Woman fatally stabbed in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Nov. 13 that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of Tameeka Johnson, 41, of Montclair. Montclair police discovered the victim on Nov. 12 in […]

Newark police officer arrested and charged with drug distribution

Newark police officer arrested and charged with drug distribution

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Nov. 5 that 25-year veteran Newark Police Officer Anthony L. Gibson, 50, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, theft and passing bad checks totaling $19,000. “The arrest today […]

Essex County jury convicts three gang members in conspiracy

Essex County jury convicts three gang members in conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Nov. 5 that an Essex County jury has convicted three men in connection with the murder of William Porter IV, 23, of Newark. Assistant Prosecutor Adam B. Wells, who tried the case, said, “I want to thank Detectives Stabile, Marcelli and the rest […]

Montclair man charged with murder captured in Cuba

Montclair man charged with murder captured in Cuba

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Nov. 7 that James R. Ray III, 55, of Montclair, has been captured in Cuba and returned to New Jersey to face murder charges for fatally shooting Angela M. Bledsoe, 44, also of Montclair. “Today we have […]

Gang member sentenced to 30 years for murder and attempted murder

Gang member sentenced to 30 years for murder and attempted murder

NEWARK, NJ — A high-ranking member of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips was sentenced Oct. 23 to 30 years in federal prison for his role in orchestrating a murder, participating in a separate attempted murder, and conspiring to distribute copious amounts of crack cocaine, all as part of a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig […]

Arrest made in Maplewood sexual assault

Arrest made in Maplewood sexual assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul announced Oct. 21 that authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16. After an extensive investigation, detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and […]

Police search for suspect in Montclair homicide

Police search for suspect in Montclair homicide

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Oct. 23 that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal shooting of Angela M. Bledsoe, 44, of Montclair. She was pronounced dead at her home in […]

Suspect arrested in Maplewood sexual assault

Suspect arrested in Maplewood sexual assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul announced on Oct. 21 that authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16. After an extensive investigation, detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office […]

Maplewood police amp up presence after home invasion, sexual assault

Maplewood police amp up presence after home invasion, sexual assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At approximately 8 p.m. on Oct. 16, Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul released a statement saying that there would be increased police presence in Maplewood as part of an “active criminal investigation,” but did not elaborate any of the details. The following morning, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office released a statement saying […]

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