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’

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

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 […]

Man wanted for hit-and-run that injured two women

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Jan. 17 that Nester Marin-Romaldo, 35, of Elizabeth, is wanted for a hit-and-run that resulted in serious injuries to two female pedestrians as they were leaving a local establishment. On Sunday, Jan. 6, at approximately […]

Fatal Millburn hit and run under investigation

MILLBURN, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder announced Jan. 14 that the Millburn Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident in Millburn that resulted in the death of 76-year-old Lynne Crow. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Crow’s body was […]

Apparent suicide at Bloomfield Police Department under investigation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 16 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred in the Bloomfield Police Department. The preliminary investigation indicates that on Jan. 15, retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella, 58, of Bloomfield, who had been arrested for an […]

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office offers high school internships

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO annual summer internship program. This five-week program is designed to teach high school students about careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will run from July 8 through Aug. 9 for students completing […]

Bloomfield resident dies after being struck by car

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced Jan. 14 that the Bloomfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal pedestrian incident. Patrick Forsyth, 59, of Bloomfield, was struck by a man driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck at […]

Newark man charged with murder

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Jan. 11 that Hassan Fisher, 24, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Troy Branch, 29, of Newark. Branch was shot and killed on Christmas Eve 2018 on Peshine Street in […]

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 7 that Patricia Layton Piccinno, 50, of Boonton, was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing more than $500,000 from her 80-year-old mother-in-law and her husband, a Bloomfield Police detective. The state had recommended four years in New […]

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