NJ Transit superintendent and 5 others charged with stealing $2.1 million

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo announced Feb. 7 that a NJ Transit Facilities Superintendent and five others have been charged in connection with a scheme to steal $2.1 million from NJ Transit by submitting fraudulent bills for services. NJ Transit Facilities Superintendent […]

ECPO, West Essex police departments form Anti-Crime Task Force

ECPO, West Essex police departments form Anti-Crime Task Force

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Feb. 6 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and nine police departments in the western part of the county have formed an Anti-Crime Task Force. The anti-crime partnership will allow police officers from Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, […]

Newark man convicted of animal cruelty

Newark man convicted of animal cruelty

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 31 that an Essex County jury has convicted Lateef Dennis, 39, of Newark, of one count of animal cruelty. On June 20, 2016, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Renner Avenue in Newark heard commotion outside his […]

Man sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

Man sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced Jan. 31 that Jerome Mitchell, 37, of Newark has been sentenced to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Newark. The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Alphonse Cifelli. Under the No Early Release Act […]

Police-involved shooting with one fatality under investigation

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 29 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a police-involved shooting that resulted in two people being shot. They have been identified as Andrew J. Dixon, 35, and Gregory Griffin, 46, both of Newark. Dixon is in critical condition at University […]

Bronx man convicted in Newark murder

Bronx man convicted in Newark murder

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced Jan. 25  that a 40-year-old Bronx handyman faces life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his former employer, Charles Jeffrey, 64, in the victim’s Newark home. Nestor Francisco Canela Lopez was convicted Jan. 25 after a month-long jury trial presided over by […]

Authorities investigate fatal car crash in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose III announced that authorities are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Jan. 25. At approximately 5:20 a.m., Newark police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Bergen Street and Madison Avenue on reports of a […]

ECPO releases statement on use of force in response to ‘Force Report’

ECPO releases statement on use of force in response to ‘Force Report’

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Jan. 25, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office released a statement addressing use of force in response to NJ Advance Media’s “Force Report,” which was released approximately two months ago. “The Force Report,” a comprehensive database and analysis of how often municipal police departments in New Jersey used force from 2012 […]

7-year-old’s death ruled a homicide in Newark

7-year-old’s death ruled a homicide in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 23 that the death of 7-year-old Aydin Brown in Newark has been ruled a homicide and that the cause of death is blunt force injury. Stephens has also announced that authorities have charged Mark Harper, 36, of Union, with murder. Harper had […]