Essex County Sheriff’s employee charged with attempted extortion

Essex County Sheriff’s employee charged with attempted extortion

NEWARK, NJ — An employee of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office was charged with soliciting payments from a man posing as a land developer for information regarding properties under foreclosure, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Sept. 19 press release. Abdush Shahid Ahmad, 51, of Newark, was charged by complaint with attempted extortion under […]

Essex County remembers 9/11

Essex County remembers 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seventeen years after the terror attacks at the World Trade Center, Essex County residents gathered at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost in 2001. With a foggy view of the New York City skyline, residents and elected officials read the […]

16 charged in 2nd takedown of Newark drug-trafficking organization

16 charged in 2nd takedown of Newark drug-trafficking organization

NEWARK, NJ — Sixteen people were charged Aug. 21 in connection with their alleged roles in a drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. To date, 27 individuals have been charged in connection to this alleged organization. Anthony Brinson, 27; Kayron Caldwell, 26; Calvin Cheek, 47; Murad […]

Two teens arrested by sheriff’s department following car crash

NEWARK, NJ — Two 17-year-old males from Montclair and East Orange were arrested Aug. 10 by Essex County sheriff’s and Newark police officers after their reportedly stolen vehicle crashed into a parked truck. The suspect vehicle was also wanted in a Newark shooting incident that occurred earlier on Friday, Aug. 10. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated […]

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

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

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 […]

County recognizes local Portuguese Americans with awards

County recognizes local Portuguese Americans with awards

NEWARK, NJ — During the 2018 Essex County Portuguese Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, July 10, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented Star of Essex Awards to Diolinda B. Soares, assistant finance director with the Ironbound Soccer Club and health benefits clerk with the Essex County Office of Human Resources, and John Goncalves, an undersheriff […]

Reward for information on murder increased

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced recently that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program has increased the reward from up to $10,000 to up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Deborah Burton, a 62-year-old […]

‘Click It or Ticket’ in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura advised motorists in a recent press release that the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will join with municipal police from around New Jersey in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Beginning May 21 and running through June 3, […]

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