West Caldwell man arrested for having child porn

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 21 that Ethan Weiner, 29, of West Caldwell, has been arrested and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child for possessing more than 1,000 items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. On June 20, members of the Essex […]

Second suspect wanted for Newark murder

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced June 21 that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Ibn Dortch, who has been charged with the murder of Kenneth Thomas. Thomas, 31, was fatally shot on May 13 on Renner Avenue in Newark. […]

Irvington man shot to death

IRVINGTON, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Irvington Police Director Tracy Bowers announced June 21 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the fatal shooting of Gregory Wright, 34, of Irvington. On June 19 at approximately 8:56 p.m., Irvington police responded to a report of shots […]

Seven people shot in possibly related incident in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced June 20 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal shooting. On June 18 at approximately 4:47 p.m., John Warren, 29, of East […]

Irvington man convicted of aggravated manslaughter

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 18 that an Essex County jury convicted Al Rashim Chambers of aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting Rajaee Montgomery, 22, of Newark. Following a six-day trial before Superior Court Judge John Zunic, Chambers, 32, of Irvington, was also convicted of aggravated assault against a […]

Man sentenced to 47 years for felony murder

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 18 that Sheedley Pierre, 23, of Orange, was sentenced to 47 years for his role in the murder of Jonas Larose, a 55-year-old East Orange taxicab driver. On Nov. 30, 2016, Larose was fatally shot. On May 2, 2019, Pierre was found guilty […]

27 charged in takedown of Newark open-air drug market

NEWARK, NJ — Twenty-seven people have been charged for their roles as members, associates and suppliers of a Newark-based drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine and used firearms to protect their illegal operation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced June 18. The charges and arrests resulted from a long-running wiretap investigation led by the […]

Irvington man shot to death in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced June 11 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred June 10. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Newark police officers responded […]

Newark school employee arrested for sexual assault

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 11 that Luis Aviles, an art instructor in the Newark Public Schools, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against a 14-year-old student. Aviles, 50, of Allentown, Pa., has been employed by the Newark Schools for 19 years. The victim […]

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