of the Bloods street gang was arrested Aug. 19 by Essex County sheriff’s officers, who recovered multiple firearms at the scene. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated in an Aug. 20 press release that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were performing uniformed quality of life operations on the evening of […]

Prosecutor’s Office seeks help in murder of Maplewood woman

Prosecutor’s Office seeks help in murder of Maplewood woman

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Aug. 17 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two persons of interest in connection with the […]

Attorney general announces multi-state settlement with Nationwide

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Aug. 9 that New Jersey, along with 31 other states and the District of Columbia, has entered into a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company that resolves allegations linked to a data breach that compromised the personal identifying information of more than one million consumers. The […]

Police arrest Maplewood woman wanted for carjacking

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reported on Aug. 6 that Newark police had arrested Oziona Okoro, 18, of Maplewood, who was wanted in connection to a carjacking that occurred on Dawson and Thomas streets in Newark on Friday, July 18. At approximately 3:40 p.m., at the corner of Dawson and […]

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