Fifth homicide of 2018 happens on Christmas Eve

IRVINGTON, NJ — The year ended on a dour note as, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Irvington suffered its fifth homicide of 2018 on Monday, Dec. 24. “Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens and Irvington Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers announced that authorities are investigating an incident in which two males were […]

Authorities investigate shooting homicide in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose III have announced that authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Newark on Monday, Dec. 24. Shortly before 5 p.m., Newark police officers responded to a report of a shooting in progress in […]

Authorities investigate fatal shooting in Irvington

IRVINGTON, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Irvington Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers have announced that authorities are investigating an incident in which two males were shot on Monday, Dec. 24. At approximately 12:45 p.m., Irvington police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Isabella Avenue on reports of […]

Irvington man convicted of felony murder

Irvington man convicted of felony murder

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 19 that an Essex County jury has convicted Carlos McLean, 28, of Irvington, of felony murder and robbery for the fatal shooting of Jonathan Vargas Matildes, 27, a Mexican immigrant. The fatal shooting occurred Aug. 22, 2015. Matildes was outside the Santa […]

Ex-school security guard convicted of criminal trespass

Ex-school security guard convicted of criminal trespass

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 18 that an Essex County jury has convicted Steven Hightower, 49, of Vauxhall, of fourth degree criminal trespass following a trial before Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli. According to Assistant Prosecutor Donato D’Angelo, who tried the case, beginning Sept. 5, 2016, and […]

Two convicted of carjacking and robbery

Two convicted of carjacking and robbery

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 18 that two men were convicted by an Essex County jury of an armed carjacking. One of those men was also convicted of an armed robbery that occurred on the following day. East Orange residents Dashawn Ward, 21, and Glenford Findlay, 19, […]

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office investigates fatal police shooting

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 17 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a hostage situation in Newark that ended with a Newark police officer fatally shooting the suspect, Sean Sharpe, 54, of Orange. The incident began shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, when […]

Corrections officer charged with sexual assault of inmate

Corrections officer charged with sexual assault of inmate

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 14 that Avril D. Richardson, 45, of Elizabeth, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for engaging in sexual conduct with an inmate at Northern State Prison in Newark, where she was employed as a senior correctional police officer. Richardson was arrested […]

Six charged with brutally beating 3-year-old

Six charged with brutally beating 3-year-old

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Dec. 12 that six adults have been charged with severely beating a 3-year-old boy in Newark. The following individuals were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a 3-year-old child: Patricia […]

East Orange couple charged with animal cruelty

East Orange couple charged with animal cruelty

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Dec. 12 that an East Orange couple has been charged with animal cruelty for leaving a mixed-breed dog and a black cat in deplorable conditions in their Park Avenue apartment. Betty L. Freeman, 24, and Andrell M. Brown, 25, both of East […]