Law enforcement seizes 25 pounds of marijuana

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Two suspects were arrested on the afternoon of May 2 and more than 25 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash were recovered by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and police officers from Belleville and Bloomfield. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the task force conducted a […]

Countywide Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

Countywide Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Division of Community Health, along with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., joined with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association to hold Drug Take Back Day and […]

Law enforcement arrests five on weapons, narcotics charges

EAST ORANGE / NEWARK, NJ — In two separate arrests, a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and officers from the Newark and Bloomfield police departments took five suspects into custody on weapons and narcotics charges, according to a Feb. 26 release from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff […]

Three men charged with armed robbery spree

NEWARK, NJ — Three Union County men have been charged with robbing liquor stores in Middlesex, Union and Essex counties at gunpoint in November 2018, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Feb. 21 press release. Paul Jimenez, 29; Jaime Fontanez, 41; and Vincent Chan-Guillen, 28, all of Elizabeth, are charged by complaint with one […]

Apparent suicide at Bloomfield Police Department under investigation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 16 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred in the Bloomfield Police Department. The preliminary investigation indicates that on Jan. 15, retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella, 58, of Bloomfield, who had been arrested for an […]

Bloomfield resident dies after being struck by car

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced Jan. 14 that the Bloomfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal pedestrian incident. Patrick Forsyth, 59, of Bloomfield, was struck by a man driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck at […]

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 7 that Patricia Layton Piccinno, 50, of Boonton, was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing more than $500,000 from her 80-year-old mother-in-law and her husband, a Bloomfield Police detective. The state had recommended four years in New […]

County to participate in Drug Take Back Day

County to participate in Drug Take Back Day

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Monday, April 16, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Division of Community Health joined with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association to announce plans for Drug […]

Laurino addresses spate of school threats in Essex

Laurino addresses spate of school threats in Essex

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino addressed recent threats made to schools in Essex County on Feb. 27, in the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. He also spoke about the spike in threats that come after an incident like the one in Florida. According […]

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., […]