Livingston man shot to death in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and acting Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul announced March 25 that the Maplewood Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a fatal shooting at a restaurant on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. Altariq A. Brown, 30, of Livingston was […]

SO house fire results in fatality

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino, South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan and South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll announced that authorities are investigating a fatal fire that occurred in South Orange on Sunday, March 18, according to a press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. At approximately 2:15 p.m., […]

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 […]

Bus driver dies following crash in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Feb. 20 that authorities are investigating a motor vehicle crash involving an NJ Transit bus and a garbage truck in Maplewood. The incident occurred at approximately 12:35 p.m. in the area of 1450 Springfield Ave. The bus driver was the sole occupant of the […]

Domestic violence detention cases to be handled separately

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Feb. 16 that a pilot program with a single judge handling all detention hearings in domestic violence cases started Feb. 15 in Essex County. Superior Court Judge Ramona Santiago is hearing the cases. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office have […]

Newark man sentenced to life in prison for murdering store clerk

NEWARK, NJ — Rick King, 34, of Newark, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for killing Amit Patel, a Newark store clerk. Superior Court Judge Mark Ali sentenced King to life for the first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to a consecutive 40-year sentence for the robbery. In December 2017, an […]

Four plead guilty to West Orange home invasion

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Jan. 30 that four men have entered guilty pleas, admitting their roles in a West Orange home invasion in June in which a husband, wife and young child were terrorized. The defendants Edward Bentura, 33, Yodelin Diaz, 25, Lidio Martinez Miese, 30, and Jesus […]

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