Nine charged in $100,000 drug sweep

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Aug. 13 that nine people were charged and more than $100,000 in cash and drugs were seized after warrants were executed in East Orange, Newark and Irvington. A total of $114,497 was seized. Approximately 33 grams of cocaine with an approximate street value of […]

Former Newark police officer convicted of weapons charges

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Aug. 13 that an Essex County jury has convicted former Newark Police Officer Eddie Gonzalez, 39, of Newark, of illegally possession two weapons, following a trial before Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli. On March 12, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, the […]

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to host opioid community meeting

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, along with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and health care professionals, will host a community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to discuss the effects of the opioid crisis in this area. The meeting, which will be held at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave. […]

Former sheriff’s security guard sentenced to prison for illegal gun

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced on July 24 that Ignacio Pimentel, 43, of East Orange, a former Essex County Sheriff’s Office security guard, was sentenced to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Alfonse J. Cifelli for second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun. Pimentel must serve one year before […]

ECPO, EC Bar Foundation sponsor gun buyback program

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Essex County Bar Association President Raj Gadhok announced July 19 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Essex County Bar Foundation, the related charitable arm of the ECBA, are co-sponsoring a one-day gun buyback program this fall. The initiative is the first time in […]

Authorities investigate three fatal shootings in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced July 6 that authorities are investigating three unrelated fatal shootings in Newark that occurred on July 4 and 5. The first incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Newark police officers were dispatched […]

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional, who worked at the school from February to September 2017, is currently facing criminal charges in Essex and Morris counties for alleged lewd acts. Kenneth Palmer, 21, of Randolph, is accused of masturbating in front of children and videotaping it, as well as taking inappropriate photos of […]

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