Statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign returns

TRENTON, NJ — The Division of Highway Traffic Safety recently announced grants totaling more than $540,000 that will be used by local law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk and impaired drivers as part of the national initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” According to the division, 110 law enforcement agencies across New […]

Law enforcement shuts down ‘major drug manufacturing facility’ in WO

Law enforcement shuts down ‘major drug manufacturing facility’ in WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A major drug manufacturing facility was shut down July 29 and nearly $1 million in methamphetamine was seized by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Newark, Bloomfield, Irvington and West Orange police departments. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a July 30 press […]

12 charged in long-running investigation of Newark G-Shine Bloods

NEWARK, NJ — Twelve members, associates and suppliers of a drug-trafficking organization based in Newark have been charged in connection with their roles in distributing heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine and using firearms to protect their illegal operation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced July 31. The 12 defendants were charged in a complaint unsealed July […]

Sheriff’s, BPD officers arrest two for narcotics

NEWARK, NJ — Two Newark residents were arrested July 24 by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and narcotics charges were filed against them. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that a task force comprised of sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police officers executed a search warrant for an apartment at a townhouse, located at 385 Roselle Ave. in […]

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On July 17, Sheriff Armando Fontoura today outlined a new initiative in law enforcement and public safety. The initiative, which is expected to be implemented Jan. 1, will create a shared services K-9 task force between Essex County and its municipal police departments. Fontoura said the proposed K-9 task force would […]

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced promotions and the hiring of several sheriff’s officers during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Leroy Smith Public Safety Building on July 8. Among those promoted were Chief James Spango, who previously served as a deputy chief; Undersheriff Fitzgerald Figliuolo, who also served as a […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

Sheriff’s Dept. removes 4 guns from county drug trade

NEWARK, NJ — For the fourth time in 10 days, on Jan. 23, the Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics took a gun used in the drug trade off the streets of the city. Detectives took two handguns off suspected drug dealers, a third gun used as a “community gun” by gang members, and a […]

2019 deer management program begins this month in reservations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has released the plans for the 2019 Essex County Deer Management Program in South Mountain and Hilltop reservations. This is the 12th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer. “Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain […]

DiVincenzo, Fontoura and Kenney sworn into office Jan. 2

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Essex County Surrogate Alturrick Kenney were sworn into office during an afternoon inauguration ceremony at Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology on Wednesday, Jan. 2. DiVincenzo was sworn into his fifth term as executive, Fontoura his 10th term as […]

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